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    By Jay Reeves | Associated Press ATMORE, Ala. — The U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for the state of Alabama to execute an inmate who contends an intellectual disability combined with the state’s inattention cost him a chance to avoid lethal injection and choose a new method. The nation’s highest court upheld a state appeal which had asked the justices to lift a lower court order that had previously blocked prison workers from executing Matthew Reeves. Reeves was convicted of killing a driver who gave him a ride in 1996. The state said it was preparing to execute Reeves by lethal injection on Thursday night. Reeves claimed the state failed to help him understand a form that would have let him choose a new execution method involving nitrogen. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below. The U.S. Supreme Court considered Thursday whether to let Alabama execute a death row inmate who claims an intellectual disability combined with the state’s inattention cost him a chance to avoid lethal injection and choose a less “torturous,” yet...
    VIDEO14:4714:47Watch CNBC's one-on-one interview with California Gov. Gavin NewsomPolitics California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday said the state's in a "transformational moment" to shift away from fossil fuels, as climate change continues to fuel devastating wildfire seasons and historic drought conditions across California. The governor's remarks to CNBC's Yasmin Khorram come shortly after the state unveiled this year's budget proposal, which invests $22 billion in new climate change funding and allocates money from last year's budget for a total of $37 billion in climate investment over six years. "The magnitude of the challenge is self-evident," Newsom said. "The extreme droughts, the record-breaking heat that we experienced just 24 or so months ago, record-breaking wildfires ... require us to do more and to manage these existential threats more aggressively. We're doing everything in our power, not just rhetorical." Newsom said the budget's climate funding is an example of the state's willingness to do the hard work that other states and nations simply talk about. "A lot of jurisdictions talk a good game. They put out headline grabbing pronouncements of 'We're going to reduce...
    A new English-language song released by Chinese state media for the Beijing Winter Olympics has divided opinion, gaining effusive praise on Chinese social media but panned by overseas critics as "cringey" and out of touch with reality. The music video "Join Us in Winter" was released this week on China's Twitter-like platform Weibo by state news agency Xinhua and was also posted on Twitter by other state-backed news outlets such as the Global Times. The Beijing Games are set to take place from Feb. 4 to 20. BIJING OLYMPICS: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE 2022 WINTER GAMES Starring 24-year-old Chinese actor and singer Zeng Shunxi, Xinhua journalist Lu Binqi and patriotic rap group CDRev, known for its tunes targeting perceived enemies of the Chinese government, the cheery ballad urges listeners to attend the games and said whether athletes "win or lose, we cheer for you". It generated a big thumbs up on Chinese Weibo, especially by fans of Zeng, who has over 20 million followers on Weibo. A man walks past an installation of Beijing 2022 ahead of the...
    Houston, Texas – Houston has been home for Douglas Griffith his whole life.  "I have family here. I grew up here," he says. Now as an adult, he’s not only a member of the community, he’s sworn to protect it, too – as a senior officer of the Houston Police Department. For the last 29 years, 20 of those working the Gang Task Force and Divisional Gang Unit, he’s patrolled every nook and cranny of Metro Houston and taken countless criminals off the streets. Now he says the crime is getting so bad in his beloved city that it’s not nearly as safe as it once was. Houston authorities announce the killing of Cpl. Charles Galloway, 47, a 12-year veteran. (Houston Police) "I’m fearful for my family just to go out of the house," says Griffith. "Felony arrests are up," he explains. TEXAS' LARGEST COUNTY SEES MORE THAN 150 KILLED BY SUSPECTS OUT ON BONDS, VICTIMS GROUP SAYS Griffith says he and his fellow officers are having trouble keeping up with the recent crime wave, which he blames, in...
    It’s always good to see an old friend. A fish that was thought to be extinct in the state of Ohio was recently discovered in one of the Buckeye State’s rivers. This particular species hasn’t been seen in the area for over 80 years.  The Ohio Division of Wildlife announced that two longhead darters had been caught in the Ohio River last fall. This species was last spotted in Ohio in 1939. Since then, the species was considered extirpated from the state. NEW HAMPSHIRE ANGLER CATCHES STATE RECORD FISH AT SPOT WHERE HE ONCE FISHED WITH LATE FRIEND The longhead darter was thought to be extirpated in the state of Ohio. (Ohio Division of Wildlife) The recent discovery, however, suggests that there is still a population of longhead darters in the state, even if it is very small. It’s unclear if the species has returned to the area or if a small population was able to go unnoticed for the last several decades. The Ohio DOW posted about the find on Facebook, writing, "Why are we so excited? This...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- There are new developments in a major San Francisco cold case -- police have doubled the reward to find the serial killer known as "The Doodler" to $200,000.MORE: 'The Doodler': San Francisco police release sketch of suspect in 1970's cold case murdersPolice say the man targeted the gay community in the 1970s.The first death linked to The Doodler was a man who was killed 47 years ago this Thursday. Five murders in the Golden Gate Park area of San Francisco were linked to The Doodler.Police have also now linked a sixth death to the suspect, identified as Warren Andrews. Andrews was the victim of an assault and battery at Land's End, police say. He was found unconscious and never regained consciousness, dying about seven weeks later, according to SFPD.RELATED: San Francisco police identify suspect in 1974-1975 serial killings, report saysThe nickname "The Doodler" came from a surviving victim, who told police the suspect was "doodling" on a napkin while talking to him in a diner.VIDEO: ABC7 Presents - Chasing the Golden State KillerEMBED More News Videos...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Flush with surplus state revenues, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday called for a series of targeted tax cuts while outlining her legislative agenda and touting bipartisan accomplishments before she is up for reelection. Delivering her second straight State of the State speech virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she called for exempting retirement income from taxation — saving 500,000 households an average of $500 a year — and fully restoring a credit for 730,000 low- and moderate-wage families who on average would get an extra $350 annually. READ MORE: Ferris State University Professor Suspended Over Video Sues SchoolShe proposed a $2,500 state credit for the purchase of an electric vehicle and charging equipment on the heels of General Motors’ announced $7 billion investment in Michigan to convert a factory to make electric pickup trucks and to build a new battery cell plant. Other new initiatives include adding hundreds of mental health providers and lowering the cost of insulin. “I believe that whenever possible, we should make taxes more fair for our seniors and working families. Michiganders should be able...
    When Gov. Tim Walz finished rolling out his plans to spend the state’s record-setting revenue surplus this week, he answered one big question: How much of Minnesota’s $7.75 billion surplus would he ask the Legislature to spend? Nearly all of it. After unveiling plans for health care, public safety, climate change, housing, economic development, education, child care and social services, the DFL governor produced a spreadsheet that totaled up the proposals for new spending. The cost: $7.58 billion. All this on top of the two-year budget passed last summer that will spend $52 billion, with nearly half already expended by the time any supplemental budget is passed and signed this spring. Article continues after advertisement In addition, Walz proposes to spend the remaining $1.1 billion in money sent to the state from the federal American Rescue Plan on bonuses for frontline workers who could not work remotely during the opening months of the pandemic. And he wants to sell bonds to cover $2.7 billion in construction projects.  “This was a budget written by the state of Minnesota, it was written...
    Richard Nephew stepped down as deputy special envoy for Iran and left the U.S. team negotiating Iran's return to the 2015 nuclear deal because he believed the there was no future for the agreement, according to a new report.  Nephew's departure was confirmed this week by a State Department official who declined to comment on the reason for the move. But it comes at a critical phase in negotiations, as Iran signals it is preparing to begin direct talks with American negotiators. Initial reports suggested that Nephew, known as the architect of the Iran sanctions regime, believed the Biden administration's strategy was too soft as negotiators sought to bring Tehran back to the nuclear accord jettisoned under President Trump. Now sources have told Laura Rozen, who writes the Diplomatic newsletter, that Nephew came to believe that instead of returning to the 2015 deal - known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - the U.S. should pivot to a different agreement.  That put him at odds with Biden administration policy of seeking to restore the 2015 agreement.  'There was...
    Hollywood producer Ryan Kavanaugh is fleeing Los Angeles, California, amid rising crime, homelessness, and higher taxes. Flight from the Democrat-run city is trending as “a growing chorus of Hollywood executives are talking about leaving the city,” one entertainment industry insider told The Wrap. Ryan Kavanaugh, American film financier and founder and CEO of the video-sharing app Triller — who grew up in Los Angeles and has called it home for 47 years — is now getting ready to pick up and move his family and business headquarters to Florida. Kavanaugh — who’s backed over 200 films, including Limitless, Hancock, Mamma Mia!, and The Social Network — told TheWrap that the main reason why he’s looking to flee L.A. is due to the city’s rising crime, homelessness, and California’s anti-business policies. “I grew up here, I grew up in Brentwood, and I was allowed to be on the streets,” he said. “I would never let my kids walk (alone) in Brentwood — how many times do you have to be out in Los Angeles and see feces in the streets before you just don’t...
    Washington (CNN)In the last few weeks, more details about how former President Donald Trump tried to overturn the 2020 election have come to light, specifically about an effort by his campaign to subvert the Electoral College process and install fake GOP electors in seven swing states. The situation is far from self-explanatory. It involves arcane laws governing the presidential transition process and a behind-the-scenes effort by Trump's allies to exploit weaknesses in the system so he could remain in office. This all played out more than a year ago, but it's still extremely relevant, because both state and federal prosecutors are looking into the matter. Here's a breakdown of what you need to know about the "fake electors" plot:What are we talking about?This was an attempt by Trump campaign officials, led by Trump's then-attorney Rudy Giuliani, to subvert the Electoral College process. In plain English, this was an attempted coup of sorts. Read MoreVoters go to the polls in November, but that's only the first step of a convoluted process to formally pick the next president and initiate the transfer...
    THOUSANDS of Americans in Maryland will be able to apply for tax credits that can help them cover their student loan debt. Governor Larry Hogan announced another $9million in tax credits on Wednesday. 1Thousands of Americans in Maryland will be able to apply for tax credits designed to help reduce student loan debtCredit: Getty The scheme is known as the Maryland Student Loan Debt Relief Tax Credit Program and almost $41million has been given out since its launch in 2017. Recipients are divided into two groups – those who attended a university in the state, and Marylanders who attended an out-of-state college, according to the Southern Maryland Chronicle. Around 9,000 residents in the state were awarded the grant last year. Marylanders that have undergraduate or graduate student loan debts of at least $20,000, and have at least $5,000 worth of debt when it comes to applying for the tax credit are eligible to file a claim. Americans can file applications from July 1 through to September 15 this year. Officials will prioritize those who didn’t get a tax credit...
                 Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed State Representative Bruce Griffey (R- District 75) in studio to discuss his retirement from the State House, his future aspirations, and his wife’s announcement to run for his seat. (Aaron Gulbransen clip plays) Leahy: State Representative Bruce Griffey, that seems to me like they’re just trying to raise money off this. It doesn’t sound like they’re all that serious in filing a challenge. Your thoughts? Griffey: (Chuckles) I think it’s funny. I don’t believe they’ll be very successful. They’ll just try to raise money and they may not even challenge it and just pocket the money. Leahy: You have made a public announcement that you’re not running for re-election in the 75th District. That’s Henry, Benton and Stewart County. Griffey: That’s correct. Leahy: Stewart County kind of on the fringe of Nashville. We’ve a good friend up there, Kyle Mallory. He’s a social studies teacher...
                 Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed State Representative Bruce Griffey (R- District 75) in studio to discuss his retirement from the State House, his future aspirations, and his wife’s announcement to run for his seat. (Aaron Gulbransen clip plays) Leahy: State Representative Bruce Griffey, that seems to me like they’re just trying to raise money off this. It doesn’t sound like they’re all that serious in filing a challenge. Your thoughts? Griffey: (Chuckles) I think it’s funny. I don’t believe they’ll be very successful. They’ll just try to raise money and they may not even challenge it and just pocket the money. Leahy: You have made a public announcement that you’re not running for re-election in the 75th District. That’s Henry, Benton and Stewart County. Griffey: That’s correct. Leahy: Stewart County kind of on the fringe of Nashville. We’ve a good friend up there, Kyle Mallory. He’s a social studies teacher...
    Morehead State Eagles (15-5, 7-0 OVC) at Southeast Missouri State Redhawks (8-11, 3-3 OVC) Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Thursday, 9 p.m. EST FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Southeast Missouri State -6; over/under is 147.5 BOTTOM LINE: Morehead State aims to keep its nine-game win streak intact when the Eagles take on Southeast Missouri State. The Redhawks have gone 5-2 in home games. Southeast Missouri State is eighth in the OVC with 7.4 offensive rebounds per game led by Manny Patterson averaging 1.7. The Eagles are 7-0 in conference play. Morehead State ranks third in the OVC with 34.1 rebounds per game led by Johni Broome averaging 10.5. The matchup Thursday is the first meeting of the season between the two teams in conference play. TOP PERFORMERS: Eric Reed Jr. is averaging 15.5 points for the Redhawks. Phillip Russell is averaging 1.8 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Southeast Missouri State. Broome is scoring 16.2 points per game with 10.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists for the Eagles. Tray Hollowell is averaging 12.6 points over the past 10 games for Morehead State....
    Georgia State Panthers (6-9, 0-4 Sun Belt) at Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (9-8, 4-3 Sun Belt) Lafayette, Louisiana; Thursday, 8 p.m. EST FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Louisiana -2.5; over/under is 143.5 BOTTOM LINE: Louisiana hosts Georgia State in a matchup of Sun Belt teams. The Ragin’ Cajuns have gone 6-2 at home. Louisiana is third in the Sun Belt with 10.8 offensive rebounds per game led by Jordan Brown averaging 3.3. The Panthers are 0-4 in Sun Belt play. Georgia State is seventh in the Sun Belt with 13.7 assists per game led by Kane Williams averaging 3.9. The matchup Thursday is the first meeting of the season between the two teams in conference play. TOP PERFORMERS: Trajan Wesley is averaging 5.7 points for the Ragin’ Cajuns. Brown is averaging 15.6 points over the last 10 games for Louisiana. Williams is averaging 11.7 points, 3.9 assists and 1.5 steals for the Panthers. Corey Allen is averaging 11.1 points and 1.7 steals over the last 10 games for Georgia State. LAST 10 GAMES: Ragin’ Cajuns: 5-5, averaging 70.7 points, 34.8 rebounds, 13.6...
                 Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed State Representative Bruce Griffey (R- District 75) in studio to discuss his retirement from the State House, his future aspirations, and his wife’s announcement to run for his seat. (Aaron Gulbransen clip plays) Leahy: State Representative Bruce Griffey, that seems to me like they’re just trying to raise money off this. It doesn’t sound like they’re all that serious in filing a challenge. Your thoughts? Griffey: (Chuckles) I think it’s funny. I don’t believe they’ll be very successful. They’ll just try to raise money and they may not even challenge it and just pocket the money. Leahy: You have made a public announcement that you’re not running for re-election in the 75th District. That’s Henry, Benton and Stewart County. Griffey: That’s correct. Leahy: Stewart County kind of on the fringe of Nashville. We’ve a good friend up there, Kyle Mallory. He’s a social studies teacher...
    The off-duty Illinois State Police trooper and his wife who were found shot dead inside a parked car on Chicago's South Side Monday have been confirmed as a murder-suicide.   The family of Amanda Alvarez-Calo, 31, said that she was on the verge of leaving her husband, 30-year-old Antonio Alvarez, at the time of her death.  Chicago police said that at around 1.40pm on Monday, a witness came across a car in the 11000 block of South Avenue E and discovered inside the bodies of Trooper Alvarez and Alvarez-Calo. The couple were pronounced dead at the scene from gunshot wounds to the head,  state police said. The car they were in was non-department issued.  Alvarez-Calo's death has since been ruled a homicide, while Alvarez's gunshot wound has been deemed to be self-inflicted, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.   Amanda Alvarez leaves behind two young children, a 4-year-old son and a 1-year-old daughter Amanda Alvarez, 31, a Chicago schoolteacher, was found shot dead alongside her husband, Illinois State Trooper Antonio Alvarez, 30, on Monday  Alvarez, seen in this photo with her brother...
    Reno, Nevada (CNN)Glen Duppenthaler walked into Paisan's Old World Deli in Reno, Nevada, clutching a red notebook. The monthly Republican Women of Reno meeting was holding an "Election Integrity Workshop" and the retiree was prepared to take notes. Attendees were promised, "We will discuss next steps to prevent 2022 election from being stolen. You will go away with action items." Duppenthaler, 74, was ready. "Yes, there was fraud. 100%! The numbers show it," she told CNN of the 2020 election, despite multiple Nevada lawsuits being dismissed for lack of evidence and the state's Republican secretary of state investigation also finding no sign of widespread wrongdoing.Nevada voter Glen Duppenthaler says she "100%" believes there was election fraud in 2020.But the Reno meeting is evidence of continuing pockets of anger at former President Donald Trump's loss to President Joe Biden, a misguided belief that the election was somehow stolen through a broken system and the desire to get that system fixed by changing secretaries of state who act as election referees. Headlining the women's group event was Jim Marchant, a Republican candidate...
    BUENA VISTA, Colo. (CBS4)  – The Sangre de Cristo Electric Association (SDCEA) services 14,000 homes and businesses over a wide area of Colorado, mostly within the Rocky Mountains. Right now, they’re hearing from more than 100 people about proposed rate changes that would significantly increase costs for some customers. Right now, the proposed plan that was approved by the board last year would change monthly service availability charge costs from $31.83 to $46.15. SDCEA also plans to reduce subsidies for solar power customers who invested in panels. (credit: CBS) “So in essence they’re saying, ‘We’re going to charge you a distribution fee for any power that you are putting on the grid,'” Tom Plant, a Sangre de Cristo energy user explained. He believes that to be illegal under Colorado law, referencing House Bill 08-1160. Subsidies for solar users were cut in half and reallocated to the rest of the customer base, according to Paul Erickson, CEO Sangra De Cristo Electric. He wanted to make it clear SDCEA does promote green energy initiatives, but they need to think on a bigger...
    HOBOKEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Unofficial results of a special election in Hoboken show most voters are against the construction of a new state-of-the-art high school. Right now, the tally is about 65% “no” votes and about 34% “yes.” READ MORE: New State-Of-The-Art $241 Million High School On The Ballot For Hoboken Voters The proposed building would include science and media labs, a theater, tennis courts and an indoor pool. The school would be paid for with a 30-year $241 million bond. Supporters called it a good investment, but opponents said they wanted more community input.
    An Iowa state lawmaker gave the finger to those he described as political opponents during a rally at the statehouse on Tuesday, local affiliate WHO-DT reported.   “When it comes to these gun-grabbing, freedom-hating, over-regulating, civil liberty-violating tyrants,” Kaufmann said, “Here’s my message … thank you,” state Rep. Bobby Kaufmann (R) said, holding up both his middle fingers, at the Convention of States movement.  Kaufmann, the son of Iowa’s Republican Party chairman Jeff Kaufmann, was one of multiple speakers at the event, which pushed residents to join a movement to limit the federal government’s powers and spending. Those in attendance discussed their issues with federal government mandates and made suggestions including term limits for members of Congress, according to WHO.  “Is the federal government a tyranny?” one speaker asked the crowd, which responded, “Yes!” The Convention of States' goal is to get 34 out of 50 states to support a convention where the states’ representatives would try to amend the Constitution if three-fourths of the states agreed on a measure. Sixteen states have approved the movement so far.  Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), Iowa state Sen. Jesse...
    Militiamen from across the country flew out to Virginia in Aug. 2017 to participate in the lethal 'Unite the Right' protest in Charlottesville. Over the past three decades, so-called “citizen militias” have managed to gradually insinuate themselves within the American mainstream, alongside the extremist “Patriot” movement from which they arise—following the same track from fringe ‘90s phenomenon to headline-grabbing border “Minutemen” to normalization within the Republican mainstream through the auspices of the tea party movement. Most of the public shrugs at the existence of such unaccountable paramilitary operations as a legal fait accompli, byproducts of the Second Amendment and the Constitution. None of that, however, is true. All 50 states outlaw private militias in some form or another—but none of them enforce these statutes (many of them on the books for well over a century) largely because authorities are either ignorant of their existence or unwilling to enforce them. That reality—combined with the powerful threat these groups pose in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection they led—argues powerfully, as Georgetown Law’s Mary McCord explains at Just Security, for...
    As part of an Economic Development Partnership designation process, members of the Economic Development Partnership Team from the Georgia Department of Education visited Bulloch County Schools today: An Economic Development Partnership Team from the Georgia Department of Education visited Bulloch County Schools on Friday, January 21. “It was a fantastic experience,” said Patrick Ledford, an economic development liaison with the Department of Education’s Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education division. “ We all enjoyed learning more about Bulloch County and experiencing the  strong stakeholder relationships in the district.” The eight-hour site visit was a key part of a year-long process for Bulloch County Schools to seek a district-wide designation from the state’s Economic Development Partnership program. The designation is endorsed by the Georgia Economic Developers Association. The team from came to learn more about the school district’s Career Technical and Agricultural Education program and its collaboration with local post-secondary institutions, businesses, industries, economic developers, and workforce development partners. The school district was admitted into the Economic Development Partnership program in...
    As part of an Economic Development Partnership designation process, members of the Economic Development Partnership Team from the Georgia Department of Education visited Bulloch County Schools today: An Economic Development Partnership Team from the Georgia Department of Education visited Bulloch County Schools on Friday, January 21. “It was a fantastic experience,” said Patrick Ledford, an economic development liaison with the Department of Education’s Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education division. “ We all enjoyed learning more about Bulloch County and experiencing the  strong stakeholder relationships in the district.” The eight-hour site visit was a key part of a year-long process for Bulloch County Schools to seek a district-wide designation from the state’s Economic Development Partnership program. The designation is endorsed by the Georgia Economic Developers Association. The team from came to learn more about the school district’s Career Technical and Agricultural Education program and its collaboration with local post-secondary institutions, businesses, industries, economic developers, and workforce development partners. The school district was admitted into the Economic Development Partnership program in...
    The pro-insurrection Cawthorn, who has demanded the release of arrested insurrectionists, was playing with a handgun during a recent online House hearing. Two weeks ago, we learned that a group of fed-up North Carolina voters had filed a challenge to Madison Cawthorn's 2022 congressional candidacy with the state's Board of Elections, citing Cawthorn's involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection as disqualifying according to the U.S. Constitution. It's an argument that has some weight to it. The Constitution's 14th Amendment, ratified after the Civil War, specifically bars those who mount "insurrection" against the United States—or aid and abet those who do—from holding federal office. It was passed to block Civil War traitors from waltzing back into Congress to pick up where they left off. While the Jan. 6 coup attempt was responsible for far less loss of life than the Civil War version, it was still unquestionably an "insurrection," and far-right conspiratorial Republicans like Cawthorn quite certainly aided and abetted it. If the entire Republican Party weren't filled with sedition-backing fascists still aspiring to scrub out election results rather than abide...
    CHICAGO (CBS) – ISP has created an interactive Statewide Expressway Shooting dashboard that contains past and recent data regarding the reports of expressway shootings in Illinois. In addition to providing context to the reported shootings, ISP says one of the main goals of the dashboard is to be timely and transparent by displaying the latest information that’s specific to each reported shooting located throughout the state. READ MORE: Charges To Be Filed Soon In Connection With Shooting Death Of 8-Year-Old Melissa Ortega“We want to provide this information to the general public, community stakeholders, our traffic safety partners, other first responders, and our law enforcement partners to assure them that we are committed to our mission of ensuring public safety on our expressway systems,” said ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly. “Knowing when and where these violent crimes are being committed, provides us with another tool to combating these violent and senseless crimes.” The dashboard will show the number of reported cases from 2019 to 2022. The current year-to-date number of reported shootings is compared to the previous year and includes dates,...
    The curious thing about the Big 12 this season is that while it might be the toughest conference in the country, boasting the defending national champion and three other Top 25 teams, it doesn’t have a single, slam-dunk lottery pick. Kendall Brown of Baylor might be the best bet. With remarkable athletic ability, a fierce competitive nature and the ability to take over a game, Brown has surged up draft boards during his freshman season in Waco. Just look at his performance earlier this season at Oregon, when he scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half to help the Bears overcome a 10-point deficit and squeak out a 78-70 win. Among his latest starring turns was a 10-point, eight-board performance as the No. 4 Bears beat Oklahoma last weekend. Yet, as Baylor guard Adam Flagler said, “He’s so selfless.” Brown only took three shots and scored two points during a game at West Virginia. He pulled down eight rebounds, dished out a couple of assists, did not commit a turnover and played lockdown defense in a 77-68...
    By the end of this weekend, each Pac-12 women’s basketball team should have played 10 games. But due to COVID postponements, no one will have played more than eight as of the end of January. Arizona State and California will be at league low three after losing their Sunday game due to the Bears being in protocol. Both teams now have seven postponements. Arizona, Colorado and USC have played six games each through four weeks of the conference season. Neither defending national champion Stanford or Oregon has missed a Pac-12 game due to internal COVID issues, but both have dealt with three postponements because of opponents in protocol. Four of Arizona’s league games have been postponed due to issues with opponents, but the Wildcats will have made up two of those as of Wednesday. This week’s highlight is the only regular season game between No. 2 Stanford and No. 8 Arizona and their first meeting since the 2021 NCAA championship game, a 54-53 Cardinal victory. Here are the Hotline’s sixth women’s basketball power ratings … NET rankings are through Monday....
    Abu Dhabi (CNN Business)Casino operator Wynn Resorts (WYNN) has inked a deal to build a luxury resort in Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates."The planned destination will feature a luxury hotel with more than 1,000 rooms, world-class shopping, state-of-the-art meeting and convention facility, an exclusive spa, more than 10 restaurants and lounges, extensive entertainment choices, a gaming area, and other amenities," Wynn said in a statement. Gambling and gambling-related activity are banned in the Muslim Gulf state, and news of the deal sparked speculation on social media that the UAE government may be preparing to change the law. Wynn did not respond to a CNN request for more details on what the resort's "gaming area" would offer or whether the company was expecting the law to change before the resort opens in 2026.In its statement, the company said the "multibillion-dollar" project was still in the "initial design and development phase" but would be applying for an integrated resort license from the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority.Read MoreThe authority told CNN that a new body — the Department...
    "Tucker Carlson Tonight" host Tucker Carlson joined "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday to highlight the Biden administration's border policy hypocrisy as it weighs sending U.S. troops to Ukraine amid the ongoing crisis at the southern border. Carlson told Ainsley Earhardt, Steve Doocy, and Brian Kilmeade "this is the behavior of a failed state" after Fox News obtained video showing the mass release of migrants into the United States.  BIDEN IMPLEMENTING BORDER CRISIS ON PURPOSE, ‘THEY DOUBLED DOWN’: FORMER SENIOR BORDER OFFICIAL TUCKER CARLSON: This is the behavior of a failed state. You have no control over your borders. Therefore, you're not really a country in the most basic sense. And if you don't believe it, take a look at the legislation that Nancy Pelosi is pushing right now. She's demanded an early vote on it that describes Ukraine's borders as essential to sovereignty and nationhood. If Ukraine can't control its borders, if people are coming across unauthorized, if undocumented Russians are coming across in caravans into Ukraine, then it's not really a country and the United States needs to step...
    Democratic Senate candidate Reverend Raphael Warnock speaks during a campaign rally in Atlanta, Georgia on December 15, 2020.Jim Watson | AFP | Getty Images Democrats scrambling to retain control of the Senate in the 2022 midterm elections plan to tout their party's legislative accomplishments and ambitions – and to make the case that those policies are the best answer to voters' concerns about Covid-19, inflation and the broader economy. They can promote their quick action under the Covid relief bill passed in the earlier, more successful stretch of President Joe Biden's tenure, as well as a generational investment in the nation's infrastructure. They may also promise to revitalize Biden's Build Back Better plan and voting-rights legislation, two massive initiatives that have sputtered out while the party has held narrow minorities in Congress and the president's approval ratings have plunged. CNBC spoke with Democratic campaigns, staff to incumbents running for reelection and political strategists to hear their views on how the party can win in 2022. Uniting all factions of the Democratic Party and its supporters is a focus on one...
    We finally have a bill about feelings. Set aside decisions about building infrastructure and fixing bridges or creating pre-kindergarten or considering sheltering the homeless or even preserving voting rights – things governments might do either federally or locally to deal with social problems. This one is about the preservation of emotions. A bill gained the approval of the Florida Senate Education Committee this week that seeks to bar public schools or workplaces from making people feel “discomfort” or “guilt” about their race during lessons or training focused on inequality. The bill doesn’t really lay out what happens if a white Christian majority has teachings that prompt discomfort to Jews, Muslims, Blacks, Latinx, Asian Americans, LBGTQ or transgender students and parents.It is unclear what exactly would happen if someone feels discomfort or guilt or how this bill’s effects would be measured or enforced. As a columnist for MSNBC wrote: Senate Bill 148, “which should really be called the ‘sad white people bill.’ [would] effectively codify white fragility into law” though it never mentions individual races or backgrounds. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis...
    UCF Knights (12-5, 4-3 AAC) at Wichita State Shockers (9-7, 0-4 AAC) Wichita, Kansas; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EST FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Wichita State -4; over/under is 133.5 BOTTOM LINE: Wichita State heads into the matchup against UCF after losing four in a row. The Shockers are 6-5 in home games. Wichita State ranks third in the AAC with 10.3 offensive rebounds per game led by Morris Udeze averaging 2.0. The Knights have gone 4-3 against AAC opponents. UCF scores 72.2 points and has outscored opponents by 5.4 points per game. The matchup Wednesday is the first meeting of the season between the two teams in conference play. TOP PERFORMERS: Tyson Etienne is shooting 35.1% and averaging 14.9 points for the Shockers. Ricky Council IV is averaging 0.5 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Wichita State. Darius Perry is averaging 11.1 points, 4.6 assists and 1.6 steals for the Knights. Darin Green Jr. is averaging 8.1 points over the past 10 games for UCF. LAST 10 GAMES: Shockers: 4-6, averaging 68.0 points, 34.4 rebounds, 12.5 assists, 7.1 steals...
                 A State Representative and a State Senator – both representing the Nashville area – have filed two bills which would lower Tennessee’s sales tax rate and outright exempt fresh, frozen, or canned fruits and vegetables from a sales tax. Representative John Ray Clemmons (D-Nashville-HD55) filed HB1743 and HB1745 on January 13, 2022. State Senator Heidi Campbell (D-Nashville-SD20) signed on officially on January 25, 2022, sponsoring companion bills SB1898 and SB1899. The description for HB1743/SB1898 says, “AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 67, Chapter 6, relative to the sales and use tax. Taxes, Sales – As introduced, reduces the state sales and use tax rate from 7 percent to 6 percent. – Amends TCA Title 67, Chapter 6.” The state House version has been passed on first and second consideration, referred to the Finance, Ways, and Means Committee, and most recently was referred to the Finance, Ways, and Means Subcommittee on January 24, 2022. Further action in the Senate has not yet been taken. HB1745/SB1899 also aims at cutting taxes, specifically on the purchase of fruit and...
    BOSTON (CBS) – It could have been a wake of sorts, the final State of the Commonwealth speech by Gov. Charlie Baker. Instead, it was a victory lap. READ MORE: Traffic Cones Thrown Off Mass. Ave. Bridge Into Charles RiverLast year’s speech was given live with no audience from inside the near-deserted State House due to the pandemic. This time Baker, now a lame duck, passed up a chance to needle the Democrats for still keeping the State House closed by declaring, Reagan style, “Mr. Speaker, open up those doors!” Instead, a crowd including the state’s leading Democrats were herded into a hall at the Hynes and treated to a glowing Baker eulogy by Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, who called the boss “our very own GOAT.” Mercifully, the pols were able to mostly hide behind their masks, although some eye-rolling was evident. And when Baker took the stage, he reprised his greatest hits, an impressive and suitably wonky litany of national models created, infrastructure modernized, and municipal vulnerability planning programs established. Democratic applause seemed warmest when he came to...
    Nevada Wolf Pack (9-7, 3-2 MWC) at Colorado State Rams (15-1, 5-1 MWC) Fort Collins, Colorado; Tuesday, 9 p.m. EST FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Colorado State -7.5; over/under is 153.5 BOTTOM LINE: MWC foes Colorado State and Nevada will play on Tuesday. The Rams have gone 9-0 in home games. Colorado State is third in the MWC with 15.2 assists per game led by Isaiah Stevens averaging 5.5. The Wolf Pack are 3-2 in MWC play. Nevada ranks second in the MWC with 15.9 assists per game led by Grant Sherfield averaging 6.5. The Rams and Wolf Pack face off Tuesday for the first time in conference play this season. TOP PERFORMERS: David Roddy is scoring 18.9 points per game and averaging 7.8 rebounds for the Rams. Stevens is averaging 1.0 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Colorado State. Desmond Cambridge averages 2.6 made 3-pointers per game for the Wolf Pack, scoring 15.3 points while shooting 32.6% from beyond the arc. Sherfield is shooting 45.5% and averaging 13.9 points over the past 10 games for Nevada. LAST 10...
    California could soon pay the fare for students to ride buses to and from K-12 schools, bringing relief to potentially millions of kids who since last fall are back to attending their neighborhood schools in-person but don’t have a reliable way to get there. SB 878 would ensure nearly all public school children in grades TK-12 — including students who are homeless or have special needs — have access to free transportation to and from their neighborhood school each day. If the bill passes, school districts or county offices of educations could launch or expand their own public school transportation systems funded by the state, or partner with public transit agencies to get students to and from school. Sen. Nancy Skinner, an East Bay Democrat, introduced the bill to bring California up to national standards for home-to-school transportation. Skinner said Tuesday she doesn’t know how much it’ll ultimately cost the state. It will depend on whether schools need to create robust transit systems, or choose cheaper routes by partnering with local transit agencies, a spokesman for her office said Tuesday....
    HOBOKEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Tuesday, voters in Hoboken will decide by mail or in person whether or not to approve the construction of a new high school to the tune of a 30-year $241 million bond. As CBS2’s Alice Gainer reports, it’s been contentious between the yays and nays. READ MORE: 11-Year-Old New Jersey Girl Sews Custom Hospital Gowns For Pediatric Cancer PatientsHoboken school board meetings have been heated, but it all comes down to Tuesday’s vote. The Hoboken Board of Education has proposed building a state-of-the-art high school. It would be constructed at the current high school athletic field, moving the field to the roof of the new building. It also includes: an ice rink; all kinds of laboratories for science, engineering and media; specialized learning classrooms; a theater; tennis courts, and an indoor pool. The Board of Education says these amenities will make it a resource, they say, not just for students but the entire community. The price tag is a 30-year $241 million bond. With interest, it ends up being around $331 million. During a recent informational...
    Former school teacher Chasten Buttigieg is slamming Florida legislation dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which would ban discussion of LGBTQ issues in public schools under the guise of “parental rights,” saying it will “kill kids.” Appearing on CNN Buttigieg asked, “what kind of country we’re building, or in Florida, what kind of state are you building where you’re essentially pushing kids back into the closet, you’re saying we can’t talk about you? We can’t even talk about your families.” “And you know, as a kid who grew up for 18 years, being told, ‘you don’t belong, something about you is wrong.’ Sometimes you take that trauma to heart and unfortunately there are a lot of kids in this country who do the worst because we tell them, ‘something about you is twisted and you don’t belong here.'” Buttigieg railed against the bill over the weekend, posting a tweet pointing to a Trevor Project study that he says found “42% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide last year.” This will kill kids, @RonDeSantisFL. You are purposefully making your state...
    State Representative Marcus Wiedower (R-Watkinsville) was recently appointed by Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) to serve as the vice chairman of the House Transportation Committee for the remainder of the 2021-2022 legislative term. “Transportation has been one of my top priorities since I first ran for office, and therefore, I am truly honored to serve in this new role,” said Rep. Wiedower. “Georgia has made great strides in recent years to improve our transportation infrastructure, but there’s more work to do. Serving Clarke and Oconee counties has given me a firsthand view of the great work done locally but also provides insight into the additional transportation needs for our state. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the General Assembly to continue moving the needle on transportation infrastructure in our state.” This committee oversees legislation dealing with the Georgia Department of Transportation and its operations. The committee also handles legislation regarding Georgia’s roads and infrastructure. For more information on the House Transportation Committee, click here. Representative Marcus Wiedower...
    By: Sen. Larry Walker (R – Perry) The second session of the 156th Georgia General Assembly officially convened on January 10, 2022, kicking off our annual 40-Day term to pass legislation that improves the lives and livelihoods of all in our state. While the first week of a session can occasionally be occupied by ceremonial motions, I am pleased to say the groundwork appears to already be laid for a productive and fruitful term. During first our two weeks, Governor Brian Kemp delivered his fourth annual State of the State Address and we held in-depth hearings from Georgia’s various agencies and departments on their budgetary needs for the fiscal year. Last week, during his State of the State Address, Gov. Kemp previewed his legislative and budgetary priorities for the session. While the budget process has been difficult over the past few years as a result of the state-wide economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the financial picture this year appears greatly improved. The Governor’s proposed budget totals over $30 billion,...
    The most inviting and daunting aspects of the Pac-12’s non-conference schedules in 2022 are one in the same. With 11 games against Power Five opponents, including Georgia and Florida, the conference has ample opportunity for a collective show of strength … or repeated displays of weakness. It won’t take long for the narrative to emerge: The Bulldogs and Gators loom as season openers, followed by Oklahoma State, Mississippi State and Wisconsin on Week Two. There are only two matchups with BYU next season but a slew against top-tier teams from the Mountain West. Oh, and the Pac-12 tangles with Notre Dame three times. Please note; Our ranking prioritizes not the highest-profile matchup on any given schedule but the overall strength of the three opponents. The toughest non-conference schedules are those devoid of cupcakes. (Links to previous articles on the 2022 Pac-12 season are below.) 1. ColoradoLineup: vs. TCU (Sept. 2), at Air Force (Sept. 10), at Minnesota (Sept. 17)Comment: A fairly easy call for No. 1 given that CU’s most winnable game is (take your pick) at home against a Big...
    At least five GOP candidates for Michigan governor have said they believe the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump. The race to unseat Michigan's Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has already attracted at least a dozen Republican candidates and millions of dollars in campaign spending. Whitmer became a target of conservative ire, both state-wide and nationally, for her lockdown orders, and is one of the most vulnerable incumbent Democrats according to the Cook Political Report, which considers the Michigan governor’s race a "toss-up." While her favorability rating was underwater for most of the pandemic, polling from EPIC-MRA released Sunday pegs her at 50% favorability despite a negative job performance approval rating. In that same poll, Whitmer has opened up a 5-point lead — 45% to 41% — over Craig after being tied with him for months. Many of the Republicans aiming to unseat Whitmer have adopted the kind of extremist rhetoric used by former President Donald Trump, both by embracing Trump's baseless claims of widespread election fraud in Michigan and...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – If you need a reason to celebrate, then try celebrating National Florida Day which is today! The history of Florida dates back to 1845 when it joined the United States of America. Although Florida became the 27th US state on March 3, 1845, National Florida Day is celebrated on January 25 each year. READ MORE: 'Really A Reckless Decision': Gov. DeSantis On FDA's Decision To Revoke Emergency Use Of Certain Mononclonal Antibody TreatmentsAlso known as the Sunshine State, Florida is famous for its warm and sunny weather and beautiful landscape. READ MORE: Family Makes Plea To Help Find Driver In Fatal Hit-And Run Crash In Pompano BeachNative Americans were the earliest inhabitants of Florida. During the 18th and 19th century Florida was under colonial rule by France, Spain, and Great Britain. Two decades after it became a territory of the United States in 1921, Florida joined in as the 27th state of the USA. MORE NEWS: Three People Injured In NW Dade Drive-By ShootingFUN FLORIDA FACTS: Florida is the southernmost state in the US. Wherever you...
    An empty-nester and single mom has revealed how she ditched her family home to live full-time in a van so she could travel the country - while swiping on dating apps along the way, in the hopes of meeting a man. Beverly Brown, 59, a spa owner from Pearland, Texas, always wanted to travel, but after becoming a single mom at age 18, she put that dream on pause so that she could focus on raising her family. But now that her daughter is all grown up and has left home, she decided it is finally time to see the world. In 2019, she bought a van from a friend and after spending a year fixing it up, she officially set out on the road in November 2020. An empty-nester and single mom has revealed how she ditched her family home to live full-time in a van so she could travel the country - while hoping to meet a man along the way But now that her daughter, Misty Brown (left), now 40, is all grown up and has left...
    ABOUT 8million Americans receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and and for many it's still not enough to pay for the basic necessities. Some recipients may see a boost as states add funds to the monthly checks. 1Some states provide additional money to a beneficiary's monthly SSI payment The Supplemental Security Income program provides financial support to needy persons aged 65 or older, blind or disabled adults, and blind or disabled children. Eligibility requirements and federal payment standards are the same. Anyone may apply for SSI, but not everyone receives the same amount. You may get more if you live in a state that adds money to the federal SSI payment. You may get less if you have other income such as wages, pensions, or Social Security benefits.  You may also get less if someone pays your household expenses or if you live with a spouse and he or she has income. Most read in moneyBIG BOOST Automatic monthly $687 Social Security payments available - how to applyHELPING HAND Apply for emergency $1,504 EBT payments to be sent out in a WEEKCASH CLAIM Automatic $1,400 payments...
    In rolling out his order to require vaccination or testing at restaurants, bars and sports venues, the Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey knew he had the power to enforce the mandate almost everywhere within the city. Almost. In Minneapolis, there is one massive swath of land where no mayor has authority: the University of Minnesota. Thanks to a privilege that dates back to the state’s territorial days, the school has broad autonomy from the Legislature and the governor. In fact, it’s the U of M regents — not legislators, governors or city council members — who decide what goes on within the boundaries of campus (and sometimes even outside those boundaries). This “constitutional autonomy,” as former House research attorney Deborah K. McKnight described it in a frequently cited analysis, is “a legal principle that makes a state university a separate department of government, not merely an agency of the executive or legislative branch.” Article continues after advertisement How (and why) the U got so much power Fred Morrison, a retired professor of law at the U of M law school, said...
    A top member of the U.S. team negotiating with Iran has left the role after urging a tougher stance on nuclear talks. A State Department official confirmed that Richard Nephew, known as the architect of sanctions on Tehran, had stepped down as U.S. Deputy Special Envoy for Iran. At the same time, the Wall Street Journal reported that two other negotiators had stepped aside because they wanted a harder negotiating position.  Their departures come at a critical time in talks that resumed two months ago.  Western diplomats say they hope for a breakthrough in the coming weeks - but critical differences remain between the two sides and Britain on Tuesday warned of a looming impasse. A State Department official declined to comment on the specifics of internal policy discussions.  A State Department official confirmed that Richard Nephew was no longer deputy special envoy for Iran but was still working at the State Department Nuclear talks resumed in Vienna, Austria, in November but have made little progress. Iran refuses to talk directly with American negotiators. As a result European diplomats have to...