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Replica slave cabin raises questions in Missouri community

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 06:50 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An 85-year-old white widow's opening of a replica slave cabin to attract people to her Missouri black history library is drawing the ire of activists who consider the site an unnecessary reminder about slavery.

The Kansas City Star says schools aren't making plans to visit, and civic clubs don't want to hear presentations from Marge Harlan.


French official visits Mississippi to back union at Nissan

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 06:46 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A French parliamentarian is visiting Mississippi as part of an effort to pressure Nissan Motor Co. to allow workers at its Canton plant to organize a union.

Christian Hutin, deputy chairman of the Social Affairs Commission of the French National Assembly, is meeting Tuesday with workers, lawmakers and other supporters of the United Autoworkers efforts to unionize the plant's 6,200 employees.


House Veterans' Affairs chairman seeks records on shooters

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 06:34 PM

DALLAS (AP) — The chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Veterans Affairs has broadened his request for information on two former soldiers involved in mass shootings in Texas and Louisiana.

In a letter Tuesday to the secretary of Veterans Affairs, Florida Rep. Jeff Miller requested a briefing on all VA services received by Army reservist Micah Johnson, who shot and killed five Dallas cops and wounded nine other law enforcement officers in a July 7 attack on a peaceful downtown protest rally.


Dennis Hastert's prison release date pushed back

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 06:11 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — The Federal Bureau of Prisons has pushed back the date it expects former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert to be released from prison in his hush-money case.

Bureau of Prisons spokesman Justin Long told the Chicago Sun-Times (http://bit.ly/2aIksjV ) that the reason for the adjustment "is not public information." Hastert's legal team declined comment.

The agency originally predicted Hastert would be released July 23, 2017. The bureau has since changed that to Aug. 16, 2017.


Video: Inmate lunged at jail staff before strangulation

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 06:05 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Caddo County Sheriff's Office has released video of an April incident in which an Oklahoma inmate was restrained by jail staff and died of strangulation.

In the video obtained by The Oklahoman newspaper , 41-year-old Darius Robinson appears to lunge toward jail staff before being tackled to the floor at Caddo County Jail about 60 miles southwest of Oklahoma City.


Police: Man arrested after saying officers should be killed

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 06:03 PM

ELKVIEW, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a West Virginia man has been arrested after posting a video on Facebook calling for police officers to be killed.

Citing court records, media outlets report that 26-year-old Matthew Lane Furby was taken into custody Monday and charged with making threats of terroristic acts.

Kanawha Sheriff's Office deputies say they were alerted to a Facebook video appearing to show Furby saying "the only good cops out there are dead cops."


Legislator: Pfizer can't complain about execution drug

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 05:55 PM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The legislator who drafted the law that keeps most of Arkansas' lethal injection policy a secret says pharmaceutical companies have no standing to complain that prison officials will use their drugs in executions.

The Associated Press reported Monday that it appears Arkansas obtained a paralytic drug made by a subsidiary of Pfizer for use in executions. Pfizer has said it doesn't want its drugs used that way and that it has safeguards in place to prevent it from happening.


Weiner: I'd beat Trump Jr. like 'rented mule' in mayoral run

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 05:48 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A Democratic former congressman who resigned in disgrace amid a sexting scandal says he'd come out of political retirement to thwart a potential New York City mayoral bid by Republican Donald Trump Jr.

The son of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been floated as a possible mayoral candidate after his speech in support of Trump at the Republican National Convention last week in Cleveland.


Dakota Access pipeline gets federal permit approvals in Iowa

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 05:36 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A crude oil pipeline that will cut across Iowa has received the final federal permit approvals needed to proceed with construction.

Documents posted by the Iowa Utilities Board Tuesday show the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved 60 river crossings in Iowa, a decision pipeline opponents hoped to stop.

Bold Iowa and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement vow to continue to rally in opposition. They're also training monitors to report any environmental violations or hazards.


The Latest: Sheriff: Remains are Ohio college student

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 05:35 PM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the killing of an Ohio college student (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

An Ohio sheriff says remains found in a cornfield are a University of Toledo student who disappeared last week while riding her bicycle.

The confirmation Tuesday comes after authorities earlier in the day charged 57-year-old James Worley with aggravated murder in the death of 20-year-old Sierah Joughin (JOH-gihn).


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