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  • Feds Plan To Move Epstein Warden To Prison Job

    (AP) — The federal Bureau of Prisons plans to transfer the warden in charge of the jail where Jeffrey Epstein took his own life to another correctional facility, despite an ongoing investigation into the financier’s death. That’s according to two people familiar with the matter who spoke Friday to The Associated Press. The people said the bureau is planning to move Lamine N’Diaye to a leadership role at FCI Fort Dix, a low-security prison in New Jersey. It comes months […]

  • Groups Seek Items They Say Could Exonerate Executed Arkansas Inmate

    Two groups are suing a central Arkansas city and seeking the release of evidence they say could exonerate an inmate who was executed nearly three years ago. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Innocence Project asked a state judge to force Jacksonville authorities to release fingerprint tests and DNA they say supports claims convicted murderer Ledell Lee was innocent of the 1993 murder of Debra Reese. Lee maintained his innocence from the time of his arrest until his execution. The […]

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    Walmart Tests Higher Hourly Starting Wages In 500 Stores

    Walmart says it’s testing higher wages for new hourly positions at 500 of its U.S. stores as part of an overall strategy to better empower its staff. The nation’s largest private employer says it will raise the starting hourly wages to $12 from $11 for the new roles. These workers will be trained and empowered to develop broader retail skills. They’ll help solve problems like inventory issues instead of only completing tasks given to them by managers. The moves come […]

  • Virginia Senate Passes Bill For Schools To Provide Menstrual Products

      RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday requiring public schools to include free menstrual products in their bathrooms. Senate Bill 232 applies to schools that educate fifth-to-12th graders. According to the Virginia Department of Education, this encompasses 132 school districts and almost over 630,000 female students. The bill was passed unanimously on the Senate floor with a vote of 40-0. It requires each school board to make tampons and pads available at all times and at […]

  • China Building A Hospital To Treat Virus, Expands Lockdowns

    (AP) — China is swiftly building a hospital dedicated to treating patients infected by a new virus that has killed 26 people, sickened hundreds and prompted lockdowns of at least 13 cities on the eve of the country’s most important holiday. Transportation is halted and streets eerily quiet in the locked-down cities as the virus led to the cancellation of festivities for the Lunar New Year. Wuhan, where the outbreak began, and 12 neighboring cities have a combined population of […]

  • Group Sues Again To Block Arkansas Eye Law Referendum

    (AP) — Supporters of an Arkansas eye surgery law are mounting a new legal challenge to prevent an effort to repeal the law from going before voters this fall. Arkansans for Healthy Eyes filed a lawsuit Thursday after the state Supreme Court said it wouldn’t reconsider its decision that thousands of signatures submitted for the referendum must be counted. The new law allows optometrists to perform several procedures that previously only ophthalmologists could perform, including injections around the eye, the […]

  • Hot Springs Man Jailed For 911 Calls About Drone Over Home

    An Arkansas man remains jailed after authorities allege he admitted using meth and then repeatedly called 911 to falsely report that a “military-style drone” was flying over his house. The Sentinel-Record reports Lance Lee Pace called 911 on Sunday night after reportedly “hearing buzzing noises” over his house in Hot Springs for about an hour. Pace allegedly admitted to a Garland County sheriff’s deputy he had “snorted meth” about an hour before calling 911, according to a probable cause affidavit. […]

  • Arkansas Panel OKs Pay Raises For Some Elected Officials

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas panel has approved raises for some elected state employees that total more than $150,000 in payroll increases. The Independent Citizens Commission approved the 2.5% bump Wednesday for all 135 members of the General Assembly and the state’s seven constitutional officers. It will go into effect 10 days after the panel files the resolution with the state auditor’s office. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the pay raises are cost-of-living adjustments. The commission last year approved […]

  • Police: Multiple People Shot, One Dead In Downtown Seattle

    SEATTLE (AP) — Police say a gunman opened fire in downtown Seattle on Wednesday night, killing one person and wounding seven others. Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins said Wednesday that authorities began receiving calls at about 5 p.m. Wednesday of multiple gunshot victims. He says one person was found dead in a heavily trafficked area of downtown and that five others were taken to a Seattle hospital in critical condition. The Seattle Times reported later Wednesday evening that seven people […]

  • Deputy Injured, Man Arrested After Standoff In Northeast Arkansas

    Authorities say a sheriff’s deputy sustained minor injuries while exchanging gunfire with a man in northeast Arkansas after responding to a call about terroristic threats. On Monday, Craighead County Deputy Sheriff Logan Dotson was struck in his head twice with shotgun pellets shortly after he and Caraway Police Chief Shannon Kelems arrived at a home near Carraway. A probable cause affidavit shows that officers were called there after Eugene Junior Collins threatened to kill seven people inside of the home. […]

  • Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge Calls On Senate To Reject Trump Impeachment

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KFSM) — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has joined 20 other state attorneys general in signing a letter asking senators to reject the articles of impeachment against President Trump. Parts of the letter states, “Impeachment should never be a partisan response to one party losing a presidential election. If successful, an impeachment proceeding nullifies the votes of millions of citizens. The Democrat-controlled House passing of these constitutionally-deficient articles of impeachment amounts, at bottom, to a partisan politicals […]

  • Monty Python Star Terry Jones Has Died At 77

    Terry Jones, a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe, has died at 77. Jones’  agent says he died Tuesday evening. In a statement, his family said he died “after a long, extremely brave but always good humored battle with a rare form of dementia, FTD.” With Eric Idle, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman and Terry Gilliam, Jones formed Monty Python’s Flying Circus, whose anarchic humor helped revolutionize British comedy.

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