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Missouri GOP: Indictment Is ‘political hit job’

(AP) – The Missouri Republican Party says the indictment against Gov. Eric Greitens amounts to a “political hit job” by a Democratic prosecutor.  The party’s executive director, Sam Cooper, says the invasion of privacy law Greitens is accused of violating has never been prosecuted in this way in the past. He says: “Missourians should see […]

Myanmar Bulldozes What Is Left Of Rohingya Muslim Villages

(AP) – New satellite imagery of Myanmar’s Rakhine state shows the country’s government is using bulldozers to completely flatten dozens of Rohingya Muslim villages that were burned during violence last year. Human rights groups say authorities are destroying “crime scenes” that contain evidence of atrocities committed by the nation’s security forces, who are accused of […]

Ivanka Trump Arrives In South Korea For Olympics

(AP) – Ivanka Trump has landed in South Korea to attend this weekend’s closing ceremony for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.  South Korea is rolling out the red carpet for her first visit since her father Donald Trump became U.S. president. Her arrival at the airport Friday was broadcast live on TV. South Korean media […]

Poll: Most Have Dour Outlook On America’s Direction

(AP) – A majority of Americans believe the country’s overall direction has dipped in the past year. What’s more, only 28 percent are optimistic that things will get better in the year to come.  That’s according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The survey released Friday found Americans […]

Syrian Opposition Says 32 Killed Bear Damascus

(AP) – Syrian opposition activists say bombardment of rebel-held eastern suburbs of the capital Damascus has killed 32 people.  The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Friday’s 32 deaths raise to 462 the number of people killed since Sunday when government forces began a new wave of bombardment with warplanes, helicopter gunships, surface-to-surface missiles […]

Willacy County Drafts Ordinance To Control 8-Liners

Angry residents of Willacy County say it’s taken awhile but it appears their complaints have been heard, now that county commissioners have approved an ordinance regulating 8-liner arcades.         The ordinance was drafted to control an explosion of illegally-operating gaming rooms in Sebastian and other unincorporated towns. The new law requires 8-liner […]

Motorist Charged After Several Hour Standoff North Of Edinburg

Charges of evading arrest have been filed against the man who barricaded himself inside his car and forced a shutdown of Highway 281 north of Edinburg for several hours Wednesday night. 28-year-old Joshua Raul Juarez of Midland had sped away from an attempted traffic stop in Alice, leading to a multi-agency pursuit south on Highway […]

Shooting Survivors Endure New Assault – From Online Trolls

(AP)–Survivors of the Florida school shooting have come under a different kind of assault, this time from online trolls who have threatened them as they seek tighter gun laws. One student was teased about being a “brown, bald lesbian.” Another was the target of conspiracy theorists who claimed he was really an actor. When a […]

Man Arrested In Shooting Death Of Postal Worker On Highway

(AP) – Investigators have arrested a man who they say shot and killed a postal worker while he was driving an 11-ton (10-metric ton) delivery rig on a Dallas highway. U.S. Postal Inspector Amanda McMurrey says postal inspectors in cooperation with the Dallas Police Department arrested 25-year-old Donnie Ferrell of Hutchins. Federal investigators had offered […]

Deadly Domestic Violence Crimes Stand Out In 2017 Hidalgo County Crime Stats

Property crimes – down. Violent crimes – up, with an ongoing rise in the number of deadly domestic violence crimes. That’s the jist of the Hidalgo County crime report for 2017. Sheriff Eddie Guerra presented the statistics this week which list 23 homicides last year – more than double the number from 2016 – and […]