Carolinas Worn Out By Florence

(AP) – Hurricane Florence is still wearing out the Carolinas, where residents have endured an agonizing week of violent winds, torrential rain, widespread flooding, power outages and death. Frustration and sheer exhaustion are building as thousands of people wait to go home seven days after the storm began battering the coast. Florence is blamed for […]

GOP Says Time Running Out For Kavanaugh Accuser To Talk

(AP) – Republicans are warning that time is running out for Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser to tell Congress about her claim that he sexually assaulted her when both were teenagers. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley says his panel still plans a Monday morning hearing that Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford are invited to attend. Grassley […]

GOP Scores Upset To Replace Convicted Texas State Senator

(AP) – Republican Pete Flores has upset Democrat Pete Gallego (gah-YEY’-goh) in a runoff, capturing a reliably blue state Senate seat vacated by a former lawmaker sentenced to 12 years in prison on federal fraud charges. San Antonio Democratic Sen. Carlos Uresti resigned in June after being convicted of helping an oilfield service company he […]

Border Agent Admits 4 Killings, Police Say In Court Records

(AP) – A U.S. Border Patrol supervisor remains jailed in Texas after he confessed to killing four women and assaulting a fifth who managed to escape, police said in court records. Juan David Ortiz is being held in Laredo on $2.5 million bond on four counts of murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and […]

Sheriff: Felon Was Suspect In Kansas Deputy’s Seath

(AP) – A man with a history of drug convictions has been identified as the suspect in the fatal shooting of a Kansas sheriff’s deputy. The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday that 29-year-old Robert Greeson tussled with Deputy Robert Kunze Sunday afternoon about 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of downtown Wichita. The deputy was […]

GOP Senator Wants Kavanaugh, Accuser To Testify

(AP) – Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly says a planned vote should be postponed on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, until Congress has time to review recent sexual misconduct allegations made against him. The Senate Judiciary Committee was set for a Thursday vote. A woman has come forward to say Kavanaugh sexually […]

State, County Disaster Declarations Issued

Governor Greg Abbott has issued a state disaster declaration for dozens of South and Central Texas counties, including those in the Rio Grande Valley, ahead of the flooding that’s expected to occur as a tropical disturbance moves across the region. In addition, Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia has issued a proclamation declaring a local state […]

Feds Suspend Immigration Arrests In Hurricane

(AP) – U.S. immigration officials say they won’t do any active enforcement during evacuations or in shelters during Hurricane Florence.  Homeland Security officials say Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers are focused on the preservation of life and safety. The Trump administration has stepped up arrests of people living in the country illegally, but during this […]

Kavanaugh Denies Sexual Misconduct Allegation

(AP) – Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is denying a sexual misconduct allegation from when he was in high school.  In a statement issued Friday, Kavanaugh says the following: “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.” The New Yorker reported the alleged […]

‘It Looked Like Armageddon:’ Deadly Gas Blasts Destroy Homes

(AP) – A series of gas explosions an official described as “Armageddon” killed a teenager, injured at least 10 other people and ignited fires in at least 39 homes in three communities north of Boston on Thursday, forcing entire neighborhoods to evacuate as crews scrambled to fight the flames and shut off the gas. Authorities […]