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Florida Gov. Calls For School Safety Measures And Some Gun Restrictions

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:11:20 -0500

Instead of broader gun control, Gov. Rick Scott called for keeping guns away from mentally ill or violent people. He announced funds for "school hardening" and police officers in every school.



California Water Agency Officials Charged With Burying Hazardous Waste And Corruption

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:24:00 -0500

California's attorney general has charged former and current employees with illegally burying drums filled with toxic chemicals and using public money for personal items.



Robert Mueller's Team Brings More Charges Against Manafort, Gates

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:06:00 -0500

Special counsel Mueller has unveiled 32 new charges of money laundering and other crimes against President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business partner Robert Gates.



Mo. Governor Is Under Pressure To Resign After He's Indicted

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:06:00 -0500

Eric Greitens has been indicted on a charge of felony invasion of privacy. He is accused of taking a semi-nude photo of a woman, and then threatened to publish it if she revealed their relationship.



Morning News Brief

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:06:00 -0500

The investigation into the law enforcement response to the mass shooting in Florida continues, and so does the debate in Washington over exactly how laws could change to keep it from happening again.



Now On Immigration's Front Lines, Sheriffs Are Choosing To Back Or Snub ICE

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:01:22 -0500

Immigration and Customs Enforcement often asks local jails to hold undocumented people until federal agents can pick them up. Most sheriffs cooperate, but some have taken a stand against the request.



Texas Commutes Death Sentence, As Execution Carried Out In Florida; Alabama Postpones

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 03:31:00 -0500

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott granted clemency for 38-year-old Thomas Whitaker. Meanwhile, Florida put to death Eric Scott Branch, and Alabama will have to reschedule the execution of Doyle Lee Hamm.



'Shape Of Water' Creators Sued Over Plagiarism Claims As Oscars Approach

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:47:00 -0500

The suit alleges the best picture nominee lifted its story, characters and even several snippets of dialogue from Paul Zindel's 1969 play, Let Me Hear You Whisper.



A New Jersey Lawyer And DACA Recipient

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:07:00 -0500

Parthiv Patel passed the bar in 2016 but he couldn't become a lawyer because of his immigration status. NPR's Steve Inskeep speaks with the first DACA receipient admitted to the New Jersey bar.



Once Sentenced For Life, Some Juvenile Convicts Get A Second Chance

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:07:00 -0500

Michigan has one of the largest populations of juveniles serving life in prison. Such sentences were ruled unconstitutional and now the state must decide who remains behind bars and who gets released.



India And H-1B Visas

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:07:00 -0500

For many immigrants an H-1B visa, available only to highly-skilled workers, is a step on the path to citizenship. That's not the case for many from India because of a cap by country.



Trump Backs Arming Teachers During Emotional White House Listening Session

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:08:00 -0500

A week after 17 people were killed at a Parkland, Fla., high school, President Trump hosted survivors, parents and teachers from that and other recent school shooting tragedies.



Kentucky Democrat Wins Special Election To Reclaim Seat After Lawmaker's Suicide

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:58:00 -0500

Linda Belcher reclaimed the seat she lost to Dan Johnson in 2016 amid a wave of pro-Trump voter sentiment in Kentucky. Johnson killed himself in December amid allegations of sexual assault.



Kentucky Moves To Add Guns To Schools After School Shooting

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:51:00 -0500

The Kentucky legislature is considering arming teachers and administrators in response to a school shooting there Jan. 23.



After Florida Shooting, Trump Calls For New Regulations On Bump Stocks

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:04:50 -0500

The president is directing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to propose ways to ban devices like the ones used in the 2017 Las Vegas shooting that accelerate the shooting rate of semi-automatic weapons.