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  • Updated snow storm status report from City of Prescott, Feb. 22 (AZ)

    02/22/2019 7:02:47 PM PST · by chrisinoc · 46 replies
    The Daily Courier ^ | February 22, 2019 | City of Prescott
    Below is the latest Snow Event Status Report from the City of Prescott (Updated 5:00 p.m., Feb. 22, 2019) • Generally, conditions are improving in the City of Prescott. There very little measurable snowfall in the past 12 hours. As of 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 22, over 20 inches of snow has accumulated at City Hall (unofficial). Snow accumulation at Goldwater Lake stands at 36 inches.
  • Jussie Smollett may be responsible for the threatening letter mailed to him at 'Empire' studios

    02/19/2019 7:13:33 PM PST · by TBP · 32 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 19, 2019 | Aaron Colen
    Federal investigators are looking into whether 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett is responsible for a threatening letter that was addressed to him and sent to show's Chicago studio about a week before he was allegedly attacked, according to ABC News. The letter is currently being analyzed in an FBI crime lab, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service is also investigating the situation, according to federal officials. Two Nigerian brothers, Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, who were persons of interest in the attack, told authorities that Smollett paid them to stage the attack after getting mad that the threatening letter didn't get as...
  • Springfield [VA] Man Charged with Second Rape; Detectives Continue Search for Additional Victims

    02/15/2019 10:46:03 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 10 replies
    Fairfax County [VA] Police Department News ^ | 15 February 2019 | FCPD Media Relations Bureau
    West Springfield Police District – Detectives from our Major Crimes Bureau have charged Bernard Betts-King with an additional charge of raping a woman through the use of her mental incapacity. An investigation uncovered the victim was raped in early 2017. Detectives believe there may be additional victims and are asking for anyone with information to contact them at 703-246-7800. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by visiting, or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Betts-King is currently being held without bond at the Adult Detention Center.

    02/11/2019 7:30:35 PM PST · by rktman · 4 replies
    2/11/2019 | Me
    Senate Bill 143 (Universal Background Checks) The Nevada Firearms Coalition is STRONGLY OPPOSED to SB143. This bill is ineffective in reducing homicides or keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals: The University of California at Davis examined the first ten years after California developed universal background checks. Their study found no net difference between firearm-related homicide rates before and during the 10 years after law implementation. Universal background checks are really a gateway to UNIVERSAL GUN REGISTRATION. This is not a gun crime issue; it is a gun control issue!
  • Blue-state lawmakers launch effort to repeal SALT cap

    02/11/2019 6:13:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 44 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/11/19 | RYAN HUTCHINS
    SADDLE BROOK, N.J. — New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez and other members of the state’s congressional delegation announced legislation Monday that would repeal the cap on state and local income tax deductions enacted as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, H.R. 1 (115). Menendez (D-N.J.) and Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), the primary sponsors, say their bill would pay for the cost of removing the $10,000 cap by restoring the top income tax bracket to 39.6 percent. While that’s likely a nonstarter with many in the GOP, Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) — New Jersey’s only Republican congressman — is...
  • State Capitol Janitor Frank Surprised to Find He’s Virginia’s New Governor

    02/10/2019 9:10:24 AM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    The Peedmont ^ | 2/10/19 | The Peedmont Staff
    RICHMOND, Va. — Explaining that he had no idea he was even in the line of succession to become the leader of the Commonwealth, Frank Donahue, the State Capitol’s head janitor, arrived at work to discover that he was now Virginia’s governor, sources confirmed Thursday. “This is all a shock to me,” Donahue remarked. Despite having spent the past seven years making sure the bathrooms outside of the Senate Chamber are clean, he is now poised to become the state’s governor due to his noticeably clean background. “I had overheard about the stuff Northam, Fairfax, and Herring were going through,...
  • Professor and Transportation Finance Expert: Tolls “Inefficient, Regressive Tax”

    02/08/2019 11:12:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Yankee Institute for Public Policy ^ | January 28, 2019 | Marc E. Fitch
    Professor of Finance for the College of Staten Island and Research Fellow at The University Transportation Research Center Johnathan Peters says if Connecticut lawmakers are looking to raise revenue for transportation, they might be better off looking somewhere else besides highway tolls. “Tolls, generally, are expensive to collect,” Peters said in an interview. “It’s not free. There’s a lot of technology and a lot of equipment, and that equipment will have to be maintained and replaced over time.” Peters -- whose area of expertise and study involves regional planning and road and mass transit financing -- says tolls are more...
  • FL, NC, PA Voter Registration Trends

    02/07/2019 7:07:11 AM PST · by FLgoldcoast · 36 replies
    state supervisors of elections | 2-7-19 | John Capra
    The three key states for 2020 are PA, FL, and NC. All three states have seen significant voter registration trends TOWARD the GOP since 2016, when Trump won all 3 states. FL = GOP net gain of 70,263 NC = GOP net gain of 168,288 PA = GOP net gain of 75,831 Much has been made of the change in FL law allowing felons to vote, however studies have shown that this would only net approximately 50,000 votes for the Dems. Trump won FL by 120,000 in 2016 and the GOP, as shown above, is in better shape as of...
  • Rest In Peace, Doc Thompson, Mojo50 Radio Host

    MoJo 5.0 mourns the loss of a great friend and mentor, Michael "Doc" Thompson. Rest in peace, brother. Former host of the Morning Blaze on the the Blaze and later the Morning show on
  • The Next Battle (Wisconsin Supreme Court)

    02/02/2019 7:56:37 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 6 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | January 30, 2019 | Dan O'Donnell
    Every election is the most important in our lifetimes. At least, that’s what those running in every election want voters to believe. The future of the state, the country, and possibly human existence itself hang in the balance. “Settle down,” an exasperated populace sighs. “You’re running for village comptroller.” Stakes are raised in successive elections (no matter how seemingly insignificant) largely as a motivational tool, but occasionally a race does have the potential to fundamentally alter history. And believe it or not, one is coming up in a little more than two months. De facto control of the Wisconsin Supreme...
  • abortion bill

    02/01/2019 2:26:30 PM PST · by dimilt · 46 replies
    I have no idea what is going on in this world today. I was a somewhat pro choice individual , Not for me but who am I to tell a women what to do with her body . This particular bill for abortion in the third trimester until the day of potential birth is murder and nothing but murder . Who in there right mind would think anything other than murder !!! Those of you who think this is ok should rot in hell !!!!
  • Why this congested part of Loop 820 probably won’t get any new lanes until 2030

    01/31/2019 10:45:51 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | January 11, 2019 | Gordon Dickson
    NORTH RICHLAND HILLS - Every day on her drive home from work, Kali Roberts is taken aback by the angry pile of motorists who converge on westbound Loop 820 in North Richland Hills. Traffic coming from Texas 121/183 “Airport Freeway” must squeeze from four to two lanes, between Boulevard 26 and Rufe Snow Drive, causing gridlock that persists not only during rush hour periods but most of the day. Meanwhile, as drivers on the nearby TEXPress lanes whiz by at 75 mph, motorists in the toll-free lanes crawl at about 10 mph and cut each other off, including many who...
  • Chinese Communists Force Christians to Replace Jesus Pictures With Images of Mao, Xi Jinping

    01/24/2019 8:24:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 24, 2019 | 11:11 AM EST | Michael W. Chapman
    The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continues to harass and persecute Christians and, in recent months, has taken to removing pictures of Jesus Christ from inside homes and replacing them with pictures of dictator Mao Zedong and/or China’s current authoritarian president, Xi Jinping. In addition, Communist officials have removed Christian symbols and phrases on the outside of homes and replaced them with phrases praising socialist materialism. As the religious liberty and Chinese human rights magazine Bitter Winter and CBN News have reported, government officials in Xiayi county in the Henan Province have warned, “Anyone who hangs up portraits of Jesus or...
  • Vinaya Vidheya Rama Box Office Collection Day 8 Telugu States | 8 days AP/TG Share

    Vinaya Vidheya Rama dips at box-office on day 8 After decent First week in Telugu States. Vinaya Vidheya Rama Collected share of around 1.65Crs on Day 8 in Telugu states and 8days worldwide share is around 59crs.
  • Sonic Automotive now hiring for new call center in Lowell [North Carolina]

    01/12/2019 4:43:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Gaston Gazette ^ | January 10, 2019 | Michael Barrett
    Hiring and recruiting has officially begun for what is set to become the largest office development in Gaston County’s history. Sonic Automotive has committed to creating and maintaining 500 new jobs over the next 12 years at its new complex along Interstate 85 in Lowell. While all of those positions won’t be created at once, the company will move as fast as possible to fulfill its own vision and its promise to the local community, said Rachel Richards, Sonic Automotive’s vice president of retail strategy. “We are now filling positions based on need,” she said Thursday, adding that the Lowell...
  • New engines help boost hiring for GE River Works plant [Massachusetts]

    01/12/2019 10:14:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Daily Item ^ | January 11, 2019 | Thor Jourgensen
    Like an island bathed in sunshine but surrounded by stormy seas, General Electric Aviation’s River Works plant is hiring at record levels and shouldering big aviation contracts even as GE works its way out of a corporate slide. Company executives hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony a month ago to inaugurate the River Works assembly and shipping area for the new T408 helicopter engine. The ceremony capped off GE Aviation’s success in landing a $143 million initial production contract in 2017 to build 22 engines to power a new Marine Corps heavy-lift helicopter. State Rep. Peter Capano retired from a 29-year career...
  • Arkansas: ‘I’m Going to Shoot It’: Infuriating Video Shows Cop Shoot a Tiny 9-Pound Dog

    01/09/2019 7:06:27 PM PST · by Sheapdog · 73 replies ^ | January 7th, 2019 | Jacob Gallant
    FAULKNER COUNTY, AR (WMC) - An Arkansas deputy was relieved of duty after video surfaced of him shooting a small dog. Twitter user @catiejwoodson obtained video of the incident, which quickly garnered a lot of attention on social media. By Jacob Gallant | January 7, 2019 at 11:04 AM CST - Updated January 7 at 9:09 PM FAULKNER COUNTY, AR (WMC) - An Arkansas deputy was relieved of duty after video surfaced of him shooting a small dog. Twitter user @catiejwoodson obtained video of the incident, which quickly garnered a lot of attention on social media. (WARNING: THE VIDEO IS...
  • Palms hiring 1K positions for new dayclub, nightclub ( Las Vegas)

    01/02/2019 10:59:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    KTNV-TV ^ | January 2, 2019 | Jordan Gartner
    LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Palms hotel-casino will be hosting a casting call this week for its new dayclub and nightclub set to open later this year. The new club is looking to fill 1,000 positions from cocktail servers to hosts and go-go dancers before its scheduled spring opening. Here is the casting call schedule: Jan. 3: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (marketing model bottle and cocktail servers) 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. (all operating staff) Jan. 4: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (marketing hosts, promoters, VIP liaisons) Jan. 5: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (security) Jan. 6: 10 a.m....

    01/01/2019 11:09:51 AM PST · by moneyrunner · 7 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 1/1/2019 | Moneyrunner
    Stop the presses! No, it’s not a joke. It’s not satire from “The Onion.” This is the Virginian Pilot banner headline - front page center - on New Year’s Eve. And if you think that this is an aberration, the following day’s front page features “Norfolk doctor turns 180 pounds of sugar into Chrysler Museum.” Complete with a color photograph of this creation. Happy New Year? This is not some rinky-dink student publication. The Pilot is Virginia’s largest daily, serving Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News and smaller communities in Southeastern Virginia and parts of North Carolina. It’s all...
  • Here’s a list of the 80 new store closures Sears has announced

    12/28/2018 6:47:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | December 28, 2018 | Tonya Garcia
    Sears, which is struggling to stay alive, announced more stores will shutter Time could be running out for Sears Holding Corp., but in the meantime the bankrupt retailer continues to announce store closures. Sears SHLDQ, -2.24% will shutter 80 stores by late March 2019, with liquidation sales starting in two weeks. Accompanying Sears Auto Center locations will be closing as well....