Month: September 2016

USA TODAY warns readers that Trump is unfit for the presidency

McLEAN, Virginia- Breaking with a 34 year-old tradition of not endorsing a United States presidential candidate, USA TODAY has come out with a strong warning about Donald Trump. The have called him unfit for the high office. “In the 34-year history of USA TODAY, the Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race. Instead, we’ve expressed opinions about the major issues and haven’t presumed to tell our readers, who have a variety of priorities and values, which choice is best for them. Because every presidential race is different, we revisit our no-endorsement policy every four years. We’ve...

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Gov. Nixon, First Lady invite Missourians to celebrate Harvest Fest this Saturday in Jefferson City

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri- Gov. Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon have invited everyone to visit the Governor’s Mansion this Saturday (Oct. 1) for Harvest Fest. The annual fall event at the Mansion will include animals, crafts, and live music to celebrate the beauty of outdoor Missouri. Held in conjunction with the Jefferson City’s Downtown Association’s fall festival, Harvest Fest at the Governor’s Mansion, 100 Madison St., will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s Harvest Fest will feature activities for all ages to enjoy including live music, festive hat making, naturalist presentations, free books from Scholastic, a...

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Police officer, firefighter disciplined for dressing as clowns in separate incidents

An Arkansas police officer and and two firefighters have had action taken against them for dressing as clowns amid recent sightings that have prompted agencies to issue warnings. ArkansasOnline reports a White Hall school resource officer is facing undisclosed disciplinary action after a photo made it onto the internet following unconnected clown sightings near the city that have caused concern. Mickey Buffkin, an investigator with White Hall police, said officer Dustin Summers made a “bad judgement call” when he posed for the photo Sept. 20. The photo “was just something him and his friends were doing at home,” Buffkin...

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Rep Hartzler’s statement on passage of short-term government funding bill

WASHINGTON—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) issued the following statement upon House passage of a 10-week continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government through December 9, 2016: “While governing by CR is not preferable, I am pleased Congress came to a short-term agreement that includes full-year funding for the VA and military construction projects. This short term option gives Congress a short window to resolve further funding differences such as authorizing funding for our national defense in a timely and effective manner. I am committed to making sure our troops have the resources they need to complete their missions. I am...

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7 Afghan soldiers training in the US go missing, two from Fort Leonard Wood

FORT LEONARD Missouri – Two Afghan military students at Fort Leonard Wood are among 7 that have gone missing recently. The pair has been AWOL since September 17th. The Military Times reports that U.S. Navy Defense Press Operations Cmdr. Patrick L. Evans confirmed  four students left their posts without leave over the Labor Day weekend. One stationed at Fort Gordon, Georgia was discovered missing the weekend of Sept. 17th. Evans said that most Afghan military students in the U.S. finish their training and return to their country, but officials have in the past uncovered some students’ plans to go leave post without authorization. Officials have not said whether they believe the absences are connected. It is unclear what training the missing students were receiving. Evans referred all questions about the current status of the military students to the Department of Homeland Security/Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations is aware of the situation, and is working in coordination with the State Department and the Department of Defense,” ICE Public Affairs Officer Carissa Cutrell said in an email.   See full report...

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