Sunday, February 25, 2018


The latest news stories from Hmong TV Network

Missing boy, Napoleon Her, found safe

MILWAUKEE — A massive search for a Milwaukee boy reported missing ended Monday, January 8th. Police said Napoleon Her was located around 2:00 p.m. at a home on Bender Ave. just east of 91st St.

There were embraces and tears from Her’s mother — as she was finally able to clutch her son after he was gone for 5 days. Loved ones filled a home, thankful the boy who was reported missing was home safe.

“We thank God he was found safe,” said Xiong Her, Napoleon’s uncle.

The uncle told FOX6 News police found the boy on Monday afternoon at a home near 88th and Bender.

“They went there to search the house and found Napoleon was hiding in a closet. He has no physical harm and is safe,” Her said.” We don’t know if he’d been forced or purposely hid inside of the friend’s house.”

Xiong said it was the home of the brother of Napoleon’s friend — the person he was seen with before disappearing Wednesday, January 3rd.


Jerry Brown’s last budget: 19 billion reasons to smile and two big questions

Gov. Jerry Brown has 19 billion reasons to feel optimistic when he releases his last budget proposal this week.

Eight years after he took office in the free fall of the Great Recession, the state is on pace to build a $19.3 billion surplus by July 1, 2019.

But these are not necessarily flush times, warn the liberal policy advocates who normally would be urging Brown to put the surplus into new government services.

They see two strong headwinds they expect Brown to cite when he reveals a budget that salts away revenue and avoids expensive commitments.

One comes from aftershocks created by the tax overhaul President Donald Trump signed last month.

Because Trump’s plan slashes federal revenue, California leaders expect Congress to next cut funding for social services that they consider critical. That, in turn, could blow a hole in parts of the state’s budget that depend on federal funding, like Medi-Cal.

The second drag on the upcoming budget comes from Brown’s own preoccupation with a recession. He continually warns that lean days are just around the corner even as the state exceeds its revenue targets.


Eureka man arrested for continuous sex abuse of a child

On January 5, 2018, the Eureka Police Department opened an investigation into continuous sexual abuse of a child. 35-year-old Eureka resident Seng Yang was arrested after thorough interviews with detectives and service of a search warrant at Yang’s home.

Yang was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on numerous felony charges related to continuous sexual abuse of a minor under the age of 14.

In order to protect the victim’s privacy, the Eureka Police Department is not disclosing any information concerning his or her identity, age, gender, or relationship to Yang.


Koreas set for first official talks in two years

SEOUL: A high-level South Korean delegation left on Tuesday (Jan 9) for rare talks with North Korea after months of tensions over the North’s nuclear weapons programme, with Seoul’s chief delegate vowing to work towards improving long-strained ties.

The talks come after the North’s leader Kim Jong-Un indicated in his New Year’s speech that Pyongyang was willing to send a delegation to the Winter Olympics in the South.

Seoul responded with an offer of a high-level dialogue, and last week the hotline between the neighbours was restored after being suspended for almost two years.

Moments before Seoul’s five-member delegation left for the talks at the border truce village of Panmunjom, Unification Minister Cho Myung-Gyun said the two sides would focus on the North’s participation in the Pyeongchang Games but the agenda would also include ways to thaw frosty ties.

“Today, we will discuss North Korea’s participation in the Pyeongchang Olympics and Paralympics and the issue of improving inter-Korean relations as well”, Cho, who led the South’s delegation, told journalists.

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Trump rejects author’s accusations, calls self ‘stable genius’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday rejected an author’s accusations that he is mentally unfit for office and said his business career and election victory showed he is “a very stable genius.”

Michael Wolff, who was granted unusually wide access to the White House during much of Trump’s first year, has said in promoting his book that Trump is unfit for the presidency. He told BBC Radio in an interview broadcast on Saturday that his book is creating “the perception and the understanding that will finally end … this presidency.”

Trump battled back in a series of extraordinary morning posts on Twitter, which appeared to catch some in his inner circle off guard.

Trump said Democratic critics and the U.S. news media were bringing up the “old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence” since they have not been able to bring him down in other ways.

Reagan, a Republican who was the U.S. president from 1981-1989, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1994 and died in 2004.

“Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart,” said Trump, a former reality TV star and developer.

“I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star … to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius … and a very stable genius at that!”

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DMV is unveiling a new ‘secure’ license for California drivers. Here’s how to get one

Starting this month, many of California’s 26 million drivers will find themselves making a special trip to a place no one really likes to go: the local DMV office.

The reason: In October 2020, federal security officials will no longer accept the current California driver’s license as valid identification for domestic air travel.

In its place, California this month will unveil a new driver’s license, called REAL ID, that complies with a federal mandate that all states create licenses and licensing procedures deemed more secure by officials at the Transportation Security Administration.

To get the new card, though, California drivers must bring documents that prove their identity to Department of Motor Vehicles field offices. That news has caused confusion and some consternation.

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Lawyer of Hmong descent blazes trail as new Minnesota judge

Gov. Mark Dayton made another history-making appointment to the Minnesota courts Thursday, appointing a woman who will become the state’s first judge of Hmong descent and only the second in the country with that history.

The DFL governor named attorney Sophia Vuelo to the Ramsey County District Court bench, filling a vacancy created by a retirement.

Raised in Wisconsin, Vuelo currently has a solo practice where she handles cases in juvenile protection, family and criminal matters. She has worked in various prosecuting roles, too. Vuelo holds degrees from the University of Minnesota and the Hamline University School of Law, which is now part of the Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

Vuelo wasn’t immediately available for comment. State Rep. Fue Lee, DFL-Minneapolis, applauded the pick.

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Woman in Wisconsin tells Hmong shoppers on Black Friday to ‘speak the language’

APPLETON, Wis. — A Walmart shopper here approached two women on Black Friday, admonishing them to “speak the language” as they talked to one another during what is supposed to be a season of peace and goodwill.

Jasmine Xiong, 22, of Appleton was talking to her mother in Hmong when a woman approached and told both of them: “If you live here in America, speak the language.”

After the unidentified shopper spoke to the women for a few minutes, Xiong began recording.

“I was really shocked and upset and offended that she would say something like that,” Xiong said Monday.

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Why this deer disease could change the way Americans hunt forever

DETROIT — Despite rain and snow, thousands of Michigan hunters dragged their
deer to check stations to be tested for chronic wasting disease — a condition that comes from the same family as “mad cow” disease.

“I was amazed that we had 150 deer come through the check station on the first day of gun season in Montcalm County,” said Chad Stewart, Michigan Department of Natural Resources deer specialist. “Given the Wednesday opener and the bad weather, I was blown away.”

Dollars generated from deer licenses and hunting-related purchases bring in millions in matching funds for habitat restoration and endangered species. They also help fund the testing for CWD, a demon of a disease that has been identified in 11 free-ranging Michigan deer and is feared to be on the verge of crossing over to humans. It just might alter the way we hunt forever.

“When they look back on the history of deer management in Michigan, these years will be considered pivotal to the culture of deer hunting,” said Stewart. “I don’t want people to think it’s a death sentence for deer management.

“For now, there will be changes and additional restrictions. Change is hard to adapt to.”

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Jay Xiong running for open East St. Paul seat in Minnesota House of Representatives

St. Paul, Minn. (Nov. 19, 2017) — Jay Xiong has declared his candidacy for Minnesota State Representative in St. Paul House District 67B, the seat is currently held by nine-term State Rep. Sheldon Johnson, who recently announced his retirement.

Johnson is co-chair of the Xiong campaign. He called Xiong an experienced nonprofit leader, campaign organizer and legislative staffer who understands the legislative process and the need for strong progressive leadership.

“As a seasoned community advocate and successful grassroots political organizer, he knows the value of direct community engagement in the democratic process and will work hard to represent East Siders and all the residents of St. Paul,” Johnson said. “He has the heart and the smarts to do this job. I am proud to be his campaign co-chair and will be even more proud to see him as our next state representative.”

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