Saturday, May 26, 2018


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Northwest Minnesota Police Arrest St. Paul Man With $400K In Marijuana

MOORHEAD, Minn. — A St. Paul man was charged with first-degree possession of marijuana after $400,000 worth of pot was allegedly found in the vehicle he was driving in Clay County.

According to a complaint filed in Clay County District Court:

A Minnesota state trooper was on patrol about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday when he saw a truck with Oregon plates veer over the fog line on Interstate 94.

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If A Strike Hits Fresno Unified, The District Might Give Substitute Teachers A 300% Raise To Fill In

Substitutes stand to earn $500 a day as Fresno Unified School District prepares to recruit replacements in the face of a possible teachers strike.

Superintendent Bob Nelson said 800 to 1,000 substitutes could be needed, and the higher pay rate would help attract fill-ins from throughout the central San Joaquin Valley. The regular substitute rate is $120 to $140 day.

Negotiations between the district and the Fresno Teachers Association have been under way for more than a year. On Tuesday, FTA members are scheduled to take a vote to authorize a strike.

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Saudi Arabia To Allow Women To Drive For The First Time

The kingdom was the only the country in the world to bar women from driving and for years had garnered negative publicity internationally for detaining women who defied the ban.

The move, which has been welcomed by the United States, represents a significant opening for women in Saudi Arabia, where women’s rights have steadily and slowly gained ground over the years. Saudi women remain largely under the whim of male relatives due to guardianship laws.

King Salman and his young son and heir, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, have tested the waters though, allowing women into the country’s main stadium in the capital, Riyadh, for national day celebrations this month. The stadium had previously been reserved for all-male crowds to watch sporting events. The king and his son have also opened the country to more entertainment and fun.

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Trump, GOP Plan To Cut Tax Rates, Double Deductions

President Donald Trump unveiled his administration’s tax overhaul plan today in a speech in Indianapolis, announcing tax cuts for businesses and individuals which he said has the potential to deliver a “middle class miracle.”

“My fellow Americans, this is the right tax cut. And this is the right time. Democrats and Republicans in Congress should come together finally to deliver this giant win for the American people and begin middle-class miracle,” he said.

The plan proposes to slash the corporate tax rate to 20 percent, from 35 percent; lower the top individual tax rate to 35 percent, from 39.6 percent; repeal the estate tax; double the size of standard deductions for married couples and individuals; and expand child tax credits.

Trump has said repeatedly on previous occasions that he wants a 15 percent corporate tax rate, but said Wednesday that 20 is the “perfect number” and will be a “revolutionary change” for American business, and by extension, the American worker.

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Driver In DUI Crash That Killed Father Of 5 Pleads Guilty

An Oceanside man accused of driving drunk and slamming his speeding SUV into a married couple out for a jog, killing one of them, pleaded guilty Tuesday to gross vehicular manslaughter and other charges.

Abraham Juarez, 24, faces up to 10 years in state prison for his role in the early evening crash on a busy Vista thoroughfare June 2.

Juarez also pleaded guilty to drunken driving; he had a blood alcohol content of .18 percent at the time of the crash. The legal limit to drive in California is .08 percent.

The crash killed 40-year-old Nanglee Vang, who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Southeast Asia as a child. His wife Molly, now 35, was seriously injured in the collision.

The couple had been married for 17 years and have five children— two boys, three girls — ranging in age from 2 to 16 years old at the time of the crash.

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Collins Becomes 3rd Senator To Say ‘No’ To GOP Health Care Bill, Likely Killing It

Three Senate Republicans have now announced their intent to vote no on the GOP’s latest health care bill, likely killing the proposal’s chance of becoming law.

Sen. Susan Collins is the most recent to declare her opposition.

The Maine lawmaker said in a statement Monday that “Sweeping reforms to our health care system and to Medicaid can’t be done well in a compressed time frame, especially when the actual bill is a moving target.”

She also cited the Congressional Budget Office’s report on the bill, writing that the analysis — which found that “millions” of Americans would lose coverage — “confirms that this bill will have a substantially negative impact on the number of people covered by insurance.”


Trump Wants Rule To Stop NFL Players From Kneeling During Anthem

President Donald Trump continued his rant against NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem during his joint press conference with the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, calling it an “important situation.”

“I wasn’t preoccupied with the NFL. I was ashamed of what was taking place,” Trump said when asked if he should’ve been focused on offering assistance to Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria.

He added, “Was I preoccupied? Not at all. I have plenty of time on my hands. All I do is work. To be honest with you, that’s an important function of working. It’s called respect for our country.”

Earlier today, he suggested in a tweet that the NFL should bar players from kneeling and slammed the NFL’s ratings, saying they were “way down,” except for when audiences tune in to see whether there are protests during the national anthem.


Suspect In 2015 Modesto Homicide Apprehended In Louisiana

Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department detectives have identified Christopher Jose Schopp of Modesto as a suspect in the May 1 shooting death of Vang Xiong.

Detectives believe Schopp lured Xiong and his brother to an orchard in the 2600 block of West Whitmore Avenue in Modesto about 7:15 p.m. for a drug deal, according to a statement released Saturday night.

Two armed men arrived with Schopp, and during the drug deal one of the men shot Xiong. Schopp and the two men fled in an unknown type car and were last seen driving east on Whitmore.


You Can’t Hide Anywhere From The Zika-Carrying Mosquito

The mosquito that carries the Zika virus is now in all five counties in the central San Joaquin Valley.

The Merced County Mosquito Abatement District said Monday that it has identified the Aedes aegypti mosquito in the city of Merced. And on Monday, Tulare County officials said the mosquito has been found in the city of Tulare.

In August, Kings County mosquito officials said they had identified the mosquito.


Target Is Raising Minimum Hourly Wage To $15 By End Of 2020

Target Corp. said Monday that it is raising the minimum wage for its workers to $11 an hour starting next month and then to $15 by the end of 2020.

The company said the move will help it better recruit and retain top-quality staff and provide a better shopping experience for its customers.

The initiative is part of the retailer’s overall strategy, announced this year, to reinvent its business, including remodeling stores, expanding its online services and opening up smaller urban locations.

Target quietly raised entry-level hourly wages to $10 last year, from $9 the previous year, following initiatives by Wal-Mart and others to boost wages in a fiercely competitive marketplace. But Target’s hike to $15 an hour far exceeds not only the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour but the hourly base pay at Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest private employer, and plenty of its other retail peers whose minimum hourly pay now hovers around $10.