Costs From Major Natural Disasters Can Stress State Budgets

By Christina A. Cassidy & Bob Salsberg, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — A summer of natural catastrophes, from epic hurricanes to scorching wildfires, has exposed another peril in disaster-prone states: How to pay for the rescues, repairs and rebuilding.

The combined tab from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma is expected to hit $200 billion or more. While the federal government is expected to pay most of that, the affected state and local governments have to start paying for recovery now and eventually could be on the hook for tens of millions of dollars or more.

States vary on how prepared they are to weather such costs. Florida and South Carolina, both hit by Hurricane Irma, are among the dozen or so states that do not have dedicated disaster funds and opt to cover the expenses after the fact, potentially by dipping into reserves or shifting money from other state agencies.

Experts say such pay-as-you-go disaster funding can be risky. Add an economic downturn when reserves are low and budgets are tight, and state and local officials could easily find themselves struggling to pay for recovery and rebuilding.

“Thankfully, our economy is in pretty good shape right now,” said state Rep. Terry England, chairman of the House budget committee in Georgia, where all …read more

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The Oldest Person In The World Dies At 117 Years Old

By Diannah Watson,

The oldest person in the world has died at the age 117.

Violet Mosse Brown was born in Jamaica in the year 1900 on Friday, September 15, 2017.

She became the oldest person living after the death of Emma Moreno in April this year. Moreno was from Italy and born in 1899.

Brown credits her long life to reading the bible, not drinking rum and eating cows feet. She was also the oldest living subject of Queen Victoria and worked on a sugar plantation in the Caribbean.

Our oldest person in the world Mrs. Violet Mosse-Brown has died. She was 117 years old.

Rest In Peace Mrs Mosse-Brown#worldsoldestperson

— Andrew Holness (@AndrewHolnessJM) September 16, 2017

She was born on March 10, 1900, and had lived in the same house Trelawney, Jamaica.

She had six children and was a great-grandmother many times throughout her life.

According to an interview with the Jamaican Observer on her 110 birthday, she said, “Really and truly, when people ask what me eat and drink to live so long, I say to them that I eat everything, except pork and chicken, and I don’t drink rum and them things.”

After working on a plantation, she bought …read more

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White House, Black Colleges Heads To Meet Amid Strained Ties

By By Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The presidents of historically black colleges and universities are making their second visit to the White House this year amid strains with the Trump administration over promises unkept.

An annual gathering in the nation’s capital for those schools has been reduced to a two-day summit, further aggravating college officials already frustrated with the White House’s slow pace on keeping its commitments.

“Everyone’s uptight in this day and age with our current president and with what’s going on,” said Ty Couey, president of the National HBCU Alumni Associations. “Things are out of control.”

Trump promised support for the schools during his presidential campaign and Black History Month meetings, when college presidents posed for pictures with the president in the White House.

This time, Trump will not be at the White House to receive them: His schedule puts him in New York for the U.N. General Assembly.

Advocates for the schools say there has been little to no action from the Trump administration, including its failure to name an executive director to an office dedicated to these institutions, or the lack of progress on moving that office from the Education Department to the White House, as promised.

In addition, the institutions have not seen increases …read more

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Hurricane Maria Nearing Already Battered Caribbean Islands

By Associated Press

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A strengthening Hurricane Maria churned toward the Leeward Islands in the eastern Caribbean on Monday as forecasters warned it was expected to become a major hurricane by early Tuesday.

Maria swiftly grew into a hurricane Sunday, and forecasters said it was expected to become much stronger over the coming hours following a path that would take it near many of the islands wrecked by Hurricane Irma and then on toward Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Hurricane warnings were posted for Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat and Martinique. A tropical storm warning was issued for Antigua and Barbuda, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Lucia. Other islands were warned to stay alert for changes in the storm. Hurricane watches were up in Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, the island shared by French St. Martin and Dutch St. Maarten, St. Barts and Anguilla.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Maria had maximum sustained winds of 90 mph (150 kph) early Monday. It was centered about 130 miles (215 kilometers) east-southeast of Dominica — or 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of Martinique — and heading west-northwest at 13 mph (20 kph).

The hurricane center …read more

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Dozens Arrested In St. Louis After More Protest, Vandalism

By Jim Salter & Summer Ballentine, Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Hundreds of police officers in riot gear mobilized in downtown St. Louis after another day of peaceful protests over an ex-police officer’s acquittal in the death of a black man, a scene that grew ugly after nightfall amid dozens of arrests and reports of property damage and vandalism in the streets.

Authorities made the arrests shortly before midnight, saying people had ignored orders to disperse after the peaceful protests.

A judge ruled Friday that Jason Stockley, a 36-year-old who left the department and moved to Houston three years ago, was not guilty in the 2011 death of Anthony Lamar Smith. The ruling set off raucous protests throughout the weekend. Another peaceful demonstration was expected later Monday.

On Sunday, hundreds of people marched through downtown streets, the posh Central West End, and the trendy Delmar Loop area of nearby University City.

Protesters also marched through two shopping malls in a wealthy area of St. Louis County. The protest began at the police headquarters downtown.

Following the same pattern of the previous days, well over 1,000 people marched peacefully for several hours. By nightfall, most had gone home. The 100 or so demonstrators who remained grew increasingly agitated as they marched …read more

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48th African American Pride And Reform Parade In Harlem

By Diannah Watson,

Many turned out on the streets of Harlem for the 48th African American Day Parade.

Every year on the third Sunday of September, the city of Harlem, NY puts on the African American parade celebrating the Caribbean and African American culture that covers the city.

The streets were filled with flags from different nations proudly waving as people watched the parade go by.

In an interview with the New York Daily News, 72-year-old Ruby Anderson loves the parade saying, “It’s wonderful. I’ve been coming every year. The drums keep me dancing. It’s lovely I like the flags, all the colors.”

A celebration of cultures is an amazing thing, but especially in Harlem. 53-year-old Scherrod explained, “It’s a good that they include everyone here. I grew up in Harlem. As the area gets more gentrified, it’s good to celebrate Harlem culture.” He continued, “I’ve been coming for the last 15 years. I hope to continue coming here. We need to celebrate African-American culture.”

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Some special guest showed up at the parade to join in on the festivities. Mayor de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray, the Rev. Al Sharpton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson …read more

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Police Release Surveillance Video In Kenneka Jenkins Mystery Death

By Kellee Terrell

Around the same time Kenneka Jenkins mother denounced reports that there is video of her daughter wandering into a freezer the alone, Rosemont police have released footage of the dead 19-year-old.

According to WGN, in the videos released by police, Jenkins appears to be stumbling in the hotel kitchen, hallways and out of an elevator. However despite community activist Andrew Holmes claims, there IS NOT any released footage of Jenkins walking into the freezer alone with the door closing behind her.

On Friday, Jenkins’ mother, Tereasa Martin, stressed that she hadn’t seen any footage of her daughter walking into the freezer either.

“Despite request for all evidence, we have only been provided snippets of video, none of which shows Jenkins walking into a freezer,” the statement reads in part.

“Serious questions remain as to how she ended up in a Crowne Plaza Hotel freezer and why it took a day and a half for the hotel to find Kenneka.”

From early on, Martin was very vocal that Chicago police were not doing enough to investigate her daughter’s death.

Jenkins left home around 11:30 pm on September 9 to attend a …read more

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St. Louis Protests Turn Violent After Cop’s Acquittal


ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police made several arrests and one officer was injured Sunday night after an afternoon of nonviolent protest over the acquittal of a white former police officer charged in the shooting death of a black man gave way to broken windows and a police response of several hundred officers in full riot gear.

Following the same pattern as the previous two days, Sunday’s protests began as marches of hundreds of people chanting in opposition to the verdict released Friday. But after organizers declared the demonstration a success and urged participants to head home, several dozen remained and grew increasingly agitated as the evening wore on.

By the time buses carrying hundreds of officers arrived, windows were broken at several businesses, plants were pulled from decorative downtown planters and police said they were sprayed with an unknown chemical.

At least seven people were taken into custody.

Heading into a third night of protests, organizers said they were frustrated that a few people who have caused trouble at night could make it harder to spread their nonviolent message.

State Rep. Bruce Franks, who has participated in the protests, said those who are violent and vandalizing “are not protesters,” but a group separate …read more

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Is Michelle Obama The Democrats Best Chance To Beat Trump In 2020?

By Kellee Terrell

Hillary Clinton Holds Get Out The Vote Rally With Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi

Source: Taylor Hill / Getty

Could our #ForeverFLOTUS one day be our #ForeverPOTUS?

A former pollster for former president Bill Clinton seems to believe that former First Lady Michelle Obama is the Democrats best chance to take back the White House in 2020.

Last week, Douglas Schoen wrote an interesting op-ed for The Hill that stressed that Mrs. Obama would fare better against incumbent Donald Trump than any of the other candidates being touted as the future of the party.

“As I’ve said before, the Democrats need an alternative plan to rebuild and unite the party if they have any hope in winning back seats in Congress in the 2018 midterms, nonetheless the White House in 2020,” Schoen noted.

“This alternative plan requires a new, united opposition, led by a political leader with widespread popularity. The only person I can see accomplishing this would be none other than the party’s most popular political figure: Michelle Obama,” he wrote about President Obama’s wife, who has a 65 percent approval rating.

This view even comes from someone who was “critical” of Obama’s own presidency, but can still acknowledge the potential of a Michelle Obama victory given the existing data.

“Let me be clear: This is …read more

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Murders Of Two Men In Louisiana Likely Racially Motivated

By By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The slayings of two black men in Baton Rouge last week were likely racially motivated, police said Sunday, and a suspect — a 23-year-old white man — was in custody. In both shootings the gunman fired from his car then walked up to the victims as they were lying on the ground and fired again multiple times.

The suspect, Kenneth Gleason, was being held on drug charges and was given a $3,500 bond on Sunday evening, a district attorney told The Associated Press. Authorities didn’t immediately have enough evidence to arrest him on charges related to the killings, but the investigation was ongoing, Baton Rouge Sgt. L’Jean McKneely told The Associated Press.

Gleason was still jailed as of 6 p.m. Sunday, according to the sheriff’s office.

“The victims were … ambushed,” McKneely said. “There is a strong possibility that it could be racially motivated.”
McKneely said shell casings from the shootings linked the two slayings, and a car belonging to Gleason fit the description of the vehicle used in the killings. He said authorities had collected other circumstantial evidence but he wouldn’t say what it was.

Neither victim had any prior relationship with Gleason. It wasn’t immediately clear if Gleason …read more

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