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Amtrak to release details on Penn Station repairs, delays

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Bob Gordon. "We know that both Amtrak and New Jersey Transit have been underfunded for years, but we need to know why emergency repairs were not made to the New York Penn Station tracks prior to the derailments". New Jersey Transit's executive director expressed deep frustration that it's a major player and pays fees for Amtrak facilities but has had little control over maintenance decisions. Read More »

Storms to bring heavy rain and gusty winds to the area

The focus of the severe weather will be in areas south and east of I- 35, the weather service said. Forecasters say the stormy weather could also affect parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas. Amounts of 1 to 3 inches are likely, with up to 5 inches possible. Some pockets of hail will be possible, but that threat should be a little more limited. Read More »

Former Georgia governor is new ag chief

In the floor debate ahead of the vote, the committee's ranking Democrat, Sen. "Governor Perdue's leadership is desperately needed", said Ms Stabenow, who voted for the nominee. Perdue will take office as farm prices have been down for several years in a row, and some in the industry are looking for policy fixes to help revive the market. Read More »

Patriots star Malcolm Buter signs restricted free agent tender

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Butler could be signed by another team and that team would have to offer the Patriots their first round pick. In fact, I know we're not going to do that. However, the Patriots will not be able to pull off a deal unless Butler is officially under contract. There's also a decent chance they make a trade before the draft in hopes of getting back into Day 1. Read More »

Suspect in Facebook video killing shoots himself to death

By Monday, five states, including OH, were informed Stephens may be headed there. Stephens used the drive-thru to order a 20 Chicken McNuggets and a large order of French fries for $5.35. Police said the woman he referred to was in a safe place. Facebook said it received its first report about the shooting video about 4 p.m., about two hours after Stephens started to upload his footage. Read More »

Free tuition in NY, no plans to change tuition at UNF

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But Cowell, who chaired Pennsylvania's state House Education Committee and now leads an education think-tank, says don't look for this state to follow NY. In 2017 this is the vast, vast majority of all students, especially poorer students. The program, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a legislative priority, will primarily benefit traditional students-those who go to college straight from high school and earn their degrees on time . Read More »

Gorsuch confirmation rolls Supreme Court to the right

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The change allowed the Senate to proceed to the final vote with a simple majority. Gorsuch is "going to make an incredible addition to the court", McConnell said. Fox News reports that as many as five new SCOTUS seats are likely to be filled under Trump's administration, and there is no reason to think that any of these appointees will be anything but conservative. Read More »

Oklahoma Bill Would Allow Health Insurance Sales Across State Lines

Walker and House majority leaders have argued for a fuller plan. The bill appears to be struggling for support. The oil tax and credit overhaul that passed the House would, among other things, eliminate cashable credits for the North Slope and result in a tax increase at oil prices between about $50 and $100 per barrel, according to a Department of Revenue analysis. Read More »

Xi stresses China's North Korea concerns in talk with Trump

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President Donald Trump shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a dinner at Mar-a-Lago, April 6, 2017. Trump, it added, said that it was very important for the two heads of state to maintain close ties, and that he agreed that the USA and China should work together to "expand pragmatic cooperation in a wide range of areas". Read More »

TRACKING: 2 rounds of storms could bring severe weather to Charlotte

High winds from the storm downed power lines and trees along roads and beside an interstate, Stewart County Sheriff Office dispatcher Sandra James said by phone. More than 20 million Americans are in the path of severe weather today from SC to New Jersey. Much of Alabama, despite the multitude of severe weather reports, dodged the tornado bullet again. Read More »

Seattle Sues Trump Over His Crackdown On Sanctuary Cities

Attorney General Jeff Sessions' statements Monday that local jurisdictions may have Department of Justice funds pulled if they fail to cooperate with federal authorities in enforcing immigration policy may have been the straw that broke the camel's back, though Murray has voiced Seattle's defiance since the order was issued. Read More »

Cleaning House: DNC Chair Perez Orders All Staffers To Resign

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The report says DNC Chairman Tom Perez has launched an overhaul of the party's organization, following a hard year that included the abrupt resignation of former Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. In this past year, the DNC has gone through three party leaders. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (Fla.) rigged the 2016 presidential primary contest in favor of Hillary Clinton. Read More »

15 people shot, 1 killed at Cincinnati nightclub

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Currently, they are taking statements from all the people present at the scene of the crime, when the bloody incident took place. No suspect has been named or arrested. Nobody has been taken into custody, Sergeant Eric Franz told ABC News, describing the aftermath as a "large and complicated homicide scene". "People were running, trampling, stepping over us, everything". Read More »

Judge in Virginia declines to block Trump's new travel ban

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In a decision hailed by the White House, US District Court Judge Anthony Trenga ruled Friday that the revised travel ban could go forward, seeing the latest version as markedly different from the Trump administration's initial effort. As previously reported on The Root, Trump's original ban was signed on January 27 and halted a week later by a federal judge in Washington State. Read More »

Democrats Will Try to Block Neil Gorsuch Confirmation

Addressing Republicans, Schumer said if Gorsuch "cannot earn 60 votes, a bar met by each of President Obama's nominees and George Bush's last two nominees, the answer isn't to change the rules". During the confirmation hearing, Democrats on the committee regularly expressed their anger that President Barack Obama's nomination for a post that was vacated 13 months ago was refused a hearing by Republicans. Read More »

Rex Tillerson to attend North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting after all

The officials will ask the applicant's travel history, addresses and work history for 15 years; and all phone numbers, email addresses and social media handles used by the applicant in the past five years during the interview. Per the same memo, visa applicants that fall within one of these identified population groups should be considered for higher-level security screening. Read More »

Menendez Keeps Focus on Budget Battles, As Legal Battle Looms

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Toscano said the nonprofit service, which served 66,000 meals in this area a year ago, not only provides nourishment and visits to low-income homebound residents, many of them elderly, but it also saves money. "We're here for everybody that needs our help and we plan on being here for a long time", Jackson said. Those with Mobile Meals said they'll continue to help the elderly regardless of how the budget shakes out. Read More »

Post-firing, NY prosecutor's office likely to plot similar course

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What complicated the situation with Bharara was both his prominence and his having been asked , during the presidential transition, to stay on in the job. And now, speculation is rampant that the real reason behind firing Bharara was his role of an investigator in the Fox News sexual allegations controversy. Read More »

Turkey Claims to Have Killed 71 US-Backed Kurds in Syria Attacks

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The vote will determine whether President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will gain greater powers under a USA -style executive presidency. As for the Syrian army, the SDF operations in Raqqa and elsewhere could be a positive thing since there is an undeclared coordination between both forces, observers say. Read More »

Cummings, Trump meeting on drug prices back on

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The Congressmen pitched a House bill that would expand the federal government's ability to negotiate drug prices, and they left feeling optimistic about what Trump will do. And, Welch said, "the price is starting to kill us, we just can't afford it". The latest proposal would direct the HHS Secretary to establish a formulary. Read More »