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Published: Saturday, December 02, 2017 @ 1:18 PM
U.S. Senator and former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is rallying with local leaders today in Dayton, opposing the Republican tax plan that passed the Senate early this morning.
Sanders (I-VT) is joining a group called Not One Penny and MoveOn.org at the Dayton Masonic Center for what they’re calling a Protecting Working Families Tour. By 11 a.m., a crowd of a few hundred had already gathered to hear Sanders speak at noon.
Ed Lacy of Dayton said he hasn’t had a chance to read the tax bill yet. Like many people, he’s heard bits and pieces, and he expressed concern that one policy tweak in the bill might make it harder for people to afford graduate school.
“Bernie has a chance to galvanize people who would like to see a more proper and responsive government restored in this country that will look to the needs of working people and protect the environment and undo some of the corporate excesses that are flying right now,” Lacy said.
The groups rallying Saturday say the Republican tax plan would favor millionaires and wealthy corporations, rather than the middle class that Republican leaders have targeted in their messaging. President Donald Trump lauded the bill in an early morning tweet, saying that America is “one step closer to delivering massive tax cuts for working families.”
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Thursday the GOP Senate tax plan would add more than $1 trillion dollars to the budget deficit in 10 years.
Sanders was not able to attend the first tour stop in Louisville on Friday night, because the Senate was working on the tax bill at the time, eventually passing it around 1:50 a.m. Saturday.
The House and Senate now will need to reach compromise on differences in the bills each house passed, in order for the bill to be signed by Trump and become law.
After Sanders’ Dayton event ends, the tour will go to Akron tonight, and Reading, Pa. on Sunday.
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 10:26 AM
— U.S. lawmakers are in session today but no deal is in sight to prevent an extended government shutdown.
The Wright-Patterson Air Force Museum closed Saturday and other local governmental institutions will be closed Monday as Republicans and Democrats have failed to reach a deal to fund governmental operations.
Both sides are dug in at the moment, with Republicans pushing for a larger defense budget and the Democrats wanting more non-defense spending as well as an agreement on the immigration bill — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Cox Media Group D.C. Correspondent Jamie Dupree reports.
U.S. Senate members return at 1 p.m. today and the U.S. House of Representatives meet at 2 p.m. but no action is expected this afternoon. The U.S. Senate has a procedural vote set for early Monday morning on the GOP’s plan to fund the government through Feb. 8.
5 WAYS SHUTDOWN IS AFFECTING GOVERNMENT
1. U.S. troops will continue to report for duty and U.S. Mail will be delivered, but around one million civilian federal workers will not be at work if the shutdown extends into Monday, according to the Associated Press.
2. Nearly 45,500 IRS employees will be furloughed, which could delay the implementation of lower income tax withholdings set to go into effect nationwide next month, according to the AP.
3. Medicare and Medicaid will continue to operate, the former continuing to provide insurance coverage for nearly 59 million seniors and disabled citizens and the ladder continuing to provide coverage for low-income and disabled people, according to the AP.
4. Most of the federal employees under the U.S. Department of Justice will continue working during the shutdown, including members of the national security division, the FBI, DEA, ATF and the U.S. Marshals Service, according to the AP.
5. Some U.S. Lawmakers have announced they will donate their pay during the shutdown. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced Saturday he will donate to an Ohio diaper bank that supports struggling families and Sen. Todd Young (R-IND) announced he will donate his pay to charity.
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Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 7:02 AM
— Two separate rape trials are set to begin Monday in Judge Stephen Wolaver’s courtroom in Greene County Common Pleas Court.
Myron Marquice Walker, 20, is charged with rape and gross sexual imposition and has been held in the Greene County Jail since his arrest in October.
A grand jury indicted Walker on the charges on Oct. 20, and Walker pleaded not guilty to the charges on Oct. 27.
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The alleged incident came to light the early evening of Jan. 22, when Greene County deputies responded to Greene Memorial Hospital on a possible sex offense, according to the sheriff’s office report.
A 19-year-old woman reported she had been raped that afternoon at a home on Eavey Street in Xenia Twp., and she underwent a sexual assault examination at the hospital, according to the report.
The sheriff’s office did not release further details, citing an ongoing investigation.
Walker’s attorney Travis Kane said this is a case in which two college students engaged in consensual sex.
“My client has maintained his innocence from the very beginning. He’s been cooperative with law enforcement, and he’s eager to prove his innocence in court,” Kane said.
This is not the first trial for Walker on the same charges in a different case. On Jan. 12, 2017, a jury found him not guilty of rape and did not reach a verdict on a charge of gross sexual imposition.
The case stemmed from an incident that allegedly happened in November 2015 in a Hawthorn Hall dormitory at Wright State University, according to Greene County court records.
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Jury selection on Walker’s new case is scheduled to start first thing Monday morning, according to Wolaver’s office.
If Walker’s case is delayed, the jury trial of David P. Coleman, 34, who has been held at the Greene County Jail since his arrest in April 2017, is scheduled to begin with jury selection, according to Wolaver’s office.
On April 28, 2017, a grand jury indicted Coleman on charges of rape, felonious assault and abduction, according to Greene County court records. On May 5, 2017, Coleman pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to the court records.
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Coleman’s attorney, William Cass, could not be reached for comment.
Coleman’s trial will have to be rescheduled, if Walker’s case gets started as planned, according to Wolaver’s office.
Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 2:44 PM
PHOENIX — An Arizona woman who gave her toddler a fatal dose of methamphetamine in 2016 was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison.
Natalie Russell, 30, pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder and child abuse, azcentral.com reported. Russell claimed she gave her 22-month-old daughter meth to counteract the effects of methadone. The child had accidentally ingested methadone that was left in an open container, Russell allegedly told police. Officials said Russell failed to get her daughter medical assistance.
Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 8:35 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A 9-year-old girl unwittingly ate, and handed out to other classmates, THC-laced candy, school officials said.
The girl brought the candies to school last Thursday and said she could not see; another girl ate them and started to feel dizzy, Albuquerque School of Excellence Dean of Elementary School Students Kristy Del Curto told KRQE.
“We noticed the student who initially brought the edible to our school was acting strange. She started saying she couldn’t see,” Del Curto said.
Three students shared one gummy and the student who handed it out had three or four pieces, Del Curto said.
Paramedics were called and monitored the students, who eventually recovered.
The student who brought them to school did not know they were medicinal, THC-laced gummies, Del Curto said.