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Published: Friday, December 01, 2017 @ 1:40 PM
— U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, whose district includes parts of Bastrop and Caldwell counties, used $84,000 in taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment complaint brought by his former spokeswoman, sources told Politico.
The Corpus Christi lawmaker is the only known sitting member of Congress to have used the House account to pay an accuser, Politico reported.
“While I 100% support more transparency with respect to claims against members of Congress, I can neither confirm nor deny that settlement involved my office as the Congressional Accountability Act prohibits me from answering that question,” Farenthold said in a statement provided to Politico and the American-Statesman.
The story was later confirmed by NBC News.
News of the $84,000 payout comes amid reports earlier this week that another lawmaker, Dallas-area U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, sent lewd text messages to at least two women.
The 68-year-old announced Thursday that he plans to retire at the end of his current term.
For Farenthold, the Politico report revived details of a salacious lawsuit his former aide, Lauren Greene, brought two years ago.
The suit alleged that Farenthold told Green he had “sexual fantasies” and “wet dreams” about her and made other explicit remarks. In one instance, Greene claimed “Farenthold told (her) that she had something on her skirt and that he hoped his comment wouldn’t be taken for sexual harassment.”
The suit added: “A reasonable person would infer that Farenthold was joking that she had semen on her skirt.”
Farenthold said in a statement in 2015, when the suit was settled and dismissed, that he denied wrongdoing and was “glad to put this behind me and move forward.”
NBC News confirms Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) is the lawmaker behind the $84,000 sexual harassment settlement using taxpayer money through the Office of Compliance, according to two sources familiar. (w/ @LACaldwellDC)— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) December 1, 2017
Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 5:34 AM
TRUMANN, Ark. — A man reportedly was shot and killed Sunday night outside an Arkansas Walmart as bystanders, including kids, looked on.
BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Police Chief Chad Henson spoke with Region 8 News early Monday morning providing an update on the deadly shooting at the Walmart. Latest info here >> https://t.co/bcWze0duJT pic.twitter.com/JhGnVTWMx4— Region 8 News (@Region8News) April 23, 2018
According to KAIT, police said the slaying began as a domestic dispute at the front of the store in Trumann about 9:15 p.m. CDT. Police arrived and negotiated with an armed man who walked out of the store with a woman. The man then shot and killed a second man who "tried to intervene," KAIT reported. The armed man eventually surrendered to police and was arrested.
Police did not release the names of the people involved in the incident, but officers said the slain man was likely connected to the woman and armed man.
Dozens of shoppers were nearby when the man was shot, police said.
"A lot of people witnessed something tonight that they should have never seen," Trumann police Chief Chad Henson told KAIT. "We're going to have to go through a lot of healing from here on out. It was just a terrible day."
Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 12:05 PM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 12:05 PM
ANTIOCH, Tenn. — At least four people are dead after a shooting at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee.
Killed were Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29, a Waffle House employee who was outside the restaurant when the gunman opened fire; Joe R. Perez, 20, of Nashville, who was a patron standing outside the restaurant; Akilah Dasilva, 23, of Antioch, who was wounded inside the restaurant and died at Vanderbilt University Medial Center; and DeEbony Groves, 21, of Gallatin, a senior at Belmont University in Nashville.
Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 1:25 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A massive hunt to capture the man wanted in connection with the shooting deaths of four people at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee, outside Nashville, continues.
Travis Reinking, 29, is now on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Top 10 Most Wanted List, and law enforcement said he is armed, dangerous and hiding, WHBQ's Greg Coy reports.
Police said Reinking returned to his apartment after opening fire at the Waffle House. Reinking, who reportedly was nude at the time of the shooting, put on pants and then ran into the woods, police said.
Neighbor Johnny Green said another neighbor noticed Reinking and called police.
"My mom saw him," Green added. Coy asked, "What did she say about him?" "He just seemed weird," Green replied.
Police said they hope the rain and cooler temperatures will draw Reinking out of hiding. Police said Reinking's options are limited because the crime and social media attention have made him an international fugitive.
Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 11:33 AM
— Now that the latest royal baby’s been born, what will his name be?
The royal parents, William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, may already know, but the rest of us don’t, yet.
At it will probably be a few days until they make the official royal proclamation, CNN reported.
Bookmakers say that the favorites for a boy were Arthur, Albert or James.
Albert could be a shoo-in because it would not only a tribute to Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, but also a way of honoring the royal newborn’s great grandfather and Queen Elizabeth II’s father. He was called Albert until he became king and took the reign name of King George VI, CNN and BBC reported.
Many believe, no matter what name is chosen, it will be traditional.
“George and Charlotte are very traditional, historic, English names,” royal commentator Kate Williams told CNN.
The new baby is fifth in line to the throne, behind his grandfather, Prince Charles, his father, Prince William, and even his brother and sister.
The queen may not have full final decision on the name, but she will be consulted, CNN reported. She will also bequeath a title on the royal baby.