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Published: Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 7:22 AM
— A Virginia woman got the gift of life this Christmas.
Sandra Bragg was one of the more than 80,000 people who were on the list for a kidney transplant. But she had high hopes that this Christmas would bring the life-changing surgery she needed, WDBJ reported.
“I kept on saying, ‘I’m going to get one for Christmas.’ I was determined I was going to get one,” Bragg told WDBJ. “I told my dialysis tech, I said, ‘I won’t see you for Christmas because I'm going to get a kidney.’”
And she was right. The call came two days before the holiday.
It was her third time getting the good news, but the past two times had been what was called “false alarms.” But Bragg said, “Third time’s the charm.”
Now, after five years of dialysis and dealing with kidney disease for most of her life, she has a new hope for the coming year, thanks, she says, to having faith.
“For a while, I didn’t have faith, and I thought ‘Oh this is it? This is going to be my life?’” Bragg told WDBJ. “And it’s totally changed. I mean, just keep the faith.”
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 12:20 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 12:20 PM
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump called the U.S.-Mexico border “a big mess” on Thursday morning as the House prepared to vote on a pair of immigration bills.
Update 12:20 p.m. EDT June 21: First lady Melania Trump is making an unannounced visit to the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday.
Melania Trump was in Texas on Thursday morning and planned to tour two facilities holding child immigrants, CNN reported.
She previously spoke out against the policy of separating migrant children and parents at the border.
"Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform," said her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, according to CNN. "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart."
The Trump administration policy was ended Wednesday by an executive order from the president.
Update 12:10 p.m. EDT June 21: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called a pair of proposed Republican immigration reform bills a “compromise with the devil.”
She said that the bills make Republicans complicit in Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. The policy, which directs prosecutors to pursue cases against any person suspected of coming to the country illegally, resulted in the separation of hundreds of children from their parents at the border.
.@NancyPelosi: "It is not a compromise. It may be a compromise with the devil, but it's not a compromise with the Democrats in terms of what they have in their bill."— CSPAN (@cspan) June 21, 2018
Full video here: https://t.co/PKnwkpPCFo pic.twitter.com/d6fZcuMrTY
Update 11:55 a.m. EDT June 21: House Speaker Paul Ryan said officials are working on reuniting families that have been separated in recent weeks at the border.
“I believe (the Department of Homeland Security) is working on that,” Ryan said Thursday at a news briefing. “We obviously want to have families reunited.”
He said DHS officials are working with the Department of Health and Human Services to bring the families back together.
“What we’re trying to do is put the families at the head of the queue so they can be adjudicated faster,” he said.
.@SpeakerRyan: "If these bills do not pass today then we will cross that bridge when we get to it. But the last thing I want to do right now is undercut the votes that we are about to have on what I think are pretty darn good immigration measures." https://t.co/Y4rSBy1brL pic.twitter.com/MvQXhfBwFQ— CSPAN (@cspan) June 21, 2018
The Trump administration in April directed prosecutors to pursue cases against all people suspected of crossing the border illegally as part of a “zero tolerance” immigration enforcement policy. Parents were separated from their children as they faced prosecution. Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
Trump ended the policy Wednesday with an executive order days after he first started calling on Congress to stop the separations through legislation.
The House is set to vote Thursday on a pair of Republican immigration reform bills, although neither appeared likely to succeed.
Original report: “The Border has been a big mess and problem for many years,” Trump wrote. “At some point (Senate Minority Leader Chuck) Schumer and (House Minority Leader Nancy) Pelosi, who are weak on Crime and Border security, will be forced to do a real deal, so easy, that solves this long time problem.”
The Border has been a big mess and problem for many years. At some point Schumer and Pelosi, who are weak on Crime and Border security, will be forced to do a real deal, so easy, that solves this long time problem. Schumer used to want Border security - now he’ll take Crime!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2018
Democrats want open Borders, where anyone can come into our Country, and stay. This is Nancy Pelosi’s dream. It won’t happen!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2018
The president’s tweet comes one day after he ended his administration’s much-derided policy of separating migrant children from parents at the border and as the House readies to debate and vote on a pair of Republican immigration reform bills.
It was not immediately clear whether the bills would be successful. House Republican leaders were still trying Thursday morning to build support for one negotiated among conservative and moderate factions of the GOP, although the measure is unlikely to pick up much, if any, Democratic support.
Ahead of the planned vote, the president accused Democrats of “only looking to Obstruct” the immigration bills in order to gain political clout ahead of the mid-term elections.
“What is the purpose of the House doing good immigration bills when you need 9 votes by Democrats in the Senate, and the Dems are only looking to Obstruct (which they feel is good for them in the Mid-Terms),” Trump wrote Thursday morning in a tweet. “Republicans must get rid of the stupid Filibuster Rule-it is killing you!”
What is the purpose of the House doing good immigration bills when you need 9 votes by Democrats in the Senate, and the Dems are only looking to Obstruct (which they feel is good for them in the Mid-Terms). Republicans must get rid of the stupid Filibuster Rule-it is killing you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2018
Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to end his administration’s policy of separating migrant children from parents suspected of coming to the country illegally at the border. The controversial policy was a result of Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration enforcement push announced in April.
Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 11:34 AM
SOUTH BOSTON, Va. — Father’s Day may have a new meaning for a stockcar driver and his father.
Car No. 39, driven by Mike Jones, was hit by a competitor, spinning him into a racetrack wall at South Boston Speedway in Virginia. The car caught fire after the crash, but the flames didn’t stop Jones’ father from trying to rescue his son from the burning car.
The younger Jones told WDBJ that he could barely see, let alone breathe.
The elder Jones, who had been watching from the pit, rushed to his son’s car and pulled him out.
He told “NBC Nightly News” that the only thing he was thinking of was getting his son out of the car.
But this isn’t the first time Dean Jones has come to his son’s rescue. When he was 10 or 12, Mike Jones was knocked out playing baseball. The first person he saw when he came to was his dad standing over him at home plate, WDBJ reported.
Dean Jones is on probation because he technically broke racing rules, and can’t break any of the laws of the race again. Mike Jones said the car was totaled but he’ll be back on the race circuit as soon as he rebuilds, WDBJ reported.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 6:23 AM
ADAMS COUNTY, Ohio — An Ohio break-in suspect who goes by “Popeye” and sports a large, unusual face tattoo may be as recognizable as the sailor man himself.
According to WKRC, Anthony Ward was arrested on theft and breaking-and-entering charges Wednesday after the Adams County Sheriff's Office shared his photo on Facebook.
“Be on the look out for aka (Popeye) Anthony Ward,” the Adams County Sheriff’s Office stated. “Subject has Felony warrants through Brown County and wanted for questioning on several B&E's [breaking and entering]. AIso Dottie Worthington is with this subject and are driving a Black Chevy Cruz.”
The post quickly racked up 2,700 shares and more than 100 comments from bemused followers.
Sheriff’s officials told Cox Media the post was removed from Facebook due to the overwhelming amount of comments.
“Don't you have a better pic? This could be anybody,” one commenter quipped.
“Now they need to put a ‘be on the lookout’ for a bad tattoo artist,” wrote another.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 8:35 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. — A Louisiana high school can thank one of the biggest names in basketball for its new weight room.
Lafayette High School was given $21,000 by the Lafayette Parish School Board for the project to redo its weight room, but the total price tag was just over $40,000, The Daily Advertiser reported.
But Shaquille O’Neal made sure they got the new weight equipment they needed for the school’s athletic programs by paying the remainder of the bill.
“If we didn’t have Shaq step in to help us, it would have been another two years for us to raise the money,” football coach Rob Pool told the Advertiser.
The coaches spent the day Wednesday putting the green and black customized machines together in time for Thursday’s football team workout, the Advertiser reported.
The donation, which Shaq told the team about via a video back in March, was part of South Louisiana Giving Day, the Advertiser reported.