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Cody Wilson, 3D printed-gun designer, booked in Harris County Jail with bond set at $150,000

AUSTIN — Cody Wilson is back in the United States and is booked in the Harris County Jail as of 4:20 a.m. Sunday morning.

He has an active warrant out for his arrest in Travis County for felony sexual assault. This after investigators with Austin Police say he paid a 16-year-old girl for sex.

His bond is currently set for $150,000 and he has agreed to personally hire an attorney.

Police believe he recently fled to Taiwan after he was tipped off about the warrant by a friend of the victim.

Read more: https://www.khou.com/article/news/local/cody-wilson-3d-printed-gun-designer-booked-in-harris-county-jail-with-bond-set-at-150000/285-597340779

'Somebody's gouging us': Virginia lawmakers question $60M price tag for storm response

Virginia lawmakers on Thursday sharply questioned the costs of the state’s preparations for Hurricane Florence, saying they were shocked to learn officials committed to spend up to $60 million to set up shelters and deploy response teams for a storm that ultimately veered south.

Members of Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration have stood by the decision to order the first-ever mandatory evacuations of low-lying coastal areas, saying it was a call based on scientific predictions about the potential path of a storm that had minimal impacts in Virginia but devastated eastern North Carolina.

At a Senate Finance Committee meeting in Richmond, some lawmakers demanded a more detailed accounting of costs they called “shocking.” Several Republican senators acknowledged their questions could be seen as second-guessing decisions made in crisis, but they said the price tag alone warrants further scrutiny.

As of Thursday, the state had spent roughly $44 million of the $60 million authorized.

Read more: https://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/somebody-s-gouging-us-virginia-lawmakers-question-m-price-tag/article_35080974-ec62-57f3-8d4b-2fa27ac762df.html

Woman claims signature was forged on Shaun Brown petition; she's suing for $2.4M

NORFOLK -- A Virginia Beach woman has filed a $2.4 million lawsuit against a campaign worker for U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor after her name appeared on an election petition for Shaun Brown, according to a complaint filed in Norfolk Circuit Court late last week.

In the lawsuit, Susan Lambert claims her name was used without her consent on the petition. The signatures were gathered by Roberta Marciano in the days leading up to the June 12 filing deadline for candidates running in the state’s 2nd Congressional District.

Taylor has acknowledged that he knew his campaign workers were collecting signatures for Brown, but he said it was only to assure her place on the ballot with him and Democrat Elaine Luria.

Marciano is Taylor’s regional field director in charge of recruitment, event management and political outreach for his campaign, according to the lawsuit.

Read more: https://pilotonline.com/news/government/politics/local/article_532660c4-b13e-11e8-b2a7-1bcaed99dd5b.html

Dave Brat: Willing to Leave us High and Dry in a Hurricane

Hurricane Florence has wreaked havoc in the Carolinas, and we are all torn by the devastating images we see by the hour. We in the Richmond area got our own taste, with a series of tornadoes rolling through the area, hitting Chesterfield County particularly hard and bringing widespread flash flooding. Indeed, flash flood warnings have been issued regularly throughout the state and Florence, in downgraded form, has been drenching southern New England and has caused flooding in New Hampshire. While Virginia didn’t get hit as hard this time as we’d all feared, what has occurred is bad enough. And besides – we know our address is on Hurricane Alley. The names Sandy, Gaston, and Isabel are just a few of those seared in our memories (see list).

Rep. Dave Brat (R, VA-7), however, has voted consistently against funding hurricane andother disaster relief, even though Virginia has relied on such assistence on numerous occasions in the past and certainly will be this year in the aftermath of Florence. For example, following Hurricane Isabel in 2003, 93,139 Virginians applied for federal relief from 99 jurisdictions in Virginia, and by January 2004, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had approved $257 million to individuals and businesses in Virginia to help them recover (details here).

Brat has also voted against extending funding for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), despite that Virginians have received $720,147,929 in claim payments from the program since 1978. Communities participating in the NFIP include all but one of the counties in Brat’s district: Amelia, Chesterfield, Culpeper, Goochland, Henrico, Nottoway, Orange, Powhatan, and Spotsylvania.

Brat’s hardline position against offering emergency aid to fellow Americans – and to his own constituents – flies in the face of Central Virginia’s values. We believe in neighbor helping neighbor. Most Americans do: 88% believe that the federal government has a duty to provide aid in natural disasters. It’s called compassion, and the human race probably wouldn’t have survived without it. But compassion is lacking in much of Dave Brat’s voting record; in fact, during his first term in Congress, Brat earned the nickname the “Abominable No-Man” for his refusal to fund – well, just about anything.

Read more: https://bluevirginia.us/2018/09/dave-brat-willing-to-leave-us-high-and-dry-in-a-hurricane

Barbara Comstock Mocks the "Resistance": Her Stupid New Slogan Should Say "NO Results and NO Resist-

Barbara Comstock Mocks the “Resistance”: Her Stupid New Slogan Should Say “NO Results and NO Resistance” (Against Trump’s Assault on Our Democracy, Environment, Rule of Law, etc.)

At yesterday’s Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce debate, Rep. Barbara Comstock (Lifelong Republican Hack, VA-10) did what she always does – lied, evaded, dodged, misstated, tortured the truth, and pushed discredited far-right policies on just about every issue. Comstock also must have thought she came up with a super-clever slogan (“Results, Not Resistance”), because she repeated it over and over again, clearly very proud of herself. The problem is that, in fact, Comstock’s brief (and soon to be mercifully over with) tenure in Congress has been about the exact opposite of her stupid new slogan.

In reality, what VA-10 has gotten from Comstock is the toxic combo of NO results (at least not for regular people, as opposed the wealthy and powerful) and NO resistance (against Trump’s assault on our democracy, environment, rule of law, etc.). Below the video, which has Comstock’s insipid slogan on a loop, I’ll list some top examples of how Comstock has NOT achieved results, and also a bunch of things that Comstock should have but has NOT resisted.

Read more: https://bluevirginia.us/2018/09/barbara-comstock-mocks-resistance-her-stupid-new-slogan-should-say-no-results-and-no-resistance-against-trumps-assault-on-our-democracy-environment-rule-of-law-etc

Will thousands of new Medicaid enrollees inundate an already overloaded social services workforce?

Virginia’s 120 local social services departments are on the front lines when determining eligibility for benefit programs like Medicaid, and they’re trying to prepare for the wave of applicants they’ll likely see once Medicaid expansion hits the state in January.

That could be a daunting task, though, as the state’s eligibility workers are already overworked and have a low retention rate. According to the League of Social Services Executives, 40 percent of benefits eligibility specialists in local departments leave within five years.

The state has taken steps to ease the burden on those local departments, including hiring 310 additional staff members to spread the work around — but there are still some doubts of whether that’s enough.

During a Joint Subcommittee for Health and Human Resources Oversight meeting Wednesday, Elaine Burgess, president of the Virginia Benefits Program Organization who works in Virginia Beach, said most of the workers in her agency have caseloads of up to 800 cases.

Read more: https://www.virginiamercury.com/2018/09/20/will-thousands-of-new-medicaid-enrollees-inundate-an-already-overloaded-social-services-workforce/

'I am deeply sorry:' Onalaska ISD superintendent resigns after black quarterback comments

Frustrated with quarterback Deshaun Watson's efforts at the end of the game, Onalaska ISD Lynn Redden said in part, "when you need precision decision making, you can't count on a black quarterback."

ONALASKA, Texas – Onalaska ISD superintendent Lynn Redden resigned from his position Saturday after a comment he made about Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Redden announced his resignation in a letter sent to the Onalaska Board of Trustees. In it he wrote that he was "deeply sorry" for the comments he made about Watson and praised the quarterback for being a great role model.

"I would like to thank the OISD School Board of Trustees and staff for the past 12 years of working with in Onalaska and in the field of education," said Redden. "I do hope that those who know me well and those who have worked with me will remember me for my body of work over 42 years in public education, rather than by my unwarranted and inappropriate comments."

After the Texans lost to the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Redden made a comment on a Chron.com Facebook post that said, ”when you need precision decision making, you can’t count on a black quarterback.”

Read more: https://www.khou.com/article/news/local/i-am-deeply-sorry-onalaska-isd-superintendent-resigns-after-black-quarterback-comments/285-597147621

Texas agency dumps proposal to raise retired teachers' health premiums

The Teacher Retirement System of Texas officially decided Friday to ditch a proposal to raise health insurance premiums for retired teachers under age 65.

The system’s board over the summer had considered raising premiums for about 68,000 retirees and their dependents by $50 a month in 2019. But amid pressure from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, board members on Friday decided with very little discussion to leave premiums at $200 a month.

“We didn’t want to pass up an opportunity to say thank you for making the decision not to increase premiums at this time on the retirees’ health care program,” Brock Gregg, an associate director with Texas Retired Teachers Association, told the board Friday. “But that is not to say that retirees are happy with their health care program. They’re not.”

The system’s executive director, Brian Guthrie, earlier this week had recommended to a committee of the board to not raise premiums because the system had negotiated lower rates in its contract with Humana and had realized savings from other contracts. System officials had expected a $410 million shortfall in the 2020-21 budget cycle if premiums did not increase, but the latest estimated shortfall is $238 million.

Read more: https://www.mystatesman.com/news/texas-agency-dumps-proposal-raise-retired-teachers-health-premiums/REIKhd08UUMgHuWh7iMfKP/

Wiley College orders 'Greek life' to cease after hazing incident

MARSHALL — Wiley College has ordered all “Greek life” to immediately cease activities and remove all paraphernalia from campus after a report of a hazing incident in at least one of the organizations, according to a letter from Wiley College President Herman Felton Jr. on Thursday.

Felton wrote that the purpose of the moratorium is “to evaluate all Greek letter organizations on the campus to ensure they are upholding standards deemed acceptable for any student or student group.”

Felton gave fraternity and sorority members until Friday to take down and remove all Greek life-related items, symbols and signs, or the college would throw them away.

Clothing that promotes or represents a Greek organization also is banned, Felton said, along with Greek programs, off-campus parties and intake parties.

Read more: https://www.news-journal.com/news/county/harrison/wiley-college-orders-greek-life-to-cease-after-hazing-incident/article_4b95e4b2-be07-11e8-8998-4780d802badd.html

Wiley College is a four-year private HBCU.

Columbia High School student arrested for possession of a handgun at football game

Columbia-Brazoria ISD Police responded to a tip and found the student at the school's football game against La Marque High School. He was arrested and transported to a juvenile detention center.

WEST COLUMBIA, Texas - A Columbia High School student was arrested Friday night for possession of a handgun.

Columbia-Brazoria ISD Police responded to a tip and found the student at the school’s football game against La Marque High School. He was arrested and transported to a juvenile detention center.

Police say the student is a sophomore at Columbia High School. The student will face the maximum discipline and will not be allowed to return to CBISD campuses, according to police.


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