9.29.16:  Grandparents of school shooter found father dead



TOWNVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a volunteer firefighter stopped a teenager who shot three people outside a South Carolina elementary school after killing his father at home.

Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper says the shooter wounded two students and a teacher Wednesday afternoon outside rural Townville Elementary but was apprehended before he could get inside the building.

Skipper says firefighter Jamie Brock “just took him down.” Brock is a 30-year veteran of the Townville Volunteer Fire Department just down the road from the school and arrived before other officers responding to a 911 call from the school.

Deputies arrived minutes later.

Authorities say they don’t yet know a motive for the shooting and they weren’t sure if the students and teacher were targeted.



9.29.16:  Congress clears stopgap spending bill, $1.1B to fight Zika



WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has completed its most elementary task — but only after an intense, weekslong struggle to reach a deal to fund the government just days ahead of a shutdown deadline.

The legislation extends existing spending levels a mere 10 weeks, past Election Day, while finally addressing the Zika crisis with $1.1 billion and providing long-sought help for the residents of Flint, Michigan, and flood victims in Louisiana. The legislation passed the Senate on a 72-26 vote and was backed by the House 342-85.

With the Capitol awash in election-year politics, shadowed by the contentious presidential race and engulfed in a fierce battle for control of the Senate, the simplest task became a nearly impossible heavy lift.


9.28.16:  Man shot by police near San Diego dies



EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — Police say a black man shot several times by officers in a San Diego suburb has died.

El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis said at a news conference earlier in the evening that the man was not armed but had pulled an object from his pocket and pointed it in a “shooting stance” toward two officers.

That prompted one of the officers to open fire. The man died several hours later at a hospital.

The shooting spurred protests at the scene for several hours, alleging police racism.



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9.27.16:  Today would be a good day to register to vote


-Today is National Voter Registration Day.


It is a nationwide, nonpartisan effort to register hundreds of thousands of voters today.

The deadline to register or update registration in Michigan, is Oct. 11th.

If you are headed down to ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, the League of Women Voters has set up a table just inside the Ford Museum to encourage citizens to register or update their registration if they have moved.

9.27.16:  Trump and Clinton go head to head


HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — One down and two to go. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have wrapped up their first of three presidential debates, and the jabs came from both candidates.

The showdown last night in Hempstead, New York, was confrontational from the start.

The next debate will take place Sunday, October 9th.

Today Clinton will be in Raleigh, North Carolina and Trump will spend time in Florida.

9.27.16:  Firefighters shift focus



SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews in Northern California have turned their attention to a blaze in the Santa Cruz Mountains that has destroyed one home and is threatening hundreds of others.

The shift in focus came after firefighters gained ground against a 2-square-mile wildfire near a geothermal power producing facility in Sonoma County.



9.27.16:  Cedar Rapids flood protection holding, city says



CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Residents of Cedar Rapids, Iowa are watching anxiously as the quickly rising Cedar River threatens to inundate their city with devastating floodwaters for the second time in just over eight years.

They’ve spent days sandbagging and putting up an extensive system of flood barriers.

Entire neighborhoods and the downtown are largely abandoned and schools and businesses are closed.


9.27.16:  Lawmakers press talks as showdown vote looms on funding bill



WASHINGTON (AP) —Some lawmakers are pushing to reopen talks on must-do legislation to prevent the government from shutting down this weekend, fight the Zika virus and help flood-ravaged Louisiana rebuild.

The aim is to see if money will be added to help Flint, Michigan, with its water crisis — and get Capitol Hill off a collision course that could lead to a government shutdown this weekend.

Democrats are expected to block the stopgap funding bill Tuesday afternoon if GOP negotiators don’t offer funding to help Flint and other communities with lead-poisoned water replace pipes and take other steps.

An alternative option would be for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to strip $500 million in flood aid for Louisiana and other states from the bill. Democrats don’t want that, either.


9.26.16:  Clinton, Trump go head-to-head tonight



WASHINGTON (AP) — The first showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, tonight, and a record number of TV viewers is expected to watch.

It is the first of three presidential debates. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be featured, as the third party candidates did not qualify.

Moderator, NBC anchor Lester Holt, will divide the debate into six, 15-minute time segments.

Only a few hundred tickets are available to students to attend while another 500 student volunteers will help staff the event.