Shooting survivors share their stories with Texas governor

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Survivors of last week's shooting at a high school near Houston told gripping stories of dodging bullets, hiding from the attacker and seeing classmates get shot as they pleaded with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for more armed security to keep campuses safe.

The emotional three-hour discussion ...

Why the NFL Protests Should Stop

Matt Calkins, Seattle Times
Nearly two years after Colin Kaepernick started sports' most controversial trend, I've reached two conclusions regarding this topic: 1) The protests are hurting viewership; and 2) There are more effective ways for NFL players to speak their minds.

Inside the Beltway: Art of the deal, North Korea edition

A diplomatic breakthrough between the United States and North Korea has stalled for the time being, prompting alarm, scorn and glee among President Trump's critics. But wait. Seasoned observers know that diplomacy is a work in progress, full of tweaks and maneuvers. Deals often follow the same trajectory. Is it ...

Louisiana editorial roundup

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May 20

The Advocate says Louisiana's licensing requirements for retail florists will be around as long as money is involved:

Through the wisdom of the Louisiana Legislature, Louisiana will remain the only state in the nation that requires retail florists to pass a licensing ...

Alabama editorial roundup

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May 21

Opelika-Auburn News tells readers what to do if they're tired of hearing about school shootings:

The complacency with stories about school shootings may sadly make the headlines seem less noticeable now, but school officials are right to realize there is no place ...

Georgia editorial roundup

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May 18

The Gainesville Times says gubernatorial candidate Michael Williams insulted Gainesville, immigrants and the truth with his "Deportation Bus":

In a political era chock full o' nuts, this year's governor's race is going off the rails on a crazy train.

The lunacy rolled ...

Bipartisan group file legislation reinstating death penalty

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A bipartisan group of Illinois legislators have introduced a bill that would reinstate the death penalty for convicted mass murderers and killers of first responders.

The bill was crafted by Democratic State Rep. Jerry Costello II of Smithton, Republican Rep. John Cabello of Machesney Park and ...

Rachel Dolezal charged with welfare fraud

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A one-time civil rights activist in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was outed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud.

KHQ-TV reports that Rachel Dolezal, who legally changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, was charged ...

Tyler Raj Barrios indicted for FBI, FCC bomb threats

A California man who made national headlines last year after his false hostage claims led to another man's death was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury for making bomb threats to the Federal Communications Commission and FBI.

Tyler Raj Barrios last year generated national attention for reporting a phony ...