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Governor Abbott Statement On DPS Trooper Killed In Line Of Duty In Bell County

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By lauren.mccanse@gov.texas.gov Governor Greg Abbott released the following statement after Department of Public Safety Senior Tropper Thomas Nipper was tragically killed in the line of duty earlier this afternoon.

Governor Greg Abbott released the following statement after Department of Public Safety Senior Tropper Thomas Nipper was tragically killed in the line of duty earlier this afternoon.

“Trooper Nipper was a dedicated member of Texas’ law enforcement community, and like his fellow officers, I am saddened to learn of his tragic death. The men and women who make the commitment to keeping us safe are every day heroes, and we should always remember the risks and sacrifices they make to serve their fellow Texans. Cecilia and I ask all Texans to join us in keeping Trooper Nipper, his family, and all those close to him in our thoughts and prayers. May God grant them peace and comfort during this difficult time.”

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Kentucky governor calls for public officials who settled harassment claims to quit

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Governor Matt Bevin/Facebook(FRANKFORT, Ky.) — The governor of Kentucky demanded on Saturday that any public official or state employee who has settled a sexual harassment suit should “resign immediately.”

Gov. Matt Bevin, in a press conference Saturday afternoon in Frankfort, said he wanted resignations from any elected public official or state employee who is “party to trying to hide this type of behavior.”

“This involves both elected officials and non-elected government employees,” he said. “They know who they are, some have been named.”

Without naming any individuals, Bevin characterized the reported allegations as “reprehensible,” “despicable” and “unacceptable,” and said they “haven’t been denied.”

“Any elected official or state employee who has settled a sexual harassment claim should resign immediately,” he said. “The people of Kentucky deserve better. We appropriately demand a high level of integrity from our leaders, and will tolerate nothing less in our state.”

“You either condone this behavior or you condemn this behavior,” he said.

Although Bevin did not name any individual in his call for resignations, Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover, who is the target of an independent probe launched Saturday by state Republicans to investigate allegations he tried to hide sexual harassment claims against him, responded to the governor, saying he was “disappointed” and that he had no plans to resign.

“I am disappointed that our Governor in his press conference Saturday afternoon would call not only for my resignation but the resignation of other individuals who have no involvement in this matter,” Hoover said in a statement released this evening. “The Governor has yet to ask our side of the story, he and I have not spoken since the story broke, and I did not receive a courtesy call from him before his grandstanding today. Instead, he has accepted as fact only, one side of the story.”

The Louisville Courier-Journal reported last week that Hoover settled a sexual harassment claim outside of court with one of his staffers.

The Republican leadership of the Kentucky House said in a statement released earlier it “is taking steps to launch an independent investigation so that Members of the House and the general public may know the facts.”

“Because the rumors involve the Speaker of the House, other State Representatives, and members of the House staff, the leadership team concluded that we must find the truth immediately to assure the public that the new Republican majority takes this matter seriously,” the statement said.

The team did not seek approval from Hoover, but after the decision was made “we have since informed him about what we intend to do,” the statement said.

In his statement this evening, Hoover said he supports the request by Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne and the majority leadership to conduct an independent review.

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Source:: National News

      

Military dad deployed overseas surprises son at high school football game

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WFAA-TV(DALLAS) — A Texas high school student who thought his father was thousands of miles away got a surprise at his football game Friday night.

Jayce Melton, a senior at Midlothian High School some 25 miles southwest of Dallas, was ready to play his final home game as a wide receiver for the Midlothian Panthers.

Jayce was selected as the team’s honorary captain that night, and his extended family was there cheer him on, except — or so the teen thought – his father, who has been deployed overseas for three years, according to ABC affiliate WFAA-TV.

U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Danny Melton has been able to visit home periodically during his deployment but has missed many of his son’s high school moments.

He traveled home to Midlothian from Italy to surprise Jayce for the big game Friday night, WFAA-TV reported.

“He thinks I’m still overseas in Italy,” Danny Melton told WFAA-TV before the game. “I’m just going to give him a huge hug and tell him how proud I am of him.”

WFAA-TV captured the heartwarming moment on video.

Jayce, clad in cleats and his no. 15 jersey, walked onto the field as his father was escorted into the stadium. The announcer then told Jayce to look behind him to the 50-yard line where his dad was walking toward him in full uniform.

The father and son ran to embrace each other beneath the bright stadium lights as cheers erupted from the hometown crowd.

“I had no idea,” Jayce told WFAA-TV.

The proud father and son stood side by side as the national anthem played before the game.

Jayce expressed pride in his father. “I just like what he does for the country,” he said.

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Source:: National News

      

Florida State University pledge's death sparks investigation

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John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — The death of a fraternity pledge at Florida State University has sparked a police investigation and the suspension of the fraternal organization’s local chapter, officials said.

The student, 20-year-old Andrew Coffey, was found Friday morning around 10:23 a.m. ET after the Tallahassee Police Department received a call about an unresponsive person at a home on Buena Vista Drive.

Coffey was pronounced dead at the scene, and an investigation into his death is ongoing, police said.

“We are overwhelmed with sadness any time we learn of the death of one of our students, and the FSU family provides extensive outreach to their family and friends as they mourn the loss of a young life,” Amy Hecht, vice president for student affairs at Florida State University, said in a statement obtained by ABC News. “We do not yet have details surrounding the passing today of student Andrew Coffey, but we will work closely with the Tallahassee Police Department as it investigates to determine the facts surrounding this case.”

Pi Kappa Phi fraternity spokesman Todd Shelton confirmed to ABC News that an “associate member” of the national organization’s Beta Eta Chapter at Florida State University had died at an off-campus residence Friday. Shelton said all chapter operations are currently suspended and its members have been directed to fully cooperate with the death investigation.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the student’s family and friends,” Pi Kappa Phi CEO Mark E. Timmes said in a statement obtained by ABC News. “We appreciate the partnership and support from the Division of Student Affairs during this difficult time.”

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