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Study: Texas Has High Rate of Food Insecurity, Hunger

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By Public News Service Study: Texas Has High Rate of Food Insecurity, Hunger LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas ranks among the top states in the country for food insecurity, according to a new report, with more than 4.3 million people who may not know where their next meal is coming from.

The report, “Map the Meal Gap,” also finds that the Lone Star State has an especially high number of children, about 1.7 million, who regularly face hunger.

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Carrie Underwood unveils emotional "Cry Pretty" video, books "American Idol" appearance

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By Music News Group

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Carrie Underwood unveiled the music video for “Cry Pretty,” the first single from her upcoming album of the same name, on Sunday night.

The emotional video shows the 35-year-old country superstar crying in the shower and while looking at her image in the mirror, but putting on a brave face as she performs for her fans.

Carrie first performed the song at last month’s ACM Awards, marking her first official public appearance since the November accident that left her with a broken wrist and over 40 stitches to her face.

Underwood, American Idol‘s season 4 champ, chose Sunday night’s episode of the show to preview the music video before posting it minutes later on YouTube.

Idol host Ryan Seacrest also revealed on Sunday night’s show that the top five contestants will jet to Nashville and spend the week being mentored by Carrie. She’ll also perform on next week’s American Idol.

Carrie’s American Idol appearance airs Sunday, May 13, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, and her Cry Pretty album comes out September 14.

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Air Force reservist fatally stabbed in road rage incident; relatives want 'monster' caught

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By Anthony Pucik

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A U.S. Air Force veteran was stabbed to death after a road rage incident — and now cops are looking for the driver who allegedly killed him, Missouri police said.

Cody Harter, 24, was driving his maroon Chevy C71 extended cab truck about 7:30 p.m. Saturday when he allegedly pulled over to a median between Interstate 470 and MO-291.

That’s where he exchanged words with another driver, police said.

“It appears our victim was in traffic and involved in some type of altercation with another person in traffic,” said Chris Depue, a spokesman for Lee’s Summit Police Department.

Depue said many witnesses may have seen “some type of altercation” unfold between Harter and another man at the merger between the two thruways.

“Two cars are on the shoulder and [witnesses] saw two men outside those vehicles arguing in what appeared to be a disturbance or a fight,” he said.

The dispute escalated and the unidentified motorist allegedly stabbed Harter before fleeing in his vehicle north on I-471, police said.

That driver is still on the lam, police said. Authorities did not say if witnesses provided descriptions of him or the vehicle he was driving.

Before the incident, Harter’s family said he called them to let them know he was on his way home.

“He came down yesterday to pick up a mower,” Harter’s father, Mike, said Sunday. “He called his mom on the way home and said, ‘I love you. I’ll be home in just a bit.'”

The family made a heart wrenching plea to urge any witness who may have seen what happened to come forward to help track down the alleged killer.

“If you saw anything, even if you think it as nothing — please call,” the senior airman’s mother, Kerrie, said through tears. “Let’s find who did this senseless act so you’re not sitting here when it’s your child. Please call and send us a message… Please.”

Kerrie Harter was flanked by her husband, their daughter Shelby, his fellow Air Force reservist, Armando, and Harter’s girlfriend Kylee.

In a state of devastation and disbelief, Kerrie Harter said she was still hoping this was not real.

“I keep waiting for someone to tell me it’s not true,” she said. “That I’m going to wake up from this. But I’m not.”

She said that while son managed to survive overseas fighting and protecting the country in deployment tours to Iraq and Qatar — and helping in hurricane relief efforts in Houston and Puerto Rico — he somehow died on a domestic road over what cops care calling a road rage incident.

“He had been to war and back, and to die because someone was angry,” she said, stopping mid-sentence. “My son drove 65 MPH because he was so frugal with his gas mileage.

“I can only imagine someone was upset because he wasn’t going fast enough,” she continued. “But that’s not a reason to take his life and leave him there.”

His sister called out the killer for ditching her brother after whatever dispute the two may have had.

“I think you’re a monster,” Shelby Berkemeier said. “You not only took my brother’s life but you took everything away from us.”

Sitting by her and holding hands was Harter’s girlfriend, Shelby.

She could barely say any words — only that she had planned to marry Harter and felt as though she and the family “were in a dark place right now.”

“He was the love of my life,” she said.

Harter’s mother said her son died away in the arms of other good Samaritan drivers who spotted him stumbling into traffic.

“I want to thank all the people that stopped and held his hand and prayed with him,” she said. “Whoever did this may have thought he died alone. He did not die alone.”

Harter was in his final semester at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph to earn a degree in engineering technology. When he wasn’t racing dirt bikes he was mowing lawns for a small business he started, his family said.

“He loved his lawn care business because he could mow when he wanted to and get to the dirt track on weekends,” Kerrie Harter said proudly.

And now she and the family are being forced to say goodbye.

“We’re going to go home and go to the funeral home to make arrangements to bury my son,” she said, breaking down in tears.

Then she recovered and said: “I don’t want another mother to sit here.”

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Donald Glover pokes fun at Kanye, Migos and "Star Wars" as "SNL" host

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By Music News Group

(NEW YORK) — Donald Glover pulled double duty on Saturday Night Live over the weekend: the actor hosted the late-night sketch show, while his alter ego, Childish Gambino, performed as the musical guest.

During his monologue, Glover brought up the fact that he auditioned for SNL twice, but never got cast. He set out to prove he had the talent for the job, but bumbled his way through a series of skills, including skateboarding and playing the clarinet.

In a parody of the hip-hop group Migos, Glover played a member of “Friendos” as they rap about their therapy sessions with a woman named Angela. The real A$AP Rocky made a cameo as Friendos left their therapist’s office.

After all the headlines Kanye West made in the past week, it was inevitable that SNL would address the rapper’s antics, and the show did just that in a sketch called “A Kanye Place,” a parody of the current hit horror film A Quiet Place.

In that skit, Glover and others appear as a group of people who are forced to keep quiet in order to avoid getting abducted by monsters, but can’t keep their mouths shut as Glover updates them on Kanye’s actions, including his tweets, his controversial statements on slavery and his new song with “poopity scoop” in the lyrics.

Glover also spoofed his upcoming role as Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story. In the sketch, Lando holds a summit for all the black people in the galaxy but only four people show up, a not so subtle commentary on the lack of black characters in the Star Wars movies.

In addition to appearing in a number of other skits, Glover also performed two new songs — “Saturday” and “This Is America” — as Childish Gambino.

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Deployed Air Force dad surprises son for his birthday

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By Anthony Pucik

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A little boy from North Dakota got the surprise of a lifetime for his birthday — in the form of his military dad returning home from deployment.

Ronin Coffelt, nine, was expecting to see his father, Mark, for his 9th birthday, but instead received a distressing note attached to a massive present. His father, the note read, apparently wouldn’t be able to make it this year.

“I am so sorry,” Ronin read aloud from the note he thought was from his father. “And it looks like I will not be home for your birthday this year.

“I am so sorry,” he read, his voice cracking.

Ronin starts crying, but his mom, Aleecia, urges him to open the big birthday box.

When he opens the box, it leads to another box, then another. Until finally, there’s another note.

“Surprise,” Ronin read, confused.

That’s when he looks up, sees his father, and runs toward him.

“Daddy, daddy, daddy!” he screams, jumping into his father’s arms. “I love you!”

Mark Coffelt, who is an Air Force master sergeant, told ABC News later that his deployments have required a lot of sacrifices.

“While I’ve been deployed, I’ve missed several life moments,” he said Sunday. “The last three have been the hardest.”

“We did have a plan for about three months before Mark came home,” Aleecia Coffelt said. “And the plan fell through.”

The first plan didn’t work out, but they had a backup.

Mark and Aleecia had the whole thing planned out. After returning from deployment in Al Udeid, Qatar, Mark hid nearby, waiting for the perfect moment to pop out and surprise Ronin.

They tried to have Mark pop out of a box, but could not find one big enough. So they settled on the note.

And when Ronin opened up the box and read from the note, Aleecia recorded the whole thing — and the video has gone viral.

The surprised worked, but Ronin wondered about mission’s tactics.

“Why’d you have to put it all in boxes?” Ronin asked, referring to the surprise note.

“Well, you know,” Mark responded, hugging his son. “I had to make the surprise good.”

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