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5 of 7 Crossroads counties under burn bans

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By By Kathryn Cargo | kcargo@vicad.com

As the South Texas drought continues and rain is nowhere in sight, most Crossroads counties will remain under burn bans until significant rain saturates the ground. …read more

Source:: Dewitt County – Victoria Advocate

      

San Antonio Bay Partnership speaks for environment, especially during drought

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By By Jessica Priest | jpriest@vicad.com

Some are speaking up for those who can’t say they’re thirsty. …read more

Source:: Dewitt County – Victoria Advocate

      

Lava flowing faster and hotter than ever as rescuers search for those trapped by the magma

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By KT

USGS via Zuma Press(PAHOA, Hawaii) — A river of lava fed by the erupting Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii and its many fissures was moving faster and hotter than ever before as authorities raced to find people who defied evacuation orders and are now surrounded by the bubbling magma.

A lava river a half-mile wide from one of the biggest fissures, fissure No. 8, was moving at a rapid clip of 250 feet per hour and began flowing into the ocean at Kapoho Beach on Sunday night, according to Hawaii County Civil Defense officials.

The lava flow was threatening to destroy hundreds of homes in Vacationland and Kapoho Beach on the southeast side of the Big Island. The lava has already destroyed more than 80 homes in the hard-hit Leilani Estates community.

Wendy Stovall, a scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), said the lava was moving fast enough to cover six football fields an hour.

On Sunday, a 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck the Big Island at 3:50 p.m. adding to the chaos and fear that have existed since Kilauea first erupted on May 6. The epicenter of the quake was about a half-mile below the summit of Kilauea and at a depth of a little over a mile, according to the USGS.

Sen. Kai Kahele, also a major in the Hawaii Air National Guard, said he was worried for the people who rejected evacuation orders and stayed behind in the Kapoho, Vacationland and Leilani Estates communities. Access in and out of the areas has been cut off by lava flowing over Highway 132 and Highway 137.

“There are still people in the inundation zone… There’s no way for them to get out,” Kahele told ABC News.

Among those who have not evacuated were Brian Jordan and his wife, who were hoping the lava spares their Leilani Estates home.

“We’re very lucky compared to a lot of our friends. They’ve lost their homes, they’ve lost their property,” Jordon told ABC affiliate station KITV in Honolulu.

On Sunday, emergency helicopters located and rescued three people in the area, Talmadge Magno, Hawaii County Civil Defense administrator said at a news conference.

“We put out a message this morning for folks who knew people that were still in there to make contact with us,” said Magno, adding that there was no longer cell phone or landline service in the evacuation zones.

He said fissure No. 8 in Leilani Estates was producing fountains of lava 220 feet high.

Officials warned residents still in Kapoho Beach to use respirators due to the “laze” or volcanic haze created when lava flows into the ocean. The laze contains glass particles that are dangerous to breathe, officials said.

“Volcanic gas emissions remain high at the Kilauea summit and in the fissure system,” according to the latest alert Monday morning from the Hawaii County Civil Defense agency. “Residents in communities downwind should take action to limit exposure to gas and ash. On the coast, be aware of hydrochloric acid and glass particulates from the laze at the ocean entry.”

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Source:: National News

      

Don't bother visiting White House: Trump to Philadelphia Eagles over anthem dispute

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Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(WASHINGTON) — Facing a growing boycott by Philadelphia Eagles players refusing to visit the White House Tuesday, President Trump decided to disinvite the Super Bowl champions and throw a celebration of the National Anthem instead, administration officials tell ABC News.

Over the course of the last several days, many Eagles players have been backing out of attending the traditional presidential Super Bowl celebration because of Trump’s controversial comments about the NFL and players who have staged protests during the anthem.

The president chose to change the nature of the event in light of the boycott, one official said.

“He found having a smaller group come to the White House to be unsatisfactory,” the official told ABC.

In an unusual move, Trump himself issued a statement Monday evening.

“The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow. They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country,” the statement said.

“The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better. These fans are still invited to the White House to be part of a different type of ceremony—one that will honor our great country, pay tribute to the heroes who fight to protect it, and loudly and proudly play the National Anthem. I will be there at 3:00 p.m. with the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus to celebrate America.”

Eagles fans who RSVPd can still come to Tuesday’s event but no one from the Philadelphia team or management will be attending, the source confirmed.

Asked if any players were still invited to come to the White House, the official replied: “If they all decide to stand [for the anthem], we would be open to having that conversation.”

Wide receiver Torrey Smith, who was part of the Eagles winning team but has since been traded to Carolina Panthers, tweeted back at the president over his statement.

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Source:: Sports News

      

New details tie suspect to 6 killings within days in Arizona; targets connected to his divorce: Police

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ABC News(PHOENIX) — A man is now linked to the killings of six people over several days in Arizona, police said Monday, and it appears the victims were connected to the suspect’s divorce.

Dwight Lamon Jones, 56, died early Monday at an Extended Stay America hotel after a police standoff, officials said. Jones, who allegedly fired at officers, was gassed, and a robot was sent inside, where he later was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

These actions “reflect the worst of humanity,” Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone told reporters Monday.

The fifth and six killings, which authorities announced Monday, took place hours before the suspect’s death.

Jones’ 2011 divorce with his wife involved fights over money and child-custody issues, and Jones was mandated to have psychiatric evaluation therapy, records showed. One of the people ordered to evaluate Jones was well-known psychologist Dr. Steven Pitt, who is also believed to be the first murder victim connected to Jones, officials said.

Pitt, who consulted with law enforcement on a handful of prominent cases, including the JonBenet Ramsey murder and the Jodi Arias trial, was shot and killed outside his Phoenix office on Thursday night. An eyewitness said he heard Pitt loudly arguing with someone followed by gunshots, according to police.

Jones’ next two alleged victims were paralegals at the law firm Burt Feldman Grenier. A partner at that law office, Elizabeth Feldman, represented Jones’ wife, Dr. Connie Jones, in their divorce, according to records.

Jones went to that law firm with the “intent of killing” Feldman, police said.

The paralegals, Veleria Sharp, 48, and Laura Anderson, 49, were shot Friday afternoon. Sharp was spotted running away from the scene, and later she collapsed and died, police said. Anderson was found with a gunshot wound to her chest and later pronounced dead, police said.

The fourth victim, life coach Marshall Levine, was shot twice and killed just after midnight Saturday at his Scottsdale office, police said.

Dwight Jones’ son, as part of the divorce, was ordered to see a psychiatrist who works in the same office space as Levine, police said.

Levine did not appear to be an intended target and was in the wrong place at the wrong time, officials said.

Pitt, Sharp, Anderson and Levine were killed with the same gun, police said, and Dwight Jones’ DNA was found on a shell casing from that weapon. The DNA connection was made by testing his relatives in northern Arizona, police said.

“We really wanted that definitive proof and it was his DNA on those shell casings that took us through all those scenes — we had that proof he was our suspect,” police said.

The fifth and sixth victims, a man and a woman, were killed just after midnight on Monday in Fountain Hills, Arizona, hours before the suspect died, officials said. It has not yet been determined if the bullets from the final crime scene are connected to the earlier scenes.

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Source:: National News

      

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