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First Lady Cecilia Abbott Addresses Texas Alliance Of Child And Family Services Texas Child Care Administrators Conference

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By lauren.mccanse@gov.texas.gov Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott today addressed the Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services Texas annual Child Care Administrators Conference in Houston during the Closing General Session.Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott today addressed the Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services Texas annual Child Care Administrators Conference in Houston during the Closing General Session.

“As Attorney General, and now as Governor, Greg has always made protecting Texas children one of his top priorities, which is why during this past legislative session his number one emergency item was to repair our broken foster care and child protective system,” the First Lady said. “Providing the support that Texas children and families need is a bigger job than state government can do alone. It requires a Network of Nurture – a framework to make sure these children and families are getting the resources and support they need. As we have seen in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, nothing is more powerful than Texans helping Texans.”

The conference was attended by over nine hundred child care administrators, and the theme “Building Communities of Care” with a focus on strengthening partnerships to improve the quality of services provided and ensure a better future for children and families in every community in Texas.

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Heartbroken widow can't imagine life without fallen soldier who's at center of latest Trump standoff

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By Louis Milman

(U.S. Army) Sgt. La David Johnson, 25, died from wounds sustained during enemy contact. He was assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) on Fort Bragg.(NEW YORK) — A moving portrait of one of the fallen U.S. soldiers killed in an ambush in Niger has emerged in the wake of his death this month, with his longtime love speaking out about her devastation and the unfathomable prospect of raising their three children as a single mother.

“For him not to be with us anymore is just heartbreaking and devastating because I don’t know what I’m going to do without him,” Myeshia Johnson said of her husband, Sgt. La David Johnson.

“He was just everything to us,” she told CBS Miami.

Upon hearing the news, she said, “my whole life just changed in an instant because my husband was my soulmate.”

Myeshia and La David Johnson met when they were 6 years old while living in Miami.

Rep. Frederica Wilson, who represents his Florida district, told MSNBC’s Morning Joe that Johnson was raised by an aunt and uncle. He participated in a mentorship program that Wilson started called 5,000 Role Models in Excellence, as did his two younger brothers.

“I lose a lot of young black boys every year to crime in the street,” Wilson told Morning Joe, “but when a community like mine has a hero that we can lift up and celebrate and love, that’s all we care about. We’re so proud of him and everything that he accomplished. He died as a sergeant. He died as a hero. We are so proud of him.”

He was known to people outside of his community as well because of his passion for bike trips. Starting in 2014, he posted a series of videos on YouTube that show his popping a wheelie on a bike. He dubbed himself the “Wheelie King.”

More recently, in 2016, he posted several videos of his giving himself a military-style haircut.

Now, those videos are something that his widow is going to use to help remind his children of him.

“We have a lot of memories and videos and pictures and great times with him that we’ll cherish forever,” Myeshia Johnson told CBS Miami.

The couple had two children — a 6-year-old daughter and a 2-year old son — and another daughter on the way. A GoFundMe page has been established to raise money for the children’s education and, within a day, more than $315,000 had been raised.

“I told him before he leave that I love him and make sure he come back to me,” Myeshia told CBS Miami.

Sgt. Johnson was one of four soldiers killed in Niger when a joint patrol of U.S. and Nigerien forces was ambushed Oct. 4 by militants believed linked to ISIS. He was serving with a Green Beret unit as part of its support team.

He enlisted in the Army in January 2014 as a wheeled-vehicle mechanic and was assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group, a Green Beret unit based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The military says his body was found Friday after an extensive search; his body was initially listed as missing.

Myeshia Johnson told CBS Miami that it was so important to her and her loved ones for his remains to be returned to the U.S.

“That was one of my main goals was for him to come home. He needed to come home because we needed that closure for my family,” she said.

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Source:: National News

      

Three dead in Maryland workplace shooting, suspect on the loose

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By MB

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Three people are dead after a workplace shooting in Maryland, police said Wednesday.

Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler told reporters that the suspect was still on the loose. The shooting took place inside a business complex at Emmorton Business Park in Edgewood.

“Multiple injuries reported,” the Harford County Sheriff’s Office tweeted.

A representative from the University of Maryland Medical Center confirmed that two patients believed to be linked to the shooting have been admitted.

Both are in critical condition, according to the hospital.

Schools in the Edgewood, Maryland, area, are on a “modified lockdown,” according to Harford County Public Schools.

Edgewood is about a 40-minute drive south of Baltimore.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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Heartbreaking moment when fallen soldier's widow weeps over casket

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By MB

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A heartbreaking moment unfolded on the tarmac of a Florida airport Tuesday when the widow of a fallen soldier received her husband’s casket.

Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed during a mission in Niger, was on hand to receive the remains.

Footage of the moment shows a pregnant Myeshia Johnson weeping as she leaned over the flag-covered casket.

She was accompanied by the couple’s 6-year-old daughter, who is seen standing by her mother’s side as Myeshia Johnson sobs for several minutes.

According to local ABC affiliate WPLG, the casket was transported from Miami International Airport on an interstate closed to other traffic. WPLG reported that police officers and firefighters saluted the vehicle along the route to the funeral home in Hollywood, Florida.

Johnson was one of four soldiers killed in Niger when a joint patrol of U.S. and Nigerien forces was ambushed Oct. 4 by militants believed to be linked to ISIS. He was supporting a Green Beret unit on the mission.

The handling of Sgt. Johnson’s death and the response by President Donald Trump has become a controversial flashpoint.

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'Atmospheric River' will deluge Oregon, Washington state with rain

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By MB

ABC News(NEW YORK) — A 5,000-long conveyor belt of moisture called an Atmospheric River has developed in the air over the Pacific Ocean, spanning from Asia to North America.

Over the next several days, storms will move along this conveyor belt, bringing more than a foot of rain to parts of western Washington and northern Oregon and several feet of snow to the Cascade mountains. Gusty winds with these storms could be as high as 50 to 60 mph.

The National Weather Service has issued flood watches and high wind warnings for Washington state and Oregon.

A so-called Atmospheric River is a narrow but a long plume of moisture in the atmosphere, about 450 miles wide but several thousand miles long. Atmospheric rivers transport up to half of the West Coast’s precipitation each year during the rainy season, which spans from October to April.

A single Atmospheric River can carry a greater flux of water than the earth’s largest river, the Amazon River.

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