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Listen: Phil Gianficaro & JD Mullane on woke culture’ – Bucks County Courier Times

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What does it mean to be “woke” and what to Phil and JD think about it? Listen to their latest podcast to find out.

On their latest podcast, Phil Gianficaro and JD Mullane discuss the “pretentious culture of “wokeness,” and recent comments by former President Obama criticizing the phenom and its excesses, which are no different than McCarthyism of the 1950s.

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John Tortorella switching from letting Blue Jackets veterans play through struggles to reducing ice time – The Columbus Dispatch

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The shutout loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday struck a familiar chord in the Blue Jackets’ season, with plenty of scoring chances but no scoring. But there was a change in how the team will play while key veteran players try to figure out their struggles.

After Cam Atkinson blew coverage on the play that led to Anders Lee’s goal less than two minutes into the game, Blue Jackets coach Tortorella sent Atkinson to the fourth line and the forward got just 12:34 of ice time — his lowest total since playing less than 10 minutes on Dec. 8, 2017.

“I just can’t keep on…

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Time to stop child vaping epidemic – Opinion – Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice

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There is an epidemic spreading among our children. What is it? Vaping.

Everyone knows and evidence has proven that smoking is bad and unhealthy. Fortunately, that message has helped reduce tobacco use among American teens for decades. Disturbingly, this trend is being drastically reversed before our eyes because of vaping — especially flavored vapor products. In order to stop this sudden increase in teen tobacco use, I have introduced House Bill 1994 to ban the sale and purchase of the flavored vapor products responsible for…

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City unveils proposed new employee pay plan | Local News – The Messenger

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Who is more valuable to the city of Madisonville? The police chief or the wastewater treatment superintendent?

The correct answer, according to a proposed new personnel and pay plan, is the wastewater treatment superintendent. Alan Todd would share the highest pay grade in the city, at Grade 39 — two grades higher than City Administrator Robert Janes, and seven above Police Chief Chris Taylor.

The Madisonville City Council gave a first reading Monday night to the proposed new plan, which assigns grades and pay ranges to every city job.

“All it is, is cleaning…

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Man Killed, Daughter Injured In Burlington County House Fire – CBS Philly

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FLORENCE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) – A man is dead and his daughter injured after a house fire in Florence Township, Burlington County. A third man in a neighboring apartment was able to escape without injury.

Man Killed, Daughter Injured In Burlington County House Fire

The fire started just before 2 a.m. inside a home on Amboy Avenue. The fire rose to two alarms before firefighters placed it under control around 4 a.m.

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Exclusive: Pro-Trump groups launch launch anti-impeachment ad blitz – Axios

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Driving the news: The non-profit arm of pro-Trump super PAC America First Action is dropping $2.26 million on ads beginning today, targeting 28 Democratic House members the group sees as most politically vulnerable in the impeachment fight.

  • Pro-Trump groups are flooding the airwaves ahead of this month’s expected House vote on articles of impeachment — spending millions to pressure Democrats in swing districts to vote no.

“The goal is to make the impeachment vote as hard as possible for them,” America First Policies spokeswoman Kelly Sadler tells Axios.

  • The ads are timed to pick up after…

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Medical Cannabis Program Expanding in MN – KDUZ/KARP Radio

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(Learfield News Service/St. Paul, MN)  Minnesota’s medical cannabis program is expanding.

In addition to adding chronic pain and age-related macular degeneration as new qualifying conditions, starting next year the two medical cannabis manufacturers in Minnesota will add between them, 8 new patient cannabis centers beginning in 2020

State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says Leafline Labs is proposing centers in Willmar, Mankato, Golden Valley and Rogers, while Minnesota Medical Solutions is proposing…

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Small crowd turns out to give input on search for next Virginia Beach city manager – 13newsnow.com WVEC

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — In a search for the next city manager of Virginia Beach, the city hosted a town hall Monday night to get input from the public about the ideal candidate.

The room in Building 19 at the municipal center, which could fit more than 100, only had a crowd of about a dozen. 

Armed with large legal paper and squeaky, pungent markers, two representatives from an independent firm asked a crowd of about a dozen what qualities, characteristics and experience they want the next city manager to have.

“I hate to say it but the…

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Trial date set for quintuple homicide suspect – Roswell Daily Record

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A nine-day jury trial for a man charged with murder in the shooting deaths of his wife and four daughters is scheduled to begin Feb. 18.

Juan David Villegas-Hernandez

The trial date of Juan David Villegas-Hernandez, 38, was set by Judge Dustin K. Hunter of New Mexico’s 5th Judicial District Court Nov. 25, during a pre-trial hearing at the Chaves County Courthouse, according to court documents.

An additional pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Jan. 15 at 1:30 p.m.

Villegas-Hernandez is charged with five counts of first degree murder, willful and deliberate; one count of…

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Want a say in how your congressional district is drawn? Here’s your chance – Lansing State Journal

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Chandler Crossings, a group of three student apartment complexes, sits about three miles away from Michigan State University in Bath Township. 

Considering its proximity to MSU and the age of the people who live there, students may see the apartments as an extension of the college’s campus, according to Matt Grossmann, a political science professor at MSU. 

But that connection isn’t reflected in any…

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Drivers warned 911 dispatchers of danger before deadly Warren County I-75 crash – WLWT Cincinnati

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New 911 calls shed light on a deadly crash on I-75 in Warren County on Sunday evening.State troopers said the driver of a pickup crossed the median right into oncoming traffic, causing a multi-vehicle crash.Numerous people called 911 warning dispatchers there was trouble on the road.Drivers saw wreckage left behind from the three-vehicle crash near I-75 mile post 38, close to the Springboro and Franklin exit.In the moments leading up to the crash, drivers called to report something was wrong with the driver of a Dodge Ram.”We are on 75 south and there is a truck driving erratically….

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NH police searching for suspect following armed robbery at Manchester gas station – Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News

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MANCHESTER, N.H. (WHDH) – Police are searching for an armed robbery suspect accused of taking cash from a register at a gas station in Manchester, New Hampshire Monday evening.

Officers responding to Rapid Refill located at 650 Second St. just before 9:30 p.m. learned that the suspect pointed a firearm at the clerk and demanded cash, police said.

He was able to flee the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

He is described as a black male, wearing a green jacket with a black hooded sweatshirt, grey…

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Future of St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul could be decided this month – St. Paul Pioneer Press

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The future of Minnesota’s first hospital — St. Joseph’s Hospital in downtown St. Paul — may come down to a vote of the Fairview board of directors possibly later this month.

The 19-member board overseeing nonprofit Fairview Health Services is contemplating layoffs within its hospitals and clinics. This may include closing St. Joe’s within the next few years to cut costs and refocus on suburban medical facilities, according to social media posts from physicians.

A board discussion will take place Thursday or Friday, with a vote likely in coming weeks.
Calls to several board members…

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‘It Touched All Of Us’: Community Reeling From Triple Murder-Suicide That Left Kjersten Schladetzky & Her 2 Sons Dead – WCCO | CBS Minnesota

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — For many in south Minneapolis, it’s hard if not impossible to describe the terrible sadness and shock in wake of Sunday’s triple homicide and suicide.

The horrific scene played out around 10 a.m. Sunday at the home on the 2700 block of Oakland Avenue South. Neighbors witnessed two boys, ages 8 and 11, as they were shot out on the yard by their 53-year-old father, David Schladetzky.

David and Kjersten Schladetzky, 39, were recently divorced; it was finalized in Hennepin County court on June 20. The couple agreed to joint custody of their two boys.

Kjersten…

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Davenport elementary school students, PTA raising funds to replace 25-year-old playground – KWQC-TV6

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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – Parents, staff and students of Jackson Elementary School in Davenport are fundraising to replace a 25-year-old playground structure at the school.

Staff, students, and parents at Jackson Elementary School in Davenport, Iowa are raising money to replace the 25-year-old playground structure.

Because of the structure’s age, maintenance staff make repairs to the structure regularly. Parents and school staff believe it is time to upgrade to a new…

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Man shot in leg at Santa Ana business – OCRegister

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SANTA ANA — A man was shot in a leg Monday afternoon at an auto detailing center.

The shooting happened about 3:20 p.m. at 1117 S. Main St., said Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

The victim, who was not immediately identified, was taken to an area hospital with a non-life-threatening wound, he said.

A motive was unsure, according to Bertagna, who said the man “uncooperative” with investigators.

There were  no reports of arrests.

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Cops shot man after threats, inquest told – The Young Witness

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A man involved in a standoff with police in Adelaide had pointed a shotgun at officers, had fired shots through a window and had threatened to blow things up before being shot and killed by a police marksman, an inquest has heard.

State Coroner David Whittle has opened an investigation into the death of Matthew Kim Morgan who was shot three times while in the bathroom of a hotel room in Adelaide in October 2017.

At the time he was wanted by police in both South Australia and Queensland and was on bail for offences in NSW.

Counsel assisting Stephen Plummer told the inquest on Tuesday that…

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National day highlights golf’s benefits including fitness, charity – Stock Daily Dish

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Western High School golfer Jared Smith at the driving range at Las Vegas Golf Club in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 3, 2018. Chase Stevens Las Vegas Review-Journal

Wednesday is National Golf Day and industry leaders will visit Washington to draw attention to the overall impact of the $84 billion per year golf industry and the benefits playing the game offers.

The day is spearheaded by We Are Golf, a coalition of the United States Golf Association, Golf Course Superintendents Association, National Golf Course Owners Association, PGA Tour, PGA of America, U.S. Golf Manufacturers Council and…

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Underwood inquires about misinformation on social media platforms – The Herald-News

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U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville
U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville

U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood requested information from large social media companies about their policies for users to report suspected misinformation on their platforms.

As vice chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Underwood and Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi, sent letters to the chief executives of Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn last week, according to a news release.

The members of Congress sent the letters after an October hearing on election security at which witnesses were unable to…

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Neil O’Leary Launches 4th Term – Waterbury Observer

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Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary was sworn in to his 4th term in office on Sunday, December 1st, in a ceremony at Waterbury City Hall. Afterwards O’Leary paraded through the streets and across the Green with his wife Kathy to attend a mass at the Immaculate Conception Church as a major snowstorm unloaded on the region. O’Leary grimaced as the first snowflakes whacked into his face, but as he proceeded through the streets he laughed and smiled and unleashed a child’s joy of a snow day in New England.

O’Leary was officially sworn in in a private ceremony inside his…

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Illinois political candidates make their move as filing for March primary closes – Crain’s Chicago Business

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There’s a swarm of candidates on the ballot for the state’s high court, as well as a wide-open contest for clerk of the Cook Count Circuit Court. An American Nazi is running—much to the displeasure of local Republicans—and unless your congressman is Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, 4th, Sean Casten, 6th, or Adam Kinzinger, 16th, he or she will face opposition in their party primary this spring.

Those are the headlines as candidate filing for the March primary election now has closed, effective Monday evening, with only candidates for president and convention delegate yet to file their…

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Lawmakers urge Trump to approve disaster declaration – Utica Observer Dispatch

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Congressman Anthony Brindisi and Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand led a bipartisan letter to President Donald Trump Monday urging him to approve a major disaster declaration in New York in order to release critical funds from FEMA following recent flooding.

“Communities across Upstate New York saw horrific damage and heartbreak during these floods,” Brindisi, D-Utica, said in a statement. “I am calling on President Trump to declare a major disaster and release funds from FEMA to help make these communities whole. These dollars won’t bring back what families…

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These Candidates Have Filed Paperwork To Run In The 2020 Illinois Primary – KBIA

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BELLEVILLE — People who want to run as a Democrat or Republican in the November 2020 elections had until the end of the day Monday to file their paperwork with the Illinois State Board of Elections. 

The filing deadline is for seats in the Illinois General Assembly and Congress and only applies to people who want to represent one of the two leading parties. Independent and third-party candidates have until June 22, 2020, to file their paperwork.  

Here is a preview of some of the region’s more competitive races:

13th and 15th Congressional Seats

Two congressional races in the region…

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In praise of the 2019 100% Clean Economy Act – Manchester Ink Link

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We continue to see the dangerous impacts of the growing climate crisis hurting communities here in New Hampshire and across the country. We know our future is on the line and that we’re running out of time to act. That’s why we need bold action to curb carbon emissions, protect our health, and create clean energy jobs. Luckily, Reps. Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas just helped to introduce a bill that would begin to address the climate crisis by moving America to a 100 percent clean energy economy.


The 100% Clean Economy Act puts the United States on track to achieve net-zero carbon…

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Political candidates make their move as filing for March primary closes – Crain’s Chicago Business

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There’s a swarm of candidates on the ballot for the state’s high court, as well as a wide-open contest for clerk of the Cook Count Circuit Court. An American Nazi is running—much to the displeasure of local Republicans—and unless your congressman is Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, 4th, Sean Casten, 6th, or Adam Kinzinger, 16th, he or she will face opposition in their party primary this spring.

Those are the headlines as candidate filing for the March primary election now has closed, effective Monday evening, with only candidates for president and convention delegate yet to file their…

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U.S. urges probe of ‘excessive’ use of force in Iraq – Reuters Africa

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FILE PHOTO: Iraqi security forces are seen during the ongoing anti-government protests, in Baghdad, Iraq December 1, 2019. REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Monday called recent violence in Nassiriya, Iraq in which at least 29 people died “shocking and abhorrent,” calling on the Iraqi government to investigate and punish those responsible for the “excessive” use of force.

Iraqi security forces opened fire on demonstrators who had blocked a bridge and later gathered outside a police station in the southern city, killing at least 29 people. Police…

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Local candidates announce campaigns as filing begins for 2020 elections – WGHP FOX 8 Greensboro

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Candidates began filing for 2020 elections Monday just hours before a panel of judges announced newly-drawn congressional maps will be used in upcoming races.

“Greensboro has been sliced and diced into different districts, so I think it’s good that we have Greensboro, High Point Winston-Salem, the Triad in one district I think it’s a district that makes sense,” said Kathy Manning, who announced Monday she will run for North Carolina’s 6th Congressional District.

The redrawn district…

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Durbin, Duckworth push for oversight – News – Pontiac Daily Leader

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The ecological health concern of ethylene oxide — a known carcinogen — being released into the environment has entered the federal legislative spotlight due to the efforts of Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill.

In light of the recent legislation passed in Illinois to curb the use and exposure of ethylene oxide, the Illinois senators are urging federal regulators to intensify laws regarding the use and disposal of the chemical used in industrial sterilization. Durbin and Duckworth were joined by Illinois Democratic representatives…

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Illinois 2020 ballot: Petition filing period closes for March primary – Chicago Sun-Times

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Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is now facing three Democratic primary challengers and a pair of Republicans battling for a chance to run for her office.

The race for a seat on the Illinois state Supreme Court gained a candidate, stretching the field to eight. And former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger is making another attempt at a return to politics.

Those were some of the highlights as of the 5 p.m. Monday close of the week-long candidate filing period.

Former Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) filed his petitions for state’s attorney on the final day of the period, joining…

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Maine high schooler teaches us a lesson in speaking truth to power – mainebeacon.com

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Pearl Benjamin is a senior at Watershed Community School in Camden. Her activities run the gamut from teaching snowboarding at the nearby Snow Bowl to raising her own flock of sheep (14 of them, which she’s had for seven years), to writing a column in the Knox Village Soup and Camden Herald.

In her latest column, Benjamin did something many much older writers would be terrified to do. She called out her own boss, millionaire media mogul Reade Brower, for his editorial titled “Standing up for Susan Collins, the person.”

In the Oct. 31 column, Brower…

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Cincinnati Recreation Commission needs 500 toys for its holiday drive – The Cincinnati Enquirer

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The Cincinnati Recreation Commission wants to help families this holiday season and needs your help to do just that. 

CRC needs 500 new toys for its Holiday Toy Drive. The toy drive will run through Dec. 6.

Those interested in donating can drop off new, unwrapped,…

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During Statehouse repairs, Phil and Tammy Murphy make governor’s mansion NJ’s nerve center – NorthJersey.com

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NJ First Lady Tammy Murphy talks about her plans for the governor’s residence.
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A $5,000 donation, now payable with the click of a button, gets a meeting with first lady Tammy Murphy and a plaque at the governor’s mansion in Princeton.

The board that runs the foundation for the mansion known as Drumthwacket has nearly doubled in size and includes the actress Whoopi Goldberg and a lineup of political donors and lobbyists.

There’s a new chef, a new roof and new furniture procured by “the king of East-Coast chic.”

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NJ Supreme Court to hear appeal in Tanger Outlets murder case – Cherry Hill Courier Post

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ATLANTIC CITY – The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal from a man serving a life sentence for killing a romantic rival at a shopping complex here.

Luis Maisonet is trying to overturn a conviction for the September 2016 murder of Christopher Romero, who was gunned down at Tanger Outlets in Atlantic City.

The deadly attack followed a campaign of harassment and threats by Maisonet, 58, who was enraged that his former girlfriend was living with Romero, 26.

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Brooklyn Lawmakers on the Move Nov. 25, 2019 – Kings County Politics

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Rose and Brooklyn Lawmakers Announce $9 Million in Federal Funding Awarded to Improve Bus Safety

Congressman Max Rose (D-South Brooklyn, Staten Island) announced at a press conference Sunday that $9 million in federal funding was awarded to improve bus safety and accessibility in South Brooklyn.

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“Four months ago, we organized and called on the federal government to listen to the needs of local residents, and disburse grant funding to help us upgrade the South Brooklyn bus network—because the sad fact is that for too long we’ve been…

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Finkenauer Discusses Independence MHI Attack on House Floor – Mix 94.7 KMCH – kmch.com

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An attack last year at the Independence Mental Health Institute was discussed on a national level this past week.

On Thursday, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer shared the story of Tina Suckow during a floor speech to the U.S. House of Representatives. Finkenauer was speaking in favor of House Resoluation 1309, the Workplace Violation Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act.

Suckow was badly injured during a 2018 incident where she and her co-workers were trying to subdue an agitated patient. The patient hit Suckow repeatedly, causing neurological damage and injuring her…

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