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Center for research on fraternities, sororities planned at Penn State

Channel 10 news - 3 hours 16 min ago

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State is announcing plans for a national multidisciplinary research center on fraternities and sororities as part of an effort for change following the death of a fraternity pledge two years ago.

University officials pledged $2 million Tuesday for creation of the Timothy J. Piazza Center for Fraternity and Sorority Research and Reform, named after the student who died in 2017. Private support and university-matching funds are to provide an $8 million endowment.

University president Eric Barron said the center will allow "study of best practices and assessment in fraternity and sorority life" and provide leadership "to compel the collective change required." Officials said it will build on the legacy of the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Research at Indiana University Bloomington, which is transferring to Penn State.

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Police: 1 person killed at Illinois mall, shooter at large

Channel 10 news - 3 hours 22 min ago

ORLAND PARK, Ill. — Authorities say a man was shot and killed at a suburban Chicago mall and the suspect remains at large.

Orland Park police say the 19-year-old was shot in the center of Orland Square Mall and ran away before collapsing outside a clothing store Monday evening. The man later died at the hospital.

Deputy Police Chief Joseph Mitchell says a bystander suffered a graze wound to the leg and was being treated at another hospital.

Mitchell says security video showed a male shooter fleeing the mall but it's unclear if he continued on foot or got into a vehicle. Mitchell calls the shooting an "isolated incident," saying video shows the two people involved knew each other and that the victim was "targeted."

Police departments from several neighboring towns, as well as the FBI and ATF responded to the mall about 20 miles southwest of Chicago

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Memorial set up outside house of slain Oregon family

Channel 10 news - 3 hours 24 min ago

PORTLAND, Ore. — A memorial of candles, flowers and teddy bears was set upside outside a house where authorities say a man killed four members of his family - including his infant daughter - at the Oregon home they shared.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said 42-year-old Mark Leo Gregory Gago killed his parents, his girlfriend and their daughter Saturday night before deputies fatally shot him.

Authorities have not yet released the victims' causes of death and were continuing to investigate Monday.

The sheriff's office identified the victims as Olivia Gago, 9 months, Shaina Sweitzer, 31, Jerry Bremer, 66, and Pamela Bremer, 64.

The home is about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Portland and northeast of the city of Woodburn.

Well-wishers left messages such "Forever Loved" at the memorial.

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AMBER Alert issued for 10-year-old boy from Kentucky

Channel 10 news - 3 hours 29 min ago

CADIZ, Kentucky - Kentucky State Police have issued an AMBER Alert for a 10-year-old boy who has yet to be returned back to his home.

Police are looking for Isaih Boren, who was last seen in Cadiz, KY on Monday.

He was with Isaac Chamberlain. Police say Boren was allowed to be with Chamberlain but has yet to be returned.

Boren has autism and requires medication that he is not receiving.

Chamberlain is believed to be in a blue 2004 Chevrolet Venture with a Kentucky license plate 522RRJ. Boren was last seen wearing a long sleeve blue and white tie-dyed shirt, yellow fleece jacket and gray sweat pants.

Any information on their location should call Kentucky State Police at 270-856-3721.

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5 burning questions ahead of the Oscar nominations

Channel 10 news - 3 hours 35 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The Oscars still don't have a host, but on Tuesday morning, they'll at least have nominees.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will unveil nominations to the 91st Oscars on Tuesday morning at 8:20 a.m. EST from the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. The nominations, to be announced by Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross, will be livestreamed globally at Oscars.com , Oscars.org and on the academy's digital platforms like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

The lead-up to Tuesday's nominations has been rocky for both the film academy and some of the movies in contention. Shortly after being announced as host, Kevin Hart was forced to withdraw over years-old homophobic tweets that the comedian eventually apologized for. That has left the Oscars, one month before its Feb. 24th ceremony, without an emcee, and likely to stay that way.

Hollywood's awards season has been an especially combustible one, too. Some contenders, like Peter Farrelly's "Green Book" and the Freddie Mercury biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody," have suffered waves upon waves of backlash, even as their awards tallies have mounted. On Saturday, "Green Book" won the top award from the Producers Guild, an honor that has been a reliable Oscar barometer. In the 10 years since the Oscars expanded its best-picture ballot, the PGA winner has gone on to win best picture eight times.

The season's steadiest contender — Bradley Cooper's "A Star Is Born" — looked potentially unbeatable until it got beat. Despite an enviable string of awards and more than $400 million in worldwide box office, Cooper's lauded remake was almost totally ignored at the Golden Globes, winning just best song and losing best picture, drama, to the popular but critically derided "Bohemian Rhapsody," a movie that jettisoned its director (Bryan Singer) mid-production.

Still, "A Star Is Born" (the sole film to land top nominations from every guild award except the Visual Effects Society) may be the lead nomination-getter Tuesday with around 10 nominations including best actress for Lady Gaga and both best director and best actor for Cooper. But other films, including Ryan Coogler's "Black Panther," Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma" and Yorgos Lanthimos' "The Favourite," could be in for big mornings, too.

Here are some of the pressing questions heading into Tuesday's nominations.

HOW MANY WILL THERE BE?

Best picture nominees can fall anywhere from five to ten. Most commonly, we end up with nine nominees, as there was last year when Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape of Water" ultimately prevailed. Most assured of a spot are the films that have fared well consistently with Hollywood's guilds, whose memberships overlap with the 17 branches of the academy.

The five films picked by the strongly predictive Directors Guild — "BlacKkKlansman," ''A Star is Born," ''Roma," ''Green Book" and "Vice" — are probably in. So, too, are "The Favourite" and "Black Panther," leaving films like "Eighth Grade," ''First Man," ''A Quiet Place" and "Bohemian Rhapsody" vying for a place.

CAN NETFLIX MAKE HISTORY?

"Roma," Cuaron's black-and-white memory masterwork, is poised to hand Netflix its first best picture nomination — something the streaming service has dearly sought. Amazon got there first in 2017 with "Manchester by the Sea" but Netflix came close last year with Dee Rees' "Mudbound." This time around, it has gone against its regular policies to release "Roma" in select theaters shortly in advance of arriving on Netflix.

But there's resistance among some academy members to Netflix films at the Oscars since the company typically bypasses movie theaters. Steve Spielberg has said Netflix films are more like TV movies and deserve an Emmy, not an Oscar.

If "Roma," which is Mexico's foreign language submission, were to win best picture, it would become the first foreign language film to ever win in the category. Cuaron, who served as his own director of photography, is expected to be nominated for both best directing and best cinematography. If he were to win best director, he and his "Three Amigos" countrymen — del Toro, Alejandro G. Inarritu — will have won the category five of the last six years.

WILL 'BLACK PANTHER' ROAR?

Coogler's superhero sensation sold more tickets ($700 million worth) than any other film in North America in 2018. It has thus far won some honors here and there, but "Black Panther" may emerge as a major contender Tuesday. Coogler's film could be well represented in the craft categories, including visual effects, production design and costumes, along with Kendrick Lamar's "All the Stars" in the best song category.

The film's director of photography, Rachel Morrison, last year became the first woman to be nominated for best cinematography. This year, she could repeat the feat.

"Black Panther" could make history in one other way, too. A best picture nomination would be Marvel's first.

WILL SPIKE LAND HIS FIRST DIRECTING NOMINATION?

Spike Lee has been nominated twice before, for writing 1989's "Do the Right Thing" and for best documentary (1998's "4 Little Girls"). The 61-year-old filmmaker has even been given an honorary Oscar by the film academy, in 2015. But this year, Lee is favored to earn his first directing nomination for his impassioned white supremacist drama "BlacKkKlansman."

A year after Greta Gerwig became just the fifth woman nominated for best director, all of this year's favorites are men. Whether someone like Debra Granik ("Leave No Trace") can crack the category this year or not, it will be a different academy voting. In the last few years, the academy has considerably increased its membership in an effort to diversify its ranks, which have historically been overwhelmingly white and male. In June, the academy invited a record 928 new members.

AND ABOUT THAT HOST?

The Academy of Motion Pictures is reportedly planning to go host-less following Hart's exit, something it has tried only once before in an infamous 1989 telecast that featured a lengthy musical number with Rob Lowe and Snow White.

The Oscars last year hit a new ratings low, declining 20 percent and averaging 26.5 million viewers. Though ratings for award shows have generally been dropping, the downturn prompted the academy to revamp this year's telecast. Though initial plans for a new popular film category were scuttled, the academy is planning to present some awards off-air and keep the broadcast to three hours.

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Students write poignant book of surviving school massacre

Channel 10 news - 3 hours 37 min ago

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — "Parkland Speaks: Survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas Share Their Stories" needed to be written, its authors believe, but wish desperately it hadn't.

The book by 43 students and teachers who lived through February's high school massacre gives a poignant, raw, and sometimes horrifically graphic look into the six-minute shooting spree where 17 died and its aftermath as a well-off Fort Lauderdale suburb suddenly found itself mourning in a global spotlight that has dimmed but will never reach black.

"I lost my sense of innocence. I lost my sense of security. I lost my ability to see the world as I had only hours earlier. I would give anything to go back," wrote journalism teacher Sarah Lerner, who edited the 192-page paperback of essays, poems, photos and art published Tuesday by Crown Books.

Lerner and three student contributors gathered recently in a park a mile from the school to talk about the tragedy and how the book helped them cope as a veneer of normalcy returns weeks before the anniversary. Nearby, a few dozen special education students practiced yoga, helped by Stoneman Douglas volunteers. A skater zipped past. Elementary kids noisily played soccer.

THE POET

"How many did he kill? After hours of no sleep, my eyes slip shut, as I still weep, there is a feeling in my gut, I wake up screaming, the memories haunt my head" - Brianna Jesionowski in her poem, "First Night."

Jesionowski's English class was ending when shots rang out just outside on the first floor of the three-story freshman building. The gunman fired down the hallway with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and through windows into classrooms, but not hers. He then climbed the stairs, killing as he went.

But Jesionowski and her classmates didn't know it was real. There had been rumors that the school would hold an active-shooter drill with blank guns and drama students portraying victims.

"We thought it was weird - we had never been through anything like this," she said. Even after police evacuated her class and she exited through a blood-filled hallway, she said her mind wouldn't accept the reality until she met her older sister, Kaitlyn, whose hands were bloody from comforting a girl as she died.

She began writing poems before she asked to contribute to the book - it's how she copes. Several are featured.

"I had so many different feelings. I was confused. My sister gave me good advice to write it down and sort through it," she said.

THE LETTER WRITER

"My name is Leni Steinhardt and I am a survivor of a school shooting. That is a sentence no sixteen-year-old should have to write" - Leni Steinhardt in her essay, "Dear Senator Marco Rubio."

The letter, which Steinhardt also sent Congress members, details the terror she felt as she called her parents to say she loved them in case she never got another chance. How her brother lost a friend. It asks a pointed question: "What are you and the rest of the government doing to prevent this from happening again?"

"It was important that he heard it from me because I was angered after the shooting," Steinhardt said. "I really didn't have anyone to go to after this. My parents never lived through a shooting. My grandparents didn't know. There really wasn't anyone in my life who could answer these questions."

She said Rubio responded, agreeing changes are needed but gave no specifics.

THE PHOTOGRAPHER

The photo shows three girls hugging tight in a Stoneman Douglas walkway, their eyes closed. Are they frightened? Mourning? No. Brianna Fisher took the photo long before the shooting on a first day of school of friends happy to see each other. She posted it on Instagram shortly after the shooting to show what school should be, not what it had become.

For her, the book represents what her schoolmates experienced - and she and the other contributors have a major responsibility.

"Not every student is going to be speaking to the press or writing something - it needs to be an accurate presentation," Fisher said.

THE TEACHER

For Lerner, like everyone, it had been a normal day. In her classroom across from the freshman building, she'd quizzed students on George Orwell's book "1984," dropping chocolate kisses on their desks so they wouldn't think her a "total monster" for interrupting their Valentine's Day. She posted a selfie of the red leggings she wore for the occasion. During the shooting, she and some students huddled until SWAT officers found them and led them away.

She said the book has helped her and the students heal.

"We went through this together and we are going to get through this together," she said.

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Political shifts, sales slump cast shadow over gun industry

Channel 10 news - 3 hours 39 min ago

When gunmakers and dealers gather this week in Las Vegas for the industry's largest annual conference, they will be grappling with slumping sales and a shift in politics that many didn't envision two years ago when gun-friendly Donald Trump and a GOP-controlled Congress took office.

Some of the top priorities for the industry — expanding the reach of concealed carry permits and easing restrictions on so-called "silencers" — remain in limbo, and prospects for expanding gun rights are nil for the foreseeable future.

Instead, fueled by the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, the federal government banned bump stocks and newly in-charge U.S. House Democrats introduced legislation that would require background checks for virtually every firearm sale, regardless of whether it's from a gun dealer or a private sale.

Even without Democrats' gains in November's midterm elections, the industry was facing a so-called "Trump slump," a plummet in sales that happens amid gun rights-friendly administrations. Background checks were at an all-time high in 2016, President Barack Obama's last full year in office, numbering more than 27.5 million; since then, background checks have been at about 25 million each year.

Gary Ramey, owner of Georgian gunmaker Honor Defense, says the mood at last year's SHOT Show, which stands for Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade, was subdued. He's expecting the same this year.

"There was no one to beat up. You didn't have President Obama to put up in PowerPoint and say 'He's the best gun salesman, look what he's doing to our country,'" he said.

"Numbers are down," he added. "You can't deny it."

Robert J. Spitzer, chairman of political science at the State University of New York at Cortland and a longtime watcher of gun issues, said that not only have shifting politics made it difficult for the gun industry to gain ground but high-profile mass shootings — like the Las Vegas shooting that happened just miles from where the SHOT Show will be held and the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting — also cast a pall.

"After the Parkland shooting, (gun rights' initiatives) were kind of frozen in their tracks," Spitzer said. "Now there's no chance that it's going anywhere."

It's easier to drive up gun sales when there's the threat or risk of gun-rights being restricted, he said. "It's harder to rally people when your target is one house of Congress. It just doesn't have the same galvanizing effect."

The National Shooting Sports Foundation's SHOT Show has been held annually for more than four decades. This year more than 60,000 will attend the event that runs Tuesday through Friday — from gun dealers and manufacturers to companies that cater to law enforcement. There's a wait list for exhibitors that is several hundred names long and it will have some 13 miles of aisles featuring products from more than 1,700 companies.

Last year's show in Las Vegas was held just months after a gunman killed 58 people and injured hundreds at an outdoor music festival. The massacre was carried out by a gunman armed with bump stocks, which allow the long guns to mimic fully automatic weapons.

Organizers last year restricted media access to trade journalists. This year's show will again allow reporters from mainstream media to attend.

Gun-control advocates are rejoicing in the gun industry's misfortunes of late and chalking it up to not just shifting attitudes among Americans but a shift in elected political leaders.

"Without a fake menace in the White House to gin up fears, gun sales have been in a Trump slump and, as a result, the NRA is on the rocks," said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, a group founded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Joe Bartozzi, the new president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, said the industry isn't disturbed by the drop in gun sales or the shift in federal politics. While Democrats who ran on gun-control platforms made huge gains in the House, he sees the Senate shifting to the other end of the spectrum.

"Having been in the industry for over 30 years and seeing the trends of gun sales ebb and flow over time, it's very hard to put your finger on any one specific issue as to why this happens. It's just the cyclical nature of the business," he said.

Trump's campaign was bolstered by about $30 million from the National Rifle Association and when he took office, the industry had hoped that a host of gun rights would be enacted. The Trump administration quickly nixed an Obama-imposed rule that made it more difficult for some disabled people to purchase and possess firearms.

But other industry priorities, such as reciprocity between states for carrying certain concealed firearms and a measure that would ease restrictions on purchasing suppressors that help muffle the sound when a gun is fired, failed to gain traction.

For now, Bartozzi said his organization is focused on a measure that would expand public gun ranges, funded by an existing tax on firearms and ammunition sales that supports conservation, safety programs and shooting ranges on public lands. The hope is that increasing the number of public ranges will encourage more people to become hunters.

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Officer shot, wounded during mid-Michigan traffic stop

Channel 10 news - 3 hours 41 min ago

KOCHVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer has been shot and wounded during a traffic stop in mid-Michigan.

Saginaw Township police Chief Don Pussehl says the Saginaw Township officer stopped a motorist about 2 a.m. Tuesday in Saginaw County's Kochville Township and the driver shot him as he approached the vehicle. Pussehl says the officer radioed for help after the shooting and was described as being in "somewhat stable condition."

Pussehl says police are searching for the motorist, who fled. The officer's name and a description of the suspect weren't immediately released.

Police asked drivers to avoid the area where the shooting took place, about 85 miles northwest of Detroit.

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Starbucks rolls out delivery service for coffee drinkers

Channel 10 news - 3 hours 47 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Starbucks is expanding its delivery service and aims to offer it at nearly one-fourth of its U.S. company-operated coffee shops.

The company said it is launching the service Tuesday in San Francisco and will expand to some stores in New York, Boston, Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles in coming weeks. It tested the idea in 200 Miami stores last fall.

Starbucks says 95 percent of its core menu will be available for order using the Uber Eats mobile app. There will be a $2.49 booking fee.

In December, company executives laid out plans to expand deliveries in the U.S. and China this year.

Executives say delivery works best in dense urban areas where Uber Eats' delivery fees are lower because of high demand, and customers spend more than they do in stores.

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Chris Brown detained in Paris after rape complaint

Channel 10 news - 3 hours 48 min ago

PARIS (AP) — U.S. singer Chris Brown and two other people are in custody in Paris after a woman filed a rape complaint, French officials said Tuesday.

The Grammy Award-winning singer was detained Monday on potential charges of aggravated rape and drug infractions and remained in custody Tuesday, a judicial official said. Investigators have another two days to decide whether to let him go or file preliminary charges.

Brown's publicists at Sony Music would not immediately comment on the complaint or say what Brown, 29, was doing in Paris.

Brown has been in repeated legal trouble since pleading guilty to the felony assault in 2009 of his then-girlfriend, Rihanna. He completed his probation in that case in 2015, but has continued to have run-ins with police.

The woman who filed the complaint said she met Brown and his friends overnight Jan. 15-16 at the club Le Crystal in the 8th arrondissement near the Champs-Elysees, and then they all went to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel near the Concorde Plaza in central Paris, according to the official.

One of Brown's bodyguards is among the others detained in the Paris investigation, according to the official. Neither official was authorized to be publicly named discussing the investigation.

The detention was originally reported by French gossip magazine Closer.

Brown is best-known for hits in the 2000s such as "Run It" and "Kiss Kiss." He retains a hard core of fans, including nearly 50 million followers on Instagram. He posted an Instagram photo Monday from Paris appearing to show him at a night club.

He released a new single earlier this month and has a new album coming this year. Six of his albums have gone platinum.

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Democrats lurch left on top policies as 2020 primary begins

Channel 10 news - 6 hours 5 min ago

NEW YORK — Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro launched his campaign by pledging support for "Medicare for All," free universal preschool, a large public investment in renewable energy and two years of free college for all Americans.

That wasn't enough for some of his party's most liberal members.

Critics on social media quickly knocked Castro's plan to provide only two years of free higher education — instead of four — as "half measures," ''scraps" and "corporate Dem doublespeak." Aware of the backlash, the former Obama administration Cabinet member clarified his position in an interview days later.

"At least the first two years of college or university or apprenticeship program should be tuition free — and preferably four years," Castro told The Associated Press. "We're going to work toward that."

Welcome to the 2020 presidential primary. Almost no policy is too liberal for Democrats fighting to win over their party's base, which is demanding a presidential nominee dedicated to pursuing bold action on America's most pressing challenges.

Among two dozen possible candidates, virtually all have embraced universal health care in one form or another. Some have rallied behind free college, job guarantee programs, a $15 minimum wage and abolishing — or at least reconstituting — the federal agency that enforces immigration laws. While few have outlined detailed proposals to fund their priorities, most would generate new revenue by taxing the rich.

The leftward lurch on top policies carries risks.

President Donald Trump and his Republican allies are betting that voters will ultimately reject the Democratic proposals as extreme. Some GOP leaders cast lesser plans as socialism during the Obama era.

Republican critics are joined by a handful of moderate Democrats, who fear that promises by well-intentioned presidential prospects may create unrealistic expectations with their party's most passionate voters.

Billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg, a former Republican mayor of New York now considering a Democratic presidential bid, recently opined that primary voters might be receptive to a more moderate approach.

"Most Democrats want a middle-of-the-road strategy," Bloomberg said on ABC's "The View." He added: "If you go off on trying to push for something that has no chance of getting done, that we couldn't possibly pay for, that just takes away from where you can really make progress in helping people that need help today."

So far, at least, very few presidential prospects are heeding such warnings.

In the 2016 campaign, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, was the only presidential contender to support "Medicare for All," a proposal that would essentially provide free health care coverage to all Americans. This year, it's hard to find anyone in opposition.

That's even after one recent study predicted the plan would cost taxpayers more than $32 trillion. Proponents argue that those same taxpayers would save the trillions they currently spend out-of-pocket for their health care.

Lesser-known policies have emerged heading into 2020 as well.

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who is expected to launch his presidential campaign soon, has sponsored legislation to create a federal jobs guarantee program in several communities across America. The pilot program, which is co-sponsored by fellow 2020ers like New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, California Sen. Kamala Harris and Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley, could ultimately transform the U.S. labor market by providing well-paid government employment with benefits for anyone who wants it.

Critics decry the plan as a step toward socialism.

"Big challenges demand big solutions," Booker told the AP. "Both Martin Luther King Jr. and President Franklin Roosevelt believed that every American had the right to a job, and that right has only become more important in this age of increasing income inequality, labor market concentration and continued employment discrimination."

Billionaire activist Tom Steyer supports much of the liberal movement's new priorities — including Trump's impeachment — but says the federal jobs guarantee "doesn't make sense" given the nation's low employment rate.

"I want the private sector to produce jobs people can live on," he said in an interview. "A guarantee of government jobs doesn't make sense."

Yet Steyer insists that most of his party's policy priorities — universal health care and free college, among them — are anything but radical.

"The Republicans are an extremist far-right, radical party. When you say we need to moderate to their position, there's nothing moderate or pragmatic about their position," said Steyer, who recently backed away from a presidential run, although he's expected to spend tens of millions of dollars to shape the 2020 debate.

Free college is quickly emerging as a litmus test for Democratic contenders.

Those already on the record backing free tuition at public colleges and universities include former Vice President Joe Biden, Sanders, Gillibrand, Harris and Warren. Estimates vary for the cost to state and local taxpayers, although Sanders acknowledged it could be $70 billion annually.

Warren seemed to back away from her support for free college during an appearance in Iowa earlier in the month, however. In 2017, she co-sponsored the "College For All Act," which would have made tuition free at public universities.

Asked in a radio interview whether she supports reducing the cost of college or offering it free, Warren responded: "No, I think this is about reducing the cost."

It's unlikely the Democratic Party's energized base would tolerate any significant shifts to the center on free college — or any of the party's top issues.

Such populist appeals helped fuel sweeping Democratic victories in last fall's midterm elections, while producing a new generation of unapologetic Democratic leaders such as New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is aligned with the democratic socialist movement. And polls repeatedly suggest that voters support proposals for universal health care, free college and free preschool.

"We have seen a dramatic shift in the Democratic Party's political center," said Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. "Those who deny that are hurting their chances in 2020."

Meanwhile, Castro, like others in the early 2020 field, says he's fully committed to a "bold vision" to address the nation's top policy challenges.

"All Democrats recognize that this is not going to be easy, that to get Medicare for all, for instance, it's not guaranteed, it's not going to be easy, it may require along the way there are some compromises," he said. "But I'm convinced that it's worth it to go forward."

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Bus issues cause Columbus City Schools to cancel classes for Tuesday

Channel 10 news - 6 hours 55 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Columbus City Schools will not have school on Tuesday. The district canceled classes after more than 140 of their 700 buses would not start on Monday.

"What you're seeing is that after several days of these bitter cold temperatures and the buses not running because they are sitting idle on the weekends and the holiday, it just got to the point where we had a number of them that would not start," said CCS Spokesman Scott Varner.

Varner says crews will inspect buses Tuesday morning and make sure they are good to go for Wednesday.

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Skepticism grows as NY calls for more PCB cleanup on Hudson River

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 22:00
There’s a big fight underway over the future of of the Hudson River. Over the last decade, the Federal government forced General Electric to spend hundreds of millions of dollars cleaning up tons of toxic PCBs, oily pollution the company dumped in the river. It was seen as a model program, but a growing number of critics say it didn’t work.
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Fashion as a force: Cornell exhibit explores women's empowerment through clothing

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 22:00
"Women Empowered: Fashions from the Frontline," is an exhibit at Cornell University chronicling the ways women have used fashion throughout history to collectively uplift themselves.
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New York poised to strengthen abortion rights

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 22:00
The New York State legislature is poised to approve a bill to codify the abortion rights in the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v Wade into state law. For supporters, including the majority of Senators and Assemblymembers, it's been a long time coming. But for opponents, it's a bitter disappointment.
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North Country at Work: David Seymour on turning the lights back on after the 1998 Ice Storm

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 22:00
This month marks 21 years since the 1998 Ice Storm. Anybody who lived through it remembers the thick ice that encased everything, the sound of breaking trees, and the power outages that left whole towns without electricity, some for weeks. David Seymour had a slightly different perspective than most - in 1998 he was working out of Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation's Potsdam office. During and after the ice storm he was one of the thousands of utilities workers scrambling to turn the lights back on.
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Shutdown could soon exceed cost of border wall

Channel 10 news - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 18:34

The government shutdown -- the longest in U.S. history -- is estimated in 31 days to have cost the American economy almost as much as the $5.7 billion President Trump has demanded for his proposed southern border wall.

Average weekly direct and indirect costs of the partial shutdown, which began Dec. 22, currently add up to $1.2 billion, according to Beth Ann Bovino, S&P Global's U.S. chief economist. Monday marked the start of the shutdown's fifth week, and the closure will have caused roughly $6 billion in damage to the economy if the government does not reopen by the end of the week, Bovino estimated in a recent research note.

And the average weekly cost of the shutdown is expected to grow as the damage to industries and consumers both widens and deepens. "The longer this shutdown drags on, the more collateral damage the economy will suffer," Bovino wrote.

Direct effects of the marathon shutdown include lost productivity from the hundreds of thousands of furloughed workers who haven't been paid since the Dec. 22 closure. While the precise impact has not been calculated, the Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that federal employees' lost hours during a 16-day shutdown back in October 2013 reduced fourth-quarter GDP by 0.3 percentage points.

"As in previous shutdowns, the productivity lost from furloughed government workers will never be regained. In real terms, GDP will be lower since no 'product' was created," the S&P Global note said.

Federal workers will be compensated when the government reopens, but workers in the roughly 4 million private-sector jobs that depend on the federal government won't receive back pay, according to Capital Economics.

The longer the shutdown extends, the more grave its impact could be if it starts to affect unpaid workers' consumption, for example.

The partial closure of the Securities and Exchange Commission will delay companies' plans to file initial public offerings, at least until it reopens, and the Treasury's shutdown threatens to delay income tax refunds, which could have a dampening effect on sectors that tend to benefit from tax-refund spending, including auto retailers, according to Raymond James.

Private businesses that depend on visitors to national sites are also feeling the pinch as Americans cancel their vacations to national parks, museums and monuments that are closed.

An extended shutdown could reach even further into American households by causing these businesses to reduce their staffs -- taking wages away from private citizens.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the nation's largest business association, last week urged Mr. Trump and Congress to end the shutdown. Consequences from the shutdown are "wide and growing," Neil L. Bradley, the group's chief policy officer, wrote in a letter Tuesday. He listed a wide range of affected programs, data and functions.

"Small businesses are unable to receive assistance from the Small Business Administration. Companies are delayed in their ability raise additional capital or complete the process of going public. The review of mergers and acquisitions is suspended. Companies ranging from manufacturers to brewers are unable to receive the approvals required by law to sell their products," he wrote. "Travelers are delayed."

"Processing of imports is hindered, and tariff exclusion requests are unprocessed. Safety inspectors are sidelined, mortgage approvals are delayed, and research is halted. National Parks are closed and trash at the parks is not being collected. Grants, contracts, and payments for goods and services already provided are delayed," the letter continued. "Federal rulemakings are halted, and hundreds of thousands of federal employees and contractors go without pay."

According to data compiled by Bloomberg, the thousands of businesses with contracts tied to the federal government could lose a cumulative $200 million a day.

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Deep freeze and quick thaw could damage homes

Channel 10 news - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 16:20

Central Ohio faced single-digit temperatures on Monday. By Wednesday, the temperature is expected to climb to the mid-40s and experts say the weather shift could wreak havoc on car batteries, water pipes, and gutters.

At Dublin Auto Care, owner Paul Balestra said the average vehicle battery usually lasts about five years. If you're concerned about whether your car will start Tuesday morning, he said make sure it runs for at least 10 minutes Monday, and when you turn the engine off, take care to first shut down electric accessories like the radio, seat warmers, and automatic lights.

"Otherwise you've got a constant drain on your battery and when you shut it off, it doesn't have time to recover," said Balestra.

Home improvement experts say you can also take simple steps to prevent pipes from freezing in your home. Open cabinet doors to allow heat to reach pipes, allow the water to trickle, and don't turn the thermostat below 55, even if you're leaving town.

At the Zettler Hardware Store in on Harrisburg Pike, Lloyd Welch said protecting your pipes from freezing is so easy, even a child can do it.

"A five-year-old, a six-year-old, if they knew what they were doing," insisted Welch. "All you do is wrap it on there."

Homeowners who know they have a trouble spot where pipes are more exposed to the elements can spend less than $50 on an electric wrap that provides a heat source.

"And it will keep them warm," assured Welch.

Experts say make sure you know the location of your main water shutoff so if a pipe does burst, you can shut down the leak quickly.

By mid-week, the big thaw could send melting snow gushing down your gutters. If you have icicles hanging from your house, it could be a sign you have an ice dam, and you may want to call the experts to clear out gutters and give that water somewhere to flow other than back into your home.

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More than 400,000 sign petition calling for Saints-Rams rematch

Channel 10 news - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 15:57

An online petition calling for a rematch between the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams has surpassed 400,000 signatures.

The Rams defeated the Saints in overtime but officials could have called pass interference and helmet-to-helmet contact on Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman as he hit Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis on an incomplete pass inside the Rams 10-yard line with 1:45 left in a tie game.

"Refs missed a blatant pass interference call against the Los Angeles Rams late in fourth quarter of Jan. 20 NFC Championship game, possibly costing New Orleans Saints a trip to the SuperBowl," the petition reads.

If the officials had called the penalty, the Saints could have run out most of the clock and before attempting a possible game-winning field goal.

"Due to refs’ inability to properly officiate at the game, we the undersigned want a re-match against L.A. on Sunday, Jan. 27. It’s the only fair solution to this travesty of epic proportions."

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Attorneys identify another patient from Mount Carmel West fentanyl deaths

Channel 10 news - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 15:23

COLUMBUS – Attorneys representing several families of patients who are believed to have died after receiving excessive doses of fentanyl have identified the youngest patient to date – a 37-year-old man.

Attorney Craig Tuttle says 37-year old James Nickolas Timmons was brought into Mount Carmel West Hospital in late October for a suspected overdose of cocaine. Tuttle said that the autopsy showed Timmons had a mix of cocaine and fentanyl in his system when he died. While Tuttle acknowledged that his law firm is still waiting on additional patient records from Mount Carmel West hospital, he said Timmons’ was among the families who the hospital had notified.

To date, 27 near-death or intensive care patients have been identified by the hospital as having received excessive amounts of fentanyl.

“These patients’ families had requested that all-life saving measures be stopped, yet the amount of medicine the doctor ordered was more than what was needed to provide comfort,” the hospital said in a statement released last week.

Mount Carmel’s president and CEO, Ed Lamb, also released a video statement apologizing to the families of the patients.

“We apologize for this tragedy,” Lamb said. “And we’re truly sorry for the additional grief this may cause these families.”

Reached by phone last week, Husel declined to comment and urged a 10 Investigates reporter to contact his attorney. His attorneys have declined to comment. Additional attempts to reach Husel have been unsuccessful. Mount Carmel has fired Husel.

Twenty caregivers – including 14 nurse and 6 pharmacists – have been removed from patient care while the hospital investigates.

A hospital spokeswoman has said that Mount Carmel first became aware of concerns about patient care in late October and received more detailed allegations in late November.

So far, three wrongful death lawsuits have been filed. More are expected.

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