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Clinton County detox center now open for business

North Country Public Radio - 1 hour 36 min ago
The North Country has a new detox center to help people safely go through withdrawal from alcohol, heroin, and other drugs. The 18-bed Recovery Campus in Schuyler Falls, near Plattsburgh, helps fill a huge gap in services. At a ribbon cutting ceremony late last month, officials called the new facility "a beacon of hope."
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Painting the town: Potsdam artist creates work in unexpected places

North Country Public Radio - 1 hour 36 min ago
Before it gets too cold, a Potsdam artist is hoping to finish a series of outdoor small-scale murals around the village. Sara Lynch says she wants to add a bit of fun and whimsical artist details to public spaces - park benches, street signs and brick walls. Her goal is to let viewers known that art should be accessible in even unexpected places. Sara Lynch says her mural designs range in size from just a few inches to a few yards in height. This week, she was painting tomatoes and sweet peas on a wooden street sign along a busy intersection. The village has plans to replace the wooden posts with metal signs, but Lynch says that hasn't deterred her public art project. Todd Moe caught up with Lynch to find out more about her one-woman mission to add some color to downtown Potsdam.
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Why so many snowy owls all of a sudden?

North Country Public Radio - 1 hour 36 min ago
Snowy owls are normally a rare sight in North Country. Their usual range is in the Arctic north. But a few years ago, a large number were seen all across the region. Martha Foley asked Dr. Curt Stager why that has happened.
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Mark Wahlberg donates $20,000 to Buckeye Ranch

Channel 10 news - 4 hours 10 min ago

Actor Mark Wahlberg and his business partner Jay Feldman have made a $20,000 donation to The Buckeye Ranch on behalf of Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet and the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation.

The donation is part of Wahlberg and Feldman's commitment to the greater Ohio area after announcing their first Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet in Columbus earlier this year.

The Buckeye Ranch operates a network of hundreds of foster homes located in 23 counties throughout Ohio.

The Buckeye Ranch provides care for children from infancy through 21 years of age. In 2017, 61 children were helped through the adoption process.

If you are interested in more information regarding fostering please call 1-800-296-5113 or visit www.buckeyeranch.org.

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Guardsman at Texas border accused of sexual assault

Channel 10 news - 4 hours 24 min ago

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas National Guard member serving at the U.S.-Mexico border is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a motel, authorities said Wednesday.

Police in Alpine, Texas, arrested Luis Carlos Ontiveros, 30, on Monday. The Texas National Guard confirmed that Ontiveros was serving in a mission launched in April following President Donald Trump's call for the National Guard to go to the border.

According to an affidavit obtained by KOSA-TV, the woman told police she had been drinking and Ontiveros offered to take her back to her motel room. The woman alleged that Ontiveros started kissing her, then removed her clothes and touched her.

The woman said she fled after Ontiveros told her he would perform oral sex. A witness told police the woman knocked on his door, saying Ontiveros had tried to rape her.

Ontiveros was released Tuesday on $20,000 bond. A message left at a number listed for Ontiveros was not immediately returned. The Associated Press generally does not identify victims in sexual assault cases.

The Texas National Guard said it would cooperate with authorities in Alpine, a remote West Texas town in the region of Big Bend National Park. The Guard would not confirm whether Ontiveros had been suspended or how long he had served in the Guard.

Ontiveros is the second guardsman in Texas known to have been arrested since the Guard was sent to the border.

Edwin Baez , 20, was charged in August with stealing 1.5 kilograms of methamphetamine. Federal prosecutors said Baez was detailed to an international bridge in Laredo, Texas, when he allegedly ended up in the hospital for a "drug-induced emergency." Investigators determined he had taken meth from a picture frame being used to smuggle the drugs that he was supposed to have thrown away. Baez has pleaded not guilty.

About 1,000 National Guard members in Texas are currently serving at the U.S.-Mexico border. Arizona, California, and New Mexico also sent Guard members to their borders with Mexico.

Trump has since ordered the active-duty military to the border, and around 5,800 troops have deployed.

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Women wear hoodies at mall to make point about racial profiling

Channel 10 news - 4 hours 45 min ago

In a viral social media post, a group of white women challenged a Tennessee mall's unwritten policy against hoodies and accused the facility of racial profiling. The social experiment comes after a video from a local former journalist showed mall security stopping four young black men wearing hoodies, and placing one of them in handcuffs, at Wolfchase Galleria in Cordova earlier this month.

Along with three of her friends, Shannon Arthur set out Saturday to prove a point about the incident, according to her Facebook post. By walking around the mall with their hoodies on and off, the women wanted to show how they were treated differently than people of color.

"If a security guard spotted us with our hoods up, they very politely asked us to take them down," Arthur wrote. "One guard said it was because they need to be able to identify everybody's faces. So we said, 'Sure,' took them down, walked on, and put the hoods back up a bit later. Repeat. No threats. Point made."

She concluded there's no doubt her group was given a "pass" compared to the men in the Nov. 4 encounter with mall security for wearing hoodies.

"I respect law enforcement," Arthur wrote. "And mall cops. But there's no question that some members of our community are constantly harassed and traumatized where those with less melanin are given a pass. We must do better."

The post tallied thousands of reactions and shares on Facebook. Rapper Yo Gotti, who has more than 3.8 million followers on Instagram, praised the women on social media for putting a spotlight on the "double standard."

"Last week a group of young black men were targeted by Wolfchase Galleria's racist 'No Hoodie' policy," he wrote in a caption. "These women helped bring light to the double standard we face in our community and across America."

CBS affiliate WREG spoke to ex-journalist Kevin McKenzie, who took the video of four men being tailed and confronted by security at the mall over their hoodies. Law enforcement agents –– from both Memphis Police and the Shelby County Sheriff's Office –– kicked the young men out of the mall, and one was taken into custody, according to WREG.

"I'm disturbed that even today and especially today probably because race is back on the front burner in America, young black men have a very hard time," McKenzie said. "They're perceived as threats and they shouldn't be."

In a statement obtained by WREG, Wolfchase Galleria said the individual was removed from the mall after he did not remove his hoodie, despite multiple directives from a Memphis Police Department officer. Memphis police told WREG, "MPD does not create policies for the Wolfchase Galleria. The owner of any private property has the right to ask patrons to leave their premises."

CBS News reached out to Wolfchase Galleria for comment explaining the dress-code policy and the incident. Michael McGrath, a spokesperson for the mall, said in a statement Wednesday that it doesn't have a specific policy against hoodies.

"Wolfchase Galleria does not have a policy against hooded garments as has been reported. Our retailers sell hooded garments. We do, however, ask our shoppers to not conceal their identities while on mall property for security reasons. Our focus in on the safety of all shoppers. Security personnel are trained and required to enforce mall policies fairly and evenly."

According to McGrath, the individual refused to comply with the policy and he was escorted out of the mall with instructions to not return for the rest of the day. When he returned a second time, he was escorted again. On the third time, he became "belligerent" when approached by Memphis police, who later detained his group he was with briefly. Police charged him with a misdemeanor before releasing him.

McGrath said the women in the Facebook post were not asked to leave the mall because they complied immediately and did not become "belligerent."

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2 dead, 44 hurt in bus crash on icy highway near Memphis

Channel 10 news - 4 hours 54 min ago

BYHALIA, Mississippi (AP) — A tour bus overturned Wednesday on an icy highway near Memphis, leaving two people dead and 44 others aboard with injuries as a pre-winter storm blasted parts of the South, authorities said.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol said in a statement that the bus traveling from Huntsville, Alabama, to the Tunica area of Mississippi when it crashed at 12:35 p.m. on Interstate 269 in the northern part of the state. A statement from agency spokesman Capt. Johnny Poulos also said the crash "weather-related." He didn't elaborate, though he said the injured were taken to several hospitals with varying injuries.

The bus was operated by Teague VIP Express, located in Anniston, Alabama. The company posted a message on its Facebook page that said: "Our hearts and prayers go out to victims of this tragedy. Please keep everyone involved and families in your prayers."

The red tour bus with white and gray stripes was being towed later Wednesday from the crash site. The bus windows appeared mostly missing or shattered and a smell of gasoline hung in the air. Large scratches and other damage were visible on the driver's side as workers cleared the highway of debris.

The company has only three buses and three drivers, according to licensing information from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and it hasn't had any crashes in the last two years.

A hospital spokeswoman, Ayoka Pond, said 19 passengers were transported from the crash site near Byhalia to Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven, Mississippi, and three of them were in serious condition there. She said seven others were taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville in that Tennessee suburb of Memphis.

An additional 18 passengers were taken to Methodist Hospital Olive Branch in that Mississippi city, said spokeswoman Mary Alice Taylor. The hospital couldn't immediately provide conditions of those patients. The crash site is about 35 miles (55) miles southeast of Memphis.

The identities of the dead and injured were not immediately released and the specific end destination wasn't disclosed in Tunica, a casino resort area of northwest Mississippi.

It was the second charter bus excursion to a Mississippi casino town to end in fatalities in the last two years. A bus carrying Texas senior citizens to a Gulf Coast casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, got stuck on train tracks and was slammed by a freight train in March 2017. The crash resulted in four deaths and 38 injuries. The National Transportation Safety Board found that the probable cause of the crash was the failure of a railroad and the city to work together to improve the safety of a sharply humped railroad crossing, even though it was well known that vehicles occasionally got stuck there.

NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway said the federal agency hasn't determined yet whether it will investigate Wednesday's crash.

On Wednesday, the Mississippi Department of Transportation reported icing on roads and bridges in 10 northern counties from the storm. A wintry mix of snow and sleet prompted some school, church and museum closings in west Tennessee during the day.

After days of heavy rain and storms along a cold front, flurries left a thin layer of snow atop vehicles in western Mississippi overnight, and a Mississippi River bridge turned white in Greenville, Mississippi. Light snow or freezing rain was possible with no accumulations into northwest Alabama, forecasters said.

The National Weather Service, meanwhile, issued a freeze warning for Louisiana through western Alabama as far south as the Gulf Coast into early Thursday, saying temperatures could drop into the upper 20s (- 6 Celsius range) in some areas. A flash flood watch remained in effect for north Georgia and the Carolinas, which forecaster say could get another 3 inches (8 centimeters) of rain.

In Virginia, NASA said, the planned launch early Thursday of an unmanned cargo rocket to the International Space Station had to be rescheduled because of bad weather. NASA said the launch would now take place early Friday. The unmanned Cygnus cargo craft will lift off from Wallops Island along the Eastern Shore carrying groceries, hardware and research to the station.

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ODOT prepares for winter weather advisory, slick roads

Channel 10 news - 4 hours 58 min ago

The Ohio Department of Transportation says 100 crews will be out Wednesday night to treat roads ahead of Thursday morning weather.

"We spent the last couple weeks getting our trucks ready," Dan Hale said.

Hale is one of the highway technicians who will be out.

"We had a couple good snow storms last year, but I think we were on it," he said. "[I] think we did OK and we'll be ready this year."

Wednesday, ODOT spent the day taking trucks through inspection with mechanics.

"This is our first event and the guys are ready and trained," ODOT County Administrator, Shawn Anverse said. "We have a very strong workforce ready to go with a lot of experience. And all of our equipment is inspected and we're ready for the winter to begin."

Starting at midnight, Wednesday, ODOT crews will be out in and around central Ohio in eight different counties to treat interstates, state and U. S. routes.

"Definitely probably bridges and overpasses and those things will be the first to get hit," Anverse said.

The city of Columbus was out, Wednesday, putting brine down on city streets. ODOT says it waited to put brine down on roads due to the threat of rain in the forecast.

Crews say they will be out as long as they're needed, but remind drivers they, too, can help.

"Allow yourself a few extra minutes when you're leaving for work," Hale said. "Give us a little bit of room to do our job and we'll get you there safe."

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Woman had 44 frozen dogs, 130 live dogs in home

Channel 10 news - 5 hours 3 min ago

SHAMONG TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say 44 frozen dogs and 130 live dogs were found at a New Jersey home that reeked of animal feces and urine.

State police say 65-year-old Donna Roberts was charged with animal cruelty following an inspection Tuesday at her Shamong Township residence in the Philadelphia suburbs. Officials allege living dogs were found in "deplorable and inhumane conditions."

Roberts told the New York Post that the dogs were stillborn and she forgot about them after putting them in baggies and storing them in a freezer seven years ago. She said she wanted a veterinarian to perform autopsies.

Roberts said she did nothing wrong and "most certainly" will fight the charges.

The American Kennel Club fined Roberts $500 in 2015 and gave her a six-month suspension for refusal to share inspection records.

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Iowa woman thought she won $100, but really she won $1M

Channel 10 news - 5 hours 12 min ago

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — An Iowa woman who thought she had won $100 on the Powerball was a few zeros off — she won $1 million.

When Nicole Argent of St. Charles went to a local convenience store to cash in, workers turned the computer screen around to prove to her that she had miscalculated her success.

Argent went to a U-Gas store in St. Louis County on Oct. 19 to buy a Mega Millions ticket, but arrived three minutes after the 8:59 p.m. cutoff. She settled for a couple of Powerball tickets for the Oct. 20 drawing.

She initially thought one of the tickets matched four white-ball numbers. It turned out she matched five white balls — 16, 54, 57, 62 and 69 — and the Powerball number, 23.

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Refugee children in Canada play in snow for the first time

Channel 10 news - 5 hours 38 min ago

Snow in Canada isn’t really something most people living there get excited about.

But to these young African refugees experiencing snow for the first time – it’s pure, unfiltered joy.

Dressed in thick winter coats, the brother and sister rushed outside to twirl in the falling snowflakes.

Toronto resident Rebecca Davies posted the video to social media.

A first snowfall for Eritrean children new to Canada. #NewcomersWelcome #WelcomeToCanada #RefugeesWelcome #privatesponsorship #BVOR pic.twitter.com/XaWTDGAxfg

— Rebecca Davies (@RebsD) November 10, 2018

She’s hosting a family of five from the East African country of Eritrea.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau even retweeted it.

The 43-second clip has been viewed millions of times on Twitter.

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State representative silenced during debate on Ohio's Stand Your Ground bill

Channel 10 news - 6 hours 49 min ago

Not since anyone can remember, the House Speaker became so frustrated with a State Representative on the House floor he cut off her microphone preventing the lawmaker from finishing her speech.

House Speaker Ryan Smith had gaveled State Representative Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) to stop using the names of other lawmakers as she was going down a list of bill sponsors whose districts have smaller African-American populations compared to whites.

The debate was over the so-called "Stand Your Ground" bill that would relax restrictions against licensed gun owners who used lethal force in self-defense situations.

Despite the Speakers orders for her to refrain, Representative Howse continued until the speaker silenced her microphone.

"Do you regret silencing her mic no? No. We have house rule you can't use other names of representative and she violated the rule. I didn't gavel her down I was just trying to get her attention and she insinuated myself, Johnson, LaTourette were racist and I find that infuriating." said Speaker Ryan.

"I would just hope that the speaker Smith will take a look at this interaction with me and what caused him to get so upset and lay out the facts, I didn't attack anybody," said Howse.

She issued a statement after the incident saying, “Black voices will not be silenced. We belong here and we deserve to be heard and have a seat at the table. Republicans have been unwilling to have an honest conversation about race and the disproportionate affects their extreme policies have had on minority communities across Ohio, and sadly, we saw that playout firsthand in the ‘People’s House.’"

House Bill 228 passed 64-28. It will now head to the Senate.

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Official: Michael Avenatti in Los Angeles police custody

Channel 10 news - 7 hours 4 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A law enforcement official says Michael Avenatti is in police custody in Los Angeles following an allegation of domestic violence.

The official says Avenatti was taken into custody Wednesday. Police had responded to a domestic violence incident a day earlier and took a report.

The official wasn't authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Avenatti remained in custody Wednesday evening and a call and text message seeking comment weren't immediately returned.

Avenatti is best known as the lawyer for porn actress Stormy Daniels, who has said she had sex with President Donald Trump in 2006. Trump has denied having an affair.

Avenatti is also mulling a 2020 presidential run.

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Central Ohio teen fights his way back to the links one swing at a time

Channel 10 news - 7 hours 13 min ago

Matt McClish is not your typical golfer.

His golf story began six years before he ever picked up a club. When Matt was in the second grade, he started having “episodes” on the playground during recess.

Matt and his family later found out, those “episodes” were actually seizures.

Matt was diagnosed with epilepsy, and his family was devastated to learn the cause: a brain tumor.

He underwent surgery to remove the tumor in fifth grade, but after various complications, Matt needed an additional four surgeries.

The final procedure changed his life forever.

When Matt woke up from that surgery, he was paralyzed. He couldn’t feel the left side of his body. Doctors told Matt it was the result of a stroke that happened during the surgery, and he might never walk again.

After two months of physical therapy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Matt regained his ability to walk.

But he had another dream. He wanted to play golf again.

Matt still couldn’t use the left side of his body, so he spent hours and hours at a golf simulator, relearning the game while only using one hand.

Matt just finished his senior season as a member of the West Jefferson golf team.

With half the hands, and twice the determination.

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Child at center of Rhoden murders is safe, family says

Channel 10 news - 8 hours 5 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A child at the center of a custody dispute that may have set off a gruesome Ohio massacre is safe in state custody, her great-grandfather said Wednesday, before one of the four suspects in the killings appeared in court.

Leonard Manley, whose daughter and grandchildren were among the eight people killed in 2016, told The Cincinnati Enquirer the 4-year-old girl is in state custody.

One of the suspects, Edward "Jake" Wagner, was the long-time former boyfriend of 19-year-old Hanna Rhoden, one of the victims, and shared custody of their daughter at the time of the massacre.

On Wednesday afternoon, Wagner's father, another of the suspects, agreed to return to Ohio following his arrest in Kentucky. George "Billy" Wagner III was arrested after being found in a horse trailer in Lexington Tuesday. The 47-year-old Wagner waived his rights to an extradition hearing in a brief appearance Wednesday in Lexington district court.

The announcement of Wagner's arrest along with his wife and two adult sons marked the culmination of a massive investigation that began after seven adults and a teenage boy were found shot in the head at four separate rural Ohio homes in April 2016. The killings terrified Ohio residents and spawned rumors that it was a drug hit, but prosecutors suggested Tuesday the attack had stemmed from a custody dispute.

The investigation is one of the most complicated and extensive in state history, with enormous numbers of witnesses and a huge amount of evidence, said Pike County Prosecutor Rob Junk.

"There is a lot of hard work ahead of us. I cannot emphasize that enough. An indictment is only the beginning of the case," Junk said Tuesday, adding the case may have to be moved to a different county because of pre-trial publicity.

Other Pike County officials are concerned about the costs and issues they will face in housing the suspects, such as added security and other needs. County Commissioner Blaine Beekman said Wednesday the county of 28,000 is already in a budget crunch and officials plan to meet with Junk before reaching out to state officials for help.

"Obviously, we are pleased that the arrests have been made and that, if the evidence is there, the people will be brought to justice," Beekman said. "But it's a double-edged sword. ... Now comes the reality of how are we going to pay for this? We have no book to refer to. There are just so many unknowns."

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said a grand jury indicted the Wagners on aggravated murder charges. Police arrested Wagner; his wife, 48-year-old Angela Wagner; and his sons George Wagner III, 27, and Edward Wagner, 26. They could be sentenced to death if convicted, DeWine said.

Edward Wagner was also charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor for having sexual contact with Rhoden when she was 15 years old and he was 20 years old, DeWine's office said.

DeWine gave scant detail about why the victims were killed, other than saying the custody of a young child played a role.

Tony Rhoden, who lost two brothers in the killings, said the family was still processing the news.

"We just don't know what to think," Rhoden told the Columbus Dispatch. "It's a lot to take in."

The Wagner family lived near the scenes of the killings about 60 miles (97 kilometers) south of Columbus. They moved to Kenai, Alaska, in June 2017, then returned to Ohio this past spring.

Kelly Cinereski, an Alaskan pastor and friend of the family, told the Dayton Daily News he was shocked by their arrests.

"These people wept over dogs, I can't imagine them taking people's lives," he said.

Fredericka Wagner, the mother of Billy Wagner, and Rita Newcomb, the mother of Angela Wagner, were also arrested and charged with misleading investigators.

Both Edward Wagner and Angela Wagner previously told the Cincinnati Enquirer they were not involved in the killings.

Angela Wagner said in an email to the newspaper what happened was devastating and Hanna Rhoden was like a daughter to her. Wagner also told The Enquirer her husband, George, and Christopher Rhoden Sr. were more like brothers than friends.

John Clark, a lawyer who has been representing the Wagners, has said previously that four of the Wagner family members provided laptops, phones and DNA samples to investigators and agreed to be interviewed about the slayings.

"We look forward to the day when the true culprits will be discovered and brought to justice for this terrible tragedy," Clark said in a statement.

The victims were 40-year-old Christopher Rhoden Sr.; his ex-wife, 37-year-old Dana Rhoden; their three children, 20-year-old Clarence "Frankie" Rhoden, 16-year-old Christopher Jr., and 19-year-old Hanna; Clarence Rhoden's fiancée, 20-year-old Hannah Gilley; Christopher Rhoden Sr.'s brother, 44-year-old Kenneth Rhoden; and a cousin, 38-year-old Gary Rhoden. Hanna Rhoden's days-old baby girl, another baby and a young child were unharmed.

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Ohio University fraternity under investigation after death of Dublin teen

Channel 10 news - 8 hours 41 min ago

An Ohio University fraternity is under investigation tonight after the death of a Dublin teen.

Eighteen-year-old Collin Wiant died Monday morning after someone called police reporting him unresponsive.

It happened at a home connected to a fraternity that OU has ordered to cease activities.

This was the call to 911 early Monday morning:
"We're at (redacted) Mill Street, and one of my friends, he's pretty unresp- like, I think he drank a little too much tonight."
"Ok, is he responsive?"
"Um, he was, and then he kind of laid back, started passing out."
"Ok, is he still breathing?"
"Yes."
"Ok, I'll send them down that way. Is there an apartment number?"
"It's (redacted) Mill Street. We'll carry him out. He's pretty in and out, so like..."
"Well let's not carry him out yet because it's really cold outside and the squad takes a little bit. So let's leave him there and I'll send an officer down and the squad is heading that way too."

Wiant was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.

The house is home to members of the Sigma Pi fraternity, though not an actual fraternity house.

Tuesday Ohio University ordered the fraternity and all of its members to immediately "cease and desist all organizational activities."

The order says OU has received information that Sigma Pi "has engaged in conduct that puts the health and safety of your members at risk."

A spokesperson said the order was in response to Wiant's death.

The spokesperson declined to answer further questions, saying it's an open investigation.

OU also orders the fraternity "not to meet in any capacity, officially or unofficially...This also includes communication with and among the group via any means, including voice, e-mail, text, or any social media platform or application."

Athens Police are investigating.

The Athens County coroner is waiting on toxicology results to determine Collins Wiant's cause of death.

OU says this same fraternity chapter was suspended for a year in 2014 for "Conduct that causes harm or has the potential to harm another."

The student code of conduct says that could include "coercing another to engage in an act of membership" that causes "mental or bodily harm" or "hazing."

In a statement to 10tv, Sigma Pi CEO Jonathan Frost said:

"Sigma Pi Fraternity was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a new member of Epsilon Chapter at Ohio University after EMTs responded Monday to a 911 medical emergency call at an off-campus residence. We send our prayers and condolences to his family and the entire OU community. The Fraternity is in full support of the cease-and-desist order the University placed on the Chapter while the investigation is ongoing. Sigma Pi will work closely with the OU administration and local authorities during their review of this matter, and the Fraternity has advised all members to cooperate fully."

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Farmer "abandoned" tree that will celebrate Christmas in White House

Channel 10 news - 9 hours 27 min ago

NEWLAND, N.C. — The farmer who raised the Christmas tree destined for the White House this year says the Fraser fir "got the last laugh" after he "basically abandoned it."

Larry Smith told The Charlotte Observer on Tuesday that the 19 ½-foot-tall (6-meter-tall) tree didn't seem to be doing as well as others so he hadn't trimmed it in a couple years. But two White House officials "just loved the natural look to it."

Smith's Mountain Top Fraser Fir farm was selected to provide this year's official tree after he won the National Christmas Tree Association's contest in Wisconsin. Smith's win bolsters North Carolina's tally as the state with the most White House Christmas trees, at 12.

The tree was cut Wednesday to be driven up to Washington, where Smith will present it Monday.

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Woman gets 40 years for scalding kids over messy bed

Channel 10 news - 9 hours 31 min ago

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — A woman convicted of putting her two children in scalding water as punishment has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Amanda Reyer said her children had been caught messing up a bed.

Judge Robert Baker in Limestone County, Alabama, gave Reyer the maximum sentence Tuesday. The Athens News Courier reports the judge spoke through tears to the 26-year-old woman.

Reyer pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated child abuse. She told the judge she was trying to appease a boyfriend by dropping her 5-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter into water so hot that the girl's skin peeled off. The girl had burns over at least 70 percent of her body. Both children survived the abuse, which happened in 2015.

Reyer's boyfriend at the time, Derrick Defoe, is awaiting trial.

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Newly elected Democrat calls Tennessee racist, GOP voters "uneducated"

Channel 10 news - 9 hours 37 min ago

A Tennessee Democrat newly elected to the House of Representatives has said the state is racist and most residents who voted Republican are uneducated. CBS-affiliated WREG-TV reports London Lamar said the comments in a now-deleted Facebook video posted following last week's election. Lamar, a black woman, ran uncontested in the state's House District 91 and will take office in January.

The station reports some constituents found her comments troubling, and Lamar issued an apology Monday, saying "we want to make sure we don't over-generalize groups of people." But she says race did play a role in the election. She says many who voted Republican in this election based their votes "on racially-charged rhetoric" that's coming from the White House.

"Tennessee's racist. Period. Period. Like, Tennessee is racist," Lamar said in the video.

She also said: "Most of the Tennesseeans who voted Republican are uneducated."

WREG asked Lamar is she still felt "Tennessee is racist."

"I think Tennessee is very polarized and I think that we need to continue to have conversations about how Tennessee can work on behalf of everybody," she said.

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2018-11-13 ISS Sighting

Date: Tuesday Nov 13, 2018
Time: 5:12 AM
Duration: 1 minute
Maximum Elevation: 32°
Approach: 32° above ENE
Departure: 21° above E

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