Lillie Dunn

Trump’s $4 Trillion Budget Helps Move Deficit Sharply Higher

President Donald Trump is proposing a $4 trillion-plus budget that projects a $1 trillion or so federal deficit. Unlike the plan Trump released last year, the 2019 budget never comes close to promising a balanced federal ledger even after 10 years. And that’s before last week’s agreement for $300 billion is added this year and next, a deal that showers…

House OKs Budget Deal, Ending Shutdown

The House has narrowly passed a sweeping bipartisan budget accord, ending an hours-long government shutdown and clearing a path for huge spending increases for both the Pentagon and domestic programs. The 240-186 vote sends the $400 billion spending plan to President Donald Trump, who has promised to sign it. Passage of the measure came over the opposition of Democratic leaders…

Police Find Man with Serious Gunshot Wound; One Suspect in Custody

MPD and Fire Medics responded to the 100 block of Truett Drive in reference to a subject shot. Upon arriving on scene, an adult male was located suffering from a serious gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. A suspect has been taken into custody and any potential charges are pending.

Will There Be Six More Weeks of Winter?

Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog foresees no early end to winter. Punxsutawney Phil’s handlers announced Friday the weather prognosticator saw his shadow. Legend has it if the furry rodent casts a shadow on Feb. 2, Groundhog Day, expect six more weeks of winter-like weather. Phil’s prediction is decided ahead of time by the group on Gobbler’s Knob, a tiny hill just…

Man Arrested in Rape of Alabama Student After 2016 Iron Bowl

A man has been arrested in the rape and robbery of a University of Alabama student following the 2016 Iron Bowl. Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit Capt. Kip Hart told news outlets Tuesday that 19-year-old Colby De’Wayne Daniels Lewis was arrested in Demopolis. Hart said investigators had followed new information over the previous two days. Lewis is accused of attacking…

Woman Shoots Her Adult Son to Death in Dispute

Authorities say a 55-year-old woman shot her 23-year-old son to death in Alabama during a domestic dispute. Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones says deputies responded to reports of gunshots Tuesday in Smiths Station and found Robert Lee Woods Jr. with two gunshot wounds. Jones says deputies identified the shooter as Woods’ mother. She was at the home when deputies arrived….

USA Gymnastics Says Directors Will Resign

USA Gymnastics has confirmed that its entire board of directors will resign as requested by the U.S. Olympic Committee. The move came Friday in the fallout from the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. The former USA Gymnastics sports doctor has been pleaded guilty to molesting girls and young women. Some of the nation’s top gymnasts, including Olympians Aly Raisman, McKayla…

Georgia Woman Accused of Stealing $8,000 in Money Cards

Steletia Weathersbe, 24, of Stone Mountain, Georgia has been arrested by the Troy Police Department and charged with first degree theft of property. Weathersbe turned herself in to the Troy Police Department on January 22, 2018 at approximately 2:50 pm. Weathersbe’s charges stem from her role in the theft of over $8,000 in money cards that occurred on May 01,…

Senate approves Powell to follow Yellen as Fed chair in Feb.

The Senate has approved President Donald Trump’s selection of Jerome Powell to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve beginning next month. Senators voted 85-12 to confirm Powell to lead the nation’s central bank, a post that’s considered the most powerful economic position in government. Powell will succeed Janet Yellen, the first woman to lead the Fed, when her…

Michigan Sports Doctor to be Sentenced Wednesday

A judge says a Michigan sports doctor who assaulted Olympic gymnasts and other female athletes will get his sentence Wednesday, the seventh day of an extraordinary court hearing. More than 150 women and girls have talked in court about being molested by Larry Nassar or had their statements read by others. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina will hear a few more Wednesday…