Heads up, Houstonians. Yesterday we wrote about an Internet rumor that thankfully proved to be true . (Thanks, H-E-B!). But the latest myth circulating about Winter Storm Uri and how Texans can receive relief has been debunked. FEMA tweeted on Saturday that it will not (I repeat, will not) be issuing $800 to Texans in the form of food vouchers. ⚠️There is a rumor circulating that we are giving Texans $800 in food vouchers. This is false. We're not providing vouchers but we're accepting applications for assistance. https://t.co/gryh5A6N9X pic.twitter.com/Cm8JT91k65 — FEMA (@fema) February 20, 2021 If you're in need of food or water, the City of Houston and many other organizations and businesses have launched distribution sites around the city . And though FEMA won’t be dolling out vouchers, it is offering other forms of federal relief . The organization reiterated that it will be accepting applications for assistance for those who live in 77 Texas … [Read more...] about Don’t believe this FEMA rumor. Follow these steps for relief instead.
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Courtney Wooldridge, her husband and their two kids were asleep in their Campbellsville, Kentucky home on Friday night when they got an alert of a possible tornado threatening the state. About an hour later, their home was razed to the ground by a deadly tornado that likely had the longest reported path in U.S. history . “I am not sure I have even processed [it] yet,” Wooldridge, a 36-year-old mother of two, told The Daily Beast on Saturday. “It both happened fast and in slow motion at the same time. We have never experienced anything like this before.” The Wooldridges are among hundreds of Kentuckians whose homes were obliterated. “We have to start all over again,” the high school geometry teacher added. Our daughters are so calm but my husband and I are devastated. But God protected us.” At least 70 people were killed in Kentucky, mostly in a candle factory that collapsed, and the death toll may “end up exceeding 100 before the day is done,” Gov. Andy Beshear said Saturday. … [Read more...] about ‘The Walls Started to Cave in’: 70 Dead, Homes Obliterated in Kentucky Tornado
A federal appeals court on Monday issued an injunction halting President Biden’s student debt cancellation plan, further clouding the future of the president’s promise to eliminate hundreds of billions of dollars in debt for tens of millions of people. In a six-page order , three judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit unanimously blocked the government from canceling debts while the court considers a lawsuit brought by six Republican-led states, which claim that the president’s executive action to wipe out up to $20,000 in federal student loan debt per borrower exceeded his authority. The case involves “substantial questions of law which remain to be resolved,” the judges wrote, adding that its eventual outcome “will affect the finances of millions of Americans.” Two of the three judges — Ralph R. Erickson and Leonard Steven Grasz— were appointed by former President Donald J. Trump. The third, Bobby Shepherd, was appointed by former President George W. … [Read more...] about Appeals Court Blocks Biden’s Student Debt Cancellation Plan
As traditional public schools in the nation’s largest system endure a perilous period of student loss and funding shortfalls, New York City’s charter schools are on an upward trajectory. The schools gained more than 10,000 children during the pandemic, though the expansion slowed last year, even as enrollment at other schools across the city — both public and private — fell steadily. Mayor Eric Adams has been more open to charters than his predecessor, Bill de Blasio, who at times battled publicly with charter leaders in the city. The mayor’s campaign was backed by charter advocates , and several top officials at the education department are alumni of the Bloomberg administration, which helped launch the city’s charter school movement . It would seem an auspicious moment for the charter sector in New York, which has boomed from a nascent movement in the 2000s into a force of more than 250 schools. Gov. Kathy Hochul said for the first time last month that she would be … [Read more...] about As New York City Schools Face a Crisis, Charter Schools Gain Students
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a new trial request by two men convicted of conspiring to kidnap Michigan’s Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Lawyers for Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr. alleged misconduct by a juror and unfairness by U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker following their conviction by a federal jury in August. Jonker in a written ruling Friday shot down claims of juror misconduct and said he found “no constitutional violation and no credible evidence” to convene a new hearing. Fox and Croft face up to life in prison when they’re sentenced Dec. 28. Whitmer, who was reelected Nov. 8 to a second term, was never physically harmed in the plot, which led to more than a dozen arrests in 2020. Fox and Croft's first trial ended in a mistrial earlier this year when the jury was unable to come to a unanimous verdict. A motion for a third trial was filed in … [Read more...] about Judge denies bid for new trial in Whitmer kidnapping case
Georgians have many reasons to be grateful this Thanksgiving, but a runoff election free from partisan lawsuits is not one of them. Amid its contentious campaign between Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock and GOP challenger Herschel Walker, Georgia Democrats called in Marc Elias — the lawyer behind the 2016 Russia collusion hoax — to force Georgia to allow an extra day of early voting on the Saturday following Thanksgiving. Elias shopped around for an activist judge likely to grant him an easy win, and he found one. The GOP eventually appealed, but the day before Thanksgiving the Georgia Supreme Court refused to block the lower court’s opinion. (RELATED SNEAD: Democrats Have Set Their Sights On Another Key State’s Voting Laws) That’s a disappointing outcome that sets aside the black-and-white text of the law. As the Honest Elections Project pointed out in our brief , Georgia’s election code clearly states that if the second Saturday before the runoff election follows a … [Read more...] about JASON SNEAD: Early Voting Has Already Begun In Georgia’s Senate Runoff. Here’s How Dems Pulled It Off