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In the news this morning, five years after a former Penn State assistant football coach was convicted of child abuse on campus, the University's former President, Graham Spanier, was convicted Friday on a misdemeanor count of child endangerment, facing up to five years in prison. Spanier failed to alert authorities after he learned of the alleged abuse. Spanier plans to appeal. The former football coach is serving a 30 to 60-year sentence for the abuse. Penn State paid more than $90 million to settle with dozens of abuse victims.
In the news this morning, House Speaker Paul Ryan postponed the vote in Congress to replace the Affordable Care Act yesterday afternoon after Republican leaders determined that they did not have the support to pass it. At issue with President Trump's proposed bill is language around pre-existing conditions and coverage for children under the age of 26. The vote delay came 7 years to the day that former President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. The vote could happen as early as this morning.
In the news this morning, terror at the UK Parliament. A deadly terror attack outside London's Parliament yesterday sent hundreds of tourists running for their lives. The suspect drove his car into a crowd of people, zig-zagging to hit them before driving through the Parliament gate and stabbing an unarmed officer as Parliament went into lockdown mode. In the end, more than 40 were injured and 5 killed including the suspect. The act was described as "sick and depraved" by British Prime Minister Theresa May.
In the news this morning, the National Hockey League announced on Tuesday that the League will likely not be participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said that with negotiations on Olympic participation at a standstill, people should assume the league will not be sending its players to the 2018 Pyeongchang Games in South Korea. The NHL's main issues with Olympic participation center on a need for it to shut down its season for 2-1/2 weeks, along with concerns about player injures. NHL players did compete in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.
In the news this morning, "jersey-gate" is over. Tom Brady's Super Bowl jersey was recovered yesterday in Mexico by the FBI. The jersey was taken out of the Patriots' locker room by a member of the Mexican press with Foreign Press credentials following Super Bowl 51. In addition, Brady's jersey from Super Bowl 49 and a Denver Broncos helmet believed to belong to Von Miller were also recovered from the suspect's home. The jerseys are now in the possession of the FBI and NFL and all is right with the world this morning.
In the news this morning, President Trump released his proposed budget on Thursday. The 'America First' budget, as the President is calling it, increases defense spending, care for veterans, and homeland security by $59.2 million. Deep cuts can be found in the State Department, the EPA, and the National Institutes of Health--all experiencing cuts in the billions of dollars. Money is also increased for school choice. In spite of everything, the President's proposed budget does not balance the budget. Now Congress will begin debating it.
In the news this morning, President Trump's revised immigration ban executive order faced three court challenges yesterday before it went into effect at midnight. Federal judges in Maryland, Hawaii and Washington state will consider facts in the cases before deciding if or when to take any action to delay the temporary restrictions on immigrant travel from six predominantly Muslim Middle Eastern countries, as well as a temporary refugee ban on all nations.
In the news this morning, the area is bracing for a major late winter storm expected to arrive in the seacoast area early Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service. According to this morning's forecast, the entire state is expected to get at least a foot of snow with some areas expected to see upwards of 18 inches. The heavy snow — coupled with strong winds with gusts of up to 35 mph — is expected to result in reduced visibility and dangerous travel conditions.
In the news this morning, the University of Michigan men's basketball team was unwavered by their plane blowing off the runway Wednesday en route to their Big 10 game against Illinois . The plane sustained extensive damage, but everyone on board was able to exit safely with no injuries reported, the school said. Unfortunately, their uniforms were stuck on the plane, so the Wolverines had to wear their practice jerseys for Thursday's game. Michigan beat Illinois by 20 points.
In the news this morning, Maine Governor Paul LePage spoke to a full house last evening at a town hall forum in Yarmouth. LePage explained to the crowd that he will return to Washington DC this week to convince lawmakers to require a work component to receive welfare including subsidized health care. The Governor explained that he is a believer in the safety net, but if someone is able, they need to contribute.
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