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You can dine out today and help an Arnold police officer who was shot by a burglary suspect. The Ryan O'Connor fundraiser is happening at more than 60 restaurants around town. Most restaurants are donating 10 to 20% of their sales.
Distraction Is A Focus In The Amtrak Derailment Investigation-
The NTSB is making progress in its investigation into Monday's deadly Amtrak train derailment in Washington State. Investigators have obtained the recorders from the rear locomotive and the lead locomotive, but the devices are significantly damaged. A preliminary review shows that the train's emergency brake was automatically activated, meaning the crew did not engage it.
Also discovered was that a conductor was in the cab with the engineer at the time of the wreck. The NTSB says that employee was “getting experience and familiarizing himself with the territory" and was in the cab while the train's actual conductor was in the passenger area.
Investigators are also in the process of setting up interviews with crew members in hopes they can illuminate the events leading up to the crash.
Meanwhile, Washington governor Jay Inslee is thanking all that assisted in rescuing victims. "All of us owe a debt of gratitude not only to the professional first responders but to the volunteers who got bout of their cars and helped their fellow Washingtonians make it through this tragedy."
An Eagle Scout was among those who jumped in to save people after the horrific accident.
Source: NBC News
Delta CEO Wants Payment For Atlanta Outage Losses-
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian is anything but happy after the lengthy power outage Sunday at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
He tells the "Atlanta Journal-Constitution" that the outage may have cost the airline upward of 50-million-dollars in lost revenue and he was “shocked” that it took 12 hours to restore power. Bastian says Delta plans to have "conversations" with both airport and Georgia Power officials and will then seek reimbursement. Investigators are still trying to pinpoint the cause of the outage.
About 14-hundred flights were canceled by Delta.
Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution
The Republican tax bill passed in the Senate early Wednesday morning, following hours of speeches by Democrats who criticized the bill, saying it's bad for the middle class. Republicans maintained the opposite is true.
As expected, the bill passed with a 51-48 vote along party lines, with Vice President Mike Pence overseeing the vote.
However, the Republicans had to postpone their victory party.
The House passed the bill on Tuesday afternoon, but will have to vote again on Wednesday, because it was discovered that specific parts of the legislation are likely procedural violations.
Donald Trump has repeatedly said that he wants to sign off on the bill before Christmas.
*The Blues take on the Flames tonight, it's an away game