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*It's going to be gorgeous today, sunny and high near 51


LOCAL

*Just announced this morning! Journey & Def Leppard are coming to Busch Stadium on Friday August 24th, they haven't released ticketing information yet!


*The public is invited today to pay respects to American Civil Rights Attorney and St. Louisan Frankie Muse Freeman.  She was the first woman ever to be a part of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Freeman will lie in repose at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park on Jan. 19 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The public is invited to pay their respects.On Jan. 20, a funeral service will be held at the Washington Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church located on Washington Ave at 9:30 a.m.Following the service, a burial will take place at the Calvary Cemetery near West Florissant Ave. in St. Louis.

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*St. Louis did not make the list of places where Amazon might bring their second headquarters.  The company posted a statement saying:

"Amazon HQ2 will be Amazon’s second headquarters in North America. We expect to invest over $5 billion in construction and grow this second headquarters to include as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs – it will be a full equal to our current campus in Seattle. In addition to Amazon’s direct hiring and investment, construction and ongoing operation of Amazon HQ2 is expected to create tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding community."

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NATIONAL

Snowfall Covered Half The U.S. On Wednesday - 

If you’re thinking winter has been really crazy you are correct.

Florida, of all places, has recorded three snow events this year! Even more amazing was Wednesday. Snow fell on all 50 states, including Hawaii, and covered abut half of U.S. soil. The last time that happened was in 2010!

One more weird fact about this winter; Macon, Georgia recorded their first snow in four years on Wednesday. For Mobile County, Alabama this week’s event was only the second time on record that two measurable snow events happened in one winter.

Source: Weather Channel


Fake News Crew Gets In Real Trouble With The TSA 

Members of a “fake” TV crew are facing charges after trying to test TSA officers at Newark Airport yesterday.  The TSA says a group of people attempted to carry a bag with what appeared to be a bomb through a security checkpoint. Once stopped by TSA, the suspects claimed to be working for “Staten Island Hustle” on CNBC, with people in the group secretly filming the incident.

Source: CBS News


LA Times Publisher Under Investigation For Multiple Conduct Allegations -

The publisher of the "Los Angeles Times" is being investigated for sexual misconduct.

The parent company of the newspaper says it's investigating CEO and publisher Ross Levinsohn after a report came out that he was a defendant in two sexual harassment lawsuits and was accused of inappropriate conduct toward women.

Media company Tronc released a statement saying it expects all its employees to act in a way that supports a culture of diversity and inclusion, and is taking appropriate action.

Source: Los Angeles Times


There Was Another Fireball In The Sky - 

People from Ohio to Nashville saw the second meteor in three days light up the sky.  The American Meteor Society was flooded with calls just before midnight. The reports came from Indiana, Nashville, Ohio, and even west central Michigan.  Meanwhile, NASA confirmed that Tuesday’s sky show was indeed a meteor. It was six feet wide, exploded with the power of 10 tons of dynamite. Crews are scouring parts of Michigan for fragments. 

Source: NBC 13


Supreme Court Puts NC District Redrawing On Hold - 

The U.S. Supreme Court is blocking a ruling that ordered the redrawing of congressional maps in North Carolina.

A lower court's ruling said North Carolina Republicans violated the Constitution by drawing electoral districts intended to maximize their party's chances of winning. The Supreme Court's decision to stay the order means the current districts most likely won't be altered before the November mid-term congressional elections.

The court didn't specify why they granted a request from North Carolina's Republican legislative leaders to put the lower court's ruling on hold.

The Supreme Court is currently studying two other cases from Wisconsin and Maryland involving claims that electoral districts were manipulated to keep the majority party in power in a way that violated voters’ constitutional rights. That practice is called partisan gerrymandering.

Source: Reuters


SPORTS

The Blues scored 3 times in the 2nd period to beat the Senators 4-1

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