*I hope you brought those plants inside, there's a freeze warning until 9am today, mostly sunny this afternoon high 48
*Another animal rescue activist had their car stolen while delivering cat food. The group St. Louis City Kitties posted to Facebook that is was a dark gray Toyota RAV Four & was last seen at Texas and Cherokee.
Paul Ryan Backs One Man To Replace Him As Speaker Of The House -
With Paul Ryan not seeking re-election this November, decisions in the House have to be made to replace him as speaker.
On NBC's "Meet the Press," the Wisconsin Republican says he believes California Representative Kevin McCarthy is the right person to be the next leader. After former Speaker John Boehner resigned in 2015, McCarthy failed to get enough votes to become the Speaker of the House, which ultimately went to Ryan.
What's changed since then, according to Ryan, is House Republican leadership came together as a team in 2015 and have gotten a lot done. Ryan explained they put together an agenda, ran on that agenda and won an election, they're executing that agenda and getting it done. Ryan added the leadership team has gelled, the conference is unified and they're actually moving the ball to get things accomplished.
Louisiana Representative and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is interested in the job, but wouldn't challenge McCarthy and would back him for the post. House Freedom Caucus founder and Ohio Representative Jim Jordan is also considering a run for Speaker of the House.
The Speaker is the second in line to replace the President if anything, including death, illness, or impeachment, should stop him from performing his duties.
Source: NBC News
American Pastor Goes On Trial In Turkey -
An American minister who's been in a Turkish jail for a year-a-half is now on trial.
Turkey accuses evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson of working with a group allied to a Muslim preacher the Turkish government says was behind a failed coup attempt in July of 2016. Brunson, who is from North Carolina, also is accused of political and military espionage.
Today’s court session will be attended by North Carolina senator Thom Tillis and U.S. envoy for religious freedom Sam Brownback. Brunson’s lawyer notes that “There is evidence that shows Brunson was arrested due to his faith” and that his religious role had been “classified as aiding terror organizations.”
Turkey's president has offered to trade Brunson for the self-exiled preacher who's lived in the U.S. for almost 20 years. The U.S. rejected the trade.
Tax Day Is Actually Tomorrow -
While yesterday, April 15th, is the traditional tax deadline, this year's deadline is actually tomorrow, April 17th. The reason is due to a combination of the 15th falling on a Sunday and a holiday unique to Washington, DC, that hits on Monday, April 16th. Today, the nation's capital will celebrate Emancipation Day.
The date change is confusing to new taxpayers. A recent survey by H&R Block showed that 66-percent of millennials did not know taxes are due this year on the 17th, even though they were given three dates to choose from
Next year and for a few years after that, Tax Day returns to the usual date of April 15th. State tax returns aren’t affected, so they are due today!
Millions Of Eggs Recalled Due To Salmonella Concerns -
Over 200 million eggs are being recalled over salmonella fears.
Indiana-based Rose Acre Farms issued a recall on the eggs in connection to 22 cases of salmonella reported on the East Coast. The FDA says the eggs were distributed to consumers in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.
The eggs, produced by Rose Acre Farms’ Hyde County farm, are sold under brands including Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Food Lion, Glenview, Great Value, Nelms and Sunshine Farms. Walmart stores and Waffle House are two of the companies affected. The eggs were sold to restaurants too.
Salmonella is a bacterial infection that can be life-threatening if it spreads beyond the intestines. The FDA says the farm, which distributed the contaminated eggs, produces 2.3-million eggs a day.
Source: Market Watch
Kentucky Governor Apologizes For Teacher Walkout Comment -
The public was not happy about a comment tossed out there by Kentucky’s leader.
That’s why Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is apologizing for his remarks that suggested the teacher walkouts left children vulnerable to harm, drugs and even sexual assault. Bevin faced harsh criticism from lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle after his comments.
Yesterday he posted a video to his Twitter page saying his comments had, "unintended consequences." He added that many people have been hurt or just misunderstood what he was trying to say. Bevin stressed that it wasn't his intent to hurt anyone.
The exact comment he made was "I guarantee you somewhere today, a child was physically harmed or ingested poison because they were home alone because a single parent didn't have any money to take care of them," he said, adding that "some were introduced to drugs for the first time because they were vulnerable and left alone."
The Cards swept a 4 game series from the Reds, they beat them yesterday 3-2, they play the Cubs today and tomorrow