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Winter Storm Continues To Pack A Punch -
A storm that's killed at least people, after walloping the Midwest, is bringing more snow to the Mid-Atlantic today.
Forecasters say conditions will be particularly nasty in and around Washington, DC where public schools and the Office of Personnel Management will be closed. Maryland and Virginia will see snow and winds up to 35 miles an hour. The storm is blamed for over 230 crashes in Virginia alone and seven deaths in Missouri and Kansas over the weekend.
Out west, California can expect rain and snow all day today and into tomorrow. Heavy rain is forecast for Sacramento and up to two feet of snow in the mountains to the east of California's capital.
Source: CBS News
Los Angeles Teachers Strike Is A Go Today -
Teachers in the second largest school district in the country are set to strike today.
Negotiations between the teachers' union and the Los Angeles Unified School District have stalled and teachers are set to picket this morning. Teachers are asking for a six-and-a-half-percent raise and reduced class size, among other concessions.
The union's bargaining chair said they haven't received a new offer from the district over the weekend. Schools will still be open for the 640-thousand students despite the work stoppage. The two sides have been able to come to agreement during 21 months of negotiating.
The L.A. Unified Schools has hired hundreds of substitutes to fill classrooms for teachers who go on strike. While the district did offer to cap classes, they only proposed an English/Math class cap of 39 students and a 35 student cap through grades four through six. It’s one of the biggest sticking points of the discussions.
Source: NBC Los Angeles
California Utility Loses CEO And Faces Trouble Over Wildfires -
The head of the California utility company Pacific Gas and Electric is resigning amid bankruptcy worries and the fallout over its role in deadly wildfires in the state.
Geisha Williams stepped down as CEO, a position she held since March 2017. She was the first Latina CEO of a Fortune 500 company. The utility is being investigated over its role in the deadly Camp Fire, which killed 85 people in Northern California. California's attorney general has said the company could be charged with murder if an investigation shows that its equipment sparked the blaze.
PG&E has been accused of sparking at least 15-hundred fires, including 17 major wildfires in 2017. There’s a history of safety and maintenance problems with California’s larges power company due to the aging power lines and millions of trees that need cutting back.
It's also been reported that PG&E could file for bankruptcy because of falling stock prices and a mountain of lawsuits that came out of the wildfires.
Source: Wall Street Journal
House GOP Leaders Prep Action Against Steve King For Defending White Supremecy -
The party of Lincoln is about to drop the hammer on a member who defended white supremacy.
Representative Steve King's comments about white supremacy are prompting a response from fellow Republicans. House Minority Leader and California Representative Kevin McCarthy told CBS' “Face The Nation” that he will take action in response to King's comments when he asked why the terms "white nationalist" and "white supremacist" were offensive.
McCarthy condemned the comments saying ″That language has no place in America. That is not the America that I know. And it’s most definitely not the party of Lincoln.” McCarthy also noted he will meet with King today to have a "serious conversation on his future and role in this Republican Party." That includes being yanked from committee assignments.
Source: Huffington Post
Plants are the new steaks … Impossible Foods, the company behind the plant-based Impossible Burger, is now going to make a meatless “steak.” If you haven’t had one yet, the plant-based Impossible Burgers contain something called heme, a red iron molecule that makes food cook, taste and even “bleed” like beef. No word yet on when the Impossible Steak will hit the market. (Market Watch)
NFL PLAYOFFS: Saints, Patriots, Rams and Chiefs Advance
The road the Super Bowl 53 got a little less crowded over the weekend as the New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs all knocked off their challengers in the Divisional Games to advance to the conference finals.
In the NFC Championship game set for 2pmCST Sunday, the Rams will meet the Saints in New Orleans on FOX.
The AFC Championship will pit the Patriots against the Chiefs in Kansas City at 5:40pmCST Sunday on CBS.
The winners will meet in Super Bowl 53 on February 3rd. (NFL.com)...
- The Super Bowl has finally confirmed that Maroon 5 will headline the Super Bowl halftime show
- Travis Scott and Big Boi will be special guests
- Superbowl LIII is set for Sunday, February 3rd at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium
*St. Louis beat Dallas 3-1, they take on the Washington Capitals tonight