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*Emergency crews are on the scene after a school bus crashed in O’Fallon, Missouri Wednesday morning.

There are reports the of an overturned school bus carrying 35 children crashed and overturned on Hickory Hill Drive.

Two students and driver transported to a nearby hospital.

Three students were evaluated on the scene.

Students on the bus reportedly attend North Middle School in the Fort Zumwalt School District.

*August 15th is National Check the Chip Day! ,reminding you to get your pets microchipped or update your information in case they they get lost.  The Humane Society Of Missouri is encouraging pet parents to microchip their pets and they can do it for $25, it's usually $55. Pet owners can call 314-951-1534 to make an appointment.



Science Proves Men Lose Weight Faster Than Women: 

This won’t come as much of a shock to any gal who’s tried losing weight with their significant other – new research shows that men really do lose weight faster than women. A study of 2,200 overweight, pre-diabetic adults in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, found that after two months, men lost an average of 26 pounds, while women lost on average only 22.

All study participants were given an 800-calorie per day meal plan, and not only did men lose more, but they got healthier too. After the eight weeks were over, they had lower heart rates, less body fat and lower risk of diabetes than the women in the study. In fact, women actually got less healthy with the diet, showing larger decreases in “good” HDL cholesterol and bone mineral density, although they did loser more weight in their hips then fellas. 

Source: New York Post

Southwest Updates Their Support Animal Policy

Southwest is the latest airline to update their policy when it comes to support animals. Starting September 17th, emotional support animals will be limited to only dogs and cats, limited to one per customer and they must “remain in a carrier or be on a leash at all times.”  In addition, anyone traveling with an emotional support animal must also provide “a complete, current letter from a medical doctor or licensed mental health professional on the day of departure.” 

As for trained service animals, only “the most common service animals” will be allowed, such as dogs, cats and miniature horses. Also, they will recognize fully-trained psychiatric support animals, but they must be “trained to behave in a public setting and must be under the control of the handler at all times." 

Source: USA Today


Pentagon Spokesperson Under Investigation For Abuse of Power:

 Senior Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White is being investigated by the Defense Department's inspector general over accusations she forced her subordinate staffers to run her personal errands and drive her around in bad weather. In addition, she allegedly reassigned any staffers who complained. 

The allegations of misconduct and abuse of power against White, the assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs, come from at least four current and former staffers. She’s accused of having staff make calls to a California foster care facility inquiring about adoption, sending them to buy personal items at the Pentagon’s CVS, having them fetch dry cleaning and her meals, book her personal grooming appointments and more.

According to DoD guidelines, “a DoD official may not direct or request subordinates to use official time to perform any activities other than official activities." 

Source: NBC News

Candidate Could Make History In Connecticut: 

Jahana Hayes won the primary for Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District, and should she win the overall election she’ll become the Connecticut’s first black Democrat in Congress.

“It absolutely plays into everything,” Hayes, who grew up in housing projects in Waterbury, tells the “New York Times” of the impact of her win. “Because while I see myself as someone who can be a representative of all people, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that it would be important to so many people in my community.” 

Hayes, a former “Teacher of the Year” winner, is running for the seat left open by Democrat Elizabeth Etsy. She now faces Republican Manny Santos, the former mayor of Meriden, Connecticut, in the November general election. 

Source: Yahoo

21-Year-Old Becomes Youngest Person To Get Face Transplant:

A 21-year-old suicide survivor has become the youngest person to receive a face transplant. Katie Stubblefield attempted suicide when she was 18, shooting herself in the face with the her brother’s hunting rifle. Katie is featured in an article “The Story of a Face,” in this month’s “National Geographic,” which details the emotional troubles that led to her March, 2014 suicide attempt. 

As a result of the shooting, she lost parts of her forehead, nose and sinuses, her mouth, bones that make up the jaw and the front of her face, and her eyes were badly damaged. In 2017, after being on a waiting list for over a year, she underwent a face transplant at the Cleveland Clinic, the third done at the hospital and the 40th known in the world. Her procedure included transplantation of the scalp, the forehead, upper and lower eyelids, eye sockets, nose, upper cheeks, upper jaw and half of lower jaw, upper teeth, lower teeth, partial facial nerves, facial muscles, and skin.

Stubbenfield now has big plans for her future now. She wants to go to college and have a career in counseling and motivational speaking, in the hopes or raising awareness of suicide and suicide prevention. 

Source: CBS News

New Poll Shows Americans Don’t Like Trump as a Person:

A new Quinnipiac poll shows that 59% of American voters don’t like President Trump as a person, while 31% do like him. Of course, things are much different along party lines, with 66% of Republicans liking him, and only 24% saying the dislike him.

What’s more, 54% of voters disapprove of the job he’s doing as President, with 48% disapproving strongly, while 41% approve and another 30% approve strongly. In addition, 54% of voters say Trump doesn’t treat people of color with the same respect as white people, while another 54% say he “has emboldened people who hold racist beliefs to express those beliefs publicly.”

The poll also finds that despite Trump calling the media “fake news,” 65% of American voters believe the media is an important part of US democracy, although 51% of Republicans do agree with the President’s claim that the media is the “enemy of the people.” Finally, it seems everyone has had enough of the President’s Twitter rants. Overall, 66% of folks think he should stop his Twitter assaults, with 47% of Republicans agreeing. 

Source: New York Post 

First Transgender Woman Wins Party Nomination

Former energy company executive Christine Hallquist won Tuesday’s Democratic primary for governor in Vermont, making her the first trans person to win a major party’s nomination for governor.

Hallquist beat three other Democrats, including a 14-year-old boy, moving her one step closer to being the nation’s first transgender governor. She must now face incumbent Phil Scott in November.

"Tonight we made history, and I'm so honored to be ... part of this historical moment," Hallquist said to a room full of supporters. "I'm so proud to be the face of the Democrats tonight." 

Source: NBC News 

Twitter Bans Alex Jones For A Week:

Far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was recently banned from several sites including YouTube and Facebook, and even Apple removed his podcasts, and now Twitter is also joining the fray…but only for a week.

Previously, Twitter refused to pull Jones claiming he hadn’t violated their rules, but the site now says he’s been suspended after publishing a video in which he said, "Now is time to act on the enemy before they do a false flag."

The social media site also says that they found seven tweets, first uncovered by CNN, that violated their rules so they suspended his account, although his account and his InfoWars account would remain online. Jones has since deleted those tweets, claiming he would “take the super high road.” 

Source: CNN

Eight Injured in Shooting At Walmart: 

Eight people were injured last night after a man pulled a gun at the checkout lines at a Walmart outside Philadelphia. The man opened fire following a dispute with another customer, and was eventually arrested after crashing into a police vehicle

The incident took place at the store at the Cedarbrook Plaza Shopping Center, after “words were exchanged” between two customers on separate lines near the registers. The suspect pulled the gun from his female companion’s waistband and fired “at least ten shots,” but luckily all injuries were considered non-life threatening. Hospital reports suggest the shooter was “definitely on some type of drugs.” 

Source: USA Today


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