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LOCAL

A ramp closure begins today that could impact thousands of drivers for the next couple of weeks. It's the 11th street ramp, the exit that comes off the left lane of I-64 eastbound This exit is the main artery into the downtown area including those going to Cardinals games at Busch Stadium.

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NATIONAL

North And South Korea Are Making Big De-Nuking Strides -

 The leaders of South and North Korea are agreeing on how to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he has signed a military agreement with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Kim said that North Korea would permanently dismantle its missile site with inspectors watching and would close the Yongbyon nuclear facility.

Moon announced inspectors would be able to visit North Korean facilities. They also announced that they will jointly bid to play host to the 2032 Summer Olympics. Kim also said he hopes to be the first North Korean leader to visit Seoul, which he hopes to do in the next year.

This was the third meeting between the two leaders. It remains to be seen if the U.S. will approve of the approach. Source: CBS News


Elizabeth Smart’s Kidnapper Walks Free - With Conditions- Today - 

One of Elizabeth Smart's kidnappers is set to go free today but there are several conditions to her release.

Wanda Barzee cannot have any contact with witnesses in the case, including Smart and her family. She must also enter a mental health treatment program. The conditions for her release were set eight years ago when she was sentenced for helping her husband kidnap and rape the then 14-year-old Utah girl in 2002.

Barzee is on supervised release, which means she must also get a job and check in with a probation officer every month. If she violates any of the terms of her release then she can be sent back to prison.

Source: CNN


SHORT-TERM SPENDING BILL: Passed by Senate

The government will likely continue run through December 7th, thanks to a short-term spending bill passed by the Senate on Tuesday, two weeks ahead of the September 30th deadline.

The bill also puts the long-running fight over who'll fund Donald Trump's border wall until after November's elections.

What did get the approved was a huge budget package including 2019 funding for the Pentagon and for the departments of Labor, Education and Health and Human Services. The increased military funding is seen as a nod to Trump. (The Washington Post)


Trump Blindsides Intelligence Agencies With Russian Docs Release Order - 

President Trump is defending his order to release some classified material in the Russia investigation.

Speaking at the White House yesterday, Trump called the probe a "terrible witch hunt" that has hurt the country. He said certain information should be available for people to see. The president argued that some behavior in the FBI and the Justice Department has been disgraceful.

The documents in question are the classified info the FBI used to convince a judge to wiretap Carter Page. Also set for release, text messages sent and received by law enforcement officials he believes were working against him, including former FBI Director James Comey,former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, and current Justice Department lawyer Bruce Ohr, a Russian organized crime expert.

Democrats accuse Trump of aiming to undermine the overall investigation of Russian influence in the 2016 presidential campaign. 

Source: NBC News


Mexico State Tries To Explain A Truck Holding 157 Homicide Victims - 

Mexican authorities say they fired a forensic official after 157 dead bodies were found in a refrigerated truck roaming the towns near Guadalajara.

A spokesman for the state of Jalisco said there was a public outcry over the storage of the bodies, who were victims of the country's drug war. One of Mexico's most violent and powerful drug gangs has reportedly killed over 16-thousand people in the state of Jalisco this year. That has made the state run out of room to house the victims. So, someone decided to rent the truck. Cremation would solve problems but there’s a ban on that for unidentified bodies.

The national homicide rate in Mexico continues to rise because of the drug war, after reaching its highest level in modern history last year. 

Source: Los Angeles Times


Lifestyle

Being Busy May Make You Healthier 

Being busy may help people make healthier choices.

Researchers at INSEAD and other business schools say just the thought of being a busy person is enough to promote better self-control. In a study, the researchers put participants through situations where some were made to feel busy and others weren't.

They found that the ones who were busy were consistently more likely to make virtuous decisions. They say the study proves that a heightened sense of self-importance causes increased self control.

It doesn’t hurt that being busy delays gratification, so self control is more easily learned. If you’re busy and feeling under pressure, all that self control goes out the window. 

Source: Eurekalert


Baltimore Orioles Become First Pro Team To Wear Braille Jerseys - 

The Baltimore Orioles are making history in a positive way in what has been an awful season.

The Orioles became the first American pro team to wear Braille-lettered jerseys during their game yesterday. They did it on National Federation of the Blind Night at Oriole Park. The player jerseys had braille spell out the team and players’ names. We have to say, it looked cool.

Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of the National Federation of the Blind moving their headquarters to Baltimore. As a bonus, fans were given braille alphabet cards.

The special night didn’t parlay into a win for the down and out team, though. As they have done most of this season, the Orioles lost to Toronto 6-4. They have a 43 and 108 record so far this year.

Source: MLB.com


SPORTS

*The Cards beat the Braves 8-1 they play them again today at 11:10am

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