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Native American woman named to the Federal Bench

Diane Humetewa

Diane Humetewa

Arizona — There’s a new federal judge in Arizona this week. Her name is Diane Humetewa. She is an active member of the Hopi Tribe and is the first tribe member to be appointed to the federal bench.
Humetewa has collected a string of firsts. She is the first Native American woman to serve on the federal bench and she is the third Native American to hold such a post in this country’s history. She previously was U.S. Attorney in Arizona.
She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on a 96-0 vote.

Mitch McConnell balks at shut down over Planned Parenthood

Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell

Washington, D.C. — GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has tried to inject a voice of reason this week into the battle over defunding Planned Parenthood. He has vowed not to shut down the government over the issue. Planned Parenthood spends three per cent of its funding on abortions and provides medical care for the poor. It also treats the rising STD epidemic.

Vikings defeat Steelers; NFL football really gets underway Thursday
NFL logo 2The Minnesota Vikings defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 14-3 tonight in the first game of the NFL pre-season. At halftime the Vikings led 7-3. The pre-season really gets under way next Thursday with (among other games) the Packers vs. the Patriots, the Saints vs. the Ravens and the Bears vs. the Dolphins, Friday with the Broncos vs. the Seahawks and the Rams vs. the Raiders, Saturday with the Chiefs vs. the Cardinals and the 49ers vs. the Texans, and Sunday with the Colts vs. the Eagles.

Texas man, 48, charged with killing two adults and six children

David Conley

David Conley

Houston, Tex. — A 48-year-old Texas man, David Conley, is in jail after allegedly killing two and adults and six children, ages 6-13, including his former girlfriend and his 13-year-old son Saturday night in northwest Harris County.
Police had been requested to do a welfare check on the family and saw one of the dead children through a window. Shots were fired at police and backups were called. After a standoff, Conley surrendered. So far Conley faces three counts of capital murder. Conley told police he had become angry when he discovered the locks had been changed at his former house.
He was charged with assault against the woman victim last month and has a criminal history dating back to 1988.

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