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October 28--  It's time to change our clocks again.  Before you go to bed Saturday night, be sure to set your clock back one hour as we return to Eastern Standard Time until the Spring.

October 27-- Vidalia High School will host a second information session on the upcoming bond referendum to build a new Vidalia High School tonight at 6:00. The meeting will be held in the VHS cafeteria. Parents and the public are invited to the meeting. Voting will take place on Nov. 3.


October 20-- Employers in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region will soon have the opportunity to learn how to better understand and conquer compliance challenges in the workplace.

The Altamaha Employer Committee and the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) are co-sponsoring an employer business summit and networking event entitled Employers In The Know. It will be held Thursday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Southeastern Technical College located at 3001 East First St. in Vidalia.  

Employers are encouraged to pre-register by Thursday, Nov. 5, but may register at the event.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says the idea for holding a series of annual summits throughout the state came directly from Georgia employers. “We got this idea a few years ago when we heard from the business community that they had issues trying to keep up with new and changing business regulations,” Butler said. “We provide this service to give them updates, so they’ll know what’s going on.”

Employers In The Know will feature presentations by Commissioner Butler and Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Additional experts will discuss a range of employment and legal issues of importance to employers.  

Commissioner Butler will discuss current GDOL initiatives and programs designed to encourage job growth and economic development throughout the state. The GDOL provides labor market data necessary for economic developers and businesses to make sound decisions about starting or expanding businesses. The GDOL helps match employers with qualified job seekers, as well as helping job seekers be successful in securing jobs and developing their careers.

Secretary Kemp will discuss issues regulated by his office. The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office has the responsibility to register corporations, oversee and regulate securities, administer professional licenses, and conduct secure, accessible and fair elections.

Nancy Castor Sprattlin, an attorney with the Castor, Sprattlin Law Group, LLC in Atlanta, will discuss practical tips on how to avoid U.S. Department of Labor investigations and costly wage and hour litigation, as well as current “hot labor law” topics.

And, the luncheon speaker, Beth Lankford, of the Georgia Department of Revenue, will conduct a small business workshop about steps that businesses may take to ensure compliance with that department. The revenue department is the state’s primary tax law and revenue-collecting agency.

Recertification credits (3.75) are approved through the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI).

If pre-registered, the cost to attend is $35 per person. If more than one person from an organization attends, the cost is $30 each. The cost at the door is $40 per person. Registration includes lunch.

For more information about the summit, or to request registration forms, contact the GDOL’s Susan Woodard at (404) 274-3949 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Connect with us on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter @GeorgiaDOL, which can be conveniently accessed at

October 19-- Vidalia High School will host an information session regarding the construction of the new Vidalia High School on Tuesday, October 20. 

The meeting will take place in the Vidalia High School cafeteria and begin at 6:00 p.m.  Staff will be on hand to answer any question regarding the proposed upcoming Bond Referendum to be voted on November 3rd. 

The meeting is open to the public.

October 19--  Citizens of Vidalia are invited to a Candidates Forum for the November 3 municipal election.

The Toombs County NAACP is sponsoring the forum which will include candidates for the at-large seats on the Vidalia City Council and the Vidalia Board of Education.  There will also be a discussion of the school bond issue to build a new Vidalia High School.

The forum is Tuesday, October 27 at six p.m. in the courtroom at the Vidalia Municipal Annex.

Early voting for the election is underway and will continue through Friday, October 30 at Vidalia City Hall.

Voting on election day will be at the Municipal Annex.

The manhunt continues in southwest Florida for a gunman who killed a 20-year-old man and wounded five other people in a shooting at the popular ZombiCon Saturday night, in Fort Myers. An estimated 20 thousand people were in attendance. Police identified the man who was killed as Expavious Tyrell Taylor of Okeechobee, Florida. The five injured had non-life-threatening injuries, said police. 

Secretary of State John Kerry called for calm in Jerusalem Monday ahead of meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders this week. Speaking in Madrid, Sec. Kerry called the violence senseless, but also said that Israel has a right to defend itself from "random acts of violence". An Arab attacker armed with a gun and a knife opened fire in a southern Israel bus station on Sunday, police said, killing an Israeli soldier and wounding 10 people. Israeli authorities say police returning fire killed the attacker and an Eritrean migrant caught in the crossfire.

Three children and their parents are dead after their vehicle went into a suburban Phoenix lake early Sunday, authorities said. Investigators do not know what caused the crash or what led up to it, but suspect it was suspicious. 

VOTE 2016
-- Half a dozen Republican candidates courted evangelical Christian voters at the North Texas Presidential Forum Sunday. The candidates included former Gov. Jeb Bush; Dr. Ben Carson; Sen. Ted Cruz; Carly Fiorina; former Gov. Mike Huckabee; and former Sen. Rick Santorum. Republican front-runner Donald Trump did not attend.
-- Dr. Ben Carson hangs around Texas Monday for his book tour.
-- Bernie Sanders is in Iowa Monday, a day after telling ABC's "This Week" that everybody would have to swallow a tax hike to pay for his self-described democratic-socialist programs -- including universal paid family leave and free college tuition.

Cam'ron Matthews became the sixth high school football player to die this season. He died in a Texas hospital Saturday after having a seizure on the sideline of a game Friday night. Matthews reportedly told teammates in the huddle that he felt dizzy before collapsing. A memorial was held for Matthews Saturday night in Alto.

Fire officials in Texas say Sunday was the first day that the Hidden Pines fire did not spread. Containment is at 60 percent, but not before more than 50 structures, mostly homes, were destroy. A number of residents remain displaced. 

Drone operators are on notice: the FAA will announce new regulations Monday. Federal officials may require all drones to be registered, commercial and hobby, including the estimated one million drones expected to be sold this holiday season.

Typhoon Koppu left two dead and 16,000 Displaced in the Philippines Sunday. 

Eddie Murphy received the Mark Twain Prize for American Human in D.C. on Sunday. The longtime comedian performed a brief routine at the event, his first in some three decades. Murphy did a Bill Cosby impersonation that got lots of laughs.

Star Wars is coming to Monday Night Football. Viewers will get to see the first official trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens during halftime on ESPN.

October 16-- The sense of anticipation that comes prior to the opening day of firearms deer hunting season is a feeling that many will have this week. Beginning on Saturday, Oct. 17 and continuing until Jan. 10, 2016 statewide, hunters will have the chance to hit the woods in pursuit of white-tailed deer.

“There is no better way to manage the deer population than by hunting,” said John W. Bowers, chief of game management for the Wildlife Resources Division. “Deer hunting also provides an economic benefit to the state, with hunters spending millions of dollars every year traveling to hunting locations, purchasing equipment from local retailers, and visiting lodging and dining establishments.”

During the 2014-2015 firearms deer season, over 300,000 hunters harvested more than 400,000 deer in the state. The use of regulated deer hunting ensures that Georgia’s deer population continues to be healthy and strong.

Georgia hunters have access to more than one million acres of public hunting land across the state, including over 100 state-operated wildlife management areas. In addition to traditional hunts, a number of special hunts are offered, including ladies-only and adult/child hunts. Dates and locations for these hunts, as well as WMA maps, can be found in the 2015-2016 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide at

Hunters are allowed a harvest of up to 10 antlerless deer and no more than two antlered deer (with one of the two antlered deer having a minimum of four points, one inch or longer, on one side of the antlers). While these are the maximum limits, harvest of female deer should be appropriate for the property hunted. Information on establishing deer harvest guidelines for your property can be found at <> .

To pursue deer in Georgia, all hunters must have a valid hunting license, a big game license and a current deer harvest record. If hunting on a WMA, a WMA license is required. Licenses can be purchased online at, by phone at 1-800-366-2661 or at a license agent (list of agents available online).  

All deer hunters must wear at least 500 square inches of fluorescent orange above the waist to legally hunt during firearms season except on archery-only areas.

Get a preview of what to expect during deer season with a brand, new video. Go to and click on “Georgia Deer Season 2015-2016.”

Georgia’s new deer rut map can be found at . For more information on deer hunting seasons, regulations, licenses and WMA maps, visit

--The man charged with leading the 2012 Benghazi attacks is expected to make an appearance in district court in DC today. The hearing is to discuss motions filed by his attorneys asking the judge to throw out most of the case, charging that U.S. officials adopted hybrid military-civilian policies aimed to allow them to collect intelligence from suspects and still try them in civilian courts. It is his first court appearance since January.
--Huma Abedin, the Hillary Clinton aide often spotted at the ex-secretary of state's side, will testify before the House committee investigating the Benghazi terrorist attack on Friday. Congress is currently in recess, but the committee will convene to hear from Abedin in an interview that is taking place behind closed doors on Capitol Hill, a committee source confirmed. The testimony will be focused on the attacks on the American facilities in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012, and how the executive branch handled them and the congressional inquiries that followed. 

Palestinians again called for a 'day of rage' on Friday after a week of escalating tensions and violence. Clashes in the West Bank or East Jerusalem likely to start after lunchtime prayers. The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Friday. The urgent talks were requested by council member Jordan following a meeting on Thursday of Arab ambassadors who expressed alarm at the escalating situation.

Heavy rain and hail north of Los Angeles produced flash floods that send water and mud rushing into roads and valleys, swamping cars and forcing rescues.

Federal forecasters are out with their latest winter weather outlook... They say El Nino is going to impact the entire country.

An alleged ISIS sympathizer has been arrested in Malaysia...accused of stealing info on U-S military personnel...with deadly intent.

The mother of Tamir Rice is expected to call for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty to step down from the investigation into a Cleveland police officer killing of the 12-year-old boy last November. Samaria Rice has scheduled a news conference Friday to ask that McGinty turn over the investigation to a special prosecutor, according to a release from her attorney, Subodh Chandra. The release states that Samaria Rice also will "express dismay" at McGinty's decision to release two reports that concluded officer Timothy Loehmann acted "reasonably" when he shot Tamir, who had a airsoft pellet gun in his waistband at the time.

Gaming regulators in Nevada say popular daily fantasy sports sites have to shut down operations in their state.

After a hearing, regulators unanimously voted to suspend two Texas high school football players from athletics for the rest of the year after they appeared to intentionally tackle a referee earlier this fall.  And they decided to bar former John Jay High School assistant football coach Mack Breed from coaching any sport for the rest of the school year.

Experts from the Centers for Disease Control say excessive alcohol use is posing a drain on the economy. The CDC's new report says one in 6 American adults admits to drinking four or more drinks at least about four times a month... that leads to 249 billion dollars in lost workplace productivity and increased health costs ... and those costs have been rising.

The end of the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan ... not yet in sight. President Obama announcing he will keep U.S. troops in the country until he leaves office in 2017.

VOTE 2016
--Donald Trump and Ben Carson are threatening to boycott the next Republican presidential debate if the event’s hosts do not cave to their demands.
--Democrats are ahead of the pack in fundraising, with Hillary Clinton raising $28 million in the 3rd quarter and Bernie Sanders raising $26.2 million. The Republican raising the closest to that number was Ben Carson with $21 million.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert intends to plead guilty to at least one of two charges against him for making illegal bank withdraws and lying to federal authorities.

He was celebrated as the first deaf offensive player in the N-F-L. Now he's in jail on hit-and-run charges.

Thousands of U.S. forces will remain in Afghanistan beyond 2016.  President Obama will make that announcement Thursday. The current level of 9800 troops will continue for most of 2016, but the President’s new proposal will call for up to 550 troops to stay in place in the country beyond next year. The decision is a significant reversal for the administration – which intended to lower the presence of U.S. forces in Afghanistan to a minimal level of 1,000 troops by the end of next year.

The FBI and the Justice Department are launching a probe into online fantasy sports, according The Wall Street Journal. The probe comes after revelations that a DraftKings employee won thousands of dollars on a FanDuel contest -- sparking allegations of an insider information scandal.  

US Customs and Border Protection tells ABC News a 90-minute computer outage affected customs machines at various airports nationwide.  The system is part of a multiple redundancy security check that looks at passenger manifests and cross checks them with security databases before allowing passengers to board a flight into the US.  Sources at Customs say this is a "typical outage" and not nefarious in any way. A back-up system was used during the 90-minutes. It's still unknown how widespread the outage was.

The sheriff of Nye County, Nevada says Lamar Odom was "unconscious but breathing" when he was found at a brothel 70 miles from Las Vegas. Authorities say they were told Odom had been using cocaine and "up to 10 tabs of sexual enhancement improvement supplements" over the previous three day period. Authorities released audio from 911 calls.

- It's a Game 5 NLDS do-or-die in Los Angeles for the Dodgers and New York Mets. Game time 8:07PM ET.  The winner takes on the Chicago Cubs for the NL Pennant.  
- The Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals advance to the American League Championship Series, after beating the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros, respectively.  Texas Governor Greg Abbott finds himself getting trolled on social media.  A few days earlier, he was too quick to congratulate the Houston Astros on their ALDS series clinching win.  He also hoped for an all-Texas ALCS.  Both Texas teams are now eliminated.  Fans are saying Abbott cursed the teams.  The Republican governor responded on Twitter: "I don't believe in curses or jinks.  But just in case they really work: Congratulations @Hillary Clinton."

At least nine homes have been destroyed by a fast moving wildfire in Bastrop County, Texas, east of Austin. The Hidden Pines fire exploded to 2-thousand acres and forced evacuations.  Governor Abbott will tour the area Thursday. 

VOTE 2016
-Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both took victory laps Wednesday following Tuesday night's debate in Las Vegas.  Clinton spoke at a rally in the Nevada city while Sanders took his message to Los Angeles. 
-  Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has a new target for his barbs: Democratic contender Bernie Sanders.  The billionaire businessman said the self-described "democratic socialist" should instead be called a "socialist-slash-communist"  

The State Department was still working out details of a Middle East trip Secretary of State John Kerry plans to make soont soon in a bid to ease the latest wave of deadly violence between Israelis and Palestinians. 

A new C-D-C reports shows an alarming number of emergency room visits from vitamins and dietary supplements. The study found people in all groups suffered side effects. The group with the most visits were people in the 20-34-year-old age group...mainly for use of weight loss supplements and energy products.

A new report by the C-D-C and others on Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone shows fragments of the deadly virus can linger in the body for months after recovery. This raises a concern that there are people who have recovered from the infection who might be able to transmit it to others or have a recurrence of infection themselves.


gracie15October 14-- This is Gracie, a five-year-old Lab mix at the Vidalia Animal Shelter.  April Braddy at the shelter says Gracie is a friendly girl with people and other animals and desperately needs a forever home.  To find out more about Gracie, contact April by calling 537-8866 or stop by the Vidalia Animal Shelter on Airport Road weekdays between nine and five.

VOTE 2016
Five Democratic presidential candidates square off in their first debate, in Las Vegas. Martin O'Malley, Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee are hoping for a boost over the the more well-known Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

The latest ABC News/Washington Post Poll indicates Hillary Clinton heads into the first Democratic presidential debate with a slight gain in her basic popularity among all adults and a strong advantage over Bernie Sanders within the Democratic Party. But she’s weaker among independents and vastly unpopular among Republicans. 

The Dutch Safety Board is presenting its final report into the crash of Malysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine last year: the reported conclusions: a Russian-made missile downed the plane, killing all 298 people on board.  But a Russian state-controlled missile-maker says its investigation contradicts the Dutch findings.

Pretrial hearings begin Tuesday for the six Baltimore officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. Gray's death in April after being taken into police custody sparked violence and civil unrest that led Maryland's governor to declare a state of emergency in the city.

Palestinians call for another "Day of Rage" across the occupied West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, after more tit-for-tat violence. In an angry speech to Israel's parliament, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Israel's Arab citizens to "kick out the extremists among you." At least 4 deaths from shooting/stabbing attacks Tuesday - including a perpetrator.

Witnesses say two shells hit the Russian embassy in the Syrian capital. Pro-regime demonstrators outside the Russian mission in Damascus were reportedly praising Moscow for intervening in the country's civil war on behalf of the Syrian government. 

The U-S Supreme Court revisits its 2012 ruling that bans automatic life sentences for juveniles convicted of murder. A Louisiana teen's killing of a deputy in 1963 is at the center of arguments Tuesday over whether that ban should apply retroactively to older cases.

A 23-year-old Lakeland, Florida woman was arrested and charged with DUI after live streaming herself driving drunk. Several watchers of the Periscope stream called 911.

A smoldering credit card reader that forced an Alaska Air flight to make an emergency landing in Buffalo was powered by a lithium ion battery, “the same category as the battery in your watch or cell phone,” according to the airline.   Alaska Air tells ABC News they are “removing the devices for inspection and for the time being will use our previous card readers, which we were using system-wide up until about a month ago.”

More trouble at Allegiant Air - an Indianapolis-bound plane returned to the gate in Las Vegas after its take-off was aborted Monday. This follows Saturday's engine fire on board an Allegiant flight from Las Vegas to Fresno.

Chase Utley, the Dodgers' player whose hard slide Saturday broke the leg of New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada, was booed roundly when introduced at the start of Monday night's game 3 of the National League Division playoff series

A day after USC football coach Steve Sarkisian was put on leave from the team, USC fired him.... Sarkisian was reprimanded and apologized after reportedly appearing drunk at a preseason event.

Six days lost in the outback and an Australian hunter survives eating nothing but insects. 62 year old hunter Reg Foggerdy got separated from his brother while hunting feral camels. He was found after police tracked his nine-mile trail of footprints and was described as being dehydrated and delirious. But most importantly alive.


October 12--  The Lyons City Council is expected to hire a new City Recreation Director at a called meeting Wednesday night at six o'clock at City Hall.  The council met last Monday night to consider applicants for the job.  The public is invited to attend.

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Southwest Airlines says hundreds of flights around the country were delayed departing Sunday because of technical problems with its computer system.  There were long lines at many airports as customers had to get checked in manually.

 Iranian officials say Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian -- held for more than a year on espionage and other charges  -- has been convicted, after a closed-door trial.  An Iranian official says Rezaian can appeal the conviction within 20 days.

The Houston, Texas suburb where motorist Sandra Bland was arrested is in the headlines again. Police body cam shows officers Tasing a city-councilman who is African-American. The Prairie View's police chief tells ABC station K-T-R-K that one of the officers involved was also involved in the Bland arrest. The department is investigating.

VOTE 2016
--The first debate for 5 Democratic candidates is Tuesday in Las Vegas; On Monday, GOP and Democratic hopefuls take part in the "Problem Solver Convention" in Manchester, NH
--Sources tell ABC News Vice President Joe Biden is expected to make a decision this week as to whether or not he will enter the race for the White House -- after Tuesday's first Democratic debate.
--President Obama tells 60 Minutes Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state was a mistake, but didn't endanger national security.
--Steven Tyler is asking Donald Trump to stop using Aerosmith's 1973 hit "Dream On" at campaign events.

Members of the Republican Freedom Caucus...who helped drive John Boehner toward stepping down...signal they could back Paul Ryan for House speaker.

Turkey now suspects ISIS carried out the deadly twin bombings in Ankara.  Turkey's state-run media says the bombs used were similar to ones from a previous attack blamed on the Islamic State. Large protests in Turkey Sunday in the wake of the blasts at a Kurdish peace rally killing nearly 100 people.

The rain has stopped in South Carolina, but the flood waters linger.

Tense moments for passengers on an Allegiant flight out of Las Vegas Sunday  -- the pilot aborting take-off - going, passengers say, more than 100mph  -- after an engine caught fire.  

In Iowa, prosecutors think former lottery security contractor Edward Tipton, convicted of rigging the lottery so he could win millions, pulled the same trick in a couple of other states.

While Columbus Day celebrators march in parades, it's also Indigenous Peoples Day in at least nine U-S cities for the first time this year, including Albuquerque; Portland, Oregon; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Olympia, Washington. Activists made a push in dozens of cities. Their success was mixed. 

As the New York Giants took the field Sunday, they did so without tight end Daniel Fells who, doctors say, could lose his foot to a staph infection, also known as MRSA (MER'-sah).

Major League Baseball executive Joe Torre will review the controversial slide by Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley into New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada for possible disciplinary action. Utley broke Tejada's right leg in the incident during Game 2 of the National League Division Series Saturday night.

Hope for the epic Pan did not pan out...the movie that cost 150-million scraped in only 15.5-million dollars on its debut weekend. The Martian was tops as the box office with an estimated take of 58.1-million.

The family of legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix is suing an Arizona guitar shop owner, claiming he is not the rightful owner of Hendrix's Acoustic Black Widow guitar - reported worth between 750 thousand to one million dollars.  The owner says he bought the instrument from a former member of Earth, Wind, and Fire who's also the ex-husband of Hendrix's adopted sister.  The estate's lawyer says the guitar was stolen.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) shocked his colleagues by dropping out of the race for House speaker Thursday. The D-C rumor mill is churning over the exact cause for McCarthy's sudden decision, though McCarthy says he simply didn't have enough support within the caucus. The caucus vote has been postponed as House Republicans figure out who will lead them. Meanwhile, DHS is probing allegations that someone edited McCarthy's Wikipedia page from a DHS computer.

Senate Democrats teamed up with the Brady Campaign to make a new push on gun control legislation. Lawmakers read a list of communities that have suffered recent mass shooting. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said, “We will move this legislation when the groundswell is heard. We will know it, and everyone will know it when they hear it. The American people are crying out for action.” The National Rifle Association did not respond to a request for comment.

President Obama heads to Roseburg, Oregon Friday to meet with the families of the Umpqua Community College shooting victims. The meeting is closed to most media.

One person is dead and three others wounded after a shooting on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. A school official tells ABC News the shooter is in custody and the situation stabilized.

President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America Michael Horn apologized for the company's emissions scandal while before Congressional lawmakers Thursday on Capitol Hill. It was the first time someone from VW appeared before Congress on the company's emissions rigging scandal. Texas is filing suit against VW and Audi for allegedly violating consumer protection laws and clean air standards. The state is seeking restitution.

More rivers are expected to crest in South Carolina Friday, possibly causing another round of catastrophic flooding. Governor Nikki Haley held multiple news conferences Thursday warning residents and officials to be ready for evacuations.

The U-S Navy has been called into assist in the search for El Faro, according to the NTSB. Once the ship is located, crews will attempt to recover the ship's voyage data recorder, which should provide insight on how and why the ship sank. NTSB investigators interviewed the last person to speak with the ship's captain before communication was lost, the Designated Person Ashore, who described the captain as calm.

President Obama once again called for immigration reform while speaking before the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Thursday in Washington. President Obama accused Republicans of inventing "this new reality where everything was terrific back in 2008, when...dreamers lived in fear of deportation..." Hillary Clinton also spoke at the event and was heckled by a protester who accused Clinton of taking campaign donations from private prisons that hold and deport undocumented immigrants.

VOTE 2016
-- Dr. Ben Carson says the Holocaust probably wouldn't have happened if Europe's Jews were armed. The Anti-Defamation League calls Carson's comments historically inaccurate. Dr. Carson will be a guest on Good Morning America
-- Hillary Clinton was heckled by a protester while speaking Thursday evening at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. The protester accused Clinton of taking campaign donations from private prisons that hold and deport undocumented immigrants.
-- Donald Trump pulled a boisterous Latino supporter on stage with him at a campaign stop Thursday in Las Vegas. Myriam Witchen, from Columbia, said she loves Trump and does not believe his words about undocumented immigrants are at all offensive. She asked Trump to autograph a People magazine with him on the cover

Doctors Without Borders continues to call for an independent investigation into the bombing of the group's hospital in Kunduz. A number of hospital staff and patients are still missing. A MSF spokesperson says the airstrike is proving to be more deadly than the insurgents.

One of the three men who heroically stopped a heavily armed gunman on a Paris-bound train was stabbed outside of a nightclub early Thursday morning in Sacramento. Authorities say the attack was not connected to the train incident, but an altercation involving two male suspects. Doctors say Airman Spencer Stone is in the intensive care unit at UC Davis Medical Center in serious but stable condition.

This year's Nobel Peace Price was awarded to the Tunisian National Dialouge Quartet on Friday morning in Oslo, Norway. The group was formed in 2013 following Jasmine Revolution in 2011 which kicked off  the Arab Spring. The committee cited the organization "for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy" in the North African country following its 2011 revolution. "It established an alternative, peaceful political process at a time when the country was on the brink of civil war,"  

More than five dozen dams are being monitored in South Carolina, as floodwaters continue to pose a threat. More than a dozen dams already have been breached.  The mayor of Columbia urges residents to conserve water, after part of the Columbia canal collapsed...that's the capitol city's main water source. The death toll has risen to 19 in North and South Carolina from recent flooding.

The Coast Guard has stopped searching for survivors of the El Faro, the 790-foot cargo ship that sank last week off the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin with 33 aboard.

President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America Michael Horn is expected to apologize and say "we're determined to make things right" as he testifies on Capitol Hill. It will be the first time someone from VW appears before Congress on the company's emissions rigging scandal.

House Republican caucus votes - via secret ballot, at a closed session - on its nominee to replace House Speaker John Boehner.  Nominees are Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz, and former Florida House Speaker Daniel Webster.  Full chamber will vote on the nominee October 29th.

VOTE 2016
Hillary Clinton is breaking from the Obama administration on the recently announced Pacific trade agreement. Clinton says she can't support it even though as secretary of state she supported it. Clinton and President Obama are both schedule to attend a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Gala in DC. Donald Trump's rivals are gaining ground on his lead, but he asserts "I'm not going anywhere, you better believe it."

The DA of Douglas County Oregon looking into the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College determines that "deadly physical force used by the officers against the shooter was justified"

President Obama has personally apologized for the US airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, which killed 22 people, including 12 medical staffers. The organization has called the strike a "war crime" and has called for an independent international investigation.  White House spokesperson Josh Earnest refutes the idea the strike was a war crime, calling it instead a "tragic mistake", and saying the military investigations will be sufficient.

At least 17 deaths in the Carolinas are blamed on recent flooding. As many as forty-thousand people are without drinkable water in South Carolina.

The recall of cars affected by its emissions scandal in January, the car giant's new chief executive, Matthias Mueller, has said. All 11 million affected cars will be fixed by the end of next year, he told a German newspaper. Only a few employees have been involved in the scandal, he added in the interview.

VOTE 2016
--The gun rhetoric heats up among some of the candidates.
--In the day ahead, Trump, Clinton, Bush, Jindal and Huckabee campaign in Iowa; Rubio, Graham and Christie are in New Hampshire

Six-thousand federal inmates will be released early from prison right around Halloween. The US Sentencing Commission changed punishments for drug offenders after the Obama Administration made a push for prison reform.  Out of the 6000 federal inmates, roughly a third are undocumented immigrants who will be handed over to ICE for deportation.

Law enforcement officials from about 15 cities around the country will be in Washington DC for a Summit on Violent Crime, headed by Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and other Justice Department officials.

Chicago's police superintendent got an earful at a city council meeting, a day after the city alderman black caucus called for his firing...Members are upset over crime levels in their neighborhoods, and the lack of diversity in the police department's upper ranks.

Lower heating costs all-around, according to the U-S Energy Department.  The Department says heating bills should drop this winter. Its annual prediction includes a 25-percent drop for homes using heating oil, an 18-percent drop for homes using propane, and a 10-percent drop for homes that use natural gas. 

White House Spokesperson Josh Earnest says the President is unlikely to hold any public events during his planned trip to Roseburg, Oregon this week to visit with families of the victims of last week's school shooting.

President Obama and the Department of Labor convene the first Summit on Worker Voice to encourage organized labor.  Union workers and businesses that accept collective bargaining will participate.

Rescue workers... now searching for the black box of the cargo ship that went down during Hurricane Joaquin, carrying 33 crew members.

Doctors Without Borders has urged nations to invoke a never-used international body to investigate the US bombing of its hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz. The international organization said it did not trust internal military inquiries by the US into the bombing that killed at least 22 people.

The truck of choice for ISIS? U-S counter-terrorism investigators want to know how the terror group ISIS managed to get its hands on a fleet of both new and used Toyota pickup trucks and land cruisers.

Do you know exactly what your new car can do? The National Safety Council and the University of Iowa are launching a national campaign to get drivers to better understand some of the safety features in their vehicles.

President Obama will travel to Roseburg, Oregon Friday to meet with the families of the shooting victims at Umpqua Community College. Nine people were killed and nine others injured in the massacre last week. President Obama expressed frustration over the frequency of mass shootings and said its an issue that should be politicized

President Obama declares a major disaster in South Carolina.  As search and rescue teams scoured apartment buildings and homes almost completely submerged Monday, officials said the death toll from record-breaking rainfall rose to 13 throughout both South and North Carolina. Sunday was the wettest day in the history of Columbia, and only five days into the month it is now the wettest October on record in Charleston.

The Coast Guard announced late Monday they have covered more than 160,000 square nautical miles in their search for El Faro - the cargo ship with 33 people on board that disappeared while Hurricane Joaquin raged near the Bermuda Triangle. Officials confirmed the worst earlier in the day, announcing the ship sank in 15,000 feet of water. One person's remains were spotted but not recovered, as rescuers were being called to other reports of signs of life, Coast Guard officials said during a news conference.
--The NTSB is a sending a team to investigate the incident. They departing for Florida from Washington's Reagan National airport Tuesday morning.

Allegations akin to insider trading for employees at popular fantasy football sites DraftKings and FanDuel.  The New York Times says a DraftKings worker leaked information about players being used most frequently in fantasy lineups.  The worker in question won $350,000 at rival site FanDuel that same week.

A return to Los Angeles for the NFL will top the agenda in New York as team owners begin two days of meetings Tuesday.

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Monday making California the fifth state in the nation to recognize a right to die for terminally ill patients, saying the emotionally charged bill forced him to consider "what I would want in the face of my own death."

Edward Snowden says he's offered to return to the United States and go to jail for leaking details of National Security Agency programs. The former NSA contractor flew to Moscow two years ago after revealing information about the previously secret eavesdropping powers, and faces U.S. charges that could land him in prison for up to 30 years. Snowden told the BBC that he'd "volunteered to go to prison with the government many times," but had not received a formal plea-deal offer.

A Kentucky man is in critical condition after being attacked by a large python at a reptile shop.

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- In her first national campaign ad Hillary Clinton uses House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's own words against him. The 30-second spot titled "Admit" - beign released Tuesday -  is the latest move by Clinton's campaign to highlight McCarthy's remark made last week on Fox News about how the committee investigating Benghazi and her email has led to a drop in her poll numbers. Clinton's campaign claims this is proof that the Benghazi probe was set up to destroy her campaign.  Clinton will be in Iowa Tuesday.
- Republicans Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum and Bobby Jindal will also campaign in Iowa Tuesday.

Republican Jason Chaffetz admits he'll likely fail in his effort to be the next Speaker of the House. But he tells ABC News he wants to give conservatives an option.

An investigation into the Secret Service has reopened. This after the agency's director changed his story about when he learned agents improperly accessed information on a congressman. Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy says he was mistaken when the said he learned agents allegedly looked up sensitive information about Congressman Jason Chaffetz a week earlier than previously stated.

An Amtrak passenger said he heard a "really heavy thud" as a train derailed over an embankment near Northfield, Vermont, Monday morning, injuring seven people.   "The car was shaking from side to side and I could tell something was going off the tracks," Ian Turpin, from Brooklyn, New York, told ABC News.  Then the train screeched to a halt, he said.   Train 55 -- the Vermonter -- was traveling from St. Albans, Vermont, to Washington, D.C., when it derailed after striking a rock slide on the tracks.  A total of five train cars derailed.   The preliminary cause of the derailment from a rock slide in the path of the train.   The four passengers who were sent to the hospital have since been released.  

An American Airlines pilot died in flight Monday morning.  AA flight 550 with 147 passengers and a crew of 5 diverted to Syracuse, New York because of pilot illness.  The Airbus A320 was scheduled to fly from Phoenix to Boston. It landed in Syracuse at 7:13am where it was met by an ambulance, according to a recording. American says it is “incredibly saddened” by this incident and is focusing on taking care of the family members and crew involved.  

YouTube celebrity Caleb Logan Bratayley has died from an "undetected medical condition," his family said in a statement. The 13-year-old’s mother wrote on Instagram that he died Thursday of natural causes.

McDonald's all-day breakfast menu is finally here. With more than 120,000 tweets asking for it in the past year, all-day breakfast is the No. 1 request from customers, according to the company.

General Mills is recalling 1.8 million boxes of gluten-free Cheerios that may contain wheat.  The company says wheat flour may have been accidentally been added to the gluten-free oat flour system at a facility in Lodi, CA.

The baseball playoffs begin.  The New York Yankees host the Houston Astros from the one-and-done elimination American League Wild Card game Tuesday night.  The winner goes on to play the Kansas City Royals in the AL Division Series. 

The rain continues to fall across parts of the Southeast, with the Carolinas taking the brunt of it. Parts of South Carolina received more than two feet of rain over the weekend, and forecasters warn there's more to come. The weather is already blamed for seven deaths -- six in South Carolina and one in North Carolina. More than 200 roads are closed, and South Carolina officials are asking residents to stay indoors until Tuesday.

A weakening Hurricane Joaquin lashed Bermuda with tropical storm conditions, as the storm passes west-northwest of the island.

The US Coast Guard in Miami says the searchers looking for the container ship that went missing after being caught in Hurricane Joaquin have found a debris field containing items they believe belong to the ship.  33 people including 28 Americans were aboard the El Faro. Debris that may be from the ship was found Sunday. It's been more than 72 hours since the ship vanished.

Students who left behind items as they fled for their lives from a mass shooter who killed nine people and himself last week in Oregon will be allowed to return to the campus of Umpqua Community College today to collect their belongings. ABC News continues to hear stories from survivors, including one person who says the 26-year-old gunman "sounded really deranged" and laughed as he murdered people.

Doctors Without Borders is calling for an independent investigation into the bombing of their hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. The United States confirms coalition aircraft were targeting insurgents near the hospital, and the U-S military says it's investigating. However, MSP officials call the U-S military response inadequate and Jason Cone, Executive Director for Doctors Without Borders in the US, says "We're under the clear presumption that a war crime has been committed."

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--Hillary Clinton is expected to release her campaign's gun control plan today.
--Donald Trump says his wife, Melania, would make an "unbelievable" First Lady.
--New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and other Republican candidates, are pushing for mental health reforms in the wake of the Oregon campus shooting. Governor Christie wants Americans to get "tougher" on mental health by making it easier to involuntarily commitment easier for doctors.

The Supreme Court of the United States begins its fall term today. The justices will rule on some familiar and decisive issues including abortion, religious objections to birth control, race in college admissions, and the power of public-sector unions.
Ridley Scott's 3-D space epic "The Martian" touched down in theaters with the top take at the box office this estimated $55 million.

October 3-- Tonight's downtown Vidalia concert featuring the Three Rivers Symphony Winds Band is being moved indoors to the Historic Downtown Pal Theater because of potential wet weather.  The show starts at eight and admission is free.


Join us for an old-fashion “concert in the park” style collection of jazz, marches, movie themes and more performed by the Three Rivers Symphony Winds Band under the direction of John Reed. Founded in 2011, this all-volunteer band, based in Hazlehurst, hails from nine area counties. Members range in age from 14 to 80+.

Admission to the event is free. Bring your chairs or blankets and a picnic. For the safety of all, please no glass containers, no pets and no alcohol.

Call the Vidalia Convention & Visitors Bureau at 912-538-8687 for more information or visit their website at and on Facebook at Visit Vidalia.

- 10 are dead, 7 injured after a gunman opens fire at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The gunman in the shooting massacre was identified Thursday evening as Chris Harper Mercer, 26, according to three law enforcement sources briefed on the case. According to the law enforcement sources, authorities were dispatched to the residences of Mercer's family members to conduct interviews and gather evidence. Police said the gunman opened fire at the school, in Roseburg, Oregon, just before 10:40 a.m. Pacific Time. Police responded and engaged the shooter in a gun battle, killing him. It was not clear if the gunman was counted among the 10 dead. The motive for the shooting was not known, but investigators were poring over messages the suspected gunman behind. Law enforcement sources said that four guns, including an AR-style rifle were found at the scene.  A candlelight gathering was held at Stewart Park Amphitheater in Roseberg.  The suspect's father says he's "shocked."
- The shooting drew an emotions response from a frustrated President Obama which drew an emotional response from President Obama who said these mass shootings have become "rountine." The President added: "Have news organizations tally up the number of Americans who've been killed through terrorist attacks over the last decade and the number of Americans who've been killed by gun violence."

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The Oregon school shooting is headlining the campaign trail.  
- Democrat Hillary Clinton tells ABC Boston affiliate WCVB TV:  "I am just sick of this. I'm sick about it, and I feel an absolute urgency for this country to start being sensible about keeping guns away from people who should not have them."
Vice President Joe Biden - who has not declared his candidacy - added "the Second Amendment doesn't say you can own a Bazooka, it doesn't say you can own an F15 with Hellfire missiles."
- Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump tells the Washington Post: "Absolutely a terrible tragedy,"adding "it sounds like another mental health problem."  Dr. Ben Carson tells ABC Des Moines, IA affiliate WOI TV: "I hope what we do every time we have one of these cases is study it very carefully to see what warning signs exist, so that we begin to build profile of kinds of people who are likely to do things like this."

Hurricane Joaquin is still sitting over the Eastern/Central Bahamas as an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane with max sustained winds at 130mph.  Hurricane conditions are expected to continue over the Bahamas through early Friday. Joaquin will then turn North on Friday and shift Northeast Friday night into Saturday.  The National Hurricane Center, however, has the storm staying out to sea off the coast of the eastern United States.

The U.S. unemployment rate -- now just 5.1 percent -- grabs a lot of the attention each month when the government issues its jobs data. The jobs numbers for September get released at 8:30AM EDT.

--Russian officials vehemently defended the country’s airstrikes in Syria on Thursday as blows to Islamic State militants even as evidence mounted suggesting that U.S.-backed rebels and others were facing the brunt of Moscow’s attacks.
--Russian aircraft hit at least 12 targets Friday including in Raqqua the so-called ISIS capital according to Moscow.

The Vatican says Pope Francis' meeting with Kentucky clerk Kim Davis was not a form of support for her position. Davis was jailed after she refused to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples.

The crash of a U-S Air Force C-130 in eastern Afghanistan has left at least 14 dead, including 6 American crewmembers.

House Speaker hopeful Kevin McCarthy has angered fellow Republicans by tying together the decline of Hillary Clinton’s presidential ambitions with the House Benghazi panel’s work, the lawmaker did appear to make the committee’s investigation look politically motivated, and has enabled Democrats to drive that point.  That's upset fellow Republicans, who don’t believe the Benghazi committee’s investigation has any political motivations at all, and McCarthy is scrambling to walk back his comments which have annoyed many of his GOP colleagues. 

A 49-year-old convicted of murdering three people in Virginia and California nearly three decades ago was executed on Thursday after a series of last-minute appeals failed. Alfredo Prieto was pronounced dead at 9:17 p.m.EDT at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt. Prieto was injected with a lethal three-drug combination, including the sedative pentobarbital, which Virginia received from the Texas prison system.

A "where were you" moment marking the 20th anniversary of the OJ Simpson verdict.  The actual anniversary of the not guilty verdict being read from Los Angeles is Saturday 10/3.

Friday marks the 65th anniversary (10/2/1950) of Charles Schulz's first 'Peanuts' comic strip appearing in seven U.S. newspapers, introducing the world to the character Charlie Brown.  In honor of the anniversary, the U.S. Postal Service has released holiday stamps.

Russian warplanes struck targets inside Syria Wednesday night, through nowhere near ISIS-held territory. Instead, the fighter jets struck targets in and around the city of Homs, the front line in the fighting between Assad forces and Western-backed rebels. Secretary of State John Kerry says the US welcomes Russian strikes against ISIS, but also said the US would not tolerate strikes against moderate rebel forces.

Hurricane Joaquin is strengthening as it approaches the Bahamas, with an eye on the East Coast. The storm was upgraded to Category 3 with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. The hurricane is located 20 miles north of Samana Cays, Bahamas and 65 miles southeast of San Salvador Bahamas. Virginia's governor issued a state of emergency ahead of the storm, and state officials from the Mid-Atlantic to New England are warning residents to be prepared.

Russia-linked hackers tried at least five times to pry into Hillary Rodham Clinton's private email account while she was secretary of state, emails released Wednesday show. It is unclear if she clicked on any attachments and exposed her account. Clinton received the infected emails, disguised as speeding tickets from New York, over four hours early the morning of Aug. 3, 2011. The emails instructed recipients to print the attached tickets. Opening an attachment would have allowed hackers to take over control of a victim's computer. Security researchers who analyzed the malicious software in September 2011 said that infected computers would transmit information from victims to at least three server computers overseas, including one in Russia.

Scores of U.S. Secret Service employees improperly accessed the decade-old, unsuccessful job application of a congressman who was investigating scandals inside the agency, a new government report said Wednesday. An assistant director suggested leaking embarrassing information to retaliate against Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House oversight committee.

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--With new polling showing his front-runner status slipping, Donald Trump is attempting to show his softer side. The New York City billionaire can be seen on the cover of People Magazine along with his wife and youngest son. In a TV interview Wednesday, Trump called critiques on his demeanor fair. At a campaign stop in New Hampshire the same night, Trump said he would send back any Syrian refugees that make it to the United States.
--Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton took the offensive Wednesday against the Congressional investigation into the 2012 Benghazi attacks. Clinton called House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R-CA) comments linking the investigation to her sinking poll numbers "deeply distressing" in an MSNBC interview to be released this weekend.
--Republican candidate Ben Carson says he doesn't know what he would do about Hurricane Joaquin if he were president. The Category 2 hurricane could hit the U-S East Coast this weekend. When asked by ABC News about what his first move would be, Carson said "I don't know."
--Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) seems to be keeping pace with Hillary Clinton's campaign in fundraising. His campaign tells ABC News that it raised more than $25.5 million in the last quarter, not far off from the $28 million reported by the Clinton campaign. Polling shows Sanders leading Clinton in both Iowa and New Hampshire.

The man expected to becoming the next speaker of the House is in damage control after suggesting the bipartisan Congressional investigation into the 2012 Benghazi attacks should be credited for Hillary Clinton's slumping poll numbers. Democrats were swift to pick up on the comment made Wednesday by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Fox News. Hillary Clinton called the comment "deeply distressing" in an MSNBC interview to be released this weekend.

Most of Kundoz is back under the control of Afghan security forces, according to Afghan and US officials. Afghan special forces, backed by foreign advisers, launched a huge operation in the city which was taken by the Taliban several days ago. Fighting is still going on in some parts of the city, though the Taliban flag has been removed from the main roundabout.

A report by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety released Thursday lists the best used cars for teenage drivers. The report, which is not a ranking, lists foreign and domestic vehicles. The report discourages parents from buying high-horsepower vehicles, and excludes small cars because they don't provide the best crash protection.
Toys R Us says it's investigating how 800 rounds of live ammunition wound up in a toy package. Jasemin Stephenson says she ordered a "Minecraft Foam Diamond Sword" online for her son and found the ammo in the packaging, underneath the toy. Toys R Us suspects the package was tampered with in shipping.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin ordered a 37-day stay of execution Wednesday for Richard Glossip, who's convicted of ordering the 1997 killing of an Oklahoma City motel owner where Glossip worked. The director of the state's Department of Corrections says at issue is an error with the drug set to be used for the lethal injection. Glossip maintains he was framed by a co-worker, as he told ABC affiliate KOCO in a phone interview.