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Pulitzers honor Franklin, coverage of shootings

by Kent Covington
Posted 4/16/19, 10:45 am

The Pulitzer Prizes announced on Monday recognized breaking news coverage of mass shootings, investigative reporting on President Donald Trump’s finances, and the special contributions of the “Queen of Soul.” Aretha Franklin, who died in August of last year from pancreatic cancer, received a posthumous special citation from the Pulitzer board “for her indelible contribution to American music and culture.” Franklin is the first woman to receive the honorary Pulitzer.

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Storms batter southern U.S.

by Kent Covington
Posted 4/15/19, 10:57 am

Nearly 100,000 households lost power Sunday after powerful storms swept across the South over the weekend, spawning tornadoes and flooding that killed at least eight people. The storm brought widespread damage to Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas and is expected to move on to the northeastern United States. One of the confirmed tornadoes ripped through the central Texas town of Franklin.

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Pence asks UN to back Venezuela regime change

by Kent Covington
Posted 4/11/19, 11:26 am

Vice President Mike Pence, during an emergency meeting with the UN Security Council on Wednesday, urged the United Nations to recognize Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela and join more than 50 countries in asking embattled leader Nicolás Maduro to step aside. Guaidó and others contend that Maduro rigged last year’s presidential election. “This body should revoke the credentials of Venezuela’s representative to the United Nations, recognize interim President Juan Guaidó, and seat the representative of the free Venezuelan government without delay,” Pence said.

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