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5 Things for Tuesday

Source: KALB
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Published: Jun. 20, 2017 at 6:56 AM CDT
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Otto Warmbier Passes Away:

The family of the 22-year-old student who was detained in North Korea for over a year announced yesterday that he had passed away. Warmbier came back to the United States last week in a coma- North Korea claimed they brought him back to the States for “humanitarian reasons”.

The thing is, North Korea claimed Warmbier went into a coma after contracted botulism, but actually it was found he had extensive brain damage. Nobody can be really sure of what happened to Warmbier- except the North Koreans, who haven’t released a statement since his death.

Health Care Tensions:

Things are getting heated as a vote to repeal Obamacare inches closer to reality. Senate Democrats took to the floor yesterday to point out the high number of closed-door meetings held by Republicans crafting a replacement for Obamacare. The Democrats don’t seem to have the numbers to fight to the new plan, so it seems that they are trying to highlight issues in the process instead- pointing out the many committee meetings and days of floor debate before Obamacare was passed, which they say definitely isn’t happening right now.

Georgia Special Election:

Today voters in Georgia will vote in an especially heightened election. What would normally be your average vote on a congressional seat has turned into a look at the effect the President will have on future Republican elections.

It’s the most expensive House race in U.S. history (more than $50 million!), between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff. Republicans have help the seat since 1979, but Ossoff has a chance- the President barely won the area in the 2016 presidential election. It’ll be interesting to see who will come out on top tonight.

Tropical Storm Update:

With the possibility of severe weather coming our way due to tropical storms, it’s important to get things in order in case of a weather emergency. Yesterday the Governor encouraged residents to “get a game plan”- this includes keeping things like your medication, glasses or contacts, and dentures all in one place so they won’t be lost. Better to be overprepared than underprepared.

Possible Reveal of Cosby Jurors:

A judge will hold a hearing today to determine whether to release the names of the jurors in the recent Bill Cosby trial. The jury in question failed to reach a verdict, leaving it as a mistrial. Some think releasing these names to the media will make it even more difficult to select an impartial jury when Cosby is retried- it was notably hard to pick the first jury when the trial began.