5 Things for Wednesday
The civil service hearing pertaining to the three African-American lieutenants who claimed they were racially discriminated against is set for today. After the affidavits were filed, a temporary restraining order to cancel the test was issued.
This is the rescheduling of the initial hearing set to happen in late May. Pertaining to the lieutenants’ claims, News Channel 5 has a variety of fact checks, revealing that the three lieutenants’ affidavits had errors pertaining to the number of qualified lieutenants who were able to take the test and applied, the rules about notification for the test, and the claim that civil service board actually denied a meeting.
The civil service board will appear today to show cause as to why the test for captain shouldn’t be canceled altogether, if the hearing itself isn’t pushed again- we’ll have to wait and see.
So, the Republican Senators’ plan to roll out health care isn’t going as smoothly as possible. While they probably expected unrest from Democrats, members from their own party lacking support forced a realization that the vote just simply couldn’t come this week- it is now set for after the July 4th holiday. Senators will now have to decide if they want to revise the bill in hopes of getting more votes, or keep it as is.
Yesterday President Trump had a meeting with GOP senators, even our own members from Louisiana, which left Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saying that “good progress” was made for health care. Whether the party will be united together about this in the future is still up in the air.
The man charged with attacking an officer at an airport in Flint, Michigan last week will be in court think morning. Amor Ftouhi was detained after he stabbed the officer while yelling “Allahu Akbar” (God is Great in Arabic). The incident is being looked at as a terror attack, but it’s important to know investigators don’t believe the man was connected to any known terrorist organization.
Also, the officer was severely injured, but was released from the hospital on Monday.
A very shocking a disturbing case is unfolding in California today. A former member of the U.S. Olympics Gymnastics team came forward and sued Dr. Larry Nassar, who she claims sexually assaulted her during medical exams. Nassar is already facing charges of sexually abusing 80 young girls and possession of child pornography. Some reports state he would take advantage of young gymnasts when they would go to him for medical care.
The month of June is PTSD awareness month, with yesterday being the National PTSD Awareness Day. PTSD is a disorder that affects approximately 44.7 million people in the United States, a lot of them being soldiers who lay their life on the line to give us our freedom. Later today we’ll have some information from Ft. Polk on this, so be sure to check back.