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  • Trump, Pelosi feud heats up again

    WASHINGTON (AP) — She imperiled his State of the Union address. He denied her a plane to visit troops abroad.

    The shutdown battle between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is playing out as a surreal game of constitutional brinkmanship, with both flexing political powers from opposite ends of Pennsylvania Avenue as the negotiations to end the monthlong partial government shutdown remain stalled.

    In dramatic fashion, Trump issued a letter to Pelosi on Thursday, just before she and other lawmakers were set to depart on the previously undisclosed trip to Afghanistan and Brussels. Trump belittled the trip as a “public relations event” — even though he had just made a similar warzone stop — and said it would be best if Pelosi remained in Washington to negotiate to reopen the government.

    “Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative,” wrote Trump, who had been smarting since Pelosi, the day before, called on him to postpone his Jan. 29 State of the Union address due to the shutdown.

    Denying military aircraft to a senior lawmaker — let alone the speaker, who is second in line to the White House, traveling to a combat region — is very rare. Lawmakers were caught off guard. A bus to ferry the legislators to their departure idled outside the Capitol on Thursday afternoon.

    https://apnews.com/75f23c51370...

  • Police: Mobile County mother helped son fake his own kidnapping

    THEODORE, Ala. (WKRG) -- Mobile Police have arrested the mother of a teenager who police have been searching for since the beginning of January. Mobile Police say the mother filed a missing persons report to help fake her son's kidnapping.

    Mobile Police arrested the mother, Tiffany Perez, 38, Thursday. Police have charged her with filing a false police report. During the investigation, police found the report of the kidnapping was not true. 

    Mobile Police say they spent well over 90 hours of man hours in overtime looking for 19-year-old Marco Perez. 

    Police told News 5 they do not know why the mother filed the false report, but Perez has a federal charge against him and is expected in court. Perez was indicted back in November for possession of a stolen firearm in federal court, according to court documents. He was expected for a pretrial conference on February 12. 

    Perez was in and out of Mobile Metro Jail last year. News 5 covered the story when Perez was connected to 18 car break-ins in the city. 

    Mobile Police say Perez is now wanted on multiple charges. If you know where he is, call Mobile Police at 251-208-7211. 

    https://www.wkrg.com/news/mobi...

  • Disagreement stems from deal regarding Gulf Shores school district split

    GULF SHORES, Ala. (WKRG) -- The Baldwin County Board of Education and the Gulf Shores City Board of Education disagree with the terms outlined in the agreement regarding Gulf Shores' split from the county school system. That agreement was handed down to both parties Wednesday evening by the State of Alabama Department of Education.

    The main point of contention surrounds the requirement of $7 million to be paid to the city by the county for the current school year. Baldwin County Superintendent Eddie Tyler believes that is an unfair amount.

    "It directs $7 million in Baldwin County revenue from this school year to a school system that has no students enrolled in it," he said in a news conference Thursday afternoon. To clarify, while there are students currently attending schools in Gulf Shores, the actual Gulf Shores school system - in the sense that it's annexed from the county - currenty has no students, because the split hasn't officially occurred yet.

    Meanwhile, the president for the Gulf Shores City Board of Education believes the funding is fair, and there is no "double dipping," involved."

    "We thought it was very equitable, what's being handed out by the state superintendent," said Kevin Corcoran. "We think there may just be a simple misinterpretation between school year and fiscal year. But any payroll we get, we'll be paying out, and Baldwin County will not be paying those teachers. So there's no over-enrichment that I can see in the program."

    In addition, the agreement also states that any students living outside of Gulf Shores city limits that will be sophomores in the fall have to decide before Feb. 1 whether they want to stay at Gulf Shores High School and therefore enter the city school system, or attend the temporary Orange Beach campus and stay in the county school system.

    https://www.wkrg.com/news/bald...

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