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Jacksonville-area rescue groups help in Hurricane Michael’s aftermath

Jacksonville-area rescue groups help in Hurricane Michael’s aftermath

Jacksonville-area animal rescue groups have mobilized to help dogs and cats affected by Hurricane Michael. The Jacksonville Humane Society stopped taking in strays and owner surrenders leading up to the storm, in anticipation of needing to mobilize a response. On Monday, 100 cats and kittens from JHS and the Alachua County Humane Society were loaded on a Wings of Rescue flight, destined for Brandywine Valley SPCA in Delaware. The flight was funded by Malik’s Gifts, a foundation set up by Malik Jackson, of the Jacksonville Jaguars. ACHS was among the first to respond after Michael, and they have already received cats both evacuated ahead of the storm and after. For JHS, flying out the cats will free up space to allow them to continue to take in rescues. “We believe partnerships and collaboration save lives, and this is the perfect example of that. By leveraging relationships in a cooperative manner, we make greater impact. We are better together,” says JHS CEO Denise Deisler. First Coast No More Homeless Pets ventured to Brainbridge, Georgia this weekend, where they helped evacuate 145 dogs and cats from a shelter that has no power or running water and is dealing with other storm-related issues. They traveled with three trucks and a support van, which was carrying supplies.  “So many of our partners across the Panhandle and Southern Georgia were there to support our local relief efforts during Hurricanes Irma and Matthew, so this is just one more example of our collective commitment to saving lives,” says FCNMHP Founder and CEO Rick DuCharme.  Prior to this, they transported pet food and supplies to Shipley, Florida. They anticipate further relief efforts in the future.  Florida Urgent Rescue, Inc. has conducted several hurricane transports. They have pulled 19 dogs from rural shelters affected by the storm. They say they plan to continue going, as long as they can find places to take in the animals.  This group is just coming off Hurricane Florence rescue missions, which involved transporting 66 dogs and 58 cats to shelters and rescue groups in Minnesota, Michigan, Virginia, Georgia, New Jersey, and New York. They work in partnership with Delta Air Lines, Paws Humane Society, and other partners. As all of these organizations continue their rescue efforts, they’re asking for your donations and support. You can find links to donate on their respective websites.

Trump tells Warren he’ll honor $1 million bet on her Native ancestry if he ‘can test her personally’

Trump tells Warren he’ll honor $1 million bet on her Native ancestry if he ‘can test her personally’

Update 9:45 p.m. EDT Oct. 15: President Donald Trump responded to Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) announcement Monday that a DNA analysis proves she has Native American ancestry. >> Read more trending news  Trump has often taunted and mocked Warren using the term “Pocahantas” and has accused her of claiming a Native American ancestor to gain an advantage as a law professor. He vowed to contribute $1 million to her favorite charity if DNA analysis actually proved she had native ancestry. He changed his mind while touring storm-damaged areas in Georgia, telling reporters he initially offered the donation only if she agreed to a DNA test during a debate as the Democrat’s nominee for president. “I’ll only do it if I can test her personally, and that will not be something I will enjoy doing either,” he said, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.  Also Monday, the Cherokee Nation offered a rare rebuke of Warren. 'Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong,' the tribe’s secretary of state, Chuck Hoskin Jr., said in a statement, according to OKNews.com. 'It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven,” Hoskin said. Warren said earlier in the day that when “someone brings up my family story, I’ll use it to lift up the story of Native families and communities.” She said it’s an opportunity to highlight the work of the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC). “I'll use it today to lift up the NIWRC and their amazing work to protect Native women from violence,” she said. Original story: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has released an analysis of her DNA showing that she has Native American ancestry. An analysis of Warren's DNA sample showed she had a Native American ancestor in her family dating back six to 10 generations, according to WFXT. The release of the analysis comes after President Donald Trump has mocked her repeatedly for her claim that she has Native American blood, and repeatedly questioned her ancestry. >> Read more trending news  A Stanford professor, Carlos D. Bustamante, who was awarded a MacArthur genius grant for his work tracking population migration via DNA, performed the analysis of the DNA. His report says the majority of Warren's ancestry is European, but there is strong evidence to suggest that she has a Native American ancestor. Warren's office also released a video to YouTube, 'Elizabeth Warren's family story,' which directly addresses the attacks on her heritage by the President and includes interviews with her family. A 'Fact Squad' website with links to the DNA report and supporting documents was also launched. >> Watch the video here Last month, Warren spoke about her future during a town hall in western Massachusetts on Sept. 30. She said she'll take a 'hard look at running for president' after the November elections. Warren, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, is running for re-election in November against GOP state Rep. Geoff Diehl, who was co-chairman of Trump's 2016 Massachusetts campaign. She has been at the center of speculation that she might take on Trump in 2020.

Trumps visit storm-ravaged Georgia, Florida Panhandle after Hurricane Michael

Trumps visit storm-ravaged Georgia, Florida Panhandle after Hurricane Michael

President Donald Trump and first lady, Melania, arrived at Robbins Air Force Base in Georgia Monday afternoon aboard Air Force One. >> Read more trending news  The first couple toured areas impacted by Hurricane Michael after first visiting the devastation in the Florida Panhandle. The hurricane killed at least 18 people, knocked out power to millions, left a trail of destruction through four states and decimated Georgia’s agricultural industry. During his first stop in Georgia at a Red Cross facility, the president said he would ask Congress for additional disaster aid funding.  When he was asked about climate change and if he ever thought weather would occupy so much of his time during his presidency, he responded: “Weather has been a factor and yet, they say [the] worst hurricanes were 50 years ago. “For a long period of time, we’ve had very few,” he said, according to reporters traveling with the president. “I have a home in Palm Beach Florida and frankly for years, we had none and then, the last couple of years we had more. Hopefully, we’ll go back to many years of having none. We’ve been hit by the weather, there is no doubt about it.”  >> Related: Photos: Trumps tour hurricane-ravaged Florida Panhandle  Gov. Nathan Deal greeted Trump at Robins. And U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, a former Georgia governor, and Brock Long, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, accompanied Trump.  Trump also weighed in on several other issues during his stop in Georgia, including the disappearance of a dissident Saudi journalist in Turkey. Trump said a lot of people in his administration are working on the case involving Jamal Khashoggi, the missing columnist for The Washington Post. He added he is sending Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with Saudi King Salman about it. The president called the nation’s immigration laws the “dumbest in the history...and we are getting them changed one by one.” Further, he responded to the news that U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren had released the results of a DNA test that she said indicated she had Native American ancestry. In releasing the results, the Massachusetts Democrat was responding to taunts from Trump and others, who have mocked her as “Pocahontas” and claimed she used her heritage to gain an advantage when she was a law professor. Trump had vowed to contribute $1 million to Warren’s favorite charity if she took a DNA test and it showed she had Native American roots. “I’ll only do it if I can test her personally, and that will not be something I will enjoy doing either,” he said in Georgia Monday. >> Related: Hurricane Michael aftermath: Waffle House opens food truck in Panama City  Trump left the Red Cross building to visit a local farm, where he planned to meet cotton and pecan growers who have suffered storm-related losses.  On Sunday, Trump issued a disaster declaration for Georgia and ordered federal aid for parts of the Peach State affected by the storm. The president's decision makes federal funding available to people in Baker, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Miller, and Seminole counties. That funding can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs. Federal funding will also be made available to state and local government agencies and nonprofit groups on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in the the following counties: Baker, Bleckley, Burke, Calhoun, Colquitt, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Emanuel, Grady, Houston, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Laurens, Lee, Macon, Miller, Mitchell, Pulaski, Seminole, Sumter, Terrell, Thomas, Treutlen, Turner, Wilcox, and Worth. Georgia residents and business owners can begin applying Monday for assistance by registering at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362.  More: President Trump issues disaster declaration for Georgia, orders federal aid for Peach State  The president stopped in Georgia after surveying hurricane damage in Lynn Haven, Fla., where volunteers were registering storm victims.  “These are some of the people who make it work, and they do it beautifully,” Trump said, according to reporters traveling with the president.  “Somebody said it was like a very wide, extremely wide, tornado,” Trump said, standing next to Florida Gov. Rick Scott. “This was beyond any winds they’ve seen for — I guess — 50 years. Nobody has seen anything like it.”  Scott thanked Trump for the federal response.  “I want to thank the president for always taking my call — and for showing up. And I want to thank the First Lady,” he said.  Georgia Power said that as of noon Monday it had restored power to 97 percent of its customers impacted by the storm.  Candace Reese, spokeswoman for Dougherty County, said Sunday that about 14,000 people were without power in the Albany area but officials expected power to be back by midweek. Churches and Tyson Foods were offering hot meals as 10 extra chainsaw crews headed down to cut the city out from under the many trees that fell. Phil Buckhalter, an Early County farmer near the Alabama border, said Saturday that conditions were getting worse and would continue that way, with farmers and residents alike running out of gas to power generators. With no clear answer to when power will return, Buckhalter and other farmers have been sharing the precious fuel they have on their farms with desperate residents, who don’t have the means to get their own. The farmers want to help less fortunate residents who aren’t as well off, and certainly not after an unprecedented hurricane.  But that means the farmers can’t use the gas to power machinery for saving the few crops they have left in their battered, soggy fields.  “It’ll run out directly,” Buckhalter said.  Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said his office is scrambling to get generators up and running and to reopen sites where peanuts can be graded and dried. “One of the things we are working on right now is bringing things back on line,” he said as he awaited Trump in Macon. “There are so many places and people that are still without power. And our team has been working together on some of those priority places to get plants back open.” >> Related: Hurricane Michael: Neighbors come together to donate supplies for hurricane victims The hurricane has also whipped up the race for Georgia governor. Republican Brian Kemp traveled to southwest Georgia on Saturday to help local officials prepare for the start of early voting and returned to the area on Monday. His campaign organized a disaster relief drive and briefed supporters from a distribution center in Bainbridge.  “The response on the ground, while there is much to do, has been unbelievable from the federal, state and friends and neighbors who are helping men and women indeed,” Kemp said. “It makes you proud to be in Georgia.”  His rival, Democrat Stacey Abrams, ticked through the spate of hurricanes that ravaged her hometown of Gulfport, Miss., to a crowd in Macon as she outlined how she would handle disaster recovery if elected.  “It’s about immediate response and also about long-term planning,” she said. “And I’m running for governor because I believe in making sure that we have a leader who sees these communities not only in the moment of devastation and the immediate aftermath, but a year out when folks have walked away and supplies have dwindled. “  The New York Times, the Associated Press, The Washington Post and AJC staff writers Ben Brasch, Greg Bluestein and Joshua Sharpe contributed to this report.

Help Action News Jax collect supplies for the victims of Hurricane Michael by donating to our Convoy of Care. This relief effort will send supplies and funds to areas along the Florida Panhandle hit the hardest - and we need your help to make it possible.  Action News Jax is teaming up with News 104.5 WOKV and other Cox Media Group radio stations to collect supplies, including nonperishable food items, diapers, baby formula and bottled water.  Drop off supplies at St. Johns Town Center on Tuesday, October 16 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. We’ll be at the Maggianos roundabout to greet you. We'll also be collecting monetary donations through October 31. These funds will be donated to the American Red Cross.  What you can do: Drop off bottled water, diapers, baby formula and nonperishable food at St. Johns Town Center on Oct. 16. Make a monetary donation in-store at any VyStar Credit Union branch - cash only!  Donate online to the Convoy of Care by clicking here. “The stories and pictures our reporters, photographers and helicopter have brought back from places like Panama City and Mexico Beach are staggering and heartbreaking,' said Bob Longo, General Manager at WJAX/WFOX Action News Jax. 'We can only imagine the impact it has on our fellow Floridians there and feel a responsibility to help them any way we can.” Other key partners in making this effort work who are donating their services are: Tom Nehl Truck Company Lighthouse Movers Reads Moving Systems For those who are unable to make it to the supply drive and would rather make a monetary donation, CLICK HERE  for details.
Help Action News Jax collect supplies for the victims of Hurricane Michael by donating to our Convoy of Care. This relief effort will send supplies and funds to areas along the Florida Panhandle hit the hardest - and we need your help to make it possible.  Action News Jax is teaming up with News 104.5 WOKV and other Cox Media Group radio stations to collect supplies, including nonperishable food items, diapers, baby formula and bottled water.  Drop off supplies at St. Johns Town Center on Tuesday, October 16 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. We’ll be at the Maggianos roundabout to greet you. We'll also be collecting monetary donations through October 31. These funds will be donated to the American Red Cross.  What you can do: Drop off bottled water, diapers, baby formula and nonperishable food at St. Johns Town Center on Oct. 16. Make a monetary donation in-store at any VyStar Credit Union branch - cash only!  Donate online to the Convoy of Care by clicking here. “The stories and pictures our reporters, photographers and helicopter have brought back from places like Panama City and Mexico Beach are staggering and heartbreaking,' said Bob Longo, General Manager at WJAX/WFOX Action News Jax. 'We can only imagine the impact it has on our fellow Floridians there and feel a responsibility to help them any way we can.” Other key partners in making this effort work who are donating their services are: Tom Nehl Truck Company Lighthouse Movers Reads Moving Systems For those who are unable to make it to the supply drive and would rather make a monetary donation, CLICK HERE  for details.
Help Action News Jax collect supplies for the victims of Hurricane Michael by donating to our Convoy of Care. This relief effort will send supplies and funds to areas along the Florida Panhandle hit the hardest - and we need your help to make it possible.  Action News Jax is teaming up with News 104.5 WOKV and other Cox Media Group radio stations to collect supplies, including nonperishable food items, diapers, baby formula and bottled water.  Drop off supplies at St. Johns Town Center on Tuesday, October 16 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. We’ll be at the Maggianos roundabout to greet you. We'll also be collecting monetary donations through October 31. These funds will be donated to the American Red Cross.  What you can do: Drop off bottled water, diapers, baby formula and nonperishable food at St. Johns Town Center on Oct. 16. Make a monetary donation in-store at any VyStar Credit Union branch - cash only!  Donate online to the Convoy of Care by clicking here. “The stories and pictures our reporters, photographers and helicopter have brought back from places like Panama City and Mexico Beach are staggering and heartbreaking,' said Bob Longo, General Manager at WJAX/WFOX Action News Jax. 'We can only imagine the impact it has on our fellow Floridians there and feel a responsibility to help them any way we can.” Other key partners in making this effort work who are donating their services are: Tom Nehl Truck Company Lighthouse Movers Reads Moving Systems For those who are unable to make it to the supply drive and would rather make a monetary donation, CLICK HERE  for details.
Help Action News Jax collect supplies for the victims of Hurricane Michael by donating to our Convoy of Care. This relief effort will send supplies and funds to areas along the Florida Panhandle hit the hardest - and we need your help to make it possible.  Action News Jax is teaming up with News 104.5 WOKV and other Cox Media Group radio stations to collect supplies, including nonperishable food items, diapers, baby formula and bottled water.  Drop off supplies at St. Johns Town Center on Tuesday, October 16 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. We’ll be at the Maggianos roundabout to greet you. We'll also be collecting monetary donations through October 31. These funds will be donated to the American Red Cross.  What you can do: Drop off bottled water, diapers, baby formula and nonperishable food at St. Johns Town Center on Oct. 16. Make a monetary donation in-store at any VyStar Credit Union branch - cash only!  Donate online to the Convoy of Care by clicking here. “The stories and pictures our reporters, photographers and helicopter have brought back from places like Panama City and Mexico Beach are staggering and heartbreaking,' said Bob Longo, General Manager at WJAX/WFOX Action News Jax. 'We can only imagine the impact it has on our fellow Floridians there and feel a responsibility to help them any way we can.” Other key partners in making this effort work who are donating their services are: Tom Nehl Truck Company Lighthouse Movers Reads Moving Systems For those who are unable to make it to the supply drive and would rather make a monetary donation, CLICK HERE  for details.
Even with September surplus, feds run highest deficit since 2012

Despite running a surplus of $119 billion in the month of September, the Treasury Department reported Monday that the federal government chalked up a budget deficit of $779 billion for Fiscal Year 2018, the biggest yearly deficit since 2012, a 17 percent increase over the total amassed by Uncle Same in red ink for 2017.

The final budget numbers for the month of September – which ends the fiscal year – represented the first monthly surplus since April, as the feds brought in $343.5 billion in revenues, while spending $224.4 billion.

Those revenue figures were down $5 billion from a [More]