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    It’s an important election cycle in Duval County, with Mayor, Sheriff, 15 City Council seats, Property Appraiser, and Tax Collector all up for a vote.  FULL LIST: Candidates for office in Duval County WOKV is bringing you the information you need to get ready for Election Day. How the Unitary elections works There are two election days coming up, March 19th and May 14th. March is not considered a primary, rather it’s the “First Unitary Election”. It’s an important difference from what you generally consider a primary, because in Florida, partisan primary elections are closed to only voters registered in the party on the ballot. This First Unitary Election is open to all voters regardless of party registration, and you will be able to vote in all of the races that are relevant for you based on where you live- and therefore which City Council District you’re in- not your party affiliation. You can get a sample ballot, which lists all the races that you will vote on, through the Duval County Supervisor of Elections website. Some races will be settled in the March election. If, in a race, a candidate does not get 50%+1 of the votes, then the top two vote-getters advance to the General Unitary Election in May, where a winner will be decided. While you do not have to be registered with any specific party to participate in these elections, you do have to be registered to vote. The deadline for that is February 19th for the March election, and April 15th for the May election. The Duval Supervisor of Elections website has more information about how to register to vote. Vote-by-mail To vote absentee in March, you must request a ballot be mailed by March 13th at 5PM. That deadline for the May election is May 8th. Military and overseas voting has different deadlines, with full information also on the Supervisor of Elections website. If you are going to vote-by-mail, it is incredibly important to ensure how you sign your name matches the signature on file with the Supervisor of Elections, because that is how your identity is confirmed, and therefore how your vote is counted. You must fill out a signature affidavit if there is a signature problem, including a mismatch or missing signature. You can avoid the problem outright by contacting the Supervisor of Elections Office ahead of time to verify your signature. Vote-by-mail ballots must be received at the Supervisor of Elections by 7PM on Election Day. If you have a completed absentee ballot, you can either mail it or turn it in at the Supervisor of Elections. If you received an absentee ballot but decide you want to vote on Election Day instead, you can turn in your vote-by-mail ballot to any early voting site or polling location, and cast your ballot in person. Early voting and Election Day For the March election, early voting takes place over 14 days- Monday, March 4th through Sunday, March 17th. May election early voting begins Monday, April 29th and lasts through Sunday, May 12th. The locations are open 8AM through 5PM weekdays and 10AM through 6PM weekends.  There are 19 early voting sites, and you can vote at any of them, regardless of what precinct you would normally use on Election Day. Among the locations, early voting will be held at the University of North Florida and Edward Waters College for only the second and third time- in March and then May- after being first done in November. There are 199 precincts where voters cast ballots in Duval County on Election Day. To find the one you vote at, you can check on the Supervisor of Elections website.  Whether voting early or on Election Day, you must show a current, valid picture and signature ID, which can include a Florida driver license, US passport, Florida ID card, or similar forms.  Provisional ballots If there are any problems with your ballot, including if you do not have a photo and signature ID,  you will be issued a provisional ballot. If the provisional ballot relates to an ID issue, the ballot will be compared to your voter registration record by the Canvassing  Board. If your ballot deals with any other issue, like you were at the wrong precinct, you will be able to present evidence of your eligibility.  You can check the status of your ballot on the Supervisor of Elections website.
  • At 4:53 p.m., the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department. responded to the 700 block of Matthew Street in reference to a person shot.  Police say one was pronounced dead on scene, while the other was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive. Action News Jax spoke to a woman who says her cousin is the mother of the fatal shooting victim’s child. She tells Action News Jax reporter Ryan Nelson the man killed on Matthew Street today was getting a haircut at someone’s house. The man who cuts hair there does so in a place known in the neighborhood as ‘the barber shop.’ #NEW: One man has died, another is in the hospital and is expected to survive after Matthew Street shooting. Three shootings today. Three people dead. @ActionNewsJax @WOKVNews https://t.co/0iT23f7xvz — Ryan Nelson (@RyanANJax) February 17, 2019 She asked her identity not to be revealed for her protection. “At a barber shop, in front of your family,” she said. Now she has to have childcare. She doesn’t have that anymore. She says the man and her cousin had one young son together and were expecting another. “She has young kings growing up in this world,” she said. “And childcare is going to be needed to make their lives successful and to prevent something like from happening to them. This is just such senseless… It’s ridiculous. Like when is it gonna’ stop? Like seriously, we’re killing each other, for what?” Three people were killed in three separate shootings on Saturday in Jacksonville. One victim injured in the Matthew Street shooting is expected to survive. Police do not believe the shootings are related at this time. According to JSO, two men were found suffering from gunshot wounds. One victim was pronounced dead at the scene and one was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  RIGHT NOW: JSO has its helicopter circling near Matthew and Goodrich Road. Police have Matthew blocked off and they’re talking with people at a home on the corner @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/Yaw6DgXMie — Brittney Donovan (@brittneyANjax) February 16, 2019 #NOW: @JSOPIO is working what neighbors say is a shooting on Matthew street. This would be the third shooting of the day. Police confirmed two people have died in the two previous shootings.#Jacksonville #News #Breaking #ANJaxBreaking @ActionNewsJax @WOKVNews pic.twitter.com/h6ntQyMHwC — Ryan Nelson (@RyanANJax) February 17, 2019 This is Saturday's third shooting: READ: Woman killed in second deadly shooting in Jacksonville neighborhood in weeks READ:  One dead in Moncrief drive-by shooting, JSO says   TRENDING:  1 teen killed, 2 teens injured in rollover crash in Jacksonville near Regency One dead in Moncrief drive-by shooting, JSO says Fight between two girls led up to shooting that killed young father, teen at park DUI driver crashes into six parked cars, St. Augustine Hotel  
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office reported an aggravated battery on the 4600 block of North Ken Knight Drive. Police say they received calls around 2:45 p.m. When they arrived on the scene, they found a 25-30-year-old man lying on the road having suffered gunshot wounds.  The victim was transported to UF Health where he was pronounced dead. According to JSO, this is considered a drive-by shooting.  Police believe the suspects fled in a black SUV.  #BREAKING: @JSOPIO is working an aggravated battery on 4600 Ken Knight Drive. The homicide unit is here. #ANJaxbreaking #News @ActionNewsJax @WOKVNews pic.twitter.com/jzgECejC4G — Ryan Nelson (@RyanANJax) February 16, 2019 This story is developing. Check back for more updates or follow us on Twitter @actionnewsjax . 
  • One teen is dead and two others have been badly hurt in a rollover crash.  The Florida Highway Patrol says all three were in a vehicle heading south on the Southside Connector exit ramp to Regency Square Blvd. overnight, when the driver swerved left, off of the road. FHP says the vehicle overturned several times and ultimately stopped in the embankment.  One passenger, 17-year-old Lenny Espinal-Medina, was pronounced dead on the scene. The 18-year-old driver was critically hurt, and another passenger, who is 16-years-old, suffered serious injuries.  FHP says the driver was wearing a seatbelt, but they’re still investigating whether the two passengers were. It’s not believed alcohol was a factor in the crash, according to the crash report.  Charges are pending further investigation.
  • President Trump is redirecting $3.6 billion from military construction projects authorized by Congress and putting it toward border security instead, by declaring a national emergency. WOKV’s Washington Insider Jamie Dupree says, despite the commitment, the Administration has not yet answered what construction projects that will impact. The FY 2019 federal budget puts more than $110 million toward two big projects for Naval Station Mayport- around $82 million for a Littoral Combat Ship Support Facility and more than $29 million for an addition to the LCS Operational Training Facility. Mayport is a homeport for one of two variants of that ship, with five currently housed at the base and 16 overall slated by 2023. GALLERY: LCS infrastructure at Naval Station Mayport Jacksonville Democratic Congressman Al Lawson believes the President’s funding decisions threaten those projects. “The president’s manufactured crisis is threatening the training, readiness and quality of life of our military and their families by targeting the LCS Support Facility and the LCS Operational Training Facility Addition, two high-priority construction initiatives in Jacksonville,” says a statement from Lawson. Jacksonville Republican Congressman John Rutherford says he supports the President’s emergency declaration and executive action to direct more money to border security- which is what these military construction dollars will be used for. He believes the White House is looking at using unspent construction dollars from prior years for the border wall. “Through our conversations with the Department of Defense and the Appropriations Committee, we do not expect Fiscal Year 2019 projects such as those at Naval Station Mayport to be impacted by this declaration. As a member of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee, I am committed to ensuring our warfighters and their families have the resources they need to defend our nation,” says a statement from Rutherford. Jamie reports that the President’s actions are redirecting around $6 billion toward border security, which is added to the nearly $2 billion approved by Congress as part of the compromise funding plan that also averted a partial government shutdown. There have already been legal challenges promised in the aftermath of the President’s declaration, so it’s not immediately clear if the funding plan will get in motion as the courts take up the issue.
  • As the investigation of a quadruple shooting in Northwest Jacksonville continues, police now say the situation escalated from a planned fight. JSO responded to Elizabeth Powell Park on Redpoll Avenue Thursday night following reports of a shooting. Police initially said several people were gathered at the basketball courts when a fight broke out and several people on scene shot at each other. In all, a 14-year-old and a 24-year-old were killed, and two other people suffered non-life threatening injuries. Investigators now say the fight was actually planned in advance between two female acquaintances who were in an ongoing dispute. JSO says people learned about the fight and gathered to watch, and several ultimately got involved. Some of those spectators then pulled guns and started shooting. In light of this, JSO says they do not believe the shooting was random. Police are asking for any information you have, including asking people who were at the park or watching the fight to come forward. If anyone has video of the fight or has seen posts on social media, they’re asking those people to let them know. You can contact JSO at 904-630-0500 or JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. You can also submit an anonymous tip and be eligible for a possible $3,000 reward by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
  • A St. Johns County homeless man is suing Sheriff David Shoar and Florida Highway Patrol Director Gene Spaulding over his multiple arrests. Peter Vigue’s lawsuit says Florida’s panhandling laws violate his constitutional rights. The St. Johns County jail log shows Vigue has been arrested by deputies and FHP at least 16 times. St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Chuck Mulligan said Vigue has had 10 times that many run-ins with the law.     “We’ve dealt with this individual, since 2013, 165 times,” said Mulligan. Vigue’s lawsuit was filed by Southern Legal Counsel, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty and St. Augustine attorney Rusty Collins.  STORY: Several Florida cities use St. Augustine's panhandling ordinance as model “I think there’s an issue that they have with Mr. Vigue. Mr. Vigue actually stands up for himself a little bit. And I think they don’t like that,” said Collins.  You're looking at mug shots from Peter Vigue's 16 arrests in #StJohnsCounty. Sheriff's office tells me he's had 10x as many run-ins with the law since 2013. Vigue is homeless. Now he's suing the sheriff & #FHP for arresting him. New at 6, how he says they're violating his rights. pic.twitter.com/t6ILnDxAcV — Jenna Bourne (@jennaANjax) February 15, 2019 Mulligan said Vigue wasn’t just standing on sidewalks asking for money; he was walking into roads and blocking traffic. “We are balancing the rights of people who are trying to travel on a public roadway versus his rights,” said Mulligan. Collins denied his client disrupts traffic to collect donations. STORY: St. Augustine leaders pass panhandling ordinance “He will step on the highway only when people are stopped, and (when) they’re stopped at a traffic light or a stop sign,” said Collins.  The lawsuit claims two Florida laws violate Vigue’s constitutional rights: one that prohibits obstructing public streets, highways and roads and one that prohibits individuals from asking for donations on public property without a permit. Vigue has never been arrested in St. Johns County for violating the second law. STORY: St. Augustine woman: 'Homeless people are gone' after panhandling law
  • Tara Thrift shouted expletives at a Duval County judge during her sentencing for vehicular homicide Friday. “She’s not a public defender. You’re not a state attorney. You’re not a ****ing judge. It’s a sham,” Thrift said. “She’s not a public defender. You’re not a state attorney. You’re not a ****ing judge. It’s a sham,' said Tara Thrift during a sudden outburst in court. She was sentenced to 15 years in crash that killed a #Jacksonville high school student. I'm live at 5 on CBS47 @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/cOGYIsMc6z — Jenna Bourne (@jennaANjax) February 15, 2019 Thrift acted out in the courtroom before the judge sentenced her to 15 years. Thrift was found guilty of vehicular homicide and three counts of reckless driving for a four-car crash at Beach Boulevard and St. Johns Bluff Road on Dec. 1, 2016. That crash killed Sandalwood High School senior Denny Grahovic. JSO said Thrift ran two red lights before accelerating into the intersection. The arrest warrant said Thrift appeared to have full control of her car, but it “appeared she was intentionally driving her vehicle to cause a crash.” During Friday’s sentencing, Thrift also took out her hearing aids, claiming they did not work. “I’m ready to go back. Yeah, this is a sham. You can turn off the cameras. I’m done,” Thrift said. Thrift’s public defender Brooke Brewer told the judge her client suffered a traumatic brain injury during the crash. “She told a probation officer that she has been told she was in a car accident, that she does not remember it. And on some level -- on most levels, I believe -- she does not believe that she was in a car accident,” Brewer said. Thrift's public defender says she suffered a traumatic brain injury: “She told a probation officer that she has been told she was in a car accident, that she does not remember it. And on some level, on most levels, I believe, she does not believe that she was in a car accident.” https://t.co/3z3sBsaPvH — Jenna Bourne (@jennaANjax) February 15, 2019 The judge permanently revoked Thrift’s license. She has 30 days to appeal her sentence.  Thrift is a mother of six. Tara Thrift SENTENCED To 15 years for vehicular homicide. Thrift was found guilty of hitting & killing Sandalwood HS senior Denny Grahovic at the intersection of St. Johns Bluff Road and Beach Boulevard in 2016. @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/JCn3dNTfDr — Jenna Bourne (@jennaANjax) February 15, 2019
  • A Florida Highway Patrol trooper has been taken to the hospital with serious, but not life-threatening, injuries, following a crash on Normandy Boulevard. FHP says two motorcycle troopers were heading east on Normandy, when a driver apparently didn’t see them and tried to make a left on to Cold Creek Boulevard. One of the motorcycle troopers was able to avoid contact with the turning vehicle, but one hit it and was ejected, according to FHP Sergeant Dylan Bryan. Bryan says the driver that turned- 26-year-old Cedric Brown, of Jacksonville- failed to yield to oncoming traffic. He has been arrested for failure to yield the right-of-way, driving with a suspended license and possession of a controlled substance. The passenger in Brown’s vehicle was also arrested for possession of a controlled substance. FHP says a third person was arrested at the scene after failing to obey a lawful command and resisting arrest without violence. FHP says she was interfering in the investigation. Bryan says the trooper who was hurt is highly-respected. He says the trooper is fairly new to motorcycle patrol, but is fully certified.

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  • A Georgia father has been arrested after deputies say his 2-year-old ate meth.  Keith Edward Teubner Sr. of Spalding County was charged with cruelty to children in the second degree, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and other charges.  >> Read more news stories  Deputies were called to WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital on Thursday on reports that a child had eaten methamphetamine.  Deputies got a warrant for Teubner's home on Greer Road, where they found drugs in the bedroom, authorities said. Deputies also learned Teubner knew his child had ingested the drug but didn't seek medical care, authorities said. It's unclear who took the toddler to the hospital.  The child was turned over to the Division of Family and Children's Services. 
  • It’s an important election cycle in Duval County, with Mayor, Sheriff, 15 City Council seats, Property Appraiser, and Tax Collector all up for a vote.  FULL LIST: Candidates for office in Duval County WOKV is bringing you the information you need to get ready for Election Day. How the Unitary elections works There are two election days coming up, March 19th and May 14th. March is not considered a primary, rather it’s the “First Unitary Election”. It’s an important difference from what you generally consider a primary, because in Florida, partisan primary elections are closed to only voters registered in the party on the ballot. This First Unitary Election is open to all voters regardless of party registration, and you will be able to vote in all of the races that are relevant for you based on where you live- and therefore which City Council District you’re in- not your party affiliation. You can get a sample ballot, which lists all the races that you will vote on, through the Duval County Supervisor of Elections website. Some races will be settled in the March election. If, in a race, a candidate does not get 50%+1 of the votes, then the top two vote-getters advance to the General Unitary Election in May, where a winner will be decided. While you do not have to be registered with any specific party to participate in these elections, you do have to be registered to vote. The deadline for that is February 19th for the March election, and April 15th for the May election. The Duval Supervisor of Elections website has more information about how to register to vote. Vote-by-mail To vote absentee in March, you must request a ballot be mailed by March 13th at 5PM. That deadline for the May election is May 8th. Military and overseas voting has different deadlines, with full information also on the Supervisor of Elections website. If you are going to vote-by-mail, it is incredibly important to ensure how you sign your name matches the signature on file with the Supervisor of Elections, because that is how your identity is confirmed, and therefore how your vote is counted. You must fill out a signature affidavit if there is a signature problem, including a mismatch or missing signature. You can avoid the problem outright by contacting the Supervisor of Elections Office ahead of time to verify your signature. Vote-by-mail ballots must be received at the Supervisor of Elections by 7PM on Election Day. If you have a completed absentee ballot, you can either mail it or turn it in at the Supervisor of Elections. If you received an absentee ballot but decide you want to vote on Election Day instead, you can turn in your vote-by-mail ballot to any early voting site or polling location, and cast your ballot in person. Early voting and Election Day For the March election, early voting takes place over 14 days- Monday, March 4th through Sunday, March 17th. May election early voting begins Monday, April 29th and lasts through Sunday, May 12th. The locations are open 8AM through 5PM weekdays and 10AM through 6PM weekends.  There are 19 early voting sites, and you can vote at any of them, regardless of what precinct you would normally use on Election Day. Among the locations, early voting will be held at the University of North Florida and Edward Waters College for only the second and third time- in March and then May- after being first done in November. There are 199 precincts where voters cast ballots in Duval County on Election Day. To find the one you vote at, you can check on the Supervisor of Elections website.  Whether voting early or on Election Day, you must show a current, valid picture and signature ID, which can include a Florida driver license, US passport, Florida ID card, or similar forms.  Provisional ballots If there are any problems with your ballot, including if you do not have a photo and signature ID,  you will be issued a provisional ballot. If the provisional ballot relates to an ID issue, the ballot will be compared to your voter registration record by the Canvassing  Board. If your ballot deals with any other issue, like you were at the wrong precinct, you will be able to present evidence of your eligibility.  You can check the status of your ballot on the Supervisor of Elections website.
  • As the investigation of a quadruple shooting in Northwest Jacksonville continues, police now say the situation escalated from a planned fight. JSO responded to Elizabeth Powell Park on Redpoll Avenue Thursday night following reports of a shooting. Police initially said several people were gathered at the basketball courts when a fight broke out and several people on scene shot at each other. In all, a 14-year-old and a 24-year-old were killed, and two other people suffered non-life threatening injuries. Investigators now say the fight was actually planned in advance between two female acquaintances who were in an ongoing dispute. JSO says people learned about the fight and gathered to watch, and several ultimately got involved. Some of those spectators then pulled guns and started shooting. In light of this, JSO says they do not believe the shooting was random. Police are asking for any information you have, including asking people who were at the park or watching the fight to come forward. If anyone has video of the fight or has seen posts on social media, they’re asking those people to let them know. You can contact JSO at 904-630-0500 or JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. You can also submit an anonymous tip and be eligible for a possible $3,000 reward by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
  • A gunman opened fire at the Henry Pratt Company, a valve manufacturer in suburban Chicago on Friday, killing five people and wounding at least five police officers before he was fatally shot, police said. >> Read more trending news Officers arrived within four minutes of receiving reports of a shooting and were fired upon as soon as they entered the 29,000-square-foot manufacturing warehouse, Aurora, Police Chief Kristen Ziman said in a news conference. Update 6:45 p.m. EST Feb. 15: The chief of police says five people were killed and five officers were wounded in a shooting at a business in suburban Chicago. Aurora Police Chief, Kristen Ziman, identified the gunman as 45-year-old Gary Martin. Ziman says the gunman was also killed. The five police officers that were injured in the shooting are in stable condition according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Update 5:15 p.m. EST Feb. 15: A spokesman for the coroner’s office says at least one person is dead following a shooting at a business in suburban Chicago.  Kane County coroner’s office spokesman Chris Nelson says at least one person was killed in the attack Friday afternoon at the Henry Pratt Co. building in Aurora. Update 4:45 p.m. EST Feb. 15: A city spokesman told WGN that at least four police officers were injured.  Police have not said if anyone else has been injured. Update 4:15 p.m. EST Feb. 15: Initial reports indicate that the shooter has been apprehended, but the area is still on lockdown. Update 3:55 p.m. EST Feb. 15: A man who said he witnessed Friday’s shooting told WLS-TV that he recognized the person who opened fire at the Henry Pratt Company. The man told WLS-TV that the shooter was one of his co-workers. Update 3:50 p.m. EST Feb. 15: Police confirmed they are continue to respond Friday afternoon to an active shooting reported in Aurora. Update 3:45 p.m. EST Feb. 15: Citing preliminary reports from the scene, the Daily Herald reported several people were injured in the ongoing active shooter situation reported Friday afternoon in Aurora. Police did not immediately confirm the report. Update 3:40 p.m. EST Feb. 15: Authorities with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are responding to the reported shooting, officials said. Check back for updates to this developing story.
  • President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Friday to fund his promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border after Congress passed a bipartisan border security bill that offered only a fraction of the $5.7 billion he had sought. >> Read more trending news  White House officials confirmed Friday afternoon that Trump also signed the spending compromise into law to avoid a partial government shutdown. Update 3:25 p.m. EST Feb. 15:A lawsuit filed Friday by an ethics watchdog group aims to make public documents that could determine whether the president has the legal authority to invoke emergency powers to fund his promised border wall. In a statement, officials with the nonpartisan Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said the group requested documentation, including legal opinions from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, to determine whether the president wrongfully used his emergency powers. “President Trump’s threatened declaration of a national emergency for these purposes raised some serious questions among the public and Congress that the president was considering actions of doubtful legality based on misstated facts and outright falsehoods to make an end-run round Congress’ constitutional authority to make laws and appropriate funds,” attorneys for CREW said in the lawsuit. >> Read the lawsuit filled by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington  The group said it submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Office of Legal Counsel last month and that it got a response on Feb. 12 that indicated authorities would not be able to expedite the request or respond to it within the 20-day statutory deadline. “Americans deserve to know the true basis for President Trump’s unprecedented decision to enact emergency powers to pay for a border wall,” CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said in a statement. Officials with the American Civil Liberties Union said the group also plans to file suit. Update 2:30 p.m. EST Feb. 15: Trump has signed a bill passed by Congress to fund several federal departments until September 30, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Friday afternoon to The Associated Press. Update 12:35 p.m. EST Feb. 15: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, accused Democrats of playing partisan politics in refusing to fund Trump’s border wall. “President Trump’s decision to announce emergency action is the predictable and understandable consequence of Democrats’ decision to put partisan obstruction ahead of the national interest,” McConnell said. Democrats have repeatedly voice opposition to the border wall, which critics say would not effectively address issues like drug trafficking and illegal immigration, which Trump purports such a wall would solve. Update 11:25 a.m. EST Feb. 15: In a joint statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, condemned what they called “the president’s unlawful declaration over a crisis that does not exist.” “This issue transcends partisan politics and goes to the core of the founders’ conception for America, which commands Congress to limit an overreaching executive. The president’s emergency declaration, if unchecked, would fundamentally alter the balance of powers, inconsistent with our founders’ vision,” the statement said. “We call upon our Republican colleagues to join us to defend the Constitution.” Update 11:10 a.m. EST Feb. 15: Trump said he’s expecting the administration to be sued after he signs a national emergency declaration to fund the building of wall on the southern border. “The order is signed and I'll sign the final papers as soon as I get into the Oval Office,” Trump said Friday while addressing reporters in the Rose Garden.  “I expect to be sued -- I shouldn’t be sued,” Trump said Friday while addressing reporters in the Rose Garden. “I think we’ll be very successful in court. I think it’s clear.” He said he expects the case will likely make it to the Supreme Court, the nation’s highest court. “It’ll go through a process and happily we’ll win, I think,” he said. Update 10:50 a.m. EST Feb. 15: “I’m going to sign a national emergency,” Trump said. “We’re talking about an invasion of our country with drugs, with human traffickers, with all types of criminals and gangs.”  >> National emergency likely to be blocked by courts, DOJ tells White House: reports Update 10:25 a.m. EST Feb. 15: Trump will declare a national emergency and use executive actions to funnel over $6 billion in funds from the Treasury Department and the Pentagon for his border wall, Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree reported. “With the declaration of a national emergency, the President will have access to roughly $8 billion worth of money that can be used to secure the southern border,” Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters in a call before the president’s announcement. >> From Cox Media Group's Jamie Dupree: White House: Trump using national emergency and executive actions for border wall Update 10 a.m. EST Feb. 15: Trump is expected on Friday morning to deliver remarks from the Rose Garden on the southern border after White House officials said he plans to declare a national emergency to fund his border wall. Update 10 p.m. EST Feb. 14: At 10 a.m. on Friday, President Donald Trump is expected to deliver remarks from the Rose Garden about the southern border. >> From Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree: Congress passes border deal as Trump readies emergency for border wall The White House announced earlier that Trump will declare a national emergency that would enable him to transfer funding from other accounts for additional miles of border fencing. Update 9 p.m. EST Feb. 14: The House easily approved border funding plan, as President Donald Trump prepared an emergency declaration to fund a border wall. The bill also closes a chapter by preventing a second government shutdown at midnight Friday and by providing $333 billion to finance several Cabinet agencies through September. Trump has indicated he’ll sign the measure though he is not happy with it, and for a few hours Thursday he was reportedly having second thoughts. Update 4:30 p.m. EST Feb. 14: The government funding bill that includes $1.375 billion for 55 miles of border wall, passed the Senate with a 83 - 16 vote. The bill will go to the House for a final vote Thursday evening. Update 4 p.m. EST Feb. 14: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says if President Donald Trump declares a national emergency at the border he’s making an “end run around Congress.” “The President is doing an end run around the Congress and the power of the purse,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who reserved the right to lead a legal challenge against any emergency declaration. Pelosi said that there is no crisis at the border with Mexico that requires a national emergency order. >> Trump's border wall: What is a national emergency? She did not say if House Democrats would legally challenge the president. But Pelosi said if Trump invokes an emergency declaration it should be met with “great unease and dismay” as an overreach of executive authority. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Thursday afternoon that the White House is “very prepared” for a legal challenge following the declaration of a National Emergency. Update 3:15 p.m. EST Feb. 14: Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that President Donald Trump is going to sign a border deal and at the same time issue a national emergency declaration. The compromise will keep departments running through the fiscal year but without the $5.7 billion Trump wanted for the border wall with Mexico.  The House is also expected to vote on the bill later Thursday. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sent a statement confirming that Trump intends to sign the bill and will issue “other executive action - including a national emergency.” An emergency declaration to shift funding from other federal priorities to the border is expected to face swift legal challenge. Update 12:40 p.m. EST Feb. 14: Trump said in a tweet Thursday that he and his team were reviewing the funding bill proposed by legislators. Congress is expected to vote Thursday on the bipartisan accord to prevent another partial federal shutdown ahead of Friday's deadline. Trump has not definitively said whether he’ll sign the bill if it passes the legislature. The bill would fund several departments, including Agriculture, Justice and State, until Sept. 30 but it includes only $1.4 billion to build new barriers on the border. Trump had asked Congress to provide $5.7 billion in funding. Update 9:55 a.m. EST Feb. 14: The more than 1,600-page compromise, made up of seven different funding bills, was unveiled early Thursday. It includes $1.4 billion to build new barriers on the border and over $1 billion to fund other border security measures. If passed, the bill would prevent a partial government shutdown like the 35-day closure that started after lawmakers failed to reach a compromise in December.  >> From Cox Media Group's Jamie Dupree: Five tidbits from the border security funding deal in Congress President Donald Trump has given mixed signals in recent days over whether he plans to sign the bill or not. He’s told reporters in recent days that a second government shutdown as federal workers continue to dig out from the last closure “would be a terrible thing.” However, Adam Kennedy, the deputy director of White House communications, told NPR that the president “doesn’t want his hands tied on border security.” 'I think the president is going to fully review the bill,' Kennedy said. 'I think he wants to review it before he signs it.' Original report: President Donald Trump is expected to sign the deal lawmakers have hammered out to avoid a second shutdown, CNN is reporting. >> From Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree: Trump hints at ‘national emergency’ to funnel money to border wall On Tuesday, Trump said he was “not happy” with the spending plan negotiators came up with Monday night, CNN reported. That deal includes $1.375 billion in funding for border barriers, but not a concrete wall, according to Cox Media Group Washington correspondent Jamie Dupree. “It’s not doing the trick,” Trump said, adding that he is “considering everything” when asked whether a national emergency declaration was on the table. He said that if there is another shutdown, it would be “the Democrats’ fault.” Trump also took to Twitter later Tuesday, claiming that the wall is already being built. >> See the tweet here The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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