Text Service for Evening News Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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Text Service for Evening News Tuesday, September 18, 2018

0918 INT Starvation in Yemen

 

As the US/Saudi war drags on in Yemen, four hundred thousand children are starving to death and one-million eight-hundred thousand are going hungry every day.

The figures come from UNICEF spokesperson Meritxell Relano, who said that the ongoing war has created what she called a living hell for children.

She also said that an additional eleven million are facing disease, displacement from their homes, and a lack of basic social services.

Children with protruding rib cages and skeletal limbs are being treated in a hospital in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, but there are not enough beds for all those starving.

According to Relano, UNICEF has provided over two-hundred forty-four thousand severely malnourished children with therapeutic treatment since the beginning of 2018, in addition to micronutrient treatment to over three-hundred seventeen thousand children under five.

Local videos show the presence of US-manufactured CBU-58A cluster bombs, which have been used in populated areas. 

Cluster bombs are particularly effective for killing small children, who pick them up thinking that they are toys.

UNICEF has condemned the latest Saudi-led attack on Yemeni children.

Relano said, QUOTE “Parties to the conflict are obliged to do absolutely everything possible to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, and ensure people have access to the aid they are entitled to and need to survive.”

Meanwhile, this week Secretary of State Mike Pompeo certified to Congress, without evidence, that QUOTE "the governments of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure.”

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0918 OR Apartment Asbestos Cover Up

 

 A lawsuit in Portland alleges an asbestos cover-up at a Southwest apartment building.

The lawsuit filed Monday claims that Tandem Property Management endangered employees by exposing them to asbestos even though construction crews warned that it was present.

The forty million dollar lawsuit was filed by two former employees.

They claim they were fired for knowing about the asbestos cover-up.

The complex is located at 1380 Southwest 66th Avenue and covers multiple buildings.

A lawyer for the employees said they do not think residents have been notified that they could have been exposed to asbestos.

          It has long been known that asbestos can cause life-threating diseases.

The lawsuit alleges that employees were fired for their knowledge of the asbestos-laden sheetrock in an attempted cover-up.

 

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0918 OR Caution to girls

Washington County authorities have issued a caution advisory after two separate incidents of men attempting to lure middle school girls into vehicles as they were walking to school.

Washington County Sheriffs reported that on September 5th a male driving a white van near southwest Butner road and Spring Lane pulled next to a young girl and asked if she needed a ride to school.

The girl declined the ride and later said she noticed the same van several times before arriving at her school, where she reported the incident.

In a separate incident in Beaverton on September 14th, police responded to a report of a male driving a red Ford pickup near Cedar Hills Boulevard and Southwest Parks Way.

The man allegedly yelled at a middle school girl and told her to get into his vehicle.

The girl refused and reported it to school officials and her parents.

As of yet no suspects have been identified, but both agencies are responding with more patrols especially in the hours before and after school.

Residents are asked to report suspicious vehicles to Washington County Dispatch at 503-629-0111.

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0918 OR Caution to girls

Washington County authorities have issued a caution advisory after two separate incidents of men attempting to lure middle school girls into vehicles as they were walking to school.

Washington County Sheriffs reported that on September 5th a male driving a white van near southwest Butner road and Spring Lane pulled next to a young girl and asked if she needed a ride to school.

The girl declined the ride and later said she noticed the same van several times before arriving at her school, where she reported the incident.

In a separate incident in Beaverton on September 14th, police responded to a report of a male driving a red Ford pickup near Cedar Hills Boulevard and Southwest Parks Way.

The man allegedly yelled at a middle school girl and told her to get into his vehicle.

The girl refused and reported it to school officials and her parents.

As of yet no suspects have been identified, but both agencies are responding with more patrols especially in the hours before and after school.

Residents are asked to report suspicious vehicles to Washington County Dispatch at 503-629-0111.

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0918 US EPA Inspector General Resigns

 

The Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general has resigned after eight years in the position.

Arthur Elkins announced that his last day will be October 12th; he has held the post since 2010.

In a released statement, Elkins said, QUOTE “It has been my great honor and privilege to serve the American people in this role for more than eight years. I am grateful for the outstanding team of auditors, investigators and other professionals who comprise the Office of Inspector General, and for the opportunity to have earned the trust of a wide array of stakeholders relying on the integrity of the OIG’s independence.”

His office has led investigations into former EPA Adviser John Beale and Scott Pruitt’s recent spending.

The EPA’s deputy inspector general, Charles Sheehan, will lead the office until the Senate confirms President Trump’s forthcoming nominee.

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0918 US Hurricane Florence Update

 

The Hurricane Florence death toll doubled yesterday rising to thirty-three deaths, twenty-six in North Carolina, six in South Carolina, and one in Virginia.

 According to poultry producer Sanderson Farms, an estimated 1.7 million chickens were also killed during the storm.

The Company said sixty of its boiler houses have flooded and another six were damaged and in need of repair.

CBN says 30 farms near Lumberton, North Carolina were isolated by floodwaters and they are unable to reach them with feed trucks. Farmer’s crops are damaged and a quarter to half of the tobacco crops was damaged.

CBN said the storm brought one to two inches of rain in much of West Virginia before moving out early Tuesday, the state is still recovering from June 2016 floods that killed 23 people.

It will stop raining in the Carolinas today, but the remains of the hurricane created a tornado that killed one person in Virginia yesterday.

Rooftops are ripping off and several rivers are still rising and flooding.

Approximately ten-thousand people are staying in shelters in North Carolina and first responders have saved more than two-thousand people.

There are around three-hundred forty-three thousand people still without power.

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