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January 22, 2019

NEWSCASTER USES RACIAL SLUR TALKING ABOUT MARTIN LUTHER KING

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The NAACP wants a St. Louis-area TV station to fire a newscaster for what he called an unintentional racial slur while talking about Martin Luther King Jr.

KTVI newscaster Kevin Steincross was discussing a tribute to the black civil rights leader on Jan. 17, when he referred to King as “Martin Luther coon Jr.” He apologized a few hours later, saying he accidentally misspoke.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the St. Louis County NAACP plans to ask the TV station to fire Steincross.

Owner Tribune Broadcasting has said KTVI believed Steincross’ statement was an inadvertent mistake and that it doesn’t plan to discipline him.

NAACP chapter president, John Gaskin, said even if people believe the comment was a mistake, some mistakes are grounds for termination.

TWO DOCTORS LEAVE FACILITY WHERE INCAPACITATED WOMAN GAVE BIRTH

PHOENIX (AP) — Two doctors who cared for an incapacitated woman who gave birth as a result of a sexual assault are no longer providing medical services at the long-term care center in Phoenix.

Hacienda HealthCare says that one has resigned. The other has been suspended.

The victim in her 20s had been in Hacienda’s care since she became incapacitated at age 3 after suffering a near-drowning.

She gave birth Dec. 29.

The sexual assault triggered a police investigation and reviews by regulators.

Hacienda CEO Bill Timmons resigned after news surfaced of the assault.

Investigators gathered DNA from men who worked there.

ARIZONA POLICE TO REVIVE PROBE OF FATAL SHOOTING OF TEEN DURING CAR BREAK-IN

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Police in a Phoenix suburb say they’ll re-interview witnesses and victims in the fatal shooting of a teenage boy by an officer investigating a vehicle break-in.

The statement comes after the Arizona Republic reported the truck owner told the newspaper that the police description of what happened Jan. 15 isn’t accurate.

The Tempe Police Department has said 14-year-old Antonio Arce was carrying a replica handgun he stole from the truck when he was shot.

The truck’s owner, Lou Silvas, says neither of the two replica guns in his truck had been disturbed.

Police spokesman Ronald Elcock said Monday that some statements in the newspaper are in direct conflict with body camera footage, evidence and statements given to detectives the day of the shooting.

Police say they’ll re-interview people to resolve discrepancies.

WOMAN STRANDED, HUSBAND KILLED, AFTER ATV GETS STUCK IN WATER

BUNA, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a woman was stranded for two days after her 79-year-old husband was fatally swept away in a river after their amphibious all-terrain vehicle became stuck in the water.

Police and other agencies rescued the woman Friday after a person spotted the eight-wheel ATV in the Neches River and called 911. The woman was in an area near Buna, about 100 miles northeast of Houston near the Arkansas border.

Authorities say the woman had been stranded since Wednesday.

Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman says the woman was found in the ATV. Her husband had been trying to walk to the river bank when he got swept away in the swollen river. Newman says his body was found near the river bank.

Newman says the woman didn’t appear to have life-threatening injuries.

CREDITS ISSUED FOR CUSTOMERS WHO BET ON NFC TITLE GAME

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A sportsbook in New Jersey is offering betting credits for customers who bet on the New Orleans Saints due to the widespread belief that the team was victimized by a blown call by referees during its loss Sunday in the NFC championship game.

PointsBet initially said yesterday that it “will refund all wagers” on the spread and money-line bets on the Saints, who lost after officials failed to call a penalty on a Los Angeles Rams defender who leveled a New Orleans receiver long before the ball arrived.

But later in the afternoon, PointsBet said those “refunds” would be in the form of bonus bets, not cash payouts.

The Rams won the game and advanced to the Super Bowl, where they will play the New England Patriots.

SAINTS’ OWNER COMPLAINS ABOUT NON-CALL

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints owner Gayle Benson says she pledges to aggressively pursue changes in NFL policies that will promote more “fairness and integrity.”

Benson says it’s clear her team was “unfairly deprived” of a trip to the Super Bowl by the inaction of game officials “charged with creating a fair and equitable playing field.”

The statement stems from officials’ decision not to call a penalty on Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman for his early and high hit on Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis while quarterback Drew Brees’ third-down pass was in the air.

A penalty would have given the Saints a first down inside the Rams 10-yard line with about 1:45 left and allowed New Orleans to run out most of the remaining time left before trying a go-ahead field goal.

Instead, about 1:41 remained when the Saints took their last lead, and the Rams came back to win in overtime.

Benson has been the sole owner of the Saints since her husband, Tom, died last March.

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