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May 2, 2019

TEXAS - GUNS IN CHURCH

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lawmakers in Texas are considering a bill that would make it clear that licensed permit holders’ have a right to carry handguns in places of worship. The effort comes as places of worship around the world face targeted attacks by extremists. A shooting at a California synagogue on Saturday left one worshipper dead and three injured. The bill follows an opinion by state Attorney General Ken Paxton that said licensed handgun holders can legally carry in places of worship in Texas. Paxton said places of worship must give oral or written notice prohibiting weapons on their property to restrict that. Sponsor Republican Sen. Donna Campbell says her bill will amend Texas law to make clear places of worship must follow the same rules as other private property if they want to restrict firearms.

BUSINESS OWNER NEAR HOMELESS SHELTER CONVICTED OF ILLEGALLY SPREADING PESTICIDE ON PUBLIC ROAD

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A businessman has been convicted of illegally spreading pesticide along a public right of way where homeless people in Alaska’s largest city regularly gathered. State prosecutors say 67-year-old Ronald Alleva was convicted Tuesday of reckless endangerment, pollution, unauthorized pesticide distribution and misuse of a pesticide. Alleva is president of Grubstake Auction Co., a business near an Anchorage homeless shelter and a soup kitchen. Investigators determined that Alleva ordered employees on June 7 to spread Zappit 73, a registered pesticide and EPA-designated hazardous material, on ground within a block of the shelter and the soup kitchen. Alleva told the Anchorage Daily News two days later that he had the chemical spread as a disinfectant and that he had done so as a public service to mitigate biological hazards.

TOKING UP IN VEGAS

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Legal marijuana smokers will soon be able to find lounges where they can light up in Las Vegas — but not in casinos, or in places serving alcohol, or on the resort-lined Las Vegas Strip. The City Council has approved allowing what proponents dubbed “social use venues” where people can smoke pot in the urban core of Nevada’s sprawling casino playground. The move deals with a conundrum faced by adult tourists who have been able since July 2017 to buy marijuana for recreational use, but not consume it in public, in casinos or in hotel rooms. City spokesman Jace Radke says it will probably take several months for the 20 or so dispensaries licensed in the city to get permits to open consumption lounges.

ASYLUM SEEKER MAKES FINAL ROUND OF NATIONAL SPOKEN POETRY COMPETITION

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — For the second consecutive year, an asylum-seeker from Maine has made it to the final round of a national spoken poetry competition. The road to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals last night was less bumpy for 18-year-old Joao Victor than it was last year for Deering High School junior Allan Monga, who had to sue to participate in the event hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Sun Journal newspaper reports that Victor came to the U.S. three years ago from Angola and speaks seven languages. He’s also fluent in the language of poetry. Victor said he was inspired by Monga, who fled Zambia. Isabella Callery, a student from Minnesota, won the competition Wednesday night.

POLICE IN OKLAHOMA KILL UNARMED, NAKED TEEN

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — Police in an in an Oklahoma City suburb say two officers were not wearing body cameras when at least one of them fatally shot an unarmed, naked teenager. Edmond police identified the officers as Sgt. Milo Box and Officer Denton Scherman. Box has worked at the department for 17 years, and Scherman was hired in September. Both followed 17-year-old Isaiah Mark Lewis after they say he broke into a house Monday. Authorities initially said Lewis was an adult. It’s unclear who fired and how many times Lewis was shot. Police spokeswoman Jenny Wagnon said Lewis fought with the officers and a stun gun failed to subdue him. He died at a hospital. Wagnon said no gun was found at the scene.

TODDLER WOUNDED IN APPARENT ROAD-RAGE SHOOTING

HOUSTON (AP) — An 18-month-old boy has been wounded in what Houston police are calling an apparent road-rage shooting. The incident happened yesterday afternoon on an Interstate 69 frontage road in western Houston. The child’s father, who says he’s hearing-impaired, told police that he accidentally cut off another driver. The father says he tried to apologize when he saw the man produce a handgun and fired two shots at his car. Police Officer J.G. Jones says the man drove to a nearby convenience store and carried his wounded child inside, where a nurse who happened to be present rendered first aid. The child was taken to Texas Children’s Hospital, where he was reported to be in stable condition with a wound to his upper left shoulder. No suspect is in custody.