By Susan Scutti
(CNN) — Dr. Jerome Adams was confirmed as the US surgeon general this week, pledging to take on the country’s opioid epidemic. Adams, who was nominated for the role by President Donald Trump, is the 20th surgeon general to hold the position.
“To be confirmed as the 20th US Surgeon General is truly an indescribable honor,” Adams tweeted Thursday.
Adams is an anesthesiologist who previously served as the Indiana state health commissioner — “in essence the Surgeon General for Indiana,” he said in a statement to the Senate committee. Prior to that, he served as a staff anesthesiologist and assistant professor of anesthesia at the Indiana University School of Medicine, where he completed his medical degree. He earned undergraduate degrees in biochemistry and biopsychology and a master’s degree in public health.
“The addictive properties of prescription opioids is a scourge in America and it must be stopped,” wrote Adams in his nomination committee statement. He added that he shared US Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s top priorities, including “the opioid epidemic, and untreated mental illness, which lie at the root of much of the current situation.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday began dismantling the government program protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children. Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared the Obama administration’s program “an unconstitutional exercise of authority” that must be revoked.
New applications will be halted for President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which has provided nearly 800,000 young immigrants a reprieve from deportation and the ability to work legally in the U.S. in the form of two-year, renewable work permits.
“I’m here to announce that the program known as DACA that was effectuated under the Obama administration is being rescinded,” Sessions announced.
But the administration is giving Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix — “should it choose to,” Sessions said — before the government stops renewing permits for people already covered by the program.
According to Department of Homeland Security officials, people with permits whose renewals are set to expire between now and March 5, 2018, will be able to re-apply — so long as their applications are submitted by October 5, 2017, one month from Tuesday. No permits will be revoked before their existing expiration dates, and applications already in the pipeline will be processed, they said.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions says President Donald Trump is phasing out a program that has protected hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought into the country illegally as children.
Trump, in a statement, said the change would be “a gradual process, not a sudden phase out.”
“Thus, in effect, I am not going to just cut DACA off, but rather provide a window of opportunity for Congress to finally act,” he said. He said he did not favor punishing children for the actions of their parents. At the same time, though, “we must also recognize that we are a nation of opportunity because we are a nation of law” and “young Americans have dreams, too.”
His action drew swift criticism from many immigration advocates and Democratic lawmakers.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called Trump’s decision “a deeply shameful act of political cowardice and a despicable assault on innocent young people in communities across America.”
Some Republicans objected, too.
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By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced this week the filing of two first-degree murder charging and two-armed criminal action charges against Frederick Scott, 23, in the murder of two men in South Kansas City.
Scott was charged in the shooting deaths of John Palmer and Steve Gibbons and armed criminal action.
According to court documents, on August 13, officers were dispatched to 1146 E. 67th street, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, in regard to a medical nature unknown. Upon arrival officers located a white male, later identified as Gibbons, deceased at the scene. The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s office ruled the death a homicide and the cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the back of the head, with a trajectory back to front and slightly downward.
During the investigation, surveillance video was obtained and Gibbons, 57, was observed getting onto a KCATA bus at 75th street and Troost.
A black male wearing a white t-shirt, drop crotch pants, red shoes, and carrying a Brisk Iced Tea bottle, boarded the bus directly behind Gibbons. The black male sat two rows behind Gibbons. Gibbons and the black male had no obvious interaction while on the bus. The KCATA bus drove north on Troost to just north of 67th street, where Gibbons exited the bus out the back side door at approximately 12:01 hours.
Once Gibbons exited the bus, the black male stood up and exited the bus out the front door. Upon exiting the bus another camera recorded Gibbons walking southbound on Troost to 67th street.
Gibbons then, allegedly, turned eastbound onto 67th Street. On the same camera, the black male was recorded looking around when he exited the bus. He then followed Gibbons southbound on Troost, and then eastbound on 67th street. The black male initially kept a large gap between Gibbons and himself. The black male continued to follow Gibbons as he appeared to be closing the gap and getting closer to Gibbons. While he was walking toward Gibbons, the black male was drinking a beverage with a screw top. The camera panned away from Gibbons and the black male just prior to when they would have gotten to the scene of the crime at 1146 E. 67th street.
Approximately 42 seconds later, the black male was recorded running westbound on 67th street from where the homicide occurred. The black male ran south on Troost and then crossed Troost to the west side. He then walked north on Troost and boarded a KCATA bus southbound at 67th street and Troost. The bus then traveled southbound on Troost.
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