K2 Radio News: Flash Briefing For August 1st, 2017 – Morning
WASHINGTON (AP) - The No. 2 Senate Democrat says White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is in a position to stabilize the White House _ "and that's good for this country." Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois tells CNN he voted for Kelly for Homeland Security secretary, wanted to work with him in that role, and now in his new position at the White House.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Legal experts say President Donald Trump's threat to stop billions of dollars in government payments to insurers and force the collapse of "Obamacare" might just backfire. Legal experts say the president would be handing the health insurance industry a solid court case against the government, undermining his own leverage to compel Democrats to negotiate. And Trump could get the blame if premiums jump by 20 percent, as expected after such a decision.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Two men sentenced to life without parole for crimes committed as teens are savoring their freedom. They are among dozens across the U.S. who have been resentenced and released after the Supreme Court banned mandatory no-parole sentences for juvenile offenders. As one of them said: I don't think you can find anyone who really can describe how it feels to be free.
PHOENIX (AP) - Longtime critics of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio say his conviction of a criminal charge for disobeying a court order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants is a long-awaited comeuppance. Latino civil rights advocate Lydia Guzman says the lawman who spent 24 years as the sheriff of metro Phoenix was partly responsible for Arizona's reputation as a place that's intolerant of immigrants.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - An attorney says that Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has been returned to the military prison from which he had been recently released. Lopez's attorney Juan Carlos Gutierrez tells the Exitos radio station that the 46-year-old Lopez was pulled from his home and was taken to the Ramo Verde prison at about 3 a.m.
TS-CPR-BLM COUNTY FIRE RESTRICTIONS-R
7-30-17 TOM MORTON
THE U.S. BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT HAS PLACED FULL FIRE RESTRICTIONS ON ITS MANAGED LANDS IN NATRONA, CONVERSE, PLATTE AND GOSHEN COUNTIES EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY DUE TO HIGH FIRE DANGER.
THE BLM UPPED ITS RESTRICTIONS ON FRIDAY, A WEEK AFTER IT IMPOSED PARTIAL FIRE RESTRICTIONS ON THE FOUR COUNTIES.
THE BLM, WORKING WITH THE COUNTIES, NOW PROHIBITS HAVING AN OPEN FIRE SUCH AS A CAMPFIRE, CHARCOAL BARBECUE, OR GRILLS.
IT'S STILL OKAY FOR FIRE USES SUCH AS PORTABLE STOVES, GAS LANTERNS, OR FULLY ENCLOSED WOOD BURNING STOVES
SMOKING ISN'T ALLOWED EXCEPT IN AN ENCLOSED VEHICLE OR BUILDING, A DEVELOPED RECREATION SITE, OR WHILE STOPPED IN A CLEARED AREA AT LEAST THREE FEET IN DIAMETER.
OTHER RESTRICTIONS REMAIN IN PLACE SUCH AS SETTING OFF FIREWORKS, USING TRACER AMMUNITION, BURNING TIRES AND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS, AND OPERATING OFF-ROAD VEHICLES UNLESS THEY HAVE PROPERLY INSTALLED SPARK ARRESTERS.
SOME PEOPLE ARE EXEMPT FROM THE RESTRICTIONS SUCH AS FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL OFFICERS OR MEMBERS OF RESCUE OR FIREFIGHTING AGENCIES.
IF YOU VIOLATE THE RULES YOU WILL PAY RESTITUTION FOR FIRE SUPPRESSION AND DAMAGES.
CASPER BUSINESSMAN TONY CERCY IN JUNE ALLEGEDLY THREATENED TO KILL A 20-YEAR-OLD WOMAN IF SHE TOLD ANYONE HE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED HER.
THE 55-YEAR-OLD CERCY HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH RAPE AND SECOND AND THIRD-DEGREE SEXUAL ASSAULT.
IF CONVICTED ON ALL COUNTS, HE FACES BETWEEN SEVEN AND 85 YEARS OF IMPRISONMENT.
HE WAS ARRESTED FRIDAY.
MONDAY, NATRONA COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE STEVEN BROWN READ THE CHARGES AGAINST HIM, KEPT HIS CASH-ONLY BOND AT $100,000, ORDERED HIM TO SURRENDER HIS PASSPORT, ORDERED HIM TO HAVE NO CONTACT WITH THE ALLEGED VICTIM, AND ORDERED HIM NOT TO DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES.