WASHINGTON, D.C. – FEMA announced a new policy today that ought to put an end to its discrimination against churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship.
The new policy comes in response to two lawsuits brought by three Texas churches and two Florida synagogues seeking immediate and equal access to disaster relief aid.
FEMA says that the new policy is required by the Supreme Court’s June 2017 decision.
Law enforcement officials investigate a mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
At least 27 people have died and about 30 are injured after a gunman opened fire today during a service at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. To the tight-knit congregation of about 50, this is an inconceivable blow.
“We heard semi-automatic gunfire… we’re only about 50 yards away from this church,” a witness, Carrie Matula, told NBC News.
As rain continues to fall and flood waters rise in Houston, The Salvation Army continues providing emergency assistance throughout the city. Four Salvation Army shelters have opened their doors to those evacuating their homes – Harbor Light Center, Sally’s House, Family Residence and Conroe Red Shield lodge. More than 70 people rescued are currently staying at the Pasadena Salvation Army. As additional areas of the city become accessible Salvation Army units are ready to move in and serve those in need. Other locations remain on standby to serve.
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Japan’s Keitaro Miyahara (10) is greeted by teammates after hitting a solo home run off Lufkin, Texas’ Chip Buchanan in the fourth inning of the Little League World Series Championship baseball game in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar).
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — The crack of the bat, the gasp from the crowd, a fist pump on the trip around the bases and then a happy hop to waiting teammates at home plate.
In Saturday’s game, Lufkin Texas All Stars wins Little League U.S. Championship! Lufkin had a six-run comeback victory over Greenville, N.C., in the U.S. championship game Saturday to reach the final. And early on, it looked as though the team’s momentum would carry through the championship.
Japan had allowed only one run in the tournament heading into Sunday’s game, but that changed when Chandler Spencer crushed the first pitch over the left-center field fence.
Hunter Ditsworth cracked an opposite-field homer down the right-field line to put Lufkin up 2-0 with one out in the first. But Miyahara laced a two-run triple with two outs in the second to tie it at 2-2, and Ryusei Fujiwara fisted a single to right to bring Miyahara home.
Japan wins Little League World Series Championship! More details here…