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Schumer: How did theater shooter get gun?


Chuck Schumer on Wednesday asked the FBI to investigate how the Lafayette, Louisiana ...
Information from federal and Georgia state officials show the gunman, John Russell Houser, would have passed a background check for his 2014 gun purchase even if ...

KATC.com | Continuous News Coverage | Acadiana-Lafayette - Weathercast Video Wednesday


This should allow a weak cold front to drift southeast toward Alabama and Georgia by the end of the week ...
mid to upper 90s again on Monday with the official high at 96 here in Lafayette, 97 in New Iberia, 96 in Lake Charles, and 95 in Alexandria.

Lafayette Theater Shooting: No Red Flags Reported At Time Of Gun Sale


CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) — John Russell Houser’s mental problems were well known to many, though perhaps not to the store that sold him the .40-caliber handgun used in a deadly attack on a Louisiana movie theater. A federal background check came back clean ...

Judge who detained Lafayette movie theater shooter John Houser says she couldn’t force him into mental hospital: ‘I did my job’


Police said Houser — an Alabama native who drifted between several southern states, including Georgia where the 2008 court saga played out — moved into a Lafayette motel about three weeks before the shooting.

Judge on Lafayette gunman: ‘There was nothing I could have done to prevent this man from getting a gun’


The 60-year-old county probate judge of the small Georgia town had suddenly been thrust into the national media spotlight. Everyone wanted to ask Cason a big question: How did the Lafayette, La., movie theater shooter, John Russell Houser, legally buy a ...

Immediate changes to city of LaFayette recycling


Josh O'Bryant is a reporter for the Walker County Messenger in LaFayette, Ga. DALTON, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in northwest Georgia are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a creek.Murray County Deputy Coroner Alan Robbins tells the ...

Lafayette theater gunman could legally buy handgun because he was never involuntarily committed for psychiatric care


The gunman who shot 11 people in a Lafayette movie theater last week wasn’t added to a database of people prohibited from buying firearms because he had not been involuntarily committed, Georgia officials said Monday, although John “Rusty” Houser’s ...

Louisiana shooting suspect never involuntarily committed: Georgia authorities


Houser, who killed himself after Thursday's rampage in Lafayette, Louisiana, purchased the weapon he used in the attack from an Alabama pawnshop in 2014, authorities say. Houser made the purchase even though there was a 2008 court order in Georgia that ...

Louisiana Theater Shooting: Georgia Court Failed To Report Lafayette Shooter John Russell Houser Was Committed For Mental Health Problems


Nine months after Seung-hui Cho murdered 32 people and wounded 17 others during a rampage on the Virginia Tech campus in April 2007, the U.S. passed a law compelling states to share the names of mentally ill people in order to prevent them from purchasing ...

Lafayette theater shooter switched license plates, had wigs waiting in hotel


Police don't know why he opened fire in the theater or why he came to Lafayette, about 500 miles from his stomping grounds in Georgia and Alabama. Besides an uncle who died about 35 years ago, he didn't have any known connection to the city of 120,000.

Grass Fire At 10 Acres Near Highway 24 In Lafayette


LAFAYETTE (CBS SF) — Firefighters Wednesday morning have controlled a 10-acre grass fire near state Highway 24 in Lafayette, according to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. Firefighter…

Grass Fire Briefly Threatens Home Near Highway 24 In Lafayette


LAFAYETTE (CBS SF) — An 8-acre brush fire briefly threatened a home in Lafayette early Wednesday morning, according to a Contra Costa County Fire Protection District  fire marshal. Firefighters respo…
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SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR LAFAYETTE

Responding To and Protecting Students from Sexual Assault in LAFAYETTE GEORGIA

January 26, 2015

Courtesy of Eve Hill and Mark Kappelhoff, Deputy Assistant Attorneys General for the Civil Rights pision

Note: The sample MOU can be found at here.

President Obama established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault one year ago. On this anniversary, the task force has released a sample memorandum of understanding (MOU) to assist campuses and law enforcement agencies to work together in their efforts to protect students, address the needs of sexual assault survivors, and ensure a prompt, thorough, and fair response to allegations of sexual misconduct. This is yet another important step in the task force’s effort to help colleges and universities, as well as their partners in the community, address the problem of campus sexual violence.

While colleges and universities can do much on their own, communication and collaboration between campus administrators, campus police and local law enforcement is critically important to address the problem of sexual assault on campus.

The sample MOU reflects input from task force members and agencies, outside experts on sexual assault, police associations, state attorneys general, and campus administrators and counsels.

Many colleges and universities already have MOUs in place with local law enforcement authorities covering a variety of areas. Our conversations with campus administrators, campus police, and law enforcement have underscored the need for additional tools and strategies that are specifically tailored to the dynamics of sexual assault on campus, as well as the needs of sexual assault survivors. The task force is providing this sample MOU with that in mind.

We recognize that every campus and community is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. The sample MOU is, therefore, intended to be a starting point for a conversation between campus administrators, campus police and local law enforcement on how to improve collaborations between critical first responders. We fully expect that, in partnering to address the issue of sexual violence on campus, campus administrators and law enforcement will adapt the provisions of the sample MOU to meet their particular needs and circumstances. For example, some campus and law enforcement authorities may wish to incorporate some or all of the provisions into an existing general campus safety MOU, while others may prefer a standalone agreement specifically addressing campus sexual violence. Still others may decide that some different method of collaboration better meets their needs. We hope that this sample MOU will be an important resource in collaborative efforts between campus administrators, campus police and law enforcement to eradicate sexual assault from college communities nationwide.

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In LAFAYETTE GEORGIA: Why Good Trade Deals Matter to a Business

Nick Martin is the co-founder of The Pro´s Closet, an online used-cycling business. He sent the following email to the White House list to highlight why a better trade deal means a brighter future for online businesses like his.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership isn´t just President Obama´s proposed trade deal -- it´s mine, too. It´s a trade deal that millions of other online small business owners in this country would be proud to add their name to. I want to tell you why:

Every time I step through the doors of one of our 4,000-square-foot warehouses in Boulder and Denver, Colorado -- every time I see the bikes and cycling parts that line those walls and take in the energetic buzz of our 30-member team -- I take a step back and reflect on a simple fact: I own a business. It’s a "pinch-me" moment -- every time.

I am a cyclist and the proud co-owner of The Pro´s Closet, an online used-cycling store. And thanks to the Internet and the availability of e-commerce platforms like eBay, we´ve gone global. After all, when it’s not cycling season in the U.S., it’s peak season somewhere else in the world.

International customers aren´t just good for business abroad; they’re great for my Colorado communities. Why? Because selling in more markets means I can hire more people here at home. In fact, more small businesses are using the Internet to grow their business by reaching new customers they couldn´t reach before.

This is why trade is so important to me. If the success of American businesses in the global economy is important to you, say you’re an ambassador for a better trade deal that delivers a brighter future for all of us.

It may seem like a really remote and technical issue, but it actually has a real impact on how small businesses like mine do business. Currently more than 40% of our transactions cross U.S. borders. Unfortunately, most of our trade rules were written in a "pre-Internet" era, which means they are a nightmare to navigate for small online businesses.

Here’s an example: Right now, customs rules are so inconsistent and hard to follow that if we put a cycling part in the wrong packaging or mail it with the wrong label, it won’t make it to our customer in one country. The rules are different for each country, and are sometimes set up in a way that completely blocks out American business.

That is why it is so important that we secure the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a new kind of trade agreement that will ensure America writes the rules and levels the playing field for online businesses and American workers by:

Reducing and eliminating tariffs across the Asia-Pacific region

Streamlining customs procedures

Making the rules more transparent, consistent, and less costly

Helping keep the Internet open and free, enabling online businesses to operate without unnecessary infrastructure costs

Of course, as the President has said, not all of our past trade deals have lived up to their promise. Thankfully, this trade deal is on track to be different. In fact, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is shaping up to be the most progressive trade deal the world has ever seen. [13]




Register now and request your ballots for the year in LAFAYETTE GEORGIA

The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registers you to vote, and acts as a request for your State absentee ballots for the year. It is important to complete a new FPCA annually, every time you move or at least 90 days prior to the election you want to vote in.

Completing a new FPCA is easy at FVAP.gov:

  • Select your State from the drop-down on the home page
  • Click the box at the bottom of the page to Register to Vote, Request a Ballot or Update My Voter Info
  • The FVAP online tool will walk you through the form, and provide you with a PDF packet to print, sign and send directly to your local election official (LEO); links are also provided here for States that offer online voter registration
  • You can check the status of your registration and/or ballot request by contacting your LEO at any time

Remember, the only way your LEO knows how to reach you is with the information you provide! Some States allow a longer time between registrations, but if you submit a new FPCA every year, you wont have to worry about your registration or ballot request status and can participate in all the elections* you´re eligible to.

* While there are no regularly scheduled elections for Federal offices, there may be some elections for office which are vacated by the end of the term. Being registered ensures you will be able to participate in these elections.

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If you experience any issues or have questions, FVAPs call center is available at 1-800-438-VOTE (8683), DSN 425-1584 or at vote@fvap.gov. Toll-free phone numbers from 67 countries are listed at FVAP.gov. Find us on Facebook at /DoDFVAP and follow @FVAP on Twitter.

PDF version of FVAP Voter Alert #1

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