President Joe Biden has previewed the message he hopes can buoy Democrats during November’s crucial midterm elections. He vowed Wednesday to travel the country more and trumpet his administration’s achievements directly to voters while blasting Republicans as standing for little more than opposing him. During a news conference marking his first year in office, Biden promised to be “deeply involved in these off-year elections,” when his party will try to hold its narrow control of Congress. He said he plans to make “sure that we’re helping” Democratic candidates, some of whom had “already asked me to go out and campaign."
The first flights carrying fresh water and other aid to Tonga were finally able to leave after the Pacific nation’s main runway was cleared of ash left by a huge volcanic eruption. A C-130 Hercules military transport plane left New Zealand carrying water containers, kits for temporary shelters, generators, hygiene supplies and communications equipment. Australia also sent a C-17 plane with another to follow carrying humanitarian supplies. The flights were due to arrive in Tonga on Thursday afternoon. U.N. humanitarian officials report more than 80% of Tonga’s population have been impacted by the volcano’s eruption. Homes were destroyed, drinking water was polluted by volcanic ash, and the single fiber-optic cable that connects Tonga with the world was likely severed.
The Old Federal Building in downtown Harrison has been closed indefinitely, due to a possible gas leak. Meanwhile, county officials work urgently to find a new building suited to hold all of the county's employees.
Missouri’s Republican Gov. Mike Parson in his State of the State address Wednesday proposed spending hundreds of millions of dollars to boost teacher wages as the state battles the latest COVID-19 surge.
Vice President Kamala Harris is capping off a controversial first year in office, creating history as the first woman and first Black and Indian American person in her position while fending off criticism and complaints over her focus and agenda. While she’s sought to make the office her own, Harris has struggled at times with the constraints of a global pandemic and the realities of a role focused squarely on promoting the president. Harris has grappled with an expansive portfolio of difficult assignments, fielded questions about her relationship with the president and faced what allies say is unprecedented scrutiny for a vice president — without, some worry, adequate support from the White House.
Video released from body cameras captures the chaos deputies encountered when they arrived at the scene of a mass shooting outside a Southern California bar in 2018. The video released Tuesday after a court fight by The Associated Press and other news outlets showed officers trying to find out what happened to one of their own as a gunshot victim lay bleeding in a parking lot and others ran to safety. A dozen people, including a fallen sergeant, were killed after a gunman opened fire before taking his own life at the Borderline Bar and Grill in a Los Angeles suburb.