Friday April 21, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

Friday April 21, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

1. Thursday evening, a lone gunman attacked two police officer in Paris along the Champs-Elysees killing one of the officers with other officers then killing the suspect. In 2001, the same gunman had shot two other police officers when his vehicle was stopped by police. He was convicted in that attack and had a criminal record because of involvement in violent robberies. The suspect was known to intelligence communities due to previous arrest. After the attack, ISIS took responsibility for the attack. The ISIS statement identified the attacker and called him “the Belgian in their statement regarding the shooting. Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said he will reveal the shooter’s identity on Friday at a news conference. The shooting took place as citizens across France are gearing up for the Presidential election. The right-wing candidate Marine LePen has called for closing France’s borders and stoppage of all immigration.

2. Officials announced Thursday night from Arkansas, that the state carried out its first execution in over 10 years. The state executed Ledell Lee, 51, by lethal injection after being convicted 1995 for the killing of Debra Reese, who was found beaten to death but Lee has always argued his innocence. He was in the midst of arguing for DNA testing on evidence which he stated would clear him of the murder charges. Per the Associated Press, Lee’s time of death was 11:56 p.m. local time and the execution took 12 minutes, during which he showed no apparent signs of suffering.

3. The Tennessee teacher Tad Cummins and his 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas who ran away to supposedly to be together have been found living in a remote cabin near Cecilville, Calif., a onetime mining town about 100 miles from the Oregon border. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine stated that “the area where the pair was reported to be is a very remote, isolated area with no or limited cellphone services.” DeVine continued that, “As daylight broke this morning, they were able to take Tad Cummins into custody and safely recover Elizabeth without incident.” The duo had been on the run since March 13.

4. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) spoke Thursday to Texas voters urging that they take part in the new political revolution. He told voters if they are unhappy with the way the government is being run, they should do something about it. “Texas, are you ready for a political revolution?” Sanders asked nearly 2,000 people gathered at the Verizon Theater. “We are at a pivotal moment in American history.” Sanders and other Democrats have been out urging voters to stand up to the changes the Trump administration has proposed. The Come Together and Fight Back” tour is geared up to unite Democrats to fight against Republican policies and encouraging people to run for office and become politically active. Sanders stated to the crowd that “We can transform this country. We can do extraordinary things in this country.”

5. On Thursday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin helped to send the stock market to a new high. It was during a conference with Institute of International Finance that Mnuchin stated that tax reform is right around the corner. Mnuchin said “Just to be clear: We hope this won’t take til the end of the year,” Mnuchin said. Of the administration’s plan, he said: “We’re pretty close to being able to bring forward what is going to be major tax reform.” Mnuchin also stated that administration officials hope any tax legislation will be bipartisan, “but if it’s not, we’ll go through the reconciliation process.” The plan that Trump campaigned on proposals to cut the corporate tax rate to 15 percent from 35 percent, and to cut the top individual income tax rate to 33 percent from 39.6 percent.


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