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Shooting At Kentucky Grocery Store Investigated As Possible Hate Crime

A white gunman murdered two black customers at a Kroger store near Louisville. 

The murder of two black customers a Kentucky grocery store is being investigated as a possible hate crime, the United States Attorney's Office in the Western District of Kentucky announced Friday (Oct. 26), according to NBC News.

U.S. Attorney Russell M. Coleman of Louisville said in a statement that the government is not taking the murders “lightly.” FBI investigators are working with local authorities to determine if suspect, Gregory Alan Bush, will be tried on civil rights violations, in addition to murder charges.

Coleman's announcement came a day after Jeffersontown Police Chief Sam Rogers said that there was no known motive for the shooting, but that authorities were "pursuing all avenues of the investigation no matter where that takes us or what it involves."

According to a police report, Bush walked into Kroger near Louisville Wednesday (Oct. 24) afternoon and shot 69-year-old Maurice Stallard in the back of the head. Bush continued firing after the victim fell to the floor. Stallard, whose daughter is Louisville's Chief Racial Equity Officer, was at the store with his grandson picking up supplies for a school project.

Vickie Lee Jones, a 67-year-old retiree, died from multiple gunshot wounds after being gunned down in the store's parking lot.

A witness who encountered Bush after the shooting said that he told him, “ I won't shoot you. Whites don't shoot whites.” Bush also attempted to enter into a black church before he settled on the grocery store.

Bush was arraigned Friday, on two counts of murder and 10 counts of felony wanton endangerment (putting another person at risk for death or serious injury). He is being held on $5 million bond.

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Louisville International Airport To Be Renamed After Muhammad Ali

Louisville, Kentucky's hometown hero will have an airport named after him.

Mayor Greg Fischer announced Wednesday (Jan. 16) that the Louisville International Airport will be renamed after Muhammad Ali.

"Muhammad Ali belonged to the world, but he only had one hometown, and fortunately, that is our great city of Louisville," Fischer said.

"Muhammad became one of the most well-known people to ever walk the earth and has left a legacy of humanitarianism and athleticism that has inspired billions of people."

The city is hoping to finalize the renaming of the Louisville International Airport to the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport by June. The news was shared a day before the two year anniversary of Ali's 2016 death. Ali would've been 77.

Officials with the Louisville airport are currently working on receiving approval from Ali's family, however, they say an agreement is near. The decision for the rename to hopefully increase tourism.

"It is important that we, as a city, further champion The Champ's legacy," the mayor added. "And the airport renaming is a wonderful next step."

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Family Of Murdered Florida Woman Awarded $500 Million In Civil Suit

Eighteen years after the death of Kalil McCoy, her surviving family has been awarded $500 million in damages.

In 2001, McCoy, 20, was shot in the head by Frederick Lee Wade, 19, after an argument over opening a window inside a vehicle. According to reports, Wade and two other men in the car at the time discarded McCoy's body and concocted a story about what happened. Her body was found two days later.

Lynette Roebuck, McCoy's mother blamed Wade for her daughter's death. He was originally sentenced to life in prison, but after winning a retrial, is now serving a reduced 45-year-prison sentence.

"Wade will still have a little bit of life left. But this will always be over your head. If you get a dime, it is not going to be your dime. It will be Kalil's dime," Roebuck said.

"He still gets an opportunity to get out of prison and live. He could be 70 on a cane walking around to a park or movies. But my daughter can't do any of that. This will make a statement and let people know,"

The other men involved, Kennard Deshun Mahone and Jonathon Marichal Brooks, served one year in county jail with 12 years probation. They were also named in the civil suit.

Despite the ruling, it's unlikely all three men will pay the sum in total. Wade has constantly said McCoy's death was an accident, claiming the gun went off accidentally.

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Government Shutdown Prompts Hunger Strike Inside Manhattan Jail

As the country enters its 26th day since the partial government shutdown, some inmates inside a Manhattan detention center have decided to partake in a hunger strike after family visits were canceled for the second week due to a lack of staffing.

According to the New York Times, inmates at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, or M.C.C have denied their breakfast and lunch meals. The facility, which holds about 800, is one of the most important in the federal prison system and has housed few infamous names including Mexican drug leader El Chapo and terrorists.

Federal public defender Sarah Baumgartel said she learned of the hunger strike from a detainee she represents. Baumgartel declined to identify the inmate out of fear he'd be singled out. "They have already refused a meal — I believe they refused breakfast and lunch.”

Along with canceled family visits, the dispensing of medication to inmates in need has also been affected. The New York Times reports a prosecutor inside a federal court was "informed" that because of the shutdown, there are issues with prescribing medication.”

On Monday (Jan. 16) Bureau of Prisons lawyer Adam Johnson emailed  defense lawyers stating “due to staff shortages,” attorneys would not be able to speak with their clients at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center. "We regret the inconvenience and will notify you immediately once visiting resumes.”

The partial government shutdown is a stand off between Donald Trump's demands for funding to construct a wall along the U.S- Mexican border and a newly elected Democratic Congress refusing to acquiesce.

Since then, more than 800,000 employees have gone without pay.

 

 

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