Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:46 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:46:29 GMT
Among the devastation from Monday's tornado in Moore, Okla. was two school buildings. So, are local schools ready if the worst happens? "It makes me nervous more than anything," said Jamie Klauke, theFull Story >
Among the devastation from Monday's tornado in Moore, Okla. was two school buildings. So, are local schools ready if the worst happens?Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:41 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:41:37 GMT
EF5 tornadoes are a very rare occurrence in U.S. History. Before Monday's EF5 tornado in Oklahoma, there had only been 58 in the United States since 1950, when reliable records began. That number isFull Story >
EF5 tornadoes are a very rare occurrence in U.S. History.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:25 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:25:33 GMT
A 10-year-old Milford girl is asking her city council to help raise awareness of bullying. On May 15, Alexis Walter presented Milford City Council's Administrative Service with a presentation on BecomingFull Story >
A 10-year-old Milford girl is asking her city council to help raise awareness of bullying.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:22 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:22:05 GMT
City Manager Larry Klein delivered the City Manager's recommended Fiscal Year 2013/2014 Budget to the Commission this week. "It moves us toward providing services at optimal levels and secures a moreFull Story >
City Manager Larry Klein delivered the City Manager's recommended Fiscal Year 2013/2014 Budget to the Commission this week.Full Story >
(FOX19) - The issue in question, a 2007 executive order by Governor Rick Perry that would require all public school girls, as young as 11 and 12 years old receive a vaccination for HPV.
HPV is a sexually transmitted disease that can lead to cervical cancer.
Perry's order allowed parents to opt out but for millions of people in Texas, that was not enough. The governor had gone to far. During Tuesday's debate Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann went after the Governor over the issue.
"I just wanted to add that we cannot forget that in the midst of this executive order there is a big drug company that made millions of dollars because of this mandate. We can't deny that." said Bachmann.
So what is the truth here?
The drug company Merck, created the Gardasil vaccine for young girls. The company was making a serious effort across the country in 2006 and 2007 to get state legislatures across to require vaccinations for young girls.
Merck doubled its lobbying budget in Texas and funneled money through Women in Government, an advocacy group made up of female state legislators around the country.
Gov. Perry admitted that he has taken contributions from Merck but pointed out that they were not large contributions.
"It was a $5,000 contribution that I had received from them. I raise about $30 million. And if you're saying that I can be bought for $5,000, I'm offended." said Perry.
So, what is true here and what is not.
Congresswoman Bachmann is correct that Mike Toomey, who served in the Texas House with Perry and later served as the Governor's Chief of Staff was the chief lobbyist for Merck when that executive order was signed by the governor.
As for the claim that Merck has given a $5,000 dollar contribution to the governor's campaign, that is true, but not the whole story.
Perry also received $6,000 from Merck's political action committee during a different re-election campaign.
Texas Ethics Commission records show he has accepted $29,500 from the Merck PAC during his entire tenure as governor, $22,000 of it prior to his 2007 order.
Toomey himself, has contributed more than $48,000 to Texans for Rick Perry during his decade in office.
Texans for public justice reported Tuesday that Merck has contributed $377,500 to the republican governor's association PAC since 2006 - the year that perry became heavily involved in the organization.
The RGA is Perry's largest contributor, at $4 million during his tenure as governor.
Here's what you need to know:
Governor Perry has the right to take those campaign donations. But the problem comes when Governor Perry stands up on national television and gives a contribution number that is 5 times less than the accurate one.
Then, doesn't come out to explain himself.
If he simply mis-spoke his campaign should have immediately released the correct numbers instead of waiting for journalists to dig it up.
This is a Presidential campaign and the information is going to come out, the only thing the governor can control is who puts it out there first.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundFull Story >
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:15 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:15:38 GMT
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon. Starting out as a classic funnel it quickly became a giant half-mile wide wedge tornado as it proceeded east north eastFull Story >
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:44 AM EDT2013-05-21 13:44:48 GMT
Eastbound 275 is closed this morning at the Kellogg due to a roll-over accident with an entrapment. The one car accident happened just after 3A-M. The car landed in the median. One person was takenFull Story >
Officers say speed and alcohol are suspected to be factors in the crash. Jones was wearing his seatbelt. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 5:35 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:35:49 GMT
(RNN) - On May 3, 1999, an F5 tornado touched down near Chickasha, OK and cut northeast through the state before dissipating near Midwest City, OK.Monday's tornado that devastated Moore, OK closely followedFull Story >
In 1999, Oklahoma City saw an F5 tornado that caused more than $1 billion in damage. Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:22 AM EDT2013-05-21 10:22:59 GMT
Cincinnati Firefighters are responding to a fire in the 1800 of Jackson Street in Lincoln Heights. Witnesses reported seeing flames on the back side of the building. The location was known as "The SugarFull Story >
Crews from Woodlawn, Evendale and Wyoming are on the scene. The fire is out but the building is still smoking. Full Story >
A 23-year-old father is charged after allowing his 9-year-old daughter to drive. Police were called to the parking lot of Headland's State Park in Painesville Township on Sunday around 10:15 p.m. afterFull Story >
A Lake County, Ohio father is charged after allowing his 9-year-old daughter to drive.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 10:39 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:39:58 GMT
Police are looking for the suspects who robbed the Fresh Market in Oakley. It happened just before 10 p.m. Monday night at the location on Madison Road. Initial reports are that two men with guns enteredFull Story >
Police are looking for the suspects who robbed the Fresh Market in Oakley.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 10:00 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:00:13 GMT
Bonnie Esrig worked for the IRS for 38 years, many of which were spent in the Cincinnati field office. She retired in January 2013 as an Area Manager in Exempt Organizations Determinations. Esrig saysFull Story >
Bonnie Esrig worked for the IRS for 38 years, many of which were spent in the Cincinnati field office.Full Story >
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