The partial federal government shutdown has closed most immigration courts, forcing judges to indefinitely postpone hearings that had been scheduled months, and sometimes years, in advance. The delay promises to further stress the immigration courts, a system already operating with a record-high backlog of over 800,000 cases. An African national applying for a U.S. green card is one of the hundreds of immigrants who had their court date indefinitely postponed last week. The New Jersey resident was scheduled to appear at the Newark immigration court last Wednesday to meet with a judge to schedule her green card hearing. Even though the appearance was effectively administrative — it was simply to schedule another hearing — it was a tough date to secure. It was the first available slot when she scheduled it in the summer of 2017.But the hearing was cancelled and indefinitely postponed due to the government shutdown. Her lawyer says she'll probably need to wait months or even … [Read more...] about Government shutdown closes immigration courts adding to record-high 800,000 case backlog
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Jonathan Oosting The Detroit News Published 10:46 AM EST Dec 24, 2018 Lansing — As outgoing Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s considers the fate of hundreds of bills sent to his desk during a busy lame duck session, his office is no longer accepting citizen input by phone or online email form. The administration has officially shuttered its constituent services division as Snyder prepares to leave office at noon on Jan. 1, when Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer is sworn in as his successor. Citizens who want to “share their opinion” with the governor on the state’s website are confronted with the equivalent of an out-of-office reply explaining the closure. A voicemail on the executive office hotline tells callers that “unfortunately, due to the process of transitioning out of office as Governor Snyder’s term ends, we are no longer able to record comments or directly facilitate constituent requests.” Snyder spokesman Ari Adler said executive … [Read more...] about Snyder closes Michigan citizen input hotline early
PUBLISHED: 07:10 21 November 2006 | UPDATED: 17:21 25 February 2010 MURDERER: Dawn Walker's ex-boyfriend Kevin Nunn THE family of a woman killed by her jilted boyfriend have spoken of their relief after he was convicted of her murder and jailed for a minimum of 22 years. THE family of a woman killed by her jilted boyfriend have spoken of their relief after he was convicted of her murder and jailed for a minimum of 22 years.Thirty-seven-year-old Dawn Walker's family and friends applauded the Ipswich Crown Court jury's verdict at the end of a six-week trial yesterday - while members of 45-year-old Kevin Nunn's family ran sobbing from the courtroom.Outside the court, a statement read out by Miss Walker's mother, Jean, said: “The murder of my daughter was a great shock which will remain with us for the rest of our lives.“Our case has finally been heard after a delay of 10 months and Kevin Nunn has been … [Read more...] about ‘Evil’ killer jailed for 22 years
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE After a flurry of criticism from government watchdogs, and questions from Capitol Hill, the Interior Department on Thursday walked back reports that a Trump political appointee working in the Department of Housing and Urban Development was set to take over as the head inspector general. The episode started last Friday when HUD Secretary Ben Carson sent an email to his agency bidding a “fond farewell” to Assistant Secretary Suzanne Israel Tufts who he said would be the new "acting Inspector General" at the Interior Department. The email was quickly leaked and raised alarm bells among those who view inspectors general as impartial, non-political investigators of government waste, fraud and abuse. Carson's announcement came amid at least two inspector general investigations into Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Tufts is an attorney from … [Read more...] about Amid confusion, Interior Department says HUD official is not taking over as agency watchdog
Produced by Jonathan Leach and Paul LaRosa On June 10, 2008, Army nurse Holley James Wimunc did not show up for work at the maternity ward she worked in at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Friends rushed to her apartment where they found the remnants of a fire, but no sign of Holley. The crime scene was ominous: knives were missing from the kitchen and a section of carpet in her bedroom had been cut out and removed. Complete coverage: "48 Hours: NCIS" The investigation by NCIS would uncover a maze of evidence that included a jealous ex-girlfriend who had resurfaced; a lying but loyal Marine willing to help a wartime buddy; and a husband with a history of domestic violence. But why would any of them want a beloved nurse dead? Special Agent J.C. Hawks: My name is J.C. Hawks. I'm a retired Marine gunnery sergeant and a former Marine special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Special Agent J.C. Hawks: I was assigned to a missing person investigation to locate … [Read more...] about Did a missing Army nurse fall prey to a serial killer targeting military women?