News Briefs: Jan. 23

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Federal prosecutors requested more time to decide whether they will seek the death penalty in the trial on an alleged hate crime killing in Olathe. In Feb. 2017, Adam W. Purinton shot and killed an Indian man and wounded two others in a restaurant. According to the Kansas City Star, Purinton faces state murder charges and federal hate crime charges for the incident. If convicted of the hate crime, he may receive the death sentence. Prosecutors have asked for a stay of an additional 90 days to come to a conclusion.

A shooting at a Texas high school left one student wounded Monday morning. The shooting took place in the cafeteria of Italy High School, located about 50 miles outside of Dallas. According to CBS News, the 16-year-old suspect was taken into police custody without incident. The victim, a 15-year-old girl, was airlifted to the hospital.

A teenager who was allegedly assaulted by former U.S. Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar says she is still being billed for her appointments with him. According to NBC News, Emma Ann Miller, 15, had multiple appointments with Nassar leading up to his suspension from Michigan State University’s sports medicine practice in 2016 amid allegations of abuse. Miller is one of more than 90 others who gave victim impact statements during the sentencing phase of Nassar’s trial, including American gymnasts McKayla Maroney and Jordan Wieber. The judge on the case read a letter from Nassar last week in which Nassar claimed hearing the girls’ statements is damaging to his mental health. He pleaded guilty to molesting 10 girls, and was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography.

After a three-day shutdown, the government is poised to reopen. According to The New York Times, the Senate voted 81-18 Monday on a short-term spending plan, which the House subsequently also passed and President Donald Trump signed Monday. In exchange for funding lasting through Feb. 8, Republican leaders are tasked with addressing the fate of undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children, known as Dreamers, in the face of a potential repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The vote came after a bipartisan group of 20 senators spent the weekend devising a deal to fund the government for three weeks.

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Rachel Hogan
Hey, hi, hello! I’m Rachel Hogan, the copy chief for The Collegian. I’m a senior in journalism from Olathe, Kansas. When I’m not at work in the newsroom, I like to spend my time cuddling with my dog, working as a barista and laughing with my friends.