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West Virginia started drug testing welfare recipients and the results were a total flop – ThinkProgress

The program has now been in place for three months and just four people, less than one-half of a percent of all applicants, tested positive. In the general population, the rate of drug use is 9.4%.

In 2015, West Virginia passed legislation requiring some applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to submit to drug testing. The state estimated that over the first year, the program would identify 390 people as drug users at a cost of $50,000.

Not all applicants take the test. Courts have required such testing to be based on reasonable suspicion, so those applying for TANF are required to fill out a questionnaire designed to flag potential users. 107 applicants were drug tested.

West Virginia’s experience mirrors those of other states who have implemented similar programs. ThinkProgress reviewed the impact of programs in 13 states last year:

The program was derided by substance abuse experts as counterproductive. “[T]he Legislature wants to punish people for having a medical condition. The way to punish them is to take away those benefits. You’re further destabilizing a family that’s already at risk,” Kim Miller, an addiction treatment specialist, told the West Virginia Gazette Mail.

All told, these 13 states tested 2,826 people out of about 250,000 applicants and recipients in 2016. Of those tested, just 369 came back positive. In four states, drug testing uncovered exactly zero positive tests for the whole year. The positive drug test rate out of all applicants, in states where people tested positive, ranged from 0.07 percent in Arkansas to 2.14 percent in Utah; none of them came anywhere close to the national drug use rate of 9.4 percent for the general population.

California mudslides leave 18 dead as rescue workers dig for survivors – CNBC

“We’re going to tear them apart piece by piece and search each pile thoroughly and make sure there’s nobody in there,” Henzgen said.

Each member of his team is given a section and must reduce any piles to ground level.

Crews dug away at masses of mud, boulders and debris with earth-moving machines and shovels Saturday in a California town ravaged by mudslides, hoping to find seven people still missing in a disaster that has already claimed at least 18 lives.

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The so-called Thomas fire, which led to the floods, was declared fully contained Friday. It erupted Dec. 4 in Ventura County and destroyed more than 1,000 structures as it swept through the city of Ventura and then threatened Carpinteria, Summerland and Santa Barbara. At 440 square miles, it became the largest wildfire in California records.

The Voice UK 2018: Fans FURIOUS with show over frustrating format ‘For f**k sake’ –

Completely taken aback by the hopeful’s sultry tones and powerful voice, Olly slammed his buzzer before struggling to contain himself in his seat. 

The ITV reality series aired its second episode tonight, but the first segment flew by so quickly that fans were left crest-fallen when the first advert break had already rolled around after just 12 minutes. 

One person wrote: “One act in and we go to commercial. F**k sake. #TheVoiceUK.”

“Twenty minutes in and we’ve heard one audition. At this rate the final will be around Christmas! #TheVoiceUK,” another added.

As Ivy continued to flirt and tell the presenter that she “wanted him”, Olly even forgot his own name before managing to direct the starlet’s gaze towards the base of his seat. 

Kade achieved four turns from the judging panel and decided on the hugely-successful music producer to be his mentor, but the all-too-brief performance had fans racing to Twitter to complain. 

To make matters worse, viewers were only treated to one act and the judges chatting about the evening before they were forced to sit through commercials for another five minutes. 

A third asked: “One song one ad break – is this the way it’s gonna be? #TheVoiceUK,” followed by: “So #TheVoiceUK has been on 18 minutes and so far we’ve had one singer…”

Later, the episode saw 34-year-old singer Olly get hot-under-the-collar from sizzling female contestant Ivy Paige. 

Georginio Wijnaldum: Group ethic can help Liverpool get over Coutinho’s exit – The Guardian

Wijnaldum admits Liverpool will miss Coutinho but argues any team would. “Every team would miss a player of that quality. He was one of the best players we had in the team but as a person he was even better,” the 27-year-old says. “He wanted to go to his dream club and as players we are all happy for him because he is such a good guy. He was never arrogant, you never heard him say: ‘I am the best,’ or anything like that. Phil was always a guy who listened to the coaching and worked with the team. We all enjoyed playing with him. It is sad he didn’t stay, because with Phil in the team of course we were better, but in the end you have to be happy that he made the move that meant so much to him.”

“But you can’t blame luck or a red card for losing by five goals. We did a few things wrong and City showed their quality. Hopefully when we meet at Anfield it will stay 11 v 11 and that way we will have more of a chance.”

“Week in, week out they have good performances and, even if they are not quite at their best, they still manage to win. They don’t give games away.”

Georginio Wijnaldum scores the winner against Manchester City at Anfield last season.

Georginio Wijnaldum scores the winner against Manchester City at Anfield last season.
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Georginio Wijnaldum: Group ethic can help Liverpool get over Coutinho’s exit

Dutch midfielder has bought into Jürgen Klopp’s stress on the collective and is looking for the team’s luck to change against Manchester City on Sunday

The league table would appear to suggest the same thing and Liverpool’s Dutch midfielder believes City have earned their place at the top. “I think they have been more consistent than anyone else this season and also I think they have had a bit more luck than we have,” Wijnaldum says. “We have had a few good games but at the end we didn’t get the result we wanted. That has rarely happened to City.

How Texas voted – Houston Chronicle

The amendment would have prohibited “backdoor searches” for information on Americans in commercial telecom databases without a specific FISA-court warrant based on probable cause. It also would prohibit “reverse targeting,” warrantless database searches aimed at foreign subjects that end up targeting Americans as well. In addition, the amendment would allow the FISA law’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board to review all government foreign-intelligence surveillance programs, not just ones related to terrorism.

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Cerabino: Help is on the way! Cars without drivers coming to Florida. – MyPalmBeachPost

But if you look again, and you notice a pair of hands reaching for the 10 and 2 o’clock position on the wheel, or maybe the top of a golf cap. And then you realize there is a driver there, just not one who rises above the dashboard.

As you might imagine, the driver-less cars are big news in The Villages, where the newspaper, The Villages Daily Sun, has announced that there will be a drawing to pick the name of the resident who gets to take the first autonomous-vehicle ride.

You’re driving on I-95, and you look at the car in the next lane, and it appears to be going down the road by itself.

Think of him or her as the automotive John Glenn of Florida’s condos — the first Floridian to orbit the clubhouse in an autonomous vehicle.

And if this spreads to other retirement communities across the state, they could end up being the safest spots for travel. Imagine that.

In the upcoming weeks, they’ll be in The Villages, a sprawling age-restricted community that includes parts of Marion and Lake counties. The 123,000 residents there are going to be Florida’s pioneers in this new technology.

Mark it on your calendar.

But if all goes smoothly, the back-up-human drivers will disappear, and residents will just get in and out of empty cars that take them where they want to go.

Let’s hope this works. If all goes well at The Villages, we may see them here one day here, a string of driver-less cars pulling in and out of the parking lots of Walgreen’s, Costco and Publix.

Climate Change Affecting Gender of Endangered Green Sea Turtles – Voice of America

In the southern Barrier Reef, where conditions are cooler, about two-thirds are female. Researchers say that while they hope for some milder years to produce more males, they expect temperatures to continue to rise.

Scientists from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say the temperature at which turtle eggs incubate determines the sex of hatchlings, and warn that warmer conditions are creating a dangerous gender imbalance.

The reef faces a range of threats from the run-off of pesticides and soil from farms, and warmer ocean temperatures that have caused the mass bleaching of the coral in the past two years.

Colin Limpus, Queensland chief scientist, says that cloud seeding is another option.

One possible solution to the gender imbalance is to put up tents over beaches where turtles nest to give them shade.

Man arrested on suspicion of murder after death of woman at travel agents in Merseyside – Manchester Evening News

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman who was attacked at a travel agents died.

A 30-year-old man from the Southport area was detained over the incident, which is believed to be domestic related.

The 28-year-old victim was targeted on Saturday at the Tui branch in Southport, Merseyside, where it is understood she worked.

“We’re doing everything possible to assist the local police with their investigation and support our customers and staff at this difficult time.”

A Tui spokeswoman said: “We regret to confirm that a female member of staff at our Southport Tui retail store tragically died in an incident today.

Police were called to the scene in Chapel Street at 1.25pm and the woman was taken to hospital, where she later died from her injuries.

The woman’s next of kin have been informed, police added.

A spokeswoman for Merseyside Police said: “We can confirm a murder investigation has been launched following an incident in Southport today.

Supermarket staff raise money for cancer trust – South Wales Argus

Thomas Jackson, area manager at Aldi UK said: “Our colleagues and customers have gone to great lengths to raise funds for this fantastic cause.

Teenage Cancer Trust delivers cancer care and support to young people diagnosed with cancer aged 13 to 24.

Kate Collins, interim chief executive officer at Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “We are hugely grateful for the support Aldi has shown us so far, and to the customers and staff who have come together to raise this sum.

The amount raised nationally so far has exceeded the first-year target and local stores including Caerphilly, Blackwood and Risca have further fundraising events planned for 2018 and beyond.

The funds were raised after colleagues and customers completed a range of activities including raffles, as well as completing the three peaks challenge.

Aldi’s partnership with the Teenage Cancer Trust began in January 2017 and aims to raise £5m over five years to support the charity’s work with young people across the country.

“The Teenage Cancer Trust makes a huge difference to people’s lives in our local area and we have been overwhelmed by the support and generosity our employees and customers have shown. We’re looking forward to raising even more in the months and years to come.”