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Day of action focuses on CT undocumented's healthcare needs; 7 jurors seated in first Trump criminal trial; ND looks to ease 'upskill' obstacles for former college students; Black Maternal Health Week ends, health disparities persist.

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Seven jury members were seated in Trump's hush money case. House Speaker Johnson could lose his job over Ukraine aid. And the SCOTUS heard oral arguments in a case that could undo charges for January 6th rioters.

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Fears grow that low-income folks living in USDA housing could be forced out, North Carolina's small and Black-owned farms are helped by new wind and solar revenues, and small towns are eligible for grants to boost civic participation..

Deadly shooting after Chiefs' victory parade renews calls for reform

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Thursday, February 15, 2024   

Wednesday's Kansas City Chiefs' victory parade turned fatal, prompting gun-law activists to call for reform.

One person died and three people are in custody following what was supposed to be a celebration parade for the Chiefs.

Valentyna Usyk attended the parade.

"On our way home, we heard, like, pop, pop, pop, pop, and I was like, I think those are gunshots," Usyk recounted. "Things just can't go without being addressed. Something should be done. We can't just let things continue like this."

Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who survived being shot more than a decade ago, released a statement saying, "The celebration has turned into a nightmare again. Americans should not have to live in constant fear of gun violence, not at a Super Bowl victory parade or anywhere else."

Tara Bennett, spokesperson for the Missouri chapter of Moms Demand Action, said Missouri has some of the weakest gun laws in the country, and lobbyists are even now working to give more access to guns in places of worship, around transit and other sensitive places in the state.

"It's awful. It's terrible. And it's devastating," Bennett stressed. "More guns don't make us safer. And we have a proliferation of guns in Missouri, and we just had a shooting at one of the happiest days in our state."

The Chiefs put out a statement shortly after the shooting and said all team players were safe. Gov. Mike Parson and his wife attended the parade and have reported they are safe as well.


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