Gun debate a side note in hearings on Uvalde shooting

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The first public hearings in Texas looking into the Uvalde school massacre have focused on a cascade of law enforcement blunders, school building safety and mental health care with only scant mentions of the shooter’s AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle and gun reform. A day after the head of the Texas state police … Read more

At Westminster dog show, new focus on veterinarians’ welfare

NEW YORK (AP) — The dogs get the spotlight, but the upcoming Westminster Kennel Club show is also illuminating a human issue: veterinarians’ mental health. In conjunction with a first-time Veterinarian of the Year award that will be presented on the show’s final day Wednesday, the club is giving $10,000 to a charity focused on … Read more

Biden says Americans ‘are really, really down’

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden told The Associated Press on Thursday that the American people are “really, really down” after a tumultuous two years with the coronavirus pandemic, volatility in the economy and now surging gasoline prices that are hitting family budgets. He said a recession is not inevitable and bristled at claims by Republican … Read more

Jason Karels, dad charged with drowning kids, left note for wife

An Illinois dad accused of drowning his three children in a bathtub left a note for his estranged wife, saying, “If I can’t have them neither can you,” prosecutors revealed. The note was brought up during a bond hearing Wednesday for 35-year-old Jason Karels, who is being held on three counts of first-degree murder for … Read more

Stressed and burned out? Quitting your job may not help

The Great Resignation is set to continue, and young and burned out workers will be leading the charge. That’s according to the Deloitte Global 2022 Gen Z and millennial survey. Burnout was cited as one of the top three reasons for why young people are leaving their jobs, according to the global survey which found … Read more

Senate negotiators announce a deal on guns, breaking logjam

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate bargainers announced a bipartisan framework Sunday responding to last month’s mass shootings, a noteworthy though limited breakthrough offering modest gun curbs and bolstered efforts to improve school safety and mental health programs. The proposal falls far short of tougher steps long sought by President Joe Biden and many Democrats. Even so, … Read more

Gov. Abbott attributes mass shootings to mental health issues a month after cutting $211 million from mental health commission

UVALDE, TX – “We as a state – we as a society – need to do a better job with mental health. Anyone who shoots somebody else has a mental health challenge. Period. We as a government need to find a way to target that mental health challenge and do something about it.” Those are … Read more

Abbott: New laws will come from school shooting

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Friday said he expects new laws to be enacted in response the shooting this week that killed 21 people at an elementary school. “Do we expect any laws to come out of this devastating crime? The answer is yes. Absolutely yes,” Abbott said. When asked about calling a special … Read more

Buffalo shooting’s wounds need a strong salve, residents say

BUFFALO, NY (AP) — Shenaya Ann Washington and a close friend cleared a small patch of grass at the base of a utility pole on Riley Street. They dug a hole there and planted a red rose bush seedling. Next to it, they leaned 10 prayer candles against the pole. Washington said she chose that … Read more

Herschel Walker’s ties to veterans program face scrutiny

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Herschel Walker, the football legend and leading Republican Senate candidate in Georgia, often boasts of his work helping service members and veterans struggling with mental health. In interviews and campaign appearances, the former Dallas Cowboy and Heisman Trophy winner takes credit for founding, co-founding and sometimes operating a program called Patriot … Read more