Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announces he will not seek third term in 2022



“After several months of discussion with our families, we have decided not to seek re- election in 2022,” Baker and his lieutenant governor, Karyn Polito, said in a statement on Wednesday. “This was an extremely difficult decision for us. We love the work, and we especially respect and admire the people of this wonderful Commonwealth.

Baker, who defied the political bent of the commonwealth by winning his first term in 2014 and reelection in 2018, represented the best chance for Republicans to hold on to the governor’s mansion in Massachusetts. But the governor had drawn the ire of former President Donald Trump, who endorsed conservative Republican Geoff Diehl.

“He’s done,” said a source familiar with Baker’s plans. “When Massachusetts Republicans get a Democrat governor, they can thank their beloved Donald Trump.”

Baker has been outspoken about his opposition to Trump. He told reporters that he left his ballot blank in 2016 and 2020 — meaning he did not vote for the Republican nominee. And Baker both supported the first impeachment investigation of Trump in 2019 and later said Trump should be removed from office because of the January 6 insurrection.

Trump has used his post-presidential endorsements to rebuke those who opposed him in office, including Baker.

Pro-Trump Republicans in Massachusetts, including state chair Jim Lyons and radio host Howie Carr, have followed the former President’s lead and repeatedly hammered Baker. And Diehl aligned himself fully with Trump and got the endorsement.

Republicans have won all but two Massachusetts gubernatorial elections since 1990, despite the state consistently backing Democrats in other statewide offices. Republican operatives in Washington believe it takes a certain type of figure to win — like former governors Bill Weld and Mitt Romney, along with Baker — and that Diehl does not fit into that mold.

“Charlie Baker has accomplished so much on behalf of his constituents in Massachusetts, and I’m incredibly proud to have worked closely with him at the Republican Governors Association for the last 7 years,” said Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, co-chair of the Republican Governors Association. “Had he chosen to seek a third term I have no doubt he would have easily been re-elected because the voters recognize what a strong leader he has been for their state.”



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Here's what Trump was up to around the time of his positive Covid-19 test



Friday, Sept. 25 — Day before first positive test

President Trump awoke in Florida and zig-zagged along the East Coast for a variety of events. He held a Latinos for Trump rally in Doral, Florida; an official event in Atlanta; a fundraiser in Washington; and a rally in Virginia.

Saturday, Sept. 26 — Day of first positive test, per Meadows

Trump spent much of Saturday with the woman he nominated to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court: Amy Coney Barrett. She and her family — including her husband and seven children — were all on hand at the White House, and met with Trump, the first lady and the Pences in the Oval Office.

Later, Trump attended a rally in Pennsylvania.

According to Meadows, Trump tested positive before traveling to the rally in Pennsylvania and then subsequently testing negative.

Sunday, Sept. 27 — Golf, debate prep, press conference

Two days ahead of the first presidential debate, Trump spent at least some of Sunday in prep sessions with his team. He also visited his golf course and convened a press conference before holding a reception for Gold Star families at the White House.

Monday, Sept. 28 — At the White House

The President spent Monday at the White House, partly in preparation for the next day’s debate. He held events outdoors at the White House, one on trade and one on a new Covid-19 testing strategy.

Tuesday, Sept. 29 — Debate day

Trump remained out of sight at the White House until departing for the first presidential debate in Cleveland.

Wednesday, Sept. 30 — Visit to Minnesota

The President and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin met in the Oval Office Wednesday morning. Later, Trump traveled to Minnesota for a fundraiser and campaign rally. On the way home, officials said Hope Hicks, one of Trump’s closest aides, began displaying symptoms and isolated in a separate cabin.

Thursday, Oct. 1 — Fundraisers and testing

Officials at the White House were aware that Hicks had tested positive for Covid-19, though it’s not clear exactly when her results came back. Still, Trump went ahead with his schedule, including a fundraiser in New Jersey.

Sometime after returning from Bedminster, Trump receives a preliminary positive rapid test result.

“He’s tested regularly and the first positive test he received was after his return from Bedminster,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters.

Friday, Oct 2 — Walter Reed

Trump is hospitalized at Walter Reed.



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Wisconsin Health Department issues mask advisory


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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — The City of Milwaukee Health Department is recommending that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status or past COVID-19 infection, wear a mask when in public, indoor settings.

The health department made the mask advisory announcement Tuesday, Nov. 30, in response to the new Omicron variant and in “anticipation of future identification of this variant in Milwaukee.” The advisory applies to indoor public settings, and there are exceptions for activities that cannot be done while wearing a mask.

“This is not a cause for alarm but I do think we have to be concerned with it,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said during a COVID-19 media briefing. “And there’s much to be learned about this new variant but it does give us reason to be concerned.”

Until now, the department said COVID-19 test specimens it has collected and sequenced have not shown to have the Omicron variant. Still, the advisory is part of a step of preparation as more information about the variant and its severity is learned.

“Because we are continuing to learn more in the coming days and next week, about the Omicron variant and its degree of transmissibility, it is crucial for us to layer measures to protect ourselves and our community,” City of Milwaukee Health Commissioner Kirsten Johnson said.

While the Omicron variant is sparking concern ahead of its likely arrival, health leaders said there still needs to be focus about current COVID-19 spread. “Even if Omicron isn’t as bad as predicted, we still have Delta to deal with,” Dr. Ben Weston, Milwaukee County’s chief health policy advisor, said during the briefing.

Business leaders are urging calm and patience as new data is gathered every day, but health experts say the trends are concerning. But business owner Omar Shaikh said, “It’s really hard to see how people are going to respond to anything at this point.”

Shaikh says businesses need to remain calm and wait for the data. The labor shortage, supply chain issues and rising food costs are still hurting the hospitality industry. So far, city and county leaders are not even discussing a mandate. Shaikh said, “I think we can rest assured that we’re still able to operate our businesses, be open and hopefully make a living because it’s gotten tough these last two years.”

Of Omicron, Commissioner of Health Kirsten Johnson said, “We don’t know yet the transmissibility, we don’t know yet if it evades immune response with the vaccine.”

That concern is on top of a Delta wave that’s leading to record cases and hospitalizations in Wisconsin for 2021. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said, “Our hospitalizations are up; our deaths are obviously going in the wrong direction. We’re seeing increases in the transmission of this disease.”

Dr. Weston said it’s a dangerous place for Wisconsin to be. So far, no PCR specimens processed by the Milwaukee Health Department lab contained the Omicron variant, but Dr. Weston expects it will rapidly spread to our community soon.

The Wisconsin Hospital Association reported this week the state is at its highest level of COVID-19 hospitalization rate since December of 2020. On Nov. 30, the WHA COVID-19 dashboard showed 1,432 COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state.

Dr. Weston said western Wisconsin hospitals currently have zero intensive care unit beds available. In southeastern Wisconsin, 92 percent of ICU beds are currently occupied, with that number expected to go up.

The combination of current spread of the virus and the unknown severity of the Omicron variant pushed leaders Tuesday to make the mask advisory announcement, as well as reemphasizing the importance of getting vaccinated.

“A storm is brewing and the best way to prepare by far is to get yourself vaccinated,” Dr. Weston said.



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2 corrections officers attacked in Kansas in less than a month



LANSING, KS (KCTV) — For the second time in less than a month, an officer at Lansing Correctional Facility has been attacked by an inmate, according to the union that represents Kansas corrections officers.

Sarah LaFrenz, president of the Kansas Organization of State Employees, said the most recent attack happened at 4:45 a.m. on Monday in a maximum-security unit and that the guard was working alone in a unit with more than 100 inmates.

“As we understand it, the inmate used a bar of soap in a sock, or similar, to beat the officer over the face and the head,” said LaFrenz.

She said the corrections officer attacked on November 3 spent the night in ICU and is still recovering.

She acknowledged the injuries to the officer attacked Monday were less severe than what the first officer is still healing from, but she contends it’s not because of any improvement in the staffing or setup.

“It is the very definition of insanity is to keep doing things the same way and expect a different result,” said LaFrenz. “We are very lucky than it wasn’t worse than it was, but I don’t think it’s appropriate to depend on luck to keep workers in a safe environment.”

There’s no denying there are staffing shortages at Lansing. Vacancies for uniformed positions are three times what they were at the start of the year.

In January it was 27.

By July, it was 53.

At the start of this month, there were 73.

The most recent number available, as of last week, it was up to 83.

The staffing challenge is not unique to Lansing.

System-wide, the Kansas Dept of Corrections (KDOC) reported a total of 433 uniformed vacancies and 64 non-uniformed. That’s a total of almost 500.

Last week, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced incentives that included base pay increases of 5% or more, plus additional pay differentials that vary by position and workplace.

“It’s an excellent, excellent start on this, but it’s going to take time to stabilize,” LaFrenz remarked.

She said the union has asked for at least stopgap changes like having managers go into the units to assist the guards. Sim e the November 3rd attack, she claims the union has received had no response from the KDOC about additional safety measures.

“Here we are, second time we’re talking, similar incident, and we still are not seeing any real change,” LaFrenz lamented.

Looking at reports from across the nation reveals the shortage of prison guards is affecting many other states as well.

LaFrenz says fixing that is just the first step. Even what’s considered full staffing, she argues, is not sufficient.

KCTV5 sent several inquiries Tuesday to a spokesperson for the KDOC seeking a response and has not yet received a reply.

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Sheriff: Man raped woman delivering pizza


OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – A 55-year-old man described by authorities as a “prolific offender” was arrested Tuesday on allegations of raping an 18-year-old woman who was delivering pizza in Kissimmee.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office said Osvaldo Figueroa attacked the woman Sunday in an elevator at an apartment complex on Lepic Lane.

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Figueroa, released from prison earlier this year after serving time for trafficking in stolen property, was located in Lake County, where he was arrested on one count of sexual battery.

“All the deputies involved did a great job. (There was) no sleep until we caught this guy and got him off the streets,” Osceola County Sheriff Marcos Lopez said.

While he was escorted to jail, Figueroa became agitated and tugged at a detective while screaming profanities.

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Lopez said Figueroa has an extensive criminal history dating back 35 years, including convictions on drug and robbery charges.

“He’s got probably about 70, 80 arrests. Multiple convictions,” Lopez said. “This guy should have been in prison today. Not sure what’s wrong with the system, but it needs to change.”

Sheriff’s officials said Figueroa was with a woman when he was taken into custody. She was questioned by detectives, but it’s not known if she will face any charges.

Lopez said the pizza deliver driver was OK.

“She’s fine, and she’s been notified (of the arrest),” he said. “She’s grateful and happy that we found him very quickly and arrested him.”

Osvaldo Figueroa. (Osceola County Jail)

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Suspect in custody following bball game shooting


HUMBOLDT, Tenn. — Officials with Humboldt City Schools have confirmed there was shooting Tuesday night.

The news release says that an altercation between two adults led to an exchange of gunfire during Humboldt High’s basketball game against North Side.

Humboldt City Schools says no students were injured or involved in the incident.

Humboldt police say one person was killed, and others injured. But the number of injured could not be confirmed at this time.

The release says a suspect has been taken into custody by Humboldt police.

The investigation is ongoing.

The release says all classes and school activities will be cancelled for Wednesday.

Stay with WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News as more details become available.



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