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225 Dead in Mexico Earthquake; Hurricane Maria Pummels Caribbean Islands (UCNN, 09/20/17)

9/20/2017
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REUTERS: Rescue workers scrabbled through rubble as dawn broke on Wednesday, searching for dozens of children feared buried beneath a Mexico City school, among hundreds of buildings destroyed by the country’s most lethal earthquake in a generation. CNN: Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico on Wednesday morning, ripping trees out of the ground and hammering two-thirds of the island with hurricane-force winds. SBC THIS WEEK: An International Mission Board press release, following this...

Duration: 00:06:26


Amazon Seeking 2nd North American HQ (UCNN 09/07/17)

9/9/2017
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1. USA Today - Seattle-based online retailer Amazon.com announced Thursday that it is seeking a second North American headquarters with up to 50,000 jobs. 2. Business Insider - On Friday, tech billionaire Michael Dell broke his silence on what he plans to do for Houston, his home town that’s been devastated by catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Harvey. 3. ESPN - Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin received racist hate mail at his home this week, his wife said on Twitter. Charlene Sumlin...

Duration: 00:05:47


8.2 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Mexico (UCNN 09/08/17)

9/9/2017
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1. NYT - The most powerful earthquake to hit Mexico in 100 years struck off the nation’s Pacific Coast late Thursday night, rattling millions of residents in Mexico City with its violent tremors, claiming at least five lives and leveling some areas in the southern part of the country closest to where the quake occurred. 2. News and Advance - Thomas Road Baptist Church Pastor Jonathan Falwell and his wife are stranded in the Caribbean in the path of Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm,...

Duration: 00:06:31


Louisiana Faces Harvey 12 Years After Katrina (UCNN 08/28/17)

8/30/2017
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1. AP - Twelve years to the day after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, another deadly storm forced the rescue of hundreds of people from floodwaters in southwestern Louisiana and prompted New Orleans to shut down its schools and other key institutions as a precaution. 2. Entertainment Weekly - Beyoncé is sending more than her thoughts and prayers to Houston. The Lemonade superstar promised her support in aiding the victims of Hurricane Harvey through her charity...

Duration: 00:06:03


Joel Osteen Didn't Open Megachurch for Harvey Victims (UCNN 08/29/17)

8/30/2017
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1. Marketwatch - Televangelist Joel Osteen canceled Sunday services at his Houston megachurch but was reluctant to reopen its doors to Harvey victims — despite the fact that thousands of flooded-out residents are desperately seeking shelter. 2. NYT - President Trump landed in storm-brushed Corpus Christi on Tuesday morning to see for himself some of the damage caused by Tropical Storm Harvey and demonstrate his personal commitment to a region still in the grips of a historic natural...

Duration: 00:06:34


1 Dead, Another Held Hostage in Charleston, SC Shooting (UCNN 08/24/17)

8/28/2017
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1. BCNN1 - An active shooter and possible hostage situation is unfolding at a restaurant on King Street in Charleston, SC. 2. AP - Charlottesville officials met privately Thursday to discuss “personnel matters” in the wake of a deadly white nationalist rally, the city’s mayor said in a statement in which he also asserted he’d been largely shut out of security preparations for the event. 3. NPR - Former FBI Director James Comey is scheduled to deliver a convocation address at Howard...

Duration: 00:07:36


Trump Holds Rally in Phoenix, Arizona (UCNN 08/23/17)

8/24/2017
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1. Reuters - U.S. President Donald Trump revved up supporters on Tuesday with a defense of his response to a white supremacist-organized rally in Virginia and a promise to shut down the U.S. government if necessary to build a wall along the border with Mexico. 2. LU News Service - Dr. Ron Hawkins helped lead Liberty University through some of its darkest times to the higher education powerhouse it is today. 3. BP - Immediate past Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd has...

Duration: 00:06:05


AR Bernard Calls Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board a 'Photo Op' (UCNN 08/22/17)

8/23/2017
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1. CP - A day after announcing his official resignation from President Donald Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board — citing a “deepening conflict in values” between himself and the administration — political kingmaker and leader of New York City’s largest church A.R. Bernard called the board a “photo op” and urged white evangelical leaders to hold the president “accountable to an agenda.” 2. CNN - Thirty-three people were injured when an incoming high-speed train struck an unoccupied...

Duration: 00:06:43


Former LU Students to Return Diplomas in Protest of Falwell's Support for Trump (UCNN 08/21/17)

8/22/2017
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1. The Hill - Former students at Liberty University are preparing to return their diplomas in a group protest of university president Jerry Falwell Jr.’s support for President Trump’s agenda. 2. KATV - According to Mark Deymaz, his daughter has been found safe. 3. PEOPLE - Civil rights activist and comedian Dick Gregory has died, his family has confirmed.

Duration: 00:05:07


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8/18/2017
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8/17/2017
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Confederate Monuments Debate Moves to Dallas (UCNN 08/14/17)

8/16/2017
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1. CBS DFW - The debate over Confederate monuments has captured the attention of many, including a former Dallas city council member. 2. CP - A group of conservative black pastors and intellectual leaders on Monday defended President Donald Trump amid criticism of his initial response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend. 3. NBC - One of President Donald Trump’s manufacturing advisers quit this weekend over the president’s response to the Charlottesville rally.

Duration: 00:06:43


GuideStone Honors O.S. Hawkins (UCNN 08/15/17)

8/16/2017
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1. BP - Trustees for GuideStone Financial Resources gathered July 31–Aug. 1 in regular session to hear reports from GuideStone executive officers and staff about the board’s performance in key lines of business. 2. AP - Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings calls for a task force to review the potential removal of Confederate statues. 3. LC - Sandra ‘Susan’ Merritt filed a Motion to Dismiss late yesterday asking the San Francisco Superior Court to dismiss the politically-motivated criminal...

Duration: 00:05:52


Chinese President Xi Calls for Calm Over North Korea (UCNN 08/12/17)

8/13/2017
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1. CNN - Chinese President Xi Jinpi4ng called for restraint during a phone call Saturday with President Donald Trump, following a dramatic exchange of threats between the US President and North Korea. 2. NPR - A passenger train smashed into the back of another train outside the Egyptian city of Alexandria on Friday afternoon. 3. Daily Beast - Senator Cory Gardner, a Republican from Colorado, called out President Donald Trump over his statement about the violence in Charlottesville,...

Duration: 00:05:56


3 Dead, 35 Injured in Charlottesville, VA Protests (UCNN 08/13/17)

8/13/2017
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1. NPR - Three people died and about 35 were injured in a day of violence that began with clashes at a white nationalist rally on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., Gov. Terry McAuliffe said. 2. AP - Kenyan police have fatally shot at least eleven people during violent protests over the disputed election victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta. 3. ABC - Pat Robertson, the founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network and a familiar face on its flagship program The 700 Club, has been...

Duration: 00:05:44


Fallout at Black Journalists' Conference After Omarosa Manigault Was Added to Panel (UCNN 08/11/17)

8/12/2017
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1. Daily Mail - A huge fallout has engulfed a conference for black journalists after a senior aide to President Trump was added to a panel. 2. UPI - An expressway accident in China Thursday killed at least 36 people and injured several others. 3. CP - After Hillary Clinton suffered a devastating loss in the 2016 presidential race to Donald Trump, her longtime pastor — who compared her loss to the death of Christ — says she now has her eyes set on a higher calling.

Duration: 00:07:07


North Korea Announces Plan to Launch Missiles at Guam (UCNN 08/10/17)

8/11/2017
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1. BBC - North Korea says a plan that could see it fire four missiles near the US territory of Guam will be ready in a matter of days. 2. AP - Five migrants are dead and more than 50 are missing after smugglers forced them from a boat off the coast of Yemen in the second such drowning in two days, the U.N. migration agency said Thursday. 3. WSMV - A Christian academy in Brentwood is being accused of a big cover-up. A lawsuit claims a 12-year-old boy was being raped by older boys at...

Duration: 00:06:04


Chris Hill Says He is Ready to Come Back as Pastor (UCNN 08/09/17)

8/10/2017
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1. CP - Three months after resigning as senior pastor of The Potter’s House Church of Denver over an alleged affair with a married parishioner, Pastor Chris Hill says he is ready to come back following counseling and a public show of repentance Sunday. 2. AP - French officials say police have arrested a man on a highway north of Paris in the search for a driver who rammed his car into soldiers. 3. One News Now - A new study reveals that about one in 10 churches have had money stolen....

Duration: 00:05:21


TD Jakes Prays Over Chris Hill (UCNN 08/08/17)

8/8/2017
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1. BCNN1 - During Sunday morning service at The Potter’s House Dallas on August 6th, 2017, Bishop T.D. Jakes publicly prayed over his “spiritual son” Chris Hill, kick-starting the restoration process in his life after the former Potter’s House Denver pastor stepped down earlier in the year following news of his extramarital affair with a church employee. 2. Reuters - Internet giant Google has fired the male engineer at the center of an uproar in Silicon Valley over the past week after...

Duration: 00:06:26


US Added 209,000 Jobs in July (UCNN 08/04/17)

8/7/2017
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1. AP - U.S. employers added 209,000 jobs in July, a second straight month of robust gains that underscore the economy’s vitality as it enters a ninth year of expansion. 2. Fox - A Detroit man has been charged in the shooting that killed a Wayne State University police officer late last year. 3. NBC - The family of a 15-year-old black Illinois teen seen pinned down by an off-duty police officer in a video that went viral in June filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Village of...

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