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  • Parents in Walpole are not happy over what they call a controversial decision to endat Boyden Elementary School. According to parents, one concern principal Brendan Dearborn raised was that the parade isn’t inclusive of all students and their beliefs. “That's the part that especially the parents and the students are having a hard time understanding,” parent Julie Lowre said. “We have numerous events not all inclusive, so if you cancel one event you have to cancel them all.” However, Dearborn also cited security concerns in his decision to cancel the parade, and parents told Boston 25 News reporter Kathryn Burcham they support that reasoning, “It's not my decision to make, it's decision for someone who has authority, who knows the issues more than I do,” Charissa Kaselis, a member of the Parent Advisory Council, said. Kaselis says the school is open to parents, friends and visitors during the parade, which leaves the children vulnerable. “Anybody might be able to come in, that's the scariest part of it,” she said. The students will still be able to celebrate this Friday with an after-school party. Boston 25 News reached out to the Superintendent’s Office multiple times but did not receive a response.
  • Search and rescue efforts in California's Joshua Tree National Park to the . They are believed to be Joseph Orbeso, 21, and Rachel Nguyen, 20. >> Watch the news report here According to KESQ and KABC, the couple was last heard from in late July, and search teams later located their car near the beginning of one of the park’s trails. Their last known contact was a cellphone ping in the area, and their belongings were found still inside the Airbnb they were renting, as they never checked out. >> On Rare.us: Watch the amazing moment hikers lost in the wilderness are found by a drone hovering high above the trees Orbeso’s father, Gilbert, and a group of search and rescue workers launched a months-long search for the hikers, making a huge breakthrough on Sunday as they scaled 30-foot cliffs and covered new ground. Clothing, food wrappers and water bottles led them to the bodies, which were picked up by a helicopter and sent to a coroner’s office to confirm the identities. Orbeso’s father, however, is certain that the remains belong to his son and his son’s girlfriend. >> Read more trending news “A sense of relief that we have found them after going a long time on these hikes. I feel like we have closure. We know we found them. That was our main goal, to find them. And I’m glad we did that,” he said, according to KESQ. 'Hope they can rest in peace now,' he added, KABC reported. Official identification of the remains is pending and will follow completed autopsies.
  • Congress passed the Real ID Act in 2005, but Oklahoma still has yet to issue licenses or identification cards that are compliant with that law. October 10th, another deadline passed for the state to bring itself into accordance with Real ID, but as things stand today it appears unlikely that will happen before roughly 2020. Randy Rogers, Legislative Liaison with the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, tells KRMG the good news is that latest deadline came with a grace period, which doesn’t expire until January 22nd, 2018. So Oklahomans will still be able to board airplanes or enter secure federal facilities, such as military bases, using a state driver’s license or ID as proof of identity. Between now and January 22nd, Rogers said, it’s expected that the Department of Homeland Security will issue Oklahoma another extension, because the state has shown it is in the process of becoming compliant with the law. State lawmakers passed a bill in February of this year directing the DPS to issue Real ID compliant licenses to Oklahomans, while giving citizens the option to get non-compliant identification cards or driver’s licenses instead. That moves comes 10 years after the legislature passed a bill expressly forbidding the state to comply with the Real ID Act. Because Oklahoma has dragged its feet so long, federal funds that were available to help the state with the transition are no longer available.
  • Three male suspects are on the loose following a home invasion overnight in Tulsa. The events happened around 12 a.m. near 4th and Memorial.  Police tell us the suspects forced their way into a home at gunpoint. “Suspects demanded the victims' wallets, cell phones and electronic devices,” police said.   “After suspects got items, suspects ran to a black Dodge Ram heading eastbound on East 6th Street.” The vehicle was later found unoccupied.  So far, a good description of the suspects hasn't been released. We do know the home was occupied by six people and no one was hurt. Anyone with information regarding the home invasion is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS. 
  • President Donald Trump urged conservative activists on Tuesday night to help lobby Senators in favor of a GOP tax reform package, as despite some infighting, Republicans seemed like they would be able to approve a budget outline this week in the Senate, a plan which would allow for future legislative action on a tax bill – without the threat of a Senate filibuster. “Let’s give our country the best Christmas present of all – massive tax relief,” the President said in a speech at the Heritage Foundation, where his vow of big tax cuts drew large cheers from the audience. “This is our once-in-a-generation opportunity to revive our economy,” Mr. Trump added, though he acknowledged that he doesn’t expect much support from Democrats in the Congress. Pres. Trump says tax plan will simplify tax code so 'vast majority of families will be able to file their taxes on a single sheet of paper.' pic.twitter.com/tpFGtRfgfS — ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) October 17, 2017 Before any tax bill can be brought up on the floor of the House and Senate, both chambers must approve a budget outline for 2018, which authorizes the use of the ‘budget reconciliation’ process for tax reform – helping the GOP to avoid a Senate filibuster. That was the same legislative tool used in a failed bid to overhaul the Obama health law. In an important sign for the White House, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) – who had been absent for weeks with an illness, returned to Capitol Hill on Tuesday – and then, GOP leaders won the support of another key Republican Senator, who has tangled repeatedly with the President. “I support the Senate budget resolution because it provides a path forward on tax reform,” said Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who still wants GOP leaders to add more money to the budget outline for military needs. Still not ready to commit to the budget or tax plans was Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who lobbed a series of pointed jabs at both McCain, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), accusing them of trying to use budget gimmicks to funnel more money to the Pentagon, instead of finding ways to restrain spending. Rand Paul: “Lindsey graham wouldn’t know a conservative if he met one…” — Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) October 17, 2017 In a first test vote, the Senate voted 50-47 in favor of beginning debate on the budget framework for 2018, which would balance the budget by 2026. A House budget outline would achieve that a year later. No Democrats joined with Republicans to begin the Senate debate, as right now, the White House faces a difficult task in getting any Democratic lawmakers to endorse the President’s budget or tax plans. “It’s going to be hard to get the Democrats, because they’re obstructionists, and they vote in blocks,” the President said in his Tuesday night speech. If no Democrats cross party lines on taxes, that makes it all the more important for the GOP to stick together in the Senate, or the GOP could face the same outcome as on health care reform. No legislative language for a tax reform plan has been released as yet by the GOP. Lawmakers don’t expect to see all the details until next month.