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  • A website ranks the number of fatal DUI crashes around the U-S, and the news for Oklahoma is not good. The site ValuePenguin says we have the 10th highest rate of fatal alcohol-related wrecks with nearly 5 DUI deaths per 100,000 residents. Montana, ranked number one, has just over 8 per 100,000. North Dakota, South Carolina, Alabama, and New Mexico round out the top 5. New York had the least number of fatal DUI crashes with just 1.4 per 100,000. They say there's one fatal DUI wreck every 50 minutes in the U.S. You can read more about the story here.
  • A police officer in Pennsylvania has the serve portion of “to protect and serve” perfected. Roger Baker, 84, had to get to his local hospital after his wife had a medical emergency. No friends or family could take him, so he called police for help, WHP reported. >> Read more trending news  Deputy Chief Bentley from Montoursville Police Department responded, taking Baker to the medical facility, and escorted him to the building, WHP reported.  >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  In the police department’s Facebook post, which has been shared more than a thousand times, the department said that Bentley held Baker’s hand, walking him to the building until hospital workers brought a wheelchair out for Baker and took him to his wife in the emergency room.
  • Investigators Monday said they’ve solved the disappearances of two 16-year-old girls, the murders of one of the girls’ parents, and the fire that destroyed the victims’ home near Welch, Oklahoma in 1999. Danny and Kathy Freeman were found inside the burned mobile home - although family members actually found the husband’s body the next day, after investigators left the scene. That’s just the beginning of the missteps that led the case to languish for nearly two decades. Private investigators had identified the suspects years ago, but police ignored them and actually threatened to confiscate their licenses if they persisted. That’s according to a probable cause affidavit filed Monday for the arrest of Ronnie Busick, 65, the only surviving suspect. Two other men believed to have carried out the murders, Warren “Phil” Welch II and David Pennington, have died. Disturbingly, DA Matt Ballard said Monday, it appears the girls were kept alive for days. They were raped, and possibly tortured, and their tormentors took Polaroid photos of them which apparently survived for years and were shown to a number of people. But none of those people stepped forward. The case was apparently solved after a cache of evidence related to the investigation was recently found in a storage area at the sheriff’s office.
  • A van apparently jumped onto a sidewalk Monday at a busy intersection in Toronto and struck down pedestrians before the vehicle was found and the driver taken into custody, Canadian police said. >> Read more trending news The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Ending almost fourteen months of temporary leadership at NASA, Republican Congressman Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma was sworn in Monday afternoon as the new leader of the space agency, as Trump Administration officials vow that Bridenstine will help revive manned space exploration efforts by the United States. After taking the oath – with his wife and three children at his side – Bridenstine told NASA employees that he was committed to seeing that the U.S. remains the world’s leader in space. “I will do my best to serve our storied agency to the utmost of my abilities, as we reach for new heights, as we reveal the unknown for the benefit for human kind,” Bridenstine said. “NASA represents what is best about the United States of America,” Bridenstine added. “We lead, we discover, we pioneer and we inspire. I look forward to our journey together.” “It’s an important moment in the life of this agency,” said Vice President Mike Pence, who trekked over to NASA Headquarters for the swearing-in, again saying that President Trump is strongly behind a forward-looking NASA. “We will send American astronauts back to the moon,” Pence said,’ vowing that the Trump Administration will lay the groundwork for travels to Mars. “And NASA will lead the way,” the Vice President said to applause. Bridenstine’s nomination was bitterly opposed by many Democrats in the Congress, who bristled at his conservative political views, and questioned his lack of space expertise, which also gave a handful of GOP Senators second thoughts. But after months of delay, the White House was able to convince Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) to vote for Bridenstine, pushing him over the top to a bare majority confirmation vote of 50-49 last week. Bridenstine inherits an agency which just saw a big boost in its budget courtesy of a recent spending deal in the Congress, as NASA for the first time now has a yearly budget of over $20 billion. . @Space_Station #Expedition55 crew talking to NASA's new Administrator, James Bridenstine; . @VP saying 'thank you for your service in space you have our prayers and gratitude. ' pic.twitter.com/RsaTDF76fm — Gene J. Mikulka (@genejm29) April 23, 2018 “He will be an excellent leader,” said Rep. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who was one of a handful of lawmakers there for the ceremony. After the swearing-in and Bridenstine’s remarks, NASA then checked in by video relay with several astronauts aboard the International Space Station. “I thank you for being part of the vanguard in space,” said the Vice President.