The A&E network will soon debut "Dogs of War," a new docu-series about war veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the service dogs that help them adjust back into life after combat.
The show, which premieres on Veteran's Day next month, is based on married couple Jim and Lindsey Stanek and their nonprofit organization Paws and Stripes. The organization provides service dogs to wounded military veterans, and each episode will chronicle the journey of one or two PTSD veterans as they are paired with man's best friend.
"This series is full of raw, real and intensely emotional moments that don't often get a spotlight in mainstream media," David McKillop, General Manager and Executive Vice President of A&E said in a press release. more >>
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal issued an executive order on Monday calling for the immediate revision of the state's rules that determine the eligibility of rape and sexual assault victims looking for state-compensation for medical charges directly relating to their assaults. Jindal called for an end to double victimization of Louisiana rape victims who are often billed thousands of dollars from hospitals for health exams and tests.
Jindal issued his orders in the hours following a tense meeting of Louisiana state lawmakers and state health officials on Monday that addressed the state's Victims Reparations Fund. The governor's orders demand that the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement reconstruct its rules to better protect sexual assault victims. The state currently requires conditional circumstances for victims to qualify for medical cost compensation through the fund, which prevents many victims from being eligible to receive the funding, leaving them with large personal debts.
"We should not be victimizing people twice with hefty bills or uncomfortable investigations," Jindal's spokesperson Shannon Bates said. "Sexual assault is a heinous crime that causes a tremendous amount of suffering and we want to do everything we can to protect the victims of these terrible acts." more >>
Calling the move a "political witch hunt" and "politics at its worst" Christian Republican Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard, 52, was indicted and charged with 23 felony corruption counts by a grand jury Monday including using his office for personal gain and soliciting things of value.
The powerful leader in the state Republican Party, who spearheaded a Republican takeover of Alabama's state legislature in 2010 was charged after an investigation that went on for more than a year, according to al.com. He was booked at the Lee County Jail Monday afternoon and now faces a maximum penalty of two to 20 years imprisonment and as much as $30,000 in fines for each count if he is convicted.
The married father of two who, along with his wife Dr. Susan Hubbard, is an active member of the Auburn United Methodist Church, assured his constituents in a video message posted on his Facebook page late Monday that it was nothing more than "political persecution" and declared that he would be "sleeping well tonight." more >>
While this adventurous couple was out in the wild, adventurer Beau Ouimette happened to run into a baby fox who had been stuck.
This baby fox was crying out for help after being starving and dehydrated stuck in the woods. Without wasting any time, this loving man helped this baby fox that was stuck in a few branches and couldn't move. Beau took the fox back to his veterinarian wife in hopes of bringing this poor creature back to health.
They then plan on moving the fox to a wildlife facility when it gets better. Hopefully, with the help of these wonderful people, the fox will be back to normal once again! more >>
An Ohio teen died on Friday while visiting the Land of Illusion Haunted Scream Park, a popular Halloween-themed attraction in Middletown.
Christian Faith Benge, 16, reportedly collapsed inside one of the park's "haunted houses" and an autopsy is currently underway to try and determine the cause of death. Her mother Jean, who said the teen was born with a heart condition, said she has comfort knowing that her daughter is "home" with "Christ."
"I did CPR until the paramedics arrived. And I trust God. He has the ultimate plan," Jean said according to ABC 15. "She's better off than we are … because of her faith in Christ I know she's home." more >>
Tavis Smiley raised a lot of eyebrows this weekend when he spoke on ABC-TV's "This Week" news show, hosted by George Stephanopoulos. Smiley pointed to double-digit unemployment in the Black community under President Obama and said: "If you're Black or Brown, other than saving the Democrats' hide, what inspires you to go out and vote?"
Economic empowerment for minority families is surely a vital issue, a hardy perennial in off-year elections. But it's not the only issue. Minority voters have always been concerned with Civil Rights. And this year is no exception.
In Houston, Texas, we have seen a bizarre twist on traditional Civil Rights play out. The Mayor of Houston, Annise Parker, has been waging an uncivil war on people who oppose the far-reaching homosexual rights ordinance she powered through the City Council. That ordinance was widely criticized by Houston lay people and pastors, It would endanger protected Civil Rights already covered by the First Amendment, i.e., freedom of religion, critics of Mayor Parker's ordinance said. more >>