Shopper News Published 7:15 p.m. UTC Jul 30, 2018 What's new in your community? Find out here at the Shopper News blog. We'll have updates on people, places, businesses, schools and sports in your community. Check back throughout the week. FARRAGUT Election Day is Thursday! Margie Hagen, Shopper News correspondent The battle for the job of mayor of Farragut will be decided Thursday, Aug. 2, when the polls close at 8 p.m. It’s been a contentious race at times, as candidates Bob Markli and Ron Williams each sought to enlist voters. Among others, Markli has been supported by state and county real estate and construction interests, local builders, and the Farragut Gun Club. Williams is backed locally by a contingent of former Farragut elected officials including aldermen, planning commissioners, a vice mayor and both current Mayor Ron Pinchok and former mayor Ralph McGill. A call from a “concerned citizen” who did not want to be identified out of … [Read more...] about Shopper News blog: Election Day is Thursday!
At least seven Oklahoma public school districts, including the state's two largest, have scheduled an off day for Nov. 6 in order to encourage teachers and staff to vote in that day's elections, which include most statewide seats like governor and state superintendent, along with many state House and Senate seats. Following a two-week teacher walkout in April, many educators said they were turning their attention to the 2018 elections and supporting pro-public education candidates. Some of those teachers encouraged their districts to move one of its off days to Nov. 6 as a way to support higher voter turnout. "I was completely for it," said Chelsea Cruse, a government and politics teacher at Woodward High School, which will be off on Nov. 6. "I think even if it makes it easier for just a handful of teachers or faculty, or anyone else, to vote, then it is more than worth it. I know it will make it easier for me, personally." Cruse said she also believes it help encourage students who … [Read more...] about Several Oklahoma school districts plan Election Day holiday
World A suicide attack outside a Pakistan polling station killed at least 31 people on Wednesday, increasing the death toll of a bloody election campaign. The Quetta attack, which occurred during election day, killed five police officers and two children, Sky News reported. The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, which wounded an additional 40 people. "(The bomber) was trying to enter the polling station. When police tried to stop him, he blew himself up," Quetta administration official Hashim Ghilzai said. The violence occurred despite a widespread military and police presence intended to ensure the election's security, with more than 370,000 military personnel and an additional 450,000 police officers being deployed across the country. An attack in Balochistan's Mastung region earlier this month killed at least 149 people, according to local sources. Recommended Slideshows 76 The Most Powerful Military Forces in the … [Read more...] about Suicide Attack Kills at Least 31 People on Pakistan’s Election Day, Reports Say
A hospital official said an explosion outside a crowded polling station in the southwestern city of Quetta killed 31 people and wounded 35 more on Wednesday, as Pakistanis voted in general elections. Jaffer Kakar, a doctor, said five police and two children were among the dead. He said the death toll could rise as many of the wounded were in critical condition. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion. A witness who was waiting to cast his ballot, Abdul Haleem, said he saw a motorcycle drive into the crowd of voters just seconds before the explosion. Haleem's uncle was killed in the explosion. "There was a deafening bang followed by thick cloud of smoke and dust and so much crying from the wounded people," he told The Associated Press. Pakistanis were voting Wednesday in a historic third straight election ending a campaign marred by widespread allegations of manipulation that local and international rights group have said imperil the country's wobbly … [Read more...] about Polling station attack marks bloody election day in Pakistan
The 2019 race for St. Paul City Council got an early start Monday when a community organizer announced her candidacy for the East Side seat held by the council’s longest-serving member. Nelsie Yang, 23, entered the race for the Sixth Ward seat Monday. The spot is occupied by Dan Bostrom, a former St. Paul police sergeant who joined the City Council in 1996. “As a renter, millennial and working class neighbor, I am running for office to champion economic sustainability for families and businesses, equitable policies that promote and honor diversity and a safe and clean East Side for all of us to live in,” Yang said in a statement. Bostrom declined to say Monday whether he’s planning to run for re-election. “I never say anything until maybe December, January, something like that,” he said. Yang is a graduate of Minnesota State University Mankato and works as an organizer at TakeAction Minnesota, a liberal advocacy group. All seven St. Paul City Council … [Read more...] about St. Paul City Council campaign begins more than a year before Election Day