Monday morning news: April 15, 2019


Deadly storms, tornadoes rip through south » Powerful storms swept across the South over the weekend spawning tornadoes and flooding that killed at least eight people.

One of the confirmed tornadoes ripped through the central Texas town of Franklin, where Adrian Alvarado lives.

ALVARADO: There was a house right here, a trailer house, and it’s just all gone. The whole thing is just gone, just got wiped out. 

Robertson County Emergency Manager Billy Huggins described the scene.

HUGGINS: The National Weather Service folks were on the ground here today assessing the damage, and they determined that we got an EF-3 tornado that went through here. 

A separate suspected tornado killed at least one person and injured two southeast of Dallas. It struck during an outdoors Native American cultural event.

And in east Texas, a falling tree killed two children riding in the backseat of a car.

Meantime, in Mississippi, Monroe County road manager Sonny Clay said one man died in the town of Aberdeen.

CLAY: Just someone laying in his bed, and a tornado came through and blew a big pine tree over on his trailer and right across his bed. 

The trail of destruction from severe storms stretched from Texas to Arkansas, all the way to Georgia. And nearly 100-thousand households were without power in those states on Sunday.   


Pete Buttigieg announces presidential campaign » Another Democrat is running for president.

BUTTIGIEG: I’m a proud son of South Bend, Indiana, and I am running for president of the United States. 

Pete Buttigieg is a little-known Indiana mayor who has risen to prominence in the early stages of the 2020 race.

The 37-year-old is an Afghanistan War veteran. He’s also the first openly LGBT nominee of a major party.

In recent months Buttigieg has become media favorite, appearing often on national TV news and talk shows. Some polls put him behind only Senator Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden, who is not yet in the race.


Washington Gov. says his state does not fear Trump threat » And on Sunday another Democratic White House hopeful, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, fired back at the White House over immigration. He told NBC’s Meet the Press that the president’s threat to start busing undocumented immigrants to so-called sanctuary cities doesn’t scare him.

INSLEE: Look, you can’t threaten somebody with something they’re not afraid of. And we are not afraid of diversity in the state of Washington. We relish it. It is the basis of our economic and cultural success. 

The Trump administration is dealing with an ever-increasing number of Central American migrants crossing the border pushing the immigration system to the breaking point. Laws make it hard to quickly return Central Americans, and many spend years in the U.S. waiting for immigration cases to play out.

Meantime, GOP Senator Lindsey Graham said Sunday that he’s preparing legislation that would change the asylum process.

GRAHAM: We’re working on it as I speak over the break with the White House. I’ve got get a package that will deter people from Central America from continuing to come, change our asylum laws, make sure you have more than 20 days to deal with an unaccompanied minor. 

Graham said he’s hoping to bridge the gap between the White House and Democrats on the matter.


Tiger Woods wins Masters » AUDIO: Waited for years. Many doubted we’d ever see it, but here it is.

For the first time in nearly 11 years, Tiger Woods is once again a majors champion.

AUDIO: The return to glory! 

Audio courtesy of CBS.

Woods rallied Sunday to win the Masters for the fifth time—a comeback that goes well beyond the two-shot deficit he erased at Augusta National.

After years of turmoil: a public divorce, acute back problems and surgeries, and a DUI arrest from the use of painkillers, Tiger completed his comeback.

He closed with a 2-under 70 for a one-shot victory, setting off a scene of raw emotion.

As the crowd chanted, he scooped up his 10-year-old son Charlie, and hugged the rest of his family.


(AP Photo/Jim Lytle) Roman Brown, left and Sam Crawford, right move part of a shower wall out of their way as they help a friend look for their medicine in their destroyed home Sunday, April 14, 2019, along Seely Drive outside of Hamilton, Miss. after an apparent tornado touched down Saturday, April, 13, 2019. 

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