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Mom: Teacher forced 5-year-old to dig in toilet

An Arkansas mother is calling for the termination of her son's kindergarten teacher after the boy was forced to unclog a dirty toilet with his bare hands. KARK's Haylee Brooks reports.

(KARK/NBC News) An Arkansas mother is calling for the termination of a kindergarten teacher after her child says he was forced to dig in the toilet with his bare hands. Ashley Murry says she was horrified when her 5-year-old told her what happened at Little Rock’s Crystal Hill Elementary School. “It’s degrading for a child so I don’t feel like…

Biden: Full vaccine push by May 1st

President Biden, speaking on the anniversary of the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic, says all Americans should be able to receive a vaccine by May 1st. NBC's Susan McGinnis reports.

(NBC News) President Biden announced Thursday that every American eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine should be able to receive their dose by May 1st. “No more searching day and night for an appointment,” Mr. Biden said, speaking on the anniversary of the coronavirus outbreak’s official designation as a global pandemic. The president says he’s ordering all states to open eligibility,…

Court Shocker: Assault Suspect Caught In Victim’s Home During Zoom Hearing

A Michigan man accused of assaulting his girlfriend is now facing additional charges after violating a no-contact order and attending an online court hearing from inside her home...where he was quickly busted. WOOD's Joe LaFurgey reports.

MICHIGAN — (WOOD/NBC News) — Most judges will say witness intimidation happens from time to time, and that it usually happens outside the courtroom where it’s hard to prove. That wasn’t the case with a recent hearing being conducted in St. Joseph County, Michigan. The hearing was being conducted over Zoom due to COVID-19 safety protocols. Cody Harris was accused…

Oklahoma City Officers Charged In Fatal Shooting

Five Oklahoma City Police officers are facing manslaughter charges after a November shooting that killed a 15-year-old robbery suspect. KFOR's Jessica Bruno reports.

(KFOR/NBC News) — Five Oklahoma City police officers who shot and killed a 15-year-old armed robbery suspect are now facing first-degree manslaughter charges. Body camera footage and security footage obtained by NBC affiliate KFOR shows the fatal November encounter between police and 15-year-old Stavian Rodriguez. In the surveillance video, Rodriguez is seen climbing out of the drive-thru window holding a…

Comfort Purchases & Pent-Up Demand: Exploring Pandemic Spending

Despite a year long global pandemic, Americans continue to spend money. What they're spending that money on, however, has changed. NBC's Dan Scheneman reports.

(NBC News) — Despite a year long global pandemic, Americans continue to spend money. What they’re spending that money on, however, has changed. A recent survey by TheBalance.com found more than half of Americans made a comfort purchase in the past year. The most popular of those was groceries. “Nine out of 10 people said that fresh food makes them…

“Circle Of Hope” Operators Charged With Shocking Abuses

Boyd and Stephanie Householder are facing more than 100 criminal charges for alleged rape, molestation and other abuses at the now defunct "Circle of Hope Girls Ranch" they once ran. KYTV's Linda Simmons reports.

MISSOURI, (KYTV/NBC News) — The former operators of a Missouri group home for girls have been charged with more than 100 counts of rape and abuse. The Missouri Attorney General’s Office on Wednesday filed numerous charges of abuse against Boyd and Stephanie Householder, the operators of the Circle of Hope Girls Ranch in Cedar County. Boyd Householder faces 79 felony…

Pandemic Playtime: Toys Focus On Mental Health

As children struggle with the emotional impact of the COVID-19, the popularity of toys designed with mental health in mind is increasing. NBC's Liz McLaughlin reports.

(NBC News) — THE COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on Americans of all ages, especially children. “The kids are suffering,” says pediatrician Dr. Peter Shulman. “All the way up from kindergarten to college.” Dr. Shulman and other pediatricians have seen the mental health impact firsthand. Cases of anxiety and depression are on the rise. “It’s been a year now, and…

Father Charged In Michigan School Explosion

Prosecutors say a Michigan man created homemade explosives with his 16-year-old son before the boy took some of the material to school and triggered an explosion that cost him his thumbs. WOOD's Ruben Juarez reports.

(WOOD/NBC News) — Authorities have charged a Michigan man after his son brought homemade explosives to Newaygo High School Monday and they went off, injuring the teen. David Robert Daniel Saylor, 33, was charged Tuesday with a count of manufacture or possession of a Molotov cocktail and a count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to a…

Coping With Pandemic Pet Anxiety

As the COVID-19 pandemic winds down and people spend more time outside of the home, our pets are taking notice. NBC's Sarah Dallof reports.

(NBC News) — It’s been almost a year since the official start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the pets we’ve welcomed into our lives have grown very used to having us around. Perhaps too used to it. Pet trainers are now in high demand, and not just for the basics. Rendy Schuchat says her pet training business “Anything Is Pawzible”…