Author: NBC News

Teal Pumpkin Project encourages safe trick-or-treating

(NBC News) This Halloween teal pumpkins outside homes are more than just decoration. For kids with life-threatening food allergies, they’re an indication it’s a safe place to trick-or treat. That’s great for Braxton Mendoza, who suffers serious allergies. “He’s allergic to dairy and peanuts,” his mother, Kristi, explains. Candy with those ingredients, including chocolate, will trigger a dangerous reaction. “I…

Wildfires Worsen: California braces for more evacuations, blackouts

(NBC News) Tens of thousands of homes and businesses are currently threatened by the Kincade fire, the largest of several wildfires burning across California. The fire has already destroyed more than 100 structures, consumed 74,000 acres and forced tens of thousands to evacuate. Conditions are expected to worsen Tuesday in Southern California, where the Santa Ana winds are forecast to…

Impeachment Inquiry: Top Ukraine expert to testify

(NBC News) The National Security Council’S top Ukraine expert, a decorated war veteran wounded in Iraq, will tell lawmakers he’s coming forward out of duty when he testifies Tuesday in the ongoing impeachment inquiry. Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman was on the phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. In his opening statement, obtained by NBC News, the…

LGBTQ senior center opens in Austin

(KXAN) Meals on Wheels Central Texas is celebrating the grand opening of its first-ever LGBTQ senior center. The center, which has been in operation for a few weeks after a soft opening in September, is housed at Metropolitan Community Church in south Austin. The program is not affiliated with the church or any religious messaging, though most of the members…

Key impeachment witness a no-show

(NBC News) A key witness in the impeachment inquiry against President Trump was a no-show on Capitol Hill Monday. Former national security advisor Charles Kupperman was on the now infamous phone call President Trump held with Ukraine’s leader when Mr. Trump asked President Zelinsky to investigate former Vice President Biden and Biden’s son, Hunter, as well as a conspiracy theory…

Chicken Suit: Popeyes taken to court over sandwich shortage

(WRCB) A Chattanooga, Tennessee man is taking Popeyes Louisiana Chicken to court over their ongoing sandwich shortage. On Monday, Craig Barr and David Barry, a representative for Popeyes, appeared in General Sessions Court. Barr filed a lawsuit against the fast-food chain for running out of the new chicken sandwich back in August. In the lawsuit, Barr is asking for $5,000…

Haunted Healing: Overcoming Stage Fright

(KUSA) Something scary is happening at the Arvada, Colorado home of Tom Giomi. It’s not that he turned it into a haunted house. It’s the reason why. Giomi has been teaching piano for 15 years. “I get students from ages 6 all the way, my oldest is 92,” Giomi says. He knows the scariest thing about playing the piano is…

Overcharged: Man spent decades paying too much for electricity

(KFOR) An Oklahoma man recently found out he has been overcharged by his electric company for more than 20 years, leaving him out thousands of dollars. “I didn’t know there was anything wrong until not too long ago, my daughter started paying the electric bill,” homeowner Paul Northcott said. “I paid it for 22 years and was never late, not…

“You Don’t Belong Here” – Kicked Out For Being Gay?

(WMC) The University of Memphis is investigating an incident off campus where students claim they were verbally attacked with homophobic slurs. “We were just wanting to have a night out for fun,” said student Benjamin Buckley. “He’s like, we’re being kicked out because we’re gay. I wasn’t sure if I should believe him, like is this some sort of joke,”…

Hundreds take part in “Hugs Not Walls” rally

(KTSM) More than 300 families from both sides of the U.S. and Mexico border gathered in the middle of the Rio Grande Saturday for a “Hugs Not Walls” reunion. The event is typically held biannually, in October and May, but the gathering scheduled for Mother’s Day this year was canceled at the request of Customs and Border Protection who cited…