Sign1News 9.6.19 – News for the Deaf community powered by CNN in American Sign Language (ASL).


Hello everyone. Welcome to Sign1News live. I’m Jethro Wooddall. Here are your top stories for today. Hurricane Dorian made landfall today near
Hatteras and continues to batter the Outer Banks of North Carolina as a category one
storm. Residents of the Carolinas are facing fierce
winds, heavy rain and destructive tornadoes. Many in the storm’s path woke up this morning
to devastated homes and businesses after tornadoes sprung up Thursday. Tens of thousands are without electricity
as power lines are down throughout the region. Fortunately the storm is weakening and moving
out to sea, allowing residents in the region to breathe a little easier. As Dorian continues to track Northeast, residents
in New York will face beach closures due to rip tides. Parts of Massachusetts are under tropical
storm warning where high winds are expected through much of the weekend. In the Bahamas, people there are being told
to prepare for the unimaginable as the death toll from Dorian rises. The current death toll is thirty and is expected
to continue rising. Officials say hundreds, up to thousands, of
people are still missing. US Coast Guard teams have been helping the
rescue effort in the islands, pulling more than 200 people to safety so far. While there have been moments of happiness
and relief, those on the islands face an unimaginable road to recovery. The World Food Program estimates about 60,000
people may be in dire need of food relief. A fast international relief effort is underway
with ships and planes filled with supplies dedicated to help. But access is an issue, with airports destroyed,
roads impassable and communication at a minimum in some areas. A boy with autism and a police officer reunite
after a post goes viral about their friendship. In July Taylor Pomilla posted a heartfelt
post on social media about a police officer helping her autistic son Andrew while riding
the DC Metro. Five year old Andrew was having a tough time
riding the train. Pomilla says tantrums come with the territory
given Andrew’s autism. But this particular outburst outlasted her
patience and she soon pulled him off the train. Pomilla shared that he was having an outburst
near the edges of the train tracks and she was afraid he would fall. Officer Dominic Case happened to be right
there on patrol and decided to step in. It was a seemingly simple gesture that lasted
more than thirty minutes. Officer Case rode side-by-side with Taylor
and Andrew for several stops until their final destination at their home station in Virginia. Taylor’s initial way of saying thanks was
by posting this photo on Facebook. It got thousands of likes. She eventually sought out Officer Case to
officially say thanks. The boy and police officer have recently connected
and their friendship has warmed the hearts of parents of autistic children online. Today jury selection begins in the case of
a former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger who shot and killed a man in his own apartment
a year ago. According to police, last September Guyger
shot and killed twenty-six-year-old Botham Jean, an unarmed black man, after entering
his apartment believing it was her own. Guyger was off-duty at the time of the shooting. According to officials, while she still was
in uniform, she parked her car in her apartment complex and enter what she believed was her
apartment. She didn’t realize she was on the wrong floor. The door was slightly open as she tried to
use her key. The room was almost completely dark as she
entered and Guyger says she saw a large silhouette and believed there was an intruder. The officer pulled her gun and shot Jean twice,
hitting him in the chest. She called 911 and says she didn’t realize
until she turned on the lights and was asked for her address that she was in the wrong
apartment. Jean later died in the hospital. On September 24, Guyger was fired from the
Dallas Police Department. Guyger’s defense team has requested a change
of venue for the trial, citing media bias. However earlier this week the judge ruled
that the decision would not be made on that request until it was determined whether a
jury could be selected in Dallas County. A newly expanded federal loan debt forgiveness
program has rejected almost all of its applicants. The government accountability office released
a report Thursday saying 99 percent of requests for federal student loan forgiveness were
denied. Of the more than 53,000 applications, 661
were approved. Congress set aside $700 million in 2018 to
expand the program. The move was in response to the low number
of people qualifying for forgiveness. The program is meant to help borrowers working
in the public sector like teachers and social workers. However it requires a borrower to have first
applied and been rejected to the original program. This new report says about 71 percent of those
who were rejected had not done so, creating a confusing process for borrowers. Two West Texas high school rivals used tragedy
to build solidarity on the football field. The teams of El Paso and Odessa were scheduled
to play each other. It was the first time the longtime rivals
have met since both cities suffered tragic mass shootings. Both schools exchanged special banners ahead
of the game. They were covered in messages of support and
strength from students and athletes. At the game, band members spelled out a special
message on the field: “Tonight we can show the world hate has no place in West Texas.” And those are your top stories for today. I’m Jethro Wooddall. Thank you for watching Sign1News live. Remember to follow us on all of our social
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