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KCUR Taps Holly Edgell to Run Collaborative Newsroom

KCUR in Kansas City, Missouri is spearheading the effort. The team of journalists will focus on investigative reporting. The Midwest newsroom will become the fourth such hub created by NPR and its Member stations.

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A former project manager from Indianapolis public radio station WFYI has been hired to run a news hub in the Midwest.

Holly Edgell has been tapped to run a unique collaborative newsroom comprised of public radio stations in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska.

KCUR in Kansas City, Missouri is spearheading the effort. The team of journalists will focus on investigative reporting. The Midwest newsroom will become the fourth such hub created by NPR and its Member stations.

“We are thrilled to have had such a strong pool of candidates and delighted that Holly will be joining the Midwest Newsroom as a KCUR employee,” Sarah Morris, general manager of KCUR said. “Holly has extensive leadership in working with newsrooms across the Midwest and beyond and will help to form and create a highly functional and collaborative team for the hub.”

The Midwest news hub will include three reporters and two editors. NPR believes the four-state collaboration will fill the need in communities across many rural markets that lack options for local news reporting.

“We’re excited to see Holly join our team of stellar managing editors leading the hub newsrooms across the country,” NPR Managing Editor for Collaborative Journalism Kenya Young said. “Holly has extensive leadership in working with newsrooms across the Midwest.” 

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Dan Bongino: CDC Appears Confused Over Mask Mandate

Bongino’s heated comments came during his nationally syndicated radio show Tuesday as he questioned why the government agency keeps backtracking on its stance on masks and vaccinated people.

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Right-wing radio host Dan Bongino criticized a decision by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that reverses the course on vaccinated Americans having to wear a mask indoors.

Bongino’s heated comments came during his nationally syndicated radio show Tuesday as he questioned why the government agency keeps backtracking on its stance on masks and vaccinated people.

“The CDC appears confused yet again,” Bongino said. “First, they said no masks, then they said masks, then they said mandate masks, then they said two masks, and then there were people in the mainstream media that were asking how many masks can we safely wear.”

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said new data shows the delta variant behaves “uniquely differently” from its predecessors and could make vaccinated people infectious.

“If these things work, the face diapers, then why didn’t they work?”
Walensky used the new mandate as an opportunity to encourage people to get vaccinated while reiterating that the new guidance affects K-12 schools who must now wear a mask indoors, including teachers, staff, students, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status.

“You are sticking kids in these face diapers, and you have yet to produce a shred of damn evidence that these things work,” Bongino exclaimed.

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Sebastian Gorka Inks Multi-Year Deal With Salem Radio Network

The Hungarian native served as Deputy Assistant to the President in the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Radio personality Dr. Sebastian Gorka inked a multi-year extension with Salem Radio Network. The America First host began his stint at the network nearly two years ago.

The Hungarian native served as Deputy Assistant to the President in the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

“Despite an incredibly hard 18 months for America, conservative talk radio is stronger than it has ever been,” Gorka said. “I am so grateful to Salem, my superb team, and our amazing listeners for their loyalty and enduring love of country.”

Gorka has briefed the Central Intelligence Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Navy Seals, and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. He also served as an expert for the Department of Justice during the Boston Bombing trial and testified before Congress on the threat of Global Jihadism.

“Dr. Gorka has proven to be a natural on the radio. His insight into current events, his courageous stands on the issues, and his unique sense of humor have blended together to make this one of the best shows in the Salem lineup,” said Salem senior vice president for spoken-word Phil Boyce. 

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Curtis Sliwa Wants NYC to Cover Expenses for Saving a Cat or Dog

The Republican mayoral nominee told the New York Post that he wants to give people a $1,000 “Pet Snap Card” that they could use for food, supplies, and related expenses at local stores.

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Former 77 WABC host turned politician, Curtis Sliwa, wants the city to cover expenses for anyone who saves a cat or a dog from being euthanized at a city shelter.

The Republican mayoral nominee told the New York Post that he wants to give people a $1,000 “Pet Snap Card” that they could use for food, supplies, and related expenses at local stores.

“This Pet SNAP Card will help promote and facilitate adoptions throughout New York City by easing the financial expenses of pets,” he told the paper. “It works in the same way as the traditional SNAP program except it can only be used toward pet expenses, food, supplies, vet care, etc.”

Sliwa told voters that he wants to get rid of any animal shelter that kills pets.

“I will continue to make it one of the key campaign planks,” he said during a press conference. “Part of our mandate is that when I become mayor, there will be no-kill shelters in the city of New York.”

Sliwa will face off against Democratic mayoral nominee Eric Adams in November.

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