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Vermont woman uses high-powered rifle to kill social services worker after losing custody of her daughter

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A Vermont woman has been taken into custody after she allegedly used a high-powered rifle with a scope to shoot and kill a social services worker after losing custody of her 9-year-old daughter, reports the Burlington Free Press.

According to police, Jody Herring fired two shots at “close proximity” Friday night, killing Vermont Department for Children and Families employee Lara Sobel as she left her office.

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Authorities say witnesses tackled Herring after the shooting, holding her until police arrived.

According to the DCF, Sobel had been involved in a case that ended with Herring’s 9-year-old daughter being taken into state custody. Police are investigating whether Sobel had any other relationship with Herring outside of the custody case.

Police recovered the weapon, described as  a “fairly high caliber hunting rifle” by Barre City Police Chief Tim Bombardier.

Security will be upgraded at the facility for the next days, with DCF Commissioner Ken Schatz stating: “We’re doing the best we can to support our staff. Any sort of death is a tragedy. In this situation we lost one of our own.”

Sobel worked for the DCF for 14 years and is survived by her husband and two daughters.

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Herring is being held and will be arraigned on Monday morning. Her daughter continues to stay in state custody.

 


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Democrats win another voting rights victory as absentee restrictions struck down in South Carolina

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On Monday, voting rights attorney Marc Elias reported that a federal court has blocked a restriction on absentee ballots for the upcoming South Carolina primary.

The ruling undoes a requirement that mail-in ballots be accompanied by a witness.

BREAKING: @DCCC, @TheDemocrats, and @scdp score major voting rights victory in South Carolina. Federal Court blocks witness requirement for absentee ballots in June primary.

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GOP ripped for refusing to remove Trump from office: ‘Folly of that failure becomes clearer by the day’

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Republicans seeking to keep control of the United States Senate were harshly criticized by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for failing to remove President Donald Trump from office during impeachment.

"For four years now, as both a candidate and president, Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked America’s voting system, falsely claiming voter fraud any time it suited his needs. In a new low, last week he threatened the federal funding of two states over their reasonable moves to facilitate mail-in voting," the newspaper noted in an editorial published online on Memorial Day. "What does it say that the head of the world’s leading democracy is so intent on undermining that democracy?"

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Fox News commentator slammed for mocking Joe Biden’s decision to wear a mask

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On Monday, during his observance of Memorial Day, former Vice President Joe Biden donned a face mask in accordance with CDC guidelines — a contrast with President Donald Trump, who has frequently refused to wear a mask even in some places that require them.

But Fox News senior analyst Brit Hume went out of his way to mock how Biden looked wearing it.

This might help explain why Trump doesn’t like to wear a mask in public. Biden today. pic.twitter.com/9l1gw1ljBE

— Brit Hume (@brithume) May 25, 2020

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