It’s Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. Welcome to your Morning Scoop of fresh headlines and general good stuff. Sign up to get the Scoop in your email inbox.
• A congressman tapped by Donald Trump to be the nation’s drug czar has pulled himself out of the running, the president said in a tweet this morning. According to a news report, Rep. Tom Marino played a key role in passing a bill that weakened the government's authority to stop companies from distributing opioids.
• Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill closing a loophole that allowed authorized school district employees to carry firearms on campus. Kingsburg Joint Union was among a handful of California school districts that had taken advantage.
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• A Fresno pimp who once kept one of his human-trafficking victims in line by stealing her dead mother’s ashes has been convicted.
• Who vandalized signs and art along Fulton Street, which is preparing for its grand opening Saturday?
• President Trump is “stalled” in D.C. because of civil war in the Republican Party and numerous “distractions” – many of his own making – Washington Post reporter Robert Costa said during an appearance at Fresno State.
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• Sheriff’s deputies gather up a terrified cat in the middle of a Santa Rosa neighborhood leveled by fire.
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• Firefighters from Merced found an American flag untouched by the fires ravaging Northern California and helped it fly again.
• The story behind the late singer Selena Quintanilla, the subject of today’s Google Doodle.
• Folks who troll the Tower District for new gastronomic experiences have been waiting for these side-by-side places to open. Wait no more.
• How many bugs were eaten at The Big Fresno Fair? There is actually an answer to this question.
• We live in the world in which there is an official record for fastest marathon run in high heels. As of last weekend, this woman now holds the mark.