News to Know (5/19/21)

The news you need to know before you head out the door

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Trump organization is now facing a criminal investigation. Tuesday New York Attorney General Letitia James said her office is investigating former President Donald Trump’s businesses for potential criminal wrongdoing. The issue is whether the Trump organization used misleading information to get loans and tax benefits. The former president has called the attorney general’s investigation ‘politically motivated.’

COMMERCE, Okla. – The Commerce Oklahoma City Council decides the future of land once owned by baseball legend Mickey Mantle. A dispute over what to do with the land has been brewing. The city received a proposal to buy the land to be the site of a future medical marijuana facility. That proposal fell through and the council voted to approve the sale of the land to C3 Community Church. The church plans to build something for the kids in the community on the property.

WELLSVILLE, Kan. – Prosecutors accuse a Kansas House member of battery against two teenage students while working as a substitute teacher. The suspect is Republican State Representative Mark Samsel of Wellsville. A criminal complaint alleges Samsel made physical contact with two teenage students and harmed one of them. Authorities are charging Samsel with three counts of misdemeanor battery.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Arkansas’ Department of Transportation fired an employee who was responsible for inspecting a bridge that connects Arkansas and Tennessee over the Mississippi River. Officials say drone video showed evidence of that fracture as early as May of 2019, but the employee missed it both in 20-19, and then again upon another inspection last year. The bridge had to be shut down for emergency repairs last week when other officials noticed the damage.