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Reporter's father to campaign for tougher gun laws...Preparations for Erika...Walker wants direct combat

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 28, 2015 at 2:01 p.m.



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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The father of slain TV reporter Alison Parker says he will make it his mission to try to change gun laws. Andy Parker said outside of WDBJ-TV today that he supports stronger gun laws and says people at gun shows should have to a background check before they can make purchases. Parker says he doesn't own a gun, but he believes he will have to buy one now that he is going to be a public advocate for stronger gun laws. He says politicians need to stand up to the NRA and that his daughter's murder will not be in vain. Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were gunned down by a former colleague on Wednesday.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Officials in at least three states are making preparations for Tropical Storm Erika. South Carolina has partially activated its emergency center. In Savannah, Georgia, city employees are pulling storm shutters out of storage. Florida Gov. Rick Scott is declaring an emergency, saying Erika "poses a severe threat to the entire state." A forecaster says all three states could see heavy rain in the coming days. The storm is expected to approach Florida on Monday.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A lawyer for a white North Carolina police officer says the decision by prosecutors not to try him again in the shooting death of an unarmed black man is not necessarily a reason to celebrate. The attorney for officer Randall Kerrick says "there are no winners or losers here." The officer's trial ended last week with the jury deadlocked.

WASHINGTON (AP) — In all families, President Barack Obama says, there are going to be some disagreements. He's comparing the tensions between the U.S. and Israel over the Iranian nuclear deal to a family feud. And Obama says he expects U.S.-Israeli relations to improve quickly after the deal is implemented. Speaking today in a webcast with Jewish Americans, Obama said all sides in the debate should "keep in mind that we're all pro-Israel."

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker is calling for U.S. forces in Iraq to engage in direct combat to defeat what he calls "radical Islamic terrorists." But the Wisconsin governor continues to avoid calling for additional ground troops beyond the 3,200 military security personnel, trainers and advisers who are now deployed. The Islamic State group is believed to have up to 30,000 fighters -- with replacements coming in as fast as the current U.S.-led coalition and Iraqi forces can kill them. Walker spoke today at The Citadel, a military college in South Carolina.

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