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2 killed after gunfire erupts at controversial Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas

An officer is injured and two suspects were shot and killed after gunfire erupted during a controversial contest to draw a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad in Garland, Texas.

Members of Garland Police SWAT ushered spectators and contestants at the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest to safety from the Curtis Culwell Center at about 8 p.m. Sunday, according to the Associated Press. The suspects drove up to the center and opened fire before being shot and killed by police, according to WFAA.

The contest, sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, a New York-based group that once fought to keep a mosque from being built near the World Trade Center, offered $10,000 to the winner. The event was being broadcasted live on YouTube.

Images, even respectful, are considered insulting and blasphemous to followers of Islam. A cartoon image of Muhammad printed in the French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo lead to the shooting of 12 people during an attack at the publication’s office in January.

SWAT members were already on scene for the art event, according to WFAA.

The Garland Police officer shot is in stable condition.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Sun, 03 May 2015 22:01:36 -0400

Commissioner said I-77 toll lane plan could get more expensive

One local commissioner said a controversial plan to put toll lanes on Interstate 77 could get even costlier for taxpayers.

Cornelius commissioner Dave Gilroy is going to try to delay the financial close of the project after learning about changes to the contract.

Gilroy wants an independent group to audit the project before officials financially close on the plan in a matter of weeks.

He said a provision with the developer, Cintra, could cost the state and taxpayers more money.

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“Mysteriously, a clause exempted any new general purpose lane between exit 28 and 36,” Gilroy said.

He claimed the state would have to pay Cintra more money if general purpose lanes are added on the stretch of I-77, starting in Cornelius, once toll lanes are put in place.

“Cintra would have all of the leverage. They would be in a position to say you owe us money. This has decreased our toll revenue so you have to make up the difference," Gilroy said.

Reporter Alexa Ashwell contacted the North Carolina Department of Transportation to ask about the contract. The DOT has not responded.

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Gilroy is calling on the state to instead widen the stretch of road and for his fellow board members to pass a resolution that would allow an independent group to audit the project before construction begins.

“It’s not done until it’s done. We have a state legislature,” Gilroy said.

Gilroy said his resolution would be more of a symbolic gesture and only state legislatures could step in at this point.

Anchor Scott Wickersham traveled to Dallas where Cintra is building a similar toll road. He found that Texans pay a hefty price to drive free from congestion.

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Sun, 03 May 2015 21:41:52 -0400

Famed neurosurgeon Ben Carson is running for president

Famed neurosurgeon Ben Carson confirmed Sunday he’s entering the Republican race for president, furthering an unlikely political journey that began when a 2013 speech at the National Prayer Breakfast made him an instant hero with conservatives.

Carson, who rose from urban poverty to become a world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon, will make a formal announcement Monday morning in his hometown of Detroit after visiting a high school there that bears his name. In an interview that aired Sunday on West Palm Beach CBS affiliate WPEC-Channel 12, he said he’s entering the race for the White House.

Carson, 63, never has run for office and only joined the Republican Party in November after being registered with the obscure Independence Party of Florida. But he’s hoping voters are ready for an unconventional candidate.

“I’m not 100 percent sure that politics as usual is going to save us,” Carson told Channel 12.

Carson became a national celebrity and an inspirational figure for black youth — but not a political figure — as director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He led a pioneering 1987 operation that successfully separated infant German twins who were joined at the cranium. He became a regular on the motivational speech circuit and was the subject of a 2009 movie starring Cuba Gooding Jr.

Carson retired in 2013 and moved to a golf course community in West Palm Beach, Fla.

At the National Prayer Breakfast in 2013, with President Barack Obama seated a few feet away on the dais, the soft-spoken Carson criticized liberal political correctness, the national debt, the complexities of the tax code and an education system that he said has “dumbed things down” and enabled America to drift from its founding principles. He argued for a flat income tax and criticized Obama’s signature health care law by calling for health care savings accounts.

Conservatives soon began calling for Carson to run for president. He finished third in a 2014 straw poll of potential Republican candidates at the Conservative Political Action Conference, trailing only Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas. He also placed near the top of some national polls of Republican voters early this year.

Carson formed a presidential exploratory committee in March and reported that it raised $2.1 million in its first four weeks, mostly from small donors.

But Carson’s momentum has slowed since he formed the exploratory committee. Cruz, Paul and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio have launched presidential campaigns since then and moved ahead of him in most polls of Republican voters.

Carson also was sidetracked by controversy in March after he said in a CNN interview that homosexuality is a choice “because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight and when they come out they’re gay.”

He soon apologized, saying “my choice of language does not reflect fully my heart on gay issues. I do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation. I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive.”

In his Sunday Channel 12 interview, Carson said the experience taught him not to “wander off into those extraneous areas that can be exploited. I have learned that.”

Sun, 03 May 2015 19:05:41 -0400

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