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Sign1News 9.1.19 – News for the Deaf community powered by CNN in American Sign Language (ASL).

Hello everyone. Welcome to Sign1News live. I’m Candace Jones. Here are your top stories for today. Less than a
month after a gunman killed 22 people in El Paso, more Texas towns are grappling with
gun violence. Saturday a white man in his 30s
drove between Odessa and Midland, randomly spraying people with bullets while driving. Authorities say the shooting rampage started
in Midland when the suspect was pulled over for a traffic violation. Before the suspect’s car came to a complete
stop, authorities say he pulled out a rifle and shot one of the state troopers. He then took off and started spraying cars
with bullets while driving. Authorities say he later ditched his car,
hijacked a mail truck, killed the driver and continue to shoot at cars and homes as he
drove. The gunman’s deadly terror spree continued
for about 20 miles between Midland and Odessa. And it ended right here. A witness with a cell phone recorded the moment
when the shooter died in a gun battle with police in a movie theater parking lot. The suspect killed seven people and injured
twenty more, including a 17-month-old baby girl and three police officers. The baby was immediately airlifted to University
Medical Center. She is alive and is listed in stable condition. Investigators are now combing through a 20
mile radius and the suspect’s home to gather evidence and possibly a motive. But authorities admit with the suspect being
dead, finding a motive will be harder, maybe impossible. If you’re Deaf and you find yourself caught
in an active shooter situation, would you know what to do? Here in Georgia, a local nonprofit partnered
with law enforcement officials to offer an all day workshop to help Deaf citizens recognize
the presence of an active threat, decide the best course of action and learn how to interact
with first responders and 911 operators. But as Sign1News anchor Crystal Cousineau
found out, what makes this workshop so impactful is that it was offered in ASL with native
signers as the instructors. The National Weather Service says hurricane Dorian
has made landfall in the northern Bahamas. And it has intensified to a massive Category
5 storm with sustained winds of 160 mph and wind gusts clocking in at 200 miles per hour. Many Bahamians are heeding the warnings, boarding
of their homes and evacuating. But others have refused to leave. Authorities are warning those residents there
is only a small window of opportunity where they can offer assistance. When that window closes, residents will have
to fend for themselves. No assistance is coming until the dangers
of the storm have passed. Also because the storm’s track shifted Saturday,
Florida may not take a direct hit. But officials there say now is not the time
to breathe a sigh of relief. Even if Dorian does not make landfall in Florida,
the state could get slammed with powerful winds, heavy rain and a dangerous storm surge. All of Florida is under a state of emergency
as well as in North and South Carolina and multiple counties in Georgia. Again we want to remind you: Sign1News will
be posting live press conferences on storm updates and warnings from local, state and
federal officials with sign language interpretation on our app, website, YouTube and Facebook
page. Please share the updates with family or friends
who may be living in the path of the storm so they can stay safe. If you drive a Ford Explorer, Expedition or
F-150, listen up! Ford is recalling 483,000 of these vehicles
because of concerns over the strength of its seats. Ford states seatbacks in the affected vehicles
may not restrain people during a crash. They believe the seats may have been assembled
wrong and could be missing a piece needed to keep them upright. If a crash happens, the seat may lose strength,
increasing the risk of injury. To find out if your car is part of the recall,
you can check the recall section on Ford’s website. The company says its dealers should be able
to inspect and fix the problem. More than 66,000 vehicles in Canada and Mexico
are also a part of the recalls. Earlier this week we told you the TSA had
banned Disney’s new Star Wars themed Coke bottles from flights because the souvenirs
look like replica explosives. I guess the Force was with Star Wars fans
this time because TSA has reversed its decision. Friday the TSA said the bottles can be allowed
as a carry-on item but they must be empty. That’s because the bottles are larger than
the 3.4 ounce limit for carry-ons. But if you want to leave the souvenir unopened,
the TSA says it will allow the soda to be placed in checked baggage. A Virginia man named Jake Van Yahres made a chalk drawing to promote unity at the Charlottesville
intersection where a woman was killed in 2017. Yahres modified the crosswalk markings using
chalk so it looks like interlacing fingers. Yahres says the
fingers symbolize people of different races coming together. He’s a Charlottesville native but he was in
San Francisco when activist Heather Heyer was killed during demonstrations over a white
supremacist rally two years ago. Yahres says he wanted to create something
to show Charlottesville is not a hate filled place. And those are your top stories for today. I’m Candace Jones. Thank you for watching Sign1News. Remember to follow us on all of our social
media platforms and be sure to download our app too. Sign1News. Your life. Your language.

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