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Sign1News 9.10.19 – 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. We have an update on the death involving twenty-five-year-old Deaf man Grant Whitaker. Back in August Whitaker went missing. His body was eventually found in a remote
area in Lake County, California. Twenty-one-year-old Deaf man Mavrick Fisher
admitted to killing Whitaker and led investigators to where the body could be found. Fisher was arrested and charged in Whitaker’s
death. An autopsy revealed the cause of death was
blunt force trauma to the head. On Monday Fisher appeared in Lake County criminal
court for an arraignment hearing. He was provided a public defender. According to the District Attorney’s Office,
Fisher pled not guilty to murder charges. The judge set his bail at $1 million. After Monday’s hearing Fisher was transferred
back to Lake County jail where he will wait for his preliminary hearing. The preliminary hearing is set for October
23 at 8:15 AM and will determine if the case is going to trial. The death toll from hurricane Dorian is slowly
rising in the Bahamas. Officials say forty-five people are now dead
and 70,000 people are left homeless. And with hundreds still missing, they expect
that number to climb much higher. Rescue teams have been digging through debris
fields searching for more survivors. But all that rubble is slowing down their
efforts. In the worst hit areas, relief teams are delivering
aid to 70,000 people left homeless. Many Bahamians have fled to the United States
seeking refuge. But some refugees have faced obstacles trying
to evacuate. Last Sunday roughly 130 people trying to evacuate
the Bahamas were turned away from a ferry heading to Florida. They were ordered to leave the ferry if they
did not have a US visa. The ferry operator blamed US immigration authorities but apologized for the hardship and inconvenience
caused to passengers. US Customs and Border protection agree the
incident was a result of confusion. According to a new study, the number of pregnant
women with high blood pressure has soared over the decades. Between 1970 and 2010, high blood pressure
in pregnant women has increased on average by 6 percent each year in the United States. And it is the leading cause of maternal death
in the US. The study suggests the increase in high blood
pressure may be connected to women waiting until they are older to have children. Researchers also found that hypertension during
pregnancy affects black mothers at twice the rate of white mothers. They are hoping this information will be a
step toward figuring out why there is such a difference between races. Researchers studied CDC records on more than
151 million women between the ages of 15 to 49 who gave birth in a hospital over four
decades. High blood pressure in pregnancy can lead
to complications like preeclampsia, stroke, placental abruption, preterm delivery or low
birth weight for the baby. Next year Wendy’s will start serving breakfast
across the US. Currently Wendy’s offers bacon sandwiches
and honey butter chicken biscuits at about 300 locations. According to researchers, breakfast is an
important meal for fast food chains. More people prepare for breakfast at home
than any other meal. Breakfast remains the only growth market for
the fast food industry. However breakfast is a costly initiative. The company expects to spend about $20 million
to serve breakfast throughout the country. The company plans to hire about 20,000 US
employees for the initiative. Wendy’s is not the only fast food chain focusing
on breakfast. Companies including Panera, McDonald’s and
Dunkin’ have experimented with new breakfast initiatives this year. A new makeover of a classic board game celebrates
women’s empowerment. Ms. Monopoly is an upgrade of Hasbro’s Monopoly. In this version female players will make more
money than their male challengers. Women collect 240 Monopoly bucks every time
they pass “Go.” Men, meanwhile, still get the usual $200. Another change is players don’t buy property. But instead they invest in inventions that
were created by women. This new version follows Monopoly’s recent
parody game Monopoly Socialism. Hasbro also released Monopoly for Millennial’s
last year. Ms. Monopoly is available for preorder beginning
September 10. And those are your top stories for today. I’m Candace Jones. Thank you for watching Sign1News live. Remember to follow us on all of our social
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