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Fort Hood Shooter To Face Death Penalty, South Korea To Host 2018 Winter Olympics, and More in Chad’s Steaming Pile

Here are just a few things in Chad’s Pile that you will hear on Lubbock’s First News this morning. Give Chad your feedback on the steaming topics.

1. Accused Fort Hood shooter will face death (link)

Maj. Nidal Hasan will face a military jury and will also face the death penalty it was decided on Wednesday. According to FOX:

Fort Hood’s commanding general announced the decision Wednesday for Maj. Nidal Hasan.
The 40-year-old is expected to appear in a Fort Hood courtroom for an arraignment and could enter a plea.

Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the November 2009 shooting spree at the Army post.

Hasan’s lead attorney, John Galligan, had urged the commanding general not to seek the death penalty, saying such cases were more costly, time-consuming and restrictive.

Excellent decision in this case. As you can tell from the statement by Hasan’s lead attorney, there was really no reason not to seek the death penalty.

2. South Korea gets the 2018 Winter Olympics (link)

Congrats to South Korea for getting the 2018 Winter Olympics and beating out France and Germany. I don’t plan on going to the Winter Olympics, so I wouldn’t have cared who won the games. Do people really still get into the Olympics? Do you follow the Olympics still? Most people I know care about the summer games, but not really the winter ones.

3. U.S. troops staying in Iraq (link)

Remember how President Obama said that troops would be leaving Iraq this year? Well, that’s still kinda true but now the Pentagon wants to leave up to ten thousand troops in Iraq. According to the LA Times:

The White House is prepared to keep as many as 10,000 U.S. troops in Iraq after the end of the year, amid growing concern that the planned pullout of virtually all remaining American forces would lead to intensified militant attacks, according to U.S. officials.

Keeping troops in Iraq after the deadline for their departure at the end of December would require agreement of Iraq’s deeply divided government, which is far from certain. The Iraqis so far have not made a formal request for U.S. troops to remain, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

Thoughts?

These and many more topics coming up on Thursday’s edition of Lubbock’s First News with Chad Hasty. Tune in mornings 6-9am on News/Talk 790 KFYO, streaming online at kfyo.com, and now on your iPhone and Android device with the radioPup App.

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