KJACK News Update October 31st 2018

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Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 8:00 am

I’m Kristen Dalton with KJACK News, and these are your top headlines for Wednesday, October 31st.

In Phoenix, President Donald Trump has recently sent out around 5,200 active duty troops to the U.S.- Mexico border, but only as reinforcements to the National Guard that are in the area now. This order comes from the President a week before the midterm elections. These military personnel will not have the power to detain immigrants, seize illegal drugs, or have any direct involvement with putting a stop to a migrant caravan that’s within 1,000 miles from the nearest border crossing.

Now looking to Pittsburgh, the suspect in the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting is said to have been obsessed with a local Jewish refugee settlement agency, and he made his feelings about it very clear on social media before the shooting took place. In the shooting on Saturday, October 27th, 11 people were left dead and Robert Gregory Bowers was apprehended at the scene.

Today is Halloween, and that means there will be trick-or-treaters on the streets tonight, but be cautious! Traffic studies and statistics show that there is a 43% higher risk of pedestrian deaths on Halloween night. In the midst of excitement from kids in costumes and candy after dark, it can be easy to forget what kind of dangers vehicles can pose tonight, so make sure you drive with caution.

In New York, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is starting to reimagine the definition of the word “healthy” as they take a look at the understanding of nutrition science. With that, foods like pizza bagels, dumplings, and chewing gum may qualify under a new definition of “healthy”. However, this is still up for debate as advocacy groups and health professionals continue to make their opinions known. According to the FDA and a research study they conducted in 2015, KIND Bars contain far too much fat to be known as healthy, even though they lead the idea of being good for your health.

Also, don’t forget to make it to the polls on election day, November 6th.

And now, for your weather update. Today is looking to be sunny with a high of 47 degrees and a low of about 24 degrees. There will be a slight breeze tonight, so be sure to keep a hoodie on standby and keep warm during your trick or treating endeavors! Happy Halloween!

Those are your top headlines, I’m Kristen Dalton with KJACK News.

And now a spooky Halloween special report:

Flagstaff Parks and Rec is hosting a safe trick or treating event downtown in collaboration with local businesses. The event will take place from four to seven ‘o’clock PM at Heritage Square and thirty five local businesses. Costumed kids can trick or treat at the shops, play carnival games, and see a pumpkin patch. There will even be a Halloween fashion show. Maps of the event will be available at its information booth in Heritage Square