Parents Of A Republican Running For Senate Donated $2,700 Maximum To His Democratic Opponent

Republican Kevin Nicholson is trying to unseat Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin in 2018, but he’s failed to get the endorsements most candidates have the most ease getting — that of their own parents. According to CNN, Donna and Michael Nicholson donated $2,700 to Baldwin’s campaign, the maximum FEC rules legally allow them to contribute until […]

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Parents Of GOP Senate Candidate Donate Maximum Amount To Democratic Opponent

It’s nothing short of embarrassing that the folks who know GOP Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson best – literally, his folks – don’t think he should be a U.S. Senator.

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‘Horrific Murder Spree’ as Ky. Man Shoots Parents, Girlfriend, Her Mom and then Himself

A Kentucky man shot four people to death and then killed himself Saturday in what the local sheriff called “a horrific murder spree,” PEOPLE confirms.

“I have worked in law enforcement for 34 years,” Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price said in a statement on the department’s Facebook page. “This is one of the most disturbing acts of violence I have ever seen.”

Kentucky State Police identified the shooter as Joseph Nickell.

The victims were Nickell’s parents, James and Arlene Nickell, along with Joseph Nickell’s girlfriend, Lindsey Vanhoose, and Lindsey’s mother, Patricia Vanhoose, State Police Trooper William Petry tells PEOPLE.

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Authorities found a note at the first of two locations where the victims were discovered, but “I don’t know what was on the note,” says Petry.

A 911 call at 3:30 p.m. Saturday alerted authorities to a shooting in the Mackenzie Branch community of Johnson County, said the sheriff, who reported two bodies in the kitchen of the residence deceased from gunshot wounds.

Those first two victims were Nickell’s parents, Petry says.

A witness at the scene told authorities that a suspect had fled in a black Toyota Camry. A subsequent 911 call reported the vehicle about 7 miles away parked outside of an apartment complex in Paintsville.

After authorities on the second scene identified an apartment to search, they found the bodies of Lindsey and Patricia Vanhoose along with that of “the perpetrator,” Joseph Nickell, Price said.

The investigation is continuing.

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“The lives of four innocent victims were taken,” the sheriff’s statement said. “The perpetrator then took his own life.”

“There are no words to describe the heartbreak in seeing four lives taken due to the actions of one man.”

He added: “I ask for prayers for the families.”

Man Accused of Killing His Girlfriend and then Stabbing Parents During a Party

Authorities in Massachusetts have filed murder and attempted murder charges against a man who they say killed his 20-year-old girlfriend before going to a family party. When he arrived at the party, he allegedly stabbed both of his parents.

A prosecution source confirms to PEOPLE Benjamin Walsh remains in custody as the sole suspect in the murder of Olivia Bergstrom.

Bergstrom’s body was found in Walsh’s apartment in Needham on Saturday evening. She had been stabbed to death, the prosecution source tells PEOPLE.

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Millis Police arrested the 24-year-old Walsh Saturday night after he allegedly stabbed both of his parents during a family gathering at the Primavera restaurant.

His parents are expected to recover from the attack.

The prosecution source tells PEOPLE relatives subdued Walsh after he allegedly attacked his parents.

They tied him up until police arrived. There is no known motive at this time.

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According to the prosecution source, Walsh had never been in legal trouble before.

Detectives have recovered a knife they say was used in both crimes.

Walsh has yet to enter a plea to the charges and it is unclear whether he has obtained an attorney. He is being held without bond.

Script’s app lets parents digitally sign school permission slips, pay for field trips

 Schools are often late to taking advantage of new technologies, so today still do much of their business over paper forms. One pain point in particular – for school administrators, teachers and parents alike – is handling permission forms for activities and field trips. A young startup called Script aims to help. Schools can use Script’s app to manage the entire trip… Read More

Colorado Mom Warns Parents as Daughter, 10, Fights for Her Life After Rare Swine Flu Diagnosis

A 10-year-old girl from Colorado is in the pediatric ICU as she fights the flu and a pneumonia diagnosis that has left her on a ventilator.

Kristie Richardson says her 10-year-old daughter, Keyona, came down with a mild cough and fever on Wednesday, January 31, which caused her to be sent home from school early. Richardson took the fifth-grader to a local emergency room, where she was diagnosed with pneumonia, which the family later learned was a complication of Keyona contracting the H1N1 influenza virus (sometimes called “swine flu”). Doctors gave Keyona antibiotics and let her return home, but later that night, Richardson noticed her daughter’s difficulty breathing.

“I was just laying in bed with her that night and noticed she was breathing really fast,” Richardson, 36—a school counselor in Aurora, Colorado—tells PEOPLE. “Her activity level was totally fine, we were laughing and joking, but she was just breathing really fast, and I just felt like something wasn’t right.”

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They returned to Children’s Hospital Colorado that night, Keyona’s left lung collapsed by the next morning. ICU doctors intubated Keyona on Thursday afternoon to help with her breathing and placed her in a medical paralysis. Things appeared stable into the evening as Keyona’s father, Corey, went home to feed the family pets and Richardson fell asleep on the couch in her daughter’s hospital room. But Richardson soon awoke into a chaotic scene.

“When I rolled over, there were 20 people in the room,” Richardson recalls. “They said Keyona’s oxygen was plummeting, even with the intubation, and her right lung had given out.”

Doctors told Richardson they needed to move quickly to place Keyona on an EXMO (Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) machine to support her failing respiratory system.

“I asked if we could wait for Corey to get back,” Richardson says, “and the doctor said they didn’t think they would be able to keep her alive that long—and I just started crying.”

The respiratory therapists worked hard to clear the “sticky and thick” fluid in Keyona’s lungs, and Richardson says they “pounded on her little chest” to get it to break up.

“Corey and I both sat there literally bawling our eyes out holding each other and watching our daughter,” she says. “At that point, she was just lifeless.”

Since being placed on the ECMO machine, Keyona’s health has steadily rebounded with the help of “heavy duty” antibiotics, her mother says. On Tuesday, doctors were optimistic enough with her progress to remove her from the machine and place her on a ventilator.

The flu season has been putting a strain on hospitals around the country this season, and the Centers For Disease Control estimates more than 14,000 Americans were hospitalized with the virus since October. The flu becomes increasing lethal when it leads to pneumonia, as it sometimes does. According to the CDC, the flu and pneumonia combination was the eighth leading cause of death in 2016.

The family recently set up a donation page on Meal Train to help with expenses. Though she is unable to speak, Keyona has given her parents frequent thumbs up. But, as Richardson says, being on a breathing tube has dampened her spirits.

“She’s sad today,” Richardson says. “That’s what she keeps telling me, that she’s sad.”

Though Keyona received the flu shot during the weeks before contracting H1N1, Richardson wants parents to still remember the importance of getting their children (and themselves) vaccinated.

“If you haven’t got the flu shot, it’s not too late,” she says. “And watch your kids—if they are showing signs of respiratory issues, take them in, either it’s an urgent care, anywhere, let someone put eyes on them because this goes so fast.”

Richardson says she is fortunate to have brought Keyona back into the ER when she did.

“Had we not brought her back in, we’ve been told she probably would have died in her sleep,” she says. “When her lung collapsed, if we would have let her go to sleep, we would have probably found her in respiratory failure and probably would have never woke up.”

The last major flu epidemic in the U.S. was the 2009 swine flu, which caused over 270,000 hospitalizations and over 12,000 deaths. This season, the predominant strain is H3N2, which causes the worst outbreaks of the two influenza A viruses and two types of influenza B viruses.

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The CDC recommends the flu vaccination, which can lessen the chance that someone catches the virus by 10 to 60 percent (though it doesn’t guarantee that someone will not catch the flu). They also recommend washing your hands throughout the day, contacting your medical provider and not going to work or school if you feel symptoms, getting adequate rest and staying hydrated.