LISTEN: Boko Haram Releases 82 Kidnapped Girls (UCNN 05/07/17)

1. Reuters – Boko Haram militants have released dozens of schoolgirls out of a group of more than 200 whom they kidnapped from the northeastern town of Chibok in April 2014, officials said on Saturday. A government minister, asking not to be named, said 82 girls had been released. Unconfirmed reports on social media put the number of freed girls at between 50 and 62. “The girls were released through negotiations with the government,” one official said, asking not to be named. A military source said the girls were currently in Banki near the Cameroon border for medical checks before being airlifted to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.

2. NBC San Diego – Officers shot and killed a teenager in the parking lot of his high school in San Diego Saturday morning after the teen called police to check on him and then allegedly pulled out a BB gun and pointed it at the officers. According to San Diego Police Department Acting Homicide Capt. Mike Holden, the 15-year-old boy called police asking officers to conduct a welfare check on a minor — himself — near Torrey Pines High School in Carmel Valley just before 3:30 a.m. Two officers were the first to arrive at the parking lot at the front entrance of the school. Holden said that as the officers got out of their patrol car, the teenager pulled a gun out of his waistband “and pointed it directly at one of the officers.” Both officers drew their service weapons while repeatedly ordering the teenager to drop his weapon several times. Holden said the officers feared for their safety and fired their guns at the teen, striking him “a number of times.” The teen was critically wounded and taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital where he died a short time later. The officers, a 28-year veteran and 4-year veteran of the police department, were not hurt.

3. AP – Texas police officer Roy Oliver turned himself in to authorities late Friday on charges of murder for shooting a 15-year-old boy last weekend. Hours later, he had bonded out with bail set at $300,000. Authorities had issued an arrest warrant earlier on Friday for the killing of Jordan Edwards, a black high school freshman who was shot while leaving a party with several other teenagers on April 29. Oliver, who is white, fired a rifle at the vehicle as it drove away, initially saying he feared the driver intended to drive into him but later admitting that the car had been driving away when he fired. The case has renewed concerns about police brutality and racial discrimination in law enforcement, with many drawing comparisons to the 2014 police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland.

4. AP – The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments Monday in the case that has thwarted the president’s attempt to bar certain people from entering the country in the name of national security. The Richmond, Virginia-based court will examine a federal judge in Maryland’s ruling that blocks the administration from temporarily barring new visas for people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

5. Dallas News – Jordan Edwards’ “ginormous” smile, they said, could light up a room — even one as large as Friendship Baptist Church in Mesquite, where a community gathered to mourn a life just beginning to blossom. About 800 people packed the church Saturday for a moving, spiritual celebration of a 15-year-old recalled as an ardent athlete and committed student, “with a humble and loving spirit.” But more than anything, said Mesquite High Principal Kevin Samples, Jordan was a thoughtful, bright-eyed boy whom other kids admired “for all the right reasons.” In the latest police shooting to draw national attention, Jordan was killed by a Balch Springs police officer as he and his brothers left a party last weekend. That officer, Roy Oliver, was fired Tuesday and charged with murder Friday, a swift development that filled many in the crowd with cautious optimism.

6. AP – Parents seeking to adopt children in Texas could soon be rejected by state-funded or private agencies with religious objections to them being Jewish, Muslim, gay, single, or interfaith couples, under a proposal advancing in the Republican-controlled Legislature. Five other states have passed similar laws protecting faith-based adoption organizations that refuse to place children with gay parents or other households on religious grounds – but Texas’ rule extends to state-funded agencies. Only South Dakota’s is similarly sweepingly. Republican sponsors of Texas’ bill, which is poised to pass Saturday in the state House, say it is designed to support the religious freedom of adoption agencies and foster care providers. Many of the agencies and are private and faith-based but receive state funds. But opponents say it robs children of stable homes while funding discrimination with taxpayer dollars.

7. AP – The Hamas Islamic militant movement that controls the Gaza Strip announced Saturday it had chosen its former Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniyeh as the group’s new political chief. Haniyeh succeeds Hamas’ longtime exiled leader Khaled Mashaal, and the move comes shortly after Gaza’s rulers unveiled a new, seemingly more pragmatic political program aimed at ending the group’s international isolation. Hamas is trying to rebrand itself as an Islamic national liberation movement, rather than a branch of the pan-Arab Muslim Brotherhood, which has been outlawed by Egypt.

As you go throughout this day, keep this word in mind: Proverbs 27:1 says, “Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.”

C.S. Lewis said, “I have found a desire within myself that no experience in this world can satisfy; the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”

God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Thanks so much for listening and may God bless your day!