Morning briefing

Today’s news shows line up guests

ABC’s “This Week” — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin; Sens. Tim Scott, R-S.C, and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Mnuchin; Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.

CBS’ “Face the Nation” — House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.; Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

CNN’s “State of the Union” — Sanders; White House budget director Mick Mulvaney; Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio

“Fox News Sunday” — Mulvaney; Brock Long, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency

Five added to energy rig active roster

HOUSTON — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by five last week to 940.

That’s up from the 522 rigs that were active a year ago.

Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes said Friday that 750 rigs sought oil and 189 explored for natural gas this week. One was listed as miscellaneous.

Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Utah gained four rigs and Louisiana increased by two. New Mexico and North Dakota each gained one.

Oklahoma lost three rigs and Texas shed two.

Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wyoming were unchanged.

Rape charges filed against ex-player

ALLIANCE — A former football player and current student at the University of Mount Union has been charged with three counts of rape for what authorities say were sexual assaults of three female students.

Court records show 22-year-old Jordan Hargrove was arrested Thursday and is being held on a $250,000 bond. Records don’t indicate whether he has an attorney.

Hargrove was a wide receiver for the Division III national powerhouse in Alliance from 2013 to 2016 and was enrolled at the school this fall.

WEWS-TV in Cleveland has reported that records allege the sexual assaults occurred at off-campus housing in September 2016, February 2017 and this month. Two of the women were 18; the third woman was 19.

$21.7M awarded in med chopper crash

MANCHESTER, Ky. — A Kentucky jury has awarded $21.7 million to families of three people who died in a June 2013 medical helicopter crash.

Local media groups report that a jury in Clay County decided the award Thursday.

The helicopter crashed in a school parking lot 750 feet from a helipad, killing 61-year-old pilot Eddy Sizemore; 40-year-old paramedic Herman “Lee” Dobbs; and 28-year-old nurse Jesse Jones.

Eight family members sued Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.

Church gunman viewed self as avenger

WASHINGTON — A note found in the car of a man charged with spraying deadly gunfire at a Tennessee church made reference to revenge for a white supremacist’s massacre at a black church in Charleston, S.C., two years earlier, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.

The note could offer a glimpse into Emanuel Kidega Samson’s mindset at the time of the Sept. 24 shooting and a possible motive for the rampage, which left a woman dead and six other people wounded. The Associated Press has not viewed the note, but it was summarized in an investigative report circulating among law enforcement. Two officials read parts of the note to the AP.

The report said that “in sum and in no way verbatim,” the note referenced revenge or retaliation for Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who killed nine black worshippers at the South Carolina church in 2015 and has since been sentenced to death. It wasn’t clear what precisely Samson is alleged to have written about the Roof shooting, or whether his note contained other important details that might also speak to a motivation or state of mind.

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