As detailed in the indictment, the Hunters stole money from the campaign for items as inconsequential as fast food, movie tickets and sneakers; as trivial as video games, Lego sets and Playdoh; as mundane as groceries, dog food, and utilities; and as self-indulgent as luxury hotels, overseas vacations and plane tickets for their family pet rabbits, Eggburt and Cadbury " all while their family was otherwise deeply in debt.
Less than two weeks before her death, Valdivia messaged her a picture of a handgun. More than half a dozen cans of beer and a bottle of alcohol were in the background of the image. "This threat really scared me and I can no longer handle his abuse and harassment," she said in court filings. The restraining order was granted Friday. The next morning, Valdivia showed up at Rosario's home and shot her, their four children and himself, police said. Only their 9-year-old son, Ezekiel Valdivia, survived. He remains in critical condition in a hospital.
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Since he took office, U.S. coal consumption has hit a 41-year low and coal plant closures have actually accelerated. The next to fall, in December, will be Colstrip units 1 and 2, which have been keeping the lights on throughout the Pacific Northwest since 1975. Shutting down one-third of the capacity of the largest coal plant west of the Mississippi comes even after Trump scrapped the Obama-era Clean Power Plan and his administration pledged $39 million to make coal plants run cleaner. "There's nothing he can do about it," said Randy Hardy, an energy consultant and former head of the Bonneville Power Administration. "The market economics are so compelling that absent massive federal government subsidies to keep coal alive, you couldn't do it economically."