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Closings Expected Wed. in Trial of Woman Accused of Running Mom off Buckman

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Both sides will present their closing arguments Wednesday in the trial of Sasha Pringle, accused of causing an accident that sent a woman's car careening off the Buckman Bridge. 

The jury has been dismisssed for the day, after a full day of testimony, seeing autopsy photos of the victim, and studying both of the vehicles involved in the crash. 

Pringle is on trial for the DUI manslaughter of Luma Kajy, 41, and for leaving the scene of the February crash. Pringle's blood test revealed marijuana and prescription medication in her system.

Both Kajy's and Pringle's vehicles were brought in on flatbed tow trucks for the jury to see. The vehicles were parked in the back of the court house, where the jury spent about ten minutes walking around the vehicles. Pringle appeared shocked, and could be seen wiping her eyes and nose.

Sasha Pringle Trial Underway for Fatal Buckman Bridge Crash

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The man who witnessed the crash that sent a woman over the side of the Buckman Bridge took the stand in the trial of the woman accused of causing the crash.

Steve Kohn was riding behind 32-year-old Sasha Pringle, calling 911 as he watched her driving dangerously, and doing so again as he witnessed Luma Kajy's SUV going into the St. Johns river, killing her.

Pringle is on trial for DUI manslaughter and leaving the scene of the crash.

Several minutes of the 911 calls were played for the jury today in addition to the testimony of Kohn as the prosecution began making its case for conviction.

Kohn followed Pringle for 20 miles, eventually leading to her arrest.

A blood test of Pringle revealed marijuana and prescription medication in her system.

Documents regarding Pringle's behavior while in jail shed more light on the nature of the medication.

USS Underwood Returns from Six Month Deployment

More than 200 Sailors stationed on board USS Underwood (FFG 36) and embarked helicopter squadron HSL 60 will return to Naval Station Mayport on Tuesday, October 5, after a six-month deployment to the Eastern Pacific in support of Counter-Illicit Trafficking Operations.

MAU Job Fair for Welders with Mechanical Skills on September 30th

A special job fair will be held on Thursday, September 30th for individuals with mechanical and welding experience for MAU job openings at the Jacksonville TTX location. The welding positions will be performing railcar maintenance and repair duties for MAU at TTX.  MAU is a human resources firm headquartered in Augusta, GA that provides custom workforce solutions.  

Recession Affecting Every Aspect of American Life

The nation's financial crisis is altering Americans' way of life from the home and the workplace to the highway and the altar, according to 2009 Census data released Tuesday.

Median household income - the level where half make more and half make less - fell 2.9% from $51,726 in 2008 to $50,221 last year, the second consecutive annual drop, according to the American Community Survey, far-reaching demographic data separate from the 2010 Census.

"The recession has affected every aspect of American life," says Mark Mather, a demographer at the Population Reference Bureau. "It doesn't matter if you're lower income or higher income, highly educated or just have a high school degree."

For-Profit Colleges Under Fire Over Value, Accreditation

For Chelsi Miller, the wake-up call came when University of Utah officials said her credits wouldn't transfer from her old school.

Utah's flagship public university accepted her to its pre-med program last fall but said her courses at Everest College, a national for-profit institution with a campus in Salt Lake City, wouldn't count toward her bachelor's degree. That left Miller with a 3.9 grade-point average for an associate's degree that she says did nothing to advance her education and career goals. And, she has more than $30,000 in student-loan debt.

She says Everest misled her when it suggested her credits would transfer and misrepresented what it would cost her.

"I feel as if I had been sold a college experience from a used-car salesman," says Miller, 26, of Midvale, Utah, who last week filed a class-action lawsuit in state court with two other students accusing Corinthian Colleges, Everest's owner, of fraud.

Most Americans Believe in God but Don't Know Religious Tenets

Americans are clear on God but foggy on facts about faiths.

The new U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey, released today by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, finds that although 86% of us believe in God or a higher power, we don't know our own traditions or those of neighbors across the street or across the globe.

Among 3,412 adults surveyed, only 2% correctly answered at least 29 of 32 questions on the Bible, major religious figures, beliefs and practices. The average score was 16 correct (50%).

Key findings:

•Doctrines don't grab us. Only 55% of Catholic respondents knew the core teaching that the bread and wine in the Mass become the body and blood of Christ, and are not merely symbols. Just 19% of Protestants knew the basic tenet that salvation is through faith alone, not actions as well.