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Weekend Express with Lynn Smith

Fast-paced look at the day's essential news and buzz-worthy stories

Update on Michael Mosier fund raiser

Update on Michael Mosier fund raiser

Six year old brain tumor patient and fund raiser Michael Mosier passed away this week.  His parents broke the news to all of his supporters on Facebook.  We met Michael as he valiantly fought his brain stem tumor while raising money for research.  You can make a donation in tribute to Michael or share condolences with his family.  

Cleveland officer's acquittal: the legal steps

Cleveland officer's acquittal: the legal steps

Officer Michael Brelo’s acquittal may have had something to do with his decision to have his case heard by a judge, not a jury.  What happens next for the officer and the victims’ family members? Weekend Express breaks down the legal aspects of the case.

Related: How judge made his decision

Terminator Genisys

Four big movies to heat up your summer

Movie lovers, this is your time of year. Hollywood pours the big bucks, and the big stars into the Summer movie releases. Rotten Tomatoes Senior Editor Grae Drake has four suggestions about what to see, and spend your money on.

Here's her list and the release date:

71 arrested in Brelo verdict protests

71 arrested in Brelo verdict protests

Cleveland's police chief is praising his officers and protesters for the way they responded to the not guilty verdict in the Officer Michael Brelo case.  He was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting deaths of two people in 2012.  Erin McLaughlin was in Cleveland this morning.

Severe Weather: Oklahoma floods turn deadly

Severe Weather: Oklahoma floods turn deadly

Hundreds of people have been told to evacuate because of flooding in Texas.  Parts of the state have received record-setting rainfall this month and more rain is in the forecast.  A water rescue turned deadly in Oklahoma turned deadly when a firefighter was killed during a high-water rescue in Claremore, near Tulsa.  

Battle Saint supports wounded veterans

Battle Saint supports wounded veterans

When one woman heard family members recall frightening moments on the battlefield, she realized the amazing sacrifice they'd made...and how much help they needed to recover.  She worked with her family to start Battle Saint.  The money they've raised has built three "Spirit Centers" on military bases and they're hoping to build more centers.  The founders of Battle Saint told Weekend Express about their program.

Beer can chicken? Yes, please!

Beer can chicken? Yes, please!

We can’t think of a better way to kick off Memorial Day weekend than firing up the grill! Lynn’s preparing her special beer can chicken and it is so juicy you’ll be licking your fingers. 

Lynn’s Beer Can Chicken:

The Duggars

Josh Duggar: inside the molestation case

The future of the TLC reality show "19 Kids and Counting" is in doubt because allegations surfaced that the eldest of the Duggar children molested girls as a teenager. The network has pulled all episodes of the show that were scheduled to air. 

27-year-old Josh Duggar issued an apology saying: "I acted inexcusably."

You can help a veterans photo project

You can help a veterans photo project

The Defense Department has photos of almost all of those who served in the Vietnam War.  Some college students are trying to help them fill in the gaps.  If you have photos to share, check out The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

Severe weather: flooding in Texas

Severe weather: flooding in Texas

Dozens of people had to evacuate because of the rising Wichita River in north Texas.  The area has had a lot of rain in just a couple of days and more could be on the way.

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