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News in Brief-June 17, 2018

News in Brief-June 17, 2018

The Wonder of You: Louisiana crooner wins Elvis competition

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — In an Elvis Presley contest full of men with slicked-back hair and rhinestone-studded jumpsuits, a 19-year-old was chosen as being most like the King of Rock 'n' Roll.

News outlets report that Nick Perkins of Tickfaw, Louisiana, won the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition.

It happened Saturday in Tupelo, the Mississippi city where Presley was born on Jan. 8, 1935.

Perkins was a first-time competitor. He wore a powder-blue jumpsuit, complete with an oversized belt buckle, as he crooned, "Let It Be Me" and "The Wonder of You."

Perkins will represent Tupelo in August at the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist competition at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.

This was the 20th year for the Tupelo Elvis Festival.


Charitable giving in US tops $400 billion for first time

NEW YORK (AP) — Fueled by a surging stock market and huge gifts from billionaires, charitable giving in the United States in 2017 topped the $400 billion mark for the first time, according to the latest comprehensive report on Americans' giving patterns.

The Giving USA report, released Tuesday, said giving from individuals, estates, foundations and corporations reached an estimated $410 billion in 2017 — more than the gross domestic product of countries such as Israel and Ireland. The total was up 5.2 percent in current dollars (3 percent adjusted for inflation) from the estimate of $389.64 billion for 2016.

Despite the record-setting total, Americans' level of generosity is no higher than it was decades ago. For 2017, giving by individuals represented 2 percent of total disposable income — down from 2.4 percent in 2000 and the same as the rate in 1978. Similarly, total charitable donations have hovered around 2 percent of the gross domestic product for many years; for 2017, that figure was 2.1 percent.


New Orleans Sheriff: Ex-US Attorney under investigation

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Authorities say they found narcotics in an envelope a former U.S. attorney was handing to a jail inmate in a New Orleans courtroom.

The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office said in a news release Thursday that a courtroom deputy spotted Eddie Jordan handing the envelope to the inmate. The deputy searched the envelope before the inmate could access the contents.

The release said narcotics were found. It did not give details.

Jordan has not been arrested or charged. The release says he is "a suspect" in a sheriff's investigation. He did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

Jordan was the New Orleans-based U.S. Attorney from 1994-2001. He was elected New Orleans' district attorney in 2002. He resigned in 2007 amid heavy criticism over his running of the office.