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alternative proposals to the government's brexit strategy. welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers they voted on four motions, in north america all were rejected. and around the globe. prime minister theresa may my name is mike embley. our top stories: will hold a lengthy meeting of her cabinet later on tuesday to discuss what to do next. the us supreme court has ruled that a convicted murderer in missouri has no right to a "painless death". the ruling by five judges clears the way for the execution of russell bucklew. yet again, more deadlock and division — mp‘s reject four he'd argued that use of a lethal alternatives to theresa injection could mean an agonising may's brexit plan. just 10 days before the uk is due death because of a rare to leave the european union, medical condition. the cabinet will meet on tuesday, fans and hip hop royalty have been paying tribute to nipsey hussle. trying to work out what to do next. the grammy—nominated star was killed outside his clothing store frustration in europe — in los angeles over the weekend. the brexit coordinator two other people were in the european parliament says the uk has one more chance to break the deadlock or leave without any agreement. the us supreme court rules a convicted murderer on death row wounded in the attack. the prime minister has warned that it isn't possible to "arrest
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ourselves" out of the problem of violent crime, especially knife crime. the government is looking at giving a new legal duty to teachers, doctors and others working on the front line in england and wales to help spot warning signs that a young person could be in danger. our special correspondent lucy manning reports. this woman's son was stabbed in northampton. he had the biggest smile, the biggest laugh, it is everyone's worst nightmare and you never think it will happen to you but when you get that phone call it literally broke my heart into a million pieces. what do you think of the government's plans to get doctors and teachers and nurses to report concerns they have about knife crime? anything combating
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knife crime? anything combating knife crime? anything combating knife crime is a positive thing and iam allfor knife crime is a positive thing and i am all for it. however, i also think that sentences for anything to do with knife crime is not long enough. doctors, nurses and teachers are already often on the front line, but now the government wants them to do more. we think it is a pretty despicable ploy by the government to pass the buck onto frontline staff who are already struggling to meet the needs of young people despite huge funding cuts and slashes to services. these were seized in the past 12 months. with the highest number of people killed in the 12 months, the highest on record. this woman has friends and family members who have been stabbed, and she thinks the reasons are complex. lack of opportunities, schools, gang violence, drill music, social media,
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the list is endless, and until the government starts to treat each of theseissues government starts to treat each of these issues as a major problem, which they are, we won't get anywhere. day after day, stabbings are reported, not just anywhere. day after day, stabbings are reported, notjust in london where a man was murdered here last week, but in bury and bradford over the last few days. it is a problem that even with this new approach will take years to change the knife culture. the government announced yesterday it would relax rules on stop—and—search so it could be used more. a change from when the pm was home secretary and limited it. today, she hosted a knife crime summit at downing street. the resources and tools are there to be able to apprehend and deal with those who are carrying and using knives. so please have what they need to do. but we cannot simply arrest ourselves out of this problem. reese's mum reads the notes
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his little sister has written. i'm worried about reese won't come to me in my dreams... knives responsible for the pain no mother should face. now on bbc news, the travel show. child crying. i am amber, and my husband is frank. we live outside of birmingham, alabama. we have four beautiful boys, frankie who is 17, stephen who is 1a, and then we have a set of boy twins who are four years old, and they are non—verbal autistic — their names are alex and will.
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we are the ellis family. my husband and i have known each other since grade school. we were friends the whole time. we dated in high school and married in college, and this is our 20th wedding anniversary. because we have some issues with the boys, we have not been on a trip in a really long time. they are not very effective at communication, so it takes a lot of intuition to figure out what they need. we have a lot of meltdowns... 0h, did he throw it? child cries. did he drop it or did he throw it? it's ok...
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when there are two autistic non—verbal children the behaviours can be exponential. sometimes they play off of each other. it's all right, it's all right, it's ok. before the twins were born we were just a family of four. and we had the two older brothers who kind of sort of got along, but not really. after the twins came the dynamic changed, to this really sweet, ca retaking dynamic. and especially as the twins got older and they stopped developing, or their development was very slow, we all kind of began to understand that the twins were going to need a lot more. # twinkle twinkle little star...# for a long time we didn't
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have any support. we didn't really talk about the twins, pretty much only my closest friends knew that the twins were special needs. and for a long time i thought i could fix them, that it was just a developmental delay, that i could give them the right supplement of the right food or the right therapy and they would catch up. but over the course of maybe the last year or so i began to realise, and i think my husband and i began to realise that this is who they are. and it's not something that you can fix, it's how they're wired. we began to come to terms with their special needs, their autism. they're so precious, even though they may be different — different, not less. they're just different, that's all. and people need to see the story, people need to know that you can make it work. we can make it work. we started talking about taking a trip, how should we do it,
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this is our 20th anniversary... we have come through so much as a family that we wanted to go as a family, and just enjoy each other. so we felt like it was time to go on a trip! it has taken us a long time to come to the point where we were ready. we have never flown with the twins before so we are kind of nervous and excited about getting on a plane. ok, so let's do each... because they are autistic non—verbal they function on about the level of an 18—month—old. so they are a lot of work. the way our schedules, our work schedules and school schedules for the kids work together, there's not a whole lot of days every month where we're all together at the same time. we have little bits, an hour or two here at the end of the day, if we're not falling asleep already, but whole days don't
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happen very often for us. a few years ago we went to the beach for a couple of days together, but they were very small. to break routine for an autistic child is, can be disastrous. so this gives us an opportunity to break routine only for a little while and try it, and see how the boys cope in a different environment, and still have some of their comfortable surroundings — they will have us and the older boys and some of their familiar objects, but be in a different place, and see if we can start taking longer trips. 0k, how are we going to do an aeroplane? somebody has always got to take care of one of the twins, another person has to take care of the other one, and then who is going to look after the things we take with us. what do we need to take, what snacks are going to have. do we take the blankies,
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do we take toys, do we take the ipad, things to keep them entertained? we actually got in touch with the airline we were going to use and talked to a co—ordinator who let us have a trial run through the airport, which was phenomenal. it was the most fabulous idea anyone has ever come up with. i had been pretty fearful but after that day i felt much better and i thought, i think we can do this. we can make it work, we can get on a plane and go on a trip. it's gonna be stressful and there's going to be meltdowns... cries. hey, hey! it's ok... if they melt down, how do we deal with the people around us, how do we let them know that it's really 0k, and that we're actually 0k with meltdowns, we just have to keep them calm and soothe them
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as much as possible. because you worry about the people around you, that you're offending people or, and you worry about being judged. just to know that somebody understands is so helpful, and all of a sudden you don't feel so crazy. they're autistic, so they come with their own needs, you know? so we're going to take the whole family, for the first time, to a special park called wonderland in san antonio, texas. it's a special needs park and they have lots of fun things specifically for special needs children, very wheelchair accessible. there's a lot of different ways it could go, you know, with their very strict routines that they happen to have, going outside of that a little bit will stress them a little bit, and you just kind of
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have to roll with it. i'm looking forward to it primarily because it's a new thing that we haven't done before, so it's kind of like, challenge accepted, let's do it. it is the fun for him, "let's do this, let's see if we can accomplish it." so it'sjust his personality, but it is a lot of fun. i've played too many strategy games. everything is pretty ready, we'lljust have a nice quiet evening, finishing up any last details, and then we will be ready for tomorrow. cries. 0k... let's get your hair all pretty. all handsome.
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cries. we are going to go on our trip! and you're gonna be so handsome, can you sit for me? you are going to be so handsome. he is so upset because he wants to go get in the car. where are we going? are we going on a trip? are you ready? 0k. all ready! i have the food, the boys' clothes, our clothes, ipads, blankies, we have the wagon, i think that's everything. i think that's everything! ok, let's go. so we went outside to load the car and pull up to the main porch, and i couldn't crank the car, it wouldn't crank. told the husband, can you come and look at the car and try to fix it? and of course he worked his magic and got the car running again. i was so nervous up until this point, but we have prepared so much, and we've already seen a little bit of meltdown because he's actually
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wanting to go, so i think it's gonna be really good. everything went fairly well, and we allowed enough time for any problems that might have popped up, like the car. so we are still running very early schedule, we will get to the airport probably at about two hours before we board the plane. so we are going to fly out of birmingham and fly to houston, the flight from birmingham to houston is a relatively short flight, it's only two hours. from there we will rent a truck or some kind of vehicle, and drive the rest of the way to san antonio. ok, i might be getting a little nervous now. we are at the airport and pulling into the parking deck,
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so it's really real, we're going to do it. 0k! frank senior, frankjunior, stephen, alex, you, and will. yay! look at that lens. got it? one more time, look at the lens. ready? it is a healing time for our family. we can go on this trip together. the older boys have such a sweet dynamic with the little boys. 0k, 0k, thank you. instead of patting them down, they put this little solution on them. cries. i am so sorry, i am so sorry! but two toddlers is difficult. when you add non—verbal autistic, itjust makes it exponential. i always feel this sense to rush and get everything packed.
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we have plenty of time. i kind of have to emotionally prepare myself. i'm so relieved that part is over! now let's just get to the gate. you kind of carry out anxiety in the back of your mind of, how is it going to go? just kind of be ready to roll with the punches, whatever happens, just be ready for anything. travelling for toddlers is difficult. and two toddlers can be really difficult. when you add non—verbal autistic it just makes it exponential. so it has taken us a long time to come to the point where we were ready. will has noise—cancelling headphones, he has strong sensory issues with hearing. you can tell it's painful.
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we're probably going to have a meltdown or two. we might have some vomit, we know it might happen. but the flight from birmingham to houston is a relatively short flight, it's only two hours. and the boys do like car travel. ok, now we're on the fast part. we're about to go fast. up into the air. are you ready? let's do it. whatever happens, just be ready for anything, and just kind of be ready to roll with the punches. ok, it's going to be a little bumpy. you're doing so good.
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things are going really well. one boy is asleep and the other is almost asleep. naptime is a good time to fly. we like the idea of getting into a trip and driving the rest of the way to san antonio. it's about another two and a half hours' drive, and then we'll go to the park. did you sleep with big brother?
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you did? what did you think? is it time to go play? it is. time to get some clothes on. he's going to grab my hand and try to walk us out the front door. it's time to go, alex is ready. the worst part is over. the anxiety i was experiencing was mostly about the flight. woke up this morning, ready to prepare for the park. then we'll hop in the car and go. he knows we're going somewhere fun. we're headed to morgan's wonderland, which is a theme park in san antonio, texas, for special needs children. lots of fun things for children of all cognitive levels to experience. morgan's wonderland came about when the founder, gordon hartman, sold his
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construction company and was able to devote all of his time to building this park for his daughter. she was developmentally delayed. and he made this wonderful playground in her honour and for her, and opened it up to the world. this beautiful park with a carousel, a ferris wheel, train, with sensory fun things and everything that small children and big kids alike would love to come and have fun. it was almost as if it was built for us. so where do you all recommend we go first?
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do you like it? oh, my goodness. what do you think? alex is in his happy place because he loves trains so much. we will probably ride the train at least five times today. so tell us more about the park and how you came to build morgan's wonderland.
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well, actually, it occurred many years ago when maggie, my wife, morgan and i were on a trip. and morgan wanted to go swimming. morgan and i jumped in and we were having fun, just splashing around in the water. there were three other kids at the other end of the pool, two of them were throwing a ball back and forth. she wasn't able to verbally communicate and say, hey, i want to play, can ijoin in with you guys? so she hit the ball. so they quickly grabbed the ball and got out of the pool because it wasn't a normal way of saying, hey, i want to play. and the look on morgan's face was, dad, i don't understand, ijust wanted to play. and it saddened me because ijust wanted my daughter to be able to play. so where could we go? we couldn't take her to a water park because of certain circumstances of hers, and talking to others, we found the same situation. so how do we develop a place where those who have special needs and those who don't can all come together and play in a fully inclusive environment? and it was those discussions, those chit—chats, those meetings,
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they turned into what we now have here today at morgan's wonderland. that is so amazing. and since then, people from all over the united states and literally all over the world make special trips to come here. in an environment that is just different than any other environment in the world. right. whoa, alex, look! what do you think? this is amazing. alex really likes, you know, ipads and things like that that he can manipulate. so when he came into this room, there's not a lot of extra noise but there's a lot of things he can touch. you did it! i'm so proud of you. we started travelling with him when he was six months old. before we really knew he was autistic. so he's very used to it.
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so by the time we did have a diagnosis he was so used to travelling. so you just accommodated him to it. ijust met danielle who has a five—year—old boy who is also non—verbal autistic. we had a really fun time catching up. my new friend, we just friended each other on facebook. it was lovely to talk to her, so many similarities, how do you do this? it is better if you try to align the flights with his normal sleeping times. we found that out. yes. other people on the plane, sometimes, to get people who are less understanding... yeah, i was pretty worried about that. but it is pretty rare, i would say. it's great to find a community, in this setting, where we can talk and make new friends. so, we ran into a mother here, we got to talking and we kind of both had autistic children, she said there was another place really close by that we ought to check out. so i think we're going to head
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on over now and check that out and see how our kids like it. hold on! i had a lot of fears going into this trip. we have a special needs child, and you can't predict their behaviour, and you especially can't predicted in public around other people. and it didn't happen. that park was made for children like them. so we felt safe. that's one thing we really have trouble with sometimes, we don't really feel safe taking them to the normal places where regular children are. to be honest, they are having a lot more fun than i would've thought. normally to get them to have this much fun is kind of rare, we have to do the little things, make weird noises, that's the only time they'll be laughing and smiling this much. but this whole place
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has that effect. i was literally terrified that we would get into a situation where they'd be melting down, lots of tears, really loud, a complete emotional breakdown for the world to see. but it didn't happen, everything was much more calm than i thought it would be. they slept on the plane, they had a lot of fun on the theme parks, theme parks were built for them. they welcomed them with open arms and let them enjoy themselves.
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hello there. on monday in the sunshine, the temperature reached a high of 17 celsius, but we're not going to see those sort of temperatures for some time to come. any remaining warmth is getting pushed away and instead, this developing north to north—westerly wind will drag colder air across the whole of the country. and the colder air is coming in actually behind this band of cloud and rain here that is heading towards the midlands for the rush hour in the morning. already to the north—west, a peppering of quite wintry showers as well. this rain still quite heavy, though, for a while for the rush hour. it will work its way across east anglia and the south—east later in the morning. a couple of hours of dry weather and sunshine follows and then the showers come packing in. almost anywhere could catch a shower. it could be heavy with hail and thunder and some sleet and snow
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over the hills, particularly in the north, and those temperatures are back down to around 8—10 degrees. now, we've got an area of low pressure sitting in the north sea as we move into wednesday. that's gonna push wetter weather back our way and all the while, we're dragging down colder air, perhaps all the way from the arctic. so this is the picture and we may well start with a touch of frost, one or two icy patches on wednesday morning, maybe a bit of snow for a while over the north york moors. but most of the wet weather looks like it is now going to come back into scotland, ran with some sleet and snow over the hills. sunshine and a few sharp showers further south, mind you. and the winds are picking up, too — strong to gale force winds, especially across northern and western parts of the uk. so these are the temperatures, very similar to what we are seeing on tuesday, perhaps a little bit lower, but when you add on the strength of the wind, well, this is what it is going to feel like, so it is going to be a really cold—feeling day, particularly in scotland underneath all of the wet weather. not too good at all. the wet weather and the cold feel, an area of low pressure and that cold air around, the low pressure is going to take a shine to the uk, even into thursday, sitting very close by,
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so spiralling around it, we have these areas of showers along with spells of rain, some more sleet and snow over the high ground, perhaps a bit drier for eastern parts of england but the position of this wet weather subject to change, i suspect. and those temperatures only around 8—10 degrees, getting a bit colder again for northern scotland. and that's really the theme — it's gonna be cold few days. there'll be a lot of these april showers to come, some wintriness over the hills and with some clear skies at night, there may well be some frosts as well.
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