The Daily Mix: A Closer Look at the Top Stories for Thursday, January 17

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  • It’s Thursday, January 17th – and NBC 6 has the top stories you need to know for your day.

It’s Thursday, January 17th – and NBC 6 has the top stories you need to know for your day.

No. 1 – Hotel dishwasher awarded $21 million in religious discrimination lawsuit

Sixty-year-old Marie Jean Pierre was a dishwasher at the Conrad Miami Hotel for more than a decade until she was fired in March 2016.

Pierre, a devout Christian missionary born in Haiti, said she was fired by her boss at the hotel after she missed six Sundays from work to attend Bethel Baptist Church in Miami.

Hilton responded to the settlement saying “We were very disappointed by the jury’s verdict, and don’t believe that it is supported by the facts of this case or the law.”

No. 2 – Organizations helping those dealing with bills, obligations during government shutdown

You keep hearing about the government shutdown and the effect it's having on furloughed workers - want to do something to help? Feeding South Florida needs volunteers to help sort through donated food for those employees. Search "federal workers" on our app for more info.

No. 3 – Former ‘To Catch a Predator’ host arrested

Chris Hansen, who rose to national fame with the Dateline NBC series, was arrested in Connecticut for allegedly writing bad checks. Hansen ordered over $12,000 worth of promotional items from a marketing company. The 59-year-old turned himself in Monday after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

No. 4 – Key West moves closer to ban on sunscreens with certain products

The city has plans to ban sunscreens that are harmful to their local coral reefs banning a sunblock that contains ingredients which are known to cause coral bleaching. Commissioners now have to review the proposed ban again before going for a final vote on February 5th.

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