Voices, The Peoples News
March 31, 2023
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Control of Water on the Klamath River Is Pitting Endangered Fish against Potato Farms: The removal of dams on the river, which flows between Oregon and California, is meant to help salmon, but the effort could be thwarted by water diversion for suckerfish and potatoes in the upper river.
# Education / Schools
Students Protest Gun Violence at Tennessee Capitol in Wake of Nashville School Shooting: Hundreds of people gathered outside the Tennessee state Capitol in Nashville Thursday morning to rally for gun control in the wake of the deadly shooting earlier this week at the Covenant School.
Brown Dolls In Nooses: Racism Jolts Saratoga Schools: “Hate has no place in Santa Clara County,” acting county Sheriff Ken Binder said Wednesday. “The Sheriff’s Office will thoroughly investigate these incidents and request prosecution of the offenders to the fullest extent of the law.” The Sheriff’s Office described the incidents as “heinous acts.” The dolls were found at Prospect High School, Saratoga High School and Redwood Middle School earlier this week.
# Employment / Labor
How U.S. policy drives child migrants into dangerous jobs: Recent stories of migrant children working long hours and under dangerous conditions in the United States have shed light on how pervasive migrant child labor has become in this country. Children worked for at least four Alabama parts suppliers to Hyundai and Kia in recent years, Reuters found. Staffing agencies placed migrant minors in plants where regulations ban kids from working. State and federal authorities are investigating.
# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical Orphaned oil wells are one problem; inactive wells are potentially much bigger: Crews plugged 100 orphaned oil wells last week, but even that rapid pace isn’t enough to keep up with the problem in Louisiana. A more sobering figure is the total number of inactive oil and gas wells in
Louisiana: 2,357. Nearly half of those have been inactive for over five years.
U.S. Auctions Giant Stretch of Gulf of Mexico for Oil and Gas Drilling: The U.S. held its first auction of oil and gas drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico in more than a year on Wednesday. The sale, mandated by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) garnered $264 million in offers from oil companies, including BP, Chevron and ExxonMobil.
American companies are importing massive amounts of used cooking oil from China, all for one unexpected reason: In 2023 so far, the U.S. has imported about 530,000 barrels of used cooking oil. Renewable diesel is a type of biofuel that is chemically identical to traditional diesel fuel, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. This means it can be used in ordinary diesel engines and mixed in with diesel fuel. But instead of being made from crude oil, it’s made from vegetable oil or animal fat. Rudolf Diesel, the inventor of the diesel engine, also experimented with vegetable oil as a power source
# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure U.N. seeks rare legal opinion on climate. The U.S. abstained: The U.S. abstained. The United States declined to support a historic resolution in the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday that asks the world’s highest court to weigh in on the legal obligation of countries to address climate change.
# General News
Train derails, catches fire in Raymond, Minn.; residents return home after middle-of the-night evacuation: Some 22 cars, including some carrying ethanol, jumped the tracks just after 1 a.m. Thursday. Residents of a small Minnesota town are returning home after an overnight evacuation order due to a fiery train derailment. Several BNSF Railway cars carrying ethanol and corn syrup came off the rails at 01:00 local time (06:00 GMT). The fire continued to burn around eight hours later.
CDC Researchers Got Sick While Probing Ohio Train Derailment: Seven CDC officials began to experience headaches, nausea, sore throat, and coughing while conducting a house-by-house survey of the town. Earlier this month, seven CDC investigators studying potential health risks associated with the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, briefly fell ill, experiencing symptoms including headache, sore throat, coughing and nausea, according to a March 31 report.
# Gov / Politics / Global
Russia Unveils New Policy to Address ‘Existential’ Threat: The new doctrine calls the U.S. the “main source” of risk to Russian security: Russian President Vladimir Putin suspended Moscow’s participation in the last remaining nuclear arms control pact with the United States, announcing the move Tuesday in a bitter speech in which he made clear he would not change his strategy in the war in Ukraine.
North Korea executing pregnant women, homosexuals; sterilising disabled people: Human rights report: Areport by the South Korea’s Unification Ministry claims that North Korea has committed horrific human rights violations including executing children and pregnant women, carrying out human experiments and forcibly sterilising disabled people. The extensive 450-page report details egregious human rights abuses in North Korea, including the right to life and liberty, as well as freedom from slavery, torture and other inhumane treatment. It is based on damning testimony from more than 500 North Koreans who fled from their homeland and was collected from 2017 to 2022.
# Gov / Politics
House Republicans pass marquee energy bill in rebuke of Biden: The bill won’t advance in the Democratically controlled Senate, but Republicans can use it as a cudgel ahead of the 2024 election, delivering their biggest legislative win since they took control of the chamber in January and setting up a clash with Democrats by pitting fossil fuels against President Joe Biden’s climate change agenda.
Big Business and Progressives Spar in Denver Mayor’s Race: The CEO of the city Chamber of Commerce, a venture capitalist–backed former Democratic state senator, and a left-wing former mayoral candidate are the leading hopefuls.
Texas Republicans Introduce Bill Allowing Secretary of State to Overturn Election Results: Republican members of the Texas state legislature introduced a slate of bills Thursday designed to subvert election processes and curb voting rights in the state. One of them would even allow the Texas Secretary of State to overturn election results in the state’s largest Democratic-leaning county, with very little rationale for doing so.
# Legal / DOJ
Donald Trump, the first president in US history to face criminal charges: Trump will now need to be formally arrested and arraigned like any other defendant, a stunning fall from grace for someone who was once one of the most powerful people on the planet. This case also is one of several criminal probes investigating Trump. A special counsel for the Department of Justice is investigating Trump’s actions related to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol and his efforts to overturn the 2020 election, as well his handling of classified documents. In Georgia, authorities are investigating whether Trump interfered in the 2020 election in what is seen as one of the most significant legal threats he faces as he gears up for his 2024 presidential campaign.
Inside Trump’s Risky Plan to Fight Hush-Money Case
Trump indictment throws 2024 race into uncharted territory: The indictment raises profound questions for the GOP’s future, particularly as Trump faces the possibility of additional charges soon in Atlanta and Washington.
Trump Faces 30+ Counts Relating to Business Fraud: A witness reportedly gave 30 minutes of testimony before the Manhattan grand jury took its historic vote. Donald Trump faces more than 30 counts related to business fraud in an indictment by a Manhattan grand jury investigating hush money payments to a porn star
Donald Trump Criminally Charged in New York, Will Be Arraigned Tuesday: his formal surrender and arrest presenting the historic, shocking scene of a former U.S. commander in chief forced to stand before a judge. No ex-president has ever been charged with a crime before, so there’s no rulebook for booking one. Trump has Secret Service protection, so agents would need to be by his side at all times.
MAGA Extremists Can’t Decide Why They Hate the Trump Indictment: The former president predicted chaos if he got charged. Now that it happened, his supporters aren’t sure how to act
The Big Problem With the Trump Indictment: With Trump’s liberty on the line, however, the district attorney—really, the entire criminal legal system—is in for the fight of a lifetime. The Times reported that the specific charges would be announced in the coming days
Bragg Tells House GOP to Back Off After Trump Indictment: Citing plenty of case law, Bragg’s general counsel warned that “Congress has no warrant for interfering with individual criminal investigations.”
Russia detained a journalist from the Wall Street Journal on spying accusations: Evan Gershkovich, a US citizen, was detained on Thursday in Yekaterinburg by Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), which claimed he was trying to obtain classified information. He is the first journalist in over 30 years to be detained in Russia on espionage accusations, and his arrest comes at a time the Kremlin is cracking down on media outlets.
# Medical / Health
When A.I. Denies Your Health Care: A predictive algorithm tucked into Medicare Advantage plans is routinely denying coverage for patients, leaving them with little recourse. As Medicare Advantage plans have increased their reliance on software to determine what their customers require—and, therefore, receive—elderly patients are being denied coverage for care they need. What happens when an algorithm — not a doctor — decides how much care you need and it’s not enough?
Startup Anomaly rolls out AI tech to help predict potential insurance claims denials: Denied insurance claims are a headache for providers and payers and ultimately impact patients as well.
# Medical Science
The new treatment involved extracting blood stem cells from Gray’s bone marrow, isolating them in the lab and using CRISPR’s molecular scissors to cut her genome right at the position of the BCL11A gene. These treatments will be among the most expensive in the world. They will cost around three million dollars (about 2.8 million euros), to which one must add the cost of several months of hospitalization, transfusions and chemotherapy. It is highly doubtful that such a product will reach the areas where more than 90% of sickle-cell anemia cases occur: Africa and India.
# Military / DOD
War in Ukraine update: Lawmakers Want Pentagon to Pick Up Pace of Ukraine Aid: A bipartisan group of senators wants to free up more assistance for Ukraine by pushing the Pentagon to reassess its requirements for a potential war with Russia’s now-degraded military. They’re urging the department to “undertake an urgent and comprehensive update to its warfighting requirements.”
Pentagon Press Secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder Holds an On-Camera Press Briefing
Pentagon balks at sending Ukraine long range bombs, it’s not fear of escalation, it’s fear of being too late: U.S. Defense Department officials are raising concerns about a proposal to send Ukraine small precision-guided bombs that would allow Kyiv to strike Russian targets nearly 100 miles away, according to sources familiar with the debate, fearing that the timeline for deploying the weapons could take far too long.
U.S. agrees to help enhance Ukrainian forces, dispatches adviser: The United States and Ukraine on Thursday agreed to cooperate on defense technology and improve Ukraine’s forces in a move aimed at boosting Ukrainian defense and enhancing U.S. assistance, the Pentagon said.
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