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Uvalde school district suspends entire police force after May shooting
The Uvalde, Texas school district on Friday suspended its entire police force, pending the outcome of an investigation into the May shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers, the report said. district in a statement. The district said it has suspended all activities of the Uvalde Independent School District Police Department “for a period of time.” The police force consisted of five officers and a security officer, according to its website.
Sandy Hook jurors wrap up first day of deliberations in Alex Jones damages case
A Connecticut jury ended its first full day of deliberations on Friday without making a decision on how much conspiracy theorist Alex Jones should pay the families of victims for falsely claiming the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax. Proceedings will resume on Tuesday in Waterbury, Connecticut state court, not far from where a gunman killed 20 children and six staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. Jones claimed for years that the massacre had been staged with actors by the government as part of a plot to seize Americans’ weapons.
US Treasury establishes new tax credit rule to expand affordable housing
On Friday, the U.S. Treasury moved to preserve and expand the supply of affordable housing by finalizing a new income tax credit rule that could qualify more housing projects and extending commissioning deadlines. The final income-averaging rule for the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit now allows for a broader mix of income levels among eligible project residents, using averages rather than fixed limits for all the units.
Explanation – Marijuana Pardons in the US Help Thousands and Leave Others in Jail
The pardon granted by US President Joe Biden to thousands of Americans convicted of simple possession of marijuana under federal law is having a profound impact, say experts and individuals, even if it affects fewer people than initiatives similar state and local. Biden has called on governors to issue similar pardons for marijuana-related state offenses. WHO IS AFFECTED?
Factbox-Voters in five US states will decide to legalize marijuana midterm in November
Voters in five states will decide whether to legalize adult marijuana use in November’s midterm elections, as did 19 other states and the District of Columbia. Public support for drug legalization has grown in recent years, and President Joe Biden announced Thursday that he is pardoning thousands of people who have been convicted of federal marijuana possession charges.
Florida ‘big shrimp family’ left homeless by Hurricane Ian
Ricky Moran, a shrimper who worked and slept on the boat he ran in Fort Myers Beach, lost both a secure livelihood and a safe place to live when Hurricane Ian roared through southwest Florida and destroyed the trawler he called home. The Category 4 storm lifted the craft from its moorings as if it were a toy and left it in a twisted heap on the shore along with half a dozen other battered boats, most overturned on the side or with the shell facing the sky. Moran now finds himself without a safe place to live or a way to earn a living.
Appeals court temporarily blocks Arizona abortion ban
An appeals court on Friday temporarily blocked Arizona from enforcing a 1901 ban on nearly all abortions in the state, reversing a trial court’s decision last month to let the ban continue. . The Arizona Court of Appeals granted Planned Parenthood’s request for an emergency stay of the Pima County Superior Court’s Sept. 23 decision that lifted an injunction on the ban. The appeals court said the abortion rights group “demonstrated a substantial likelihood of success” in challenging the ruling.
Bulletproof glass, guards: America’s election offices tighten Security for the mid-terms of November 8
When voters in Jefferson County, Colorado cast their ballots in the November 8 midterm elections, they will see security guards stationed outside the busiest voting centers. At an election office in Flagstaff, Arizona, voters will encounter bulletproof glass and must press a buzzer to enter. In Tallahassee, Florida, election workers will count ballots in a newly reinforced building with super-strong Kevlar fiber walls.
NYC mayor declares state of emergency amid migrant bus crisis
New York Mayor Eric Adams declared a state of emergency on Friday in response to thousands of migrants bused into the city in recent months from the US southern border in a political dispute over the safety of borders. The city plans to spend $1 billion to manage the influx of migrants, Adams said in a speech at city hall. More than 17,000 have arrived in New York since April; an average of five or six buses a day since early September, with nine buses entering the city on Thursday, said Adams, a Democrat, straining the city’s homeless shelter system.
Oath Keepers founder spoke of ‘bloody’ war ahead of US Capitol attack
On Friday, prosecutors in the trial of five Oath Keepers members showed a jury new evidence that right-wing militia founder Stewart Rhodes told supporters before the attack on the US Capitol last year that there would be a “bloody” war if then-President Donald Trump failed to reverse his 2020 election defeat. In numerous text messages, online posts, and speeches presented as evidence, Rhodes encouraged the use of force and implored Trump to invoke the Insurrection Act, a 19th-century US law that allows presidents to deploy troops to quell civil unrest.
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