(FOX) A 4-year old boy fell into a gorilla exhibit in A Cincinnati Zoo Saturday. Zoo officials shot and killed the gorilla, a 400-pound animal named Harambe, after he dragged the child through the moat, according to FOX News. Thane Maynard, director of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, says Harambe was “clearly agitated and clearly disoriented” amidst visitors screaming and shouting. Maynard stated Monday, “We stand by our decision, and we’d make the same call today.” Since the gorilla’s death, the hashtag #JusticeForHarambe is trending on Twitter and a petition has been launched calling for “the parents to be held accountable for the lack of supervision and negligence that caused Harambe to lose his life.” Lt. Steve Saunders, a Cincinnati police spokesman, said there are no plans to charge the parents.
(Guardian) Donald Trump held a press conference this morning to explain the 6 million dollar promise he made to veterans in Iowa earlier this year. Trump stated the grand total of money fundraised and sent to veterans groups totaled 5.6 million dollars, which he wanted to keep private. Trump listed all the groups who received money and the amount of money given to each group. He was disappointed at how the media portrayed the 6 million dollar promise when no one was seeing results at first. Trump cited that the paperwork and process for donating large sums of money is long and strenuous, and that there is still one large donation pending.
(Guardian) Abstaining from sex is another way to prevent the Zika virus. The World Health Organization says people returning from areas where the Zika virus is found should follow safe sex practices or abstain for at least eight weeks, according to The Guardian. That was a spokeswoman for the UHNCR. They are calling for universal access to services including contraception and abortion. Scientists have found that the virus lingers longer than previously thought in blood or other body fluids. Spokesman Christian Lindmeier says, “The guidance is to delay or consider delaying pregnancy.” The United States is funding the fight against Zika virus this summer with a House bill and Senate bill that passed two weeks ago. Visit the World Health Organization’s website for more information.
(NBC) Texas is being pummeled with floods. Torrential rains up to three feet are expected to flood the Brazos River near Houston. High winds, hail, and heavy rain are just some of the ongoing effects of storm season. Eight people have died due to extreme weather in Texas since Friday. However, all tornadoes and twisters reported have not claimed any lives.
(Guardian) Gary Johnson has been selected as the presidential nominee for the Libertarian party. Antonio Dominguez will be in later in the program to talk about Johnson’s current polls and chances at earning a spot in the presidential race.
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