CRIMINAL CHARGES IN FLINT WATER CRISIS
(NBC) The person in charge of running the water treatment plant in Flint, Michigan and two state environmental officials are being charged for misleading regulators and citizens about the contaminated water.
Mike Glasgow was in charge of the plant, and he is being charged with tampering of evidence and willful neglect. The two environmental officials, Steven Busch and Michael Prysby, are charged with misconduct, tampering with evidence, and violating the Safe Water Drinking Act.
The crisis came about when Flint switched from Detroit’s water to the Flint River, which exposed residents to lead poisoning, Legionnaires Disease, E. Coli, and toxic chemical byproducts.
There have been calls for Snyder to resign among other officials. Michigan Representative Elijah Cummings saying the three men being charged is a step in the right direction, but is not enough.
SUPREME COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF FAMILY MEMBERS OF TERROR VICTIMS
(FOX) On Wednesday the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the family members of the 241 Marines who were killed in a 1983 Beirut bombing to collect just under $2 billion in frozen Iranian funds.
Lynn Smith Derbyshire’s brother was killed in that attack.
The final vote was 6-2 for the more than 1,300 relatives.
According to Fox, the decision comes as controversy swirls over pending legislation in Congress that would allow families of the Sept. 11 attacks to hold the government of Saudi Arabia liable in U.S. court.
The Supreme Court case involved $1.75 billion in bonds, plus accumulating interest, owned by the Iranian bank and held by Citibank in New York.
DECISION ON $20 BILL FACELIFT
(NBC) Early this week on KCWU News Central we reported on Andrew Jackson being removed from the $20 bill instead of Alexander Hamilton from the $10 bill.
The woman to replace Jackson has been announced by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Wednesday.
The four finalists were former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, abolitionist Harriet Tubman, civil rights icon Rosa Parks, and Wilma Mankiller, the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation.
Abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who gained fame after leading hundreds of slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad, will be the new face of the $20. However, it will be some time before we see the new bill.
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