In the News this Week
Debra Brown | Wednesday April 4th 2018
Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.
Democrats Score Big Win In Wisconsin Supreme Court Race.
Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Rebecca Dallet won a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. It’s the first time in more than a decade that a liberal candidate won an open Supreme Court seat in the state. Dallet was winning by double digits when the race was officially called in her favor. “We beat the NRA, and we beat the millions in special interest money that flowed into our state,” Dallet said in her victory speech.
Several Wounded in Shooting at YouTube Headquarters.
A woman opened fire with a handgun at YouTube’s headquarters in California, shooting three people, one of whom was critically injured, before killing herself, the authorities said.
Lawyer Alex van der Zwaan Jailed for 30 Days in Mueller’s First Conviction.
A Dutch attorney was sentenced to 30 days in prison for lying to federal agents, in the first formal conviction obtained by Robert Mueller in his investigation of Russian election interference and alleged collusion between aides to Donald Trump and Moscow.
A federal judge in Washington sentenced Alex van der Zwaan, a 33-year-old lawyer who previously worked with Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager. He was also ordered to pay a $20,000 fine. Van der Zwaan had faced up to six months in prison, under federal sentencing guidelines. His attorneys pushed for him to pay a fine and leave the country.
Baton Rouge Cop Who Shot Alton Sterling Fired.
The Baton Rouge police officer, Blane Salamoni, who shot and killed Alton Sterling in 2016 was fired. State and federal authorities declined to file criminal charges against Salamoni and a second officer, Howie Lake II. The Baton Rouge Police Department disciplined Lake with a three-day suspension, but fired Salamoni for violating the department’s training and organizational standards and losing “command of temper.”
US Proposes Tariffs on 1,300 Chinese Goods.
Donald Trump directed the US trade representative to level tariffs on about $50 billion worth of Chinese imports following a seven-month investigation into the intellectual property theft.
China announced its own tariffs on $3 billion worth of US imports, which Beijing said was in response to the steel and aluminum tariffs announced earlier this month.
Michigan OKs Nestlé Water Extraction, Despite 80K+ Public Comments Against It.
A Michigan agency has approved Nestlé’s plan to boost the amount of water it takes from the state. The request attracted a record number of public comments with 80,945 against and 75 in favor.
Under the plan, Nestlé will be approved to pump up to 400 gallons of water per minute from the well, rather than the 250 gallons per minute it had been extracting.