In the News This Week
Debra Brown | Wednesday November 14th 2018
Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.
Democrat Candidate for Georgia Governor Stacey Abrams Files Lawsuit to Force Runoff.
Democrat Stacey Abrams is continuing her fight to force a runoff in the Georgia governor’s race and filed a new lawsuit Sunday to block counties from tossing out some absentee and provisional ballots. Abrams has not conceded to Republican Brian Kemp, who has declared victory and said that there are not enough outstanding votes to change the outcome. Kemp’s lead has narrowed since Tuesday, but is still above the 50 percent required for an outright win.
Abrams would need more than 21,700 additional votes to force a runoff or more than 19,300 to force a recount. The secretary of state’s office reports 21,190 provisional ballots. Abrams’s campaign aides estimate there are at least 26,000 provisional ballots, based on information they gathered from county officials.
Georgia Lawmaker Arrested With 14 Others Amid Protest To Count Every Vote In Governor Race.
A Georgia state senator who joined protesters at the state Capitol building in Atlanta protesting to make sure all the ballots from the gubernatorial election are counted was arrested with 14 others.
Here is a Gofundme bail fund set up to help the 14 people arrested. The senator Nikema Williams has been released.
The Camp Fire in Northern California is the Deadliest Fire in State History.
The Camp Fire in Northern California is the deadliest fire in state history, 48 people have been killed and about 200 are still missing. The fire has destroyed more than 8,800 structures, most of them homes. In Southern California near Los Angeles, the Woolsey Fire has killed two people near Malibu and burned more than 97,100 acres.
Here is how to help.
Federal Judge Blocks Keystone XL Pipeline Construction.
U.S. district Judge Brian Morris has issued an order blocking construction of the transnational Keystone XL Pipeline until the State Department conducts further study of its impact on the environment. Judge Brian Morris’ order, overturns the Trump administrations’s approval last year of the proposed 1,179-mile pipeline and temporarily prevents it from being built.
The order stems from a lawsuit filed by the Indigenous Environmental Network and North Coast Rivers Alliance, which alleges that the State Department and TransCanada violated National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, the environmental law described in the order as “the basic national charter for protection of the environment.”
Newly Elected Dallas DA Says The ‘Appropriate Charge’ For Amber Guyger Is Murder.
Police officer Amber Guyger killed 26-year-old Botham Shem Jean in his Dallas home and was charged with manslaughter by District Attorney Faith Johnson. Johnson, Republican, lost her reelection to retired judge John Creuzot, Democrat, in the recent midterm elections. Creuzot has said anything less than murder deviates from Dallas County precedent.
Marvel Publisher Stan Lee Dies at 95.
Stan Lee, the former editor-in-chief, publisher, and chairman of Marvel Comics, died this morning in Los Angeles at age 95. Lee was best known for co-creating much of Marvel’s pantheon of beloved superheroes: Spider-Man, The X-Men, The Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Daredevil, Black Panther, and Doctor Strange, among others.