In the News This Week

by Debra Brown

Stacey Abrams

Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news. 


Stacey Abrams Wins Democratic Primary in Georgia Making History As the First Black Woman to be a Major Parties Nominee for Governor. 

Georgia Democrats selected the first black woman to be a major party nominee for governor in the United States. Stacey Abrams, a liberal former State House leader, also became Georgia’s first black nominee for governor. If she wins she will also become the first woman governor in Georgia.

The Deep South region of the United States has not had an African-American governor since Reconstruction. In Georgia, women of color make up 23 percent of the population, but only 8 percent of officeholders, according to the Reflective Democracy Campaign.


School Shooting In Texas, 10 are Killed.

Dimitrios Pagourtzis armed with a shotgun and a .38 revolver smuggled under his coat opened fire on his high school campus, killing 10 people, and wounding 10.

The shooter won’t face the death penalty if he is convicted. Under Texas law, offenders younger than 18 who are charged with a capital offense face a maximum penalty of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 40 years.

Texas is one of 14 states with a “negligent storage law,” which can make gun-owning parents criminally liable for crimes committed with their firearms by their children. The shooter’s father may be immune from prosecution under that law. The Texas law defines a child as 16 or younger, and the suspect is 17.


Supreme Court Rules Workers May Not Band Together to Challenge Violations of Federal Labor Laws.

The U.S. Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, delivered a ruling for the first time that workers may not band together to challenge violations of federal labor laws. The court’s decision means that tens of millions of private nonunion employees will be barred from suing collectively over the terms of their employment.

Labor law experts said the decision will very likely present increasing problems for the #MeToo movement, and for other civil rights class actions claiming discrimination based on race, gender and religion.


The Obamas Sign Deal to Produce Shows with Netflix.

Former President Barack Obama announced a multiyear production deal with Netflix in which he and the former first lady, Michelle Obama, will produce scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features for the streaming service. Their content will highlight issues and themes the president pursued during his eight years in office.


GOP Lawmakers Will Be Allowed To Review Classified Info On Russia Investigation.

Top Republican lawmakers will be allowed to review classified information pertaining to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Donald Trump wants to know whether an FBI informant infiltrated his campaign for political purposes.


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