Nightly Brief

Your Wednesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump disbanding two business advisory councils after a flood of criticism led some chief executives to quit over the president’s response to violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend; California Gov. Jerry Brown proposes spending $16.7 billion to build two water tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to quench the thirst of the state’s 40 million residents and overcome the ravages of climate change; new research has uncovered active supermassive black holes in six out of seven “jellyfish” galaxies reviewed, a surprising trend that reveals a previously unknown mechanism by which these cosmic enigmas are fed, and more.

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In this file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with manufacturing executives at the White House in Washington, including Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier and Ford CEO Mark Fields. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

1.) In National news President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he is disbanding two business advisory councils after a flood of criticism led some chief executives to quit over the president’s response to violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.

2.) Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, on Wednesday attempted to distance himself from his client’s controversial comments on the violence in Charlottesville. Meanwhile many in the GOP leadership sought to condemn racism, but stopped short of criticizing the president.

One of many bridges linking the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to the outside world. (Nick Cahill/CNS)

3.) In Regional news the thirst of California’s 40 million residents and the ravages of climate change has the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta on the brink of ecological disaster. The fix, according to Gov. Jerry Brown? A plan to build two water tunnels under the delta, at a cost of $16.7 billion.

4.) Oregon Governor Kate Brown on Tuesday signed a law protecting the right to legal abortion in Oregon, even if Roe v. Wade or the Affordable Care Act were to be overturned.

5.) Alabama’s former Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, twice suspended for defying the law, will face a runoff election in September against Luther Strange, who was appointed to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he became U.S. attorney general.

6.) A conservative county mayor moved a step closer to seizing the seat of retired U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, after winning a Utah Republican primary dogged by negative campaigning.

Illustration of hair follicles. (Image credit: Jeremy and Nichole Swan)

7.) In Science news new research from the National Institutes of Health released Wednesday sheds light on a previously unknown class of sensory neurons that reveal why pulling a single hair causes pain.

Observations of “Jellyfish galaxies” with ESO’s Very Large Telescope have revealed a previously unknown way to fuel supermassive black holes. (ESO/GASP collaboration)

8.) Meanwhile, new research has uncovered active supermassive black holes in six out of seven “jellyfish” galaxies reviewed, a surprising trend that reveals a previously unknown mechanism by which these cosmic enigmas are fed.

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