Nightly Brief

Your Monday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including The Trump administration ordered researchers to halt work on an independent study of the potential health risks posed by mountaintop removal coal mining in nearby communities in Appalachia; the University of California, Davis’ annual report on the health of Lake Tahoe highlights a growing threat to the region beyond the harm to the lake’s famed clarity — the death of large swaths of the Sierra’s forests; scientists say Zebrafish larvae could eventually supplant mice as the preferred model for optimizing cancer treatments, and more.

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1.) In National news President Donald Trump’s plan to expand offshore oil drilling spurred dueling letters from members of Congress last week, 118 of whom say the plan is critical for U.S. energy security, while 69 others doubt it — plus nearly 18,000 letters of public comment, most of them opposing expanded drilling.

2.) The Trump administration on Friday ordered researchers to halt work on an independent study of the potential health risks posed by mountaintop removal coal mining in nearby communities in Appalachia.

3.) A California jury on Monday awarded $417 million to a 62-year-old woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder.

4.) A federal judge ordered that two airport security guards must be given their jobs back after they were fired for talking to the press about a union strike last year.

5.) In Regional news the University of California, Davis’ annual report on the health of Lake Tahoe highlights a growing threat to the region beyond the harm to the lake’s famed clarity: the death of large swaths of the Sierra’s forests from drought, bark beetles and overgrowth.

6.) On a Monday last fall, a group of court watchers from the American Bar Association say they witnessed the machine of a high-volume misdemeanor court in Nashville violating the rights of the poor and those who represented themselves.

7.) One of two Wisconsin girls accused of trying to stab their friend to death to please a fictional boogeyman accepted a plea deal Monday for a lesser-included charge of attempted.

 

A zebrafish with a tumor from a cancer patient (in red). (Rita Fior/CCU)

8.) From the world of Science comes word that Zebrafish larvae could eventually supplant mice as the preferred model for optimizing cancer treatments.

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