Nightly Brief

Your Wednesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including Congressional Republicans releasing the framework of a tax system overhaul on Wednesday that calls for drastically reducing the number of tax brackets, slashing the corporate tax rate and changing the way companies are taxed; numerous North American songbird populations are declining; the European Commission on Wednesday slapped Swedish truck manufacturer Scania with a whopping $1.03 billion fine for its role in a price-fixing cartel that spanned 14 years, and more.

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1.) In National news twice-removed former state supreme court justice Roy Moore defeated Donald Trump-endorsed incumbent Luther Strange on Tuesday in Alabama’s Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

2.) Congressional Republicans released the framework of a tax system overhaul on Wednesday that calls for drastically reducing the number of tax brackets, slashing the corporate tax rate and changing the way companies are taxed in the hopes that more will choose to keep their money in the United States.

In this Sept. 1, 2017 photo, a woman joins a rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program, outside the Edward Roybal Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

3.) A federal judge Tuesday called the Department of Justice “heartless” for racing to extinguish the Obama-era program that defers deportation for qualifying young immigrants.

4.) In Regional news an environmental group sued Colorado this week in federal court, as next friend of the Colorado River Ecosystem, asking the court to grant the river personhood.

Purple finches, indicators of healthy coniferous habitat, are declining in the Northwest, according to data from the Klamath Bird Observatory. (Photo by J. Livaudais)

5.) Numerous North American songbird populations are declining, and conservationists are not sure why – although 10 years of data indicate the reasons may be as varied as the birds themselves.

6.) Prosecutors chipped away at Alton Nolen’s insanity defense, grilling defense expert witnesses who say he was mentally ill when he beheaded a co-worker at an Oklahoma food-processing plant in 2014.

7.) Chicken giant Tyson admitted Wednesday to violating the Clean Water Act by discharging an acidic chicken-feed supplement at a Missouri slaughter and processing plant, killing more than 100,000 fish.

8.) In International news the European Commission on Wednesday slapped Swedish truck manufacturer Scania with a whopping $1.03 billion fine for its role in a price-fixing cartel that spanned 14 years.

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