Nightly Brief

Your Thursday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including the Supreme Court agreeing to decide whether government-employee unions can force nonmember workers to pay bargaining fees; the Senate confirming President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Eighth Circuit; California moving its presidential primary election up from June to March beginning in 2020; scientists find forests have become emitters, rather than filters of carbon, potentially upending global efforts to address climate change, and more.

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1.) In National news after deadlocking last year in a similar case, the Supreme Court agreed Thursday to decide whether government-employee unions can force nonmember workers to pay bargaining fees.

2.) After a notably uncontroversial nomination process, the Senate overwhelming confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Eighth Circuit on Thursday.

3.) In Regional news  California will move it its presidential primary election up from June to March beginning in 2020, under a bill signed Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

4.)  Six professors at University of Georgia colleges sued the state this week, challenging a law that allows students to carry concealed guns on college campuses.

5.)  A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a Kentucky law requiring abortion providers to perform an ultrasound and make the fetal heartbeat audible to the patient is unconstitutional.

6.)  A federal judge signaled Wednesday that Uber will get to tell a jury that a closely watched trade-secrets lawsuit is a sham, filed to eliminate the Silicon Valley ride-hailing company as a competitor from the nascent but potentially flush driverless car industry.

7.) In International news as nations across the world consider strategies for battling climate change, forests have become unlikely adversaries of such efforts: Instead of being our carbon filters, they’ve become emitters themselves.
8.)  RBS, Nomura Can’t Shake $806M Mortgage-Fraud Judgment. Upholding a scathing mortgage-fraud ruling on Thursday, the Second Circuit called the case proof of the power of federal law in the context of the Great Recession.
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