Nightly Brief

Your Tuesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including Virginians going to the polls to elect a new governor n a contest largely seen as a referendum of the Trump presidency; a federal program that has paid over $1 billion to buy private land on U.S. Indian reservations and turn it over to Native American tribes is set to end on Nov. 27; the RAND Corporation says legalizing autonomous vehicles that drive only moderately better than humans could save thousands of lives each year; the European Union reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 23 percent and grew its economy by 53 percent in the last quarter century, and more.

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Karina Smith holds her son Kyler Smith, 2, as she fills out her ballot at a polling place Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Alexandria, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

1.) In National news, Virginians began going to the polls Tuesday morning to elect a new governor, and what they said as they left the schools, community centers and other voting locations suggested the election is shaping up to be a referendum of the Trump presidency.

 

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court.

2.) The justices of the Supreme Court questioned the constitutionality Tuesday of a federal law that bulldozes lawsuits over a tract of land held in trust by the U.S. government for Native Americans.

 

3.) A federal program that has paid over $1 billion to buy private land on U.S. Indian reservations and turn it over to Native American tribes enters its final stage, as the Indian land buyback program makes its final offers on land purchases Nov. 27.

Protestors demand the implementation of the climate change convention in Bonn, Germany, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (Roland Weihrauch/dpa via AP)

4.) Two Pennsylvania kids sued the Trump administration Monday claiming its short-sighted energy and environmental policies are worsening the affect climate change has on their lives.

Waymo is testing vehicles on public roads with only an employee in the back seat. The testing started Oct. 19 with an automated Chrysler Pacifica minivan in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

5.) In the latest in Research, the RAND Corporation says legalizing autonomous vehicles that drive only moderately better than humans could save thousands of lives each year, according to a new report by the RAND Corporation.

A Pilot Travel Center branded location in Lost Hills, California.

6.) In Regional news, on the first day of the conspiracy trial for former employees of truck stop giant Pilot Flying J, the last image a federal prosecutor left with jurors was that of lessons learned in kindergarten. You don’t run with scissors. You don’t lie.

Katy Perry performing during The Prismatic World Tour in July 2014.

7.) A lawyer for the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles told a state court jury Monday that a group of nuns did not have the legal authority to sell or block the sale of real estate at the center of a legal battle between pop star Katy Perry, the archbishop and a local developer.

Cows graze amid wind turbines in Eastern Friesland, Germany.

8.) In International news, in stark contradiction to a frequent refrain of the Republican Party in the United States, the European Union reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 23 percent and grew its economy by 53 percent in the last quarter century.

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