Your Thursday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News
Top CNS stories for today including lawmakers and protesters converging at the headquarters of the Federal Communications Commission where the Republican-controlled body voted 3-2 to kill net-neutrality rules; environmentalists were dealt a setback in a battle to ensure that pipelines have proper response plans for a catastrophic oil spill; the Senate on Thursday confirmed its second judge to the 5th Circuit in as many days; California urged a federal judge to block the federal government from cutting off its access to criminal justice grants in retaliation for its becoming a “sanctuary state”; a new study that suggests air pollution may be to blame for increased teenage delinquency, and more.
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1.) In National news, lawmakers and protesters converged Thursday at the headquarters of the Federal Communications Commission where the Republican-controlled body voted 3-2 to kill net-neutrality rules, overturning protections that bar internet service providers from creating fast and slow lanes online.
2.) Environmentalists were dealt a setback Tuesday in a battle to ensure that pipelines have proper response plans for a catastrophic oil spill, when a federal judge ruled that the National Wildlife Federation lacks standing to challenge the U.S. Department of Transportation’s approval process.
3.) The Senate on Thursday confirmed its second judge to the 5th Circuit in as many days, giving President Donald Trump his 12th appointment to a federal appellate court.
4.) The Freedom From Religion Foundation on Wednesday voluntarily dismissed a lawsuit challenging an executive order signed by President Donald Trump that targeted an IRS rule saying religious organizations and other nonprofits that endorse political candidates risk losing their tax-exempt status.
5.) A binational committee continues to work on delisting another population of grizzly bears despite of an appeals court ruling that threatens to stall the process.
6.) In Regional news, North Carolina Democrats filed a lawsuit against their Republican colleagues on the state legislature in a bid to restore primary primary elections for statewide and local judgeships that had been scheduled for the spring.
7.) California on Wednesday urged a federal judge to block the federal government from cutting off its access to criminal justice grants in retaliation for its becoming a “sanctuary state.”
9.) New research shows that some teens exposed to graphic anti-smoking posters may actually be encouraged to pick up the habit.
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