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Nightly Brief

     

     Top CNS stories for today including Ex-allies of Gov. Chris Christie convicted on Bridge conspiracy, the second installment of a two-part series: Reformed felons help newly released prisoners navigate a tough job market; Giuliani admits he knew in advance of FBI email inquiry, and more.
     
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     1.) Ex-Allies of Gov. Chris Christie Convicted on Bridge Conspiracy
     A federal jury convicted two people Friday of conspiring to close lanes at the George Washington Bridge, and later covering up the scheme, as punishment for a New Jersey Democrat who had angered Gov. Chris Christie.
     
     2.) Reformed Felons Help Newly Released Prisoners Navigate a Tough Job Market
     Every year 16,000 to 18,000 felons return to the Houston area after being released from Texas prisons. Whether they can avoid returning to prison largely depends on one thing: if they can find a job.
     
     3.) Giuliani Admits He Knew in Advance of FBI Email Inquiry
     Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a high-profile surrogate for Donald Trump, admitted on national television Friday that he knew in advance the FBI was going to reopen its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.

     4.) Conflicting Interests Target Declining Great Salt Lake
      Lake levels at the once-mighty Great Salt Lake are in steady decline, with half of the lakebed exposed, affecting wildlife, industry, tourism and state residents, some of whom will vote on a new water project next week.
     
     5.) Key Races in Battleground States Could Reshape Senate
     While the gyrations, outrageous comments and general unpleasantness of this year’s presidential contest have dominated the political headlines the past 11 months, there are contests further down the ticket in key battleground states that will go a long way toward determining how America is governed over the next four years.
     
     6.) Judge Delays Ruling on Calif. Water Standards
     A federal judge Thursday refused the Environmental Protection Agency’s request to dismiss a claim that it failed to review changes California made to its water quality standards during its ongoing drought, but asked both sides for more information.
     
     7.) Environmental Probe of Pipeline Found Lacking
     An independent research firm released the results of its investigation into the Dakota Access Pipeline’s environmental impact, which found deficiencies in earlier assessments
     
     8.) Feds Learn Hard Lessons in Bundy Case
     Although a jury’s finding this week — that occupiers of a federal wildlife refuge were not guilty of conspiring to keep federal workers from their jobs — stunned the nation, many legal experts believe the government overreached with charges it never could have proven in the first place.

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