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Your Tuesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including a new study showing President Donald Trump’s plan for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border presents a plethora of concerns as relate to animal life; a prosecutor with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office says the team does not plan to introduce any evidence at trial in September related to the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with the Russian effort to disrupt the 2016 election; House Republicans begin to act on calls for congressional action in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision last month holding states can collect sales tax from out-of-state sellers that do business within their borders; greenlighting partial funding for a series of dams that would be the largest built in California in decades, state regulators dish out over $2.5 billion for new water infrastructure projects; the battle for the Republican nomination for governor of Georgia ends Tuesday as voters head to the polls to decide between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp; in an apparent about-face on Great Britain’s long-held opposition to the death penalty, the Tory government is planning to extradite two alleged Islamic State fighters to the United States, where they could face execution, and more.

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National

A trio of javelina blocked from entering Mexico by an existing portion of border wall. (Matt Clark)

1.) President Donald Trump’s plan for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border presents a plethora of human rights and political concerns. But a study released Tuesday highlights effects the proposed wall would have on animal life.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

2.) A prosecutor with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office said the team does not plan to introduce any evidence at trial in September related to the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with the Russian effort to disrupt the 2016 election.

In this Aug. 4, 2016, photo, Amazon.com boxes are shown stacked near a Boeing 767 Amazon “Prime Air” cargo plane on display in a Boeing hangar in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

3.) House Republicans on Tuesday supported calls for congressional action in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision last month holding states can collect sales tax from out-of-state sellers that do business within their borders.

In this Jan. 21, 2018, photo, demonstrators rally in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals outside the Capitol Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

4.) The demise of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals would be felt nationwide, as states stand to lose hundreds of millions in annual tax revenue if Texas prevails in its quest to end the program, a coalition of blue states claims in an amicus brief.

Regional

Water projects slated to share $2.5 billion under Proposition 1. (California Water Commission)

5.) Greenlighting partial funding for a series of dams that would be the largest built in California in decades, state regulators on Tuesday dished out over $2.5 billion for new water infrastructure projects.

In this July 12, 2018, photo, Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidates, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, left, and Secretary of State Brian Kemp shake hands after an Atlanta Press Club debate at Georgia Public Television in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

6.) The battle for the Republican nomination for governor of Georgia ends Tuesday as voters head to the polls to decide between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

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7.) A retired school groundskeeper dying of lymphoma told a California jury Monday he wouldn’t have used Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer had he known it causes cancer, in the first-ever case to go to trial accusing the agrichemical company of hiding Roundup’s risks to safeguard its extraordinary profits.

Clare Bronfman. (Photo via Linked-In)

8.) Seagram’s liquor heiress Clare Bronfman was arraigned in Brooklyn federal court on racketeering charges Tuesday in connection with a group that prosecutors say operated like a secretive cult and recruited women as sex slaves.

International

The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. (Photo via Pixabay.)

9.) In an apparent about-face on Great Britain’s long-held opposition to the death penalty, the Tory government is planning to extradite two alleged Islamic State fighters to the United States, where they could face execution.

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10.) A prison inmate claims in a proposed class action that the Canadian government systematically records privileged communications between prisoners and their lawyers in federal institutions.

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