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Top CNS stories for today including a leaked memo from what conservationists say is the Justice Department advises the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to withhold or delay releasing records sought in Freedom of Information Act requests regarding implementation of the Endangered Species Act; a group of children pushing for a national remedial plan to phase out emissions of carbon dioxide urging the Supreme Court not to put off their upcoming trial; a new analysis of voter data reveals that Georgia officials removed an estimated 107,000 people from voter rolls because they did not vote in prior elections; a Los Angeles judge on orders attorney Michael Avenatti, who represents adult film star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump, to pay a former law partner $4.85 million as part of a settlement agreement; a second federal trial starts Tuesday for a former U.S. Border Patrol agent who six years ago this month opened fire through a fence at the U.S.-Mexico border, striking and killing a Mexican teenager, and more.

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National

Dolphins swim in the Mekong river near Kratie province in the northeastern of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in July 2016. (Photo by World Wildlife Fund)

1.) A leaked memo from what conservationists say is the Justice Department advises the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to withhold or delay releasing records sought in Freedom of Information Act requests regarding implementation of the Endangered Species Act.

For an estimated 107,000 people, their removal from the voter rolls was triggered because they had decided not to vote in prior elections, according to an APM Reports analysis. (DAVID GOLDMAN / ASSOCIATED PRESS)

2.) A new analysis of voter data reveals that Georgia officials removed an estimated 107,000 people from voter rolls because they did not vote in prior elections.

In this July 18, 2018, photo, lawyers and youth plaintiffs lineup behind a banner after a hearing before Federal District Court Judge Ann Aiken between lawyers for the Trump Administration and the so called Climate Kids in Federal Court in Eugene, Ore. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard via AP, File)

3.) A group of children pushing for a national remedial plan to phase out emissions of carbon dioxide urged the Supreme Court on Monday not to put off their upcoming trial.

The National Center for Transgender Equality, NCTE, and the Human Rights Campaign gather on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, for a #WontBeErased rally. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

4.) The Trump administration is reportedly considering a new rule which would narrow the definition of gender, a move which could effectively strip 1.4 million transgender people in the United States of hard-won civil rights they only recently began to enjoy.

Michael Avenatti being interviewed in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

5.) A Los Angeles judge on Monday ordered attorney Michael Avenatti, who represents adult film star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump, to pay a former law partner $4.85 million as part of a settlement agreement.

Elijah Voge-Meyers carries cod caught in the nets of a trawler off the coast of New Hampshire on April 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, file)

6.) The D.C. Circuit appeared primed Monday to uphold how the government counts bycatch — a term for various sea life unintentionally swept up in commercial fishing.

A one-month dosage of hormonal birth control pills. New Trump administration rules allow more employers to opt out of covering contraceptives as a preventive benefit for women under the Affordable Care Act. (Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press)

7.)  The Ninth Circuit signaled Friday it will lift a nationwide preliminary injunction of federal rules to expand employer exemptions for contraception coverage on religious and moral grounds.

Regional

In this Dec. 4, 2017 photo, a portrait of 16-year-old Mexican youth Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, who was shot and killed in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, is displayed on the street where he was killed that runs parallel with the U.S. border. (AP Photo/Anita Snow)

8.) A second federal trial starts Tuesday for a former U.S. Border Patrol agent who six years ago this month opened fire through a fence at the U.S.-Mexico border, striking and killing a Mexican teenager.

Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo and his Democratic challenger, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, faced off on “This Week in South Florida” Sunday. (Screen grab WPLG Channel 10)

9.) Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo and Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, a former college administrator faced off in their only English-language debate on Sunday, fielding questions on the “This Week in South Florida” television program.

Gov. Bill Walker was joined by his family at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 where he announced he would not seek reelection. (Julie St. Louis/CNS)

11.)  Opponents of what they call Chicago’s “draconian” ordinance regulating Airbnb rentals faced an unsympathetic Seventh Circuit panel at oral arguments Monday morning.

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