Nightly Brief

Your Monday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including Virginia Governor Ralph Northam met quietly with top officials in his cabinet as pressure mounts for the Democrat to resign over blackface admissions; Defense attorneys brought a federal complaint on behalf of the 1,600 Brooklyn inmates left in bitter cold because of a week-long delay to a power outage; French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to ask the French electorate to vote in a May referendum to quell public unrest and a wave of protests, and more.

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National

1.) Besieged by criticism over blackface admissions, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam met quietly with top officials in his cabinet Monday morning as pressure mounts for the Democrat to resign.

2.) The D.C. Circuit vacated an order by the Federal Communications Commission limiting federal subsidies for wireless providers bringing service to tribal lands, finding it unfairly impacted access and affordability for Native Americans.  

(AP Photo/Ben Margot)

3.) Finding that the class improved allegations he had previously found wanting, a federal judge advanced a lawsuit that accuses Mercedes-Benz of misleading consumers about its line of clean diesel cars.

Regional

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

4.) Criticizing the week-long delay to a power outage at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center, defense attorneys brought a federal complaint Monday on behalf of the 1,600 inmates left in bitter cold this weekend.

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

5.) Harsh criticism is mounting against Texas Republicans’ announcement of 95,000 registered voters possibly not being citizens, as a group of naturalized citizens filed a lawsuit claiming voter suppression while county officials quickly ruled out 20,000 of the names.

6.) Spurring claims of environmental racism, Louisiana granted a permit allowing a Taiwanese single-use plastics manufacturer once named the worst polluter in the world to build a new plant in a mostly black community known as “Cancer Alley.”

(AP Photo/J. David Ake)

7.) The Supreme Court is temporarily keeping a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics on hold.

International

(AP Photo/Francois Mori)

8.) Vying to quell public unrest and a wave of protests, French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to ask the French electorate to vote in a May referendum.

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