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Top eight stories for today including the Fourth Circuit heard arguments over the constitutionality of Virginia Tech’s bias response team; Tempers flared on a key question in the government's bid to break up a joint venture between American Airlines and JetBlue Airways; A Danish energy company teamed up with an investment firm on four wind farm projects that will double Denmark’s offshore wind capacity, and more.

National

Does Newark Airport serve New York City? Billions of dollars may ride on the answer

Tempers flared Tuesday on a key question in the government's bid to break up a joint venture in the Northeast between American Airlines and JetBlue Airways: whether Newark’s airport is part of the New York City market.

(Image by David Mark from Pixabay via Courthouse News)

South lags behind rest of nation in solar investment

When all 280,000 photovoltaic panels are powered up sometime in January, the Black Bear solar project outside of Montgomery, Alabama, will increase the state’s output of solar power by nearly 20%. Yet the state will still be among the least reliant upon renewable energy, in a region of the country that lags behind the rest in green energy investment.

A worker walks among some 280,000 solar panels at LightsourceBP's Black Bear solar facility near Montgomery, Ala., on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022. (Alabama Municipal Electric Authority via Courthouse News)

Panel hears debate on whether dead fish are pollutants

A Fourth Circuit panel heard arguments Tuesday over whether dead fish dumped back into the water by shrimping boats counts as pollution under the Clean Water Act. 

(Image via Pixabay)

Regional

Appeals court hears challenge to university bias response team

The Fourth Circuit heard heated arguments Tuesday morning over the constitutionality of Virginia Tech’s so-called bias response team, which one group says has a chilling effect on students’ right to free speech. 

Main Eggleston Hall at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. (B/Wikipedia Commons via Courthouse News)

Ohio Senate race neck and neck, with nationwide implications

Despite a lack of funding from Democrats outside the Buckeye State, recent polls show 10-term Congressman Tim Ryan in a dead heat with Trump-backed Republican J.D. Vance in Ohio's U.S. Senate race as Ryan tries to appeal to moderates and independents to flip the state blue on Election Day.

This combination of photos shows Ohio Democratic Senate candidate U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, left, and Republican candidate JD Vance. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

Judge declines gag order request by serial killing suspect’s defense

A California judge overseeing the case against a suspected serial killer on Tuesday denied a request for a gag order filed by the defense, who had complained statements made by the district attorney and police chief had already tainted the jury pool.

Suspected Stockton serial killer Wesley Brownlee with defense counsel Allison Nobert at a gag order motion hearing at San Joaquin Superior Court in Stockton, Calif. on Oct. 25, 2022. (Madalyn Wright/ Courthouse News)

International

Danish energy giant plans to double wind power production

Ørsted teamed up with an investment firm on four wind farm projects that will double Denmark’s offshore wind capacity and help achieve its goal of reducing emissions by 70% by 2030.

Three of Deepwater Wind's turbines stand in the water off Block Island, R.I. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Rights court rules trio got fair trial over killing of Cyprus businessman

Europe’s top rights court on Tuesday found no fault with Cyprus’ use of a conspirator-turned-informant to convict four people for the 2010 murder of a prominent businessman. 

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. (Photo by CherryX from Wikipedia Commons via Courthouse News)

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