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Top eight stories for today including a Texas high school student killed 14 students and a teacher at an elementary school before police fatally shot him; Steve Bannon’s cohort in the We Build the Wall fundraising fraud appeared before a jury for the start of his federal trial; The GOP-dominated Indiana Legislature forced the passage of a bill targeting transgender student-athletes, and more.

National

Trial on We Build the Wall fraud kicks off for holdout defendant

Steve Bannon’s cohort in the We Build the Wall fundraising fraud appeared before a jury Tuesday morning for the start of his federal trial.

A pair of migrant families from Brazil passes through a gap in a border wall to reach the United States after crossing from Mexico in Yuma, Ariz., in June 2021 to seek asylum. (AP Photo/Eugene Garcia)

La Niña expected to fuel another active Atlantic hurricane season

Forecasters with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center are predicting above-average hurricane activity in 2022, for the seventh year in a row.

A satellite image of Hurricane Elsa as it moves up Florida’s west coast on July 6, 2021. (NOAA)

Black judge installed by Trump confirmed to 6th Circuit

The Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Sixth Circuit nominee Stephanie Dawkins Davis, making it the second time the Cincinnati-based court has had a Black female judge and the first time the post has gone to a Black woman from Michigan.

Judge Stephanie Dawkins Davis testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 2, 2022. Davis was confirmed to a seat on the Sixth Circuit on May 24, 2022. (Screenshot by Courthouse News)

Federal Oracle-HP copyright fight kicks off in Silicon Valley

Oracle faced off against Hewlett Packard in federal court Tuesday, in a yearslong battle over whether HP violated copyrights to Oracle’s software upgrades.

Regional

At least 15 dead in shooting at Texas elementary school

A Texas high school student opened fire at an elementary school Tuesday and killed 14 students and a teacher before police fatally shot him, according to authorities.

Law enforcement personnel stand outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, following a shooting on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

Exxon Mobil can’t sidestep climate change suit on basis of speech

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court refused Tuesday to let Exxon Mobil escape a lawsuit that says it hurt investors and consumers by making misleading statements about how oil production contributes to climate change.

Justin Anderson argues before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on March 9, 2022, in a bid to dismiss the commonwealth's lawsuit against Exxon Mobil under anti-SLAPP statute. (Screenshot via Courthouse News)

Indiana lawmakers override governor’s veto of transgender sports ban

The GOP-dominated Indiana Legislature forced the passage of a bill targeting transgender student-athletes in a one-day technical session on Tuesday, overriding a March veto by Republican Governor Eric Holcomb.

Kit Malone, an advocacy strategist with the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, leads a rally at the Statehouse in Indianapolis on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in opposition to a bill that would ban transgender students from competing in girls’ sports. (Casey Smith/Report for America via AP)

Lawyers challenge gender balance rule for Iowa judicial selection panel

An Iowa law mandating an equal number of male and female elected members of the commission that interviews applicants for the state’s Supreme Court and Court of Appeals is unconstitutional, two Iowans argue in a complaint filed Tuesday in Des Moines federal court.

The Iowa Judicial Branch building in Des Moines, home of the Iowa Supreme Court and Iowa Court of Appeals. (Rox Laird/Courthouse News)

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