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Top eight stories for today including Mississippi’s electronic case management and filing system for courts is still not fully implemented after 15 years; The Senate voted to strike down the Biden administration’s plan to cancel swaths of federal student loans; Europe’s top rights court said Ukraine violated the human rights of a gay couple, and more.


Labor laws don’t shield truck driver walkout, Supreme Court rules

The Supreme Court cleared the way Thursday for the concrete company Glacier Northwest to pursue damages over a truck driver walkout that left it with damaged products. 

The Supreme Court is seen on April 21, 2023. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Senate votes to strike down White House student loan forgiveness plan

The Senate on Thursday voted to strike down the Biden administration’s plan to cancel swaths of federal student loans, a move that sends congressional disapproval for the proposal straight to the president’s desk.

Advocates for student debt relief gather outside the Supreme Court on Feb. 28, 2023, as the justices heard arguments over President Joe Biden's student debt cancellation plan. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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Senate amps pressure on Big Tech to prevent online child trafficking

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously Thursday to approve a proposed bill that, if made law, would stand up more stringent guidelines for online service providers to report child exploitation and sex trafficking on their platforms.

This combo photo shows logos for Apple, Meta, Google and Amazon. (AP Photo)


After 15 years, Mississippi courts near full implementation of e-filing system

Mississippi Electronic Courts was launched in May 2008 but remains unavailable to residents in some counties that have been resistant to adopt the technology.

Maps indicate the availability of the Mississippi Electronic Courts e-filing system statewide as of May 2023. (MEC via CNS).

Youth climate suit in Oregon survives order to dismiss

A federal judge agreed Thursday to let youth climate activists continue a 2015 suit that accuses the government of subjecting them and future generations to the devastating effects of climate change.

FILE - In this July 18, 2018, file 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. The U.S. government is trying once again to block a major climate change lawsuit days before young activists are set to argue at trial that the government has violated their constitutional rights by failing to take action climate change. On Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, the Justice Department for a second time this year asked the U.S. Supreme Court to dismiss the case. The high court in July denied the request as premature. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard via AP, File)

Texas federal judge forces lawyers to sign pledge against using AI in filings

A Texas federal judge is requiring attorneys in cases before his court to pledge they did not use artificial intelligence to draft their documents, warning the programs “make stuff up.”

Microsoft employee Alex Buscher demonstrates a search feature integration of the Microsoft Bing search engine and Edge browser with OpenAI on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023, in Redmond. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)


Ukraine must allow same-sex unions, European rights court rules

Europe’s top rights court said on Thursday that Ukraine violated the human rights of a gay couple who had been denied recognition of their relationship, in the latest ruling against countries that have not legalized same-sex marriage. 

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

Trouble in the air: EU climate agency warns of smoke from wildfires

This spring provided little relief for large areas of the Northern Hemisphere and large-scale wildfires have caused dense levels of smoke, according to Copernicus, the EU's climate change service.

Smoke spreads over Parnitha mountain as a wildfire burns in the village of Ippokratios Politia, Greece, about 20 miles north of Athens, on Aug. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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