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Top eight stories for today including Democrats are on track to pick up several U.S. Senate seats in the midterms despite a highly unpopular president; The ACLU sued over a West Virginia Senate policy prohibiting the use of cameras in the chamber; Two men accused of plotting to kidnap Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer were found guilty, and more.

National

Democrats poised to expand Senate control, with Trump to thank

Democrats are on track to do something completely unprecedented — pick up several U.S. Senate seats in the midterms despite a highly unpopular president and polls showing that an astonishing 87% of Americans are unhappy with the direction of the country.

A vehicle with flags in support of Donald Trump drives outside of the Paul G. Rogers Federal Courthouse in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Aug. 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Trump demands review of classified documents seized from Mar-a-Lago

Attorneys for former President Donald Trump filed a motion Monday asking a Florida federal court to appoint a “special master” to review classified documents the FBI seized from his Mar-a-Lago home two weeks ago.

Former President Donald Trump gestures as he departs Trump Tower on Aug. 10, 2022, on his way to the New York attorney general’s office for a deposition in a civil investigation. (Julia Nikhinson/AP)

Alleged Russian spies in Hawaii to remain in federal custody until September trial

In the case that has rocked the usually quiet Hawaiian islands, a federal judge ruled against releasing a couple accused of identity theft and spying on Russia’s behalf.

Pictures found in the home of Walter Primrose and Gwynne Morrison showed the pair in a jacket that federal authorities say may be genuine KGB garments. (U.S. State Department via Courthouse News)

Regional

Ex-Tennessee House speaker, staffer arrested on federal fraud charges

Tennessee’s former speaker of the House was arrested by federal authorities Tuesday and charged with using his elected position in a conspiracy to funnel money to himself from a state program that receives federal funds.

Tennessee state Rep. Glen Casada, R-Franklin, top center, is sworn in with other members on the first day of the legislative session in Nashville on Jan. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

West Virginian challenges ban on recording legislative debate

The debate over abortion access in West Virginia has spawned a civil suit over the public’s ability to record lawmakers discussing the issue.

The West Virginia Capitol seen from across the Kanawha River. (O Palsson/Wikipedia Commons via Courthouse News)

Jury finds two men guilty of planning to kidnap Michigan governor

Two men accused of plotting to kidnap Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer were found guilty Tuesday by a jury that deliberated less than a day following a mistrial in April.

Barry Croft Jr., left, and Adam Fox, two men charged with conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2020. (Kent County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Judge hears last-ditch bid to block parts of Idaho abortion law

A federal judge heard oral arguments Monday in the federal government’s last-ditch effort to block portions of Idaho’s law, which will ban nearly all abortions in the state if it takes effect later this week.

The Twin Falls County, Idaho, courthouse, built in 1911. (Bill Girdner/Courthouse News)

Science

Popular weed killer linked to animal convulsions

Researcher Akshay Naraine of Florida Atlantic University acknowledges we know little of the effects weed killers have on our nervous systems. But he has discovered one thing: a link between the active ingredient in Roundup and convulsions in soil-dwelling roundworms.

Akshay S. Naraine, MSc., project lead and a Ph.D. student at Florida Atlantic University and the International Max Planck Research School for Synapses and Circuits. (Florida Atlantic University)

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