Your Friday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News
Top eight stories for today including a federal grand jury brought civil rights charges against the four former police officers involved with the death of George Floyd; Brexit acted as a strong undercurrent as voters went to the polls in regional and local elections in the United Kingdom; Texas Republicans passed a controversial voting reform bill after an all-night legislative session, and more.
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1.) A federal grand jury brought civil rights charges early Friday against the four former police officers involved with the death of George Floyd.
2.) The U.S. economy added only 266,000 jobs last month, marking a sharp slowdown in hiring and raising concerns over the pace of recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
3.) Around 3 a.m. Friday morning, the Texas House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 7 on a party-line vote that followed hours of debate and over a dozen amendments being added to the controversial election bill.
4.) A conservative advocacy organization and Wisconsin clergy sued the state corrections department on Friday over a Covid-19 policy restricting ministers’ access to prisoners, claiming it violates state law.
5.) Oklahoma officials announced Friday the state will receive a full $2.6 million refund for its stockpile of hydroxychloroquine, months after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration revoked emergency use authorization for the malaria drug as a Covid-19 treatment due to lack of effectiveness.
6.) The Massachusetts Supreme Court struggled Friday to figure out when a parent can be called to testify if their child is accused of a crime.
7.) The historic Brexit decision to leave the European Union acted as a strong undercurrent as voters went to the polls in regional and local elections in the United Kingdom.
8.) With the coronavirus pandemic in the midst of a new deadly wave, the World Health Organization on Friday praised the United States for supporting a waiver on vaccine patents and approved the use of a Chinese vaccine, important steps in efforts to expand global vaccination.