High School Shooting in Benton, Kentucky
On Monday morning, a 15 year-old student in Kentucky’s Marshall County High School opened fire on his fellow classmates. Two students, Bailey Holt and Preston Cole, were both killed, while another eighteen were injured. Five remain in critical condition. Students reported screams as people ran, and some barricaded themselves inside classrooms. The shooter was apprehended and taken into custody. Though only 15 years old, he could possibly be tried as an adult for murder and attempted murder.
The shooting in Benton is the 11th school shooting in the United States for 2018.
Sessions to be Questioned in Russia Inquiry
As reported Tuesday by the New York Times, Attorney General Jeff Sessions was interviewed for several hours last week by the in special counsel’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, making him the first member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet to be questioned in the inquiry.
This comes after a report earlier this month that Mueller had learned of an attempt by President Trump to convince Sessions not to recuse himself from the investigation. Sessions later did recuse himself after coming under fire for not reporting meetings with the Russia’s ambassador to the United States during his confirmation hearing.
Cape Town Faces Severe Drought
Cape Town is expected to run out of water on April 12th after dealing with three consecutive years of drought. The mayor has said that since people did not follow emergency water conservation standards, “Zero Day” has been moved up nine days from April 21st. After Zero Day, Cape Town residents will have to line up at 200 distribution points around the city for their daily allotment of water, 6.5 gallons per person. This is the minimum water required in crisis situations as set out by the World Health Organization.
Right now, the water conservation standards ask that each citizen uses only 87 liters (23 gallons) of water. Without rain, however, there seems to be little hope for a turnaround.
Government Reopens; DACA Vote to Come
On Monday, the government reopened after its 3 day shutdown when Democrats decided to agree on a bill that did not protect the children under DACA—something they had been looking for throughout negotiations. The bill also extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years, and will fund the government through February 8th.
Mitch McConnell says that the senate will debate an immigration bill to protect Dreamers if it is not already decided by February 8th. The debate as to whether McConnell will keep this promise has divided Democrats.
Trump has been unclear with his intentions on DACA. After Democrats agreed to the deal, he tweeted that he wants a “big win for everyone, including Republicans, Democrats and DACA.”
In Other News…
Larry Nassar, the ex-US Olympics gymnastic doctor who was accused of sexually abusing over 160 girls, was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison on Wednesday.
Chinese scientists successfully cloned monkeys from a non-embryonic cell on Wednesday, thus successfully being the first clone primates.
Paris is on flooding alert as the River Seine reaches its highest point in over a century.