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Why is President Putin submerging himself in icy water?

19 January is a special day for Orthodox Christians across Russia, including President Vladimir Putin. It’s a day reserved for commemorating the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan, and it’s called Epiphany. Though temperatures are as low as -20 Celsius, some celebrated this by submerging themselves in ice-cold water.......

Big Oil’s flagship plastic waste project sinks on the Ganges

SINGAPORE/VARANASI, India (Reuters) – A wheelbarrow and a handful of metal grids for capturing litter, emblazoned with the words “Renew Oceans,” sit rusting outside an empty, padlocked office in the Indian city of Varanasi, a short walk from the Ganges. FILE PHOTO: Clouds cover the skies over the river Ganges......

Harris On Administration’s Priorities, States Prepare For Unrests, Flint Water Crisis : Up First

NPR The incoming Biden-Harris administration has big plans. They want $1.9 trillion in new spending to help Americans. State capitals across the United States are bracing for potential unrest. The FBI warns of scenes similar to January 6th. Are state and local law enforcement prepared? And nearly seven years after......

Watch Live: Officials address Flint water crisis probe after ex-health chief charged with manslaughter

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Michigan officials are announcing the outcome of the state’s criminal investigation into the Flint water crisis Thursday morning, after the state’s former health director was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of nine people who got Legionnaires’ disease......

Former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder facing neglect charges over Flint water crisis

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is being charged with two counts of willful neglect of duty stemming from the Flint water crisis, according to online court documents. The crisis, which began in 2014, left the city of Flint’s drinking......

Former Michigan Gov. Snyder charged in Flint water crisis

Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here “We believe there is no evidence to support any criminal charges against Gov. Snyder,” defense attorney Brian Lennon said Wednesday night, adding that state prosecutors still hadn’t provided him with any details. Lennon said Tuesday that a criminal case would......

Michigan plans to charge ex-Gov. Snyder in Flint water probe

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Detroit News – For more and to sign up click here Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, top aide Rich Baird and former health director Nick Lyon have been told they will face criminal charges resulting from Flint’s water crisis, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Former Flint Public......

Proposed Virginia rules may delay Mountain Valley natgas pipeline

FILE PHOTO: Lengths of pipe wait to be laid in the ground along the under-construction Mountain Valley Pipeline near Elliston, Virginia, U.S. September 29, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Mostoller (Reuters) – Environmental regulators in Virginia proposed stream-crossing rules that analysts say could delay the startup of the $5.8-$6.0 billion Mountain Valley natural......

Top Apple analyst pours cold water on the latest Apple car reports

CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Tim Cook at Apple Event Source: Apple A closely watched Apple analyst is warning that investors should be cautious about a report that the iPhone maker is planning to produce a self-driving car in 2024. Last week’s report by Reuters......

Flint Has Clean Water Now. Why Won’t People Drink It?

Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here Weaver was narrowly defeated in her 2019 reelection bid by Sheldon Neeley, a state representative and former city council member who relentlessly needled the mayor for her mismanagement of the arduous project to replace the city’s lead pipes, calling her......

Residents, state agency trying to maintain communities on Louisiana coast

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Watch CBSN Live 60 in 6’s Enrique Acevedo meets with residents of Louisiana’s Gulf Coast wondering if their communities can survive and members of the state agency trying to reclaim vanishing coastline. Copyright © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc. All......

Water chestnuts and Smokey Bear: Surprises await under the ‘Christmas tree’ COVID-19 relief bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The 5,593-page bill poised to pass the U.S. Congress on Monday provides plenty of coronavirus aid. It also ensures that you will not go to prison for transporting water chestnut plants across state lines. FILE PHOTO: Smokey Bear is pictured in a 2007 US Forest Service poster......

Flint council delays vote on city’s share of water crisis settlement

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Detroit News – For more and to sign up click here The Flint City Council voted Thursday to postpone a vote on the city’s $20 million portion of the state of Michigan’s proposed $641 million settlement stemming from Flint water crisis lawsuits. Council members held lengthy discussions Thursday over approving the city......

Michigan reinstates pandemic-related moratorium on water shutoffs

USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here John Bowden Michigan’s state House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday to reinstitute the state’s moratorium on water service shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to The Associated Press.  The bill, which passed with near-unanimous support in the state legislature, puts......

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