Author: Danita Gibbs

Mississippi formally asked the US Supreme Court to overturn their 1973 landmark decision, Roe v. Wade. What We Know: In May, the Supreme Court announced that they would take into consideration “whether state laws that banned abortions before fetal viability were unconstitutional.” The Mississippi case of Dobbs v. Jackson’s Women’s Health Organization prompted the justices to take a further look into Roe v. Wade. They stated that they would listen to Mississippi’s appeal during their next term. This would be the first true test of the Supreme Court, since the addition of the three conservative justices former President Donald Trump nominated, that revolves around Roe v.…

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Mercedes-Benz plans on selling all-electric cars by 2030, joining rival companies General Motors, Stellantis, and Renault. What We Know: Daimler, the makers of Mercedes-Benz, stated they would invest over $47 billion between 2022-2030 to create battery-electric cars…having only all-electric cars by 2030. They will build about eight battery plants and have the electric model of every car they make. There will be three battery plants in Europe, four in Asia, and one in the US. The luxury car makers will produce eight electric vehicle models by 2022. They will be producing them on three continents in various locations. Chief Executive…

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China has opted out of the second phase of the World Health Organization’s investigation into the origins of COVID-19. What We Know: The WHO released their objectives for the second phase into determining where COVID-19 originated. During an initial investigation, the group released in March that the virus “originated in an animal before spreading to human beings around December 2019.” However, during the Group of Seven Summit in June, many Western nation leaders questioned the claim’s validity. President Joe Biden requested that the WHO looked into other possible origins, prompting the second phase of investigations. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general…

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Major League Baseball team the Cleveland Indians have decided to change their name to the Cleveland Guardians, after decades of criticism from Native Americans. What We Know: The Ohio-based baseball team has had the name “Indians” since 1915. In 1947, they adapted the “Chief Wahoo” logo, which is an offensive caricature of a Native American character. Many Native Americans found the name and logo extremely offensive to their culture. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the first-ever Native American Cabinet Secretary, stated that “the long practice of using Native American mascots and imagery in sports teams has been harmful to Indigenous communities.”…

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Tarrant City councilmember Tommy Bryant is under fire for using a racial slur and refuses to step down from his position. What We Know: During a council meeting on Monday which was being live-streamed on Facebook, Bryant was seen standing up from his seat and addressing Tarrant Mayor Wayman Newton on various issues. At one point, Bryant turns his attention to Black female councilmember Veronica Freeman and used a racial slur at her. Everyone in the room gasped at Bryant’s use of the slur, and Freeman left the meeting in tears. Warning: This video contains strong profanity. Viewer discretion is…

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A California couple whose gender reveal party allegedly started a deadly wildfire faces involuntary manslaughter charges and a lengthy stint in jail. What We Know: Refugio Manuel Jimenez Jr and Angela Renee Jimenez set off a smoke bomb during their gender reveal party back in September 2020 in Yucaipa, California. The “smoke-generating pyrotechnic device” supposedly sparked the El Dorado Fire in San Bernardino County. Survallience footage showed the family light the smoke bomb at the edge of the El Dorado Ranch Park and was seen trying to put flames out. The wildfire burned over 22,000 acres, destroyed multiple homes and…

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Billionaire Jeff Bezos successfully made it to space in his first-ever launch of New Shepard’s rocket ship. What We Know: Bezos, along with his brother Mark, 82-year-old space race pioneer Wally Funk, and 18-year-old student Oliver Daemen launched into space on Tuesday. Daeman is considered the first paying customer, as his wealthy father purchased his ticket. The four-person crew took a rocket ship that was owned by Bezos’ space company, Blue Origin. The rocket had a smooth takeoff, made it to about 60 miles above Earth, experienced 3 to 4-minutes of weightlessness, and safely landed back on Earth. The flight…

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On Monday, Democratic lawmakers proposed a new carbon border tax to help with the fight against climate change. What We Know: Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) and Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) proposed tax could “raise as much as $16 billion annually.” It will impose taxes on imports from China and other countries that aren’t actively attempting to reduce their “planet-warming pollution.” Lawmakers believe that this tax would level the field for domestic manufactures and show that “climate policy goes hand in hand with providing economic opportunities.” The tax will be a part of President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget plan. The…

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A Florida man was the first to be convicted of a felony in relation to the riots at the US Capitol on January 6th. What We Know: Paul Hodgkins, 38, pleaded guilty to a single count of obstructing an official proceeding last month. The crane operator, along with others, breached the US Capitol at the alledged request of former President Donald Trump. The former Commander in Chief held a rally where he said dangerous rhetoric about the election being rigged. He told his supporters to go to the Capitol, where they were counting electoral votes, and urge senators to overturn…

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A 51-year-old Florida man, who plead guilty in a murder-for-hire case, planned to pin the murders on the Black Lives Matter movement. What We Know: Daniel Slater was arrested last year for hiring an associate of his to murder his ex-girlfriend, Brianna Kane, 22, her sister, and her brother-in-law. He blamed the couple for ruining his relationship with his ex. Slater was charged with “murder for hire, possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, and conspiracy to possess.” Slater would meet with the associate to go over details on how to execute the murders. In a recorded message, Slater…

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