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January 23, 2018

First Line News Articles for Tuesday, January 23 2018


Vermont Becomes Ninth U.S. State to Legalize Marijuana

Vermont became the ninth U.S. state and third in the Northeast to legalize recreational marijuana use on Monday when Republican Governor Phil Scott signed a bill passed by the legislature earlier this month.

Five missing in Oklahoma gas well explosion

Five oil rig workers were missing after an explosion Monday in an Oklahoma gas well, Pittsburg County Sheriff Chris Morris said in a press conference.

Roe v. Wade at 45: Most Americans Support Abortion Restrictions

Technology enabling parents to see and doctors to treat unborn children collides with the decades-old Supreme Court decision.

Puerto Rico moves to privatize troubled power company

Puerto Rico’s governor announced Monday that he is moving to privatize the U.S. territory’s public power company after its slow, troubled recovery from Hurricane Maria focused new attention on longstanding accusations of mismanagement and corruption.

U.S. requires tougher cargo screening from Middle East airports

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said on Monday it will require six Middle Eastern carriers to undergo enhanced cargo screening as part of an effort to raise global aviation security.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court orders state’s congressional map redrawn

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Monday ordered that the state’s congressional map be redrawn in a move that could have major implications for the Democratic Party’s ability to re-take the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm elections.

Californians who fled mudslides may start going home Jan. 31

Authorities hope to start allowing residents to return by month’s end to a Southern California community devastated by mudslides — if they can get most utilities restored by then.

Montana governor signs executive order to restore net neutrality in state

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock on Monday issued an executive order to protect net neutrality in his state.

Blizzard to bring snow, wind to Plains, Midwest, New England

A powerful winter storm is expected to move throughout the U.S. Plains and Midwest through Monday, resulting in blizzard conditions in parts of those regions.

Trump proclaims Monday as ‘National Sanctity of Human Life Day’

President Trump proclaimed Monday to be “National Sanctity of Human Life Day” to underscore that “all life is sacred,” according to a proclamation issued by the White House that also praises the work of medical providers and elected officials who support the idea.