by Haley Burger
In April, Communities for Thriving Water Fluoride-Free San Marcos submitted a City Charter Amendment petition stating that the fluoride in the city of San Marcos’ drinking water is a concern and this issue should appear on the voting ballot in November. However, the City of San Marcos has filed a lawsuit against Communities for Thriving Water Fluoride-Free San Marcos following the submission of the petition arguing the city should be paid $100,000 by the group’s organizers. Petition Coordinator Kathleen O’Connell argues that the petition meets all legal and state requirements to be considered on the ballot in November and says she will continue to fight the lawsuit.
The Austin American-Statesman reports a rise in cyslospora cases seen in Texas with a high of 54 and just 23 of these cases in Travis County. Carrie Williams with the Texas Department of State Health Services says the amount of cases found just this past week can be described as unreal. CyCLOspora can be found on fresh produce you typically buy in the grocery store and consumers can also be affected by drinking water that has been contaminated. Another case like this appeared about a month ago from fresh cilantro coming from Mexico. Cyclospora is caused by an unknown parasite and causes intentional illness.
Today, Boston bomber Dzhokar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death. After addressing the court, Tsarnaev then proceeded to apologize to the victims and the survivors. Tsarnaev’s case will be the first federal terrorism case since the 9/11 attacks that will result in the death penalty.
Today, the White House announced a new policy stating that government officials will now communicate and negotiate with terrorist groups to release American hostages. The American government will not pay any type of ransom for hostages but the new policy will allow officials to negotiate with terrorist groups for a safe and composed release of hostages. While this policy encourages the communication between U.S. officials and hostage captors; the american government will not threaten the hostages’ families with criminal prosecution if families are willing to pay ransoms to their relatives captors. According to CNN, President Obama will force executive orders to focus on locating American hostages overseas and make extreme efforts to free them.
With a vote of 60 to 38, the Senate has just approved a bill to “fast-track” congressional approval of major international trade deals and then it will be sent to President Obama for his final signature. The next bill that the senate will be voting on regards the U.S. workers that have lost their jobs due to these free trade pacts. After countless tries, Obama is now on track with his trade agenda and plans on taking them to patial hill to get them approved.