14 states al­lege failure to en­force smog rules

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Sacra­mento, Calif. – Four­teen states and the Dis­trict of Columbia are su­ing the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion over what they say is a failure to en­force smog stan­dards.

The law­suit an­nounced Thurs­day says the U.S. En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency has not des­ig­nated any areas of the coun­try as hav­ing un­healthy air, miss­ing an Oct. 1 dead­line. Such areas must take steps to im­prove their air qual­ity.

EPA spokes­woman Michele Huitric could not im­me­di­ately com­ment on the law­suit filed Tues­day in fed­eral court in San Fran­cisco.

Cal­i­for­nia At­tor­ney Gen­eral Xavier Be­cerra was joined in the law­suit by the at­tor­neys gen­eral of Con­necti­cut, Illi­nois, Iowa, Maine, Mary­land, Mas­sachusetts, New York, Ore­gon, Penn­syl­va­nia, Rhode Is­land, Ver­mont and Washington. Min­nesota’s Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Agency also joined the suit.

Trump’s visit sparks mu­seum boy­cott

Jack­son, Miss. – Two prom­i­nent black law­mak­ers said they won’t par­tic­i­pate in the open­ing of the Mis­sis­sippi Civil Rights Mu­seum on Satur­day be­cause Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump will be there.

The long-planned Satur­day cer­e­mony will mark Mis­sis­sippi’s bi­cen­ten­nial of ad­mis­sion into the union. But what was in­tended as a moment of racial unity and atone­ment in the state with the largest share of African-Amer­i­cans is de­scend­ing into racial and par­ti­san strife af­ter Repub­li­can Mis­sis­sippi Gov. Phil Bryant in­vited fel­low Repub­li­can Trump to at­tend.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives John Lewis of Ge­or­gia, a civil rights pioneer, and Ben­nie Thomp­son of Mis­sis­sippi said in a joint state­ment on Thurs­day that the pres­i­dent’s re­marks about women, the dis­abled, im­mi­grants and pro­fes­sional foot­ball play­ers show dis­re­spect for the legacy of those who are hon­ored at the mu­seum.

The White House later is­sued a state­ment call­ing it “un­for­tu­nate” that Lewis and Thomp­son won’t join the pres­i­dent in hon­or­ing the “in­cred­i­ble sac­ri­fice civil rights lead­ers made to right the in­jus­tices in our his­tory.”

In other head­lines

Should South­ern­ers ex­pect some snow?: Fore­cast­ers called for a mix of snow and sleet Fri­day in sev­eral states, caus­ing heartache for South­ern­ers who have en­dured epic traf­fic jams at the first sign of win­try weather.

The good news is that while up to an inch of snow may fall by Fri­day night, the ground tem­per­a­tures should be warm enough to melt it quickly. The weather ser­vice is­sued win­ter weather ad­vi­sories for areas from Louisiana to Ge­or­gia, in­clud­ing Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Hat­ties­burg, Mis­sis­sippi; and Birm­ing­ham, Alabama. Snow may hit parts of Louisiana and Mis­sis­sippi by the Fri­day morn­ing commute.

N.Y. Catholic Church pays $40M to sex abuse vic­tims: Just over $40 mil­lion in com­pen­sa­tion has been paid to 189 peo­ple who iden­ti­fied them­selves as vic­tims of clergy sex abuse, the Arch­dio­cese of New York said in a re­port re­leased Thurs­day. The arch­dio­cese noted that the In­de­pen­dent Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and Com­pen­sa­tion Pro­gram ended Nov. 30, but some ad­di­tional claims are still be­ing pro­cessed. Money for the pay­outs came through a long-term loan. Some of the vic­tims’ claims date back decades. The pay­outs av­er­aged $211,600.

Hous­ton res­i­dents may need to raise homes af­ter Har­vey: More than 1,600 Hous­ton res­i­dents whose prop­er­ties flooded dur­ing and af­ter Hur­ri­cane Har­vey may need to el­e­vate their homes if they want to con­tinue liv­ing there. The city’s Pub­lic Works De­part­ment is get­ting ready to no­tify prop­erty own­ers in flood­plains that their struc­tures have been de­clared “sub­stan­tially dam­aged.”


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