Author: Corinne Murdock

Minnesota Governor Promises Marijuana Legalization Will Be One Of First Bills Passed Under Newly-Flipped Legislature

Come next year, Minnesota may be the next state to legalize marijuana. Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) flipped the state Senate on Tuesday, securing a trifecta for the first time in nearly a decade: both chambers of the state legislature and the governorship. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz reportedly told former Governor Jesse Ventura in a phone …

Active Duty Military Suicides Decreased In 2021, Report Finds

The number of active duty military suicides decreased last year, according to a Department of Defense (DOD) report issued Thursday. In 2021, 519 service members died by suicide; by comparison in 2020, 582 died by suicide. The DOD noted that this decrease represented an average of four fewer suicides per 100,000 service members. Liz Clark, …

Austin To Establish $65 Million Affordable Housing Community

Texas’ capital city will soon have a new $65 million affordable housing community spanning over 30 acres, established through taxpayer and corporate funding. Business Investment Growth Austin (BiGAUSTIN), a nonprofit backed by local, state, and federal funds broke ground on Thursday for its affordable housing community, called ASPIRE. In a press release, BiGAUSTIN CEO Stacy …

Southern California Superintendent Defends 7th-Grade Boy Masturbating In Front Of Classmates, Claims It’s Normal

A California superintendent defended a 7th-grade boy allegedly caught masturbating in front of his classmates, insisting to shocked parents that it was normal. The superintendent, Mark McLaughlin of the Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD), admonished parents for bringing up the issue during a school board meeting last month. McLaughlin disclosed that similar offenses occur …

New California Law Erasing Traffic Fines Forgives $50 Million of San Francisco Debt

A new California law forgave around $50 million of San Francisco’s traffic fine debts, and is expected to forgive around $500 million debts statewide.  The $50 million accounted for approximately 180,000 traffic tickets, according to a press release from the San Francisco Treasurer’s Office. Anne Stuhldreher, director for the treasurer’s Financial Justice Project, one of …

Tennessee Tech Cancels Campus Drag Shows For Mocking God, Inviting Minors

On Thursday, Tennessee Tech University (TTU) President Phil Oldham canceled two campus groups’ future drag shows for mocking Christianity and exposing minors to explicit activity. Oldham declared that TTU wasn’t aware or complicit of these “obscene, lewd, or explicit” drag shows, and that what he saw “disturbed and dismayed” him. TTU will be investigating those …

High School Principal’s Son, A Track Coach, Charged With Sexually Abusing Student

Last Friday, a Waldorf, Maryland high school principal’s son, the volunteer track coach, was charged for sexually abusing a student. According to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, the alleged abuse occurred to a former Westlake High School student where the accused, 32-year-old Jason Roberts, began coaching in the 2017-2018 school year. His mother, Diane Roberts, …