Category: Local News

KORE Power Selects Arizona Site For Battery Production Facility

Idaho-based KORE Power announced on July 30 plans to build the company’s first lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in Buckeye, Arizona. The 1 million square-foot KOREPlex facility will support up to 12 gigawatt hours (GWh) of battery cell production to ensure a reliable independent U.S. supply chain for lithion-ion battery cells that are critical to electric […]

Tide Pools, Seascapes, and a Fairy-Tale Grove

If you long to escape your surroundings, enter another world, and observe strange little creatures, the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in San Mateo County, California, can’t be beat. Recently, I proposed an early morning day trip to the tide pools, and to my joy, my teenagers consented to go along. You have to go when the […]

Florida Governor Blocks School Mask Mandates in Executive Order

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Friday issued an executive order to block mask mandates in schools. The governor said his order lets parents exercise their right to decide for their own children whether to wear masks. School districts in two Florida counties—Broward and Gadsden—previously issued mask mandates for students, effective when classes start in August. […]

DOJ Sues Texas Over Abbott’s Order to Restrict Illegal Aliens Amid Pandemic

The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a federal lawsuit on Friday against the state of Texas and Governor Greg Abbott over an executive order he issued to limit the ground transportation of illegal aliens. Abbott, a Republican, said that the executive order issued Wednesday is intended to “reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure” in Texas communities, amid an […]

Laguna Beach to Create On-Demand Neighborhood Transit Service

The City of Laguna Beach, Calif. is launching a new pilot program for an on-demand residential transit service in certain neighborhoods that will bring residents to downtown areas. The shuttle will transport those living in the neighborhoods of Arch Beach Heights, Bluebird Canyon, and Top of the World downtown. Those wishing a ride can schedule one on a […]

Complaint Filed to Force Michigan Governor to Return Alleged ‘Illegal’ Campaign Contributions

LANSING, Mich.—A conservative, pro-Constitution organization based in western Michigan has asked the state’s Bureau of Elections to investigate what it alleges is the “illegal circumvention” of the Michigan Campaign Finance Act. The group, called the “Michigan Freedom Fund,” points to Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s own recently filed campaign finance report, which shows that, since January […]

More Chicago Police Seek Mental Health Support Under New Stresses

CHICAGO—Carrie Steiner’s mental health clinic in Lombard, a suburban town just west of Chicago, has seen a surge of police officers from Chicago Police Department and surrounding suburban police agencies. She added five new therapists in the last 18 months, each seeing 25 to 30 clients every week. A new source of stress for Chicago […]

Arizona Woman Indicted for Smuggling Aliens in Fatal Crash

A Tucson woman has been indicted for allegedly smuggling two illegal aliens from Mexico while driving a car that crashed into a tow truck in southern Arizona, killing one of her illegal alien passengers. Michelle Sunshine Betters, 44, appeared telephonically in federal court on Tuesday on charges relating to the transportation of illegal aliens while […]

Second LA Attorney Alleges Retaliation for Protesting Gascon Directive

LOS ANGELES, Calif.—A second veteran prosecutor in as many days is suing Los Angeles County, alleging she has suffered a backlash by being transferred to a less prestigious job for complaining about directives set forth after the November election of District Attorney George Gascon. Deputy district attorney Lesley Klein Sonnenberg’s lawsuit was brought July 28, […]

Initiative To Clear Venice Encampment Brings 191 People Indoors

LOS ANGELES, Calif.—On the last official day of the Encampment to Home initiative to offer a pathway to permanent housing to people living along the Venice Boardwalk, Councilman Mike Bonin and Mayor Eric Garcetti said July 30 that 191 people have been brought indoors. “A metric that people are judging this by is how the […]