Friday’s Mini-Report, 4.1.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Mississippi: “A federal judge struck down Mississippi’s ban on adoption by same-sex couples Thursday – making the practice legal nationwide…. Mississippi was the last state to have such a ban on the books after the US Supreme Court’s landmark decision last year legalizing same-sex marriage.”
 
* The Nuclear Security Summit wraps up: “Over the past two days, 50 world leaders have huddled on the best ways to keep terrorists from gathering materials for a dirty bomb and keeping nuclear weapons away from dangerous political regimes. The meeting comes on the heels of new information that some of the suspects in the Brussels’ attacks were tracking and recording the movements of a top Belgian nuclear scientist.”
 
* California: “In a move that puts the state at the forefront of efforts to raise wages for low-income workers across the country, state lawmakers approved a sweeping plan Thursday to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next six years, boosting the future paychecks of millions of workers in California.”
 
* Similar, but not identical, moves in New York: “Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and state legislative leaders announced on Thursday that they had reached a budget agreement that would raise the minimum wage in New York City to $15 by the end of 2018, but initiate slower increases elsewhere, even in the city’s wealthy suburbs.”
 
* Alabama scandal, Part I: “A new ethics complaint against Gov. Robert Bentley questions the possible misuse of security personnel in connection with his relationship to former political adviser Rebekah Caldwell Mason.”
 
* Alabama scandal, Part II: “Gov. Robert Bentley spent $1,732.68 on ‘cell phones and prepaid wireless’ at Best Buy last year, Bentley’s state campaign finance records reveal.”
 
* I’m starting to think electing this guy (twice) wasn’t a great idea: “Maine’s governor pulled a political April Fool’s joke on a newly-elected lawmaker by cancelling her swearing-in ceremony Friday – after she and her family had already driven 72 miles to the state capital. The reason? Gov. Paul LePage was seeking payback for the Democrats rejecting his pick for the unemployment insurance commission on Thursday.”
 
* Oh my: “The CIA left ‘explosive training material’ under the hood of a Loudoun County school bus after a training exercise last week, a bus that was used to ferry elementary and high school students to and from school on Monday and Tuesday with the material still sitting in the engine compartment, according to the CIA and Loudoun County officials.”
 
* Quite a story: “Plans for a possible mass shooting may have been foiled, thanks to an alert gun shop owner in Ohio. John Downs makes his living selling guns, but he may have saved lives by turning down a customer, reports CBS News correspondent Adriana Diaz.”
 
* Something to watch next week: “Both President Barack Obama and his Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland have Chicago roots and on Thursday, Obama will discuss the importance of filling the vacancy on the nation’s highest court at the University of Chicago Law School, where he once taught.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 

Friday's Mini-Report, 4.1.16