Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Mississippi: “A professor was shot to death at Mississippi’s Delta State University on Monday – and the campus remained on lockdown as police searched for a ‘person of interest’ who is also a professor at the school.”
* Kentucky: “The man suspected of gunning down a rookie Kentucky state trooper was shot and killed early Monday after a massive manhunt, authorities said.”
* Wildfires: “California officials said Monday that 23,000 people have been displaced by two wildfires ravaging the state – including one believed to be the worst yet in a devastating fire season.”
* Afghanistan: “Taliban militants have stormed a jail outside the central Afghan city of Ghazni, killing at least four policemen and freeing more than 350 prisoners.”
* Missouri: “The 16-person commission formed after 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson last year has released a wish list of reforms to address the underlying problems exposed by the unarmed teen’s death.”
* Political drama in Australia: “Malcolm Turnbull defeated Tony Abbott earlier today in a battle for leadership of the incumbent center-right Liberal Party. He will soon become Australia’s fourth prime minister since 2013. With this momentum, Turnbull will likely call an early election in the next few months, and he should defeat opposition Labor Party leader Bill Shorten to solidify his hold on the office.”
* Given international developments and the refugee crisis, the United States really needs someone to direct the United States Agency for International Development right now. President Obama’s highly qualified nominee, Gayle Smith, can’t get confirmed, however, because Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is throwing a tantrum – he doesn’t like U.S. foreign policy towards Iran, and is therefore blocking all State Department nominees.
* The Obama administration is making the Free Application For Federal Student Aid easier: “It’s really a win-win for everybody,” says Justin Draeger, president of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. “Ultimately, this is gonna mean less work for [students] and less work for schools.”
* Over Labor Day weekend, 182 Americans were killed by guns, including six children under the age of 12. It was not, however, an unusual weekend.
* Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) is having an usually rough summer.
* Scalia’s nightmare: “The Supreme Court cannot do its job without a careful understanding of foreign law and practice, Justice Stephen G. Breyer argues in a new book, and conservative alarm about their use fails to reflect the new reality the justices face.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.