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Weather warnings in South, SCOTUS confirmation hearings, Disney walkout: 5 things to know Tuesday

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Weather warnings in place across the southern US 

Dangerous storms are forecast for portions of the southern U.S. over the next three days, experts warned, and all modes of severe weather are possible, including tornadoes. On Tuesday, the area most at risk shifts east into Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, where the Storm Prediction Center warned that “significant and damaging tornadoes” are possible. Cities such as New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Jackson, Mississippi, are all in the zone of greatest risk. The threat of severe storms will be ongoing in the morning and will last into the overnight hours. Heavy rain and flooding could also impact portions of the Ohio Valley into the South. 

Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson faces confirmation hearings

Confirmation hearings for Ketanji Brown Jackson, nominated to be the first Black female justice on the Supreme Court, are expected to continue Tuesday when she returns for questioning. On Monday, Jackson told the Senate Judiciary Committee that she decides cases from a “neutral posture” and would continue to do so if confirmed to be seated on the nation’s highest court. Senators from both sides of the aisle celebrated the historic nature of Jackson’s nomination, but they also started to draw their own battle lines before the real fireworks likely begin during questioning. Jackson will face questions from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee the rest of this week before members make a report on her confirmation to the full Senate. If confirmed, Jackson would replace retiring Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. 

Disney employees are walking out to demand more LGBTQ support 

Disney employees are calling for the company to boost support for LGBTQ employees following the company’s response to Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill. They’re staging a daylong walk out Tuesday with a list of demands, culminating a week of smaller protests. If signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, the Parental Rights in Education bill would prohibit “classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in certain grade levels.” After initial public silence on the matter, Disney CEO Bob Chapek apologized for not being a “stronger ally in the fight for equal rights” and pledged a number of supportive measures, but some employees don’t think that’s enough. Walkout organizers and supporters want Disney to permanently cut off donations to lawmakers who backed Florida’s bill. The company previously said it would pause political donations in the state and re-evaluate its framework for political contributions. 

Search efforts continue after Chinese airliner crashes with 132 on board

Rescue operations continued Tuesday after a plane airliner carrying 132 people crashed in China. But nearly a day after the crash, no survivors have been found, Chinese state media reported. The Boeing 737-800, operated by China Eastern Airlines, crashed in the southern province of Guangxi on Monday with 123 passengers and nine crew members on board. The crash sparked a large fire, big enough to be seen on NASA satellite images, that was later extinguished. Only debris from the wreckage had been found, according to rescuers who spoke to state-run Xinhua News Agency. Chinese President Xi Jinping called for an “all-out effort” in the rescue operations and for any potential safety hazards to be investigated. While Boeing has come under fire previously for crashes, it was the company’s Boeing 737 Max that generated some of the harshest criticism over safety concerns.

One Year Since Colorado Supermarket Shooting 

Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of a man opening fire at the Table Mesa King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, killing 10 people. The date comes as the supermarket reopened last month following a redesign, according to the Associated Press, with about 50% of the employees who worked at the store on the day of the deadly shooting. The case against the man accused of the deadly shooting, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, is on hold after a judge ruled in December that the alleged gunman was mentally incompetent to stand trial. Alissa faces 10 counts of first-degree murder among other related charges. The victims, whose ages ranged from 20 to 65, included shoppers and employees, as well as a police officer.

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As more marijuana dispensaries get targeted by robbers, SAFE Banking Act lingers in Congress

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Weed dispensaries targeted by robbers: Will SAFE Banking Act help?

A bill that could allow electronic transactions at weed dispensaries nationwide is again make its way through Congress but the SAFE Banking Act might not be the cure-all that supporters envision.

In over a decade of operating cannabis shops in Washington, Shea Hynes never once worried about his stores getting robbed at gun point – until recently: In a span of three weeks, his stores were robbed three different times at gun point.

Reports of armed robberies at cannabis dispensaries like Hynes’ have nearly doubled in the first quarter of this year compared with all of last year, according to data maintained by the Craft Cannabis Coalition. The group, which represents more than 50 stores in Washington, has recorded more than 65 armed robberies so far this year, compared with 35 in 2021 and 29 in 2020. 

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