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Workers in Florida are attempting to prevent a collapse of a wastewater pond and the deluge that would accompany such a failure. As a precautionary measure, authorities have closed off local portions of U.S. Highway 41, and have ordered some 316 households to evacuate. 

“What we’re looking at now is trying to prevent and respond to, if need be, a real catastrophic flood situation,” DeSantis said at a press conference on Sunday. The pond is located at Piney Point, in Manatee County, south of Tampa.

“Crews have been discharging water since the pond began leaking in March,” the Associated Press reported. “On Friday, a significant leak that was detected escalated the response and prompted the first evacuations and a declaration of a state of emergency on Saturday.”

The water being discharged is a mixture of sea water combined with “legacy process water and stormwater runoff/rainfall,” according to protectingfloridatogether.gov. “The water meets water quality standards for marine waters with the exception of pH, total phosphorus, total nitrogen and total ammonia nitrogen,” the group reports. “It is slightly acidic, but not at a level that is expected to be a concern.”

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‘Not Our Problem’ Iowa Just Refused Joe’s Pleas to House His Migrants

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LATE LAST WEEK, REPUBLICAN IOWA GOV. KIM REYNOLDS “SAID SHE HAS REJECTED A FEDERAL REQUEST TO ACCEPT MIGRANT CHILDREN INTO THE STATE, SAYING THE NEED TO FIND HOMES FOR THEM ‘IS THE PRESIDENT’S PROBLEM,’” PER THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.

“THIS IS NOT OUR PROBLEM,” REYNOLDS SAID, ADDING THAT THE STATE DOES NOT HAVE ANY TEMPORARY FACILITIES TO LEND TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND HUMAN SERVICES. “THIS IS THE PRESIDENT’S PROBLEM. HE’S THE ONE THAT HAS OPENED THE BORDER, AND HE NEEDS TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS AND HE NEEDS TO STOP IT.”

IOWA’S OWN DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, IT SEEMS, MADE THE DECISION, BASED ON WHETHER THE STATE WAS EQUIPPED TO RESPOND TO BOTH LOCAL AND FEDERAL NEEDS AMID A SIGNIFICANT ECONOMIC DOWNTURN AND THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.

“THIS IS DUE TO LIMITED RESOURCES AND ADMINISTRATIVE CONCERNS. WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO TAKE CARE OF OUR CHILDREN FIRST AND ABSENT THE RESOURCES OR A CLEAR AND COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR FEDERAL SUPPORT, WE WERE UNABLE TO ACCOMMODATE THE REQUEST,” IOWA’S DIRECTOR OF HUMAN SERVICES SAID IN A STATEMENT TO THE WHITE HOUSE. “WE ACKNOWLEDGE THIS IS AN INCREDIBLY SADDENING AND DIFFICULT SITUATION.”

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The San Francisco school board is set to vote Tuesday to reverse its much criticized decision to rename 44 schools named after historical figures and others linked to racism and other social injustices – as the school system was locked down because of the pandemic.

The reversal is intended to avoid costly litigation and calm the backlash over what critics say was ill-timed activism, especially as the school system was shuttered during the school system with no definitive plan to reopen, according to the Associated Press.

The entire school system remains closed roughly two months after the city’s elected Board of Education voted to strip some schools of the names of historic figures including Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Robert Louis Stevenson. A school named for longtime Sen. Democratic Dianne Feinstein is also on the list.

Democratic Mayor London Breed called the plan and its timing “offensive and completely unacceptable” for the board to focus on changing school names rather than getting children back into classrooms, the wire service also reports. 

Some of the city’s youngest students are expected to begin returning to in-person instruction this month after more than a year of distance learning because of the pandemic. There is no timetable for middle and high school students to return.

Feinstein Elementary made the list because when she was mayor in 1984, she initially replaced a vandalized Confederate flag that was part of a longstanding display outside City Hall, the Associated Press also reports.

The board is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a resolution to rescind its January decision and revisit the matter after all students have returned full time to in-person learning.

Since the renaming vote, the board has faced multiple lawsuits, including one from City Hall and the mayor to pressure the school district and board to reopen classrooms more quickly, the wire service also reports.

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New Utah law requires biological fathers to share pregnancy costs

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Utah has passed a law that will require men to split the cost of the woman’s out-of-pocket pregnancy costs, an attempt to hold men financially accountable for unintended pregnancies.

The state is passing the measure becomes the first in the U.S. to mandate pre-birth child support, according to the Associated Press

The proposal received overwhelming support from the GOP-controlled legislature and from Republican Gov. Spencer Cox who recently signed the bill into law

State GOP Rep. Brady Brammer, a bill sponsor, said the measure is not intended to decrease abortion rates in the state but could.

“We want to help people and actually be pro-life in how we do it as opposed to anti-abortion,” he said, explaining lawmakers wanted to make it easier to bring life into the world. “One of the ways to help with that was to help the burden of pregnancy be decreased.”

In the case that the paternity is disputed, fathers would not have to pay until it is determined that the child is his. If the mother made a decision to have an abortion without consent from the father, then he would not be required to assist in the financial costs, unless the abortion was necessary to save the life of the mother or the pregnancy was a result of rape.

Mother’s in Utah rarely seek support through the courts related to birth expenses, so it remains unclear whether more women will utilize the pregnancy support they will now be able to receive as well.

Wisconsin and New York have provisions that can require fathers to be responsible for pre-birth costs, but not the same mandates Utah now requires. 

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