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April 22, 2019

First Line News Articles for Monday, April 22 2019

National

Trump to nominate Shanahan as permanent defense secretary: sources

President Trump is expected to formally nominate Patrick M. Shanahan to be his permanent defense secretary as soon as next week

Prosecutors seek 18-month sentence for Russian agent Maria Butina

Prosecutors are seeking an 18-month sentence for Russian agent Maria Butina, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy against the United States.

Pentagon, DHS considering designating fentanyl a WMD, memo says

Top military and Homeland Security officials are considering classifying fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction, according to an internal DHS memo.

Quest for food stamp data lands newspaper at Supreme Court

In the summer of 2010, reporters at South Dakota’s Argus Leader newspaper decided to request data about the government’s food assistance program, previously known as food stamps. They thought the information could lead to a series of stories and potentially help them identify fraud in the now $65 billion-a-year program.

Arkansas faces new court fight over sedative for executions

A federal lawsuit filed by death row inmates has renewed a court fight over whether the sedative Arkansas uses for lethal injections causes torturous executions, two years after it raced to put eight inmates to death in 11 days before its batch expired

A bill in Washington state would allow the composting of human remains

Lawmakers in Washington state passed a bill Friday that would allow human remains to be composted.

Judge issues injunction on Utah’s 18-week abortion ban

Utah’s new law banning abortion after 18 weeks gestation won’t be enforced for now.

Hurricane Center reclassifies Michael to Category 5, the first such storm to make landfall since 1992

Monster hurricane Michael, which decimated the Florida panhandle last October, is now rated at the top of the scale for classifying these destructive storms.

Dems plan conference call Monday to debate Mueller report’s implications

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is scheduled to hold a private conference call Monday with fellow Democrats in which the topic of the potential impeachment of President Trump will be raised.

Armed border militia member accused of detaining migrants arrested in New Mexico

A New Mexico man belonging to a militia group accused of detaining migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border at gunpoint was arrested Saturday on charges of firearms possession by a felon, authorities said.