USA: Kansas has its mind on abortion. Tomorrow, Kansas voters will decide whether to ax abortion protections from their State Constitution. The vote could lead to serious abortion restrictions or even an outright ban on the procedure. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, Prez Joe Biden is still testing positive for covid. While the Prez reportedly feels well, he’s continuing “strict isolation measures.” In other US news, a Northern California wildfire called the McKinney Fire has now burned 51,000 acres in two days, becoming California’s largest wildfire so far this year. Thousands of people have been forced to evacuate. More than 100 homes and buildings have been destroyed. As of this writing, the fire is zero percent contained.
WORLD: Over the weekend, Russia fired missiles at the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv, leaving a hotel, a sports complex, two schools, a service station, and countless homes in ruins. The full casualty count is still unclear, but one of Ukraine’s richest businessmen and his wife are reportedly among the dead. Prez Volodymyr Zelensky called it “one of the most brutal shellings” since the war began. Meanwhile, in eastern Ukraine, Zelensky ordered hundreds of thousands of civilians to evacuate. This comes as Russia destroys the region’s infrastructure, causing a near complete absence of electricity and gas supply. In other news, yesterday, clashes broke out between Iranian border guards and Taliban forces on the Afghan-Iran border, leaving at least one person dead. Both sides accused the other of opening fire first.
PEOPLE: The other day, a criminal gang forced people inside three thatched roof houses in Madagascar - then set the houses on fire. At least 32 people were killed, including children. Now, Madagascar is deploying army helicopters to hunt down those responsible for the attack. Meanwhile, recently, at least one person was killed and 4 others hospitalized after they were stabbed while tubing on the Apple River in Wisconsin. One of the victims was a 17 year old who was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital. The suspect is a 52 year old man who had left the scene but was soon taken into custody. Authorities have not yet identified a motive and don’t know if the suspect knew the victims.