Monday Afternoon Update: Illegal Alien Arrested In Suspected Serial Killer Case, Biden Cracks Down On Dishwashers, Oklahoma Gov. Defunds PBS
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This article is adapted from today’s Morning Wire Afternoon Update. To listen to the podcast version, click here.

Suspect Arrested, Charge With Manslaughter In Deathly Van Ramming

Authorities have arrested and charged a man who allegedly rammed his vehicle into a group of Venezuelans outside a migrant center in Texas on Sunday, killing eight people and injuring many others. The suspect is a 34-year-old man with a lengthy criminal history. Here’s Brownsville’s police chief: 

Illegal Alien Arrested In Suspected Serial Killer Case

The man arrested in California late last week — who allegedly carried out a string of murders near the U.C. Davis campus — has been identified as a 21-year-old 3rd-year student.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has lodged a detainer request against a 21-year-old third-year student at UC Davis who illegally came into the U.S. in April 2009 from El Salvador.

The report identified the suspect as “an alleged serial killer.” The suspect is accused of stabbing two people to death and attempting to kill another. The three stabbings, all separate incidents, happened between April 27 and May 1. The suspect was arrested by the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office and is now in the Yolo County jail. 

Biden Cracks Down On Dishwashers

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm announced new efficiency regulations for dishwashers, beverage vending machines, and electric motors on Friday, the latest of several actions from the Biden administration to decrease power usage in an effort to “combat climate change.”

Under the new rules, new dishwashers made in or imported into the U.S. beginning in 2027 would have to consume 27% less power and use 34% less water, while more compact models would need to implement a 22% power reduction and an 11% water use reduction. Energy Department officials estimate that consumers would have to spend $15 more for a new dishwasher but would witness three times as much in energy savings over the appliance’s lifetime.

Biden Cracks Down On Airline Fees 

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced on Monday that the agency introduced rules requiring airlines to reimburse customers who incur expenses due to certain delayed and canceled flights, a move which comes as the industry faces elevated demand and a constrained labor force. The proposed rules, which would apply when an airline delays a flight for more than three hours or cancels a flight for a “controllable” reason, would mandate that the companies offer compensation for stranded passengers, as well as a meal or meal voucher, overnight accommodations, and ground transportation between the airport and hotel.

One Step Closer To California Reparations

Black California residents could receive up to $1.2 million in reparations under a new proposal approved by the state’s reparations task force on Saturday.

The draft includes calculated dollar figures based on categories ranging from mass incarceration, housing discrimination, and other alleged injustices. According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 2.5 million Californians could be eligible to receive reparations based on certain requirements. Task force members are scheduled to release the report by July 1. If lawmakers approve the plan, the state will create a new agency to oversee the program, determine eligibility, and distribute funds.

Oklahoma Gov. Defunds PBS

Oklahoma GOP Governor Kevin Stitt said he is pulling the plug on the state’s sole PBS television station, OETA-TV, due to controversial content featured on the children’s programming. 

“OETA, to us, is an outdated system,” Stitt said. “You know, the big, big question is why are we spending taxpayer dollars to prop up or compete with the private sector and run television stations … and then when you go through all of the programming that’s happening and the indoctrination and over-sexualization of our children, it’s just really problematic, and it doesn’t line up with Oklahoma values.”

Stitt’s office pointed to a segment of “Let’s Learn,” which featured a drag queen known as Lil Miss Hot Mess reading a purported children’s book called “The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish.” Unless the state legislature overrides his veto, the network will cease operations this year. 

Trump Civil Case Comes To A Close

E Jean Carroll’s lawsuit accusing former President Trump of battery and defamation entered its final phase on Monday with closing arguments. Carroll is accusing Trump of raping her in a department store dressing room decades ago. A lawyer representing Carroll delivered a 75-minute closing argument in which she said, “No one is above the law, not even a former president.” Lawyers representing Trump said the accusations are “improbable.”

The jury is expected to begin deliberations Tuesday.

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