5 things to know for August 30: Floods, Trump, Ukraine, Oregon Shooting, Fukushima

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1. Flood

The governor of Mississippi said he would declare a state of emergency for Jackson, the state’s largest city, after its main water treatment facility failed on Monday, leaving residents without enough water to flush toilets or fight fires. State authorities are now scrambling to start distributing water to 180,000 residents, according to Governor Tate Reeves. “Please stay safe. Don’t drink the water,” Reeves said, explaining that untreated water from the tank is pushed through the pipes. The state is expected to call in the National Guard to help distribute potable and non-potable water as crews work to get the treatment plant back online. On Monday night, residents of Jackson were coping with the aftermath of record rain that led to the Pearl River Ridge at a dangerously high level.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that: “On Monday evening, residents of Jackson were hit with record rain that drove the crest of the Pearl River to dangerously high levels.” The rainfall occurred several days ago, and on Monday night residents of Jackson had to deal with the aftermath of record-breaking rain that pushed the crest of the Pearl River to a dangerously high level.

2. Asset

Today, the US government faces a deadline to respond in writing to former President Donald Trump’s request special master to oversee the FBI’s review of evidence seized at his Mar-a-Lago residence. A special master is a third-party attorney appointed by a court to oversee part of a given case. A federal judge reported a “preliminary intentionto grant the request, which could lead to further complications in the DOJ’s closely watched investigation into the White House documents Trump brought to Mar-a-Lago. If he is named in the case of Trump, the special master would oversee the Justice Department’s review of evidence gathered from his private club and filter out privileged material that may have been typed in search.

3.Ukraine

The United States has estimated that Russia now has weapons-capable Iranian drones that it will likely deploy to the battlefield in Ukraine, Biden administration officials told CNN. Drones are capable of carrying precision-guided munitions and can be used for monitoring. The United States believes Russia intends to import hundreds of them for use in air-to-ground attacks, electronic warfare and targeting inside Ukraine. The news of the drone transfers comes as the Biden administration has expressed cautious optimism that the Iran nuclear deal can be revived. Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has vowed to strengthen the country’s defense by “chasing” the Russian troops to the border: “If they want to survive, it is time for the Russian soldiers to flee. Go home,” he added.

4. Filming in Oregon

Investigators are working to determine the motive of the 20-year-old shooter who killed two people at an Oregon grocery store on Sunday night. Police responded to the Safeway in Bend, Oregon, minutes after receiving Calls to 911 regarding an active shooting, authorities said. The shooter entered the mall armed with an AR-15 type rifle and a shotgun and began firing into the parking lot before entering the grocery store. As the police rushed into the store, they could hear gunshots but later discovered the shooter dead at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police said they know the shooter may have posted information about the shooting online, as well as plans for future shootings. The investigation is still ongoing.

5.Fukushima

More than 11 years after Japan’s worst nuclear disaster, the city home to the decommissioned Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant finally lifted its evacuation order today, allowing former residents to return home. The city of Futaba, previously considered off-limits, is the latest of 11 districts to lift its evacuation order. On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit the east coast of Japan, triggering a tsunami that caused a nuclear meltdown at the plant and a major release of radioactive materials. It was the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986 and transformed once bustling communities in ghost towns. More than 300,000 people living near the nuclear power plant were forced to temporarily evacuate; thousands more did so voluntarily. Although the city has now reopened, it is still unclear how many people will return – and how long the city will take to recover.

BROWSE

A man paddled 38 miles down the Missouri River in a hollowed-out pumpkin
Bring on all the fun fall activities. Guinness World Records said it was examining whether that pumpkin trip indeed set a record.
Serena Williams progresses at the US Open
Williams stars in what is probably the final tennis tournament of his rich career. She will play doubles with her sister Venus on Wednesday.
Kevin Hart takes on fast food chains with new vegan restaurant
Actor and comedian Kevin Hart opened a new vegan fast food restaurant, Hart House, Los Angeles. Take a look at some of the menu items!
DeLorean is back with its first prototype in 40 years
But it doesn’t look much like the famous DeLorean DMC-12 “Back to the Future” movies.
Madame CJ Walker, America’s First Self-Made Woman Millionaire, Is Now a Barbie Doll
Toymaker Mattel hopes to inspire kids to break down boundaries and educate them about Walker’s Pioneering Career.

NUMBER OF THE DAY

9,000

That’s roughly the number of migrants Texas has bussed to New York and Washington, D.C., in recent months as part of Gov. Greg Abbott’s effort to highlight his criticism of immigration policies of the Biden administration. Abbott started send voluntary migrants on buses in DC earlier this year, saying the mission is to provide “much needed relief to our overstretched border communities.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“While we hoped to see the launch of Artemis I today, the attempt provided valuable data as we test the most powerful rocket in history. Our commitment to the Artemis program remains firm and we will return to the moon.”

— Vice President Kamala Harrishighlighting the United States’ commitment to NASA’s Artemis program following the the mission has been postponed Monday morning. The historic launch, which will deliver the first deep-space biology experiment, was canceled after the team was unable to fix a problem with one of the rocket’s four engines. The next opportunity to send the Space Launch System rocket and the Orion spacecraft on their journey is Friday, but whether another attempt is made that day depends on how testing goes.

TODAY’S WEATHER

AND FINALLY

Drag racing against the cops

Watch as these high school kids line up on the drag strip and go head-to-head with a police cruiser. (Click here to see)

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