5 things to know for May 15: Alabama abortion bill, Trump Jr., tech, US births, Brexit

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Posted: May 15, 2019 6:04 AM


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1. Alabama abortion bill

Alabama lawmakers passed an abortion bill that supporters hope will be sent on a collision course with Roe v. Wade. Votes by the Alabama Senate sent the bill to the governor's desk last night. It's the most restrictive abortion bill in the country and would punish doctors who perform abortions with life in prison. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, a Republican, hasn't publicly taken a stance on the bill, but her anti-abortion views are well known. She has six days to sign the bill. If she does, the ACLU and Planned Parenthood say they'll sue, and a court battle is just what the bill's supporters want. They hope it eventually ends up in the Supreme Court and leads to the overturning of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that legalized abortion.

2. Donald Trump Jr.

Looks like Donald Trump Jr. will appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee after all. The committee and Trump Jr. reached a deal for him to testify behind closed doors sometime in mid-June. The committee -- which is still looking into Russia's interference in the 2016 campaign -- had issued a subpoena for Trump Jr. to appear, sparking a huge backlash from President Trump's allies. Trump Jr. will be asked to answer questions about discrepancies between his past testimony and what other witnesses have told the committee and special counsel Robert Mueller, a source told CNN.

3. Tech

Facebook's new rules on live-streaming kick in today. Under the new guidelines, people who break Facebook's "most serious policies" will be immediately kicked off of Facebook Live for a period of time, like 30 days. The social media giant was under great pressure to do something after the gunman in the New Zealand mosque shootings live-streamed the attacks on Facebook. Meanwhile, San Francisco became the first city in the United States to ban the use of facial-recognition technology. That keeps city departments, like San Francisco's police force, from using the sometimes controversial technology.

4. Births and fertility

The number of births in the US just keeps dropping. Births last year dropped to the lowest number in about three decades, a new CDC report says. The number of births was about 3.79 million, down 2% from 2017. The nation's fertility rate also hit a record low in 2018, with just 1,728 births per 1,000. That's down 2% from 2017. The fertility rate was so low in 2018 that it's considered below the level needed for the population to replace itself.

5. Brexit

Yes, we know, yet another Brexit story. But please keep reading. UK lawmakers will vote for a fourth time on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal, which they've voted down three times before. And the prospects for passage this time don't look particularly good right now either. The vote will happen the week of June 3. That's the same week of the state visit by US President Donald Trump, so that will make for a fun couple of days. The UK has until October 31 to find a way to leave the European Union.

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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 16823

Reported Deaths: 605
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Mobile2124112
Jefferson1712100
Montgomery154134
Tuscaloosa67813
Marshall6689
Lee53332
Franklin5147
Shelby48419
Tallapoosa41864
Butler39213
Chambers34924
Madison3184
Elmore3137
Walker2991
Baldwin2819
Etowah24411
Dallas2443
DeKalb2413
Morgan2311
Coffee2241
Lowndes22210
Sumter2136
Autauga2053
Houston1884
Bullock1833
Pike1790
Colbert1612
Russell1590
Marengo1556
Lauderdale1532
Calhoun1523
Hale1517
Choctaw1488
Wilcox1347
Barbour1321
Clarke1292
Randolph1257
Marion11911
St. Clair1161
Pickens1014
Talladega1003
Dale990
Chilton971
Cullman960
Greene924
Limestone870
Winston820
Covington771
Jackson752
Crenshaw722
Bibb711
Henry712
Macon712
Washington666
Blount581
Escambia493
Lawrence460
Geneva400
Conecuh351
Coosa351
Monroe352
Perry350
Cherokee342
Clay272
Lamar210
Fayette130
Cleburne131
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 21679

Reported Deaths: 356
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Davidson489460
Shelby4718107
Trousdale13934
Rutherford111622
Sumner85245
Hamilton71915
Bledsoe6081
Williamson53310
Putnam4615
Robertson4412
Tipton4303
Lake4130
Wilson3878
Out of TN3794
Knox3575
Bedford2744
Montgomery2613
Rhea1980
Hardeman1940
Madison1752
Loudon1370
McMinn13614
Macon1243
Cheatham1180
Cumberland1111
Dickson1100
Fayette1102
Bradley1081
Blount893
Maury810
Sevier762
Washington750
Coffee680
Unassigned670
Wayne630
Gibson611
Monroe612
Sullivan602
Hickman570
Lauderdale561
Dyer500
Franklin491
Greene482
Anderson391
Marion381
DeKalb370
Grundy321
Hawkins312
Haywood302
Smith301
Hamblen302
Henry300
Marshall301
White300
Obion281
Jefferson280
Carroll271
Meigs260
Overton260
Weakley260
Lincoln250
Lawrence240
Warren220
Cocke200
Carter191
Jackson170
Morgan170
Cannon170
Campbell171
Roane160
Crockett162
Perry160
Johnson160
Polk150
Sequatchie150
Henderson140
Humphreys131
Chester120
Fentress120
Giles120
McNairy120
Scott110
Stewart110
Hardin112
Claiborne90
Houston80
Benton71
Grainger60
Clay60
Decatur50
Van Buren40
Union40
Unicoi40
Moore30
Pickett30
Lewis30
Hancock10

 

 

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