Grasswire Weekly: April 23

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Authorities create a perimeter near a crime scene on Union Hill Rd, Friday, April 22, 2016, in Pike County, Ohio. AP Photo/John Minchillo

Eight members of the same family were fatally shot in the head near Cincinnati, Ohio, with a manhunt underway to find the killer(s).

Seven adults and one teenager were shot in the head in four different homes in southern rural Ohio, including a mother laying in bed with her 4-day-old baby, according to Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.


File pic: A doctor gives oral polio vaccine to unvaccinated children in Pakistan, July 2011. Tamkeen Ghafoor/CDC Global/Flickr/CC BY

At least seven people were killed after gunmen opened fire at police guarding polio vaccination teams in Karachi’s Orangi Town.

Gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on police officers on foot in the Bangla Bazaar area and on a police vehicle deployed for the security of polio vaccination officials.


north-carolina-anti-lgbt-lawThe U.K. Foreign Office issued new guidelines for British people traveling to North Carolina and Mississippi – two U.S. states that have introduced anti-LGBT laws.

Advice posted on its website reads: “The U.S. is an extremely diverse society and attitudes towards LGBT people differ hugely across the country. LGBT travelers may be affected by legislation passed recently in the states of North Carolina and Mississippi.”

Flint water crisis

Chief Investigator Andy Arena addresses the public during a press conference discussing criminal charges against one Flint employee and two state employees in relation to the Flint water crisis. Jake May | MLive.com

Three city and state officials were criminally charged in connection with Flint’s water crisis.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced at a news conference that charges were being filed against Michigan Department of Environmental Quality employees Michael Prysby and Stephen Busch, and Michael Glasgow, a city of Flint employee.


Credit: AFP

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa is raising sales taxes and putting a one-time levy on millionaires to help pay for reconstruction after Saturday’s magnitude-7.8 earthquake.

In a nationally televised address on Wednesday night, President Correa announced short-term tax changes to help Ecuador recover.

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