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Newcomer Mike Durant Comes Out Swinging at Mo Brooks

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Mike Durant has been in the race for U.S. Senate for only a day, but he’s already going after the front-runner. 

During a radio interview on 93.1-FM in Montgomery, Durant launched into an attack on Rep. Mo Brooks, who leads the race to replace Richard Shelby in early polling. Specifically, Durant went after Brooks’ record on funding the military and Brooks’ life as a career politician. 

“(Brooks) … voted not to fund the military to combat ISIS in 2016, one of the handful of Republicans who sided with a mostly Democratic initiative,” Durant said. “And then in 2015, he was one of a handful of Republicans along with Adam Schiff — if you don’t recognize that name, he’s the leader of the thorny Russia investigation — of California to cut off funding during that time again against ISIS. How can you possibly cut funding for our military to fight terrorism?”

Durant also claimed to be the most conservative candidate in the race and pointed out that Brooks voted to leave Afghanistan even earlier than U.S. forces ultimately withdrew. 

Curiously, Durant also praised former President Donald Trump, whose Afghanistan withdrawal plan Brooks voted to support. 

Brooks has served in public office for nearly 40 years, and has served as an Alabama congressman since 2011. In that time, he has never sponsored a piece of legislation that has passed. 

“I mean, it’s undeniable. Mo Brooks is a career politician,” Durant said during the interview. “I do not think Mo Brooks is the answer, and there are a lot of people who share that opinion.”

Durant’s main competition, however, might not be Brooks. Over the last several weeks, Brooks has steadily watched his large lead in the polls shrink, as former U.S. Senator Richard Shelby’s chief of staff Katie Britt gains ground. Britt has a sizeable lead in campaign donations and has received endorsements from ALFA one of Republicans’ most prized endorsements. 

Where Durant, a former Army helicopter pilot and current Huntsville businessman, ultimately fits in the race is unclear. He has some name recognition nationally — the movie “Black Hawk Down” was in part about his experience as a POW in Somalia in 1993 — and his military ties will be helpful. But he trails significantly in funding and statewide recognition, and his late start isn’t helping matters.

Original Post: alreporter.com

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A First As the World Warms: New Forecasts Could Help Predict Marine Heat Waves

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Scientists have developed a new system to predict when and where marine heatwave is likely to develop.

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Collisions Cause Major Traffic Backups in Bothell and Arlington

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Traffic in the Puget Sound region came to a stop Wednesday morning due to two separate incidents, one in Bothell and the other near Arlington. On southbound Interstate 405 in Bothell, a collision near Highway 527 closed the two right lanes, the Washington State Department of Transportation announced on Twitter. The resulting traffic backup is […]

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DISH Network to Pay $5.5M Settlement Over Alleged Hazardous Waste Disposal Violations

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OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Satellite TV provider DISH Network will pay $5.5 million to settle a lawsuit accusing it of illegally disposing of hazardous waste in Alameda County and elsewhere in the state.

DISH Network is alleged to have violated California environmental laws by sending hazardous waste to local landfills that are not equipped or authorized to receive the waste.

According to state Attorney General Rob Bonta, audits of DISH facilities in California found that DISH repeatedly disposed of hazardous waste since 2005 in violation of the Hazardous Waste Control Law and Unfair Competition Law.

“If you break the rules, we will hold you accountable,” said Bonta in a press release. “For years, DISH carelessly disposed of and sent hazardous waste to local landfills, ignoring the consequences for our communities and our environment. From there, hazardous chemical elements from electronic devices, batteries, aerosols, and more could seep into soil and contaminate our environment. Today’s settlement is critical. Large corporations like DISH have a responsibility to respect our environmental laws and do their part to protect our state’s precious resources.”

“My Office is committed to holding corporate polluters accountable for violations of state environmental laws,” said Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley in a statement. “Hazardous electronic waste is ubiquitous, and everyone must do their part to keep these items out of the landfill, especially large corporations who handle high volumes of electronic waste.”

As a provider of TV and video services to residential and business customers, DISH employees manage large volumes of electronic equipment, such as remote controls, transformers, and power adapters, various batteries, aerosol cans, and other items classified as hazardous waste.

The Colorado-based company will pay for penalties, costs, and supplemental environmental project to benefit the community while making significant changes to its operations and practices to come into compliance with state law.

Specifically, DISH must:

• Pay $5.5 million, including $3.32 million in civil penalties, $835,500 in litigation costs, and $845,000 for supplemental environmental projects. DISH must also spend $500,000 to implement enhanced environmental compliance measures to ensure proper management of hazardous waste at its California facilities.

• Hire an independent third-party auditor to perform environmental compliance audits at DISH’s 25 facilities across the state;

• Conduct regular inspections of facility trash dumpsters and roll-off containers to ensure the containers do not contain hazardous waste; and

• Provide training to employees to ensure compliance with California’s hazardous waste laws.

According to the attorney general’s and Alameda DA’s offices, the DISH settlement is the fifth case of a telecom industry giant addressing unlawful disposal and management of hazardous waste. The two offices have also successfully prosecuted AT&T, Comcast, DirecTV, and Cox Communications for similar environmental violations related to illegal disposals of large volumes of electronic waste from their cable and satellite video services.

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