Federal lawsuit alleges official is lying to farmers to deter them from Oklahoma hemp program

A complaint filed in federal court alleges that a Farm Service Agency official in Oklahoma has been lying to and threatening farmers who express interest in growing hemp under an official state program. https://www.tulsaworld.com/news/state-and-regional/federal-lawsuit-alleges-official-is-lying-to-farmers-to-deter/article_ccf94c68-2dde-57cf-8f9b-e889d3805295.html

Trump Wants to End Regulation That Cut Mercury Pollution by 81 Percent

Americans have one day left to tell the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to preserve life-saving pollution standards. Last year, the Trump administration proposed a plan to move forward with dismantling safeguards on dangerous mercury and toxic pollution from power plants. Doing so would boost levels of mercury, soot and other hazardous pollution into our nation’s air, water, food and communities.  https://truthout.org/articles/trump-wants-to-end-regulation-that-cut-mercury-pollution-by-81-percent/

Man Charged with Hate Crimes over Fires at 3 Black Louisiana Churches

A man accused of setting fire to three historically black churches in Louisiana was charged with hate crimes Monday. Holden Matthews, the 21-year-old son of a deputy sheriff, was also charged with three counts of arson after being arrested last week. The first blaze occurred at the end of last month, and the two others in early April. All three churches were in St. Landry Parish, about 30 minutes north of Lafayette. https://www.democracynow.org/2019/4/16/headlines/man_charged_with_hate_crimes_over_fires_at_3_black_louisiana_churches