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The ACLU, NAACP, and the Southern Poverty Law Center are suing Georgia over its new voting law

Civil rights groups have filed a lawsuit against Georgia over its new voting law, the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund announced on Tuesday.

The lawsuit was brought against the state by the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Georgia, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), and law firms WilmerHale, and Davis Wright Tremaine.

The latest legal action is the now third federal lawsuit filed in court since Gov. Brian Kemp signed the bill, SB 202, or the Election Integrity Act of 2021, into law last week.

The lawsuit, similarly to the others, challenges some provisions of law under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and the 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution. 

The legislation, which passed along party lines, brings big changes to several aspects of the election process. Civil rights groups have argued it suppresses voters, particularly Georgia’s Black voters.

This is a developing story. Please come back for updates. 

Stricken mother cries 'I am lost' after star student daughter, 18, dies of Covid

Opinion: With more allegations, comes more uncertainty for Deshaun Watson’s future

The sexual misconduct lawsuits against Deshaun Watson are accumulating quickly now. First there were a handful, then a dozen, now there are 19, including three on Monday alone. Another woman has come forward to tell her harrowing story to Sports Illustrated. So that’s 20 in all.

Twenty women who were giving Watson a massage claim he exposed himself or purposely touched them with his genitals, in two cases forcing them to put their mouths on his penis.

If true, it’s obviously so awful that Watson should not only never play football again, he should spend significant time in prison. Watson and his attorney, it should be noted, have broadly denied the numerous allegations. Every single one of these women, they say, is not telling the truth.

Stock Alert: Carpenter Technology Shares Rise 6%

Shares of Carpenter Technology Corp. (CRS) are currently trading at $41.18, up $2.62 or 6.79%, with trading volume of over 189K versus an average volume of 450K shares. The stock has been trading between $15.90 and $48.06 in the past one year.

As recently as on March 26, Carpenter Technology announced the completion of a $300 million syndicated credit facility by amending and restating the company’s existing Credit Agreement which had been set to expire on March 31, 2022. The Credit Facility extends the maturity to March 31, 2024.

Stock Alert: ReneSola Gains 14%

ReneSola Ltd (SOL) shares are rising more than 11 percent on Tuesday morning trade, continuing a rally since March 26th after the company reported net profit for the fourth quarter, compared to loss last year.

The solar project developer announced fourth-quarter net profit of $2.46 million or $0.05 per share, compared to net loss of $10.94 million or $0.23 per share in the previous year.

Net revenue for the quarter declined to $16.81 million, from $26.53 million a year ago.

Currently, shares are at $11.23, up 14.59 percent from the previous close of $9.80.
The shares have traded in a range of $0.91-$35.77 on average volume of 4,443,859.

Stock Alert: GameStop Shares Up 8%; Names Elliott Wilke Chief Growth Officer

Shares of GameStop Corp. (GME) are surging over 8% Tuesday morning, after the company announced the appointment of Elliott Wilke as Chief Growth Officer, effective on April 5, 2021.

The stock, which has been trading between $2.57 and $483.00 in the past one year, is currently trading at $196.62, up $15.32 or 8.45%, with trading volume rising over 3.49 million versus an average volume of 45.1 million shares.

Wilke joins from Amazon, where he spent the past seven years holding a variety of senior roles across segments such as Amazon Fresh, Prime Pantry and Worldwide Private Brands. He began his career at Proctor & Gamble and spent more than a decade in brand manager and marketing roles of increasing responsibility.

In addition, the company has appointed Andrea Wolfe as Vice President of Brand Development. Wolfe, who previously served as Chewy’s Vice President of Marketing, started March 29, 2021. She has held executive and director-level marketing roles at companies such as Outdoorsy, Spreetrail and Whole Foods.

The company has named Tom Petersen, Vice President of Merchandising. Petersen, who previously served as Chewy’s Vice President of Merchandising, started March 29, 2021. He has also held senior marketing and merchandising roles at specialty retailers such as Artenza and Corro.

SpaceX starship SN11 rocket fails to land safely after test launch in Texas, investigation underway: SpaceX

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(Reuters) – A SpaceX Starship prototype rocket failed to land safely on Tuesday after a test launch from Boca Chica, Texas, and engineers were investigating, Spacex said.

Sunbathers will have to wear face masks this summer on Spanish beaches


Who Are the Jurors in the Derek Chauvin Trial?

The jurors bring to the table a range of views about race and policing, some forged by long life experience and some formed after the death of George Floyd.

By Shaila Dewan and Tim Arango