Illustration. | Joe DeVoogd
Illustration. | Joe DeVoogd

This week in news (March 15 to March 21)

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-The Humboldt County Jail gets $20 million grant

A $500 million grant was awarded to the state, 20 million will go towards the expansion of the Humboldt County Jail. The new structure is set to have a new parking level and two more levels for a day reporting center for probation, mental health, and programs that are centralized in the county.

Source: News Channel 3

-Drug task force makes a bust

The Humboldt County Drug Task Force reported on March 17 that as part of a three-month-long investigation, three people from Bakersfield, California were arrested after they were found with over 2 pounds of methamphetamine.

Source: North Coast News

-Americorps prepares for cuts

Last week was National Americorps Week, a time for the nation to celebrate a program that emphasizes community service. Americorps will lose its funding if the anticipated federal budget proposal is approved. President will cut domestic programs in an effort to increase the military budget.

Source: Mad River Union

U.S.

-New social media rules for marines

Amid a nude photo scandal, the U.S. Marine Corps has enlisted a longer and and more detailed social media policy that lays out the professional and legal ramifications for service members responsible for online misconduct.

Source: CBS News

-David Rockefeller dies at 101

Billionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller, former head of Chase Manhattan Corp and patriarch of one of the most famous and influential American families, died on March 17, a family spokesman said. He was 101.

Source: Reuters

-Louisiana deputy shot and killed

A sheriff’s deputy in Louisiana is dead after being shot near a movie theater in Baton Rouge on March 19. The deputy was was conducting an investigation with another deputy at a strip mall near the AMC movie theater when the shooting occurred.

World

-Israel’s defense system almost complete

A senior Israeli air force official says a joint U.S.-Israeli missile interceptor will be operational soon, completing the country’s multi-layer defense system. The missile will be operational in April.

Source: Washington Post

-The Pope asks for forgiveness

on March 20, Pope Francis has asked Rwandan President Paul Kagame for forgiveness for the “sins and failings” of the Catholic Church during the 1994 Rwandan genocide .

Pope Francis acknowledged that priests, nuns and members of the Catholic church had succumbed to hatred and violence in Rwanda.

Source: CNN

-Britain’s path to Brexit

A date has been set to Britain’s path to Brexit. On March 29, Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Article 50. Article 50 is the European Union legislation that sets out how a member state can leave the organization.

Source: Washington Post

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