HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15TH, 2023
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1. President Takes Aim at Enforcing Gun LawsSource:Radio One Digital
What You Need to Know: During his west coast trip, President Biden visited the scene of one of the country’s 110 mass shootings that have taken place this year. Mr. Biden traveled to Monterey Park, California where a gunman killed 11 people and wounded 20, as locals celebrated the Lunar New Year in January. He also met with victims and family members affected by the mass shooting. The president signed an Executive Order, in an effort to expand and strengthen gun laws already on the books, such as background checks.
2. Happy Birthday to Writer and Activist Marion Cuthbert
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What You Need to Know: Today in Women’s History Month, we celebrate the birth of writer and activist Marion Cuthbert.
Cuthbert was part of the creation of the National Association of College Women, “an organization aimed at developing leadership among Black women graduates of accredited liberal arts colleges and universities.”
At the time, Cuthbert and other Black women who had graduated from college struggled to find professional work because of their race. Cuthbert worked as a leader in the fight against discrimination in higher education and created programs to teach leadership skills to other Black women.
3. EPA to Limit Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Drinking WaterSource:Getty
What You Need to Know: The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday proposed the first federal limits on harmful “forever chemicals” in drinking water, a long-awaited protection the agency said will save thousands of lives and prevent serious illnesses, including cancer.
The plan would limit toxic PFAS chemicals to the lowest level that tests can detect. PFAS, or per and polyfluorinated substances, are a group of compounds that are widespread, dangerous, and expensive to remove from water. They don’t degrade in the environment and are linked to a broad range of health issues, including low birth weight and kidney cancer.
4. A woman holds a Pride flag during the vigil…Source:Getty
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What You Need to Know: A bill that would ban health care for transgender minors in West Virginia is headed to the desk of Governor Jim Justice.
West Virginia is estimated to have more transgender youth per capita than any other state.
Lawmakers in West Virginia and other states advancing bans on transgender health care for youth and young adults often characterize gender-affirming treatments as medically unproven and a symptom of “woke” culture. However, every major medical organization supports gender-affirming care for youths. This includes the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Psychiatric Association.
5. Black and Missing: Larry Gene Stewart
Larry Gene Stewart has been missing from Little Rock, Arkansas since December 1, 2022. The 65-year-old was last seen at his home located in the 3700 block of Ludwig Street. According to his family, Larry’s home was in disarray and his phone, wallet, and money were left behind.
Larry has tattoos of his daughters’ names on each side of his neck, Jamasia (left) and Daisia (right).
Anyone with information about Larry’s disappearance should go to the Black and Missing Foundation website.