National News at a Glance
Posted May 3, 2018 10:35 p.m. EDT
Ryan Reinstates House Chaplain After Priest Decided to Fight Dismissal
Speaker Paul Ryan reinstated the Rev. Patrick J. Conroy as chaplain of the House of Representatives on Thursday, after the chaplain sent him a letter rescinding his forced dismissal and daring the speaker to fire him. “I have accepted Father Conroy’s letter and decided that he will remain in his position as chaplain of the House,” the speaker said in a statement. “It is my job as speaker to do what is best for this body, and I know that this body is not well served by a protracted fight over such an important post.”
Justice Department Releases New Sexual Harassment Guidelines
The Justice Department issued directives to address sexual harassment, but critics say the new rules could be unevenly applied across the department, leaving some employees unprotected. The new policies, sent to division heads Wednesday, were drafted in response to a report issued last year by Michael E. Horowitz, the department’s inspector general, that described harassment, assault and sexual misconduct. The directives, written by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein and two other officials, are intended to ensure that the department metes out “serious and consistent” punishments to those found guilty of sexual harassment, and that each section in the department is held accountable for how it handles accusations of harassment and misconduct.
De Blasio Moves to Bring Safe Injection Sites to New York City
Mayor Bill de Blasio is championing a plan that would make New York City a pioneer in creating supervised injection sites for illegal drug users, part of a novel but contentious strategy to combat the epidemic of fatal overdoses caused by the use of heroin and other opioids. For the sites to open, New York City must still clear some significant hurdles. At a minimum, the plan calls for the support of several district attorneys, and, more critically, the state Health Department, which answers to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The plan calls for four sites to open after a six- to 12-month period of outreach to the communities where they will be located.
Arizona Teachers End Walkout as Governor Signs Bill Approving Raises
A week into a statewide teacher walkout in Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey signed a budget bill Thursday that he said would provide teachers with the 20 percent raises they had demanded, in addition to new funds for classrooms. While the organizers of the walkout said the bill might not produce as much as the governor promised, they announced an end to their labor action, which had kept hundreds of thousands of children out of school. Arizona is the fourth state this year, after West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kentucky, where protesting teachers left classrooms and won concessions from conservative lawmakers.
Trafficking Victim Serving Life Sentence for Murder Will Get Clemency Hearing
Cyntoia Brown, a Nashville, Tennessee, woman who is serving a life sentence for killing a man who picked her up for sex while she was being trafficked as a teenager, will receive a hearing that could lead to her release, officials said Thursday. The clemency hearing, set for May 23, will be the first for Brown, 30, since she was sentenced nearly 13 years ago, for fatally shooting Johnny Allen, 43, in 2004, said Melissa McDonald, a spokeswoman for the state Board of Probation and Parole. The board will hear Brown’s petition and decide whether to recommend that she be release.