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Friday April 30th, 2021 night edition

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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) has signed a bill into law reforming the state’s sex education standards, removing anti-LGBTQ language that previously required teachers to condemn homosexuality and portray it in a negative light.

The bill, sponsored by State Rep. Laura Hall (D-Huntsville), a former high school science teacher, updates materials on sex education and sexually transmitted diseases to be scientifically accurate and use correct medical terminology.

Under the new law, teachers will still emphasize the importance of abstinence in avoiding “unintentional pregnancy” or transmission of STDs — as required by Alabama law.

The previous law, which was amended by Hall’s bill, was one of several “No Promo Homo” laws governing LGBTQ content in the classroom in various states.

LGBTQ and sexual education advocates alike praised Ivey’s signing of the bill.

“We are proud that young queer and trans folks, in particular, made their voices heard in ending this harmful requirement.

This win is just one step in the direction of the sex ed we’d like to see in Alabama, which is sex ed that is comprehensive and LGBTQ+ affirming.”. »

How Harvey Weinstein Stands to Make Millions From 'The Hobbit'

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Thanks to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the famed executive will be millions of dollars richer.

But with the money still uncounted, a dispute already is brewing over just how much dwarf gold will flow to Harvey and his brother, Bob.

If the movie crosses $1 billion, MGM could become the first studio laying claim to back-to-back $1 billion hits, following Skyfall. »

GOP senator says ‘America is not a racist country’ after listing all the rampant racism he’s experienced

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“Three months in, the actions of the president and his party are pulling us further and further apart,” Scott said.

Scott also said that Americans “desperately” need to reach some “common ground” in their “discussions of race,” reflecting on his own experiences for emphasis.

Twitter users widely lambasted Scott’s claim that America is not racist and pointed out what they considered to be his bald-faced hypocrisy. »

Microsoft shakes up PC gaming by reducing Windows store cut to just 12 percent

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Microsoft is shaking up the world of PC gaming today with a big cut to the amount of revenue it takes from games on Windows.

The software giant is reducing its cut from 30 percent to just 12 percent from August 1st, in a clear bid to compete with Steam and entice developers and studios to bring more PC games to its Microsoft Store.

These changes will only affect PC games and not Xbox console games in Microsoft’s store. »