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Sunday January 16th, 2022 day edition

image for A 74-year-old woman spent 27 years in prison for a murder she didn't commit. This week she was exonerated

(CNN) A Tennessee woman who was wrongfully convicted of murdering her great-niece and spent 27 years in prison, was exonerated this week.

On June 26, 1987, Joyce Watkins, now 74, and her boyfriend at the time, Charlie Dunn, went to pick up Watkins four-year-old great-niece, Brandi, in Kentucky, according to a report filed with the Davidson County Criminal Court.

The next morning Brandi was unresponsive, so Watkins took her to Nashville Memorial Hospital.

Brandi suffered from severe vaginal injury and head trauma .

She was pronounced dead the following day, the report stated.

The two were with Brandi for only nine hours, but the medical examiner, Dr. Gretel Harlan, concluded the injuries were sustained during that time.

A year later, in August 1988, Watkins and Dunn were convicted of first-degree murder and aggravated rape. »

Martin Luther King Jr.'s family calls on Sen. Kyrsten Sinema to 'ensure that the Jim Crow filibuster does not stand in the way' of voting rights

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Martin Luther King III called on Sen. Kyrsten Sinema "to urgently pass federal voting rights legislation.".

Family members of the civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.'s organized in Phoenix, Arizona, on Saturday to call on Sen. Kyrsten Sinema to support efforts to expand voting rights.

Martin Luther King III, the late civil rights leader's eldest son, was joined Saturday by his wife, Arndrea Waters King, and by his daughter, Yolanda Renee King. »

Beyond Meat And Impossible Foods Helped Save Nearly 1 Million Animals In The US Last Year

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Just two plant-based food companies have helped spare at least 630,000 animals’ lives in 2021, and that’s just in the US.

The international charity looked at some of the US restaurant chains offering Beyond Meat or Impossible Foods’ products, such as Burger King and Panda Express.

Nearly 80,000 cows were spared last year thanks to diners choosing Beyond Meat or Impossible Foods products. »

Texas scientists’ new Covid-19 vaccine is cheaper, easier to make and patent-free

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Low-income countries, which have few vaccine research and production facilities, have vaccinated just one in nine people, according to the World Health Organization.

The process to create the vaccine involves the use of yeast – the same method by which hepatitis B vaccines are produced.

Crucially, storing the Corbevax vaccine only requires standard refrigeration, unlike the Pfizer vaccine, which requires ultra-cold storage in transit. »

New York Food Waste Recycling Law Goes Into Effect

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New York has joined California, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts in requiring the biggest sources of food waste to donate excess food or recycle food waste.

The law, called the Food Donation and Food Scraps Recycling Law, first passed in 2019.

The hierarchy focuses primarily on reducing the sources of food waste, followed by donating excess food to those in need. »