The Daily Populous

Thursday April 13rd, 2023 day edition

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The Consumer Right to Repair Agriculture Equipment Act passed 46-14 in Colorado's Senate late on Tuesday, after winning approval in the state House of Representatives in February.

The bill garnered bipartisan support as farmers grew increasingly frustrated with costly repairs and inflated input prices denting their profits.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis has 10 days to sign the bill into law and he is expected to do so, according to a spokesperson.

Colorado's legislation would mandate that farm machinery manufacturers like Deere and rival CNH Industrial (CNHI.MI) provide farmers with diagnostic tools, software documents, and repair manuals starting Jan 1.

A spokesperson for Deere & Co responded to the passage of the bill, saying that it supports farmers right to repair but believes that the legislation is "unnecessary and will carry unintended consequences.".

State lawmakers are pushing right to repair legislation even though Deere and CNH signed a memorandum of understanding with the American Farm Bureau Federation to allow farmers to fix their equipment, or go to a third-party repair shop.

The agreement does not give farmers total access for repairs, said Kevin O'Reilly, director for the campaign of right to repair at the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. »

Republican lawmaker tells women to ‘get off the abortion conversation’ as future of critical drug in jeopardy

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“Isn’t a federal judge saying on a national level that a pill cannot be administered the opposite of states’ rights?”

He replied that “states started this” but “now the federal government is coming in and dictating theirs”.

Mifepristone is one of a two-drug protocol for medication abortion, a procedure that accounts for more than half of all abortions nationwide. »

Fox News sanctioned for withholding evidence in Dominion defamation case

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Delaware Superior Court Judge Eric Davis on Wednesday sanctioned Fox News and its parent company, Fox Corp., for withholding evidence in the Dominion defamation suit and said he's considering further investigation and censure.

Grossberg, a former producer for Fox hosts Bartiromo and Tucker Carlson, has sued Fox News and said her deposition was coerced.

The surprise evidence and sanction come days before the trial is scheduled to begin in the $1.6 billion defamation case Dominion Voting Systems filed against Fox News and Fox Corp. Davis also said Wednesday he was considering appointing a special master to investigate the Fox legal teams' actions. »

China warns Philippines that military ties with US will ‘eventually backfire’

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China has warned the Philippines that expanding military ties with the U.S. will “eventually backfire,” as Manila and Washington appear to grow their partnership with military drills and new American naval bases to be built in the archipelago.

“China has indisputable sovereignty over the South China Sea Islands and the adjacent waters.

Three of those sites will be in the northeastern part of the nation, close to Taiwan in the South China Sea. »

Man with schizophrenia was left naked in jail cell for weeks before death, video shows

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New surveillance video from inside an Indiana jail shows how a 29-year-old man who died in the summer of 2021 from dehydration and malnutrition was left naked in solitary confinement for three weeks with no medical attention.

He received daily meals through a small slot in his jail door, but appears to have rarely eaten them.

The videos renew scrutiny of the Jackson county sheriff’s department, which faced outrage over the 2021 jail death of Ta’Neasha Chappell. »