Friday Afternoon Update: West Virginia Legalizes Campus Carry, Trump Can Be Sued Over Jan. 6 By Capitol Police, Santos Under Investigation

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Campus Carry In West Virginia

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice signed a bill into law this week that allows those with concealed carry permits to take firearms onto public college and university campuses.

“This is just saying the law-abiding people have a right to be able to carry if they choose to do so,” Justice said. “We just hope and pray that there’s never a problem. We can’t ensure in any way that there won’t be a problem, but for God’s sake-a-living, we need to stand rock solid by who we are and by the Second Amendment and all the greatness that we are in this great state and send the message to the world that by God if you want to mess with us, we can mess back.”

“Campus Carry,” as it is known, will go into effect in July 2024, and West Virginia now joins 11 other states with similar laws on the books.

Chicago Police Officer Killed

A Chicago police officer was killed Wednesday in a gunfire exchange allegedly with a man who was arrested in connection to a shooting last year. According to CWB Chicago, the Cook County state’s attorney’s office chose not to bring felony charges against the suspect last summer after he and two other suspects fled from a vehicle connected to a shooting. While felony charges were brought against the other two suspects, the state’s attorney’s office spared the man accused of killing the officer of the charges. Police say both the officer and the offender were shot in the exchanged fire.

Greek Railroad Official Charged With Manslaughter

Family members in Greece lined up to give DNA samples in hopes of identifying victims of a train crash that killed nearly 60 people there — while rail workers went on strike Thursday saying the rail system is outdated, underfunded, and dangerous. Meanwhile, the country’s government has blamed human error, and a railway official was charged with manslaughter. 57 people have been confirmed dead from the crash that’s being called the country’s deadliest ever.


Trump Can Be Sued By Capitol Police Over January 6

The Department of Justice said this week that former President Donald Trump can be sued by injured Capitol Police officers and Democratic lawmakers over the January 6, 2021, riots. The brief was filed by lawyers of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. They say the investigation has no bearing on the special counsel investigation into whether Trump can be criminally charged over efforts to undo President Biden’s electoral victory in the 2020 presidential election.

House Ethics Committee Investigates Santos

The House Ethics Committee announced Thursday it is launching an investigation into embattled Republican Rep. George Santos, the New York congressman who is accused of lying and embellishing his resume. The investigation seeks to determine “whether Representative George Santos may have engaged in unlawful activity with respect to his 2022 congressional campaign.”

Tesla Announces Price Cuts

Tesla says it will cut the cost of its next generation of vehicles by half, largely by using innovative manufacturing techniques and smaller factories. CEO Elon Musk and other executives outlined the goals during a 3.5-hour investor day presentation Wednesday as they presented the company’s third master plan. The changes could bring the cost of a new generation of vehicles to around $25,000.

“The desire for people to own a Tesla is extremely high,” Musk said. “The limiting factor is their ability to pay for a Tesla, not do they want a Tesla? It’s easy for people in this room to lose sight of that.”

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