What you need to know: Aug. 19

Good morning, North State! Here's what you need to know to start your day on Aug. 19, 2019.

Posted: Aug 19, 2019 9:02 AM
Updated: Aug 20, 2019 11:00 AM

Crews continue to search for missing swimmer

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office will resume the search for a missing person on Shasta Lake. 

A group of four men boating on the lake Sunday ran out of gas.

To cool off they jumped into the water. One of the men began struggling to swim and went underwater. Crews suspended the search overnight but will continue looking for that man.

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area closes ponds due to testing

The Whiskeytown National Recreation Area posted a new warning that two ponds are closed. The water from those ponds is being tested. The two ponds are to the north side of Highway 299. They are called Grizzly Gulch and Second Pond.

California Almond growers will face new challenges

California Almond growers are being asked to achieve a new set of goals, by 2025.

The list includes a 50% reduction in dust, a 25% increase in environmentally-friendly pest management, a 20% decrease in water use, and zero waste when it comes to the hulls and shells.

Sacramento files a lawsuit to ban 7 people from a part of downtown

The city of Sacramento has filed a unique lawsuit banning seven people from an area of the city.

The lawsuit claims they have committed crimes repeatedly in the broadway corridor of downtown Sacramento. The seven people are described as repeat offenders of assault, being drunk in public, shoplifting, druse, and trespassing.

The lawsuit is drawing mixed reactions from business owners in the area.

California joins states to challenge a new Trump Administration rule

California is joining three other states in challenging Trump Administration's new public charge rule. Under the regulation, immigrants who use or may use social safety net programs such as food stamps could see changes in their legal status.

The suit argues the rule creates unnecessary obstacles from legal immigration.

Philadelphia shooter faces charges

The man suspected of shooting six Philadelphia police officers will face charges on Aug. 19. The suspect shot at the officers during an hours-long standoff at a home in a North Philadelphia neighborhood. Two other officers were trapped inside the home for about five hours. 

The man is facing charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault, assault on law enforcement officers and reckless endangerment.

Jury selection begins for a Florida man charged with manslaughter

Jury selection will begin in the case of Michael Drejka. The Florida man charged with manslaughter in a controversial 'Stand your ground' case.

Drejka is accused of fatally shooting Markeis McGlockton outside a convenience store in 2018. The shooting occurred after an argument over a parking space.

A weekend of gun-control rallies

In cities across the county this weekend, gun control advocates held rallies demanding congress to take action to reduce gun violence.

In New York City Aug. 18, at least 100 people turned out. Demonstrators staged protests in West Virginia, Rhode Island, and San Francisco. They called on Congress to end their recess and return to Washington to pass gun reform legislation. Rally organizers are also spending nearly one million dollars on TV ads targeting Republican senators.

A series of arrests aimed at preventing mass shootings occurred 

Ohio police arrested a 20-year-old for online messages threatening a Jewish center. In Florida, authorities arrested a 25-year-old for threatening to open fire at a large crowd. In Connecticut, police arrested a 22-year-old who owned several weapons and made threats on social media.

Are we on the cusp of a recession? Trump economic advisers say no

All eyes are on the economy due to recent indicators of a recession. Markets remain nervous about the ongoing trade war with China. According to an NBC News and Wall Street Journal poll, White House officials insist the economy will remain strong through the 2020 election. 49% of Americans still approve of the President's handling of the economy.

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