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Five Minute News 1/18/22: Martin Luther King III Speaks On Voting Rights; Hostages In Texas Invited Captor In; Extreme Weather Hits U.S. Coast

Five Minute News 1/18/22: Martin Luther King III Speaks On Voting Rights; Hostages In Texas Invited Captor In; Extreme Weather Hits U.S. Coast

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Tuesday’s edition covers a statement by Martin Luther King III on voting rights, more information about the hostage situation that took place over the weekend at a synagogue in Texas, and the spate of extreme weather that has hit the east coast of the United States.

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s eldest son is condemning lawmakers for their inaction and lip service on the day set aside to commemorate and honor his father’s life and work. While most took time out to mention Dr. King’s legacy on social media Monday, the Senate’s action on voting rights is not expected to advance legislation. King III said he was calling on President Joe Biden and the Senate to pass legislation that would protect voters from laws passed in at least 19 states to reduce access to the ballot box.

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Members of a Texas synagogue invited a stranger in and offered him tea before he produced a weapon and took them hostage in a 10-hour siege the FBI is calling terrorism-related. the FBI has identified the man as Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old British citizen. Rabbi Charlie Cytron Walker says he spoke to the man while making tea, then returned to prayer, which is when he heard a click and learned that his guest had a weapon he’d been able to purchase on the streets of Texas. Two individuals in England have also been detained for questioning in connection to the case.

In the climate crisis, a winter storm dumps significant snowfall, strong thunderstorms, and blustery winds on the east coast of the United States, with over 18 inches of snow by 1 pm in Buffalo, N.Y., where the city advised residents not to travel unless necessary. In Florida, the storm brought a tornado with 118 mile an hour winds, destroying 30 mobile homes and seriously damaging 51 more. Governor Ron DeSantis is quoted as continuing to deny climate science as “left-wing stuff.”

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