+ Where does your state rank? Only 3 states scored higher than a D+ in this State Integrity investigation by the Center for Public Integrity, which found that statehouses are rife with secrecy, questionable ethics and conflicts of interest.
+ Railroad companies hauling crude oil and other hazardous liquids through Minnesota still have not fully complied with a state law requiring them to detail their spill response plans, according to documents obtained by 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS.
+ Child molesters, drug dealers and other criminals are increasingly using encryption technology on their phones to hide evidence that police and law enforcement officials say they can no longer access, even with a search warrant, reports Scripps News and the Toronto Star.
+ Donald Trump charges an average $250,000 per speech, commanding the biggest speaking fees of all the presidential candidates, closely followed by Hillary Clinton’s average $235,000 fee.
+ Allegations that Sen. Bob Corker may have engaged in insider trading and made false statements on his financial disclosure forms prompted the Campaign for Accountability to call for an SEC investigation of the powerful lawmaker. Per the group’s release this morning:
“Between 2008 and 2015, Sen. Corker, his wife and daughters made an astonishing 70 trades of stock in the real estate investment giant CBL & Associates Properties – more than triple the number of transactions he made of any other stock. Some of the trades closely preceded company announcements that led to changes in the stock’s price and seemingly resulted in the senator making millions of dollars.”
According to the group’s executive director Anne Weismann, “Sen. Corker’s trades followed a consistent pattern — he bought low and sold high. It beggars belief to suggest these trades – netting the senator and his family millions – were mere coincidences.”