New protection for historical symbols
The House passed a bill that would make it more difficult to remove statues or rename streets dedicated to historical figures, including a Capitol bust of a Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan leader. The chamber voted 71-23 for the measure, which requires a vote of two-thirds of the 29-member Historical Commission to gain a waiver from a ban on removing historical markers. Current law requires a majority vote.
ISIL threat forces school closure
A private military school canceled events throughout the weekend and boosted its security after receiving threats related to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Police and FBI officials are investigating a threat against Hargrave Military Academy, which is about two hours southwest of Richmond. The threats came in a Facebook message to the school.
Fewer U.S. bridges rated decrepit
There are about 2,500 fewer decrepit bridges in the U.S. than there were a year ago. Still, nearly 59,000 bridges are officially classified as structurally deficient, according to an analysis of the Department of Transportation’s bridge inventory database by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association. The 58,600 bridges that made the new list are in need of repair, not in immediate danger of failure.
Fears of an ISIL nuclear threat rise
A suspect linked to the Nov. 13 Paris attackers was found with surveillance footage of a high-ranking Belgian nuclear official, raising fears that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant is trying to obtain radioactive material. The news set off an immediate uproar among Belgian lawmakers, who charged that they had been misled about the extent of the ambitions of the terrorist network.