Tuesday Morning News: November 22, 2022

For WORLD Radio, I’m Kent Covington.

Ukraine ” In his speech on Monday in Kyiv, the regional director of the World Health Organization, Hans Kluge, warned of a bad winter after Russian attacks on Ukraine’s power grid.

KLUGE: Half of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure is damaged or destroyed. Simply put, this winter is about survival.

Authorities in Ukraine are evacuating civilians from recently liberated parts of Kherson and Mykolayiv regions. They say a lack of heat, electricity and water due to Russian shelling will make living conditions too difficult.

Officials said Monday the government would provide transportation, shelter and medical supplies.

Earthquake ” Indonesia is still reeling this morning after a powerful and deadly earthquake struck the country’s main island. WORLD’s Kristen Flavin has more.

KRISTEN FLAVIN, REPORTER: Terrified local residents fled into the streets, some covered in blood and debris after the 5.6 magnitude quake.

At least 162 people were killed. Many of the dead were public school students who had finished their classes for the day and were taking remedial classes when school buildings collapsed.

The injured overwhelmed hospitals and the death toll was expected to continue to rise.

Due to its location on the so-called “Ring of Fire”, the country is often hit by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis. This is an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.

For WORLD, I’m Kristen Flavin.

CO update » The man accused of opening fire at a Colorado Springs LGBT nightclub is facing serious criminal and possible hate crime charges after killing five people and injuring 17 others.

Federal Attorney Cole Finegan:

FINEGAN: We promise on behalf of our office and the Justice Department that we will work as hard as we can to find justice in this case.

The suspect is 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich.

Investigators did not name a motive. But authorities say it is clear the suspect has a history of violent schemes. He is said to have threatened to attack his mother with a bomb last year.

That has led to questions about why this earlier alleged incident didn’t trigger Colorado’s “red flag” law – which might have prevented him from buying a gun.

Jewish Assassination » Meanwhile, authorities say they stopped two men from attacking a Jewish synagogue in New York City.

Mayor Eric Adams said social media posts about the attack on a synagogue are not empty threats.

ADAMS: That was a real threat. After arresting the suspects, police officers seized a Glock semi-automatic firearm.

Officers arrested two men at New York’s Penn Station after authorities discovered the online posts.

One of the men, Christopher Brown, allegedly tweeted about the synagogue shooting and later wrote, “This time I’m really going to do it.”

Executive Director of the New York FBI Field Office, Michael Driscoll:

DRISCOLL: And then during this investigation a second person, Mathew Mahrer, was also identified as a partner.

Authorities said Brown had a large military-style knife, a ski mask and a swastika arm patch when he was arrested.

train strike » Consumers could face higher gas prices and shortages of some of their favorite groceries during the holiday season. WORLD’s Anna Johansen Brown has this story.

ANNA JOHANSEN BROWN, REPORTER: Railroads and all of their unions still haven’t agreed on new employment contracts before the early December deadline.

This date has already been postponed once.

A strike could paralyze rail services and choke the country’s supply chain.

On Monday, the largest of 12 railway unions rejected the latest offer, which included a 24% pay rise. And with four of the 12 unions wanting a better deal, it may fall to Congress to push through one to protect the US economy.

For WORLD I am Anna Johansen Brown.

NASA » The Orion space capsule orbited behind the moon, flew within 80 miles of the lunar surface… and beamed images back to Earth. NASA commentator Sandra Jones:

JONES: As it emerges from behind the moon, an Earthrise of our pale blue dot and its 8 billion human inhabitants is now coming into view.

NASA flight director Zeb Scoville responded on Monday.

SCOVILLE: We’ve just seen the earth set behind the moon as we drive the next human-legal vehicle around the moon and prepare to get humans back there within a few years. This is a game changer.

The capsule carries test dummies. And Scoville says when it returns to Earth, they’ll investigate how its life support systems fared.

I’m Kent Covington. Visit wng.org for more news, features and analysis.


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