Some good news to start the weekend.
• Bank of America has been ordered to pay nearly $1.3 billion in penalties over the “Hustle” mortgage fraud case.
• A Florida judge has ordered state lawmarkers redraw its Congressional map by August 15, after ruling the last one favored Republicans. Republicans wanted to wait until after the 2014 midterms. Of course they did.
• Kansas City, Mo., bans open carry.
• The only abortion clinic in Mississippi will remain open after an appeals court stays the state’s abortion law.
• Somewhat related: following SCOTUS’ ruling which repealed Massachusetts’ buffer zone around abortion clinics, the state has set new limits on abortion clinic protests:
The new law allows the police to disperse protesters who are substantially impeding access to a clinic. Protesters must stay at least 25 feet from the clinic’s entrances for up to eight hours or be subject to a misdemeanor charge.
• Outdoor clothing outfitter Patagonia is selling a line of wetsuits made of 60% plant-based rubber, 40% neoprene. Neoprene is petroleum-based, and they hope when costs of the plant-based material go down, they’ll eventually be able to make a 100% sustainable wetsuit.
Good News, Tennessee Edition:
• Eight hundred victims of the 2008 Kingston coal ash spill share close to $28 million in a settlement by TVA.
• The state got its first bicycle traffic signal. It’s in Chattanooga.
• A group of Tennessee hospitals reduced surgical complications by 19.7% from 2009 to 2012 — an achievement estimated to have saved at least 533 lives.
And speaking of bicycling: a Dutch cycler’s opinion of trying to commute on a bike in the U.S.:
And an even better video that just crossed my path: who’s talking impeachment again? The White House staff?