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Remembering the captives

Compassion | Poor conditions, violence plague Mississippi prisons
by Charissa Koh
Posted 2/05/20, 04:46 pm

Janice Wilkens received an upsetting call from her son on Jan. 2. “He was devastated, and he was nervous,” she told WMC-TV in Memphis, Tenn. “He wanted help right away.” Her son, 36-year-old Denorris Howell, was an inmate at the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, Miss., in the notorious Unit 29, where prison officials reported major disturbances due to gang violence.

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Trump signs USMCA trade deal

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 1/29/20, 12:49 pm

The United States is good-to-go on a new set of trade rules with its North American neighbors. At a signing ceremony at the White House on Wednesday, President Donald Trump said the United States–Mexico-Canada Agreement would protect American economic interests. “Together we are building a glorious future that is raised, grown, built, and made right here in the glorious USA,” he said.

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Senate approves North American trade agreement

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/16/20, 01:12 pm

A new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico is headed to President Donald Trump’s desk after passing by a vote of 89-10 in the Senate on Thursday. Trump plans to sign the United States–Mexico-Canada (USMCA) deal, which he finalized last year to follow through on a campaign promise. The agreement aims to move more car production into the United States and reduce the incentive for U.S. companies to relocate factories to Mexico. Mexico has already approved the deal, and Canada is expected to do so in the coming months.

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