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Boy Scouts

CNN -- The Boy Scouts of America has filed for bankruptcy amid hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits, thousands of alleged abuse victims and shrinking membership numbers. All civil action against the organization is suspended, leaving those who are suing the group in limbo. Rumors of bankruptcy have been swirling since December 2018. Since then, the Boy Scouts have taken steps to address the large number of accusations leveled by former scouts. Recent extensions to some states' statutes of limitations on sex crimes meant the organization was facing more lawsuits.

Wall Construction

AP -- President Donald Trump's administration is waiving federal contracting laws to speed construction of a US-Mexico border wall. The Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday it will allow 177 miles of wall to be built faster in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas and bring the President closer to his pledge of 450 miles by year's end. A 2005 law gives the Homeland Security secretary sweeping powers to waive laws to speed up border barrier construction. The move is expected to spark criticism the Trump administration is overstepping its authority.

Heavy Rain

AP -- Forecasters say heavy rains are expected in parts of the flood-ravaged South, prolonging the misery in neighborhoods surrounded by water. Hard-hit central Mississippi was under a flash flood watch Tuesday. The National Weather Service said rainfall of up to two inches - with higher amounts possible in some spots - were expected to fall in a short amount of time in central Mississippi. This could cause flash flood and worsen ongoing river flooding in the region. The threat of heavy rain Tuesday will be greatest parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.

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