Rep. John Conyers. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Amid swirling allegations of sexual misconduct against Michigan Rep. John Conyers, the Congressional Black Caucus' members and staffers are scrambling over how to have him exit without disregarding his legacy, BuzzFeed News reports. Conyers, 88, has denied all the allegations.

Why it matters: Conyers is a veteran, a leading figure in the civil rights movement and the House's longest-serving member. He is well regarded in the black community and a founding member of the CBC, which advocates for black causes.

BuzzFeed spoke with a dozen people inside or close to the CBC who seemed split over Conyers' fate in congress.

"When you have these iconic figures who have been on front lines, you just don't want to hear about that human side of them, that they have their faults, especially for someone like Congressman Conyers," CBC chairman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA) told reporter Darren Sands.

Backdrop: The 88-year-old stepped aside from his role as the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday while a congressional ethics committee probes his allegations. Congressional sources told Axios that there's no chance Conyers will return to his post.

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Texas authorities have issued a warning amid concerns that the water supply in the southeast of the state may contain the brain-eating amoeba naegleria fowleri following the death of a 6-year-old boy.

Details: The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a "do not use" water alert Friday for eight cities, along with the Clemens and Wayne Scott Texas Department of Criminal Justice corrections centers and the Dow Chemical plant in Freeport. This was later lifted for all places except for Lake Jackson, which issued a disaster declaration Saturday.

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What they're saying: Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

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Democratic and Republican lawmakers along with other leading political figures reacted to President Trump's Saturday afternoon nomination of federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.

What they're saying: "President Trump could not have made a better decision," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement. "Judge Amy Coney Barrett is an exceptionally impressive jurist and an exceedingly well-qualified nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States."