May 8, 2019

Three Mile Island will begin planned shutdown on June 1

Three Mile Island in Middletown, Pennsylvania. Photo: Jeff Fusco/Getty Images

Three Mile Island nuclear power plant will begin a planned shutdown on June 1 now that owner Exelon confirmed it won't receive financial aid from Pennsylvania's government, AP reports.

The impact: Nuclear provides 94% of Pennsylvania's carbon-free electricity. Coal and natural gas plants — which burn fuel cheaper, but emit carbon dioxide — are expected to make up for the lost power. As for jobs, the plant employs nearly 700 people.

The intrigue: Three Mile Island was the site of America's worst nuclear-energy accident in 1979. One reactor shut down following that, which has created extra financial hurdles for the plant since.

The big picture: Nuclear power plants aren’t compensated for their carbon-free profiles like wind and solar, so plants across the country are being financially squeezed in similar situations. One-third of America’s nuclear power could be taken offline in the next few years, while as much as two-thirds could be unprofitable in the same amount of time, according to MIT research.

What's next: The plant will be offline by Sept. 30, according to Exelon.

Go deeper: As climate change worsens, America faces more nuclear closures ("Axios on HBO" segment)

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Republicans sue California over mail-out ballot plan

California Gov. Gavin Newsom during a February news conference in Sacramento, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Republicans filed a lawsuit against California in an attempt to stop Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) from mailing ballots to all registered voters ahead of the November general election.

Driving the news: Newsom signed an executive order this month in response to the coronavirus pandemic ensuring that all registered voters in the state receive a mail-in ballot.

What they're saying: California Republican Party chair Jessica Millan Patterson said in a statement posted to Twitter, "The disastrous Motor Voter program arbitrarily changed voter registration for thousands casting doubt on the integrity and accuracy of our voter rolls."

Read the lawsuit, via DocumentCloud

Editor's note: This is a developing news story. Please check back for updates.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7 p.m. ET: 5,383,582 — Total deaths: 344,077 — Total recoveries — 2,158,031Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7 p.m. ET: 1,640,972 — Total deaths: 97,679 — Total recoveries: 366,736 — Total tested: 14,163,195Map.
  3. World: White House announces travel restrictions on Brazil, coronavirus hotspot in Southern Hemisphere Over 100 coronavirus cases in Germany tied to single day of church services — Boris Johnson backs top aide amid reports that he broke U.K. lockdown while exhibiting symptoms.
  4. Public health: Officials are urging Americans to wear masks headed into Memorial Day weekend Report finds "little evidence" coronavirus under control in most statesHurricanes, wildfires, the flu could strain COVID-19 response
  5. Economy: White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett says it's possible the unemployment rate could still be in double digits by November's election — Public employees brace for layoffs.
  6. Federal government: Trump attacks a Columbia University study that suggests earlier lockdown could have saved 36,000 American lives.
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  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it, the right mask to wear.

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Federal judge strikes down Florida law requiring felons to pay fines before voting

Gov. Ron DeSantis. Photo: oe Raedle/Getty Images

A federal judge on Sunday ruled that a Florida law requiring convicted felons to pay all court fines and fees before registering to vote is unconstitutional.

Why it matters: The ruling, which will likely be appealed by state Republicans, would clear the way for hundreds of thousands of ex-felons in Florida to register to vote ahead of November's election.