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LSU is going to the women's national championship game for the first time. Alexis Morris scored 27 points, Angel Reese had 24 and the Tigers beat top-seeded Virginia Tech 79-72 in a national semifinal game. The Tigers are in their second season since coach Kim Mulkey returned to her home state to take over an LSU program that once lost five consecutive national semifinal games. LSU will play Sunday against the winner of the South Carolina-Iowa semifinal. Elizabeth Kitley had 18 points for Virginia Tech, the ACC champion that was in the Final Four for the first time.

The six Democratic women serving in the Virginia Senate sharply rebuked one of their male colleagues as they endorsed his opponent in the June primary election this week. The Virginia Senate Democratic Women’s Caucus criticized Sen. Joe Morrissey's position on abortion and what they called his history of “divisive and destructive actions" in a statement Wednesday. Their public reprimand marked an unusual departure from the typical practice of legislators backing incumbents in primaries and avoiding public disputes among members. It also seemed to set off the flurry of subsequent endorsements of Lashrecse Aird, from U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger and other legislators. Morrissey disputed the women's allegations and accused them of trying to make abortion the sole focus of the race.

Americans are focusing more on railroad safety after two recent fiery derailments in Ohio last month and in Minnesota this week. Both prompted evacuations. The derailments have prompted federal regulators and members of Congress to propose a number of safety reforms. They may expand regulations for transporting hazardous materials to more trains and consider setting standards for the trackside detectors railroads use to help identify equipment problems before they can cause derailments. But railroads have a long history of resisting new regulations. The railroads do have a good record overall of delivering hazardous materials safely but as the recent derailments show, even one crash involving dangerous chemicals can be disastrous.


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Trump was indicted in New York City on charges involving payments made during his 2016 campaign to quash claims of two extramarital affairs. It marks the first time in history that a former U.S. president has been criminally prosecuted. 

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