The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays

The KPFA Evening News, Weekdays – January 26, 2004

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  • For the first time a court throws out part of the controversial U.S.A. Patriot Act as unconstitutional – a Federal Judge in Los Angeles rules that the Act’s prohibition on providing advice and assistance to groups on the government’s terrorist list is too vague and a violation of the First and Fifth Amendments
  • A border agent appearing before the September 11th Commission testifies that the ringleader of the September 11th hijackers should never have made it into the country – the agent says he had the wrong student Visa
  • Environmental groups claim a victory as the Department of Energy withdraws its approval of a contested bio-warfare facility at the Los Alamos National Laboratory – they’re fighting a similar facility planned for Lawrence Livermore Labs
  • Last minute campaigning in New Hampshire where the first votes in the Democratic Presidential Primary will be cast in just 3 hours – Howard Dean says the contest is closer than the polls indicate
  • The State Assembly passes a measure to guarantee minimum funding for services for developmentally disabled Californians