Three Things You Need to Know on August 16th

August 16, 2019

Yesterday, Israel announced that Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib and Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota would not be allowed to visit Israel. That decision followed President Trump tweeting that the Jewish state would be showing "great weakness" by allowing the congresswomen to visit.  Both have been harsh critics of Israeli policies and shown support for the boycott movement.  Israeli law allows for active supporters of that movement to be denied entry. The country has now decided to allow Congresswoman Tlaib entry to the West Bank on humanitarian grounds.  Tlaib is a Palestinian-American whose grandmother still lives in the West Bank. 

Hundreds of people are expected today at the funeral of an El Paso shooting victim they didn't know.  Sixty-three-year-old Margie Reckard's husband's story went viral when he invited the public to her funeral because he doesn't have any family in Texas.   

A case of the plague is being confirmed in Weld County.  Health officials say it was recently found in a prairie dog colony in the southwestern part of the county.  Residents are being advised to protect themselves by using insect repellent while in areas where fleas may be present.  They should also keep their pets safe.  Health officials also add that exposure risk to the public is low.  Plague was recently found in prairie dogs in the Commerce City area as well.