01.31.14 Your Morning Buzz

                  Midwest Takeover Edition

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High 5

U.S. Seeking Death Penalty in Marathon Bombing: The Justice Department said Thursday that it would seek the death penalty against Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, the man accused of killing and maiming people with homemade bombs at the Boston Marathon finish line last year. (via New York Times)

Governor apologizes as Atlanta thaws: Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday apologized to thousands who were stranded on roadways and to parents whose children had to stay overnight in schools after Tuesday’s relatively light snowfall. (via CNN)\usa-midwest

Sheryl Sandberg Among Youngest Billionares As Facebook Shares Climb: As Facebook’s share price soared in trading Thursday morning, Sandberg’s fortune–propelled by her more than 12 million shares of the Menlo Park, Calif.-based internet company–crossed the 10-figure threshold. FORBES estimates she is worth just over $1 billion with Facebook shares up 14.27% to $61.17 as of 1:46 pm EST on Thursday. (via Forbes)

Households, trade keep U.S. economy humming in fourth quarter: Strong household spending and robust exports kept the U.S. economy on solid ground in the fourth quarter, but stagnant wages could chip away some of the momentum in early 2014. (via Yahoo! Finance)

Amanda Knox found guilty of murder again by Italian court: An Italian appeals court convicted former exchange student Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito on murder charges Thursday night.

 

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Riverside, Calif. Council could unplug citywide Wi-Fi: The City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 28, will discuss whether to scrap the city’s Wi-Fi network and replace it with a set of hotspots on the downtown mall and at libraries, community and senior centers. (via The Press-Enterprise) 

Everyone relax, the Super Bowl is green now (kinda): MetLife Stadium in in East Rutherford, N.J., has been a recycling rockstar since it opened in 2010, partnering with the EPA and composting nearly 200 tons of food in 2013. Officials are estimating fans will compost about eight tons of waste this Sunday alone. (via Grist)

The Day We Lost Atlanta: How 2 lousy inches of snow paralyzed a metro area of 6 million. (via Politico)

Electeds

ABC News’ ’14 for 14′: The 2014 Midterm Election Races That Matter: ABC plans to document 14 races “that matter” between now and November. 

Senate begins amendment process on flood insurance: The Senate adopted the motion to proceed Wednesday to a bill that delays flood insurance rate increases. (via The Hill)50252_2200498770_7416_n

GOP immigration principles support legalization: The House Republican immigration principles stress that undocumented immigrants will be allowed to live in the United States “legally and without fear” as long as they meet a series of requirements, according to a draft of the document set to to be released Thursday.(via Politico)

Pure Midwest

Snyder OKs new turn signal for Michigan bicyclists: Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed legislation giving bicyclists the option of signaling a right turn by extending their right arm horizontally. Until now, they could signal a right turn with an L position by extending their left arm upward. (via Detroit Free Press)

St. Louis turns to data to guide development: The city on Tuesday unveiled a new “market value analysis” of city real estate — a pile of housing statistics and maps — that it says will help better target public money, and draw private investment, to neighborhood redevelopment. (via St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Chicago plans to us $3 million grant to expand wellness program: The city of Chicago smoked the city of San Antonio in a contest to see how many municipal employees would participate in their respective wellness programs. At the end of the nearly year-long competition in December, 91 percent of city workers had taken part in the city’s wellness program. (via Crain’s Chicago Business)

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