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In our news wrap Friday, a federal grand jury indicted former Trump adviser Peter Navarro for contempt of Congress, the school police commander in Uvalde, Texas, reportedly did not have a radio following the mass shooting, a congressional committee will hear from parents and survivors of shootings in Uvalde and Buffalo, and the Florida peninsula is under a tropical storm warning.
The U.S. job market is still going strong, despite higher prices and interest rates. That's the upshot of the May employment numbers.
The Labor Department reports employers added a net 390,000 jobs last month. At the same time, the unemployment rate remained steady at 3.6 percent.
President Biden welcomed the news, but he also acknowledged that the job gains were the smallest in a year.
President Joe Biden:
And as we move to a new period of stable, steady growth, we should expect to see more moderation. We aren't likely to see the kind of blockbuster job reports month after month like we had over this past year, but that's a good thing. That's a sign of a healthy economy.
We will take a closer look at the economic signals after the news summary.
There's another disclosure in the Texas school massacre of 19 children and two teachers. Reports today say Pete Arredondo, the school's police commander, did not have his radio, and thus could have missed critical information. Arredondo held off sending officers against the gunman for nearly an hour.
Also today, a congressional committee announced it will hear next week from parents and survivors of the shootings in Uvalde and in Buffalo, New York.
A federal grand jury indicted former Trump adviser Peter Navarro for contempt of Congress today for refusing to cooperate with the January 6 investigation. He has argued that the former president's claim of executive privilege bars him from answering questions. congressional investigators want information about his efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
In Ukraine, the reached its 100th day, with Russia grinding out gains in the east. British intelligence warned that all of Luhansk province could be Russian-controlled within two weeks. The Russians kept up their assault on the neighboring cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk. They're the last two Ukrainian holdouts in Luhansk.
But Ukraine is still sending in troops, including foreign-born fighters. The volunteers insist they won't leave without a victory.
Zurab Kakalidze, Ukrainian Foreign Legion:
I am just a 20-year-old kid. And I felt that's the right thing to do. And we are going to push Russians back. We are on the right side of the history. So, we are going to make sure all of us are going to get back home with our families.
In Washington, President Biden said it will take a negotiated settlement to end the war, but he deferred to Ukraine on whether to trade territory for peace.
We will hear from Ukraine's ambassador to the U.S. later in the program.
Back in this country, much of the Florida Peninsula is under a tropical storm warning tonight from the Atlantic hurricane season's first named storm. People sandbagged coastal properties today, amid forecasts of 10 inches of rain. The system started as Pacific Hurricane Agatha, which struck Mexico last weekend. Remnants then reached the Gulf of Mexico and are expected to reform into Tropical Storm Alex.
Federal scientists report that the major driver of climate change has now passed a milestone. As of may, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere were more than 50 times higher than before the Industrial Age. That greenhouse gas traps heat. And, as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says, the levels in our atmosphere now resemble Earth four million years ago, when the planet was much hotter.
On Wall Street, the strong jobs report raised fears that the Federal Reserve will keep raising interest rates aggressively to try and slow growth and curb inflation. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 348 points, 1 percent, to close below 32900. The Nasdaq fell 304 points, 2.5 percent. And the S&P 500 slipped 68, more than 1.5 percent.
And the winner of this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee is Harini Logan of San Antonio. The 14-year-old took the title last night in Washington. She's been eliminated earlier and then reinstated when her answer proved correct. In the finals, Logan correctly spelled 22 words in a 90-second spell-off with her last rival.
With that, she claimed the championship she had sought for years.
Harini Logan, Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner:
Honestly, just so surreal. This is my fourth time at the bee. And it's — this is just such a dream. And, wow, I'm just overwhelmed.
The nation's new top speller walks away with more than $50,000 in cash and prizes. Congratulations to her.
Still to come on the "NewsHour": students speak out about the impact gun violence has on their daily lives; David Brooks and Jonathan Capehart weigh in on whether we can tackle that violence; we will take a closer look at a Pulitzer Prize winner's modern take on "Hamlet": plus much more.
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