News Wrap: Former Trump aides Meadows, Scavino escape indictments for contempt of Congress

In our news wrap Saturday, the Justice Department will not charge two of President Trump's former aides, Mark Meadows and adviser Dan Scavino, with contempt of Congress. Also, a Michigan baby formula plant is restarting production, students and staff of Uvalde’s Robb Elementary School will be moved to other campuses, and a Tropical Cyclone in the Gulf of Mexico made landfall over south Florida.

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  • Geoff Bennett:

    It is good to be with you. And we start with today's headlines. The war in Ukraine has now surpassed 100 days. This weekend, Russian airstrikes pummeled the Eastern Donbas Region, a critical city Severodonetsk has become the latest focus of the fight, but Ukrainian forces are maintaining tenuous control. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy offered a message of resilience to his people proclaiming that victory will belong to Ukraine. NATO has now characterized the conflict as a "war of attrition," and we'll come back to the conflict in Ukraine later in the broadcast.

    The Department of Justice will not charge two of President Trump's former aides with contempt of Congress. Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Advisor Dan Scavino both escaped indictments the same day. Another former Trump Aide, Peter Navarro, was charged with two counts of contempt for refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas. The Committee called this — the committee called the decision not to charge the two men, "puzzling, and said they will seek clarification from the Justice Department." The first public hearings of the January 6 committee start on Thursday.

    A Michigan baby formula plant is restarting production today in a step that could ease a nationwide formula shortage in the coming weeks. The Abbott facility was forced to close in February after a bacterial contamination was found in the company's formula products. Several babies were sickened and two died after consuming formulas made at that plant. Abbott is one of just four companies that produce 90% of the nation's baby formula.

    And students and staff will not return to Uvalde's Robb Elementary School where a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers last month. The district's superintendent said, "our kids, our staff, we're not going back," adding that students will be moved to other campuses.

    And a tropical cyclone in the Gulf of Mexico made landfall over South Florida today. Rainfall at times over 10 inches drenched the Miami Metro area, turning downtown streets into rivers and even submerging cars. Tropical storm warnings remain in effect for millions along the east coast of Florida. As the storm crosses the state today, the Atlantic hurricane season officially started on Tuesday.

    And still to come on "PBS News Weekend," we look at the health of the U.S. economy and how many Americans are grappling with a higher cost of living and the cost of the ongoing fighting and the future of the war in Ukraine, 100 days After the Russian invasion started.

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