News Wrap: Georgia, Arkansas, Virginia and Alabama hold elections

In our news wrap Tuesday, Multiple states are holding primary and runoff elections including Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas and Virginia. Also, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland met with Ukraine’s prosecutor general, historic monsoon floods submerged more of Bangladesh, floods in China displaced tens of thousands of people, and railway workers in Britain staged the largest strike in decades.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news: Key U.S. senators announced negotiators have nearly finished a bipartisan gun violence bill.

    Republican John Cornyn and Democrat Chris Murphy said final language would be ready soon. It's expected to call for tougher background checks on youthful gun buyers and for new spending on school safety and mental health.

    The top law enforcement official in Texas charged today that the police response to the Uvalde school massacre was — quote — "an abject failure." Colonel Steve McCraw testified at a state Senate hearing. He said police could have stopped the gunman within three minutes, but they assumed a classroom door was locked and waited for a key.

    We will return to this after the news summary.

    Alabama Republicans and former President Trump are waiting tonight to see who wins their U.S. Senate nomination. Congressman Mo Brooks faces Katie Britt in a run-off. Mr. Trump initially endorsed Brooks and then switched his support to Britt. There were also primaries and run-offs today in Arkansas, Georgia and Virginia.

    In Ukraine, invading Russian forces and their allies advanced toward the last bastion of government fighters in the east. They seized towns near Lysychansk. That city sits across a river from Severodonetsk, which is now largely in Russian hands.

    Meanwhile, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland met with Ukraine's prosecutor general. At a Ukrainian-Polish border post, he vowed to investigate war crimes.

  • Merrick Garland, U.S. Attorney General:

    The United States is sending an unmistakable message. There is no place to hide. We will — we and our partners will pursue every avenue available to make sure that those who are responsible for these atrocities are held accountable.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Garland also announced the formation of a war crimes accountability team.

    The worst monsoon floods in more than a century submerged more of Bangladesh today. The disaster has killed at least 69 people there and in Northeastern India and displaced many thousands. Villagers in Northeastern Bangladesh waded through streets today with water up to their knees. Some created makeshift boats to get around.

    Parts of South China are also facing major flooding and landslides after weeks of heavy storms. More than 145,000 people have been forced to leave by floodwaters hitting 50-year highs. Images from state TV show victims being rescued from their homes.

    Tens of thousands of railway workers in Britain staged their largest strike in three decades today. The 24-hour action centered on demands for better pay and conditions. With trains at a standstill, stations were left deserted, and travel plans were derailed for millions of commuters.

  • Blake Cow, Insurance Worker:

    I completely understand why they're striking, but if we give a wage increase to the railways, then it's going to be doctors, nurses, and that's going to be inflationary.

  • Person:

    I kind of understand it, but we're in the same boat. We're not essentially getting a pay rise in the NHS and everything. I kind of understand it, but it's not — the people they need to hit, they're not hitting.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Union leaders say they plan two more strike days this week.

    Back in this country, Twitter's board of directors unanimously urged shareholders to approve the company's proposed sale to Elon Musk. The business magnate says he wants to go ahead with the $44 billion purchase. That is even though Twitter's stock has fallen well below what he had offered to pay.

    U.S. home sales fell in may for a fourth straight month as mortgage interest rates rose. Sales slipped more than 8.5 percent from a year earlier. The national median price rose nearly 15 percent from a year ago to a record $407,000.

    And on Wall Street, stocks made up some of last week's heavy losses. Major indexes were up 2 to 2.5 percent. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 641 points to close 30530. The Nasdaq rose 271 points. The S&P 500 added 90.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": the future of cryptocurrencies in question after precipitous drops in value; a Supreme Court decision allows public funds to be used for religious education; women who facilitated abortions before Roe v. Wade reflect on the uncertainty of that time; plus much more.

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