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News Wrap: House group proposes gun control bill; severe flooding in West Virginia

In our news wrap Friday, a bipartisan group of House lawmakers unveiled a new gun control bill identical to the Senate bill put forward by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on Tuesday; both bills would prevent people on the no-fly list from purchasing firearms. Also, at least 18 people have died in West Virginia amid the state’s worst flooding in a century.

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    Good evening. I'm Judy Woodruff.

    On the "NewsHour" tonight:

  • NIGEL FARAGE, Leader, UK Independence Party:

    The sun has risen on an independent United Kingdom.


    A vote that's rocked the world. We're in London to hear what drove Britain to leave the European Union.


    The desire to leave was expressed most strongly in the working-class neighborhoods that we visited, where residents felt beaten down by globalization.


    Financial markets plunge in reaction — what Brexit means for the global economy.

    And it's Friday. Mark Shields and David Brooks analyze what Britain's split may say about the mood of American voters.

    All that and more on tonight's "PBS NewsHour."



    In the day's other news: A bipartisan group of members of Congress unveiled a companion bill to the gun control measure put forward in the Senate by Maine Republican Susan Collins. The legislation would ban anyone on the government's no-fly list from buying guns.

    Today, Virginia Republican Representative Scott Rigell, a lifetime NRA member who owns 10 firearms himself, said he's urging House Speaker Paul Ryan to support their plan.

    REP. SCOTT RIGELL (R), Virginia: If someone represents such a threat that we don't want them on a plane, why in the world would we let them go in and buy a gun?

    We are going to be pressing the speaker's office. I'm not going to tell you exactly when, but I have got an appointment today with the office, and when we come back into session, the pressure will be continuous. It'll be respectful, but we're not going to let go of this.


    The Senate's version of the gun control bill cleared a procedural vote yesterday. But it's effectively stalled after falling short of the 60 votes needed to survive a filibuster.

    In West Virginia, at least 18 people are dead in some of that state's worst flooding in a century. Many of the deaths came in Greenbrier County, one of the hardest-hit areas. Thunderstorms have dumped up to nine inches of rain in some parts of West Virginia since yesterday. Tens of thousands were without power and several roads were impassable.

  • Governor Earl Ray Tomblin:

    GOV. EARL RAY TOMBLIN (D), West Virginia: Initial reports from our local emergency management officials indicate at least six counties have seen extensive structural damage.

    Early reports indicate more than 100 homes have been seriously damaged or destroyed. While it appears the active phase of this event will end today or tomorrow, there will be an enormous amount of recovery work.


    Tomblin said he's authorized up to 500 members of the National Guard to help.

    In Eastern China, the death toll from yesterday's massive storm has now risen to nearly 100 people. The number of injured also climbed to over 800, following the tornado that packed winds of about 80 miles per hour. Rescuers continued their search for survivors today, while area residents spent the day combing through the debris of their collapsed houses.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today confirmed what has long been suspected in the Flint, Michigan, water crisis. A CDC investigation found lead levels in young children who drank tap water spiked significantly after the city changed its water source to the Flint River in 2014.

    Researchers found the children had a 50 percent higher risk of dangerously elevated lead levels in their bloodstream than before the switch.

    And President Obama is designating New York City's Stonewall Inn as a national monument, the country's first to honor gay rights. After a 1969 police raid on the Greenwich Village gay bar triggered an uprising, it became widely viewed as the birthplace of the gay rights movement.

    In his announcement, Mr. Obama said America's national parks should reflect — quote — "the full story of our country."

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