5 things to know on Wednesday

Gunman kills at least 19 children and 2 adults at Texas elementary school

The community in the town of Uvalde, Texas remains in mourning on Wednesday after an 18-year-old gunman wearing a bulletproof vest walked into an elementary school and fired hundreds of rounds, killing at least 19 children and two adults on Tuesday. It is the deadliest shooting at a US elementary school since the 2012 attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Governor Greg Abbott said one of the two adults killed in the attack on Robb Elementary School on Tuesday was a teacher. A U.S. Border Protection agent shot and killed the shooter, a senior Department of Homeland Security official told USA TODAY on Tuesday evening. Federal law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that the death toll is expected to rise. Hours after Tuesday’s attack, President Joe Biden called for new gun restrictions. “As a nation we have to ask, when in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? When in God’s name are we going to do what needs to be done?” Biden asked. “Why are we willing to live with this carnage?

Biden to sign police order on second anniversary of George Floyd’s death

Two years after the death of George Floyd sparked nationwide protests, President Joe Biden will sign a sweeping executive order on Wednesday aimed at holding police accountable for excessive use of force. Biden’s order will require all federal law enforcement agencies to limit the use of force, prohibit the use of chokeholds unless deadly force is authorized, restrict the use of warrants no-knock entry and to require the activation of body-worn cameras during arrests and searches. , according to senior administration officials. Reverend Al Sharpton described Biden’s order as ‘an important step’ that showed the president ‘took the initiative’ when Congress failed to act, but he said activists ‘would never give up to push for legislation. On May 25, 2020, Floyd, 46, was murdered by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes. The incident fueled a national social justice movement targeting police reform and systemic racism.

5 things to know on Wednesday

FDA chief details infant formula factory inspection delays that contributed to shortage

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Robert Califf is expected to answer questions from House lawmakers on Wednesday about the events leading up to the formula shortage, which forced President Joe Biden to invoke the Baby Milk Production Act. defense to speed up production and allow flights to import supplies from overseas while many parents are still hunting for scarce supplies. According to prepared testimony, federal plans to inspect an infant formula factory related to the national shortage have been slowed by COVID-19, scheduling conflicts and other logistical issues. The problem is largely linked to problems at the Abbott Nutrition factory in Michigan, the largest in the United States, which the FDA closed in February due to contamination. In his remarks, Califf also explains why it took his agency months to inspect the plant after first learning of potential problems last fall. Members of an energy and trade subcommittee will also hear from three infant formula makers, including a senior Abbott executive.

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