Jan. 6 hearing turns to Pence, heat wave continues: 5 Things podcast

On today’s episode of the 5 Things podcast: Online data, medical records could be used to put women in jail under new abortion laws

Criminal justice correspondent Tami Abdollah has the details. Plus, January 6 hearings shift the focus to former Vice President Mike Pence, money reporter Medora Lee examines Fed rate hikes amid inflation, a massive heat wave continues and golf’s US Open tees off.

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Taylor Wilson:

Good morning, I’m Taylor Wilson and this is 5 Things you need to know Thursday, the 16th of June, 2022. Today, how new abortion laws could be used to put women in jail. Plus, shifting the focus to Pence in January 6th hearings, and more.

Here are some of the top headlines:

  1. The Justice Department has unveiled federal hate crimes charges against the accused shooter in the Buffalo grocery store massacre last month. Authorities say the 18 years old specifically targeted Black victims in the attack that left 10 people dead. A 26 count complaint includes 10 murder charges.
  2. Researchers in China say they may have picked up alien signals using the world’s largest radio telescope. Some experts though say the signals may just be radio interference.
  3. And the Colorado Avalanche jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final last night. The Av’s beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 in overtime.

Under new abortion laws, medical records, police statements and online data could be used to put women in jail. National Correspondent on Criminal Justice Tami Abdollah has more.

Tami Abdollah:

If the Supreme Court decides to overturn Roe V. Wade, lawmakers and law enforcement actually have a lot of different ways to go after women and healthcare providers who may be participating in any way in allowing women to get abortions. And that’s largely because we live in 2022 and we have so much [more] technology at our fingertips than we did back in 1973 when Roe V. Wade was decided.

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