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Man arrested for 145 pounds of pot

GALESBURG­—A West Virginia man was arrested after being pulled over on I-74 and being found with 145 pounds of marijuana in his backseat with an estimated street value of $600,000. The 69-year-old man, David G. Joseph of West Virginia, was acting suspiciously during a trafic stop by Galesburg police, who then called in a K-9 unit and discovered the drugs. Joseph is facing up to six years in prison on counts of felony marijuana trafficking, manufacturing and possession. Bail is set at $150,000. (Source: The Galesburg Register-Mail)

 Obama releases new $3.9 trillion federal budget

WASHINGTON—President Obama revealed his proposed $3.9 trillion budget for the 2015 fiscal year, filled with new social spending and tax hikes on the wealthy. That includes $55 billion in new spending over the amount agreed upon during the last round of bipartisan budget negotiations. Only about one-third of the budget consists of discretionary programs, with the rest going to mandatory spending such as Medicaid. Other features of the budget include a tax credit for low-income workers and an overhaul of the corporate tax code. Most of the budget stands little chance of getting past congressional Republicans, who blasted the budget as more of a campaign document than a serious policy proposal. (Source: The New York Times)

Tensions rise in the Crimea

KIEV—Russia and Ukraine moved closer to open war after Russian troops fired warning shots at Ukrainian troops while they occupied an air base in the disputed Crimean Peninsula. Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his military into the area in order to protect the ethnic Russians who live there as well as a naval base that is home to the country’s Black Sea fleet. Many outside observers suspect that President Putin is trying to detach the peninsula from the government in Kiev and create a new country under Russian supervision. Ukraine’s new government has denounced the Russian incursion as a violation of international law and Western officials have threatened Russia with asset freezes and economic sanctions. (Source: The Wall Street Journal)

Matt Barry
Matt Barry is a senior majoring in international relations and double minoring in economics and German. This is his third year working for TKS, having served previously as discourse editor. He has worked for such organizations as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Premier Tourism Marketing and the Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago, where his work appeared in such publications as Leisure Group Travel, Ski & Ride Club Guide and The Chicago Monitor. Matt has written his political opinion column, "The Voice of Reason," weekly for three years, which finished in first place at the 2012 Illinois College Press Association conference and was also recognized at the 2013 conference.

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