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Coming up in the newscast, Juneteenth is now a federal holiday in the United States, evidence in Vybz Kartel’s murder trial being re-examined and St Kitts and Nevis declares state of emergency.

Now for the news in detail,

The United States now has a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery. The House voted 415 to 14 on Wednesday to make Juneteenth, or June 19th, the 12th federal holiday. President Joe Biden was scheduled to sign the bill into law on Thursday. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Texas. Juneteenth will be the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created in 1983. Under the legislation, the federal holiday would be known as Juneteenth National Independence Day.

Now for Caribbean News,

In Jamaica,

The Jamaican Supreme Court has ordered analysis of a cell phone belonging to entertainer and convicted murderer Adidja Palmer, better known by his stage name Vybz Kartel. Palmer, along with three co-accused, is appealing his conviction for the August 2011 murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams. Each is seeking to have their life sentences overturned at the UK-based Privy Council. Jamaican Judge Leighton Pusey recently gave the defense permission for the evidence in the trial to be examined for tampering. The phone allegedly contains text and voice messages linking Palmer to the murder of Williams. Palmer’s defense attorney, Isat Buchanan, said that the defence has always taken the position that there was “significant tampering” with the cell phone evidence.

And in St Kitts and Nevis,

The St. Kitts and Nevis government has declared a state of emergency as the twin island Federation grapples with an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in recent days. Over the last week, the country has added almost 100 new COVID-19 cases, pushing its total cases to 244. Over the weekend, Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris had announced a partial lockdown of the country for two weeks. The state of emergency will remain in place until July 6th.

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