Roe v. Wade, Ohio Primaries, and the Best States for Working Moms Everything you need to know for today in five minutes.

Good morning. It's Tuesday, May 3, and we're covering a leaked Supreme Court decision, the 2022 primary season, and much more. Have feedback? Let us know at [email protected].



Breaking news: A leaked draft of a majority opinion shows the Supreme Court appears set to overturn the 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade. A formal decision is expected to be issued within the next two months. This is a developing story; read more here.

Primary Season Begins

The primary season for the 2022 midterm elections gets underway in earnest today, with voters in Ohio and Indiana casting ballots to choose their parties' representatives. 


Many observers view the Ohio race to replace outgoing Sen. Rob Portman (R) as a bellwether of former President Donald Trump's influence in the upcoming cycle. Venture capitalist JD Vance, who also wrote "Hillbilly Elegy," earned Trump's endorsement over former state treasurer Josh Mandel and other candidates. Vance saw a double-digit boost in the polls, and enters the day with a 3- to 4-point lead (see averages). The victor appears likely to face current Rep. Tim Ryan (D, OH-13), who has a wide lead in the Democratic primary, in the general election. 


In Indiana, the highest-profile race is a 12-person competition to replace outgoing Rep. Trey Hollingsworth (R, IN-9). Find a complete calendar of the 2022 election cycle here.

Alabama Prison Escape

Authorities are searching for an Alabama corrections officer who disappeared with an inmate serving time for kidnapping and attempted murder. An arrest warrant was issued yesterday for Vicky White, an assistant director of corrections for Lauderdale County, on charges of permitting or facilitating escape in the first degree. She was last seen April 29, armed and taking inmate Casey Cole White (no relation) to what she said was a mental health evaluation, although no evaluation or hearing was scheduled that day. 


Casey, 38, was serving a 75-year sentence for crimes committed in 2015 that involved a home invasion, carjacking, and a police chase. He also confessed to stabbing and killing a 58-year-old woman, for which he was awaiting trial.


Vicky, 56, was set to retire after spending nearly two decades at the corrections department. Coworkers regarded her as a model employee who was awarded Employee of the Year four times. 


The US Marshals Service is offering up to $10K for information leading to the pair.

New Zealand Reopens

New Zealand reopened its doors to international tourists yesterday from about 60 visa-waiver countries, including the US and much of Europe, for the first time in over two years. Visitors can now travel freely if they are fully vaccinated and test negative for COVID-19 upon arrival. Tourists from non-waiver countries, such as China and India, are still not permitted entry. Before the pandemic, tourism accounted for more than 5% of the country’s economy with $17.5B of annual expenditure from international tourism; China was the second-largest international visitor behind Australia and accounted for about $1B in tourism spend.


New Zealand imposed some of the world’s toughest border restrictions in March 2020 as the country tried to control the spread of the virus. The country is averaging just over 7,600 cases per day, and more than 80% of the country’s 5 million people have been vaccinated.


See a New Zealand rugby star’s emotional reunion with his mom here.

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Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

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> Country star Naomi Judd reportedly died by suicide; Judd and her daughter Wynonna were honored Sunday as inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame (More)


> Arizona Cardinals star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins banned six games for violating NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy (More) | Outfielder Kelsie Whitmore becomes first woman to start in MLB-affiliated league (More


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Science & Technology

> Report suggests LGBTQ dating app Grindr shared precise user location data with marketers for at least three years prior to a 2020 privacy policy update (More)


> Aerospace company Rocket Lab attempts to catch one of its satellite-launching rockets via helicopter; innovative approach is meant to allow for small-scale reusable rockets (More)


> Astronomers discover eight new sources of black hole echoes; phenomenon occurs when matter falls into a black hole, emitting an X-ray burst that briefly illuminates its surroundings (More)

Business & Markets

> US stock markets close up (S&P 500 +0.6%, Dow +0.3%, Nasdaq +1.6%) after S&P 500 and Nasdaq touch new 2022 lows earlier in the day (More) | Ten-year US Treasury note hits 3% for first time since 2018 (More)


> Amazon employees in Staten Island facility reject a bid to unionize with 62% opposing (More)


> Spirit Airlines rejects JetBlue’s $3.6B cash bid in favor of Frontier Airlines’ $2.9B cash and stock merger; Spirit board believes JetBlue offer carries more regulatory approval risk (More)

Politics & World Affairs

> An estimated 100 civilians evacuated from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, Ukraine, which has been under siege by Russian forces for more than a month (More) | See updates on the war here (More)


> Grand jury selection begins in Fulton County, Georgia, in probe investigating whether former President Donald Trump improperly attempted to influence state election officials (More) | Supreme Court rules 9-0 that Boston violated First Amendment rights in rejecting an application to fly a Christian flag in front of city hall (More)


> New Mexico wildfires burn through more than 120,000 acres; more than 1,000 firefighters have been called in to battle the blaze, the largest current wildfire in the US (More)



Running and Mental Toughness 

MIT Press Reader | Mariska van Sprundel. The psychological side of sports and what goes on in the minds of people who expose themselves to the rigors of long-distance running. (Read)

A Crime Beyond Belief

Atavist | Katia Savchuk. The story of a Harvard-educated lawyer who committed bizarre home invasions and a rookie cop who cracked a case that was thought to be a hoax. (Read)



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A Pennsylvania home featuring its very own cave.


America has a thing for hippo parts.


Clickbait: "Wicked" Bible encouraging adultery found in New Zealand.


Historybook: Philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli born (1469); Boxer Sugar Ray Robinson born (1921); Musician James Brown born (1933); Margaret Mitchell wins Pulitzer for "Gone with the Wind" (1937); First bulk spam email is sent (1978). 


"Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect."

- Margaret Mitchell

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