The longtime campus cop, widely lambasted for not entering Marjory Stoneman Douglas High during the massacre that killed 17 people, made his first public statement on Monday, saying he did not storm the halls looking for the shooter because he initially did not believe that gunfire was happening inside the building. Peterson said his actions during the Valentine's Day massacre "were appropriate under the circumstances." In a statement released by his lawyer, Peterson said he "heard gunshots but believed those gunshots were originating from outside of the buildings on the school campus," according to the release. "BSO trains its officers that in the event of outdoor gunfire one is to seek cover and assess the situation in order to communicate what one observes with other law enforcement." read more
In Singapore, the death penalty is mandatory for drug trafficking offenses. And President Trump loves it. He's been telling friends for months that the country's policy to execute drug traffickers is the reason its drug consumption rates are so low. "He says that a lot," said a source who's spoken to Trump at length about the subject. "He says, 'When I ask the prime minister of Singapore do they have a drug problem [the prime minister replies,] 'No. Death penalty'." read more
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday called on Congress to look into issues related to gun violence less than 24 hours after 17 people were killed in a school shooting in Florida. "I will say, personally, I think the gun violence -- it's a tragedy what we've seen yesterday, and I urge Congress to look at these issues," Mnuchin said at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing. Mnuchin's comments were notable, because he was the first senior Trump administration official to call for a congressional review after the massacre. read more
The U.S. official in charge of protecting American elections from hacking says the Russians successfully penetrated the voter registration rolls of several U.S. states prior to the 2016 presidential election. In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Jeanette Manfra, the head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, said she couldn't talk about classified information publicly, but in 2016, "We saw a targeting of 21 states and an exceptionally small number of them were actually successfully penetrated." read more
While Texas is most often associated with fossil fuels and conservative politics, it's also earning a reputation as a leader in renewable energy integration. For years, Texas has led the United States in installed wind capacity, thanks to a $7 billion investment in transmission lines linking windy West Texas to load centers the state approved back in 2007. Since then, the state has seen sustained growth in wind energy with few integration issues to speak of. The Texas grid, operated by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), has seen sustained levels of wind energy penetration above 40 percent for hours at a time without significant issues. But of course, the wind isn't always blowing hard enough to cover 40 percent of Texas' electricity needs. What really matters is the amount of energy renewables provide over the entire year. That's what's so remarkable about the numbers that have been coming out of Texas in recent years.