What We're Following This Evening

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

A controversial new law in Tennessee: The state’s Republican governor has signed legislation that allows mental-health counselors to refuse to treat patients based on the counselor’s religious or personal beliefs. Opponents of the bill say it legalizes discrimination against LGBT individuals. Emma recently wrote about laws that allow physicians and therapists to deny treatment based on religious grounds here.

A shooting in Baltimore: Police have shot and injured a 13-year-old boy who was carrying a fake gun that officers believed to be the real thing. Matt has the story here. The shooting comes just days after the city of Cleveland agreed to pay $6 million to the family of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy who was shot and killed by police in 2014 while carrying a toy gun.

Aerospace news: Elon Musk’s SpaceX  has been awarded an $82.7 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to launch a GPS satellite aboard its Falcon 9 rocket in 2018. The spaceflight company also plans to start sending unmanned rockets to Mars by that year.

News from this afternoon here