Today in One Paragraph
Bernie Sanders received his first endorsement from a U.S. senator. Ethan Couch, known as the “affluenza teen,” was sentenced to nearly two years in jail in his first appearance in adult court. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed an executive order to protect LGBT state employees from discrimination in the workplace. And Hillary Clinton committed to working for African Americans at the annual conference of the National Action Network.
Endorsement From a Senator: Check. Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley announced that he’s backing Bernie Sanders in a New York Times op-ed. Merkley said in an interview that Sanders “has been a continuous, clear voice fighting for ordinary people,” adding, “I think we need to fundamentally change the system that has been so deeply moving towards consolidation of power by the very few.” Sanders also picked up the endorsement of the Transport Workers Union in New York ahead of the state’s primary on April 19. (The Atlantic; Reuters)
‘Affluenza Teen’ Sentenced. A Texas judge ordered that Ethan Couch, the Texas teenager who killed four people in a 2013 drunk-driving accident, will serve nearly two years in jail—180 days for each of the victims. The prosecution and defense attorneys have two weeks to review the ruling, and argue for or against the sentence. (Casey Stegall, Fox News)