5 things to know today: Take a look at Chernobyl 30 years later

Bumper cars in abandoned Pripyat, Ukraine — the largest city in the exclusion zone surrounding the Chernobyl reactor, April 9, 2016.Thirty years later, there are signs of commercial clear-cutting in supposedly off-limits forests around the site of the nuclear disaster in Ukraine. (Bryan Denton/The New York Times)

Bumper cars in abandoned Pripyat, Ukraine — the largest city in the exclusion zone surrounding the Chernobyl reactor, April 9, 2016.Thirty years later, there are signs of commercial clear-cutting in supposedly off-limits forests around the site of the nuclear disaster in Ukraine. (Bryan Denton/The New York Times)

Here’s what you need to know to stay informed today:

1. Chernobyl 30 years later.

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear plant that resulted in what is widely considered the worst nuclear disaster ever. While the majority of people who lived in the Ukrainian city where the accident took place have long since left, as the Washington Post reports, plant and animal life has flourished and reclaimed the area.

2. Mayor Adler comes out against Prop. 1.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler, who had previously taken no position on the upcoming Proposition 1 election, came out against the ballot measure Monday, the American-Statesman’s Ben Wear reports. If Prop. 1 passes it would block the city from requiring drivers be fingerprinted. Adler said that by opposing Prop. 1 he hopes to “sit down” with ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft.

3. Severe storms possible Tuesday.

Austinites can expect scattered and possibly severe thunderstorms to hit Central Texas starting this afternoon and lasting into the evening, the American-Statesman’s Robert Villalpando reports. With the storms comes the possibility of hail, tornado warnings and winds up to 60 mph. Many areas in the U.S. have similarly been promised severe weather throughout the day.

4. Officer suggest Tamir Rice’s family use settlement to educate kids.

The head of the Cleveland police union has been heavily criticized for comments he made suggesting the family of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was shot and killed when an officer mistook his toy gun for a weapon, use money from the $6 million settlement reached this week toward educating kids about look-alike firearms, Cleaveland.com reports.

5. What widening highways did for Texas traffic.

Although it sounds like an appropriate fix, widening highways to reduce traffic is notoriously a solution that doesn’t work and can even make the problem worse, Wired reports. However, Dallas has recently doubled the speed of rush hour traffic along one stretch of highway leading into Fort Worth by spending $4.25 million to widen the highway. Could something similar serve Austin well? Read more about the phenomenon here.

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