September 15: Newsom survives recall election. Chicken giants lay golden egg for consumers.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a rally against the California gubernatorial recall election on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Sun Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Good morning! Welcome to the NewsNation Conversation, where we’ll dive a little deeper and talk a little more about one or two of the stories of the day. Usually, the talk will be about one of the “big” stories, but occasionally we might need to dive into something a little more off the beaten path.

Today, though, we’ve got Gov. Gavin Newsom surviving the recall effort in California. California has a rather efficient system wherein you decide whether or not to recall the governor and elect a replacement all at the same time, and just as you’d expect there were some truly … interesting candidates on the ballot. We had shaman and yoga teacher Holly Baade, who introduced herself by saying “Behold me, and see if I am worth or not to enter the building as the leader of our state.” Green Party candidate Don Kapelovitz set up a “Blues Brothers”-style decommissioned cop car with a megaphone to deliver his message, and James Hanink, with the American Solidarity Party, turned down an in-person debate invite because he doesn’t like to drive on the freeway.

But you’ll get to see none of those people leading America’s most populous state. Newsom has survived the recall. Now let’s see what else the world has in store for us today!

1️. California Gov. Newsom survives recall effort

California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a rally against the California gubernatorial recall election on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Sun Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

2. Alex Murdaugh hired man to shoot him for insurance money, investigators say

Curtis Edward Smith, 61 of Colleton County has been charged with assisted suicide, assault and batter of a high aggravated nature, pointing and presenting a firearm, insurance fraud, and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud.

3. Book: Top US officer feared Trump could order China strike

FILE – In this Sept. 1, 2021, file photo Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley speaks during a briefing with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin at the Pentagon in Washington. Fearful of former President Donald Trump’s actions in his final weeks in office, the United States’ top military officer twice assured his Chinese counterpart that the two nations would not go to war. According to a forthcoming book by Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Milley told a Chinese general that the United States would not strike. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

4. COVID-19 cases climbing, wiping out months of progress

FILE – In this Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, file photo, a syringe containing a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine sits in a container during a vaccine clinic at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Overwhelmed by a surge in COVID-19 patients, Providence Alaska Medical Center, Alaska’s largest hospital, on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, implemented crisis standards of care, prioritizing resources and treatments to those patients who have the potential to benefit the most.(Loren Holmes/Anchorage Daily News via AP, Pool, File)

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Buy chicken over the last decade? You may be eligible for a payment

The poultry industry is laying some golden eggs, but it looks like a lot of them will be going to the lawyers involved in the case. See how to claim what’s yours.

A shipment of loose raw chicken was recently seen circling the baggage carousel at Seattle Tacoma International Airport, the TSA revealed on social media. (Getty Images)

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