The toll of Hurricane Harvey continues to mount, The Houston Chronicle reports, with six reported dead. The Category 4 hurricane slammed into Corpus Christi, Texas, on Friday, and has since dumped rain on the Lone Star State by the foot. Creeks and bayous have broken their banks, flooding nearby communities. In Houston, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced plans to release water from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs into the Buffalo Bayou, telling locals downstream of the reservoirs to leave their homes. This morning, a voluntary evacuation was announced for the Sienna Plantation neighborhood. The storm is estimated to impact approximately 6.6 million people.
President Donald Trump has issued his first presidential pardon to controversial former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. For decades, Arpaio was the face of aggressive crackdowns on undocumented immigrants, known for housing inmates in a tent city in extreme temperatures and serving sub-standard meals to people incarcerated there. He was convicted of contempt of court after he persisted in using racial profiling despite a court order, and without Trump's pardon Arpaio would have faced up to six months in prison. Arpaio was an early supporter of Donald Trump's candidacy and was at the forefront of the "birther" movement that cast doubt on whether former President Barack Obama was born in the United States.