Oregon State News http://feed.informer.com/digests/EWFLJT9YYO/feeder Oregon State News Respective post owners and feed distributors Sat, 05 Sep 2020 12:38:19 +0000 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ State can help evacuees find manufactured home ownership documents https://ktvz.com/news/oregon-northwest/2020/09/18/state-can-help-evacuees-find-manufactured-home-ownership-documents/ KTVZ urn:uuid:9a2d2bb6-619d-6f46-d74a-d1a2e304969e Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:29:56 +0000 <p>Thousands of Oregonians have evacuated to escape wildfires that have damaged and destroyed homes throughout the state. Many who evacuated did not have time to take important documents with them, including ownership documents for their manufactured home, and those documents may now be destroyed.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/oregon-northwest/2020/09/18/state-can-help-evacuees-find-manufactured-home-ownership-documents/">State can help evacuees find manufactured home ownership documents</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <div class="media__item media__item--image"><img src="https://ktvz.b-cdn.net/2019/11/Oregon-Department-of-Consumer-and-Business-Services-logo.jpg" alt="Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services logo" width="720" height="405" class="media__image"></div> <p>SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) – Thousands of Oregonians have evacuated to escape wildfires that have damaged and destroyed homes throughout the state. Many who evacuated did not have time to take important documents with them, including ownership documents for their manufactured home, and those documents may now be destroyed.</p> <p>The Oregon Building Codes Division’s online system can provide manufactured home owners with that information, including the record of ownership. Having these documents is important when navigating the insurance process.</p> <p>The Oregon Manufactured Home Ownership Document (MHOD) system is available at&nbsp;<a href="https://aca-oregon.accela.com/OR_MHODS/" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">https://aca-oregon.accela.com/OR_MHODS/</a>. The system allows people to search for their documents and, once they find them, print or email them.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>“These times are stressful enough without having to locate ownership documents in a damaged or destroyed manufactured home,” said Lori Graham, interim administrator of the Building Codes Division, which is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services. “Using the MHOD system is the easiest and quickest way for people to get their documents. Yet, if they need help, we can send them a printed copy.”</p> <p>If customers need an existing ownership document mailed to them, but are displaced from their home, they can email or call, and the division can send it to any address customers want. Call 503-378-4530 or 800-442-7457 (toll-free) or email <a href="mailto:mhods.bcd@oregon.gov" target="_blank" aria-label="undefined (opens in a new tab)" rel="noreferrer noopener">mhods.bcd@oregon.gov</a> for help.</p> <p>The MHOD system also has forms and applications, as well as other resources. People can access the records without needing to log in.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>###</p> <p>The&nbsp;<strong>Department of Consumer and Business Services</strong>&nbsp;is Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dcbs.oregon.gov/" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">www.dcbs.oregon.gov</a>. Follow DCBS on Twitter:&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/OregonDCBS">twitter.com/OregonDCBS</a>. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.</p> <p>The&nbsp;<strong>Building Codes Division</strong>&nbsp;administers Oregon’s statewide building code, which provides uniform standards that ensure newly constructed residential and commercial buildings are safe for people to occupy.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/oregon-northwest/2020/09/18/state-can-help-evacuees-find-manufactured-home-ownership-documents/">State can help evacuees find manufactured home ownership documents</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Trump administration announces $13 billion in additional aid to Puerto Rico https://ktvz.com/politics/2020/09/18/trump-administration-to-announce-13-billion-in-additional-aid-to-puerto-rico/ KTVZ urn:uuid:ddb16446-406a-6ad6-dd07-26891dd96c77 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:27:02 +0000 <p>The Trump administration on Friday announced $13 billion in additional aid to Puerto Rico to help with rebuilding in the aftermath of 2017&#8217;s Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced tweeted Friday morning that Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Pete Gaynor told her that $13 billion has been approved. She thanked the White House</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/politics/2020/09/18/trump-administration-to-announce-13-billion-in-additional-aid-to-puerto-rico/">Trump administration announces $13 billion in additional aid to Puerto Rico</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p>The Trump administration on Friday announced $13 billion in additional aid to Puerto Rico to help with rebuilding in the aftermath of 2017&#8217;s Hurricane Maria.</p> <p>Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced <a href="https://twitter.com/wandavazquezg/status/1306938444715876354" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">tweeted</a> Friday morning that Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Pete Gaynor told her that $13 billion has been approved. She thanked the White House and <a href="http://www.cnn.com/specials/politics/president-donald-trump-45" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">President Donald Trump</a>.</p> <p>White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany touted the $13 billion FEMA award as two of the agency&#8217;s &#8220;largest grants ever&#8221; in a statement. It will include a $11.6 billion federal share of funding for the projects.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>In the three years since the storm made landfall, the rebuilding process has been slow and costly. In November 2018, White House officials told congressional leaders and appropriators that the <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/12/politics/trump-puerto-rico/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">President did not want any additional relief funding</a> sent to the island.</p> <p>The government&#8217;s $13 billion investment will directly address electrical and educational systems, McEnany&#8217;s statement said.</p> <p>&#8220;Federal funding of $9.6 billion will allow the Puerto Rico Electrical Power Authority to repair and replace thousands of miles of transmission and distribution lines, electrical substations, power generation systems, office buildings and make other grid improvements. The $2 billion grant for the Puerto Rico Department of Education will focus on restoring school buildings and educational facilities across the island,&#8221; McEnany said.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>The grants, she added, &#8220;exceed the total Public Assistance funding in any single federally-declared disaster other than Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.&#8221;</p> <p>Trump&#8217;s handling of the 2017 storm, which devastated the island and killed nearly 3,000 people in its aftermath, has been widely criticized by locals and experts. Trump has consistently denied any fault for his administration, and has instead sought praise for his handling of Hurricane Maria, at one point calling it &#8220;an incredible, unsung success.&#8221;</p> <p>The move is likely an attempt to appeal to Puerto Rican voters who moved to the battleground state of Florida after the hurricane struck the US territory.</p> <p>Trump was <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2017/10/03/politics/donald-trump-paper-towels-puerto-rico/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">lambasted</a> for his visit to Puerto Rico weeks after the storm, where he was pictured tossing paper towels to a crowd of survivors.</p> <p>Since then, he&#8217;s publicly slammed local officials, falsely railed against what he said was an overreported death toll, and questioned aid to the territory. Former acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, who was in the role as the hurricane hit, said in a July interview that Trump considered the idea of selling the island after the storm hit.</p> <p>Tensions between the President and the island <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/28/politics/ricardo-rossell-donald-trump-puerto-rico-funding/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">boiled over </a>in March 2019 when then-Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló fired back after the White House officials warned his top aides that representatives of the territory were pushing too hard to arrange a meeting with the President aimed at discussing the island&#8217;s dire situation.</p> <p>&#8220;If the bully gets close, I&#8217;ll punch the bully in the mouth,&#8221; Rosselló told CNN at the time. &#8220;It would be a mistake to confuse courtesy with courage.&#8221;</p> <p>And as Hurricane Dorian approached Puerto Rico in August 2019, Trump again<a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/28/politics/donald-trump-dorian-carmen-yulin-cruz/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> trained his ire </a>at its government.</p> <p>&#8220;Puerto Rico is one of the most corrupt places on earth. Their political system is broken and their politicians are either Incompetent or Corrupt. Congress approved Billions of Dollars last time, more than anyplace else has ever gotten, and it is sent to Crooked Pols. No good!&#8221; he wrote, adding, &#8220;And by the way, I&#8217;m the best thing that&#8217;s ever happened to Puerto Rico!&#8221;</p> <p>Trump&#8217;s lack of empathy for Puerto Ricans has been at odds with his treatment of storm victims in the continental US during his tenure in office, prompting criticism of racism, including from some local officials defending their home.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/politics/2020/09/18/trump-administration-to-announce-13-billion-in-additional-aid-to-puerto-rico/">Trump administration announces $13 billion in additional aid to Puerto Rico</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Virtual ‘Great Drake Park Duck Race’ a success https://ktvz.com/videos/local-videos/2020/09/18/virtual-great-drake-park-duck-race-a-success/ KTVZ urn:uuid:0d7a560b-a23e-9e5a-6116-2da9a4d7bf63 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:12:40 +0000 <p>The Great Drake Park Duck Race, an annual fundraiser for Central Oregon nonprofits, went virtual this year and raised more than $63,000 in a year of great community need.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/videos/local-videos/2020/09/18/virtual-great-drake-park-duck-race-a-success/">Virtual &#8216;Great Drake Park Duck Race&#8217; a success</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <div class="media__item media__item--youtube_vimeo"><div class="video__embed"><iframe class="youtube-embed" title="Great Drake Park Duck Race a success" width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IdNZ0cqlFBE?feature=oembed&amp;enablejsapi=1&amp;embed_config=%7B%22disableRelatedVideos%22%3Atrue%2C%22adsConfig%22%3A%7B%22adTagParameters%22%3A%7B%22iu%22%3A%22%2F6123%2Fktvz%22%2C%22cust_params%22%3A%22category%3Dlocal-videos%22%7D%2C%22nonPersonalizedAd%22%3Afalse%7D%7D" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div></div> <p>The Great Drake Park Duck Race, an annual fundraiser for Central Oregon nonprofits, went virtual this year and raised more than $63,000 in a year of great community need.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/videos/local-videos/2020/09/18/virtual-great-drake-park-duck-race-a-success/">Virtual &#8216;Great Drake Park Duck Race&#8217; a success</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> 2nd death related to Hurricane Sally reported; officials say it was someone involved in storm cleanup https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/2nd-death-related-to-hurricane-sally-reported-officials-say-it-was-someone-involved-in-storm-cleanup/ KTVZ urn:uuid:9ac6e814-97d6-72ea-517c-84dce834c4bd Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:11:04 +0000 <p>ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — 2nd death related to Hurricane Sally reported; officials say it was someone involved in storm cleanup.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/2nd-death-related-to-hurricane-sally-reported-officials-say-it-was-someone-involved-in-storm-cleanup/">2nd death related to Hurricane Sally reported; officials say it was someone involved in storm cleanup</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p>ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — 2nd death related to Hurricane Sally reported; officials say it was someone involved in storm cleanup.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/2nd-death-related-to-hurricane-sally-reported-officials-say-it-was-someone-involved-in-storm-cleanup/">2nd death related to Hurricane Sally reported; officials say it was someone involved in storm cleanup</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Shots fired at home of two New Jersey police officers who were inside with their 10-day-old child https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/shots-fired-at-home-of-two-new-jersey-police-officers-who-were-inside-with-their-10-day-old-child/ KTVZ urn:uuid:f1fcf861-3fb5-1700-bb1a-63b33d102e88 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:07:35 +0000 <p>Police are searching for two suspects after shots were fired at the New Jersey home of two police officers earlier this week while they were on the second floor with their 10-day-old child, police say. &#8220;I don&#8217;t know what the motive is at this time, but I do know that this is a targeted attack</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/shots-fired-at-home-of-two-new-jersey-police-officers-who-were-inside-with-their-10-day-old-child/">Shots fired at home of two New Jersey police officers who were inside with their 10-day-old child</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p>Police are searching for two suspects after shots were fired at the New Jersey home of two police officers earlier this week while they were on the second floor with their 10-day-old child, police say.</p> <p>&#8220;I don&#8217;t know what the motive is at this time, but I do know that this is a targeted attack against this residence that the officers reside,&#8221; Camden Police Chief Joseph Wysocki said in a news conference. &#8220;It&#8217;s very common knowledge that these officers live there.&#8221;</p> <p>The incident occurred on Tuesday night on Clinton Street and six of the at least seven rounds fired struck the home, Wysocki said. Two of the rounds went through the front door and into the home, but no one was injured.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>One of the officers has been with the department for four years, the other for two years. Both officers are on leave and have not been identified.</p> <p>&#8220;This attack on our officers was an affront to the department and will not be tolerated,&#8221; Wysocki added.</p> <p>Police are offering a $20,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the individuals involved. An unoccupied 1998 Honda Odyssey believed to have been used in the shooting was located early Thursday morning and police are combing through the vehicle for further evidence.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>County, state and federal law enforcement officials are involved in the investigation, police said.</p> <p>&#8220;I want to send a very clear message to the scumbag thugs behind this senseless act,&#8221; Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Capelli, Jr. said at the press conference. &#8220;We are coming to get you and you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.&#8221;</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/shots-fired-at-home-of-two-new-jersey-police-officers-who-were-inside-with-their-10-day-old-child/">Shots fired at home of two New Jersey police officers who were inside with their 10-day-old child</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> New reality show promises to send winner into space for 10 days https://ktvz.com/lifestyle/technology/2020/09/18/new-reality-show-promises-to-send-winner-into-space-for-10-days/ KTVZ urn:uuid:9d18a03b-7a07-1d7c-b03a-2486107fb97e Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:04:25 +0000 <p>A planned reality show will seek to give the winner of its on-air competition &#8220;the greatest prize ever given out on Earth&#8221; — a 10-day stay on the International Space Station. The winning contestant on the show, called &#8220;Space Hero,&#8221; could launch into orbit as soon as 2023, the production company behind the proposed series,</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/lifestyle/technology/2020/09/18/new-reality-show-promises-to-send-winner-into-space-for-10-days/">New reality show promises to send winner into space for 10 days</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p>A planned reality show will seek to give the winner of its on-air competition &#8220;the greatest prize ever given out on Earth&#8221; — a 10-day stay on the International Space Station.</p> <p>The winning contestant on the show, called &#8220;Space Hero,&#8221; could launch into orbit as soon as 2023, the production company behind the proposed series, which is also called Space Hero, said in a press release Thursday. The news was reported earlier by <a href="https://deadline.com/2020/09/space-hero-astronaut-reality-series-international-space-station-reality-tv-1234575932/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Deadline</a>.</p> <p>&#8220;Space Hero will provide an opportunity for anyone from any background to become the first globally-elected space explorer to take part in a mission to the International Space Station,&#8221; the press release reads.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>The production company&#8217;s press release said that the team is &#8220;now looking for global brand and primary distribution partners.&#8221; Space Hero is planning to open the application process for the show in the first half of 2021 before broadcasting begins in 2022, a spokesperson said via email Friday.</p> <p>Space Hero founding partner Deborah Sass previously <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/posts/spacehero_space-hero-at-the-montgomery-summit-2019-activity-6658060932708732929-O7K-" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">described</a> the show&#8217;s prize as worth $65 million, and the spokesperson said the group is currently in its &#8220;second stage of fundraising.&#8221;</p> <p>Details about the show&#8217;s format have not been released.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>Space Hero also revealed this week that it&#8217;s working with Propagate, a prominent production company that works on other unscripted competition series such as Food Network&#8217;s &#8220;Chopped.&#8221; Propagate&#8217;s founders, Ben Silverman and Howard Owens, have previously worked on shows that include &#8220;The Office,&#8221; &#8220;Ugly Betty&#8221; and &#8220;MasterChef.&#8221;</p> <p>Propagate did not respond to requests for additional comment.</p> <p>Space Hero, which is headed by a former News Corp executive named Marty Pompadur, said it is working with Texas-based startup Axiom Space to coordinate the trip into orbit.</p> <p>Axiom was co-founded and led by Michael Suffredini, who led NASA&#8217;s International Space Station Program from 2005 to 2015. The company plans to serve as a go-between for NASA, launch providers such as SpaceX and Boeing, and any private-sector individuals interested in booking rides to space for tourism, entertainment or other business purposes. Axiom has also said it can provide all the training necessary to prepare individuals for a trip to the ISS.</p> <p>NASA has made a heavy push in recent years to drum up interest in commercial activity on the International Space Station, a multibillion-dollar orbiting laboratory that has hosted crews of astronauts and hundreds of scientific experiments for the past two decades.</p> <p>Earlier this year, space agency head Jim Bridenstine announced that Tom Cruise is working with NASA on plans to film a movie aboard the ISS. Axiom will also handle the training and coordination for that project.</p> <p>The US space agency issued a <a href="https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/s1701746119060610280_1.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">directive</a> last year that laid out plans to allow non-government space travelers to pay the space agency for use of the ISS facilities. That document also laid out how much certain services could cost: Use of life-support equipment &#8212; and the toilet &#8212; were listed at $11,250 per day. Food, air, and other provisions were priced at $22,500 per day.</p> <p>Several plans to send people to space for film or TV purposes, however, have fallen flat in previous years. An organization called Mars One gained widespread attention in 2013 with plans to have <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2015/02/17/tech/mars-one-final-100/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">100 people compete</a> for one of four spots on a one-way trip to the red planet, predicting media coverage would provide the majority of the <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2013/12/10/tech/innovation/mars-one-plan/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">funding</a> needed. But those plans never materialized, in part because the necessary technology does not exist. Various other announcements about ISS visitors have also fallen through, including one from pop star Lance Bass, of &#8216;NSYNC boyband fame, in the early 2000s.</p> <p>Private citizens have visited the space station before: A company called Space Adventures previously organized eight trips to the International Space Station for ultra-wealthy travelers between 2001 and 2009 using Russian Soyuz spacecraft.</p> <p>Allowing tourists and other private citizens to make use of the space station — via SpaceX&#8217;s or Boeing&#8217;s new spacecraft — is part of NASA&#8217;s goal of commercializing outer space.</p> <p>That effort started in large part with NASA programs that handed over the task of transporting cargo and crew to the ISS. SpaceX and Northrop Grumman routinely fly cargo, and earlier this year, SpaceX became the first commercial company in history to fly NASA astronauts to the station. Boeing is also developing a spacecraft that could be ready for crewed missions next year.</p> <p>Under those programs, NASA helped fund the development of the new spacecraft, but SpaceX and Boeing own and operate their vehicles, allowing them to sell seats not occupied by professional astronauts — whether that&#8217;s Tom Cruise or a reality show competition winner.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/lifestyle/technology/2020/09/18/new-reality-show-promises-to-send-winner-into-space-for-10-days/">New reality show promises to send winner into space for 10 days</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Michigan judge extends deadline for absentee ballots by 2 weeks https://ktvz.com/politics/2020/09/18/michigan-judge-extends-deadline-for-absentee-ballots-by-2-weeks/ KTVZ urn:uuid:e92b101b-c18e-fe13-7024-430e3bc1af0c Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:01:46 +0000 <p>A Michigan state judge on Friday dramatically expanded the window for when absentee ballots can arrive and get counted after Election Day. Judge Cynthia Stephens ruled that absentee ballots postmarked before Election Day can be counted if they arrive two weeks after the polls close. Previously, only ballots received by 8 p.m. on Election Day</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/politics/2020/09/18/michigan-judge-extends-deadline-for-absentee-ballots-by-2-weeks/">Michigan judge extends deadline for absentee ballots by 2 weeks</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p>A Michigan state judge on Friday dramatically expanded the window for when absentee ballots can arrive and get counted after Election Day.</p> <p>Judge Cynthia Stephens ruled that absentee ballots postmarked before Election Day can be counted if they arrive two weeks after the polls close. Previously, only ballots received by 8 p.m. on Election Day could be counted &#8212; a policy that led to thousands of ballots getting rejected in the state&#8217;s August primary.</p> <p><a href="https://www.cnn.com/election/2020/presidential-polls" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><strong><em>View Trump and Biden head-to-head polling</em></strong></a></p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>The ruling was a victory for Democratic groups that brought the lawsuit, who have been arguing in Michigan and other battleground states that many late-arriving ballots should still be counted. But it could also inject uncertainty into the post-election process because ballots arriving long after Election Day could still get counted and shift the outcome.</p> <p>&#8220;This is a HUGE win for all Michigan voters who plan to vote by mail in November,&#8221; Democratic lawyer Marc Elias, who was involved in the lawsuit, said in a statement.</p> <p>The judge also ruled that third-party ballot collection &#8212; sometimes pejoratively called &#8220;ballot harvesting&#8221; &#8212; can occur in the days leading up to Election Day. This means Michigan voters can give their ballots to &#8220;any third party of his or her choosing,&#8221; who will then return the absentee ballot. This process does somewhat increase the risk of fraud, but there are criminal penalties if third parties tamper with or destroy ballots.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p><a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/31/politics/voting-issues-reader-stories/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><strong><em>ELECTION 2020: Send us your stories about voting issues</em></strong></a></p> <p>The Democrats fell short in their effort to have the state pay for return postage for all mail ballots. In rejecting their request to make this happen, Stephens wrote, &#8220;the Court finds that they are unlikely to succeed on their challenge to the postage requirement.&#8221;</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/politics/2020/09/18/michigan-judge-extends-deadline-for-absentee-ballots-by-2-weeks/">Michigan judge extends deadline for absentee ballots by 2 weeks</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> What’s going to happen to TikTok on Sunday https://ktvz.com/lifestyle/technology/2020/09/18/whats-going-to-happen-to-tiktok-on-sunday/ KTVZ urn:uuid:38f19729-6a00-c55c-9c4b-cdc4070f7b01 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:01:20 +0000 <p>The Trump administration said it will restrict access to TikTok on Sunday, Sept. 20. What does that mean for users of the short-form video app? The short answer is, you&#8217;ll still be able to use TikTok — if it&#8217;s already on your phone. But at midnight between Sunday and Monday, TikTok will vanish from US</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/lifestyle/technology/2020/09/18/whats-going-to-happen-to-tiktok-on-sunday/">What&#8217;s going to happen to TikTok on Sunday</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <div class="media__item media__item--image"><img src="https://ktvz.b-cdn.net/2020/09/hypatia-h_041a6e200db29ad4ffc6d399d459e349-h_da26dde8d78bd08631f57559781b8c8e_preview.jpg" alt="hypatia-h_041a6e200db29ad4ffc6d399d459e349-h_da26dde8d78bd08631f57559781b8c8e_preview" width="500" height="333" class="media__image"></div> <p>The Trump administration said <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/18/tech/tiktok-download-commerce/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">it will restrict access</a> to TikTok on Sunday, Sept. 20. What does that mean for users of the short-form video app?</p> <p>The short answer is, you&#8217;ll still be able to use <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/17/business/tiktok-ban-oracle-sale-explained/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">TikTok</a> — if it&#8217;s already on your phone. But at midnight between Sunday and Monday, TikTok will vanish from US app stores, including those operated by Apple and Google.</p> <p>That means US users looking to install the app anew, or who are looking for security patches or other updates, won&#8217;t be able to receive them, under Commerce Department <a href="https://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2020/09/commerce-department-prohibits-wechat-and-tiktok-transactions-protect" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">restrictions</a> announced on Friday that limit how the app can be distributed.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>Apple and Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment.</p> <p>TikTok said in a statement that it disagreed with and was disappointed by the administration&#8217;s announcement.</p> <p>&#8220;Our community of 100 million US users love TikTok because it&#8217;s a home for entertainment, self-expression, and connection,&#8221; the company said, &#8220;and we&#8217;re committed to protecting their privacy and safety as we continue working to bring joy to families and meaningful careers to those who create on our platform.&#8221;</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>For months, the Trump administration has alleged that TikTok is a risk to national security because the app is owned by a Chinese parent company, ByteDance. The administration has claimed ByteDance could be required to hand over TikTok&#8217;s user data to the Chinese government, compromising the safety and privacy of US users. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/06/politics/trump-executive-order-tiktok/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">In August</a>, President Trump signed two executive orders aimed at banning the app and forcing ByteDance to sell TikTok.</p> <p>TikTok has insisted that US users&#8217; information is stored outside of China, beyond the reach of Beijing, and that the company would reject any effort by China to compel the information. Cybersecurity experts have said <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/09/tech/tiktok-security-threat/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">there is no evidence</a> that TikTok has been compromised by the Chinese government and that the danger, while plausible, is largely hypothetical.</p> <p>Some security experts have criticized the Commerce Department limitations because they would prevent security updates from being pushed to WeChat and TikTok users.</p> <p>One senior Commerce official dismissed it as &#8220;simplistic criticism.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;The argument that we&#8217;re eroding security because we&#8217;re not allowing an untrusted entity to push security updates to apps that are already untrusted, on its face falls flat,&#8221; the official said.</p> <p>The new restrictions come as the administration weighs <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/17/business/tiktok-ban-oracle-sale-explained/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">a partnership between TikTok and Oracle</a> meant to address the national security concerns raised by the administration. On a call about the restrictions this morning, the Commerce Department declined to say what would happen if such a deal were finalized before Sunday evening.</p> <p>If the companies aren&#8217;t able to complete a deal by Nov. 12, then further restrictions will be applied to TikTok that could degrade its functionality, Department officials said. The restrictions would apply to internet infrastructure companies in ways that could hinder the transfer of TikTok content, potentially slowing it down or creating outages on the service.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/lifestyle/technology/2020/09/18/whats-going-to-happen-to-tiktok-on-sunday/">What&#8217;s going to happen to TikTok on Sunday</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Trump-backed GOP Senate nominee Jason Lewis mocked elementary school sexual harassment in 1999 https://ktvz.com/politics/2020/09/18/trump-backed-gop-senate-nominee-jason-lewis-mocked-elementary-school-sexual-harassment-in-1999/ KTVZ urn:uuid:c4d960e2-1177-2e78-0e7f-2f393941bda7 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:01:05 +0000 <p>Jason Lewis, a former GOP congressman running for a US Senate seat in Minnesota, dismissed in a 1999 television show sexual harassment and assault in K-12 schools as being insignificant cases of children teasing each other and argued against a school&#8217;s legal responsibility to limit harassment between students. Lewis made the comments on &#8220;Face to</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/politics/2020/09/18/trump-backed-gop-senate-nominee-jason-lewis-mocked-elementary-school-sexual-harassment-in-1999/">Trump-backed GOP Senate nominee Jason Lewis mocked elementary school sexual harassment in 1999</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p>Jason Lewis, a former GOP congressman running for a US Senate seat in Minnesota, dismissed in a 1999 television show sexual harassment and assault in K-12 schools as being insignificant cases of children teasing each other and argued against a school&#8217;s legal responsibility to limit harassment between students.</p> <p>Lewis made the comments on &#8220;Face to Face,&#8221; a public affairs television program he co-hosted in the late 1990s and early 2000s in Minnesota, in response to what was then a recent Supreme Court case, <em>Davis v. Monroe County School Board</em>.</p> <p>At the center of <em>Davis v. Monroe</em> was a fifth-grade girl in Georgia who experienced months of sexual harassment from a male classmate, in which the classmate allegedly &#8220;would sexually taunt her by trying to grab at her breasts, rub against her in the hallways, or whisper that he wanted to &#8216;get in bed&#8217; with her,&#8221; <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/supcourt/stories/court011199.htm" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">according to reporting from The Washington Post</a>. The girl&#8217;s mother stated that she tried for months to get the school to stop the boy, but that she was ignored.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>CNN&#8217;s KFile also reviewed other episodes of <em>Face to Face</em> from this time period in which Lewis also argued against the Sixth Amendment&#8217;s right to legal counsel, which he said was &#8220;already stretched&#8221; and that court-appointed attorneys went beyond the scope of the Sixth Amendment.</p> <p>These newly unearthed comments about the harassment lawsuit are in line with Lewis&#8217; history of deriding women who experience sexual assault and sexual harassment. CNN&#8217;s KFile previously reported Lewis <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/19/politics/kfile-jason-lewis-radio-comments-sexual-harassment/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">mocked women who were traumatized by unwanted sexual advances</a> and that he viewed sexual harassment law as an assault on First Amendment rights to freedom of speech, calling it both &#8220;ridiculous&#8221; and &#8220;unconstitutional,&#8221; in 2011 episodes of his former radio show.</p> <p>The former GOP congressman, who was <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/11/politics/jason-lewis-donald-trump-mike-pence/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">endorsed by President Donald Trump last year in the primary</a>, faces a tough election battle against incumbent Democratic Sen. Tina Smith for the Minnesota seat. Winning Minnesota has long been a goal for Republicans and Trump, who <a href="https://www.kare11.com/article/news/politics/president-trump-joe-biden-to-visit-minnesota-sept-18/89-e8b7427c-6369-422f-8bc2-11f4c52bad31" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">plans to visit Minnesota on Friday</a> and lost the state by fewer than 45,000 votes <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/politics/minnesota-political-geography/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">in 2016</a>. His campaign is trying to add it to the Republican column this year but polling shows Trump <a href="https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/polls/president-general/minnesota/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">trailing in the state</a> by high single digits, and current polling for this Senate battle shows Lewis <a href="https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/polls/minnesota/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">trailing</a> Smith by high single digits.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>In response to a comment request from CNN, Christine Snell, Lewis&#8217; communications director, criticized CNN and KFile, but did not respond to the substance of Lewis&#8217; comments.</p> <p><h3>Sexual harassment</h3> </p> <p>In the June 1999 episode of<em> &#8220;</em>Face to Face&#8221; discussing the case, Lewis frequently bemoaned the court&#8217;s ruling, which found that a school can be sued by a student, and forced to pay damages, if it failed to stop sexual harassment committed by other students.</p> <p>Lewis also dismissed allegations of sexual harassment in schools as innocent situations of &#8220;Billy&#8221; chasing &#8220;Susie,&#8221; two fictional stand-ins for elementary school boys and girls.</p> <p>&#8220;This is such a boon to lawyers everywhere, they can sue school districts for not preventing Billy from teasing Susie,&#8221; Lewis said.</p> <p>Lewis made the argument that the ruling endorsed superfluous lawsuits, despite the fact that the Supreme Court <a href="https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/526/629/#tab-opinion-1960493" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">explicitly said</a> in its ruling that harassment had to be so &#8220;severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive&#8221; as to make it impossible for students to receive the benefits of a public education, and that &#8220;It is not enough to show&#8230; that a student has been &#8216;teased&#8217; or &#8216;called offensive names.&#8221;</p> <p>Lewis brought up the hypothetical examples of the nonexistent Billy and Susie five times in the half-hour episode to downplay sexual harassment in schools, and said that pursuing hypothetical sexual harassment cases distracted schools from preventing violence.</p> <p>&#8220;While school districts are making certain that say, you know, romantic notes aren&#8217;t exchanged, or Billy isn&#8217;t harassing Susie, or all these things &#8212; that takes time,&#8221; Lewis said. &#8220;And some of us think that schools ought to be focused on violence perhaps in their hallways, instead of what some people deem to be sexual harassment.&#8221;</p> <p>Lewis also complained about the increase in sexual harassment lawsuits, though not because he thought sexual harassment was rampant, but rather because he thought many were frivolous.</p> <p>&#8220;Sexual harassment litigation has exploded in the 1980s and 1990s. In fact, according to the EEOC, we&#8217;ve gone from 6,127 cases in 1990—to 14,420, just by 1994—we doubled in less than five years,&#8221; Lewis said to Wright Walling, an attorney and one of the show&#8217;s guests that episode</p> <p>&#8220;You&#8217;re making an assumption that more lawsuits are a bad thing, and &#8212; &#8221; Walling said.</p> <p>&#8220;Yes, absolutely,&#8221; Lewis interrupted.</p> <p>&#8220;The fact of the matter is that when you&#8217;re protecting the rights of, in this case, a 5th grader, of children, that some of these who should be looked at, and if that takes going to court to make the school districts, in fact, pay attention to what they should be doing to protect our children, then I don&#8217;t think—&#8221; said Walling.</p> <p>&#8220;I agree with Judge Hand,&#8221; Lewis interrupted again, citing 20th century federal judge Learned Hand. &#8220;He said that more lawsuits were a bad thing and he was right then as he is today.&#8221;</p> <p><h3>Right to counsel</h3> </p> <p>In an April 2001 episode of &#8220;Face to Face,&#8221; Lewis weighed in on a recent Supreme Court ruling, <a href="https://www.oyez.org/cases/2000/99-1702" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>Texas v. Cobb,</em></a> on the Sixth Amendment, which states that in all criminal prosecutions, the &#8220;accused&#8221; shall &#8220;have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.&#8221; Lewis argued that the right to a court appointed attorney went beyond the initial intent of the Sixth Amendment.</p> <p>The court held in <em>Texas v. Cobb</em> that the Sixth Amendment&#8217;s right to counsel is &#8220;offense-specific&#8221; and that a suspect in a criminal investigation may not have an attorney present for questioning in regards to a related crime if he already had access to a lawyer.</p> <p>Lewis argued that the Sixth Amendment&#8217;s right to an attorney &#8220;has been tortured a bit over the years. If you really wanna look at the strict construction of the amendment, it says people have the right to counsel.&#8221;</p> <p>Lewis added, &#8220;Somehow, we also have not only the right to counsel, we have the right for somebody else to pay for it and the right for it to be ever-present, omnipresent. I&#8217;m not saying [<em>Texas v. Cobb&#8217;s</em>] a good ruling. I&#8217;m just saying that we have already stretched the amendment.&#8221;</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/politics/2020/09/18/trump-backed-gop-senate-nominee-jason-lewis-mocked-elementary-school-sexual-harassment-in-1999/">Trump-backed GOP Senate nominee Jason Lewis mocked elementary school sexual harassment in 1999</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> The US economy needs more help. Congress is too divided to provide it https://ktvz.com/money/2020/09/18/the-us-economy-needs-more-help-congress-is-too-divided-to-provide-it/ KTVZ urn:uuid:432e386f-f380-cf69-ad86-33c9c7839647 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:57:32 +0000 <p>Small businesses are disappearing. Unemployment claims remain unbelievably high. And state and local budgets are imploding. Yet Congress is likely to skip town this month without providing additional emergency aid to the economy, according to Goldman Sachs. &#8220;At this point, a major stimulus package before the election looks like a long shot,&#8221; Goldman Sachs economists</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/money/2020/09/18/the-us-economy-needs-more-help-congress-is-too-divided-to-provide-it/">The US economy needs more help. Congress is too divided to provide it</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p>Small businesses are disappearing. Unemployment claims <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/17/economy/unemployment-benefits-coronavirus/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">remain unbelievably high.</a> And state and local budgets are imploding. Yet Congress is likely to skip town this month without providing additional emergency aid to the economy, according to Goldman Sachs.</p> <p>&#8220;At this point, a major stimulus package before the election looks like a long shot,&#8221; Goldman Sachs economists wrote in a note Friday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2020/09/12/politics/stimulus-negotiations-congress-election/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Republicans and Democrats are locked in a stalemate</a> over the size and makeup of another round of stimulus. And the critical debate is being complicated by the <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2020/09/17/investing/small-caps-election/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">looming election</a>, which is less than two months away.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>Goldman Sachs now expects Congress to depart Washington at the end of September without extending any stimulus, such as enhanced unemployment insurance payments, direct stimulus checks to households, aid to state and local governments or additional Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans to small businesses.</p> <p>That means economists, who had assumed Uncle Sam would provide another $1 trillion-plus in relief, may be overly optimistic on the economy.</p> <p><h3>&#8216;Running out of steam&#8217;</h3> </p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>Goldman Sachs said that Congressional failure to pass additional fiscal stimulus will force the Wall Street bank to downgrade its<strong> </strong>US<strong> </strong>economic growth forecast for the fourth quarter. By contrast, adoption of stimulus packages similar to the ones backed by President Donald Trump or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would cause the bank to boost its economic outlook.</p> <p>&#8220;The economy seems to be running out of steam in the last few weeks,&#8221; Greg Valliere, chief US policy strategist at AGF Investments, wrote in a note to clients Friday. &#8220;Recent data have reinforced an overwhelming view among experts — including Fed Chairman Jerome Powell — that more stimulus is urgently needed from Congress.&#8221;</p> <p>For instance, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/16/business/retail-sales-data-august/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">retail sales growth slowed</a> in August. And another 860,000 Americans filed for first-time unemployment benefits last week on a seasonally adjusted basis.</p> <p>Yelp warned this week that <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2020/09/16/business/yelp-coronavirus-closures/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">more than half of the businesses that closed during the pandemic will never reopen</a> &#8212; including tens of thousands of restaurants.</p> <p>Meanwhile, bankruptcy filings are mounting, with Brooks Brothers, California Pizza Kitchen and SoulCycle competitor <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/15/business/flywheel-sports-bankruptcy/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Flywheel all filing in recent months. </a></p> <p><a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/11/business/bankruptcies-recession-economy/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Large company bankruptcies spiked 244%</a> in July and August from the same period in 2019, according to research from investment bank Jefferies.</p> <p>After bottoming out at 59% in April, the <a href="https://www.cnn.com/business/us-economic-recovery-coronavirus" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CNN Business Back-to-Normal Index</a> steadily improved this summer to nearly 80% in early September. However, the index, which was created with Moody&#8217;s Analytics and measures dozens of national and state indictors, has since retreated back to 76%.</p> <p>&#8220;Without a stimulus package, more small businesses will close, state and local governments will lay off thousands of workers, and evictions will increase,&#8221; Valliere wrote.</p> <p><h3>Powell presses for aid</h3> </p> <p>For all those reasons, Powell, the chairman of the Fed, has pressed lawmakers to act.</p> <p>&#8220;The initial response from fiscal authorities was rapid. It was forceful and pretty effective,&#8221;<a href="https://www.federalreserve.gov/mediacenter/files/FOMCpresconf20200916.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> Powell said during a press conference</a> this week. &#8220;my sense is that more fiscal support is likely to be needed.&#8221;</p> <p>The Fed chief noted that there are still about 11 million Americans out of work because of the pandemic &#8212; and many worked in industries that are likely to struggle.</p> <p>&#8220;Those people may need additional support as they try to find their way through what will be a difficult time for them,&#8221; Powell said.</p> <p>Recently, Goldman Sachs has been more bullish than other big banks on the economy. The Wall Street firm has been predicting US GDP will increase at an annualized rate of 35% during the third quarter, marking a sharp rebound from the 31.7% <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/30/economy/us-economy-2020-second-quarter/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">collapse in the second quarter.</a></p> <p>Growth is expected to decelerate in the final three months of the year, especially now that stimulus odds have faded, Goldman Sachs said. The bank previously projected fourth-quarter GDP growth of 6%. It did not detail how much it will downgrade growth projections.</p> <p><h3>Blame politics</h3> </p> <p>So why isn&#8217;t Congress acting? Not surprisingly, many are blaming pre-election partisan bickering.</p> <p>&#8220;The election outlook might be influencing positions in the negotiation,&#8221; Goldman Sachs economists wrote.</p> <p>The Wall Street bank noted that prediction markets, polls and external election models imply that a Democratic sweep of Congress and the White House is the &#8220;most likely outcome.&#8221;</p> <p>If Congressional Democrats believe that a Blue Wave is coming, &#8220;they may prefer to wait to enact a larger fiscal relief measure in early 2021 rather than a smaller package this month that might drain momentum for a larger bill next year,&#8221; Goldman Sachs wrote.</p> <p>The good news is that Congress could very well take action on the economy next year.</p> <p>Even if one party controls Congress and the other the White House, Goldman Sachs said that a moderate stimulus package is likely to get enacted early next year.</p> <p>If Democrats sweep in November, Congress will probably enact a stimulus package similar to the $2.2 trillion one that Pelosi has endorsed, Goldman Sachs said. That&#8217;s on top of the aggressive fiscal package that Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, has proposed.</p> <p>In other words, more help is probably coming &#8212; it&#8217;s just a question of when and how large.</p> <p>&#8220;This might explain why financial markets have not responded more negatively to the worsening outlook for stimulus this year,&#8221; Goldman Sachs economists wrote.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/money/2020/09/18/the-us-economy-needs-more-help-congress-is-too-divided-to-provide-it/">The US economy needs more help. Congress is too divided to provide it</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Grant money makes free online tutoring program available to students https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/grant-money-makes-free-online-tutoring-program-available-to-students/ KTVZ urn:uuid:40b393f8-af53-09bd-19f6-46b8d6f36363 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:53:35 +0000 <p>Click here for updates on this story &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;LITTLE ROCK, AR (KFSM) &#8212; The shift to online learning brought on by the coronavirus pandemic has parents everywhere realizing how much they need help and how much their kids could use a tutor. An Arkansas non-profit, with help from the Walton Family Foundation, is set to offer</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/grant-money-makes-free-online-tutoring-program-available-to-students/">Grant money makes free online tutoring program available to students</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.5newsonline.com/article/news/education/grant-money-free-online-tutoring/91-ef49d422-4031-4e55-8712-40c709e38b94" rel="noopener noreferrer">Click here for updates on this story</a></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;LITTLE ROCK, AR (<a target="_blank" href="https://www.5newsonline.com/article/news/education/grant-money-free-online-tutoring/91-ef49d422-4031-4e55-8712-40c709e38b94" rel="noopener noreferrer">KFSM</a>) &#8212; The shift to online learning brought on by the coronavirus pandemic has parents everywhere realizing how much they need help and how much their kids could use a tutor.</p> <p>An Arkansas non-profit, with help from the Walton Family Foundation, is set to offer a solution where money won&#8217;t be an obstacle.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>&#8220;Free. F-R-E-E, free,&#8221; said Dr. Dionne Jackson, the executive director of AR Kids Read, on the cost to families who sign up for the tutoring program.</p> <p>The literacy-focused organization is branching out to other subjects and teaming up with the Central Arkansas Library System to match troops of volunteer tutors with families looking for help.</p> <p>&#8220;They can click on the tab for tutoring and there they can register a student to be placed on our list for tutoring,&#8221; Dr. Jackson said, referring to the website <a href="http://ArKidsRead.org" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">ArKidsRead.org</a>.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>The grants arrived after both CALS and AR Kids Read began virtual programs last spring, brought on by the pandemic. The foundation established by the heirs to the Walmart fortune dedicates much of its philanthropy to improving education. After surveying parents of all income levels in Little Rock and Pulaski County, they pushed $500,000 to expand the tutoring concept.</p> <p>&#8220;This is one of the first times that we&#8217;ve had a more organized effort to connect tutors and students,&#8221; said Ellen Samples, the youth services coordinator for CALS. &#8220;Through our website, people will be able to log on and get sort of one-on-one virtual help from a real, live tutor.&#8221;</p> <p>The programs will service all subjects and be available for all ages and feature both humans and computers able to help with homework. Volunteers can sign up and partnerships with college teaching programs are expected to bring instructors into the program.</p> <p>The whole concept sells itself, even with the free price tag, if you&#8217;ve spent any time trying to navigate the new school landscape.</p> <p>&#8220;We&#8217;ve had great success with it this summer. One hundred percent of our parents were very pleased with the experience their kids had, so we&#8217;re excited to take this to another level,&#8221; Dr. Jackson said.</p> <p>The fall term begins October 19, and will last eight weeks. Students who miss that first term can try again for winter, spring, and summer programs.</p> <p>CALS also plans to build on the virtual effort and have in-person offerings once the virus calms down.</p> <p><strong>Please note: This content carries a strict local market embargo. If you share the same market as the contributor of this article, you may not use it on any platform.</strong></p> </p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/grant-money-makes-free-online-tutoring-program-available-to-students/">Grant money makes free online tutoring program available to students</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Controversial coronavirus testing guidance came from HHS and didn’t go through CDC scientific review, sources say https://ktvz.com/health/2020/09/18/controversial-coronavirus-testing-guidance-came-from-hhs-and-didnt-go-through-cdc-scientific-review-sources-say/ KTVZ urn:uuid:d408bedd-bc3b-ff0a-4df1-892c17181db1 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:53:08 +0000 <p>A controversial update to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention&#8217;s testing guidance last month was not written by CDC scientists and was posted online before it had undergone the normal scientific review process, two sources confirm to CNN. Details about the testing guideline changes were first reported Thursday by The New York Times. The</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/health/2020/09/18/controversial-coronavirus-testing-guidance-came-from-hhs-and-didnt-go-through-cdc-scientific-review-sources-say/">Controversial coronavirus testing guidance came from HHS and didn&#8217;t go through CDC scientific review, sources say</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p>A controversial update to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention&#8217;s testing guidance last month was not written by CDC scientists and was posted online before it had undergone the normal scientific review process, two sources confirm to CNN.</p> <p>Details about the testing guideline changes were first reported Thursday by <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/17/health/coronavirus-testing-cdc.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The New York Times</a>.</p> <p>The document, which included guidance about testing people without Covid-19 symptoms, was sent to the CDC by the US Department of Health and Human Services, the two sources told CNN. It was supposed to go through a vetting process that includes<strong> </strong>a director of science, fact-checking, cross-checking and several back-and-forths for scientific review &#8212; a process that can take several days.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>As the document was going through the process, one of the sources told CNN they woke up one morning and saw that the unaltered document had been posted on the CDC&#8217;s website in its original form and including some errors.</p> <p>In a statement Thursday night, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield told CNN, &#8220;The guidelines, coordinated in conjunction with the White House Coronavirus Task Force, received appropriate attention, consultation and input from task force experts.&#8221;</p> <p>A senior federal health official close to the process had previously told CNN that the sudden change in Covid-19 testing guidance was the result of pressure from the Trump administration, saying, &#8220;It&#8217;s coming from the top down.&#8221;</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>Admiral Brett Giroir, the White House coronavirus testing coordinator, said in a briefing just after the changes in August that the guideline updates were &#8220;a CDC action,&#8221; saying, &#8220;As always, guidelines received appropriate attention, consultation and input from task force experts &#8212; and I mean the medical and scientific experts.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;There is no direction from President Trump, the Vice President, or the (Health and Human Services) secretary about what we need to do,&#8221; Giroir said at the time.</p> <p>Giroir said White House Coronavirus Task Force members had signed off on the testing guideline document during a task force meeting in August.</p> <p>Task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/26/politics/fauci-coronavirus-cdc-testing/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">confirmed to CNN</a> that he was under general anesthesia for vocal cord surgery during that particular task force meeting.</p> <p><h3>More testing guideline changes expected</h3> </p> <p>Before the guidance was updated, the CDC website said: &#8220;Testing is recommended for all close contacts of persons with SARS-CoV-2 infection. Because of the potential for asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission, it is important that contacts of individuals with SARS-CoV-2 infection be quickly identified and tested.&#8221;</p> <p>The site was changed on August 24 to say: &#8220;If you have been in close contact (within 6 feet) of a person with a COVID-19 infection for at least 15 minutes but do not have symptoms, you do not necessarily need a test unless you are a vulnerable individual or your health care provider or State or local public health officials recommend you take one.&#8221;</p> <p>The guidance is expected to see more changes. Redfield testified on Wednesday that the CDC will &#8220;clarify&#8221; changes made to its guidance about testing people who do not have symptoms of coronavirus.</p> <p>&#8220;We have never recommended against asymptomatic testing. You&#8217;ll see in the clarification we are making it very clear asymptomatic and presymptomatic transmission is important, and making it very clear if you have been exposed to somebody, you need to be tested and contact traced,&#8221; Redfield told a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee.</p> <p>In its <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/planning-scenarios.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pandemic planning scenarios</a>, the CDC says its current best estimate is that 40% of infections are asymptomatic and 50% of transmission occurs before onset of symptoms.</p> <p><h3>More reports of pressure on health agencies</h3> </p> <p>This isn&#8217;t the only report of political interference in US health agencies by administration officials.</p> <p>CNN reported this week that <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/12/politics/cdc-trump-science-reports/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Trump-appointed communications officials at HHS pushed to change</a> language of weekly science reports released by the CDC so as not to undermine President Donald Trump&#8217;s political message, according to a federal health official. Politico first reported about pressure on the CDC regarding these reports.</p> <p>A senior administration official told CNN that former Trump campaign official turned chief HHS spokesman Michael Caputo and his team had demanded to see reports out of the CDC before they are released. Officials within HHS had defended the demand, saying the CDC fell under the agency&#8217;s umbrella and that all communications and public documents needed to be cleared at the top.</p> <p>Caputo is taking <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/16/politics/michael-caputo-hhs-cdc/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">a two-month leave of absence</a> from his post, HHS announced Wednesday, a day after he apologized for a conspiracy theory-laden rant he made against career government scientists in which he accused them of &#8220;sedition&#8221; and working to undermine Trump.</p> <p>C<br />DC&#8217;s Redfield told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee this week, &#8220;At no time has the scientific integrity of the MMWR been compromised&#8221; &#8212; referring to the CDC&#8217;s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.</p> <p>&#8220;I can say that, under my watch, it will not be compromised,&#8221; Redfield said.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/health/2020/09/18/controversial-coronavirus-testing-guidance-came-from-hhs-and-didnt-go-through-cdc-scientific-review-sources-say/">Controversial coronavirus testing guidance came from HHS and didn&#8217;t go through CDC scientific review, sources say</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Unity, popular video game-making software, set to go public amid IPO flurry https://ktvz.com/lifestyle/technology/2020/09/18/unity-popular-video-game-making-software-set-to-go-public-amid-ipo-flurry/ KTVZ urn:uuid:93a3c967-0033-e8a7-cd96-ac0e12b7d7cc Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:44:46 +0000 <p>Unity Software, one of the leading platforms for video game developers, plans to raise as much as $1.3 billion in its Wall Street debut Friday. Unity, which will trade under the ticker symbol &#8220;U,&#8221; is famous in the gaming world for its development software that studios use to create hits like &#8220;Fall Guys,&#8221; &#8220;Pokémon Go&#8221;</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/lifestyle/technology/2020/09/18/unity-popular-video-game-making-software-set-to-go-public-amid-ipo-flurry/">Unity, popular video game-making software, set to go public amid IPO flurry</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p>Unity Software, one of the leading platforms for video game developers, plans to raise as much as $1.3 billion in its Wall Street debut Friday.</p> <p>Unity, which will trade under the ticker symbol &#8220;U,&#8221; is famous in the gaming world for its development software that studios use to create <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/26/tech/fall-guys-7-million-steam/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">hits like &#8220;Fall Guys,&#8221;</a> <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/23/us/pokemon-go-value-money-game-trnd/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">&#8220;Pokémon Go&#8221;</a> and <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/01/tech/call-of-duty-mobile-trnd/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">&#8220;Call of Duty: Mobile.&#8221;</a> It <a href="https://store.unity.com/compare-plans" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">sells that software</a> to companies through a subscription plan and charges a starting price of $399 to $2,400 a year depending on the size of the studio.<strong> </strong>(It offers a limited version for free.)</p> <p>The company&#8217;s debut will cap a busy week for IPOs. On Wednesday, cloud data storage company Snowflake became the <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/16/investing/snowflake-ipo/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">biggest software IPO ever</a>, with shares more than doubling on their first day of trading. Another small software tools developer, JFrog, also went public Wednesday with shares rising nearly 50%.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>Its software is a rival to Fortnite maker Epic Games&#8217; Unreal Engine, although Unity&#8217;s CEO John Riccitiello told CNN Business in February that he doesn&#8217;t think of Epic as a competitor.</p> <p>Riccitiello, who joined Unity in 2014 after leaving Electronic Arts a year prior, said Unity&#8217;s advantage is in the mobile games market, where developers tend to gravitate toward its software to make puzzle games and 2D adventures.</p> <p>&#8220;[Epic is] a very good and noble company, and they do some really cool things that we benchmark against,&#8221; he said. &#8220;But&#8230; I don&#8217;t think of them as competitors.&#8221;</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>Unity priced its IPO at $52 per share on Thursday. Just last week, the company said it expected to price shares between $34 and $42.</p> <p>Like many buzzy technology companies debuting on Wall Street recently, Unity is not a profitable company.</p> <p>In 2019, it made a net loss of $163.2 million and continued to lose $54 million in the first half of this year, it reported in a regulatory filing to go public.</p> <p>In the risk factors section of that filing, Unity admits it has a history of losses and scaled up recently.</p> <p>Unity has been in the spotlight a lot less than its more fiery rival, Epic Games, which is currently in <a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=epic+apple+cnn&amp;oq=epic+apple+cnn&amp;aqs=chrome..69i57j69i60j69i64l3.3316j1j7&amp;sourceid=chrome&amp;ie=UTF-8" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">a legal battle against Apple and Google</a> over the commissions app stores require from developers. Analysts say that could make Unity more attractive to investors.</p> <p>&#8220;At his former post as CEO of EA, Riccitiello managed to create a credible company narrative that made sense to anyone interested in investing in games,&#8221; said Joost van Dreunen, founder of video game investment firm New Breukelen. &#8220;Compared to Epic, Unity will seem like the tamer option, led by someone with less of an ax to grind.&#8221;</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/lifestyle/technology/2020/09/18/unity-popular-video-game-making-software-set-to-go-public-amid-ipo-flurry/">Unity, popular video game-making software, set to go public amid IPO flurry</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Rain assists Beachie Creek Fire efforts, hazards remain https://www.koin.com/local/marion-county/marion-county-wildfire-beachie-creek-lionshead-fire-oregon-evacuations-rain-09182020/ KOIN.com urn:uuid:9755107d-ba5d-3075-0e47-372ca520468c Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:40:49 +0000 Fire crews are evaluating how the overnight rainstorms affected the ongoing wildfires operations in Marion County on Friday morning. <p>PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) &#8212; Fire crews are evaluating how the overnight rainstorms affected the ongoing wildfires operations in Marion County on Friday morning. </p> <p>The Beachie Creek Fire burning east of Salem remains the largest wildfire in Oregon. The inferno is a little more than <strong><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7001/" target="_blank">190,000 acres in size and is currently at 20% containment</a></strong>. Officials have been keeping a close eye on the weather developments as they proceed with their efforts.</p> <p>Beachie Creek Fire Public Information Officer Scott Owen told KOIN 6 News the rain is helpful in putting out some hot spots. It also increases the relative humidity around the fire &#8212; meaning the flames burn less quickly. He said that allows firefighters to get out there with a chance to mop up those smoldering areas. </p> <p>However, Owen said they are a bit concerned about what the rain means in terms of debris flow.</p> <p>&#8220;As the fire burned, it burned pretty hot and pretty quickly through a big area,&#8221; he explained. &#8220;As the wind comes up through the thunderstorms and rain, the root system is no longer there for a lot of these trees or the bushes. Those are what hold the soil into steep slopes &#8212; if it rains hard, the soil will not be able to stay up there. The water will run rocks and mud down the hill and that would be a debris flow.&#8221;</p> <p>Owen said officials are a little bit concerned due to the resulting number of hazards out there on the roads and through the forests. </p> <p>&#8220;We want everyone to be careful,&#8221; he said.</p> <p>In terms of further containing the Beachie Creek blaze, a prolonged period of rain is needed to reach 100%. However, the amount of rain seen Thursday night and into Friday morning has already improved the air quality around the region.</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.koin.com/weather/thunderstorms-flash-floods-wildfire-smoke-09182020/" class="promo-link__link" > T-storms, flash floods and less smoke on Friday </a> </aside> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="aligncenter"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.koin.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2020/09/GettyImages-1228502015.jpg?w=900" alt="" class="wp-image-436271" srcset="https://www.koin.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2020/09/GettyImages-1228502015.jpg 5184w, https://www.koin.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2020/09/GettyImages-1228502015.jpg?resize=300,200 300w, https://www.koin.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2020/09/GettyImages-1228502015.jpg?resize=768,512 768w, https://www.koin.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2020/09/GettyImages-1228502015.jpg?resize=1080,720 1080w, https://www.koin.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2020/09/GettyImages-1228502015.jpg?resize=1536,1024 1536w, https://www.koin.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2020/09/GettyImages-1228502015.jpg?resize=2048,1365 2048w, https://www.koin.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2020/09/GettyImages-1228502015.jpg?resize=876,492 876w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /><figcaption>TOPSHOT – The melted sign of the Oak Park Motel destroyed by the flames of the Beachie Creek Fire is seen in Gates, east of Salem, Oregon on September 13, 2020. (Photo by ROB SCHUMACHER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)</figcaption></figure></div> <p>On Thursday, Owen said their main goals are protecting structures, mopping up any hot spots around houses and buildings and working on the containment line around the perimeter.</p> <p>“Once the smoke clears, which we hope is this (Thursday) afternoon or tomorrow (Friday) morning we are hoping to get aviation assets to help us out with more aerial work,” he said. “That way the helicopters and airplanes can do water drops and fire retardant, depending on the area.”</p> <p>They have not been able to use any air resources because of the smoke.</p> <p>The Beachie Creek Fire “has been broken up into 7 different divisions. That’s very common when you get to a fire this size. Different divisions have different operational tasks.”</p> <p>Owen said they are closely watching the weather, “monitoring he wind forecast, the lightning forecast, the air quality, the smoke — all those things to make the best decision for the area of the fire.”</p> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="aligncenter"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.koin.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2020/09/wildfire-beachie-creek-scott-owen-pio-09172020.jpg?w=800" alt="" class="wp-image-439422" srcset="https://www.koin.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2020/09/wildfire-beachie-creek-scott-owen-pio-09172020.jpg?resize=800,451 800w, https://www.koin.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2020/09/wildfire-beachie-creek-scott-owen-pio-09172020.jpg?resize=160,90 160w, https://www.koin.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2020/09/wildfire-beachie-creek-scott-owen-pio-09172020.jpg?resize=300,169 300w, https://www.koin.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2020/09/wildfire-beachie-creek-scott-owen-pio-09172020.jpg?resize=768,433 768w, https://www.koin.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2020/09/wildfire-beachie-creek-scott-owen-pio-09172020.jpg?resize=320,180 320w, https://www.koin.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2020/09/wildfire-beachie-creek-scott-owen-pio-09172020.jpg?resize=256,144 256w, https://www.koin.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2020/09/wildfire-beachie-creek-scott-owen-pio-09172020.jpg?resize=512,288 512w, https://www.koin.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2020/09/wildfire-beachie-creek-scott-owen-pio-09172020.jpg?resize=640,360 640w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 800px" /><figcaption>Beachie Creek Fire PIO Scott Owen, September 17, 2020 (KOIN)</figcaption></figure></div> <p>The closures will remain in place for some time to come. Officials are worried about trees falling and the continuing rain, “we don’t want anyone near those trees that fall.”</p> <p>The evacuation levels remain as they were on Wednesday night. Deputies remain on patrol and they have one person still missing, “and that’s&nbsp;<strong><a href="https://www.koin.com/news/wildfires/opal-creek-icon-george-atiyeh-missing-in-beachie-creek-fire/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">George Atiyeh, 72, from Lyons,”</a></strong>&nbsp;said Sgt. Jeremy Landers.</p> <p>An extensive assessment by fire officials has determined that 470 residences, 35 commercial structures and 783 minor non-residential structures have been destroyed by the Beachie Creek Fire, totaling at 1,288 structures overall. Furthermore, 46 residences, 5 commercial structures, and 83 minor non-residential structures were damaged, but not completely destroyed. There are currently 4,034 structures under Level 3 evacuations and another 3,801 under Level 2 evacuations.</p> <p><strong>Lionshead Fire</strong></p> <p>Meanwhile, the nearby Lionshead Fire continues to grow and is now listed at&nbsp;<strong><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7049/" target="_blank">189,316 acres</a></strong>&nbsp;with 10% containment.</p> <p>Incident Commander Randy Johnson said the battle against the Lionshead Fire was fairly quiet overnight as crews strengthened containment lines. With an incoming weather transition, however, progress could slow in some areas.</p> <p>Johnson said to not expect any change in evacuations for the area on Thursday. According to him, this blaze is “going to be around for a long time” — likely until the end of the fire season.</p> <p><strong><em>Evacuation Levels</em></strong></p> <p class="has-text-color has-text-align-center has-medium-font-size has-vivid-red-color"><strong><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones" target="_blank">Marion County Evacuation Map</a></strong></p> <p>At 1 p.m. Tuesday, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said evacuation levels for portions of the&nbsp;<strong>Mehama and Lyons communities were downgraded to Level 2.</strong>&nbsp;The current evacuations are as follows:</p> <p><strong>LEVEL 3 “GO”</strong>: Detroit, Idanha, Breitenbush, Mill City, Gates, North Fork Road north of Highway 22, Highway 22 east of Highway 226.</p> <p><strong>LEVEL 2 “BE SET”:</strong>&nbsp;Lyons, Mehama west of Highway 226, Fernridge Road west of Shellburg Creek Road to Basil Hill, Scotts Mills, Crooked Finger Rd and Moss Lane</p> <p><strong>LEVEL 1 “GET READY</strong>”: Areas east of Meridian Rd, Davis Creek and Victor Point south to the Marion County line</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.koin.com/news/wildfires/maps-wildfires-evacuation-zones-air-quality-around-oregon/" class="promo-link__link" > MAPS: Wildfires, evacuation zones around Oregon </a> </aside> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.koin.com/news/wildfires/wildfires-in-oregon-names-locations-size-containment/" class="promo-link__link" > Wildfires in Oregon: Names, locations, size, containment </a> </aside> <p>While law enforcement is still limiting access to the Santiam Canyon, Detroit and Idanha residents can request a check on their property by calling 503.798.6823 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. any day of the week. They should provide the following information when they call: Name, address, phone number, information about anyone missing from the location, and any animals at the location.</p> <p class="has-text-color has-text-align-center has-medium-font-size has-vivid-red-color"><strong><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.co.marion.or.us/Alerts?AlertId=80" target="_blank">Marion County evacuations and resources</a></strong><br><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/EmergencyManagement/disastertips/Pages/Ways-to-Receive-Emergency-Notifications.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>Sign up for emergency alerts</strong></a></p> <p><em>To report a family member missing, please contact the non-emergency dispatch at 503.588.5032. As of Sunday morning, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said they have five people who have been reported as missing.</em></p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.koin.com/giving/oregon-wildfires-day-of-giving-donations/" class="promo-link__link" > DONATE NOW: Day of Giving for Oregon wildfire survivors </a> </aside> <div class="ns-block-custom-html"> <div><p><b><i>Follow KOIN 6 for the latest news and weather</i></b></p></div><div id="appCon" style="margin-top: 15px;"><div style="float: left; margin-right: 10px;"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.koin.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2019/11/KOIN-Nov-2019-app-icon-45x45.jpg" alt="App"></div><p><b><i><a href="https://www.koin.com/mobile-apps/" target="blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Download our FREE news and weather apps</a> for iPhone, iPad and Android. You can also follow us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/koin6/" target="_new" rel="noopener noreferrer">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/koinnews" target="_new" rel="noopener noreferrer">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/koin6/" target="blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Instagram</a>, and sign up for our <a href="https://www.koin.com/koin-6-email-alerts/" target="_new" rel="noopener noreferrer">email newsletters</a>.</i></b></p></div> </div> Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. PDT https://ktvz.com/news/ap-oregon-northwest/2020/09/18/here-is-the-latest-oregon-news-from-the-associated-press-at-140-a-m-pdt-6/ KTVZ urn:uuid:4a69e6a2-4135-2b40-7712-2e7d524e324b Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:40:04 +0000 <p>SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Several thousand people were without power early Friday as thunderstorms moved through the area KOIN reports that asbout 5,000 had no power in Linn County at about 4:30 a.m. Most of the outages are around Lebanon and Albany, but there is a number in Corvallis and Monmouth as well. There is</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/ap-oregon-northwest/2020/09/18/here-is-the-latest-oregon-news-from-the-associated-press-at-140-a-m-pdt-6/">Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. PDT</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p>SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Several thousand people were without power early Friday as thunderstorms moved through the area KOIN reports that asbout 5,000 had no power in Linn County at about 4:30 a.m. Most of the outages are around Lebanon and Albany, but there is a number in Corvallis and Monmouth as well. There is no word on when power is expected to be restored. The rain was expected to help douse deadly wildfires that have burned throughout the state. Due to the heavy rainfall, state officials are temporarily suspending recovery work in the area of one of Oregon’s largest fires east of Eugene Thursday night into Friday.  </p> <p>MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison and ordered to repay millions of dollars for his role in a marijuana lab explosion that caused a wildfire in which a firefighter got hurt. The Mail Tribune reports 24-year-old Michael Cashmareck was sentenced in Jackson County Circuit Court this week after pleading guilty to arson and assault charges in connection with the East Evans fire in August 2019. He was ordered to pay nearly $4 million in restitution for causing an explosion near Rogue River that quickly became a wildfire that prompted mandatory evacuations in the neighborhood. Cashmareck had been making butane honey oil, a concentrated marijuana extract.</p> <p>SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Evening storms in Oregon will bring much needed moisture, but the rain may be partnered with lightening, which sparked some of the fires ravaging the West Coas. Authorities say the strong winds that could disperse thick smoke covering the state, but also further spread fires. The National Weather Service in Portland issued a Flash Flood Watch Thursday afternoon for a portion of Northwest Oregon, citing that loose rocks and debris, which has been increased due to the wildfires, will likely fall down hills and into roads.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As wildfires raged through Oregon, staff at fish hatcheries around the state raced to try to save – or prematurely release – millions of chinook salmon, steelhead and trout being raised in captivity. About 450,000 fish, including 50,000 brown trout perished at two hatcheries and more than 1 million chinook, steelhead and trout were released into the McKenzie River all at once in desperation as the fire approached and fresh water to the facility was cut off. Staff worked in smoke-blackened skies to empty fish pens and clear adult fish from fish ladders at dams before fleeing themselves.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/ap-oregon-northwest/2020/09/18/here-is-the-latest-oregon-news-from-the-associated-press-at-140-a-m-pdt-6/">Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. PDT</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Here is the latest Washington news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. PDT https://ktvz.com/news/ap-oregon-northwest/2020/09/18/here-is-the-latest-washington-news-from-the-associated-press-at-140-a-m-pdt-6/ KTVZ urn:uuid:95ba391f-d75b-a273-15b0-e6d1f3ef4f2f Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:40:04 +0000 <p>SEATTLE (AP) — Officials say two people who were staying at King County’s temporary shelter in Seattle to escape poor air quality from wildfires have tested positive for COVID-19. The Seattle Times reports the county opened its shelter on Sept. 11 to bring people who are homelessness inside, the county Department of Community and Human</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/ap-oregon-northwest/2020/09/18/here-is-the-latest-washington-news-from-the-associated-press-at-140-a-m-pdt-6/">Here is the latest Washington news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. PDT</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p>SEATTLE (AP) — Officials say two people who were staying at King County’s temporary shelter in Seattle to escape poor air quality from wildfires have tested positive for COVID-19. The Seattle Times reports the county opened its shelter on Sept. 11 to bring people who are homelessness inside, the county Department of Community and Human Services said Thursday. The county says the two people were at the shelter while potentially contagious. Officials say shelter staff were cleaning the facility and notifying all guests, staff and visitors about their possible exposure from Saturday to Monday. Anyone who was at the shelter during that period was tested for coronavirus on Thursday.</p> <p>MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison and ordered to repay millions of dollars for his role in a marijuana lab explosion that caused a wildfire in which a firefighter got hurt. The Mail Tribune reports 24-year-old Michael Cashmareck was sentenced in Jackson County Circuit Court this week after pleading guilty to arson and assault charges in connection with the East Evans fire in August 2019. He was ordered to pay nearly $4 million in restitution for causing an explosion near Rogue River that quickly became a wildfire that prompted mandatory evacuations in the neighborhood. Cashmareck had been making butane honey oil, a concentrated marijuana extract.</p> <p>SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. judge blocked controversial Postal Service changes that have slowed mail nationwide, calling them “a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service” before the November election. Judge Stanley Bastian in Yakima, Washington, said Thursday he was issuing a nationwide preliminary injunction sought by 14 states that sued the Trump administration and the U.S. Postal Service. The states challenged the Postal Service’s so-called “leave mail behind” policy, where trucks have been leaving postal facilities on time regardless of whether there is more mail to load. They also sought to force the Postal Service to treat election mail as first class mail.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Two unusual weather phenomena combined to create some of the most destructive wildfires the West Coast states have seen in modern times. First was a dramatic lightning storm over Northern and Central California. Thousands of bolts ignited hundreds of fires in parched grasslands and vineyards. Then, warm, dry winds blew toward the West Coast — not the usual direction. One month after the lightning storm set the stage, firefighters are still battling the blazes. At least 34 people have died. About 5,300 square miles have burned this year in California. That’s more than ever before, according to Cal Fire. In Oregon, the figure is about 1,560 square miles, nearly double the 10-year average.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/ap-oregon-northwest/2020/09/18/here-is-the-latest-washington-news-from-the-associated-press-at-140-a-m-pdt-6/">Here is the latest Washington news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. PDT</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> US coronavirus case rates are ticking up after weeks of decline https://ktvz.com/health/2020/09/18/the-us-doesnt-have-to-wait-for-a-vaccine-to-get-covid-19-under-control-nations-top-doctor-says/ KTVZ urn:uuid:17b0238c-c537-244b-dff9-3575fd8e2b5c Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:38:02 +0000 <p>Daily US coronavirus cases have been ticking up recently, a trend medical experts have said they won&#8217;t want to see as a potentially complicated flu season approaches. New daily cases averaged about 39,700 over a week as of Thursday. That average has risen the past few days, to 13% higher than the week before, data</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/health/2020/09/18/the-us-doesnt-have-to-wait-for-a-vaccine-to-get-covid-19-under-control-nations-top-doctor-says/">US coronavirus case rates are ticking up after weeks of decline</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p>Daily US coronavirus cases have been ticking up recently, a trend medical experts have said they won&#8217;t want to see as a <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2020/09/14/health/us-coronavirus-monday/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">potentially complicated flu season approaches</a>.</p> <p>New daily cases averaged about 39,700 over a week as of Thursday. That average has risen the past few days, to 13% higher than the week before, data from <a href="https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2020/health/coronavirus-us-maps-and-cases/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Johns Hopkins University</a> show.</p> <p>This comes after weeks of decline from a summer surge. It&#8217;s well below the summer peak average of 67,300 on July 22.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>But health experts have said they <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2020/09/14/health/us-coronavirus-monday/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">fear it might be too high to prevent big spikes this fall</a>, as colder weather sends more people indoors, increasing the risk of spreading both Covid-19 and the flu.</p> <p>&#8220;We really need to see flu vaccination uptake increased across the Northern Hemisphere &#8230; especially this year,&#8221; Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organization&#8217;s technical lead for coronavirus, said Friday. &#8220;Because we have a tool against flu &#8230; that will help, and it will particularly help vulnerable populations.&#8221;</p> <p>Health experts have said Covid-19 colliding with flu season could strain health care capacity, <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2020/09/14/health/us-coronavirus-monday/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">partly because</a> in normal years <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">many Americans are hospitalized with flu</a>.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>A possible silver lining: The nation&#8217;s top infectious disease expert says the US <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2020/09/17/health/us-coronavirus-thursday/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">won&#8217;t necessarily see the worst of flu seasons</a>.</p> <p>Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, pointed Thursday to the Southern Hemisphere, where it&#8217;s late winter, and where Australia has experienced an <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/17/health/us-coronavirus-thursday/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">almost non-existent flu season</a>.</p> <p>A new study published by the CDC also suggests that measures taken against Covid-19, like social distancing and teleworking, could lead to a mild flu season.</p> <p>&#8220;The key point here is still this: No. 1, if we don&#8217;t want to see a double whammy (of Covid-19 and flu), get your flu shot,&#8221; Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, epidemiologist and former Detroit health commissioner, said Friday.</p> <p>&#8220;No. 2, make sure you wear a mask. No. 3, keep practicing safe social distancing.&#8221;</p> <p>More than 6.6 million Covid-19 infections have been officially reported in the US since the start of the pandemic, and at least 197,633 people have died, according to <a href="https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Johns Hopkins</a>.</p> <p>The country has averaged 838 Covid-19 deaths a day over the past week &#8212; a rate below where it was weeks ago. Daily deaths hovered above 1,000 for 25 straight days from late July into mid-August.</p> <p><h3>Report: White House nixed plan to distribute 650 million face masks through USPS</h3> </p> <p>The US Postal Service had planned to distribute 650 million face coverings for the Trump administration in April to curb coronavirus, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/18/politics/postal-service-face-masks-coronavirus-trump-administration/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">according to newly obtained internal documents reviewed by CNN</a>.</p> <p>But the White House scrapped those plans to avoid sparking &#8220;concern or panic&#8221; among Americans, senior administration officials <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2020/09/17/usps-trump-coronavirus-amazon-foia/?wpmk=1&amp;wpisrc=al_news__alert-politics--alert-national&amp;utm_source=alert&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=wp_news_alert_revere&amp;location=alert&amp;pwapi_token=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJjb29raWVuYW1lIjoid3BfY3J0aWQiLCJpc3MiOiJDYXJ0YSIsImNvb2tpZXZhbHVlIjoiNTk2OTcyZjE5YmJjMGY0Yjc3NTU4YmU1IiwidGFnIjoid3BfbmV3c19hbGVydF9yZXZlcmUiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL3d3dy53YXNoaW5ndG9ucG9zdC5jb20vdXMtcG9saWN5LzIwMjAvMDkvMTcvdXNwcy10cnVtcC1jb3JvbmF2aXJ1cy1hbWF6b24tZm9pYS8_d3Btaz0xJndwaXNyYz1hbF9uZXdzX19hbGVydC1wb2xpdGljcy0tYWxlcnQtbmF0aW9uYWwmdXRtX3NvdXJjZT1hbGVydCZ1dG1fbWVkaXVtPWVtYWlsJnV0bV9jYW1wYWlnbj13cF9uZXdzX2FsZXJ0X3JldmVyZSZsb2NhdGlvbj1hbGVydCJ9.7jIkmwC_MupL1Xdlw9xqY7W0iJ-qIKS1JRRw7mcyoF4" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">told The Washington Post.</a></p> <p>The documents obtained by the transparency group American Oversight show the Postal Service was doing this in partnership with the White House Coronavirus Task Force, the Department of Health and Human Services, and &#8220;a consortium of textile manufacturers.&#8221;</p> <p>USPS was planning to ship the masks in April and to prioritize areas &#8220;which HHS has identified as experiencing high transmission rates of Covid-19,&#8221; according to a draft USPS release.</p> <p>A separate draft media response statement said the packages would include &#8220;five reusable face cloths, which can be used up to 15 times each.&#8221;</p> <p>The scrapped plan provides a <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/18/politics/postal-service-face-masks-coronavirus-trump-administration/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">fresh look</a> at how the White House was responding to the pandemic in its early days. When reached by CNN, the White House declined to comment.</p> <p><h3>Teachers at risk across US </h3> </p> <p>The country has continued to navigate its response to the crisis amid a back-to-school season like no other. While dozens of districts across the country opted to begin the year virtually, other students returned to class &#8212; and with them came more Covid-19 cases.</p> <p>In Massachusetts, almost 30 teenagers were asked to quarantine after parents sent a child to school <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/17/us/parents-send-student-school-coronavirus-trnd/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">despite knowing the student was infected, </a>according to the school district and town&#8217;s mayor. In <a href="https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2020/09/14/florida-schools-coronavirus-cases-flores-dnt-lead-vpx.cnn" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Florida,</a> the number of children under 18 who have contracted the virus statewide <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/14/us/florida-children-covid-cases-schools-data/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">has jumped 26% since many public schools</a> opened their doors last month.</p> <p>The school openings come despite weeks of protests from education leaders who feared a return to school<a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/08/us/florida-reopening-schools-teacher-responses/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> could be deadly. </a></p> <p>The results of a new study <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/18/health/school-workers-covid-19/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">now show between 42% and 51% of all school employees</a> in the US met the CDC&#8217;s criteria for either having an increased risk for Covid-19 infection or potentially increased risk for Covid-19 infection.</p> <p>The CDC says underlying health conditions like obesity, diabetes and heart disease and older age put people into the highest risk groups.</p> <p>&#8220;Among all adults with CDC risk factors for severe Covid-19, between 33.9 million and 44.2 million had direct or within-household connections to schools,&#8221; the researchers with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality wrote.</p> <p>The results, the researchers wrote, highlight the &#8220;public health challenge that arises when the risk of school-related exposure is coupled with the potential for within-household transmission.&#8221;</p> <p>Within-household transmissions have also been a concern among experts when it comes to college students, many of whom could return home for upcoming breaks or already are living with their parents.</p> <p>It&#8217;s why Fauci has urged colleges and universities to isolate students infected with the virus on campus instead of sending them home. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/10/health/us-coronavirus-thursday/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Colleges</a> in all 50 states have reported<a href="https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2020/health/reopening-coronavirus/college.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> positive cases of Covid-19. </a></p> <p>&#8220;You send them back to their community, you will in essence be reseeding with individuals who are capable of transmitting infection, many communities throughout the country,&#8221; Fauci said earlier this month.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/health/2020/09/18/the-us-doesnt-have-to-wait-for-a-vaccine-to-get-covid-19-under-control-nations-top-doctor-says/">US coronavirus case rates are ticking up after weeks of decline</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Washington Daybook https://ktvz.com/news/ap-oregon-northwest/2020/09/18/washington-daybook-5/ KTVZ urn:uuid:b7ec50f2-da85-e3f1-1c0b-283a2ba112f5 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:31:02 +0000 <p>Associated Press Washington Daybook for Friday, Sep. 18. The daybook is for planning purposes only and is not intended for publication or broadcast. You should verify any event you plan to cover. Please keep the AP in mind when news develops. The Seattle bureau is reachable at 206-682-1812. Send daybook items to apseattle@ap.org. To see</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/ap-oregon-northwest/2020/09/18/washington-daybook-5/">Washington Daybook</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p>Associated Press Washington Daybook for Friday, Sep. 18.</p> <p>The daybook is for planning purposes only and is not intended for publication or broadcast. You should verify any event you plan to cover.</p> <p>Please keep the AP in mind when news develops. The Seattle bureau is reachable at 206-682-1812. Send daybook items to apseattle@ap.org.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>To see your Daybooks and events for Washington and other States up to 12 months ahead, speak to your bureau or sales rep about access to AP Planner, or visit http://applanner.com.</p> <p>&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8211;</p> <p>Friday, Sep. 18 Documentary exploring voter suppression on Amazon Prime &#8211; &#8216;All In: The Fight for Democracy&#8217;, documentary exploring voter suppression directed and produced by Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortes becomes available on Amazon Prime Video. Featuring the perspective and expertise of former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives Stacey Abrams, the film interweaves personal experiences with current activism and historical insight to explore the laws and barriers to voting that threaten the basic rights of U.S. citizens</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>Weblinks: https://www.allinforvoting.com/, https://twitter.com/allinthefilm</p> <p>Contacts: Amazon.com , Amazon-pr@amazon.com</p> <p>&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8211;</p> <p>Friday, Sep. 18 Athira Pharma shares expected to commence trading on NASDAQ &#8211; Athira Pharma shares expected to commence trading on NASDAQ, after the clinical-stage company announced the final pricing of its Initial Public Offering yesterday at $17 per share. The offer price range per share had been set at $15 &#8211; $17</p> <p>Weblinks: https://athira.com/, https://twitter.com/athirapharma</p> <p>Contacts: Athira Pharma, info@athira.com</p> <p>&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8211;</p> <p>&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8211;</p> <p>UPDATED EVENT: Saturday, Sep. 19 Basic Income March events held internationally &#8211; 2020 Basic Income March held in over 45 cities across the globe, hosted by the Income Movement and sponsored by Steady, the Income Movement Foundation, and the Gerald Huff Fund for Humanity. Supporters participate in the march in a variety of safe formats due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including car parades, bike parades, and street corner protests * U.S. marches include Tacoma, WA, Portland, OR, Oakland, CA, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Denver, Austin, TX, Dallas, Kansas City, MO, Des Moines, IA, New Orleans, Louisville, KY, Orlando FL, Raleigh, NC, Parkersburg, WV, Washington, DC, New York, Woodstock, NY, Providence, RI, Boston, and Montpelier, VT</p> <p>Weblinks: http://www.incomemovement.com/, https://twitter.com/income_movement, #BasicIncome</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/ap-oregon-northwest/2020/09/18/washington-daybook-5/">Washington Daybook</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Oregon Daybook https://ktvz.com/news/ap-oregon-northwest/2020/09/18/oregon-daybook-5/ KTVZ urn:uuid:ad36770a-93be-56cd-c237-78d5cdb44c98 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:31:02 +0000 <p>Associated Press Oregon Daybook for Friday, Sep. 18. The daybook is for planning purposes only and is not intended for publication or broadcast. You should verify any event you plan to cover. Please keep the AP in mind when news develops. The Portland bureau is reachable at 503-228-2169. Send daybook items to Oregon@applanner.com. To see</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/ap-oregon-northwest/2020/09/18/oregon-daybook-5/">Oregon Daybook</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p>Associated Press Oregon Daybook for Friday, Sep. 18.</p> <p>The daybook is for planning purposes only and is not intended for publication or broadcast. You should verify any event you plan to cover.</p> <p>Please keep the AP in mind when news develops. The Portland bureau is reachable at 503-228-2169. Send daybook items to Oregon@applanner.com.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>To see your Daybooks and events for Oregon and other States up to 12 months ahead, speak to your bureau or sales rep about access to AP Planner, or visit http://applanner.com.</p> <p>&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8211;</p> <p>UPDATED EVENT: Saturday, Sep. 19 Basic Income March events held internationally &#8211; 2020 Basic Income March held in over 45 cities across the globe, hosted by the Income Movement and sponsored by Steady, the Income Movement Foundation, and the Gerald Huff Fund for Humanity. Supporters participate in the march in a variety of safe formats due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including car parades, bike parades, and street corner protests * U.S. marches include Tacoma, WA, Portland, OR, Oakland, CA, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Denver, Austin, TX, Dallas, Kansas City, MO, Des Moines, IA, New Orleans, Louisville, KY, Orlando FL, Raleigh, NC, Parkersburg, WV, Washington, DC, New York, Woodstock, NY, Providence, RI, Boston, and Montpelier, VT</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>Weblinks: http://www.incomemovement.com/, https://twitter.com/income_movement, #BasicIncome</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/ap-oregon-northwest/2020/09/18/oregon-daybook-5/">Oregon Daybook</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Fact check: Boasting and attacking Biden, Trump makes at least 25 false claims at Wisconsin rally https://ktvz.com/politics/2020/09/18/fact-check-boasting-and-attacking-biden-trump-makes-at-least-25-false-claims-at-wisconsin-rally/ KTVZ urn:uuid:830a64b6-326d-57f8-befa-aae7c7cb3855 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:23:51 +0000 <p>As former Vice President Joe Biden was participating in a CNN town hall in Moosic, Pennsylvania, on Thursday night, and making a handful of false or misleading claims, President Donald Trump was speaking at a campaign rally in Mosinee, Wisconsin. And repeating at least 25 of his usual false claims. We&#8217;ll address them in brief</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/politics/2020/09/18/fact-check-boasting-and-attacking-biden-trump-makes-at-least-25-false-claims-at-wisconsin-rally/">Fact check: Boasting and attacking Biden, Trump makes at least 25 false claims at Wisconsin rally</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p>As former Vice President Joe Biden was <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/17/politics/joe-biden-town-hall-takeaways/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">participating in a CNN town hall</a> in Moosic, Pennsylvania, on Thursday night, and making a handful of <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/17/politics/joe-biden-cnn-town-hall-fact-check/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">false or misleading claims</a>, President Donald Trump was speaking at a campaign <a href="https://factba.se/transcript/donald-trump-speech-campaign-rally-mosinee-wisconsin-september-17-2020" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">rally</a> in Mosinee, Wisconsin.</p> <p>And repeating at least 25 of his usual false claims.</p> <p>We&#8217;ll address them in brief because we&#8217;ve fact checked them before:</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p><h3>Pre-existing conditions </h3> </p> <p>Trump claimed again that Biden would &#8220;destroy protections for pre-existing conditions.&#8221; He later said that he, Trump, would &#8220;always protect patients with pre-existing conditions.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>Facts First:</strong> <em>This is not only false but a complete </em><a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/11/politics/fact-check-trump-biden-pre-existing-conditions-obamacare/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>reversal of reality</em></a><em>. The protections for people with pre-existing conditions were created by the very Obama administration in which Biden served as vice president &#8212; as part of Obamacare, the 2010 law Biden has vowed to preserve and strengthen if elected President.</em></p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>Trump, conversely, has tried repeatedly to get bills passed that would have weakened these protections. He is now trying to get the entirety of Obamacare struck down by the courts.</p> <p><h3>Veterans Choice </h3> </p> <p>Trump claimed again that he is the one who got the Veterans Choice health care program passed.</p> <p><strong>Facts First:</strong> <em>President Barack Obama </em><a href="https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/blog/2014/08/07/president-obama-signs-bill-give-va-resources-it-needs" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>signed</em></a><em> the Choice program into law in 2014; it was an initiative of two senators Trump has repeatedly criticized, Bernie Sanders and the late John McCain. In 2018, Trump signed a law, the VA MISSION Act, that expanded and modified the Choice program.</em></p> <p><h3>&#8220;Acid washed&#8221; emails </h3> </p> <p>Trump claimed again that Hillary Clinton had both deleted and &#8220;acid washed&#8221; emails.</p> <p><strong>Facts First:</strong> <em>&#8220;Acid washed&#8221; emails are not a real thing. A company working for Clinton deleted some emails in 2015 using a free software program called </em><a href="https://money.cnn.com/2016/08/26/technology/hillary-clinton-bleachbit/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>BleachBit</em></a><em>; Trump has, for years now, turned &#8220;bleach&#8221; into &#8220;acid.&#8221;</em></p> <p><h3>The estate tax</h3> </p> <p>Trump claimed again that he &#8220;got rid of&#8221; the estate tax.</p> <p><strong>Facts First:</strong> <em>Trump has not eliminated the federal estate tax. His 2017 tax law raised the threshold at which the tax must be paid, from $5.5 million to $11.2 million for an individual, but did not get rid of the tax entirely.</em></p> <p>Trump began by saying that he &#8220;virtually&#8221; eliminated the tax, not completely eliminated it, but that&#8217;s still an exaggeration. And then he added, &#8220;We got rid of it.&#8221;</p> <p><h3>Harris and Biden</h3> </p> <p>Trump spoke again about disputes between Biden and vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris when they were rivals during the Democratic primary: &#8220;She accused him of &#8212; that he was a racist, right? That he was a racist.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>Facts First:</strong> <em>Harris criticized Biden during a June 2019 debate for having spoken positively about his past work with two segregationist senators, saying this was &#8220;hurtful,&#8221; but she began her remarks </em><a href="https://www.cnn.com/factsfirst/politics?id=factcheck_a86d9578-ad62-45c5-b47f-f38537a42d12" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>by explicitly saying</em></a><em>, &#8220;I do not believe you are a racist.&#8221; </em></p> <p><h3>CNN cameras</h3> </p> <p>Trump repeated his regular suggestion that CNN turns off its cameras at his rallies when he criticizes CNN, saying he can see the red lights go off on cameras at the back of the room.</p> <p><strong>Facts First: </strong><em>CNN </em><a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/02/politics/fact-check-trump-tupelo-mississippi-rally/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>does not</em></a><em> turn off its cameras when he criticizes CNN, and CNN&#8217;s photojournalists at his rallies do not use any red light when they are recording.</em></p> <p><h3>Penalties for damaging monuments</h3> </p> <p>Trump said he had found an old law under which &#8220;you get 10 years in prison if you knock down a statue or a monument.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>Facts First</strong>: <em>Ten years is far from a guaranteed penalty under the two laws Trump might have been referring to. Rather, it is a </em><a href="https://www.cnn.com/factsfirst/politics?id=factcheck_6960feac-6227-4432-8f79-2283fb83914c" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>maximum discretionary sentence</em></a><em> a judge could choose to impose but also could choose not to; judges are also free to impose fines on guilty people. </em></p> <p><h3>Tariffs on China</h3> </p> <p>Trump claimed again that China is paying the billions in tariff revenue Trump&#8217;s administration has distributed to farmers.</p> <p><strong>Facts First:</strong> <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-fed-tariffs/americans-not-chinese-pay-trump-tariffs-ny-fed-study-idUSKBN1XZ2A4" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>Study</em></a><em> after </em><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/06/business/economy/trade-war-tariffs.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>study</em></a><em> has found that Americans are bearing the cost of these tariffs. And American importers, not Chinese exporters, make the actual tariff payments to the US government.</em></p> <p><h3>The history of tariffs on China</h3> </p> <p>Trump said the US had never before received &#8220;10 cents&#8221; from China.</p> <p><strong>Facts First:</strong> <em>Again, it&#8217;s not true that China is paying the tariffs &#8212; and Trump&#8217;s claim that the Treasury has never received &#8220;10 cents&#8221; from tariffs on China is also false</em>. <em>The US has had tariffs on China for more than two centuries; Obama </em><a href="https://money.cnn.com/2009/10/07/news/economy/obama_china_tires_tariff.fortune/index.htm" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>imposed new tariffs on China</em></a><em>; FactCheck.org reported that the US generated an &#8220;average of $12.3 billion in custom duties a year from 2007 to 2016, according to the U.S. International Trade Commission DataWeb.&#8221;</em></p> <p>China also made t<a href="https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">ens of billions</a> of annual purchases of US exports under Obama &#8212; more than $100 billion in goods purchases every year from 2011 through 2016.&#8221;</p> <p><h3>The legitimacy of polling</h3> </p> <p>Trump said polls that showed him trailing in 2016 were &#8220;suppression polls&#8221; designed to deflate his supporters.</p> <p><strong>Facts First</strong>: <em>There is simply no evidence that any major scientific poll was manipulated to hurt Trump.</em></p> <p><h3>Judicial vacancies </h3> </p> <p>Trump said of the federal judiciary: &#8220;I want to thank President Obama. He left us 142 openings.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>Facts First</strong>: <em>Trump was exaggerating. There were 104 court vacancies on January 1, 2017, 19 days before Trump took office, according to Russell Wheeler, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution who </em><a href="https://www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2020/01/28/judicial-appointments-in-trumps-first-three-years-myths-and-realities/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>tracks</em></a><em> judicial appointments.</em></p> <p><h3>The history of judicial vacancies </h3> </p> <p>Trump continued by saying again that other presidents were not left any judicial vacancies at all: &#8220;Nobody gets left one opening; a federal judgeship is a big deal. Nobody gets left any openings.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>Facts First</strong>: <em>It&#8217;s not true that presidents are usually left no openings. According to Wheeler, there were 53 vacancies on January 1, 2009, just before Obama took office; 80 vacancies on January 1, 2001, just before George W. Bush took office; 107 vacancies on January 1, 1993, just before Bill Clinton took office.</em></p> <p><h3>Travel restrictions on China and Europe </h3> </p> <p>Trump claimed again that he &#8220;banned&#8221; travel from China and Europe to combat the pandemic.</p> <p><strong>Facts First</strong>: <em>While Trump did restrict travel from </em><a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspension-entry-immigrants-nonimmigrants-persons-pose-risk-transmitting-2019-novel-coronavirus/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>China</em></a><em> and from </em><a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspension-entry-immigrants-nonimmigrants-certain-additional-persons-pose-risk-transmitting-2019-novel-coronavirus/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>much of Europe</em></a><em>, neither policy was a &#8220;ban&#8221;: both made exemptions for travel from US citizens, permanent residents, many of their families, and some others &#8212; and the restrictions on Europe exempted </em><a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/12/politics/fact-check-trump-coronavirus-europe-travel/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>entire European countries</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><h3>The Iran deal </h3> </p> <p>Trump said again that the Obama administration&#8217;s nuclear deal gave Iran $150 billion.</p> <p><strong>Facts First</strong>: <em>The 2015 nuclear deal with Iran allowed Iran to access tens of billions in its own assets &#8212; not US government money &#8212; that had been frozen in foreign financial institutions because of sanctions; experts </em><a href="https://www.cnn.com/factsfirst/politics?id=factcheck_afac7039-98e2-418b-b01e-5523a87410c8" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>say</em></a><em> the total was significantly lower than $150 billion. </em></p> <p><h3>NASA </h3> </p> <p>Trump said again that NASA was &#8220;closed down&#8221; under Obama.</p> <p><strong>Facts First</strong>: <em>Trump is entitled to criticize Obama&#8217;s handling of NASA, but it&#8217;s a clear exaggeration to say NASA was &#8220;closed down.&#8221; A </em><a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/30/tech/spacex-nasa-launch-astronauts-scn/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>launch</em></a><em> Trump attended in June, in which NASA astronauts were aboard a private company&#8217;s spacecraft, was the product of a commercial crew program created under Obama.</em></p> <p>&#8220;It is NOT correct that NASA was dead under the Obama administration,&#8221; said John Logsdon, the founder of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University, where he is a professor emeritus, and a former member of the NASA Advisory Council; &#8220;much was started, like the commercial crew program.&#8221;</p> <p><h3>Charter schools </h3> </p> <p>Trump claimed Biden has &#8220;vowed to ban charter schools.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>Facts First</strong>: <em>Biden has not vowed to ban charter schools. Rather, a </em><a href="https://joebiden.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/UNITY-TASK-FORCE-RECOMMENDATIONS.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>task force</em></a><em> appointed by Biden and his former rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, proposed to ban for-profit charter schools in particular from receiving federal funding.</em></p> <p>The task force took a skeptical approach to charters more broadly, but it did not propose anything close to a complete ban.</p> <p><h3>A Democratic primary in New York </h3> </p> <p>Railing against mail-in voting, Trump said again that &#8220;they can&#8217;t even find the ballots&#8221; in a New York Democratic congressional primary won by Rep. Carolyn Maloney.</p> <p><strong>Facts First</strong>: <em>It&#8217;s not true that the ballots have gone missing in this primary. There was a legal dispute about the fact that a large number of ballots were rejected for non-fraud reasons, such as missing signatures, but those ballots didn&#8217;t vanish.</em></p> <p><h3>The Green New Deal and planes </h3> </p> <p>Trump claimed again that the Democrats&#8217; Green New Deal proposal would mean &#8220;getting rid of your planes. No more airplane trips.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>Facts First</strong>: <em>The Green New Deal does not call for the elimination of planes. The </em><a href="https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-resolution/109/text" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>resolution</em></a><em> calls for &#8220;overhauling transportation systems in the United States to remove pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector.</em>&#8220;</p> <p>Trump was likely referring to a &#8220;FAQ&#8221; document that appeared on the website of a leading Green New Deal proponent, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez &#8212; but that document, which was quickly deleted, was never endorsed by the other backers of the Green New Deal. You can read a longer fact check <a href="https://www.cnn.com/factsfirst/politics?id=factcheck_ffcc4479-05fd-4c92-bc24-1623c56f899d" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">here</a>.</p> <p><h3>Hirono and the Green New Deal </h3> </p> <p>Trump told his familiar story about how Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono praised the Green New Deal, then was told &#8220;you basically can&#8217;t fly in an airplane.&#8221; He joked that they then said they would build a bridge from the mainland to Hawaii.</p> <p><strong>Facts First</strong>: <em>That is </em><a href="https://www.cnn.com/factsfirst/politics?id=factcheck_a0d21c9a-830a-47f0-ba19-849b0e596a6b" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>not</em></a><em> what happened. When told by a reporter that the Green New Deal would try to eliminate air travel and move to high-speed rail across the country, Hirono said that would be &#8220;pretty hard for Hawaii,&#8221; then laughed. She did not explain her laughter at that moment, but as she explained later, the Green New Deal resolution Hirono had endorsed does not actually call for the elimination of air travel.</em></p> <p><h3>Wind power </h3> </p> <p>Trump told his usual semi-comedic story about how, using wind power, you won&#8217;t be able to watch Trump speeches on television if the wind isn&#8217;t blowing at the time.</p> <p><strong>Facts First</strong>: <em>Using wind power as part of a mix of power sources does not cause power outages, as the federal Department of Energy explains on its website. &#8220;Studies have shown that the grid can accommodate large penetrations of variable renewable power without sacrificing reliability, and without the need for &#8216;backup&#8217; generation,&#8221; the Department of Energy says.</em></p> <p>The Department of Energy <a href="https://www.energy.gov/eere/wind/frequently-asked-questions-about-wind-energy" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">explains</a> that although power grid operators need to account for the variability that comes with using wind and solar power, they know how to manage, since &#8220;all forms of power generation,&#8221; including non-renewable sources, &#8220;may sometimes not operate when called upon.&#8221;</p> <p><h3>Biden and private health insurance </h3> </p> <p>Trump claimed again that Biden &#8220;wants to wipe out 180 million private health care plans that people love.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>Facts First</strong>: <em>Biden does not. While Biden does </em><a href="https://joebiden.com/healthcare/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>endorse</em></a><em> a &#8220;public option&#8221; to allow people to opt in to a Medicare-like government insurance plan, Biden has not agreed to anything like the &#8220;Medicare for All&#8221; single-payer proposal Sanders is known for, which would eliminate most private insurance plans. In fact, Biden and Sanders </em><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2019/04/29/bring-it-biden-sanders-teams-kick-off-debate-over-medicare-for-all/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>clashed</em></a><em> on the issue during the Democratic primary.</em></p> <p>It&#8217;s <a href="https://www.kff.org/health-reform/issue-brief/10-key-questions-on-public-option-proposals/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">possible</a> that, over time, a popular public option would affect private insurers&#8217; willingness to offer some private plans. But the Trump campaign is suggesting Biden is actively proposing to wipe out private insurance, and that&#8217;s not the case at all.</p> <p><h3>Pelosi and impeachment </h3> </p> <p>Trump said again that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was blindsided by an inaccurate <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/27/politics/fact-check-adam-schiff-trumps-ukraine-call/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">account</a>, offered by Rep. Adam Schiff, of Trump&#8217;s July 2019 phone call with Ukraine&#8217;s president. Trump claimed that Pelosi had decided to pursue impeachment of Trump when she thought Schiff&#8217;s version was actually what was said on Trump&#8217;s call, but then, when Trump revealed the truth, Pelosi said, &#8220;What the hell did you get me into?&#8221;</p> <p><strong>Facts First</strong>: <em>Trump&#8217;s timeline was the </em><a href="https://www.cnn.com/factsfirst/politics?id=factcheck_2991a99c-f68b-4ba6-8b15-f5b99b2c3911" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>reverse</em></a><em> of reality: Schiff delivered his at-least-confusing rendition of Trump&#8217;s call after, not before, the White House released a rough transcript of the call; the reason for the controversy about Schiff&#8217;s rendition at a congressional committee hearing was that people could see that it was an embellished paraphrase.</em></p> <p><h3>The National Guard and Minnesota </h3> </p> <p>Trump took credit for quelling unrest in Minneapolis after the killing of George Floyd. He then said, &#8220;Now, they shouldn&#8217;t have allowed it go to on for 11 days. They should&#8217;ve called us immediately.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>Facts First</strong>: <em>It was the Democratic governor of Minnesota, National Guard veteran Tim Walz, who activated the Guard to deal with violent protests; he did so before Trump publicly threatened to send in the Guard himself. And Walz didn&#8217;t let the violence go on for 11 days: he activated the state Guard two days after the first protest violence, then activated the entire state Guard two days after that.</em></p> <p>You can read a full timeline <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/01/politics/fact-check-trump-walz-minnesota-national-guard/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">here</a>.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/politics/2020/09/18/fact-check-boasting-and-attacking-biden-trump-makes-at-least-25-false-claims-at-wisconsin-rally/">Fact check: Boasting and attacking Biden, Trump makes at least 25 false claims at Wisconsin rally</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Man makes stop in Quad Cities on homemade boat https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/man-makes-stop-in-quad-cities-on-homemade-boat/ KTVZ urn:uuid:5cc16069-3eca-a399-8b5d-b9ee2fb7133b Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:22:18 +0000 <p>Click here for updates on this story &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;BETTENDORF, IA (WQAD) &#8212; The Mississippi River was calm Thursday afternoon, but only until a visiting boat stirred up a wake. &#8220;There’s not much elegant about it,&#8221; Erich Mische said as he prepared to leave his dock. &#8220;It doesn’t drive like a sports car. It’s a little boxy.&#8221;</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/man-makes-stop-in-quad-cities-on-homemade-boat/">Man makes stop in Quad Cities on homemade boat</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.wqad.com/article/news/local/as-seen-on-tv/minnesota-man-floats-down-mississippi-river-on-homemade-boat/526-5b1dc5ea-69e8-49bf-8028-b9af7199120b" rel="noopener noreferrer">Click here for updates on this story</a></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;BETTENDORF, IA (<a target="_blank" href="https://www.wqad.com/article/news/local/as-seen-on-tv/minnesota-man-floats-down-mississippi-river-on-homemade-boat/526-5b1dc5ea-69e8-49bf-8028-b9af7199120b" rel="noopener noreferrer">WQAD</a>) &#8212; The Mississippi River was calm Thursday afternoon, but only until a visiting boat stirred up a wake.</p> <p>&#8220;There’s not much elegant about it,&#8221; Erich Mische said as he prepared to leave his dock. &#8220;It doesn’t drive like a sports car. It’s a little boxy.&#8221;</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>The vessel isn&#8217;t quite what boaters may expect.</p> <p>&#8220;This is a Home Depot garden shed that has been modified to sit atop a 50-year-old rotting pontoon deck,&#8221; Mische said.</p> <p>Mische has made some necessary improvements along the way to the &#8220;S.S. Hail Mary&#8221; as he calls it. Plus, he said he had the right tool for the job.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>&#8220;Duct tape is one of the most essential things you can have if you’re taking a raft down the river,&#8221; Mische said.</p> <p>He has also encountered some more serious issues.</p> <p>&#8220;You don’t want leaks in your pontoons, but if you’re gonna have leaks in them, you want ‘em to be small leaks,&#8221; Mische said. &#8220;Then those small leaks you want to make sure you get the water out as soon as you can.&#8221;</p> <p>Mische is from Minnesota. He is the executive director for Spare Key, a national nonprofit with services in nearly every state. </p> <p>&#8220;Spare key is a nonprofit that provides financial assistance to families that are dealing with significant medical crises,&#8221; Mische said. &#8220;Try to imagine the worst illness or injury there is, and names you can pronounce and don’t pronounce, and since 1997 we’ve helped those families.&#8221;</p> <p>He&#8217;s floating down the Mississippi River to raise awareness for Spare Key. He started the journey in St. Paul, Minn., in August.</p> <p>COVID-19 impacted Spare Key, too.</p> <p>Mische says the financial deficit for the current fiscal year is somewhere between $500,000 and $750,000.</p> <p>&#8220;We don’t have a wealthy benefactor,&#8221; Mische said. &#8220;We don’t have an endowment.&#8221;</p> <p>Mische also said Spare Key cancelled nearly every fundraising event this year because of the pandemic. </p> <p>&#8220;I’m a big believer in hope,&#8221; Mische said. &#8220;I think that’s what this country needs more than anything right now.&#8221;</p> <p>Mische is spreading his message of hope and positivity all the way to Baton Rouge, La. He said he plans to arrive in mid-October.</p> <p>Mische said Louisiana is the last state in the country in which Spare Key needs to register to provide their services.</p> <p>&#8220;I’ve got the paperwork in a box somewhere,&#8221; Mische said. &#8220;I’ll file that paperwork, and we’ll be officially licensed to serve families in all 50 states.&#8221;</p> <p>If you&#8217;d like to follow Erich&#8217;s journey down the Mississippi, you can visit the Spare Key website. There, you&#8217;ll find a live video stream and ways to donate to the organization.</p> <p><strong>Please note: This content carries a strict local market embargo. If you share the same market as the contributor of this article, you may not use it on any platform.</strong></p> </p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/man-makes-stop-in-quad-cities-on-homemade-boat/">Man makes stop in Quad Cities on homemade boat</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Trump administration to announce $13 billion in additional aid to Puerto Rico https://ktvz.com/politics/2020/09/18/trump-administration-to-announce-13-billion-in-additional-aid-to-puerto-rico/ KTVZ urn:uuid:624dc439-10b5-90f3-8c74-33c38784a9d0 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:21:13 +0000 <p>The Trump administration on Friday is expected to announce $13 billion in additional aid to Puerto Rico to help with rebuilding in the aftermath of 2017&#8217;s Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced tweeted Friday morning that Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Pete Gaynor told her that $13 billion has been approved. She thanked</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/politics/2020/09/18/trump-administration-to-announce-13-billion-in-additional-aid-to-puerto-rico/">Trump administration to announce $13 billion in additional aid to Puerto Rico</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p>The Trump administration on Friday is expected to announce $13 billion in additional aid to Puerto Rico to help with rebuilding in the aftermath of 2017&#8217;s Hurricane Maria.</p> <p>Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced <a href="https://twitter.com/wandavazquezg/status/1306938444715876354" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">tweeted</a> Friday morning that Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Pete Gaynor told her that $13 billion has been approved. She thanked the White House and <a href="http://www.cnn.com/specials/politics/president-donald-trump-45" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">President Donald Trump</a>. An administration official confirmed the announcement.</p> <p>In the three years since the storm made landfall, the rebuilding process has been slow and costly. In November 2018, White House officials told congressional leaders and appropriators that the <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/12/politics/trump-puerto-rico/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">President did not want any additional relief funding</a> sent to the island.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>The government&#8217;s $13 billion investment will directly address electrical and educational systems, Garced said.</p> <p>Trump&#8217;s handling of the 2017 storm, which devastated the island and killed nearly 3,000 people in its aftermath, has been widely criticized by locals and experts. Trump has consistently denied any fault for his administration, and has instead sought praise for his handling of Hurricane Maria, at one point calling it &#8220;an incredible, unsung success.&#8221;</p> <p>The move is likely an attempt to appeal to Puerto Rican voters who moved to the battleground state of Florida after the hurricane struck the US territory.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>Trump was <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2017/10/03/politics/donald-trump-paper-towels-puerto-rico/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">lambasted</a> for his visit to Puerto Rico weeks after the storm, where he was pictured tossing paper towels to a crowd of survivors.</p> <p>Since then, he&#8217;s publicly slammed local officials, falsely railed against what he said was an overreported death toll, and questioned aid to the territory. Former acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, who was in the role as the hurricane hit, said in a July interview that Trump considered the idea of selling the island after the storm hit.</p> <p>Tensions between the President and the island <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/28/politics/ricardo-rossell-donald-trump-puerto-rico-funding/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">boiled over </a>in March 2019 when then-Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló fired back after the White House officials warned his top aides that representatives of the territory were pushing too hard to arrange a meeting with the President aimed at discussing the island&#8217;s dire situation.</p> <p>&#8220;If the bully gets close, I&#8217;ll punch the bully in the mouth,&#8221; Rosselló told CNN at the time. &#8220;It would be a mistake to confuse courtesy with courage.&#8221;</p> <p>And as Hurricane Dorian approached Puerto Rico in August 2019, Trump again<a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/28/politics/donald-trump-dorian-carmen-yulin-cruz/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> trained his ire </a>at its government.</p> <p>&#8220;Puerto Rico is one of the most corrupt places on earth. Their political system is broken and their politicians are either Incompetent or Corrupt. Congress approved Billions of Dollars last time, more than anyplace else has ever gotten, and it is sent to Crooked Pols. No good!&#8221; he wrote, adding, &#8220;And by the way, I&#8217;m the best thing that&#8217;s ever happened to Puerto Rico!&#8221;</p> <p>Trump&#8217;s lack of empathy for Puerto Ricans has been at odds with his treatment of storm victims in the continental US during his tenure in office, prompting criticism of racism, including from some local officials defending their home.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/politics/2020/09/18/trump-administration-to-announce-13-billion-in-additional-aid-to-puerto-rico/">Trump administration to announce $13 billion in additional aid to Puerto Rico</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Chrissy Teigen accidentally reveals the gender of baby #3 https://ktvz.com/entertainment/2020/09/18/chrissy-teigen-accidentally-reveals-the-gender-of-baby-3/ KTVZ urn:uuid:aad6b7c0-d713-7525-3254-dd87b3ee30a2 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:15:51 +0000 <p>Chrissy Teigen let the cat out of the bag regarding her third pregnancy. Teigen, who is married to singer John Legend, was updating fans via her Instagram stories on Thursday when she let the gender of her baby-to-be slip. While talking about complications with her placenta she said, &#8220;It&#8217;s so weird because the baby&#8217;s really</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/entertainment/2020/09/18/chrissy-teigen-accidentally-reveals-the-gender-of-baby-3/">Chrissy Teigen accidentally reveals the gender of baby #3</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/13/entertainment/chrissy-teigen-john-legend-baby/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Chrissy Teigen</a> let the cat out of the bag regarding her third pregnancy.</p> <p>Teigen, who is married to singer John Legend, was updating fans via her Instagram stories on Thursday when she let the gender of her baby-to-be slip.</p> <p>While talking about complications with her placenta she said, &#8220;It&#8217;s so weird because the baby&#8217;s really really healthy. He&#8217;s big.&#8221;</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>She quickly realized her mistake but laughed it off, &#8220;He&#8217;s probably, oops! That was stupid.&#8221;</p> <p>Teigen posted the clip on her <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CFQPeAlhXYh/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Instagram</a> stories and captioned it, &#8220;Hahahahaha might as well tell you.&#8221;</p> <p>Teigen and Legend already have a 4-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>They revealed they were expecting another child in <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/13/entertainment/chrissy-teigen-john-legend-baby/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Legend&#8217;s &#8220;Wild&#8221; music video </a>in August, when she was seen holding her baby bump at the end.</p> <p>She previously went through IVF for her two children but explained that this third pregnancy happened naturally and unexpectedly.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/entertainment/2020/09/18/chrissy-teigen-accidentally-reveals-the-gender-of-baby-3/">Chrissy Teigen accidentally reveals the gender of baby #3</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Smoky Start; Rain & Clearing https://ktvz.com/weather/local-forecast/2020/09/18/smoky-start-rain-clearing/ KTVZ urn:uuid:645e08d9-5e1f-d4e6-ee33-9a18346d7c02 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:13:06 +0000 <p>-GOOD FRIDAY MORNING, EVERYONE... After a morning of clear skies and hazardous, smoky conditions we will see the clouds thickening and deliver some rain showers. Highs will be in the mid to upper 60's and westerly and NW winds will pick up to 5-15 mph, gusting to 20-25 mph. Tonight's lows will range from the</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/weather/local-forecast/2020/09/18/smoky-start-rain-clearing/">Smoky Start; Rain &amp; Clearing</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <div class="media__item media__item--youtube_vimeo"><div class="video__embed"><iframe class="youtube-embed" title="091820 Friday AM Local Alert Weather" width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Pg93GnGM-9E?feature=oembed&amp;enablejsapi=1&amp;embed_config=%7B%22disableRelatedVideos%22%3Atrue%2C%22adsConfig%22%3A%7B%22adTagParameters%22%3A%7B%22iu%22%3A%22%2F6123%2Fktvz%22%2C%22cust_params%22%3A%22category%3Dlocal-forecast%22%7D%2C%22nonPersonalizedAd%22%3Afalse%7D%7D" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div></div> <p>-GOOD FRIDAY MORNING, EVERYONE...</p> <p>After a morning of clear skies and hazardous, smoky conditions we will see the clouds thickening and deliver some rain showers. Highs will be in the mid to upper 60's and westerly and NW winds will pick up to 5-15 mph, gusting to 20-25 mph. Tonight's lows will range from the mid 30's to mid 40's. Showers will subside by midnight. Breezes will become light and variable this evening and remain there tonight.</p> <p>We will see clearing skies Saturday, but the cool temperatures will remain; highs will be in the mid to upper 60's, once again. From Sunday into next week we will see pleasant conditions return to the High Desert. Highs will be in the mid 70's under sunny to mostly sunny skies. The rain showers we see over the next 24 hours will be helpful to firefighters, but they will not be enough to put out the wildfires. We will see a chance of more smoky haze next week.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>IN THE NEWSCHANNEL 21 WEATHER CENTER, I'M BOB SHAW...</p> <p>HAVE A SPARKLING DAY IN CENTRAL OREGON!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/weather/local-forecast/2020/09/18/smoky-start-rain-clearing/">Smoky Start; Rain &amp; Clearing</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Smoky start; rain & clearing https://ktvz.com/weather/local-forecast/2020/09/18/smoky-start-rain-clearing/ KTVZ urn:uuid:7943cf7a-50f2-e48c-c3ef-c2e2cdea4b30 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:13:06 +0000 <p>-GOOD FRIDAY MORNING, EVERYONE... After a morning of clear skies and hazardous, smoky conditions we will see the clouds thickening and deliver some rain showers. Highs will be in the mid to upper 60's and westerly and NW winds will pick up to 5-15 mph, gusting to 20-25 mph. Tonight's lows will range from the</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/weather/local-forecast/2020/09/18/smoky-start-rain-clearing/">Smoky start; rain &#038; clearing</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <div class="media__item media__item--youtube_vimeo"><div class="video__embed"><iframe class="youtube-embed" title="091820 Friday AM Local Alert Weather" width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Pg93GnGM-9E?feature=oembed&amp;enablejsapi=1&amp;embed_config=%7B%22disableRelatedVideos%22%3Atrue%2C%22adsConfig%22%3A%7B%22adTagParameters%22%3A%7B%22iu%22%3A%22%2F6123%2Fktvz%22%2C%22cust_params%22%3A%22category%3Dlocal-forecast%22%7D%2C%22nonPersonalizedAd%22%3Afalse%7D%7D" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div></div> <p>-GOOD FRIDAY MORNING, EVERYONE...</p> <p>After a morning of clear skies and hazardous, smoky conditions we will see the clouds thickening and deliver some rain showers. Highs will be in the mid to upper 60's and westerly and NW winds will pick up to 5-15 mph, gusting to 20-25 mph. Tonight's lows will range from the mid 30's to mid 40's. Showers will subside by midnight. Breezes will become light and variable this evening and remain there tonight.</p> <p>We will see clearing skies Saturday, but the cool temperatures will remain; highs will be in the mid to upper 60's, once again. From Sunday into next week, we will see pleasant conditions return to the High Desert. Highs will be in the mid 70's under sunny to mostly sunny skies. The rain showers we see over the next 24 hours will be helpful to firefighters, but they will not be enough to put out the wildfires. We will see a chance of more smoky haze next week.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>IN THE NEWSCHANNEL 21 WEATHER CENTER, I'M BOB SHAW...</p> <p>HAVE A SPARKLING DAY IN CENTRAL OREGON!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/weather/local-forecast/2020/09/18/smoky-start-rain-clearing/">Smoky start; rain &#038; clearing</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> The Latest: Positives from Brazil chief justice inauguration https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/the-latest-indias-virus-surge-continues-with-96000-cases/ KTVZ urn:uuid:5ee65a92-07ac-4db0-dbcb-09272ef6047f Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:07:47 +0000 <p>SAO PAULO — Brazil’s Supreme Court is suggesting attendees at last week’s inauguration of its chief justice be tested after six others confirmed they have the coronavirus. The list includes newly inaugurated Chief Justice Luiz Fux, Lower House Speaker Rodrigo Maia, Prosecutor General Augusto Aras, the head of another high court and two justices of</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/the-latest-indias-virus-surge-continues-with-96000-cases/">The Latest: Positives from Brazil chief justice inauguration</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p>SAO PAULO — Brazil’s Supreme Court is suggesting attendees at last week’s inauguration of its chief justice be tested after six others confirmed they have the coronavirus.</p> <p>The list includes newly inaugurated Chief Justice Luiz Fux, Lower House Speaker Rodrigo Maia, Prosecutor General Augusto Aras, the head of another high court and two justices of another tribunal.</p> <p>Brazil’s top court says its ceremonial team “is in contact with guests who were present at the ceremony to warn them about the importance of seeking medical service in case they have been exposed in any way, including at other events.”</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>Only 20% of the seats at the ceremony in Brasilia were occupied on Sept. 10. Face masks were required and all guests had their temperatures taken before entry, according to the court’s statement.</p> <p>___</p> <p>HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>— Global coronavirus cases top 30 million, Johns Hopkins tally shows</p> <p>— India records 96,424 coronavirus cases in 24 hours </p> <p>— European Union seals second coronavirus vaccine deal</p> <p>— Joe Biden derides President Donald Trump for his handling of COVID-19. At town hall, Biden blasts Trump’s ‘criminal’ <a href="https://apnews.com/b4ff1bdcc7c0b6c05dd520598e349744">virus response</a></p> <p>— Israel returns to full lockdown to contain a <a href="https://apnews.com/ff70d10700ebe2ed7becc3b2a9e08bc7">worsening coronavirus outbreak </a> while the government has been plagued by infighting. </p> <p>— Iconic Key West bar that Ernest Hemingway frequented during the 1930s, Sloppy Joe&#8217;s, <a href="https://apnews.com/ac264faf29cb57af7954a2e2765d0f87">has reopened</a> after six months shuttered by the coronavirus. </p> <p>___</p> <p>Follow AP’s pandemic coverage at <a href="http://apnews.com/VirusOutbreak">http://apnews.com/VirusOutbreak</a> and <a href="https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak">https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak</a></p> <p>___</p> <p>HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:</p> <p>THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Dutch justice minister will be fined for breaches of social distancing rules at his recent wedding.</p> <p>Public prosecutors say Ferd Grapperhaus will be fined 390 euros ($460) for the breaches at his Aug. 22 wedding in the upscale town of Bloemendaal. Photos taken of wedding guests gathered outside showed that some were not adhering to the government’s required 1.5-meter (5 foot) social distancing rules.</p> <p>The photos were an embarrassment for the Dutch government and Grapperhaus, who is the minister responsible for making sure coronavirus measures are enforced.</p> <p>The announcement of the fine came amid rising coronavirus infection numbers in the Netherlands.</p> <p>___</p> <p>MADRID — A line of tents has been installed at the gates of a Madrid military hospital four months after similar structures for triaging patients were taken down.</p> <p>Spain’s Defense Ministry, which manages the Gómez Ulla military hospital, says the tents are currently empty, installed protectively ahead of the second wave taking hold on the Spanish capital.</p> <p>Madrid has a rate of transmission six times higher than the national average. </p> <p>Officials are expected to announce measures to slow down the outbreaks. That might include localized lockdowns or other “restrictions on mobility” centered in the city’s hardest-hit areas, which are also the poorest and more densely populated.</p> <p>Spain on Thursday added more than 11,000 new infections and 162 confirmed deaths.</p> <p>The totals are 625,000 cases and at least 30,400 deaths, according to the Health Ministry. </p> <p>___</p> <p>PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The president of Providence College announced the school will move to remote-only learning for at least two weeks after a surge of coronavirus cases among students.</p> <p>More than 80 students tested positive in just two days, the private Catholic university’s president, Rev. Kenneth Sicard, wrote in a message to the community. The school has 106 positive student cases among about 4,800 students.</p> <p>Students who live off campus cannot leave their apartments, and students who live on campus will be tested and can’t leave campus, he said. Students who violate the rules face suspensions.</p> <p>Sicard says if things get worse, the campus may be shut down for the semester.</p> <p>___</p> <p>BRUSSELS — The EU Commission has finalized a deal with Sanofi and GSK allowing its 27 member states to buy up to 300 million doses of a potential COVID-19 vaccine.</p> <p>It’s the second contract signed by the bloc’s executive arm after a first agreement was reached last month with AstraZeneca for up to 400 million doses.</p> <p>“With several countries in Europe experiencing new outbreaks after the summer period, a safe and effective vaccine is more instrumental than ever to overcome this pandemic and its devastating effects on our economies and societies,” said Stella Kyriakides, the Commissioner for health. </p> <p>The Commission says some of the reserved shots could be donated to “lower- and middle-income countries.”</p> <p>___</p> <p>LONDON — The European Medicines Agency is recommending an inexpensive steroid be licensed for the treatment of people with severe coronavirus who need oxygen support.</p> <p>The EMA says it is endorsing the use of dexamethasone in adults and adolescents age 12 or older who need either supplemental oxygen or a ventilator to help them breathe. The drug can be taken orally or via an infusion.</p> <p>In June, British researchers published research showing dexamethasone can reduce deaths by up to one third in patients hospitalized with severe coronavirus. Shortly afterward, the U.K. government immediately authorized its use in hospitals across the country for seriously ill coronavirus patients.</p> <p>Steroid drugs like dexamethasone are typically used to reduce inflammation, which sometimes develops in COVID-19 patients as their immune system kicks into overdrive to fight the virus.</p> <p>___</p> <p>COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced a nationwide order, telling cafes, bars and restaurants to close at 10 p.m. instead of midnight.</p> <p>Frederiksen says the size of gatherings was lowered from 100 to 50 for the country. The new restrictions run Saturday through Oct. 4.</p> <p>“When we take more measures, it is to get the infection down. It is important for me to stress that we are not in the same place as March 11,” he said. </p> <p>Denmark was one the first European countries to ease its coronavirus lockdown as the first wave appeared to be contained.</p> <p>Denmark has had 21,847 cases and recorded 635 deaths.</p> <p>___</p> <p>ROME — The Sicilian town of Corleone, made famous by the fictional Mafia clan in “The Godfather,” has ordered schools closed and a limited lockdown because of a coronavirus spike.</p> <p>The city administration told all guests at a wedding on Sept. 12 and anyone who lives with them to self-isolate and inform their doctors and city health authorities. In a Facebook post, Mayor Nicolò Nicolosi said he expected “maximum cooperation to overcome the current crisis.”</p> <p>The town, which is part of the province of Palermo, has reported at least five positive cases in recent days. News reports said they were tied to a wedding reception involving some 250 people.</p> <p>Like the rest of southern Italy, Sicily has seen a new spate of infections since August, with more than 500 of its 5,500 cases overall registered in the past three weeks.</p> <p>The Corleone administration ordered schools closed, put a curfew on bars and suspended the weekly market and other public gatherings.</p> <p>Corleone was the home and last name of the fictional crime clan in “The Godfather” movie. It was also the real-life stronghold of the late convicted mobster and reputed chieftain, Bernardo Provenzano. In 2016, the Italian government dissolved the municipal government after determining the mob had infiltrated it.</p> <p>___</p> <p>LONDON &#8211; Confirmed cases of the coronavirus have topped 30 million worldwide, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.</p> <p>The worldwide count of known COVID-19 infections climbed past 30 million on Thursday, with more than half of them from just three countries: the U.S., India and Brazil, according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins researchers.</p> <p>The number increased by 10 million in just over a month; global cases passed 20 million on August 12.</p> <p>The United States leads the by-country count with at least 6,675,560 reported cases, followed by India with at least 5,214,677 and Brazil at 4,455, 386, the numbers showed.</p> <p>Individual numbers could vary as the university’s tally sometimes lags behind country reports.</p> <p>The U.S. also leads in the number of deaths at 197,643, followed by Brazil at 134,935 and India with a death toll of 84,372, the tally showed.</p> <p>___</p> <p>PRAGUE — Confirmed coronavirus cases in the Czech Republic have hit a new record high for the third straight day and surpassed 3,000 reported cases in 24 hours for the first time.</p> <p>The Health Ministry said 3,130 people tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, almost 1,000 more than the previous record set a day earlier.</p> <p>That day-to-day increase was almost as high as the number of all cases the country reported in March, during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>The Czech capital of Prague was the hardest hit with 191 infections per 100,000 residents.</p> <p>The Czech Republic has had a total of 44,155 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 489 deaths.</p> <p>___</p> <p>LONDON &#8212; British Health Secretary Matt Hancock has hinted that fresh restrictions on social gatherings in England could be announced soon as part of efforts to suppress a sharp spike in confirmed coronavirus cases.</p> <p>Following reports that the government was considering fresh curbs on the hospitality sector, such as pubs and restaurants, Hancock said this is a “big moment for the country.”</p> <p>He said that another national lockdown is the “last line of defense” and that most transmissions of the virus are taking place in social settings. </p> <p>Hancock says the government’s strategy over the coming weeks is to contain the virus as much as possible “whilst protecting education and the economy.”</p> <p>The government has come under sustained criticism in the past week following serious issues with its virus testing program.</p> <p>There’s widespread speculation that parts of northwest England will see further restrictions announced Friday.</p> <p>___</p> <p>NEW DELHI — India’s coronavirus cases have jumped by another 96,424 infections in the past 24 hours, showing little signs of slowing down.</p> <p>The Health Ministry on Friday raised the nation’s confirmed total since the pandemic began to more than 5.21 million. It said 1,174 more people died in the past 24 hours, for a total of 84,372.</p> <p>India is expected within weeks to surpass the reported infections seen in the United States, where more than 6.67 million people have been reported infected, the most in the world.</p> <p>India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday made a fresh appeal to people to use face masks and maintain social distance as his government chalked out plans to handle big congregations expected during a major Hindu festival season beginning next month.</p> <p>___</p> <p>UNITED NATIONS — U.N. World Food Program chief David Beasley is warning that 270 million people are “marching toward the brink of starvation” because of the toxic combination of conflict, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.</p> <p>Beasley on Thursday urged donor nations and billionaires to contribute $4.9 billion to feed the 30 million he said will die without U.N. assistance.</p> <p>He reminded the U.N. Security Council of his warning five months ago that “the world stood on the brink of a hunger pandemic,” and welcomed the response, which averted famine and led countries to fight back against the coronavirus.</p> <p>Beasley said the U.N. food agency is keeping people alive “and avoiding a humanitarian catastrophe” but he said “the fight is far, far, far from over.”</p> <p>___</p> <p>WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand has reported no new confirmed cases of the coronavirus for the first time in more than five weeks as hopes rise that an outbreak discovered in Auckland last month has been stamped out.</p> <p>Friday’s report also marked the fourth consecutive day without any cases of community transmission. All recent cases have been found among quarantined travelers returning from abroad.</p> <p>Authorities have still not pinpointed the origin of the August outbreak, which they believe was imported. Auckland was temporarily placed into lockdown as the country continued its strategy of trying to completely eliminate community spread of the virus.</p> <p>New Zealand has reported a total of just over 1,800 cases and 25 deaths.</p> <p>___</p> <p>BEIJING — China says imported coronavirus cases climbed to 32 over the previous 24 hours.</p> <p>Thirteen of the cases reported Friday were in the northern province of Shaanxi, whose capital Xi’an is a major industrial center. The eastern financial and business hub of Shanghai reported 12.</p> <p>China has gone more than a month without reporting any cases of locally transmitted coronavirus cases within its borders.</p> <p>But it remains highly vigilant for cases brought in from outside the country. It has suspended issuing new visas and anyone arriving from abroad is required to undergo a two-week quarantine.</p> <p>___</p> <p>SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s daily coronavirus tally has stayed in the 100s for a 16th consecutive day as authorities struggle to stop local infections.</p> <p>The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Friday that the 126 confirmed cased added in the past 24 hours took the country’s reported total since the pandemic began to 22,783, with 377 deaths.</p> <p>The agency says 82 of the newly reported cases were from the Seoul metropolitan area, which has been at the center of the viral resurgence since early last month.</p> <p>South Korea’s caseload has been slowing recently, prompting authorities to relax elevated social distancing rules in the Seoul area.</p> <p>___</p> <p>SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California companies must pay workers compensation benefits to any employees that become infected with the coronavirus and they must warn employees of any potential exposure to the virus under two laws that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Thursday.</p> <p>Business groups have criticized the measures as “unworkable.”</p> <p>The law on informing employees requires that businesses tell workers whenever they they have been exposed to someone who has either tested positive, been ordered to isolate or died because of the virus. Companies must do so within one business day of learning of the exposures or they can face fines issued by the Division of Occupational Safety and Health.</p> <p>___</p> <p>LAS VEGAS — Bars in and around Las Vegas can reopen at midnight Sunday with limited capacity, while requiring customers to use facial coverings and obey social distance rules.</p> <p>Nevada’s coronavirus response task force decided Thursday that drinking establishments also can reopen in remote Elko County.</p> <p>The moves relieved a hot-button issue and relaxed the last of the bar closure orders that Gov. Steve Sisolak re-imposed more than two months ago to limit gatherings where alcohol is served in the state’s coronavirus pandemic hot spot areas.</p> <p>Taverns, bars, breweries, distilleries and wineries were allowed to reopen earlier this week in the Reno area.</p> <p>—-</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/the-latest-indias-virus-surge-continues-with-96000-cases/">The Latest: Positives from Brazil chief justice inauguration</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Mission nurses say patient care prompted union vote https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/mission-nurses-say-patient-care-prompted-union-vote/ KTVZ urn:uuid:b046df61-0411-5298-f4ec-08787179a62e Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:59:27 +0000 <p>Click here for updates on this story &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) &#8212; Mission Health is refuting allegations made by nurses that the HCA-owned hospital has increased nurse caseload assignments compared to before the hospital went to corporate ownership. “Our nurse to patient ratios have not changed,” said Nancy Lindell, spokeswoman for Mission HCA. Nurses, who voted</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/mission-nurses-say-patient-care-prompted-union-vote/">Mission nurses say patient care prompted union vote</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="https://wlos.com/news/local/mission-nurses-say-patient-care-prompted-union-vote" rel="noopener noreferrer">Click here for updates on this story</a></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;ASHEVILLE, N.C. (<a target="_blank" href="https://wlos.com/news/local/mission-nurses-say-patient-care-prompted-union-vote" rel="noopener noreferrer">WLOS</a>) &#8212; Mission Health is refuting allegations made by nurses that the HCA-owned hospital has increased nurse caseload assignments compared to before the hospital went to corporate ownership.</p> <p>“Our nurse to patient ratios have not changed,” said Nancy Lindell, spokeswoman for Mission HCA.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>Nurses, who voted 965-411 to unionize, have said certified nursing assistants are also greatly needed for patient caseload.</p> <p>Don Warren, who has been a registered nurse at Mission for 13 years and has worked as a registered nurse for more than 20 years, said there was elation that nurses may now have a way to press Mission&#8217;s corporate owner to focus on properly staffing the hospital.</p> <p>“Our concern is patient care,” Warren said. “We need resources. We can have anywhere from six to seven patients assigned to us. We also may not have enough CNAs on the floor.”</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>Warren said in recent days he’s had to take responsibility for feeding patients who could not feed themselves, using 30 minutes for each patient, when he had other responsibilities on his acute patient care floor.</p> <p>Warren said there are CNA shortages, as well as housekeeper shortages, that can impact how well a hospital can operate for patients who are waiting for rooms.</p> <p>While unionizing often focuses on pay disputes and benefits, Warren said a survey taken by Mission nurses showed those issues weren&#8217;t the biggest concern.</p> <p>“It had to do with patient-staff ratio. It didn’t have to do with increased pay,&#8221; Warren said.</p> <p>“It’s really necessary that the hospital respect the results of the election,” said Bradley Van Waus, spokesman for National Nurses United, the union the Mission nurses will join.</p> <p>The vote was conducted by the National Labor Relations Board, a federal entity charged with enforcing labor laws.</p> <p>“As divisive as this election has been over the last few months, we respect the right of nurses to decide for themselves whether or not they supported NNU,&#8221; Lindell said. &#8220;The National Labor Relations Board process allows both parties time to review the election. The hospital may utilize that process to ensure that all of our nurses had the fair election that they deserve.&#8221;</p> <p>Lindell said HCA has made tremendous investments in Mission in the short time it has owned the hospital.</p> <p>“In our first year of partnership (2/1/19–1/31/20), HCA Healthcare invested $200 million in capital to bring leading -edge technology to Western North Carolina. Investments in staff have also been made by welcoming more than 460 new Mission team members since March, including more than 100 new graduating registered nurses. Since this time last year, our registered nurse team has grown by almost 200 full-time and part-time nurses across 37 different nursing units, an increase of more than 73%. We value our nurses and the exceptional care they provide,&#8221; Lindell said.</p> <p>The next step for NNU at Mission is to elect a nurse representative board that will eventually go before HCA administrators to negotiate on behalf of the newl-formed union.</p> <p><strong>Please note: This content carries a strict local market embargo. If you share the same market as the contributor of this article, you may not use it on any platform.</strong></p> </p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/mission-nurses-say-patient-care-prompted-union-vote/">Mission nurses say patient care prompted union vote</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Nebraskans celebrate 85th anniversary as Americas longest-living couple https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/nebraskans-celebrate-85th-anniversary-as-americas-longest-living-couple-2/ KTVZ urn:uuid:6747e418-0107-acf2-c25d-75cb791801b8 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:56:41 +0000 <p>Click here for updates on this story &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;OMAHA, NE (WOWT) &#8212; If we told you we were doing a story on a Nebraska couple living past the century mark — that’s an incredible feat of health and endurance. But this isn’t one of those stories. This couple has something else to tout — something none</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/nebraskans-celebrate-85th-anniversary-as-americas-longest-living-couple-2/">Nebraskans celebrate 85th anniversary as Americas longest-living couple</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.wowt.com/2020/09/18/nebraska-natives-celebrate-85th-anniversary-americas-longest-living-couple/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Click here for updates on this story</a></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;OMAHA, NE (<a target="_blank" href="https://www.wowt.com/2020/09/18/nebraska-natives-celebrate-85th-anniversary-americas-longest-living-couple/" rel="noopener noreferrer">WOWT</a>) &#8212; If we told you we were doing a story on a Nebraska couple living past the century mark — that’s an incredible feat of health and endurance.</p> <p>But this isn’t one of those stories.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>This couple has something else to tout — something none of us can claim.</p> <p>The year: 1935. A young couple comes here to the Burt County Courthouse in Tekamah to get married.</p> <p>He’s 17; she’s 16. The first judge wouldn’t marry them. But then they found another one who did.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>“Everybody said it would never last,” said Ralph.</p> <p>Boy, were they wrong.</p> <p>Thursday marked Ralph and Dorothy Kohler’s 85th wedding anniversary. Think about that: 85 years together in marriage.</p> <p>“You don’t ever think you’d make it. We did. That’s the main thing,” said Ralph.</p> <p>A few years ago, when Ralph and Dorothy were in their 90′s, they moved from Nebraska to California to be close to one of their daughters.</p> <p>You would need a limo to fit in all the words of the accomplishment.</p> <p>They claim the title of “America’s oldest, longest-living married couple.”</p> <p>“Neither one of us ever smoked and drank,” Ralph said.</p> <p>“I cooked, and he liked to eat,” Dorothy said.</p> <p>In life, there’s something to be said for being agreeable. Each grew to love the passions of the other — the ying and yang of a couple with three kids and countless grandchildren and beyond.</p> <p>“Love for one thing, and we enjoy the same thing. And if we didn’t, we accepted it,&#8221; Ralph said. “Dorothy loves ballroom dancing, and I loved shooting clay targets. I joined her with ballroom dancing, and she joined me with trap shooting.”</p> <p>Dorothy even became a trap shooting national champ in 1952.</p> <p>Ralph spent most of his years outdoors as a commercial waterfowl guide. He wrote a book about it and shares space with other legends of the outdoors in a hall of fame.</p> <p>When it comes to advice, Ralph has 102 years of experience.</p> <p>So what should we do if there’s conflict at home?</p> <p>“If we ever had a problem, I agreed to it. That’s the best way to get out of them,” Ralph said.</p> <p>And for a couple who knows the importance of setting goals, why not shoot for a 100th anniversary?</p> <p>“That’s 15 years, isn’t it? I’d like to be, but I doubt it,&#8221; Ralph said. “I think we’re pretty fortunate to be this far along.”</p> <p>So much for the doubters.</p> <p>Happy 85th anniversary Ralph And Dorothy!</p> <p><strong>Please note: This content carries a strict local market embargo. If you share the same market as the contributor of this article, you may not use it on any platform.</strong></p> </p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/nebraskans-celebrate-85th-anniversary-as-americas-longest-living-couple-2/">Nebraskans celebrate 85th anniversary as Americas longest-living couple</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Church offering desks for virtual learners https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/church-offering-desks-for-virtual-learners/ KTVZ urn:uuid:4b16af06-4459-e6ac-2abb-c4f1803eeb1f Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:54:37 +0000 <p>Click here for updates on this story &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;WILKES-BARRE, PA (WNEP) &#8212; It&#8217;s been more than a decade since students were taught inside the former St. Aloysius School on Barney Street in South Wilkes-Barre. &#8220;They&#8217;ve educated so many people of this area, over the years, it&#8217;s over 100 years old. And in 2009, unfortunately, but through</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/church-offering-desks-for-virtual-learners/">Church offering desks for virtual learners</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.wnep.com/article/news/local/luzerne-county/church-offering-desks-for-virtual-learners/523-cb6149d4-9d49-4f00-84aa-b19fb4dbdb77" rel="noopener noreferrer">Click here for updates on this story</a></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;WILKES-BARRE, PA (<a target="_blank" href="https://www.wnep.com/article/news/local/luzerne-county/church-offering-desks-for-virtual-learners/523-cb6149d4-9d49-4f00-84aa-b19fb4dbdb77" rel="noopener noreferrer">WNEP</a>) &#8212; It&#8217;s been more than a decade since students were taught inside the former St. Aloysius School on Barney Street in South Wilkes-Barre.</p> <p>&#8220;They&#8217;ve educated so many people of this area, over the years, it&#8217;s over 100 years old. And in 2009, unfortunately, but through consolidation and mergers of schools,&#8221; explained Fr. Richard Cirba of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish. &#8220;It just, unfortunately, ended up where the school would close.&#8221;</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>But with so many students learning at home and all these desks sitting unused, it gave Fr. Cirba an idea.</p> <p>&#8220;Because schools are going virtual and hybrid and so forth, I thought we have these classrooms full of desks upstairs that we don&#8217;t use,&#8221; added Fr. Cirba. &#8220;Parents are trying to make use of their homes to become a school, and some were asking oh we wish we had a desk, and I thought, well, if you want a desk, why not take them from here? Make a donation and take them because they&#8217;re only sitting here anyway.&#8221;</p> <p>When you come to the former St. Aloysius School in South Wilkes Barre for a desk, you&#8217;re also going to get a chair of the proper size to go with it.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>&#8220;We&#8217;re all in this predicament together and trying to make the best as we can out of what we have and what we could do to make things easier for people. Especially parents, because it&#8217;s difficult for parents right now when they have to, you know, create a school out of their home,&#8221; said Fr. Cirba.</p> <p>If you are interested in a desk and chair, you can contact the parish office at <a href="tel:5708233791" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">570-823-3791</a> ext. 2.</p> <p><strong>Please note: This content carries a strict local market embargo. If you share the same market as the contributor of this article, you may not use it on any platform.</strong></p> </p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/church-offering-desks-for-virtual-learners/">Church offering desks for virtual learners</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Unity, popular video game-making software, set to go public amid IPO flurry https://ktvz.com/lifestyle/technology/2020/09/18/unity-popular-video-game-making-software-set-to-go-public-amid-ipo-flurry/ KTVZ urn:uuid:458c57bd-ea4c-b811-8a87-90d862a9caa4 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:50:45 +0000 <p>Unity Software, one of the leading platforms for video game developers, plans to raise as much as $1.3 billion in its Wall Street debut Friday. Unity, which will trade under the ticker symbol &#8220;U,&#8221; is famous in the gaming world for its development software that studios use to create hits like &#8220;Fall Guys,&#8221; &#8220;Pokémon Go&#8221;</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/lifestyle/technology/2020/09/18/unity-popular-video-game-making-software-set-to-go-public-amid-ipo-flurry/">Unity, popular video game-making software, set to go public amid IPO flurry</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p>Unity Software, one of the leading platforms for video game developers, plans to raise as much as $1.3 billion in its Wall Street debut Friday.</p> <p>Unity, which will trade under the ticker symbol &#8220;U,&#8221; is famous in the gaming world for its development software that studios use to create <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/26/tech/fall-guys-7-million-steam/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">hits like &#8220;Fall Guys,&#8221;</a> <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/23/us/pokemon-go-value-money-game-trnd/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">&#8220;Pokémon Go&#8221;</a> and <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/01/tech/call-of-duty-mobile-trnd/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">&#8220;Call of Duty: Mobile.&#8221;</a> It <a href="https://store.unity.com/compare-plans" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">sells that software</a> to companies through a subscription plan and charges a starting price of $399 to $2,400 a year depending on the size of the studio.<strong> </strong>(It offers a limited version for free.)</p> <p>The company&#8217;s debut will cap a busy week for IPOs. On Wednesday, cloud data storage company Snowflake became the <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/16/investing/snowflake-ipo/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">biggest software IPO ever</a>, with shares more than doubling on their first day of trading. Another small software tools developer, JFrog, also went public Wednesday with shares rising nearly 50%.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>Its software is a rival to Fortnite maker Epic Games&#8217; Unreal Engine, although Unity&#8217;s CEO John Riccitiello told CNN Business in February that he doesn&#8217;t think of Epic as a competitor.</p> <p>Riccitiello, who joined Unity in 2014 after leaving Electronic Arts a year prior, said Unity&#8217;s advantage is in the mobile games market, where developers tend to gravitate toward its software to make puzzle games and 2D adventures.</p> <p>&#8220;[Epic is] a very good and noble company, and they do some really cool things that we benchmark against,&#8221; he said. &#8220;But&#8230; I don&#8217;t think of them as competitors.&#8221;</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>Unity priced its IPO at $52 per share on Thursday. Just last week, the company said it expected to price shares between $34 and $42.</p> <p>Like many buzzy technology companies debuting on Wall Street recently, Unity is not a profitable company.</p> <p>In 2019, it made a net loss of $163.2 million and continued to lose $54 million in the first half of this year, it reported in a regulatory filing to go public.</p> <p>In the risk factors section of that filing, Unity admits it has a history of losses and scaled up recently.</p> <p>Unity has been in the spotlight a lot less than its more fiery rival, Epic Games, which is currently in <a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=epic+apple+cnn&amp;oq=epic+apple+cnn&amp;aqs=chrome..69i57j69i60j69i64l3.3316j1j7&amp;sourceid=chrome&amp;ie=UTF-8" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">a legal battle against Apple and Google</a> over the commissions app stores require from developers. Analysts say that could make Unity more attractive to investors.</p> <p>&#8220;At his former post as CEO of EA, Riccitiello managed to create a credible company narrative that made sense to anyone interested in investing in games,&#8221; said Joost van Dreunen, founder of video game investment firm New Breukelen. &#8220;Compared to Epic, Unity will seem like the tamer option, led by someone with less of an ax to grind.&#8221;</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/lifestyle/technology/2020/09/18/unity-popular-video-game-making-software-set-to-go-public-amid-ipo-flurry/">Unity, popular video game-making software, set to go public amid IPO flurry</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> US coronavirus case rates are ticking up after weeks of decline https://ktvz.com/health/2020/09/18/the-us-doesnt-have-to-wait-for-a-vaccine-to-get-covid-19-under-control-nations-top-doctor-says/ KTVZ urn:uuid:ddc22f01-ac7d-13ab-e0a6-c6468acf01ea Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:50:20 +0000 <p>Daily US coronavirus cases have been ticking up recently, a trend medical experts have said they won&#8217;t want to see as a potentially complicated flu season approaches. New daily cases averaged about 39,700 over a week as of Thursday &#8212; and that average has risen the past five days, data from Johns Hopkins University show.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/health/2020/09/18/the-us-doesnt-have-to-wait-for-a-vaccine-to-get-covid-19-under-control-nations-top-doctor-says/">US coronavirus case rates are ticking up after weeks of decline</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p>Daily US coronavirus cases have been ticking up recently, a trend medical experts have said they won&#8217;t want to see as a <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2020/09/14/health/us-coronavirus-monday/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">potentially complicated flu season approaches</a>.</p> <p>New daily cases averaged about 39,700 over a week as of Thursday &#8212; and that average has risen the past five days, data from <a href="https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2020/health/coronavirus-us-maps-and-cases/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Johns Hopkins University</a> show.</p> <p>This comes after weeks of decline from a summer surge. It&#8217;s well below the summer peak average of 67,300 on July 22.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>But health experts have said they <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2020/09/14/health/us-coronavirus-monday/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">fear it might be too high to prevent big spikes this fall</a>, as colder weather sends more people indoors, increasing the risk of spreading both Covid-19 and the flu.</p> <p>&#8220;We really need to see flu vaccination uptake increased across the Northern Hemisphere &#8230; especially this year,&#8221; Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organization&#8217;s technical lead for coronavirus, said Friday. &#8220;Because we have a tool against flu &#8230; that will help, and it will particularly help vulnerable populations.&#8221;</p> <p>Health experts have said Covid-19 colliding with flu season could strain health care capacity, <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2020/09/14/health/us-coronavirus-monday/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">partly because</a> in normal years <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">many Americans are hospitalized with flu</a>.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>A possible silver lining: The nation&#8217;s top infectious disease expert says the US <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2020/09/17/health/us-coronavirus-thursday/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">won&#8217;t necessarily see the worst of flu seasons</a>.</p> <p>Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, pointed Thursday to the Southern Hemisphere, where it&#8217;s late winter, and where Australia has experienced an <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/17/health/us-coronavirus-thursday/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">almost non-existent flu season</a>.</p> <p>A new study published by the CDC also suggests that measures taken against Covid-19, like social distancing and teleworking, could lead to a mild flu season.</p> <p>&#8220;The key point here is still this: No. 1, if we don&#8217;t want to see a double whammy (of Covid-19 and flu), get your flu shot,&#8221; Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, epidemiologist and former Detroit health commissioner, said Friday.</p> <p>&#8220;No. 2, make sure you wear a mask. No. 3, keep practicing safe social distancing.&#8221;</p> <p>More than 6.6 million Covid-19 infections have been officially reported in the US since the start of the pandemic, and at least 197,633 people have died, according to <a href="https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Johns Hopkins</a>.</p> <p>The country has averaged 838 Covid-19 deaths a day over the past week &#8212; a rate below where it was weeks ago. Daily deaths hovered above 1,000 for 25 straight days from late July into mid-August.</p> <p><h3>Washington Post: WH nixed plan to distribute 650 million face masks through USPS</h3> </p> <p>The US Postal Service had planned to distribute 650 million face coverings for the Trump administration in April to curb coronavirus, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/18/politics/postal-service-face-masks-coronavirus-trump-administration/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">according to newly obtained internal documents reviewed by CNN</a>.</p> <p>But the White House scrapped those plans to avoid sparking &#8220;concern or panic&#8221; among Americans, senior administration officials <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2020/09/17/usps-trump-coronavirus-amazon-foia/?wpmk=1&amp;wpisrc=al_news__alert-politics--alert-national&amp;utm_source=alert&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=wp_news_alert_revere&amp;location=alert&amp;pwapi_token=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJjb29raWVuYW1lIjoid3BfY3J0aWQiLCJpc3MiOiJDYXJ0YSIsImNvb2tpZXZhbHVlIjoiNTk2OTcyZjE5YmJjMGY0Yjc3NTU4YmU1IiwidGFnIjoid3BfbmV3c19hbGVydF9yZXZlcmUiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL3d3dy53YXNoaW5ndG9ucG9zdC5jb20vdXMtcG9saWN5LzIwMjAvMDkvMTcvdXNwcy10cnVtcC1jb3JvbmF2aXJ1cy1hbWF6b24tZm9pYS8_d3Btaz0xJndwaXNyYz1hbF9uZXdzX19hbGVydC1wb2xpdGljcy0tYWxlcnQtbmF0aW9uYWwmdXRtX3NvdXJjZT1hbGVydCZ1dG1fbWVkaXVtPWVtYWlsJnV0bV9jYW1wYWlnbj13cF9uZXdzX2FsZXJ0X3JldmVyZSZsb2NhdGlvbj1hbGVydCJ9.7jIkmwC_MupL1Xdlw9xqY7W0iJ-qIKS1JRRw7mcyoF4" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">told The Washington Post.</a></p> <p>The documents obtained by the transparency group American Oversight show the Postal Service was doing this in partnership with the White House Coronavirus Task Force, the Department of Health and Human Services, and &#8220;a consortium of textile manufacturers.&#8221;</p> <p>USPS was planning to ship the masks in April and to prioritize areas &#8220;which HHS has identified as experiencing high transmission rates of Covid-19,&#8221; according to a draft USPS release.</p> <p>A separate draft media response statement said the packages would include &#8220;five reusable face cloths, which can be used up to 15 times each.&#8221;</p> <p>The scrapped plan provides a <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/18/politics/postal-service-face-masks-coronavirus-trump-administration/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">fresh look</a> at how the White House was responding to the pandemic in its early days. When reached by CNN, the White House declined to comment.</p> <p><h3>Teachers at risk across US </h3> </p> <p>The country has continued to navigate its response to the crisis amid a back-to-school season like no other. While dozens of districts across the country opted to begin the year virtually, other students returned to class &#8212; and with them came more Covid-19 cases.</p> <p>In Massachusetts, almost 30 teenagers were asked to quarantine after parents sent a child to school <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/17/us/parents-send-student-school-coronavirus-trnd/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">despite knowing the student was infected, </a>according to the school district and town&#8217;s mayor. In <a href="https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2020/09/14/florida-schools-coronavirus-cases-flores-dnt-lead-vpx.cnn" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Florida,</a> the number of children under 18 who have contracted the virus statewide <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/14/us/florida-children-covid-cases-schools-data/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">has jumped 26% since many public schools</a> opened their doors last month.</p> <p>The school openings come despite weeks of protests from education leaders who feared a return to school<a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/08/us/florida-reopening-schools-teacher-responses/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> could be deadly. </a></p> <p>The results of a new study <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/18/health/school-workers-covid-19/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">now show between 42% and 51% of all school employees</a> in the US met the CDC&#8217;s criteria for either having an increased risk for Covid-19 infection or potentially increased risk for Covid-19 infection.</p> <p>The CDC says underlying health conditions like obesity, diabetes and heart disease and older age put people into the highest risk groups.</p> <p>&#8220;Among all adults with CDC risk factors for severe Covid-19, between 33.9 million and 44.2 million had direct or within-household connections to schools,&#8221; the researchers with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality wrote.</p> <p>The results, the researchers wrote, highlight the &#8220;public health challenge that arises when the risk of school-related exposure is coupled with the potential for within-household transmission.&#8221;</p> <p>Within-household transmissions have also been a concern among experts when it comes to college students, many of whom could return home for upcoming breaks or already are living with their parents.</p> <p>It&#8217;s why Fauci has urged colleges and universities to isolate students infected with the virus on campus instead of sending them home. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/10/health/us-coronavirus-thursday/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Colleges</a> in all 50 states have reported<a href="https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2020/health/reopening-coronavirus/college.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> positive cases of Covid-19. </a></p> <p>&#8220;You send them back to their community, you will in essence be reseeding with individuals who are capable of transmitting infection, many communities throughout the country,&#8221; Fauci said earlier this month.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/health/2020/09/18/the-us-doesnt-have-to-wait-for-a-vaccine-to-get-covid-19-under-control-nations-top-doctor-says/">US coronavirus case rates are ticking up after weeks of decline</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Overnight rain and lightning lead to storm damage https://www.koin.com/news/oregon/overnight-rain-and-lightning-lead-to-storm-damage/ KOIN.com urn:uuid:3dafe130-fef2-d389-ae4d-1651ecc69441 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:50:07 +0000 While wildfires are still ravaging parts of Oregon, thunderstorms have now swept through much of the state. <p>PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) &#8212; While wildfires are still ravaging parts of Oregon, thunderstorms have now swept through much of the state. </p> <p>Some counties are seeing the resulting storm damage this Friday morning, such as fallen tree limbs and other debris littering the roads and waterways. </p> <div class="ns-block-custom-html"> <div><p><b><i>Follow KOIN 6 for the latest news and weather</i></b></p></div><div id="appCon" style="margin-top: 15px;"><div style="float: left; margin-right: 10px;"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.koin.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2019/11/KOIN-Nov-2019-app-icon-45x45.jpg" alt="App"></div><p><b><i><a href="https://www.koin.com/mobile-apps/" target="blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Download our FREE news and weather apps</a> for iPhone, iPad and Android. You can also follow us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/koin6/" target="_new" rel="noopener noreferrer">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/koinnews" target="_new" rel="noopener noreferrer">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/koin6/" target="blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Instagram</a>, and sign up for our <a href="https://www.koin.com/koin-6-email-alerts/" target="_new" rel="noopener noreferrer">email newsletters</a>.</i></b></p></div> </div> 71 students and staff members quarantine after COVID positive students attend school https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/71-students-and-staff-members-quarantine-after-covid-positive-students-attend-school/ KTVZ urn:uuid:fe02bb5f-8c25-af5c-51b2-653ba6d19bb3 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:48:25 +0000 <p>Click here for updates on this story &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;GWINNETT COUNTY, GA (WGCL) &#8212; Parents with kids at Mill Creek High School were shocked to learn 71 people from the school are in quarantine after the principal says individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 came to school while sick. “My daughter has not set foot in</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/71-students-and-staff-members-quarantine-after-covid-positive-students-attend-school/">71 students and staff members quarantine after COVID positive students attend school</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.cbs46.com/news/71-students-and-staff-members-quarantine-after-covid-positive-students-attend-school/article_48dafd26-f94b-11ea-b5eb-aff7707e45da.html" rel="noopener noreferrer">Click here for updates on this story</a></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;GWINNETT COUNTY, GA (<a target="_blank" href="https://www.cbs46.com/news/71-students-and-staff-members-quarantine-after-covid-positive-students-attend-school/article_48dafd26-f94b-11ea-b5eb-aff7707e45da.html" rel="noopener noreferrer">WGCL</a>) &#8212; Parents with kids at Mill Creek High School were shocked to learn 71 people from the school are in quarantine after the principal says individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 came to school while sick.</p> <p>“My daughter has not set foot in that school yet so that’s a relief to me and my family. It’s scary to think she could have been one of those kids,” said Alex M. whose daughter attends the school.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>The school says there are three confirmed cases, one suspected case and 67 close contacts who are now in quarantine.</p> <p>In a letter to parents the schools principal writes, &#8220;In my opinion, the vast majority of the close contacts could have been prevented had some of the individuals who are now sick, or awaiting test results, not come to school when they were not feeling well or if they had stayed home as they knew they had been exposed to someone who had received a positive test.&#8221;</p> <p>Parents online are calling out each other for putting others in harms way. Mill Creek students have had the option to learn digitally since classes started back up.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>One parent, whose children learn digitally at the school, told CBS46 reporter Jamie Kennedy they believe only around 20-30 percent have taken up the option. They said this careless behavior reassures them they made the right decision.</p> <p>“Right now I don’t feel safe at all in the near future, not until we figure out what this thing is, how to control it and how to stop it. Right now the only way to avoid it is by avoiding each other,” said Alex.</p> </p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p><strong>Please note: This content carries a strict local market embargo. If you share the same market as the contributor of this article, you may not use it on any platform.</strong></p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --></p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/71-students-and-staff-members-quarantine-after-covid-positive-students-attend-school/">71 students and staff members quarantine after COVID positive students attend school</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> A firefighter has died in the California wildfire sparked by a gender reveal party https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/a-firefighter-has-died-in-the-california-wildfire-sparked-by-a-gender-reveal-party/ KTVZ urn:uuid:f2f90064-bf86-1e46-bd1c-92d30c4d7bb1 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:46:26 +0000 <p>A firefighter has been killed in the El Dorado Fire, the blaze sparked this month by a botched gender reveal party, according to the San Bernardino National Forest Service. The firefighter was killed Thursday, the forest service said in a brief statement. The cause of death is under investigation, it said, and the firefighter&#8217;s identity</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/a-firefighter-has-died-in-the-california-wildfire-sparked-by-a-gender-reveal-party/">A firefighter has died in the California wildfire sparked by a gender reveal party</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p>A firefighter has been killed in the El Dorado Fire, the blaze sparked this month by a botched gender reveal party, according to the San Bernardino National Forest Service.</p> <p>The firefighter was killed Thursday, the forest service <a href="https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sbnf/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD806966" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">said in a brief statement</a>. The cause of death is under investigation, it said, and the firefighter&#8217;s identity was withheld pending the notification of next of kin.</p> <p>&#8220;Our deepest sympathies are with the family, friends and fellow firefighters during this time,&#8221; the forest service said in a brief statement on Twitter.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>The El Dorado Fire was started by a &#8220;smoke-generating pyrotechnic device&#8221; used at a party over Labor Day weekend in El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa, about 70 miles east of Los Angeles, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/07/us/california-fire-el-dorado-gender-reveal-trnd/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">according to Cal Fire investigators</a>.</p> <p>Fire officials told CNN at the time that those involved were cooperating with fire investigators.</p> <p>As of Friday morning, the El Dorado Fire had <a href="https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7148/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">scorched more than 21,000 acres</a> and was 66% contained.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div><p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/a-firefighter-has-died-in-the-california-wildfire-sparked-by-a-gender-reveal-party/">A firefighter has died in the California wildfire sparked by a gender reveal party</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. PDT https://ktvz.com/news/ap-oregon-northwest/2020/09/18/here-is-the-latest-oregon-news-from-the-associated-press-at-140-a-m-pdt-6/ KTVZ urn:uuid:9c419fad-6f04-f89f-fbb6-117aa8af7038 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:40:03 +0000 <p>SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Evening storms in Oregon will bring much needed moisture, but the rain may be partnered with lightening, which sparked some of the fires ravaging the West Coas. Authorities say the strong winds that could disperse thick smoke covering the state, but also further spread fires. The National Weather Service in Portland</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/ap-oregon-northwest/2020/09/18/here-is-the-latest-oregon-news-from-the-associated-press-at-140-a-m-pdt-6/">Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. PDT</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p>SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Evening storms in Oregon will bring much needed moisture, but the rain may be partnered with lightening, which sparked some of the fires ravaging the West Coas. Authorities say the strong winds that could disperse thick smoke covering the state, but also further spread fires. The National Weather Service in Portland issued a Flash Flood Watch Thursday afternoon for a portion of Northwest Oregon, citing that loose rocks and debris, which has been increased due to the wildfires, will likely fall down hills and into roads.</p> <p>PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As wildfires raged through Oregon, staff at fish hatcheries around the state raced to try to save – or prematurely release – millions of chinook salmon, steelhead and trout being raised in captivity. About 450,000 fish, including 50,000 brown trout perished at two hatcheries and more than 1 million chinook, steelhead and trout were released into the McKenzie River all at once in desperation as the fire approached and fresh water to the facility was cut off. Staff worked in smoke-blackened skies to empty fish pens and clear adult fish from fish ladders at dams before fleeing themselves.</p> <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a man suspected of killing a right-wing protester in Portland, Oregon, pointed a handgun at officers before he was shot to death by members of a federal task force. The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that Michael Forest Reinoehl had a .380-caliber handgun when he was killed on Sept. 3 near Lacey, Washington. Authorities say ballistics tests are being done to determine if the handgun was the same gun used in the Aug. 29 fatal shooting of Aaron “Jay” Danielson in Portland. Reinhoehl died after members of the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force, headed by the U.S. Marshals Service, moved in to arrest him. </p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Two unusual weather phenomena combined to create some of the most destructive wildfires the West Coast states have seen in modern times. First was a dramatic lightning storm over Northern and Central California. Thousands of bolts ignited hundreds of fires in parched grasslands and vineyards. Then, warm, dry winds blew toward the West Coast — not the usual direction. One month after the lightning storm set the stage, firefighters are still battling the blazes. At least 34 people have died. About 5,300 square miles have burned this year in California. That’s more than ever before, according to Cal Fire. In Oregon, the figure is about 1,560 square miles, nearly double the 10-year average.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/ap-oregon-northwest/2020/09/18/here-is-the-latest-oregon-news-from-the-associated-press-at-140-a-m-pdt-6/">Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. PDT</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Here is the latest Washington news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. PDT https://ktvz.com/news/ap-oregon-northwest/2020/09/18/here-is-the-latest-washington-news-from-the-associated-press-at-140-a-m-pdt-6/ KTVZ urn:uuid:561732bd-3d66-f74b-5720-47f0af93ea94 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:40:03 +0000 <p>SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. judge blocked controversial Postal Service changes that have slowed mail nationwide, calling them “a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service” before the November election. Judge Stanley Bastian in Yakima, Washington, said Thursday he was issuing a nationwide preliminary injunction sought by 14 states that sued the</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/ap-oregon-northwest/2020/09/18/here-is-the-latest-washington-news-from-the-associated-press-at-140-a-m-pdt-6/">Here is the latest Washington news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. PDT</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p>SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. judge blocked controversial Postal Service changes that have slowed mail nationwide, calling them “a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service” before the November election. Judge Stanley Bastian in Yakima, Washington, said Thursday he was issuing a nationwide preliminary injunction sought by 14 states that sued the Trump administration and the U.S. Postal Service. The states challenged the Postal Service’s so-called “leave mail behind” policy, where trucks have been leaving postal facilities on time regardless of whether there is more mail to load. They also sought to force the Postal Service to treat election mail as first class mail.</p> <p>SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Two unusual weather phenomena combined to create some of the most destructive wildfires the West Coast states have seen in modern times. First was a dramatic lightning storm over Northern and Central California. Thousands of bolts ignited hundreds of fires in parched grasslands and vineyards. Then, warm, dry winds blew toward the West Coast — not the usual direction. One month after the lightning storm set the stage, firefighters are still battling the blazes. At least 34 people have died. About 5,300 square miles have burned this year in California. That’s more than ever before, according to Cal Fire. In Oregon, the figure is about 1,560 square miles, nearly double the 10-year average.</p> <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department explored whether it could pursue either criminal or civil rights charges against local city officials as violence erupted night after night on the streets of Portland, Oregon. Federal officials researched whether they could levy criminal or civil charges against the officials, department spokesperon Kerri Kupec said. The research likely explored whether the rhetoric and actions of city officials may have helped spur the violence in Portland. That&#8217;s in line with the larger Trump administration’s effort seek action against those who officials believe may be helping contribute to protest-related violence. Kupec declined to comment on whether charges would be brought. </p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>SEATTLE (AP) — King County Executive Dow Constantine in Seattle has proposed several initiatives that would reduce funding to the county Sheriff’s Office, shift resources from the traditional criminal system toward community-based alternatives and move away from longstanding fare enforcement on buses. The Seattle Times reports his pitch Wednesday brought immediate pushback from Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht, whose office said she was not consulted. The proposals are part of the biennial budget that Constantine will present next week and were spurred by months of protests against police violence and systemic racism that have dominated the nation this summer. And they come as the coronavirus pandemic has forced cutbacks across nearly all branches of county government.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/ap-oregon-northwest/2020/09/18/here-is-the-latest-washington-news-from-the-associated-press-at-140-a-m-pdt-6/">Here is the latest Washington news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. PDT</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. MDT https://ktvz.com/news/ap-oregon-northwest/2020/09/18/here-is-the-latest-idaho-news-from-the-associated-press-at-140-a-m-mdt-7/ KTVZ urn:uuid:c4b5c37a-55eb-da33-5766-df8c8bcc823b Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:40:02 +0000 <p>POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — A school board in Idaho has announced its decision to retire the Pocatello High School Indians mascot at the end of the academic year. The move came after students and community members raised concerns over how other school athletic programs would portray the mascot before competitions. The Idaho State Journal reported</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/ap-oregon-northwest/2020/09/18/here-is-the-latest-idaho-news-from-the-associated-press-at-140-a-m-mdt-7/">Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. MDT</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p>POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — A school board in Idaho has announced its decision to retire the Pocatello High School Indians mascot at the end of the academic year. The move came after students and community members raised concerns over how other school athletic programs would portray the mascot before competitions. The Idaho State Journal reported that the Pocatello-Chubbuck School District 25 Board of Trustees voted 5-1 to eliminate the mascot during a board meeting on Tuesday. The school is now accepting recommendations for a new mascot. No exact timeline has been set yet but the board is expected to make a decision from three final options.</p> <p>ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Ending the 2020 census at the end of September instead of the end of October, could cost Florida and Montana congressional seats. A new report released Thursday also said it could result in Texas, Florida, Arizona, Georgia, and North Carolina losing $500 million annually in federal funding for healthcare for its neediest residents. Scenarios modeled by statisticians Jonathan Auerbach and Steve Pierson showed that if the once-a-decade head count of every U.S. resident ends in September, without an extra month, California, Ohio, or Idaho could gain congressional seats, while Florida or Montana could lose seats they otherwise might have gotten.</p> <p>BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A conservative Christian group is appealing a federal judge&#8217;s ruling that temporarily blocked Idaho&#8217;s law banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports. Alliance Defending Freedom on Wednesday filed an appeal of the ruling with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The judge last month issued a temporary injunction against the law that took effect last summer. The law prohibits transgender students who identify as female from playing on female teams sponsored by public schools, colleges and universities. The ban does not apply to men’s teams. The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging the constitutionality of the law.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>LYONS, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man says he used a green plastic chair as a shield from a huge, deadly wildfire as he sheltered from the flames on a rock in the middle of a river. Don Myron had been caught in the Beachie Creek Fire in Little North Canyon, one of the areas most impacted by massive blazes that burned across the state. Four of the eight confirmed wildfire deaths in Oregon are from the area east of the state capital of Salem. Myron said he was trapped in the canyon by downed trees and flames roaring on 70 mph winds.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/ap-oregon-northwest/2020/09/18/here-is-the-latest-idaho-news-from-the-associated-press-at-140-a-m-mdt-7/">Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. MDT</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Tropical Storm Wilfred forms in the eastern Atlantic, the latest storm in an active hurricane season https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/tropical-storm-wilfred-forms-in-the-eastern-atlantic-the-latest-storm-in-an-active-hurricane-season/ KTVZ urn:uuid:327cc398-9970-00ec-f3c3-3f39240ebf90 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:39:48 +0000 <p>MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Wilfred forms in the eastern Atlantic, the latest storm in an active hurricane season.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/tropical-storm-wilfred-forms-in-the-eastern-atlantic-the-latest-storm-in-an-active-hurricane-season/">Tropical Storm Wilfred forms in the eastern Atlantic, the latest storm in an active hurricane season</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p>MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Wilfred forms in the eastern Atlantic, the latest storm in an active hurricane season.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/tropical-storm-wilfred-forms-in-the-eastern-atlantic-the-latest-storm-in-an-active-hurricane-season/">Tropical Storm Wilfred forms in the eastern Atlantic, the latest storm in an active hurricane season</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Kaua’i teacher raises funds for school’s stolen farm equipment https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/kauai-teacher-raises-funds-for-schools-stolen-farm-equipment/ KTVZ urn:uuid:4ad7eb68-4d5d-84d4-211f-5084bf0c8f8e Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:39:26 +0000 <p>Click here for updates on this story &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;HI (KITV) &#8212; For years one Kaua&#8217;i High School teacher has been committed to growing her agriculture program through the campus farm. However, a theft over the summer put the brakes on maintenance and production and that teacher is now looking for help. Ever since Caitlyn Madrid took</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/kauai-teacher-raises-funds-for-schools-stolen-farm-equipment/">Kaua&#8217;i teacher raises funds for school&#8217;s stolen farm equipment</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.kitv.com/story/42648560/kauai-teacher-raises-funds-for-schools-stolen-farm-equipment" rel="noopener noreferrer">Click here for updates on this story</a></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;HI (<a target="_blank" href="https://www.kitv.com/story/42648560/kauai-teacher-raises-funds-for-schools-stolen-farm-equipment" rel="noopener noreferrer">KITV</a>) &#8212; For years one Kaua&#8217;i High School teacher has been committed to growing her agriculture program through the campus farm.</p> <p>However, a theft over the summer put the brakes on maintenance and production and that teacher is now looking for help.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>Ever since Caitlyn Madrid took the reigns of Kaua&#8217;i High Schools Natural Resources program she&#8217;s been determined to cultivate it.</p> <p>Pre-pandemic he and more than one hundred students have dedicated much of their time to sustainability as stewards of the schools campus farm.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s about two acres at the end of our campus, on the backside of our campus up against Nawiliwili Road,&#8221; Madrid said.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>In the past daily maintenance kept the farm functioning, providing produce.</p> <p>&#8220;We maintain our banana patch, we grow fresh fruits and vegetables,&#8221; Madrid said.</p> <p>A fruitful farm that at one point even kept livestock, raised by students, that would support school fundraisers.</p> <p>&#8220;That&#8217;s one of the things the students really really enjoy is the animal husbandry portion of that. So it&#8217;s been a really good experience for them,&#8221; Madrid said.</p> <p>According to Madrid, summer is when things went downhill.</p> <p>Thieves stole majority of the programs farming equipment.</p> <p>No tools, and no money to replace them Madrid says her departments budget has been slashed.</p> <p>&#8220;We went from $57K in federal funds last year to around $25K this year. And that&#8217;s between 10 CTE teachers we split that money,&#8221; Madrid said.</p> <p>So she&#8217;s turning to the community for help.</p> <p>Madrid started a crowd funding campaign hoping Kaua&#8217;i residents will step in for her students.</p> <p>The link to it can be found here.</p> <p>From a monetary donation to even used appliances, Madrid says every bit helps the program, and those who are part of it.</p> <p>&#8220;We really wanna produce students out of our school that can be contributing members of our community,&#8221; Madrid said.</p> <p>Because she believes sowing seeds of sustainable learning will reap benefits everyone can enjoy. </p> <p><strong>Please note: This content carries a strict local market embargo. If you share the same market as the contributor of this article, you may not use it on any platform.</strong></p> </p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/kauai-teacher-raises-funds-for-schools-stolen-farm-equipment/">Kaua&#8217;i teacher raises funds for school&#8217;s stolen farm equipment</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> ‘Cheer’ star Jerry Harris arrested on charge of production of child pornography https://ktvz.com/entertainment/2020/09/18/cheer-star-jerry-harris-arrested-on-charge-of-production-of-child-pornography/ KTVZ urn:uuid:9184ef80-228d-fa5f-2d41-cafe30b4c122 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:37:33 +0000 <p>Jeremiah &#8220;Jerry&#8221; Harris, one of the students featured in Netflix&#8217;s breakout docuseries &#8220;Cheer,&#8221; has been arrested on a production of child pornography charge, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Fitzpatrick. Harris, 21, is accused of &#8220;enticing an underage boy to produce sexually explicit videos and photos of himself,&#8221; according to a criminal complaint filed in</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/entertainment/2020/09/18/cheer-star-jerry-harris-arrested-on-charge-of-production-of-child-pornography/">&#8216;Cheer&#8217; star Jerry Harris arrested on charge of production of child pornography</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p>Jeremiah &#8220;Jerry&#8221; Harris, one of the students featured in Netflix&#8217;s breakout docuseries &#8220;Cheer,&#8221; has been arrested on a production of child pornography charge, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Fitzpatrick.</p> <p>Harris, 21, is accused of &#8220;enticing an underage boy to produce sexually explicit videos and photos of himself,&#8221; according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago.</p> <p>The minor was 13 at the time, the complaint said.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>A representative for Harris did not immediately return CNN&#8217;s request for comment via email.</p> <p>Harris appeared in federal court in Chicago on Thursday afternoon, where the government sought his detention as a danger to the community.</p> <p>Harris&#8217;s attorney said he will seek his release saying he is &#8220;asthmatic&#8221; and at risk for Covid-19.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>Production of child pornography is punishable by a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years, a press release from the U.S. Attorney&#8217;s office stated.</p> <p>Harris was interviewed by law enforcement this week on these accusations, according to the criminal complaint.</p> <p>Earlier this week, Harris was accused of child sexual exploitation and abuse in lawsuit filed by an attorney representing <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/15/entertainment/jerry-harris-cheer/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">two alleged victims</a>.</p> <p>A spokesperson for Harris told CNN at the time, &#8220;We categorically dispute the claims made against Jerry Harris, which are alleged to have occurred when he was a teenager. We are confident that when the investigation is completed the true facts will be revealed.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;Cheer&#8221; recently won two Emmy Awards and is nominated for outstanding unstructured reality program, which will be announced during the last night of the virtual Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday.</p> <p>On Thursday, a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement to CNN: &#8220;Like everyone we are shocked by this news. Any abuse of minors is a terrible crime and we respect the legal process.&#8221;</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/entertainment/2020/09/18/cheer-star-jerry-harris-arrested-on-charge-of-production-of-child-pornography/">&#8216;Cheer&#8217; star Jerry Harris arrested on charge of production of child pornography</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Idaho Daybook https://ktvz.com/news/ap-oregon-northwest/2020/09/18/idaho-daybook/ KTVZ urn:uuid:8df59d86-daed-5c55-db04-362e6b521de5 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:31:16 +0000 <p>Associated Press Idaho Daybook for Friday, Sep. 18. The daybook is for planning purposes only and is not intended for publication or broadcast. You should verify any event you plan to cover. Please keep the AP in mind when news develops. The Boise bureau is reachable at 208-343-1894. Send daybook items to Idaho@applanner.com. To see</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/ap-oregon-northwest/2020/09/18/idaho-daybook/">Idaho Daybook</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p>Associated Press Idaho Daybook for Friday, Sep. 18.</p> <p>The daybook is for planning purposes only and is not intended for publication or broadcast. You should verify any event you plan to cover.</p> <p>Please keep the AP in mind when news develops. The Boise bureau is reachable at 208-343-1894. Send daybook items to Idaho@applanner.com.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>To see your Daybooks and events for Idaho and other States up to 12 months ahead, speak to your bureau or sales rep about access to AP Planner, or visit http://applanner.com.</p> <p>&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8211;</p> <p>Friday, Sep. 18 9:00 AM Idaho Gov. Little&#8217;s public schedule &#8211; Idaho Governor Brad Little provides introductory remarks at Three Branch Behavioral Council meeting, via Zoom (9:00 AM MDT), and host a press conference regarding Idaho Rebounds, 700 W Jefferson St, Boise (9:00 AM MDT)</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>Weblinks: http://www.idaho.gov, https://twitter.com/IDAHOgov</p> <p>Contacts: Marissa Morrison, State of Idaho, marissa.morrison@gov.idaho.gov, 1 208 943 1686</p> <p>&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8211;</p> <p>NEW EVENT: Friday, Sep. 18 9:00 AM Idaho Behavioral Health Council meeting &#8211; Idaho Behavioral Health Council meeting, with agenda including the review of a funding proposal for the Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee (CFAC), an update on statewide surveys, as well as action items on additional advisory board members and the charter for the IBHC Advisory Board. Board members also see presentations on the strategic planning process, the Behavioral Health Planning Council, Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Program, and Medicaid</p> <p>Location: Idaho Supreme Court Building, 451 W State St, Boise, ID</p> <p>Weblinks: http://www.idaho.gov, https://twitter.com/IDAHOgov</p> <p>Contacts: Niki Forbing-Orr, IDHW PIO, ForbingN@dhw.idaho.gov, 1 208 334 0668</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/ap-oregon-northwest/2020/09/18/idaho-daybook/">Idaho Daybook</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Van Morrison protests Covid-19 lockdowns in three new songs https://ktvz.com/entertainment/2020/09/18/van-morrison-protests-covid-19-lockdowns-in-the-uk-in-three-new-songs/ KTVZ urn:uuid:80b81a0c-914c-bee2-5d33-17a9d5edea56 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:26:06 +0000 <p>Van Morrison is railing against UK lockdowns and pandemic restrictions in three new songs, despite the government&#8217;s success at containing Covid-19 transmissions. The 74-year-old Northern Ireland musician is best known for the soft-rock classic &#8220;Brown Eyed Girl.&#8221; But he is no longer so dulcet. His new singles feature lyrics so specific and incendiary they sound</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/entertainment/2020/09/18/van-morrison-protests-covid-19-lockdowns-in-the-uk-in-three-new-songs/">Van Morrison protests Covid-19 lockdowns in three new songs</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/social-distanced-music-festival-intl-scli-gbr/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Van Morrison</a> is railing against UK lockdowns and pandemic restrictions in three new songs, despite the government&#8217;s success at containing Covid-19 transmissions.</p> <p>The 74-year-old Northern Ireland musician is best known for the soft-rock classic &#8220;Brown Eyed Girl.&#8221; But he is no longer so dulcet. His new singles feature lyrics so specific and incendiary they sound as though they were designed to be played at rallies and protests.</p> <p><a href="https://www.vanmorrison.com/news/2020/van-morrison-announces-three-protest-songs-against-lockdown" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">In a statement</a>, the Rock &amp; Roll Hall of Famer described the forthcoming songs &#8212; &#8220;Born to Be Free,&#8221; &#8220;As I Walked Out&#8221; and &#8220;No More Lockdowns&#8221; &#8212; as &#8220;songs of protest&#8221; that criticize the government&#8217;s decisions to shut down businesses, including live music venues.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>Morrison said his personal freedoms are being impinged upon.</p> <p>&#8220;I&#8217;m not telling people what to do or think. The government is doing a great job of that already,&#8221; he said in the statement. &#8220;It&#8217;s about freedom of choice. I believe people should have the right to think for themselves.&#8221;</p> <p>Morrison&#8217;s publicists shared the lyrics to his upcoming songs with CNN. In &#8220;As I Walked Out,&#8221; he gets hyper-specific, listing off dates when the UK&#8217;s guidance around coronavirus changed rapidly.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>In &#8220;Born to Be Free,&#8221; he sings that UK residents seem to have amnesia &#8220;trying to remember about the <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/07/europe/berlin-wall-fall-30th-anniversary-intl-grm/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Berlin Wall</a>.&#8221; Morrison does not expound upon the comparison.</p> <p>&#8220;No More Lockdown&#8221; is perhaps the most blunt of the bunch. Morrison rages against the government-imposed lockdown, singing that officials are &#8220;pretending it&#8217;s for our safety when it&#8217;s really to enslave.&#8221;</p> <p>The Grammy-winner previously has criticized the government for canceling live music shows. In a now-deleted post on his website from August, Morrison called on members of the music industry to &#8220;fight the pseudo-science&#8221; around Covid-19, the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/aug/25/van-morrison-blasts-covid-gig-limits-pseudoscience" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Guardian reported</a>.</p> <p>Covid-19 is a novel illness, but the science surrounding it is sound. A study released this summer found that US shutdowns <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/08/health/coronavirus-shutdowns-effective-study-wellness-bn/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">prevented about 60 million Covid-19 infections</a> in the country. Shortly after lockdown restrictions were lifted nationwide, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/03/health/coronavirus-lockdown-lifting-deadly-charts-intl/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Covid-19 cases began to balloon</a>.</p> <p>In the UK &#8212; the government Morrison specifically condemns in his songs &#8212; <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/world/live-news/coronavirus-pandemic-09-18-20-intl/h_a4c1f0c6bbdea9f2ed7bb03406c5e79f" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">officials are considering a second lockdown</a>. Many of the country&#8217;s restrictions were lifted earlier in the summer, but now that the country is seeing new cases surge upward of 3,000 every day, local officials have imposed targeted lockdowns.</p> <p>Morrison&#8217;s three new songs will roll out digitally every two weeks beginning next week with &#8220;Born to Be Free.&#8221; He plans to perform them later this month at live shows.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/entertainment/2020/09/18/van-morrison-protests-covid-19-lockdowns-in-the-uk-in-three-new-songs/">Van Morrison protests Covid-19 lockdowns in three new songs</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Small stocks may thrive in 2021 — no matter who wins the election https://ktvz.com/money/2020/09/18/small-stocks-may-thrive-in-2021-no-matter-who-wins-the-election/ KTVZ urn:uuid:c6f31a7b-3db3-d17b-ee79-b0ff773c4988 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:25:49 +0000 <p>The stock market is, to put it mildly, having a strange year. The S&#38;P 500, a market cap weighted index heavily influenced by the FAANGs, is up nearly 4% in 2020 while the tech-laden Nasdaq has soared more than 20%. But the Russell 2000, the index that is home to America&#8217;s small cap public companies,</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/money/2020/09/18/small-stocks-may-thrive-in-2021-no-matter-who-wins-the-election/">Small stocks may thrive in 2021 — no matter who wins the election</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p>The stock market is, to put it mildly, having a strange year.</p> <p>The <a href="https://money.cnn.com/data/markets/sandp/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">S&amp;P 500</a>, a market cap weighted index <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2020/09/13/investing/sp-500-apple-amazon-microsoft-alphabet-facebook/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">heavily influenced by the FAANGs</a>, is up nearly 4% in 2020 while the tech-laden <a href="https://money.cnn.com/data/markets/nasdaq/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Nasdaq</a> has soared more than 20%. But the <a href="https://money.cnn.com/data/markets/russell/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Russell 2000</a>, the index that is home to America&#8217;s small cap public companies, is down almost 8%.</p> <p>And some strategists think 2021 might finally be the time for the Davids of the market to start outperforming the massive Goliaths of tech.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>This year, smaller companies are taking the hit: They tend to have more exposure to the United States economy versus overseas markets, and America is in <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/08/economy/recession-economy-coronavirus-nber/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">the midst of a recession</a> while facing a <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/17/world/coronavirus-newsletter-09-17-20-intl/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">possible second wave of Covid-19 cases</a>.</p> <p>Meanwhile, multinational tech giants like Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Google owner Alphabet and Facebook, are currently benefiting from the <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/16/economy/oecd-economic-outlook-september/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">nascent recovery abroad</a> as Europe and Asia <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/15/economy/china-economy-retail-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">move past the worst</a> of their coronavirus outbreaks.</p> <p>But this tech rally won&#8217;t last forever: &#8220;The run-up we&#8217;ve had in large caps and big tech has been so big that a rotation into small caps is going to happen,&#8221; said Dan Pipitone, co-founder of TradeZero America, an investing app similar to Robinhood.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>&#8220;The election is traditionally a dynamic catalyst for this — and it could be more pronounced this year,&#8221; he added.</p> <p><h3>Smaller companies outperform in post-election years</h3> </p> <p>Small caps often do well just after a presidential election in party because there&#8217;s a renewed focus on domestic issues. After the contentious political race is finally over, the president and Congress can actually get down to the real business of governing.</p> <p>The average return for the Russell 2000 is 15% in the year after a presidential election since 1980, according to research from Citi strategist Scott Chronert. That&#8217;s about 4 percentage points better, on average, than large cap stocks.</p> <p>And if the current polling turns out to be accurate and Joe Biden defeats President Trump, small caps could get a particularly big boost. That&#8217;s because, as Chronert points out, the economy has often slumped in an election year — which means a new president needs to focus on fixing that.</p> <p>&#8220;Since 1980 four elections, and party changes, have taken place during, or related to, recessionary conditions,&#8221; Chronert wrote in a report late last month.</p> <p>With that in mind, Chronert thinks the president — be it Biden or Trump in a second term — will need to prioritize issues like tax and trade policies, health care reform and Big Tech oversight to get the US economy back on track.</p> <p>Other market experts are also predicting that smaller companies will rebound in 2021.</p> <p>&#8220;Small caps definitely could do better next year. They&#8217;ve lagged versus blue chips and usually in a recovery, small caps&#8230;lead,&#8221; said Todd Lowenstein, managing director and equity strategy executive of The Private Bank At Union Bank.</p> <p>Assuming that the economy is still weak after November, which seems like a safe bet, Lowenstein is cautiously optimistic that Democrats and Republicans will finally work together on more stimulus.</p> <p>&#8220;Small caps should be beneficiaries after the election. Fueling the domestic economy should be an easy win and provide some common ground for bipartisanship,&#8221; he said.</p> <p>Of course, that may be easier said given the rancorous state of national politics.</p> <p><h3>Investors will need to be selective with small caps</h3> </p> <p>Meanwhile, smaller companies face another pressing concern. Several weaker companies — those with lots of debt, in particular -— may not be able to stage a comeback.</p> <p>&#8220;Yes, small companies can do well after election, But the universe of smaller firms has shrunken,&#8221; said Judith Lu, CEO and founder of Blue Zone Wealth Advisors.</p> <p>&#8220;The market is weeding out small and midsized companies now due to Covid. Companies that don&#8217;t have strong enough balance sheets may not survive,&#8221; Lu added.</p> <p>That&#8217;s why investors may need to pick and choose their spots wisely. Not all small companies wlil do well. Lu said the key is to look for companies that have attractive valuations — those trading at discounts to larger tech firms.</p> <p>Growth stocks may also continue to outperform value stocks.</p> <p>&#8220;Interest rates are exceedingly low and that&#8217;s likely to continue. That favors growth stocks,&#8221; said JoAnne Feeney, portfolio manager with Advisors Capital Management.</p> <p>Feeney said she looks for rapidly growing companies that have businesses which are comparable to larger, more well-known stocks.</p> <p>For example, her firm has a stake in StoneCo, a Brazilian payments firm that&#8217;s similar to PayPal, as well as financial tech firm Q2. Feeney said her firm has also invested in handheld barcode reader maker Zebra as a way to capitalize on the explosive growth of Amazon and e-commerce, as many workers in Amazon warehouses use Zebra&#8217;s scanners.</p> <p>TradeZero America&#8217;s Pipitone said his firm&#8217;s clients are starting to gravitate toward smaller biotechs that could benefit from vaccine news or partnerships with Big Pharma. Vaxart and iBio are two in particular that have soared thanks to strong demand from mom-and-pop retail traders.</p> <p>Investors are flocking to consumer staples companies too as more people stay home — like booze. Pipitone said Sam Adams owner Boston Beer is a popular stock among TradeZero America customers.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/money/2020/09/18/small-stocks-may-thrive-in-2021-no-matter-who-wins-the-election/">Small stocks may thrive in 2021 — no matter who wins the election</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Judge rules censorship clause in former Director of School’s severance agreement unconstitutional https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/judge-rules-censorship-clause-in-former-director-of-schools-severance-agreement-unconstitutional/ KTVZ urn:uuid:98f3f571-639c-bb8e-8179-75195df4d8f7 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:21:27 +0000 <p>Click here for updates on this story &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) &#8212; A Davidson County judge ruled in favor of three school board members who sued Metro and former Director of Schools Dr. Shawn Joseph over the legality of the School Board censorship clause in Joseph&#8217;s severance agreement. Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle issued an</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/judge-rules-censorship-clause-in-former-director-of-schools-severance-agreement-unconstitutional/">Judge rules censorship clause in former Director of School&#8217;s severance agreement unconstitutional</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.wsmv.com/news/davidson_county/judge-rules-censorship-clause-in-former-director-of-schools-severance-agreement-unconstitutional/article_88dca2a0-f7a0-11ea-b295-8fd2c78d4625.html" rel="noopener noreferrer">Click here for updates on this story</a></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;NASHVILLE, TN (<a target="_blank" href="https://www.wsmv.com/news/davidson_county/judge-rules-censorship-clause-in-former-director-of-schools-severance-agreement-unconstitutional/article_88dca2a0-f7a0-11ea-b295-8fd2c78d4625.html" rel="noopener noreferrer">WSMV</a>) &#8212; A Davidson County judge ruled in favor of three school board members who sued Metro and former Director of Schools Dr. Shawn Joseph over the legality of the School Board censorship clause in Joseph&#8217;s severance agreement.</p> <p>Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle issued an order on Tuesday striking down the censorship clause as unconstitutional on multiple grounds and permanently enjoined its enforcement.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>Last year Joseph announced he would not seek to renew his contract, which was set to expire June 30,2020. The school board voted to buy out Joseph&#8217;s contract and approved his severance agreement at a school board meeting on April 9, 2019. Part of Joseph&#8217;s severance agreement included a clause prohibiting the school board from making &#8220;any disparaging or defamatory comments regarding Dr. Joseph and his performance as Director of Schools.</p> <p>School Board members Jill Speering, Fran Bush and Amy Frogge voted against the terms of the agreement. The motion passed 5-3.</p> <p>Earlier this year the three school board members filed a lawsuit against Joseph and the Metro government claiming the clause in Joseph&#8217;s severance agreement violated their First and Fourteenth Amendment rights.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>Among other things, the clause prohibited elected School Board members even from truthfully criticizing &#8220;Dr. Joseph and his performance as Director of Schools.&#8221;</p> <p>Upon review of it, Lyle ruled that the clause violated the Plaintiffs&#8217; First Amendment rights, unlawfully prohibited them from speaking honestly with their constituents, and violated established Tennessee public policy. As a result, the clause was invalidated as unenforceable. Metro and Joseph will additionally be required to pay the Plaintiffs&#8217; &#8220;reasonable costs and attorney’s fees,&#8221; which have been pledged to charity.</p> <p>&#8220;This is a landmark victory on behalf of both elected officials&#8217; free speech rights and citizens&#8217; right to hear from their elected representatives,&#8221; said attorney Daniel Horwitz, who represented all three Plaintiffs, in a news release. &#8220;Metro and Joseph should be ashamed of their efforts to gag elected officials and prevent them from speaking honestly with their constituents about issues of tremendous public importance, and their illegal attempt to do so should serve as a costly warning to other government officials to think twice before violating the First Amendment.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>Please note: This content carries a strict local market embargo. If you share the same market as the contributor of this article, you may not use it on any platform.</strong></p> </p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/judge-rules-censorship-clause-in-former-director-of-schools-severance-agreement-unconstitutional/">Judge rules censorship clause in former Director of School&#8217;s severance agreement unconstitutional</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Concerns about children getting less physical activity https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/concerns-about-children-getting-less-physical-activity/ KTVZ urn:uuid:156b6b27-f267-ec5a-87ce-3fa33ac7b18b Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:17:29 +0000 <p>Click here for updates on this story &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) &#8212; For some children, PE class at school may be the only physical activity they get during a day, and with kids learning from home, there’s concern they’re getting even less movement than a typical school year. “We definitely know that kids are not getting</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/concerns-about-children-getting-less-physical-activity/">Concerns about children getting less physical activity</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.wsmv.com/news/concerns-about-children-getting-less-physical-activity/article_88b60722-f803-11ea-978e-57a9708b2117.html" rel="noopener noreferrer">Click here for updates on this story</a></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;NASHVILLE, TN (<a target="_blank" href="https://www.wsmv.com/news/concerns-about-children-getting-less-physical-activity/article_88b60722-f803-11ea-978e-57a9708b2117.html" rel="noopener noreferrer">WSMV</a>) &#8212; For some children, PE class at school may be the only physical activity they get during a day, and with kids learning from home, there’s concern they’re getting even less movement than a typical school year.</p> <p>“We definitely know that kids are not getting as much activity, the safer at home policy, things being canceled have definitely led to decreases in activity.”</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>Dr. Elizabeth Martin is a professor of pediatric physical medicine at Vanderbilt University, and while it may be too early to study the data on how much activity kids are missing out on, there’s cause for concern.</p> <p>“Exercise as we know is really important, not only for physical health, but for mental health, for boosting our immune system, for helping with sleep and learning,” Dr. Martin said.</p> <p>The good news in this, children have an ally – parents also need to make sure they’re getting enough exercise, so Dr. Martin suggests the whole family find an activity each day that everyone can do together.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>“Getting out and getting some fresh air is wonderful,” she said. “If you need to be indoors, there are lots of great indoor activities, so be creative, some up with scavenger hunts, obstacle courses in your backyard.”</p> <p>Dr. Martin also suggests online programs designed to keep your kids moving right now.</p> <p>She specifically suggests one called “Go Noodle” and “Fit Kids.”</p> <p><strong>Please note: This content carries a strict local market embargo. If you share the same market as the contributor of this article, you may not use it on any platform.</strong></p> </p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/concerns-about-children-getting-less-physical-activity/">Concerns about children getting less physical activity</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> A deal to create Spain’s largest lender could signal more bank mergers in Europe https://ktvz.com/money/2020/09/18/a-deal-to-create-spains-largest-lender-could-signal-more-bank-mergers-in-europe/ KTVZ urn:uuid:efd1866d-61c8-4b81-070f-701bc76f0b5c Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:17:15 +0000 <p>Two big Spanish banks have announced a deal to create the country&#8217;s largest domestic lender in a move that could signal the start of further consolidation in Europe&#8217;s beleaguered banking sector. CaixaBank said in a statement on Friday that it will buy state-owned Bankia in an all-share deal that will help the companies tackle falling</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/money/2020/09/18/a-deal-to-create-spains-largest-lender-could-signal-more-bank-mergers-in-europe/">A deal to create Spain&#8217;s largest lender could signal more bank mergers in Europe</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p>Two big Spanish banks have announced a deal to create the country&#8217;s largest domestic lender in a move that could signal the start of further consolidation in Europe&#8217;s <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/29/investing/europe-banks-covid-debts/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">beleaguered banking sector</a>.</p> <p>CaixaBank said in a statement on Friday that it will buy state-owned Bankia in an all-share deal that will help the companies tackle falling profitability as a result of the <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/31/economy/europe-economy-gdp-recession/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">coronavirus pandemic</a>.</p> <p>The deal values Bankia, which was <a href="https://money.cnn.com/2012/12/27/news/economy/spain-bankia-shares/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">bailed out by the government</a> during Spain&#8217;s banking crisis in 2012, at €4.3 billion ($5.1 billion), according to Jefferies analysts.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>The new entity will have 20 million customers and a quarter of all loans and deposits in Spain. Total assets will exceed €664 billion ($786.6 billion), making it the largest bank in the domestic market, the companies said. Santander and BBVA, which have extensive overseas operations, are Spain&#8217;s largest banks.</p> <p>&#8220;We will become the leading Spanish bank at a time when it is more necessary than ever to create entities with a significant size,&#8221; José Ignacio Goirigolzarri, Bankia&#8217;s current chairman and the chairman of the new entity, said in a statement.</p> <p>The companies said the merger made strategic sense against the backdrop of the pandemic along with other structural challenges faced by eurozone lenders, including the shift to digital banking and low interest rates.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>Other deals could be on the horizon for Europe&#8217;s overcrowded financial sector. Swiss bank UBS is reportedly examining a potential deal with rival Credit Suisse. A merger of Deutsche Bank, Germany&#8217;s largest lender, and crosstown competitor Commerzbank, was <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/25/business/deutsche-bank-commerzbank-merger/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">under consideration</a> as recently as last year.</p> <p>The deal in Spain comes amid a trying year for Europe&#8217;s banks, which have had to <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/29/investing/europe-banks-covid-debts/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">raise billions of dollars to cover bad debts</a> as they brace for one of the worst global recessions on record. Banks are also contending with ultra-low interest rates, which make lending less profitable, prompting them to find other ways to support dwindling income.</p> <p>&#8220;The clearest way to improve profitability is to gain the benefits of scale and extract synergies from a merger,&#8221; said Jefferies analyst Benjie Creelan-Sandford.</p> <p>CaixaBank and Bankia expect the combined entity will benefit from cost savings of €770 million ($911.8 million) a year. They are targeting additional revenue of €290 million annually ($343 million).</p> <p>Creelan-Sandford expects to see further consolidation among European banks, including in Spain and markets such as Germany and Italy, which are less concentrated.</p> <p>In July the European Central Bank <a href="https://www.bankingsupervision.europa.eu/press/pr/date/2020/html/ssm.pr200701~3a15b9f8b1.en.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">clarified</a> its supervisory approach to consolidations, which was interpreted as being supportive of further tie-ups. &#8220;The regulator has become increasingly explicit that they would like to see more mergers and acquisitions in the sector,&#8221; Creelan-Sandford said.</p> <p>But cross-border mergers are more complex and come with less low-hanging fruit when it comes to cost savings, such as being able to combine branch networks.</p> <p>&#8220;There are multiple differences in regulations across countries [within Europe] and also in terms of products,&#8221; said Morningstar analyst Johann Scholtz. An even bigger hurdle is that there is no deposit insurance regime covering the European Union or the eurozone, he told CNN Business.</p> <p>Where Scholtz does see opportunity, however, is among <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/25/business/europe-investment-banks/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">investment banks</a>, which are less tied to particular countries and need scale to compete in an environment of thinning margins and undifferentiated products.</p> <p>&#8220;European investment banks have found it very hard to compete against US rivals, even in Europe,<del>&#8220;</del> he said.</p> <p>Earlier this week, the <a href="https://www.ft.com/content/6eb02b5b-cfec-478a-ad04-adceb935ee54" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Financial Times</a> reported UBS chairman Axel Weber had drawn up plans for a proposed tie-up with Credit Suisse to create a Swiss banking champion, although a later <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/credit-suisse-gp-ma-ubs-group-idUSL8N2GD2YQ" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Reuters</a> report said it was considered internally as unlikely, citing a person familiar with the matter. The companies told CNN Business that they do not comment on &#8220;rumors&#8221; or &#8220;speculation.&#8221;</p> <p>While a merger between the two groups would likely add value to shareholders, it would face considerable regulatory hurdles in Switzerland pertaining to competition and rules that seek to prevent banks from becoming &#8220;too big to fail,&#8221; said Scholtz.</p> <p><em>&#8212; Streisand Neto contributed reporting.</em></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/money/2020/09/18/a-deal-to-create-spains-largest-lender-could-signal-more-bank-mergers-in-europe/">A deal to create Spain&#8217;s largest lender could signal more bank mergers in Europe</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Workers fear humans implanted with microchips will steal their jobs https://ktvz.com/money/2020/09/18/workers-fear-cyborgs-will-steal-their-jobs-by-2035/ KTVZ urn:uuid:9ab2f396-193b-a136-62f7-59252930062d Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:14:29 +0000 <p>Workers worry that in the not-too-distant future they will be sidelined by humans implanted with performance-enhancing microchips. Two-thirds of employees believe that in 2035, humans with chips implanted in their bodies will have an unfair advantage in the labor market, according to a Citrix survey of employees in the United States and Europe that was</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/money/2020/09/18/workers-fear-cyborgs-will-steal-their-jobs-by-2035/">Workers fear humans implanted with microchips will steal their jobs</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p>Workers worry that in the not-too-distant future they will be sidelined by humans implanted with performance-enhancing microchips.</p> <p>Two-thirds of employees believe that in 2035, humans with chips implanted in their bodies will have an unfair advantage in the labor market, according to a Citrix survey of employees in the United States and Europe that was shared exclusively with CNN Business.</p> <p>Although <a href="http://www.cnn.com/style/article/david-vintiner-transhumanism/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">cyborgs</a> may sound like the stuff of science fiction, they<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2019/09/10/world/brain-implants-telepathy-intl-scn-scli/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> could be here before long. </a></p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>Thousands of people in Sweden have <a href="https://www.npr.org/2018/10/22/658808705/thousands-of-swedes-are-inserting-microchips-under-their-skin?t=1583319756225" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">inserted microchips in their hands </a>that could one day replace keys and cards. <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2020/08/28/tech/elon-musk-neuralink/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Elon Musk recently showed off a working brain implant in pigs </a>made by Neuralink, his brain-computer interface company.</p> <p>And Synchron, a San Francisco startup <a href="https://www.synchronmed.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">funded in part by the US Defense Department,</a> is <a href="https://www.synchronmed.com/press-release-aug-27-2020" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">already testing an implantable wireless device</a> that can stimulate the nervous system from the inside of a blood vessel. It has been implanted in patients with upper-limb paralysis.</p> <p>There is a sharp divide between employees and C-Suite executives over the pros and cons of implanted chips. And that gap echoes a broader difference of opinion between workers and leaders over artificial intelligence and the future of technology and the role of workers at the nexus of the two.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>&#8220;Leaders are consistently more positive about the benefits that technology and AI will bring, while workers are more skeptical and concerned about their own role in the changing world of work,&#8221; according to Citrix Work 2035, a research study done by the software company whose <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/11/business/citrix-machine-learning/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Workspace service helps employees to work from anywhere. </a></p> <p>Seventy-seven percent of business leaders believe that under-the-skin chips and sensors will boost worker performance and productivity by 2035. By comparison, just 43% of workers share that positive view on chips.</p> <p>&#8220;I look at it much less as a Hollywood-version of cyborgs,&#8221; Citrix CEO David Henshall told CNN Business. &#8220;I see it more concentrated in wearables. You can imagine someone at a job site with augmented reality who can overlay a schematic diagram.&#8221;</p> <p><h3>AI will soon overtake humans in revenue generation</h3> </p> <p>Although employees seem more fearful of implanted devices, they may also be more likely to embrace them — perhaps if only in an effort to protect their livelihoods.</p> <p>Fifty-seven percent of workers would be willing to have chips implanted in their own bodies — if they felt it was safe and would boost their performance, the Citrix survey found. By contrast, only 31% of business leaders were open to implants themselves.</p> <p>Broadly, CEOs and employees agree that technology, especially artificial intelligence, will play a critical role in the future.</p> <p>In fact, 72% of professionals (workers and business leaders combined) polled by Citrix believe that by 2030 AI will replace humans as their organization&#8217;s top revenue generator.</p> <p>And by 2035, AI technology investment will be the biggest driver of growth for their organization, according to 90% of business leaders.</p> <p>But what do these trends portend for humans?</p> <p>&#8220;We are already in the midst of the greatest winner-take-all economy in the history of the world. AI will drive those inequities up, not down,&#8221; former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang told CNN Business.</p> <p>Yang, whose signature issue is a $1,000-a-month universal basic income for all adults, said that if CEOs see more value coming from AI, they will devote fewer resources to humans.</p> <p>&#8220;Workers are getting replaced and automated in everything from meatpacking factories to accounting firms. Over time, you will have fewer workers,&#8221; said Yang, who is a CNN political commentator. &#8220;We need to be more clear-eyed and realistic about what this means for our society,&#8221;</p> <p>Workers share those concerns.</p> <p>Sixty percent of employees surveyed by Citrix think that by 2035, permanent employees will be a rarity.</p> <p><h3>&#8216;Robots are not going to replace humans&#8217;</h3> </p> <p>The good news is that C-Suite executives, presumably the ones making the decisions, are much more bullish on the role of humans in the future. Most leaders (81%) think permanent employees will still have a place by 2035.</p> <p>Moreover, 70% of business leaders polled by Citrix said the pandemic made them believe human workers are more important to their business relative to technology.</p> <p>And it&#8217;s easy to see how technology will continue to make employees better at their jobs, just as PCs, smartphones and the internet have.</p> <p>By 2035, technology such as AI personal assistants and augmented reality glasses will make workers at least twice as productive, according to 51% of professionals in the Citrix survey.</p> <p>&#8220;Robots are not going to replace humans,&#8221; Henshall, the Citrix CEO, said. &#8220;Technology will make people better and smarter. It&#8217;s an enabler, not a replacer.&#8221;</p> <p>Yet it seems likely that technology, especially AI, will shift the role that humans play in companies in the future.</p> <p>Eighty-three percent of professionals say that by 2035, technology will automate low-value tasks. In theory, that would free up workers to focus on more meaningful work.</p> <p>&#8220;Technology over the last 100 years has done nothing but help people become more productive and efficient,&#8221; said Henshall. &#8220;The types of tasks will have to evolve over time.&#8221;</p> <p><h3>Will AI eventually replace the C-Suite?</h3> </p> <p>But there is no guarantee that the humans being &#8220;freed&#8221; from mundane tasks will be the same<strong> </strong>ones hired for the more exciting work. Countless workers, especially those without the right skills training, could be left behind in the disruption.</p> <p>&#8220;The workers that will suffer the most will be the majority whose work can be automated away,&#8221; said Yang. &#8220;There will be a handful of executives and investors who end up profiting at unprecedented levels.&#8221;</p> <p>Yang pointed out that Google recently launched an AI call center that will enable companies to <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2020/07/13/google-signs-up-verizon-for-its-ai-powered-contact-center-services/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">push some of their customer service calls</a> to Google instead of their own workers. He noted more than<a href="https://info.siteselectiongroup.com/blog/how-big-is-the-us-call-center-industry-compared-to-india-and-philippines#:~:text=Based%20on%20Site%20Selection%20Group's,call%20centers%20with%20fewer%20than" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> 2 million Americans work in call centers</a> — and predicted that most companies will not shift those workers to other positions.</p> <p>&#8220;That&#8217;s not how organizations function,&#8221; said Yang, whose devoted following during the presidential campaign was known as the Yang Gang. &#8220;They will say, &#8216;You are no longer needed, thank you for your service. Here&#8217;s a week&#8217;s severance.'&#8221;</p> <p>Management may not be immune to the coming wave of disruption, either.</p> <p>The Citrix survey found that most professionals believe that in the future, organizations will have a central AI department that oversees all areas of business. Even CEOs will work in a human-machine tandem with an office of chief artificial intelligence.</p> <p>Not just that, but more than half (57%) of all professionals believe that by 2035, there will be no traditional leadership team at all — just AI making most business decisions.</p> <p>Perhaps that will boost the CEO ranks in the Yang Gang.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/money/2020/09/18/workers-fear-cyborgs-will-steal-their-jobs-by-2035/">Workers fear humans implanted with microchips will steal their jobs</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Oregon environmentalist George Atiyeh remains missing after wildfire destroys his home https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/oregon-environmentalist-george-atiyeh-remains-missing-after-wildfire-destroys-his-home/ KTVZ urn:uuid:5d71e2e9-df00-971b-78b6-aab07adbed6f Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:11:50 +0000 <p>An Oregon environmentalist who fought to protect the pristine Opal Creek Wilderness has been missing since a devastating wildfire swept through his home in the Oregon woods last week. George Atiyeh, the 72-year-old activist and nephew of former Oregon Gov. Victor Atiyeh, was last seen on September 7 before the Beachie Creek Fire exploded overnight</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/oregon-environmentalist-george-atiyeh-remains-missing-after-wildfire-destroys-his-home/">Oregon environmentalist George Atiyeh remains missing after wildfire destroys his home</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p>An Oregon environmentalist who fought to protect the pristine Opal Creek Wilderness has been missing since a devastating wildfire swept through his home in the Oregon woods last week.</p> <p>George Atiyeh, the 72-year-old activist and nephew of former Oregon Gov. Victor Atiyeh, was last seen on September 7 before the Beachie Creek Fire exploded overnight last week.</p> <p>The fire began August 16 in the Opal Creek Wilderness, about 2 miles south of Jawbone Flats and 6 miles north of Detroit, Oregon, according to the <a href="https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7001/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">US Forest Service&#8217;s InciWeb system</a>. A historic windstorm September 7 transformed the fire overnight from 469 acres to more than 131,000 acres.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>In all, the fire has burned more than 191,000 acres, caused <a href="https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/6329d5e4e13748b9b9f7f33f06a3c376/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">four deaths, injured three people and destroyed nearly 500 homes</a>. The Beachie Creek Fire was still just 20% contained as of Thursday and is estimated to be fully contained at the end of October.</p> <p>Dwayne Canfield, the executive director of the Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center, told CNN in an email Thursday that he last spoke with Atiyeh the Monday before the fire exploded.</p> <p>&#8220;I did urge him to leave, and he said it was only a level two evacuation so he didn&#8217;t need to yet,&#8221; Canfield said in an email.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>The Opal Creek Wilderness is a 20,000-acre refuge of steep and rugged forested hillsides boasting Douglas fir trees, creeks, mountain peaks and lookouts, <a href="https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/willamette/recarea/?recid=4211" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">according to the Forest Service</a>.</p> <p>The wilderness refuge was protected by <a href="https://oregonwild.org/opal-creek" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">federal legislation in 1996</a> after activists, including Atiyeh, pushed back against plans to open the area for logging.</p> <p>Scott Fogarty, a longtime friend of Atiyeh, said Thursday he was holding out hope that his friend survived the fire and escaped to the local river.</p> <p>&#8220;So in my mind&#8217;s eye, he&#8217;s potentially sitting on one of those shelves, those benches in the water, the natural rock benches in the water and hopefully, you know, he&#8217;s going to be able to either head downriver at some point, or once the fire subsides completely he&#8217;ll be able to walk up out of there,&#8221; Fogarty said.</p> <p>&#8220;That&#8217;s my hope.&#8221;</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/oregon-environmentalist-george-atiyeh-remains-missing-after-wildfire-destroys-his-home/">Oregon environmentalist George Atiyeh remains missing after wildfire destroys his home</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Teenager brings awareness, diversity to Windsor Locks community discussion https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/teenager-brings-awareness-diversity-to-windsor-locks-community-discussion/ KTVZ urn:uuid:703bfd43-7dd8-6414-fe65-cdbb88ae5966 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:07:58 +0000 <p>Click here for updates on this story &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;WINDSOR LOCKS, CT (WFSB) &#8212; A Windsor locks eighth grader is leading an important discussion about racism in the community tonight. This evening, the town held an &#8220;erasing racism&#8217; conversation &#8211; after a 14-year-old was inspired to make a difference in their town. &#8220;People really need to know</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/teenager-brings-awareness-diversity-to-windsor-locks-community-discussion/">Teenager brings awareness, diversity to Windsor Locks community discussion</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/teenager-brings-awareness-diversity-to-windsor-locks-community-discussion/article_663b8e10-f957-11ea-a076-b3ad503a3b93.html" rel="noopener noreferrer">Click here for updates on this story</a></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;WINDSOR LOCKS, CT (<a target="_blank" href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/teenager-brings-awareness-diversity-to-windsor-locks-community-discussion/article_663b8e10-f957-11ea-a076-b3ad503a3b93.html" rel="noopener noreferrer">WFSB</a>) &#8212; A Windsor locks eighth grader is leading an important discussion about racism in the community tonight.</p> <p>This evening, the town held an &#8220;erasing racism&#8217; conversation &#8211; after a 14-year-old was inspired to make a difference in their town.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>&#8220;People really need to know about it because they are the change,&#8221; Jasmine Hurdle said Thursday.</p> <p>The Windsor locks middle school student says she has faced some prejudice in her life.</p> <p>And after reflecting on what&#8217;s going on across the country, and her own town, she contacted first selectman Chris Kervick to let him know what needs to be done.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>&#8220;A lot people feel that it’s uncomfortable to talk about,&#8221; Hurdle said. &#8220;So I really want to bring awareness.&#8221;</p> <p>All eyes were on Jasmine and a panel of diverse speakers. All sharing their experiences being a person of color in Windsor Locks.</p> <p>&#8220;I went to my mom and asked why people don’t like me for my skin color,&#8221; Hurdle said. &#8220;Am I wrong, am I dirty? And she really had to explain to me that I had value. That I am important.&#8221;</p> <p>Jasmine says racism, diversity and inclusion is an important topic for her.</p> <p>She hopes it will be just as important for the people who attended tonight.</p> <p>&#8220;I want them to learn that just because you don’t see racism, doesn’t mean its not happening,&#8221; Hurdle said.</p> <p><strong>Please note: This content carries a strict local market embargo. If you share the same market as the contributor of this article, you may not use it on any platform.</strong></p> </p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/teenager-brings-awareness-diversity-to-windsor-locks-community-discussion/">Teenager brings awareness, diversity to Windsor Locks community discussion</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> Man on Fish River puts Bible in front of door, prays Hurricane Sally won’t flood house https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/man-on-fish-river-puts-bible-in-front-of-door-prays-hurricane-sally-wont-flood-house/ KTVZ urn:uuid:8cd51fb6-9455-eb7c-9524-fcdcf3961526 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:03:38 +0000 <p>Click here for updates on this story &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;BALDWIN CO, AL (WALA) &#8212; The images are stunning and the stories leave you speechless. Hurricane Sally left behind extensive damage. The FOX10 News drone getting a bird&#8217;s eye view of it. Sally really stirred up Fish River. John Rabur&#8217;s home was on the brink of flooding. &#8220;It</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com/news/national-world/2020/09/18/man-on-fish-river-puts-bible-in-front-of-door-prays-hurricane-sally-wont-flood-house/">Man on Fish River puts Bible in front of door, prays Hurricane Sally won&#8217;t flood house</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://ktvz.com">KTVZ</a>.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.fox10tv.com/news/man-on-fish-river-puts-bible-in-front-of-door-prays-hurricane-sally-wont-flood/article_c056e030-f965-11ea-9ea1-23a47a22c2c5.html" rel="noopener noreferrer">Click here for updates on this story</a></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;BALDWIN CO, AL (<a target="_blank" href="https://www.fox10tv.com/news/man-on-fish-river-puts-bible-in-front-of-door-prays-hurricane-sally-wont-flood/article_c056e030-f965-11ea-9ea1-23a47a22c2c5.html" rel="noopener noreferrer">WALA</a>) &#8212; The images are stunning and the stories leave you speechless. Hurricane Sally left behind extensive damage. The FOX10 News drone getting a bird&#8217;s eye view of it.</p> <p>Sally really stirred up Fish River. John Rabur&#8217;s home was on the brink of flooding.</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-1" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-6" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); </script></div> <p>&#8220;It was the next morning when the surge from the river really started to come up and in about five hours, it came up five feet and that&#8217;s when we started to have some concerns about what was happening,&#8221; said Rabur.</p> <p>Rabur thought Hurricane Sally had done its worst, but the storm wasn&#8217;t done yet. Preparation time was over. Prayer would be his next line of defense.</p> <p>Rabur said, &#8220;As I was sitting there, I was like, well the Lord was able to part the Red Sea, so I took my Bible put it at the bottom, base of my door. Figured He could stop the Red Sea, if he chose to and He blessed us.&#8221;</p> <div id="inline-ad-dynamic-2" class="entry__inline-ad" style="text-align: center;"><div id="div-gpt-ad-7" class="div-gpt-ad"></div> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); </script></div> <p>In FOX10 News&#8217; drone video, you can see his above ground pool now muddy. Flood water came up to the top and rushed in. Rabur said God was looking over his home. Not a drop entered in.</p> <p>&#8220;So we were just completely grateful and blessed thank you Jesus for that day,&#8221; said Rabur.</p> <p><strong>Please note: This content carries a strict local market embargo. 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