Midday News to Use: 01.05.2021

It’s Election Day Again
Today’s two runoff races will determine which party controls the US Senate. Democrat Jon Ossoff is running against Republican Sen. David Perdue, and Democrat Raphael Warnock is running against GOP incumbent Kelly Loeffler, who was appointed in 2019 to replace a retiree.
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What a Mess
First day of scheduling in Pinellas County for seniors 65 and older to receive the Covid vaccine was a nightmare. With website crashes and overwhelmed call centers. The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County had to suspended its website Monday evening and said it was working to resolve the issue. The health department had set up new phone lines for scheduling appointments—but according to WFLA viewers, those lines don’t work.
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Australia Changes National Anthem
It’s a new year, and Australia has a new national anthem – well, a slightly newer one. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a change in the wording to the country’s national anthem. It’s in an attempt to recognize its indigenous history. What is the difference?
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With a New Year Comes New Laws
2020 saw massive protests over police brutality, economic insecurity brought on by the coronavirus pandemic and extreme weather events that again signaled the gravity of the climate crisis. And across the country, state legislatures and local jurisdictions responded to those and other issues with new laws and regulations.
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A little Good News
Anyone looking to start a business could learn a lot from two young brothers in Georgia. They’re masters at making money and sharing their wealth with others — and they’re doing it all in style.
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