Midday News To Use: 9.29.2020

The More We Learn
Olivia Troy, former homeland security adviser on the coronavirus task force said that the White House pressured the CDC to downplay the risk of coronavirus in children in order to open schools faster. More than 1 million people have now died of the coronavirus worldwide, less than nine months after the first death was confirmed.The US, Brazil, India and Mexico account for more than 50% of the total death toll.
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On Fire…Not in a Good Way
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency as a new round of wildfires tears through the state. The Zogg and Glass wildfires have torched nearly 70,000 acres combined, killing three and laying waste to hundreds of structures as they spread over areas of Napa, Sonoma and Shasta counties. Nearby, the August Complex Fire, already the largest in California’s history, continues to threaten. There have been more than 8,100 wildfires in California this year, and firefighters continue to fight at least 25 major blazes.
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Say Her Name
The recording of grand jury proceedings in the Breonna Taylor case will be released this week. Jefferson Circuit Judge Ann Bailey Smith has ordered attorneys to file a recording of the grand jury proceedings by Wednesday. The recording are expected to provide a window into more than two days of grand jury proceedings in a case that has helped fuel national protests over racial injustice and police use of deadly force against Blacks and other minorities.
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The Tide is Turning
A Military 1st: A Supercarrier Is Named After An African American Sailor. Military names can echo down through the ages, a fact underlined by the current fight in Washington, D.C., between President Trump and Congress, which has voted to strip the names of Confederate generals from several Southern Army bases. A supercarrier now on the drawing boards will be christened the USS Doris Miller. The ship will honor a Black Pearl Harbor hero and key figure in the rise of the civil rights movement.
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Lightning Strikes again
Congratulations going out to the Tampa Bay Lightning they won their second Stanley Cup championships. The first in 2004 now again in 2020, Last night the Bolts beat the Dallas Stars 2 – 0 in game 6 to take the Trophy. By the way they are the southernmost team ever to win the Stanley Cup.

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