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Live from NPR news I’m Jack Speer.
The nation has reached a tragic milestone, officially 500,000 people in the US have now died from covid-19, NPR’s Ping Huang has more.
Covid-19 was the leading cause of death in January, ahead of heart disease, cancer and other illness. The disease has killed at least 100,000people in the past 5 weeks. Doctor Richina Bicette at Baylor College of Medicine says this terrible pandemic millstone comes at a time of hope. Corona virus cases and hospitalizations are declining, and millions of Americans are getting vaccinated against the disease each week.
“We don't want people to drop their guard and think that now it’s the time to throw their masks away and to start to gathering because that’s kind of going to erase all the progress that we’ve recently made.”
Health experts say that behaviors like mask wearing and social distancing helped bring those numbers down, Ping Huang NPR news.
President Biden at this hour will be attending a candle lighting ceremony and holding a moment of silence to memorialize the victims. He’s ordering flags to be flown at half-staff to honor the dead.
President Biden’s nominee for Attorney General Merrick Garland is pledging to take on combating extremist violence in the US, and said if approved one of his first priorities would be going after those responsible for the January 6th insurrection at the US Capitol.
“One of the very first things I will do is, get a briefing on the progress of this investigation, I intend to give the career prosecutors who are working on this matter 24/7 all the resources they could possibly require, to do this.”
Garland is seeking to ensure lawmakers the Justice Department will also remain independent on his watch, federal appeals court judge was nominated for the Supreme Court in 2016, but republicans in the Senate refused to consider the nomination, Garland testified today before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Almost 2/3 of the money congress set aside in December to help small business weather the pandemic has already been given out, NPR’s Scott Horsley reports President Biden announced several moves today to ensure the smallest companies get their share of the money that remains.
For two weeks, starting Wednesday, the administration will only accept applications for paycheck protection loans from business with fewer than 20 employees, President Biden wants to be sure those small firms aren’t crowded out by bigger companies in seeking for givable loans to stay afloat.
“We understand we are not going to get our economy back in shape and millions of people back to work until we beat this virus. Getting our economy back means bringing our small business back, and that’s what we are gonna do.”
The administration is also easing loans access for sole proprietors, immigrant business owners, and borrowers with blemish records. Scott Horsley NPR news Washington.
On Wall Street the Dow was up 27points, the NASDAQ fell 341 points today.
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New Jersey is the latest state to decriminalize recreational marihuana. As Joe Hernandez from member station WHYY reports, it comes after voters there approved legalizing the drug during the November election.
Governor Phil Murphy signed 3 laws that will decriminalize low level marihuana possession and began the process of setting up the state’s legal market place. It means arrests for small amounts of pot should stop, but residents likely won’t be able to walk into a dispenser and buy drug legally for another 6 months. Murphy, a democrat says he supported legalization for social justice reasons and 70% of tax revenue from weed sale will now go to communities of color hit hardest by the war on drugs. New Jersey lawmakers failed to pass legal recreational marihuana into law 2 years ago, but voters approved it in the November election ballot question by a 2-1 margin. For NPR news I’m Joe Hernandez.
Airplane builders Boeing is recommending airlines ground all 777 jet liners with the same type of engines as the one that blew apart shortly after takeoff from the Denver airport this past weekend. The Federal Aviation Administration also says it is ordering US airlines to step up inspections of the aircrafts after one of its flights made an emergency landing on Saturday, bits of the jet’s engine rained down on the Colorado neighborhood however even with just one working engine the plane was able to land safely, none of the 241 passengers and crew aboard were hurt.
Crude oil futures’ prices moved higher, oil up 2dollars and 45cents a barrel today to 61.69 a barrel.
I’m Jack Speer, NPR news.
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