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May 11, 2020

Jobless rate spikes to 14.7 percent, highest since Great Depression

The U.S. unemployment rate hit 14.7 percent in April, the highest rate since the Great Depression, as 20.5 million jobs vanished in the worst monthly loss on record. The figures are stark evidence of the damage the coronavirus has done to a now-shattered economy. The losses, reported by the Labor Department Friday, reflect what has […]

May 11, 2020

College class of 2020 will graduate into wobbly economy

With graduation looming, the future is looking a lot less bright than it did just a few months ago for college seniors. They are entering a job market flooded with tens of millions of workers who have lost their jobs amid the coronavirus, The Kansas City Star reports. Margaret Simms, a nonresident fellow at the […]

May 11, 2020

Missouri House panel dismisses sexual harassment complaint

A Missouri House panel has dismissed a sexual harassment complaint against a state lawmaker after an investigation that spanned several months. Minutes of the Missouri House Ethics Committee obtained by The Associated Press through an open-records request show the complaint was dismissed last week but do not identify the accused lawmaker nor describe the allegations. […]

May 11, 2020

US virus patients and businesses sue China over outbreak

Before the coronavirus outbreak, Saundra Andringa-Meuer was a healthy 61-year-old mother of six who never smoked or drank alcohol. Then she became seriously ill with the disease after traveling from her Wisconsin home to help her son move from college in Connecticut. She was hospitalized in March, ending up in a coma and on a […]

May 11, 2020

Some blame meatpacking workers, not plants, for virus spread

As coronavirus hotspots erupted at major U.S. meatpacking plants, experts criticized extremely tight working conditions that made the factories natural high risk contagion locations. But some Midwestern politicians have pointed the finger at the workers’ living conditions, suggesting crowded homes bear some blame. The comments — including a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice’s remark th[...]

May 8, 2020

US faces ‘truly daunting’ challenges on needed COVID tests

Despite a massive effort, the nation faces “truly daunting” challenges to deploy millions of coronavirus tests to safely re-open the economy, the head of the National Institutes of Health told lawmakers this week. NIH Director Francis Collins told the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee that government and private industry have launched a $2.5 […]

May 8, 2020

America’s business of prisons thrives even amid a pandemic

As factories and other businesses remain shuttered across America, prisoners in at least 40 states continue going to work. Sometimes they earn pennies an hour, or nothing at all, making masks and hand sanitizer to help guard others from the coronavirus. Those same inmates have been cut off from family visits for weeks, but they […]

May 8, 2020

Governors disregarding White House guidelines on reopening

Many governors across the U.S. are disregarding or creatively interpreting White House guidelines in easing their states’ lockdowns and letting businesses reopen, an Associated Press analysis found. The AP determined that 17 states do not appear to meet one of the key benchmarks set by the White House for loosening up — a 14-day downward […]

May 8, 2020

Regulators waive $200M fine on PG&E for causing deadly fires

California regulators have suspended a $200 million fine that Pacific Gas & Electric was supposed to pay as punishment for the utility’s neglect of electrical equipment that ignited a series of deadly wildfires in Northern California. The waiver approved in a unanimous vote by California’s Public Utilities Commission will deprive the state coffers of money […]

May 8, 2020

US northern border illegal crossings rise; many are Mexicans

The number of people apprehended for illegally crossing from Canada into the United States along its northern border has nearly tripled over the past three years, and a growing portion are Mexican citizens, according to federal data. One Mexican man who crossed illegally to work on a Vermont dairy farm said it was easier than […]

May 8, 2020

Loan program is short-term fix, not cure-all, for businesses

The Trump administration has dispensed about $530 billion to millions of small businesses to cushion them from the sharp downturn induced by the coronavirus. The question is: how effective will the Paycheck Protection Program be? Some small business owners say the program’s low-cost loans have enabled them to forestall layoffs or rehire staff – and […]

May 8, 2020

Biden uses virtual events to target battleground Florida

Joe Biden is back on the campaign trail, targeting the critical battleground state of Florida — but without actually leaving home. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is staying in his Delaware house amid efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus, which has shut down most aspects of American life, including the presidential campaign. But […]

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