Day: July 8, 2021

Former Virginia Governor Removes Segregationist’s Statue From Capitol Square

July 8, 2021

RICHMOND, Va. — On Wednesday morning, workers demolished a monument of Harry F. Byrd Sr., a former Virginia governor, US senator, and strong segregationist, from the state’s Capitol Square. Workers used a crane to lift the larger-than-life monument off its pedestal, then fastened it to a truck and put it into storage until politicians decide […]

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Amtrak’s Plan To Replace Dozens Of Outdated Trains Is Estimated To Cost $7.3 Billion

July 8, 2021

DETROIT — Amtrak’s Plan is to spend $7.3 billion to replace 83 passenger trains, some of which are almost 50 years old, though much of the financing is still subject to congressional approval. Amtrak said on Wednesday that some of the trains would be hybrids, able to run on both diesel and electricity where wires […]

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California’s Governor Gavin Newsom Kicks Off $1B Statewide Cleanup Plan

July 8, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO — California’s Governor $1.1 billion plan to remove garbage and graffiti off highways, roads, and other public areas began on Wednesday, with Gov. Gavin Newsom claiming that the initiative will beautify the state and create up to 11,000 jobs. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime attempt to address what we all see as we travel […]

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Pace Of California Wildfires Well Ahead Of Disastrous 2020

July 8, 2021

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — This year so far, the number of California Wildfires and the quantity of area burnt in dry California considerably exceeds totals from the terrible wildfire year of 2020. According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, there were 4,599 fires that burned 114.8 square miles (297 square kilometers) between January […]

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Judge Won’t Block Parts Of Georgia’s New Election Law For Now

July 8, 2021

ATLANTA — Before two runoff elections next week, a federal court declined to prohibit some contested portions of Georgia’s new election law, but he didn’t rule out the potential of subsequent elections. Election integrity advocates had petitioned U.S. District Judge J.P. Boulee to stop the state from enforcing portions of the new legislation dealing with […]

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US Job Openings Rise To Record High Number, Layoffs Hit Record Low

July 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — For the second month in a row, companies in the United States reported a record high number of available jobs, indicating that the economy is fast recovering and there is a high need for workers. The Labor Department said Wednesday that the number of available positions on the final day of May increased […]

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The Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation Has Established Two-Year Post-Divorce Power-Sharing Trial

July 8, 2021

NEW YORK — Even after their expected divorce, Bill and Melinda French Gates will continue to work together as co-chairs of their organization. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said Wednesday that if Gates and French Gates feel they cannot continue in their roles after two years, French Gates would quit as co-chair and trustee. […]

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2 US Military Members Were Injured In A Rocket Strike On The Al-Asad Air Base

July 8, 2021

2 US military members were injured in a rocket strike on al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq earlier Wednesday, according to a Pentagon spokeswoman. Earlier in the day, a US military official in Baghdad confirmed that 14 rockets were fired at the facility, with several landing inside the perimeter. Separately, a defense official stated that […]

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US Air Force 60 % liable for the shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas

July 8, 2021

In November 2017, a federal judge held the US Air Force 60 % Liable for a mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Devin Kelley opened fire during a Sunday service at the First Baptist Church, 40 miles west of San Antonio, killing 26 people ranging in age from 5 to 72, making it […]

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Oregon’s Record-Breaking Heatwave Death Toll Reaches 107 In ‘Mass Casualty’ Event

July 8, 2021

According to authorities, 107 people died in Oregon’s record-breaking heatwave on Tuesday. According to the Oregon State Medical Examiner, the fatalities range from 37 to 97 years old. The deaths occurred while the state was experiencing triple-digit temperatures from June 25 to June 30. Multnomah County has reported 67 deaths so far, accounting for more […]

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