Archive for April 7th, 2020

Federal Appeals Court Panel Clears Path To Executions, Throwing Out Lower Court Order

Crime & Justice | | April 07 2020, 8:40 PM

A three-judge panel split 2-1 in a decision vacating an injunction issued in November that had scuttling planned executions of four inmates.

Trump Tells The Story Of A 'Miracle' Cure For COVID-19. But Was It?

Health | | April 07 2020, 8:20 PM

President Trump continues to promote hydroxychloroquine, a drug that has not been proved to work against coronavirus and COVID-19. He's relying on anecdotes, not science.

Fact Check: Is Mail Ballot Fraud As Rampant As President Trump Says It Is?

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | April 07 2020, 8:00 PM

Pressure is increasing to make mail voting more available nationwide in response to the coronavirus pandemic, but President Trump on Tuesday called it "very dangerous."

Answering Your Coronavirus Questions: Medicine, Social Distancing And Mental Health

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | April 07 2020, 8:00 PM

On this broadcast of The National Conversation, we'll answer your questions about a medication that some suggest may help patients, social distancing and how to care for your mental health.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Calls For National Voting Overhaul

Politics | | April 07 2020, 7:40 PM

The massive set of proposals includes $4 billion in new elections funding, 30 days of required early voting, and a mail-in-ballot to be sent to every registered voter in the country.

The 'Schitt's Creek' Finale Gave David A Happy Ending

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | April 07 2020, 7:40 PM

The gentle Canadian sitcom with the rabid international fanbase came to an end last night after six seasons. Included: A tearful wedding, many tearful goodbyes and one last weird Moira pronunciation.

Critic Of China's Coronavirus Response Is Under Investigation, Beijing Says

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | April 07 2020, 7:20 PM

Retired businessman Ren Zhiqiang, who criticized Chinese leader Xi Jinping, went missing in mid-March. The Communist Party says Ren is under "disciplinary review and supervision and investigation."

Trump Criticizes WHO And Threatens To Pull U.S. Funding

Politics | | April 07 2020, 7:00 PM

Trump said that the United States funds the majority of the organization's budget. The U.S. provided 14.67% of the WHO's funding in 2018-2019.

Gov. Newsom On How California Is Preparing For A Spike In Coronavirus Cases

US & World | | April 07 2020, 5:40 PM

The state is building makeshift hospitals in anticipation of a surge in cases, following weeks of moderate growth, Gov. Gavin Newsom tells All Things Considered.

Hal Willner, 'SNL' Staple And Acclaimed Music Producer, Has Died

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | April 07 2020, 5:00 PM

The multi-faceted and musically voracious producer died one day after his 64th birthday, which was Monday, at home in New York City. He had symptoms consistent with those caused by COVID-19.

Federal Appeals Court Panel Reaffirms Texas Abortion Ban Under Coronavirus Limits

US & World | | April 07 2020, 5:00 PM

The decision allows the ban while litigation continues. Top state Republican officials have said abortion is an elective procedure and should be suspended to save medical supplies during the pandemic.

In Another Pushback Against Oversight, Trump Removes Pandemic Inspector General

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | April 07 2020, 4:40 PM

President Trump removed the head of a group charged with overseeing the Coronavirus package passed by Congress. Trump has bristled at the oversight actions of several inspectors general.

Facebook Grants For Coronavirus News Coverage: 3 Questions With Campbell Brown

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | April 07 2020, 4:20 PM

Campbell Brown, Facebook's head of news partnerships, describes the company's $100 million investment in local news agencies.

Coronavirus State-By-State Predictions: When Will Each State Peak?

Health | | April 07 2020, 4:00 PM

Wondering how bad the coronavirus crisis is going to get where you live? New modeling offers state-by-state projections.

Airlines Want To Cancel Rule Requiring Them To Refund Fares For Canceled Flights

US & World | | April 07 2020, 3:40 PM

An industry group says airlines around the world are burning through cash and can't afford to pay refunds to customers for canceled flights, despite regulations requiring it.

Modly Resigns As Acting Navy Chief After Firing Warship Skipper And Calling Him Stupid

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | April 07 2020, 3:40 PM

First it was his sacking of Capt. Brett Crozier last week; then it was a diatribe he delivered aboard the USS Roosevelt on Sunday. Now acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly is out.

Louisiana Sen. Cassidy Addresses Racial Disparities In Coronavirus Deaths

Politics | | April 07 2020, 3:20 PM

Sen. Bill Cassidy, who is a medical doctor, tells Morning Edition that underlying health issues like diabetes contribute to the disproportionate number of African Americans dying of COVID-19.

Walmart Faces Lawsuit Over Worker's Death From Coronavirus Complications

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | April 07 2020, 3:20 PM

The wrongful-death case alleges Walmart ignored symptoms and failed to safeguard workers. The legal complaint is by the family of one of two employees from the same store who died in recent weeks.

Case Against Universal Music Over Warehouse Fire Dismissed

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | April 07 2020, 2:20 PM

The suit, prompted by an investigation from the Times last year, had been whittled down to just one plaintiff.

'We Should Reward Them': Senate Democrats To Push For Frontline Worker Hazard Pay

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | April 07 2020, 2:20 PM

The Democratic proposal has two main components: up to a $25,000 pay increase for essential workers, and a one-time $15,000 incentive to help recruit new health care workers.

Aid Groups Say They've Never Faced A Challenge Like The Novel Coronavirus

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | April 07 2020, 2:20 PM

Humanitarian organizations are used to dealing with droughts, conflict and natural disaster. But the pandemic adds unprecedented layers of difficulty to their work.

FEMA Employee Working On Coronavirus Response Tests Positive For COVID-19

Politics | | April 07 2020, 2:00 PM

The employee did not have prolonged contact with people on the White House coronavirus task force, the agency says.

Honda, Nissan Furlough Workers As Auto Plant Shutdowns Are Extended

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | April 07 2020, 1:20 PM

Auto assembly plants across the country continue to be closed amid the coronavirus pandemic. Tens of thousands of workers are going without pay.

With Survival At Stake, Small Business Owners Frustrated By Aid Delays

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | April 07 2020, 1:20 PM

The Paycheck Protection Program is meant to help small businesses keep workers on payroll. But first, businesses have to get the money — a process that has proven difficult for some.

Meat Processing Plants Suspend Operations After Workers Fall Ill

Health | | April 07 2020, 1:00 PM

Several processing plants in the U.S. are sitting idle this week because workers are sick with the coronavirus. Other facilities are still operating, but fewer workers are showing up.

China Reports Its First Day With No New COVID-19 Deaths

US & World | | April 07 2020, 1:00 PM

The milestone comes a day before the government is set to lift outbound travel restrictions on people in Wuhan, the country's hardest-hit city.

More Aid Coming For Small Businesses, Senate Majority Leader McConnell Says

Politics | | April 07 2020, 12:20 PM

The $350 billion small business program created in the massive coronavirus relief package is popular, and multiple senators say more money is needed to keep it afloat.

Surgeon General Says 'Over 90% Of The Country' Is Doing Right Thing To Fight Virus

Health | | April 07 2020, 11:40 AM

"The American people have the power to change the trajectory of this epidemic if we come together like we have after past tragedies in this county," the U.S. Surgeon General told ABC on Tuesday.

White House Press Secretary Grisham Moves Back To First Lady's Office

Politics | | April 07 2020, 10:00 AM

Stephanie Grisham, Trump's third press secretary, did not hold a press briefing during her tenure. She is moving back to the first lady's office.

Jamie Dimon Warns 'A Bad Recession' Is Coming

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | April 07 2020, 9:20 AM

In a letter to shareholders, the JPMorgan Chase CEO applauds the government and the Fed for quick work, but says the pandemic will have devastating consequences for the global economy.

In Naples, Pandemic 'Solidarity Baskets' Help Feed The Homeless

US & World | | April 07 2020, 9:20 AM

Drawing on a centuries-old tradition, a Naples couple has begun lowering baskets from their balcony. People are encouraged to take food they need, and others are encouraged to add food to the baskets.

4 Of 5 Workers Are Affected By COVID-19 Worldwide, U.N. Agency Says

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | April 07 2020, 9:00 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a terrible toll on the world's economy, with lockdown measures now affecting the livelihood of almost 2.7 billion workers, according to a new report.

Why Some COVID-19 Patients Crash: The Body's Immune System Might Be To Blame

Health | | April 07 2020, 8:20 AM

An overblown immune response could be killing a portion of the sick, and some doctors think that new treatments being tested could help at least some of those patients.

States, Hospitals Say They're Still Not Getting Vital Supplies To Fight COVID-19

Health | | April 07 2020, 7:00 AM

President Trump says the government's procurement and distribution system is "a fine-tuned machine," but many hospitals and state governors say they're still struggling to get what they need.

South Koreans Will Vote In Election In Masks And Gloves, Have Temperature Checked

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | April 07 2020, 7:00 AM

On April 15, legislative elections will go as planned but with new coronavirus safety features, and the government's handling of the virus is a top issue.

The Navy 'Trusts The Judgment Of Commanders' To Balance Social Distancing With Military Readiness

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | April 07 2020, 7:00 AM

The Navy has suspended some activities and restricted others to help stop the spread of COVID-19, but the military response to the pandemic can seem uneven at times.

Passover Celebrations Take Shape Differently To Work Around The Coronavirus

US & World | | April 07 2020, 4:20 AM

Social distancing is preventing families from gathering for the traditional Seder, so this year Passover will be different. Many Jews are planning virtual celebrations.

'They're All Really Afraid': Coronavirus Spreads In Federal Prisons

Politics | | April 07 2020, 4:20 AM

One of the hardest-hit facilities is in Oakdale, La. "They feel like they're sitting ducks," says Arjeane Thompson, whose boyfriend is an inmate. And staff are working overtime under the strain.

Wisconsin Election Held Amid Virus Fears: Here's What You Need To Know

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | April 07 2020, 4:00 AM

Gov. Tony Evers tried to postpone voting and extend the absentee deadline, but he was blocked by courts. Results for Tuesday's contests may not appear for days.

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Stuck At Home? Chef /Food Writer On How To DIY In The Kitchen And Cook Like A Pro With What You Already Have

| April 07 2020, 9:20 AM

If you’re someone who likes to cook, shopping for things you need to make meals has no doubt been a challenge during COVID-19.

LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva On LASD Response To COVID-19, Outbreak’s Impact On Crime Rates & More

| April 07 2020, 9:17 AM

First responders are among those on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak, and that’s no different for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which is tasked with not only law enforcement across Los Angeles County but also administration of the county jail. The man elected to oversee it all is Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who in his first term as L.A. County Sheriff has had to navigate a crisis the likes of which few, if any, of his predecessors have seen.

COVID-19: A Critical Week In LA, Antibodies Study Looks Promising And More

| April 07 2020, 9:14 AM

On Monday afternoon, L.A. County reported 420 new cases and 15 new deaths, marking a rise in the mortality rate to 2.3%. There have now been more than 6,300 total confirmed cases here.

Supervisor Barger On Tenant Protections, Housing The Homeless And More

| April 07 2020, 9:14 AM

The L.A. City Council recently passed a ban on evictions but it's targeted at tenants who can show they were affected by COVID-19, including those financially affected.

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