Archive for May 21st, 2020

Answering Your Coronavirus Questions: Fashion, Education And Health Disparities

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 21 2020, 8:00 PM

On this broadcast of The National Conversation, we'll hear from educators on how the coronavirus has changed their work. We'll also answer your questions about the economy and health disparities.

570 Workers Have Coronavirus At North Carolina Poultry Plant

US & World | | May 21 2020, 7:20 PM

A poultry processing facility in Wilkesboro, N.C. is the latest to have a coronavirus outbreak among its workers. More than 570 people employeed at the facility have tested positive for COVID-19.

Florida Theme Parks Getting Ready To Reopen With Anti-Coronavirus Measures

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 21 2020, 5:40 PM

Legoland and Universal have local approval for their plans, which involve taking temperatures and encouraging face masks. Disney World and SeaWorld haven't presented their plans yet.

Georgia Authorities Arrest 3rd Man In Ahmaud Arbery Killing

US & World | | May 21 2020, 5:40 PM

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has arrested a third person in connection with the killing of Ahmaud Arbery. Authorities arrested William "Roddie" Bryan Jr., the man who filmed the altercation.

How A Decades-Old Unemployment Insurance System Is Measuring Up In The Pandemic

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 21 2020, 4:40 PM

Indivar Dutta-Gupta, a co-executive director at the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality, explains the U.S. unemployment insurance system's origins and role today.

Facebook Expects Half Its Employees To Work Remotely Permanently

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 21 2020, 4:20 PM

CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he expects 50% of the social network's workforce to be working remotely within the next decade.

Trump Administration Confirms U.S. Is Leaving Open Skies Surveillance Treaty

Politics | | May 21 2020, 4:00 PM

The 34-nation agreement allows the U.S., Russia and other countries to fly their aircraft over each other's territory. The Trump administration says it will negotiate a new deal with Russia.

New Zealand's Prime Minister Touts 4-Day Week To Boost Domestic Tourism

US & World | | May 21 2020, 3:20 PM

A shorter work week to encourage travel? Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says it's an idea worth considering as the island nation emerges from its coronavirus lockdown.

Despite Opposition, John Ratcliffe Confirmed For Top Intelligence Post

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 21 2020, 3:20 PM

The Senate confirms the Republican congressman from Texas as the director of national intelligence in a vote along party lines. His detractors say he lacks experience for the job.

Top North Carolina Health Official: GOP Should 'Plan For The Worst' For Convention

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 21 2020, 3:20 PM

Dr. Mandy Cohen said mass gatherings like the Republican convention will be a "very big challenge" if COVID-19 cases continue to increase in the state, as they are currently.

3-Star Michelin Chef Guy Savoy Has Begun Offering Takeout In Paris

US & World | | May 21 2020, 3:00 PM

As France emerges from two months of lockdown, restaurants still have no reopening date. Among other dishes, Savoy is offering a poultry ballotine with foie gras in a truffle vinaigrette for takeaway.

Trump Administration To Planned Parenthood: Return Coronavirus Relief Funds

US & World | | May 21 2020, 2:40 PM

The Small Business Administration is asking local Planned Parenthood affiliates to return funds received under a coronavirus relief program.

Trump Officials Ordered To Pay More Legal Costs Over Blocked Citizenship Question

US & World | | May 21 2020, 2:00 PM

Trump officials failed to turn over hundreds of files before going to trial over the now-blocked citizenship census question. "This was not DOJ's finest hour," a judge said.

Pandemic Makes Evident 'Grotesque' Gender Inequality In Household Work

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 21 2020, 1:40 PM

With more people staying home due to COVID-19, journalist Brigid Schulte says it's impossible to ignore "the fact that women bear so much more of the burden of child care and housework."

Hurricane Season Will Be Above Average, NOAA Warns

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 21 2020, 1:40 PM

Federal forecasters expect 3 to 6 major hurricanes during the 2020 hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 1. Rising seas and a warmer climate make storms of all sizes more damaging.

NCAA Says College Football, Basketball Workouts Can Resume June 1

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 21 2020, 1:20 PM

Each school and conference will be free to decide how to safely resume athletic operations, the NCAA Division I Council says.

China Poised To Expand Control Over Hong Kong

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 21 2020, 1:00 PM

The renewed push from China to pass a national security law will almost certainly set off more protests against Beijing's rule in Hong Kong, which is semi-autonomous.

In New York City, 2 Million Residents Face Food Insecurity, Officials Say

US & World | | May 21 2020, 1:00 PM

"Before the coronavirus, we thought somewhere around a million people were food insecure and needed food," Mayor Bill de Blasio said. Now, 1 in 4 New Yorkers may be going hungry.

Macy's Sees A $1.1 Billion Loss, While Pandemic Lifts 'Essential' Stores Like Walmart

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 21 2020, 10:40 AM

Temporary store closures during the pandemic hammered nonessential retailers, including Kohl's, T.J. Maxx and Victoria's Secret. Shoppers also dramatically cut back on buying clothes.

U.S. Could Have Saved 36,000 Lives If Social Distancing Started 1 Week Earlier: Study

US & World | | May 21 2020, 9:40 AM

If measures that began on March 15 had actually started on March 8, thousands of COVID-19 deaths could have been avoided, according to an analysis from Columbia University.

Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli To Plead Guilty In College Admissions Scandal

Crime & Justice | | May 21 2020, 9:20 AM

Loughlin is facing two months in prison and a $150,000 fine, according to the recommendations of the plea agreement. Her husband is facing five months in prison and a $250,000 fine.

'Between Life And Death': McDonald's Worker Says Pandemic Puts Safety In Focus

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 21 2020, 9:00 AM

In his 30 years working at McDonald's, Bartolomé Perez joined several strikes to demand higher wages and better benefits. But the stakes have felt very different during the coronavirus pandemic.

38.6 Million Have Filed For Unemployment Since March

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 21 2020, 7:40 AM

The United States is still losing jobs at an alarming pace two months after the coronavirus pandemic took hold. Another 2.4 million people filed claims for jobless benefits last week.

Politics Around Hydroxychloroquine Hamper Science

Health | | May 21 2020, 6:20 AM

Some scientists think this drug has promise for COVID-19. But controversy around the drug is complicating the job of scientists, who just want to find answers.

There's Still Time To Get A (Remote) Summer Internship

Education | | May 21 2020, 5:20 AM

Some companies are going virtual with their summer internship programs; other firms have simply canceled theirs. Here's our resource guide to finding the internships that are out there.

Our Pandemic Habits Cut Carbon Emissions, But It's Not Clear They'll Last

US & World | | May 21 2020, 4:00 AM

Energy demand plummeted because of the pandemic shutdown. A big question is whether new habits like telecommuting and flying less will endure, and mean lower oil consumption in the future.

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Education & COVID-19: CSU Chancellor Timothy White Responds To State Budget Cuts

| May 21 2020, 9:14 AM

Come the fall semester, California State University Chancellor Timothy White says most CSU classes will remain online, but that likely won't be the only big change on the horizon for the largest four-year higher education system in the U.S.

The Pandemic Has Emptied Prisons. We Examine The Effects, As Well As the Challenges To Reentry

| May 21 2020, 9:13 AM

California has released nearly 3,5000 inmates in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. And those leaving custody are entering a world much different from the one they left -- one with few job opportunities, a downwards trending economy and closures of government agencies that would’ve once helped them get back on their feet.

Homelessness Check-In: Project Roomkey And Court Order To House Homeless Individuals Living Near L.A. Freeways

| May 21 2020, 9:07 AM

Project Roomkey, launched in early April by California Gov. Gavin Newsom, is the state's effort to "provide safe isolation capacity for tens of thousands of people experiencing homelessness in California in order to protect them and the state from COVID-19." On April 18, the state surpassed its goal of procuring 15,000 hotel and motel rooms for Project Roomkey.

COVID-19 AMA: Spread On Surfaces, Is There Any Way To Safely Socialize?

| May 21 2020, 9:06 AM

As of Thursday, L.A. County had at least 1,973 deaths and 40,895 confirmed cases of coronavirus.