Archive for August 11th, 2020

Postal Workers Decry Changes And Cost-Cutting Measures

US & World | | August 11 2020, 5:00 PM

As a result of the new postmaster general's plans to shake up the agency, "mail is beginning to pile up in our offices," says Kimberly Karol, a postal clerk and union leader in Iowa.

'We Can't Stand It Anymore': Bolivian Protesters Demand Quick Elections

US & World | | August 11 2020, 3:00 PM

"Many of us know the risk [voting] entails because of the pandemic," a protester says, "but we want to hold elections." The vote, postponed twice due to the virus, is now set to take place on Oct. 18.

Las Vegas Casinos Are Open At 50% Capacity. What About Las Vegas Hospitals?

US & World | | August 11 2020, 2:40 PM

Las Vegas is on shaky footing as it reopens with one of the nation's highest infection rates. An NPR analysis shows the city could run into trouble with hospital capacity if cases keep climbing.

Navajo Nation Asks Trump To Commute Death Sentence Of Native Man Facing Execution

US & World | | August 11 2020, 2:00 PM

The U.S. government plans to execute Lezmond Mitchell, who killed two people on a Navajo reservation. Tribal leaders, citing Navajo beliefs that life is sacred, don't want him to be executed.

'Not Enough Time': Census Workers Fear Rushing Count Could Botch Results

US & World | | August 11 2020, 1:40 PM

Already hampered by the coronavirus, Census Bureau workers are now scrambling to visit households that haven't filled out a 2020 census form, trying to finish a count that's been cut short by a month.

Contact Tracers In Massachusetts Order Milk And Help With Rent. Here's Why

Health | | August 11 2020, 1:20 PM

The state offers support and resources for people isolating because of COVID-19 — helping them make choices that keep everyone safe. It's work more states need to fund, experts say.

Skepticism Greets Putin's Announcement Of Russian Coronavirus Vaccine

US & World | | August 11 2020, 10:20 AM

It's the first country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, but it has not finished Phase III trials to assess safety and effectiveness in the general population.

Pandemic Or Not, Germans Still Prefer Cash

US & World | | August 11 2020, 9:20 AM

"I'm not in the slightest bit concerned about using cash right now," one Berlin shopper says. "I just keep washing my hands. Simple." Cash makes up 75% of Germany's transactions.

Millions Turn To Stock Trading During Pandemic, But Some See Trouble For The Young | | August 11 2020, 4:20 AM

Stock trading has become easier and cheaper than ever. And people stuck at home during the pandemic have flocked to it. But have venues like Robinhood made it too risky for inexperienced investors?

Indiana Education Head On Reopening Schools: Contact Tracing Is A 'Beast'

Education | | August 11 2020, 4:20 AM

School has started up for many students in Indiana, with a mix of in-person and online learning. Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick says contact tracing is a big challenge.

At Least 97,000 Children Tested Positive For Coronavirus In Last 2 Weeks Of July

Education | | August 11 2020, 4:20 AM

President Trump falsely claimed that children are "almost immune" from the coronavirus, but a new review of state data finds child cases are up 40%.

One Teacher, Four Wheels, Hundreds Of Books: A Look At South LA's Bookmobile | | August 11 2020, 4:20 PM

What started as an effort to deliver books to Claudia Cataldos’ students in South and South Central L.A. has evolved into a community distribution for people of all ages.

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NPR’s Scott Simon On His New Book: A Children’s Mystery With Neurodivergent Leads

| August 11 2020, 9:47 AM

Before he became a reporter and host of NPR’s Weekend Edition, Scott Simon began his career working in a group home for adults with intellectual disabilities.

COVID-19 AMA: COVID-19 In Kids, Vaccine Progress And More

| August 11 2020, 9:43 AM

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Peter Chin-Hong from UCSF.

LA County Nursing Homes Have Been Hit Hard By The Pandemic. We Dive Into Why And What Can Be Improved

| August 11 2020, 9:32 AM

The coronavirus has thrown nursing homes into the spotlight.

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