Archive for October 22nd, 2020

Uber And Lyft Must Make Drivers Employees, California Court Rules

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | October 22 2020, 9:40 PM

The ruling is a blow to Uber and Lyft, which have argued they are not subject to state labor law. But the court's order could still be upended by a ballot measure backed by the ride-hailing companies.

Colorado Fire Grows By Over 100,000 Acres In 1 Day, Hits Rocky Mountain National Park

Environment & Science | | October 22 2020, 5:20 PM

The fire forces the park to close and a nearby town to evacuate.

Mail-In Voting Is Underway For Service Members, And Their Votes May Be More In Play This Year

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | October 22 2020, 5:08 PM

Military personnel have been voting by mail since the Civil War. This year, some polls suggest that troops' political preferences may be changing.

Researchers Find Doubts About COVID-19 Vaccine Among People Of Color

Health | | October 22 2020, 4:20 PM

At a series of listening sessions, participants voiced worries that the development of a COVID-19 vaccine is being politicized and rushed. Public health experts are taking vaccine hesitancy seriously.

3 Cities Designated As 'Anarchist' Filing Lawsuit Against Trump Administration

US & World | | October 22 2020, 2:00 PM

After months of street protests, President Trump described New York City, Portland and Seattle as lawless places and threatened to withhold federal aid. City officials say the law is on their side.

Trump And Biden On Global Issues: From Reproductive Rights To Refugees

US & World | | October 22 2020, 2:00 PM

Here are the positions of the two candidates on issues ranging from the Mexico City policy (involving abortion services) to refugees to membership in the World Health Organization.

A Rising Number Of U.S. Children Have The Option Of In-Person School

Education | | October 22 2020, 1:20 PM

By Election Day, more than 60% of public school students will be attending schools that offer in-person learning at least a few days a week, an updated tracker finds.

Comparing Biden's And Trump's Different Visions For Health Care

Health | | October 22 2020, 12:00 PM

From Medicare to Obamacare to controlling drug costs, the candidates mostly differ in their approach to health care. Here's a quick guide to their views and proposals.

Nina Totenberg On Amy Coney Barrett, Anita Hill And Saying Goodbye To RBG

Crime & Justice | | October 22 2020, 10:40 AM

NPR's legal correspondent has spent decades covering major shifts in the Supreme Court. "Often, in the beginning, I was the only woman in the newsroom," Totenberg says.

Judge Drops A Murder Charge Against Former Officer Who Kneeled On George Floyd's Neck

US & World | | October 22 2020, 9:20 AM

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was captured on cell phone video kneeling on Floyd's neck for several minutes, still faces a higher charge of second-degree murder.

2nd Court Blocks Trump's Push To Alter Census Ahead Of Supreme Court Review

US & World | | October 22 2020, 8:40 AM

A federal court in California says it is unconstitutional for President Trump to try to exclude unauthorized immigrants from the census numbers that determine each state's share of seats in Congress.

Amy Coney Barrett Moves A Step Closer To Confirmation After Judiciary Committee Vote

Politics | | October 22 2020, 8:40 AM

Democrats boycotted the vote, pointing to what they called the damage she would do to health care, and reproductive and voting rights, and the fact the vote took place amid the presidential election.

Google Paid Apple Billions To Dominate Search On iPhones, Justice Department Says

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | October 22 2020, 8:00 AM

An agreement worth up to $12 billion made Google the de facto choice for online search on millions of iPhones. Justice officials say the deal may anticompetitive under U.S. law.

Here's Where The Threat Of Militia Activity Around The Elections Is The Highest

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | October 22 2020, 4:20 AM

Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Oregon have the highest risk of seeing increased militia activity around the elections, according to a new report obtained exclusively by NPR.

Hospital Bills For Uninsured COVID-19 Patients Are Covered, But No One Tells Them

Health | | October 22 2020, 4:20 AM

The CARES Act provides funds to pay medical bills for uninsured COVID-19 patients. But the death of a young man in Nashville shows people often don't know about the program until it's too late.

For-Profit Nursing Homes' Pleas For Government Money Brings Scrutiny

US & World | | October 22 2020, 4:20 AM

For-profit nursing homes say the coronavirus has left them almost broke and needing financial help from the government. But critics say their business model is the problem.

There's A Lot At Stake For The Climate In The 2020 Election

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | October 22 2020, 4:00 AM

Despite the cascade of other crises this year, climate change has emerged as a key election issue. The two presidential candidates' positions on it could not be more different.

'Fundraging' Fuels Democratic Money Advantage Over GOP In Most Races

Politics | | October 22 2020, 4:00 AM

Democrats have outraised Republicans in nearly all competitive House and Senate races in 2020. Most of that money has come from small dollar donors who fear a second Trump term.

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Interview With 2020 Libertarian Presidential Candidate Jo Jorgensen

| October 22 2020, 9:28 AM

President Donald Trump is seeking another term in what has been nothing short of a contentious campaign against former Vice President Joe Biden.

LAUSD School Board Election: What To Know About The Expensive, Hard-Fought Races

| October 22 2020, 9:23 AM

For all the attention city council campaigns traditionally get, the most expensive local elections in Los Angeles this year have actually been the races for school board.

The Controversy Beneath The Surface Of The Latest Planned Expedition To The Titanic’s Wreckage

| October 22 2020, 9:21 AM

Few shipwrecks are as famous as that of the RMS Titanic, the British passenger ship that was deemed “unsinkable” at the time of her maiden voyage in April 1912, which was supposed to take it from Southampton in the U.K. to New York City.

AirTalk Listeners Shout Out The Small Businesses They’ve Supported During The Pandemic

| October 22 2020, 9:09 AM

For many of us, the hope for a return to some modicum of “normalcy” has been a big factor in getting through the pandemic days, which sometimes seem to blend together into one long day with no sign of a sunset on the horizon.

What’s Next For Barrett, Plus What To Expect From Tonight’s Presidential Debate

| October 22 2020, 9:05 AM

Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans powered past a Democratic boycott Thursday to advance Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate, keeping President Donald Trump’s pick on track for confirmation before Election Day.