February 28, 2021

Month: February 2021

Republican trolls trillion dollar COVID package, asks for $10,000 stimulus checks instead

In a last ditch effort to counter the $1.9 trillion coronavirus package passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in the early hours Saturday morning, frustrated Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar submitted an amendment that slashed non relief spending and offered $10,000 stimulus checks instead.

“I offered an amendment to prioritize $10,000 stimulus checks to Americans most affected by COVID-19 and lockdowns,” Gosar said in a statement to Fox News

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Amazon workers say systemic issues harm black employees: Recode

  • According to Recode, Amazon employees witnessed systematic disadvantages for Black workers. 
  • Workers told the outlet underrepresented people were sometimes hired at levels below their qualifications.
  • Amazon responded to Recode, saying it disagreed with the characterization of its company culture. 
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More than a dozen current or former employees at Amazon’s corporate headquarters say they witnessed systematic disadvantages for Black and underrepresented workers, according to Recode

The tech news website quoted an Amazon diversity manager, who said: “We struggle to bring [Black] folks in because there’s not a whole lot of

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Insurance companies could drop newer policy holders following historic 2020 hurricane season

BATON ROUGE – Following a record season last year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is considering moving the start of the hurricane season to May 15.

Tropical storm Arthur started the 2020 season forming in mid-May. Before it was over, Louisiana was hit five times. Now, some homeowners are getting hit again by being dropped by their insurance companies.

Louisiana Department of Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says it’s a direct result of last year’s hurricane season and some of the smaller companies are feeling the heat.

“Yes, it is happening but not to a great extent,” he said.


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Finance Committee votes to send issue of Red Springs Athletic Complex back to PSRC School Board

LUMBERTON — As other county public schools reopen Monday for in-person instruction, one high school will remain closed because of COVID-19 outbreaks.

“At St. Pauls High School there are currently six staff members that have tested positive for COVID-19 and nine staff members that have been determined to be exposed to COVID-19 through contact tracing methods. There are currently six students that have tested positive for COVID-19 and 65 students that have been determined to be exposed to COVID-19 through contact tracing methods. The boys and girls varsity basketball teams have been quarantined, as well as the

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Sorry, you may have to return your stimulus money to the IRS. Here’s why and how

Any extra stimulus money you received may not be yours to keep.

Sarah Tew/CNET

With tax season here, now’s the time to file for any stimulus money you never received with the first two checks when you file your tax return. But what if you’re in a different boat and you received stimulus money you didn’t actually qualify for — will the IRS require you to return in? We’ll help answer your question, especially since the same rules could apply to a third stimulus check, complicating this tax season.

Some qualification details exclude many people from

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Personal Bests Highlight Sprint Prelims

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USAFA, Colo. – Four of the seven Ducks in action Friday at the Championships at the Peak meet tied or set new personal bests in their respective events. All seven have also advanced to Saturday’s finals
In the Ducks’ first event of the day, Emily Sloan lowered her personal best to 8.12 in the prelims of the 60-meter hurdles. With the conversion of .04 for altitude, she’ll remain tied for 13th nationally with her time of 8.15 from the Tyson Invitational (Feb. 12). Sloan also holds steady at No. 3 on the UO all-time list.

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