Welcome to today’s news headlines. As the nation gears up for the presidential inauguration on Wednesday, many preparations for security are being made. The world just passed at least two million deaths from coronavirus and vaccines are slowly being given. Other stories include this year’s Mardi Gras, gambling legislation and hazards for grocery store workers. These headlines are courtesy of FreedomForum.org.
Dothan Eagle, Published in Dothan, Alabama
Alabama legislators are considering legalizing various types of gambling as a means of increasing state revenue. If passed, this bill would allocate the revenue to supplement funding education in the state. Due to coronavirus legislative sessions have been restricted, yet this gambling bill as well as prison reforms are top priority.
Arizona Daily Sun, Published in Flagstaff, Arizona
Yesterday, the world passed a sobering benchmark of two million coronavirus deaths. While millions of vaccines have been made and are currently being distributed, the rollout highlights the vast divide between wealthy nations and developing ones. The lack of purchase power for vaccines, as well as insufficient infrastructure for distribution in many countries will be a significant hurdle for global herd immunity.
Tallahassee Democrat, Published in Tallahassee, Florida
Last night, Florida’s governor deployed the state’s national guard to the capitol in Tallahassee in anticipation of unrest surrounding the inauguration. The national guard will be active this weekend through the inauguration this Wednesday. In the aftermath of protests in Washington, D.C., the FBI have warned of potential protests in all state capitals for the event.
The Lafayette Advertiser, Published in Lafayette, Louisiana
Although traditional Mardi Gras parades are cancelled this year, the celebration will still continue in an unorthodox way. This year’s theme is “Oh the Places We Didn’t Go” and businesses and homes are encouraged to register and decorate their exteriors to the theme. A map will be released with all of the locations for the public to do a drive-by viewing similar to Christmas light shows.
Portland Press Herald, Published in Portland, Maine
Employees at a Whole Foods location in Maine say that the store is crowded far past the official capacity due to ‘pickers’ for online orders. As many as 20-30 workers picking items for the delivery service available to Amazon Prime members are not included in the count of people in the store. Employees also alleged that the break room where workers eat without masks is too small to social distance and poorly ventilated.
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