Happy Sunday! Today's headlines take a look at what is currently happening around the country. New Jersey moves forward with a plan to have all new buses electric by 2030, parents react to NYC no virtual option for fall, Connecticut announces government sponsored incentives for residents to get vaccinated this summer, Texas house votes against three conservative-leaning bills, and Amazon buys MGM. These topics all grace front cover news across the country. These headlines of daily news are courtesy of Newseum.
The Star-Ledger Published in Jersey City, NJ
NJ Transit officials unveiled an ambitious plan on Tuesday to shake up the transportation hub; electric buses. The proposal includes two pilot programs running buses in Camden and Newark, modernizing bus garages with charging equipment, and redesigning bus routes. The agency has a mandate from Gov. Phil Murphy to meet, that all new bus purchases will be electric or other zero-emission buses by 2032 and that the bus fleet will be 100% zero-emission by 2040. Electric buses will not get as far as diesel-fueled buses, thus there is still work to be done on the plan.
Chalkbeat Published in New York, NY
Parents, students, and educators reacted with mixed emotions after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City’s district schools will not offer a remote learning option to families this September. Even as the city’s coronavirus positivity rate, 1.13%, has reached its lowest level since last September, some families are frustrated that they will not be able to make their own decisions about whether it’s safe to return to school buildings. Some parents said they are worried about sending their children back to school buildings before they are eligible for vaccinations, especially as school staff are not currently required to receive shots. On top of that, the city has yet to offer a detailed explanation of which health and safety measures will be in place this fall
New Haven Registered Published in New Haven, CT
Gov. Ned Lamont announced a new incentive program aimed at rewarding vaccinated residents during his press conference on Monday called "Summer on Us’. The program houses three state incentive campaigns for those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine: CT Drinks on Us, CT Food on Us, and CT Fun on Us. Minor league baseball team The Hartford Goats are offering the Moderna vaccine at every home game and those who receive it will get free tickets for any game of choice, Mystic Seaport Museum is offering free admission to those who receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine they are offering this upcoming weekend, and free food vouchers at a variety of restaurants across the state for those vaccinated are all on offer.
Houston Chronicle Published in Houston, TX
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Wednesday is asking Gov. Greg Abbott to call a special session of the Texas Legislature. The request comes after three pieces of GOP-backed legislation died in the Texas House at midnight on Tuesday. The bills included a ban on transgender students from playing on sports teams based on their gender identity, prohibiting local governments from using taxpayer funds to pay for lobbyists, and punishing social media companies for "censoring" Texans based on their political viewpoints. All three bills are conservative-leaning and were struck down in the house.
Birmingham News, Published in Birmingham, Ala. USA
In another Monopoly type move, Amazon is buying MGM for a whopping $8.45 billion. The acquisition is the second largest by the company, with respect to Whole Foods for $14 billion in 2017. MGM is the studio behind James Bond, “Legally Blonde” and “Shark Tank”. Amazon hopes to improve its video streaming service with more stuff to watch with this move. Amazon is the latest streaming service to spend a mass amount of money purchasing companies/rights to films and movies in order to boost streaming. Amazon doesn’t say how many people watch its Prime Video service. But more than 200 million have access to it because they’re signed up for its Prime membership.
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