Happy Sunday! Today's headlines take a look at what is currently happening around the country. Percentages of those who fall below the poverty line in New Jersey have steadily been rising, child tax credits hit many New York families bank accounts on Thursday, COVID cases steadily rise in Connecticut leading to fears of a winter surge, although peaceful during their most recent Gold Cup game Mexico fans remain on thin ice due to homophobic chants, and in an effort to get young people vaccinated in Alabama the state has launched a Tik Tok competition. These headlines of daily news are courtesy of Newseum.
The Star-Ledger Published in Jersey City, NJ
Nearly 3 million people in New Jersey, including 800,000 children, were living in poverty prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. True poverty in New Jersey is triple the official federal calculations of what constitutes poverty. With New Jersey being in the topmost expensive states to live in, each individual county in New Jersey, the true cost of living is at least 2.48 times higher than the federal poverty line.
Chalkbeat Published in New York, NY
On Thursday families began receiving the first monthly payments from a dramatically expanded child tax credit, a key part of the almost $2 trillion American Rescue Plan. Advocates estimate it will help lift 250,000 children out of poverty in New York alone. With the child tax credit, families receive up to $300 a month for each child under 6 years old, and $250 a month for those ages 6 to 17. Studies of existing tax credit programs, on the other hand, show that giving families more money can increase students’ test scores and the likelihood of finishing high school and college.
New Haven Registered Published in New Haven, CT
The daily positivity rate for COVID-19 in Connecticut remained over 1 percent for the third day running on Friday, mirroring a rise in cases around the nation believed to be driven by the more infectious delta variant. The state’s one-day positivity rate stood at 1.26 percent as 139 new cases were found out of 11,039 tests. The number of patients hospitalized for the illness also rose slightly.
Houston Chronicle Published in Houston, TX
It’s been a controversial summer for the Mexico soccer team. Fines, fans barred from stadiums and potentially, the eventual ejection of Mexico’s team from tournaments ranging from the Gold Cup to the World Cup hung on the line. Dallas' Cotton Bowl was a family affair featuring Mexican and Guatemalan fans sitting jovially side by side, the absolute depiction of wholesome love of sport, as Mexico put on a show on the field with a 3-0 win. Eyes of the global football community, including the governing bodies from FIFA to CONCACAF, will stay honed on Mexico’s fan section - in particular, the homophobic slur a group of the fan base routinely hurls at the opposing goalkeeper.
Birmingham News, Published in Birmingham, Ala. USA
Alabama is sponsoring a TikTok competition to promote vaccines among young people ages 13 to 29 in the months leading up to the start of schools. The Alabama Department of Public Health announced Friday it is seeking videos of young people getting the shot through August 6. A panel of judges will review the submissions to pick four winners who will get $250 Visa gift cards.
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