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Nika Cotton recently opened  Soulcentricitea in Kansas City, Mo. When public schools shut down in the spring, Cotton had no one to watch her young children who are 8 and 10. So she quit her job in social work — and lost her health insurance — in order to start her own business.
Wed, 08/05/2020 - 10:20

Missouri is the second state to expand the health care program via ballot measure during the pandemic. Nearly a quarter-million people could get health insurance thanks to the measure.

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 10:08

A key victory in a Senate GOP primary on Tuesday offers a mild reprieve to Republicans working to hold their narrow majority in 2020.

Aboubakar Soumahoro speaks at a protest in Rome last month. "If the workers lack dignity and rights, the food they provide is virtually rotten," he says in a new short documentary, <em>The Invisibles.</em>
Wed, 08/05/2020 - 09:32

"The reality is that laborers work at the limit of human dignity," Aboubakar Soumahoro tells NPR. He's the subject of a new documentary, The Invisibles, shot at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

Golden Daka participated in many events at Morehouse College. But the pandemic prevented him from giving his commencement speech as class valedictorian.
Wed, 08/05/2020 - 09:14

Job postings for entry-level positions popular with new college grads fell by 73%, compared with before COVID-19 hit. And for the class of 2020 who have landed jobs it's often been a strange journey.

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, seen here at a campaign event in July, says he won't tear down the border wall put in place during the Trump administration.
Wed, 08/05/2020 - 09:06

The presumptive Democratic nominee spoke in a new interview with Hispanic and Black journalists about how he would reverse president's policies on the border wall and tariffs on China.

Stimulus checks are prepared on May 8, 2008, in Philadelphia. In 2020, stimulus checks again went to many Americans, this time during the pandemic's economic fallout. Some of that money went to thousands of foreign workers not eligible to receive the funds.
Wed, 08/05/2020 - 05:34

Thousands of foreign workers who entered the U.S. on temporary work visas received $1,200 pandemic stimulus checks in error, and many of them are spending the money in their home countries.

Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers works out during in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday. The NFL is doing daily coronavirus testing for the first two weeks of training.
Wed, 08/05/2020 - 05:19

Chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills defended the NFL's plans to return in September. He tells Morning Edition that the league has an extensive testing program but won't be instituting a "bubble."

<em>The Book of Atlantis Black: The Search for a Sister Gone Missing</em>, by Betsy Bonner
Wed, 08/05/2020 - 04:00

Betsy Bonner presents her sister with love, but also with honesty; she is the storyteller, but Atlantis Black is the story, the mystery, the victim, sometimes the perpetrator and always the question.

Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates arrived for a ceremony for FBI Director Christopher Wray in 2017. Yates is set to appear before a Senate panel looking into the Russia investigation.
Wed, 08/05/2020 - 04:00

The former deputy attorney general was in charge in the final days of the Obama era and into the early days of the Trump era. Senate Republicans want to ask her about the Russia investigation.

Poll workers must take extra precautions this year to protect themselves against the coronavirus. Election experts fear a massive shortage of workers at the polls in November.
Wed, 08/05/2020 - 04:00

Election officials fear a massive shortage of poll workers for the general election as older people opt out of their normal election-year service due to concerns over the coronavirus.

A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle is stationed in front of the U.S.-Mexico border barrier as construction continues in hard-hit Imperial County on July 22, in Calexico, Calif.
Wed, 08/05/2020 - 04:00

An NPR/Ipsos poll found broad support for sweeping government action to combat the coronavirus — including temporary limits on immigration. But support for other White House policies has not changed.

Cori Bush gives her victory speech at her campaign office on Tuesday in St. Louis.
Tue, 08/04/2020 - 23:40

Rep. William Lacy Clay has represented the state's 1st Congressional District, around St. Louis, since 2001.

In this photo provided by the Australian Defence Force, an Australian Army helicopter lands on Pikelot Island in the Federated States of Micronesia to rescue three stranded mariners who had been missing for nearly three days.
Tue, 08/04/2020 - 22:24

U.S. and Australian responders spotted the three-person skiff crew on tiny Pikelot Island after they had been missing for nearly three days.

Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach addresses the crowd as he announces his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate Monday, July 8, 2019, in Leavenworth, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Tue, 08/04/2020 - 21:15

Trump ally and former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was defeated by Rep. Roger Marshall, calming Republican leaders' worst fears in the race against Democratic state Sen. Barbara Bollier.

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves announced on Tuesday that masks will temporarily be required statewide and certain school districts must delay the start of in-person instruction. The state is ranked second for number of new cases per capita.
Tue, 08/04/2020 - 20:38

Gov. Tate Reeves announced on Tuesday that masks will be mandatory statewide for two weeks, and school districts in eight hard-hit counties must delay their in-person reopening until August 17.

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