Editor’s Note: This listicle is part of a weekly series by The Ball State Daily News summarizing five stories from across the United States. All summaries are based on stories published by The Associated Press.
Storms in the Southeast, detained immigrants seeking protection during the pandemic, the president’s pick losing the Wisconsin court race, cities and counties that could be left out from the $2.2 trillion stimulus package and the president’s new panel for reopening the economy make up this week’s five national stories.
Storms tear through south amid pandemic; more than 30 dead
Storms that killed more than 30 people in the Southeast, piling fresh misery atop a pandemic, spread across the eastern United States on Monday, leaving more than 1 million homes and businesses without power amid floods and mudslides. With a handful of tornadoes already confirmed in the South and storms still raging up the Eastern Seaboard, forecasters fanned out to determine how much of the widespread damage was caused by twisters.
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Detained immigrants plead for masks, protection from virus
While U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has started to lower the number of detainees to reduce the risk of people getting sick, those held in immigration jails and their advocates say there’s not enough protective gear, cleaning supplies or space to allow for social distancing. These detainees and their advocates fear the number of coronavirus cases will sharply rise in the coming weeks as it has in jails and prisons nationwide.
Read more: Immigration
Voters reject Trump’s pick in chaotic Wisconsin court race
A liberal challenger ousted a conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court justice endorsed by President Donald Trump, overcoming a successful push by Republicans to forge ahead with last week’s election even as numerous other states postponed theirs due to the pandemic. Joe Biden also emerged victorious, as expected, in the state’s Democratic presidential primary after Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders dropped out one day after Wisconsin held in-person voting.
Read more: Election 2020
Many cities, counties fear losing out on stimulus funding
The $2.2 trillion federal stimulus package could fail to deliver badly needed financial aid to thousands of smaller cities and counties where a majority of Americans live, according to documents and interviews with local officials. The coronavirus outbreak has blown holes in the budgets of communities as the costs of battling the outbreak skyrocket and critical sources of revenue like sales and income taxes plummet.
Read more: Local governments
New Trump panel to explore path to reopening US economy
Every day, a team of public health officials turns up in the White House briefing room to lay out the measures being taken to contain the coronavirus pandemic. A different team, expected to be formally announced as early as Tuesday, has begun meeting behind closed doors in the West Wing to tackle another matter paramount to President Donald Trump: how to begin reopening the American economy. The council is not expected to include health officials.
Read more: Donald Trump