CONGRESS SET TO APPROVE $1.9 TRILLION COVID RELIEF BILL WITH HOUSE VOTE TODAY: Congress is set to approve President Biden‘s $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief bill today (March 10th) with a vote in the Democratic-controlled House after the measure was approved by a divided Senate over the weekend. A central part of the bill is sending $1,400 to most Americans, and it also includes money for Covid vaccines and testing, aid to state and local governments, help for schools and the airline industry, and more.
ALASKA FIRST STATE TO LET ANYONE 16 OR OLDER GET CORONAVIRUS VACCINE: Alaska has become the first state to let anyone age 16 or older to be vaccinated against Covid-19, with Governor Mike Dunleavy announcing the news yesterday (March 9th). Dunleavy, who himself had Covid but didn’t get severely ill, called the expanded eligibility a “game changer.” The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Covid-19 Vaccine Tracker says that Alaska leads the states in the percentage of its population to have received two doses of a vaccine.
DEFENSE SECRETARY APPROVES EXTENDING NATIONAL GUARD DEPLOYMENT AT CAPITOL: The Pentagon said yesterday (March 9th) that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had approved an extension of the National Guard deployment at the U.S. Capitol for about two more months. They will stay amid remaining possible threats of violence more than two months after the attack on the U.S. Capitol. The statement said some 2,300 Guardsmen will remain at the request of Capitol Police until May 23rd. There are currently about 5,100 Guard troops deployed in Washington, and they had been scheduled to leave this weekend.
FBI PUTS OUT NEW VIDEO OF PERSON WHO PLACED PIPE BOMBS ON DAY OF CAPITOL ATTACK: The FBI put out new security video footage yesterday (March 9th) of the suspect who put pipe bombs outside the Republican National Committee and Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C., that were found on the day of the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. The bombs had been planted the night before, and were discovered around 1 p.m. ET on the day of the attack, around the time the assault on the Capitol began. The bombs, which were viable, were safely detonated by robots. The FBI is seeking more information to help identify the hooded and masked figure, who is seen on the footage from several cameras. A $100,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the identification of the person responsible.
JURY SELECTION BEGINS FOR TRIAL OF EX-OFFICER CHARGED IN KILLING OF GEORGE FLOYD: Jury selection began yesterday (March 9th) in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd last May. Three jurors were selected and six others were dismissed. Among those let go were some who said they wouldn’t be able to put aside their views about what happened and be impartial. Finding jurors is expected to be a lengthy process, with opening arguments set for no sooner than March 29th.
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