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Senate negotiates changes to COVID-19 relief

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 3/03/21, 06:09 pm

People who make $80,000 a year or more would not receive $1,400 stimulus checks from the government under a compromise accepted by Senate Democrats. The past two economic relief payments shrank incrementally for taxpayers with annual incomes between $75,000 and $87,000, or $150,000 and $174,000 for a couple. The new proposal would lower the upper threshold for receiving any payment. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said the change satisfied concerns he had about the enormous price tag for the bill.

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And then there were three vaccines

Science | The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 shot offers different benefits than the other two on the market
by John Dawson
Posted 3/03/21, 06:06 pm

UPS driver Juliett Watson’s truck carried a special delivery on Monday when it left a production facility in Shepherdsville, Ky. Her job was to drive carefully packed boxes of the first Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines 30 minutes north to Muhammad Ali International Airport outside Louisville. It’s set to be the first of many deliveries from the warehouse.

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Tutoring could fill pandemic education gaps

Education | One-on-one support could help students catch up, but it’s expensive
by Esther Eaton
Posted 3/03/21, 05:28 pm

In the computer lab of a North Carolina recreation center, Nastassja Ortiz oversees online school for six or seven students each day. She reminds them not to play video games, leads crafts like paper weaving and painting flowers, and helps with homework. Since January, Ortiz has worked for the North Carolina Education Corps, which launched in November to recruit and train workers for a variety of school support positions, including tutoring.

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