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Aug 16 2020 - 03:39 PM
Daily News From Around the World: 8/16/20

This Sunday, newspapers take a closer look at how schools are handling reopening and remote learning, stormy weather and wildfires, and local issues and policies with the pandemic. These frontpage headlines were selected from Newseum


The derecho knocked out power and caused tree damage from Nebraska (depicted here) to central Iowa. Credit: Carol VanHook/flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0


The Gazette, Published in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cedar Rapids loses half its tree canopy in derecho

Last week, the hurricane-force derecho ripped through the Midwest, and with it took down half of the tree canopy in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Photos of the aftermath show downed trees and foliage strewn across yards and blocking streets. The city is planning to document the damage to determine total loss and how to replant.


The Gazette, Published in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Western Slope wildfires continue rampage; smoke causing health concerns

While storms sweep through the Midwest, wildfires scorch Western United States, in states such as California, Oregon, and Color. In Western Slope in Colorado, four major wildfires blazed through forests Saturday, growing by thousands of acres and forcing evacuations. The amount of smoke is raising concerns over air pollution and health in the state. 


The Bradenton Herald, Published in Bradenton, Florida

‘You don’t have to wear a mask all the time.’ Manatee School Board changes policy

School districts across the U.S. have been wrestling with plans for the upcoming academic year. Schools in Manatee County in Florida are no exception. The school board recently made several allowances to its recent mask wearing policy, which includes a new rule that permits teachers and employees to give students breaks from wearing masks with social distancing. The additions were met with criticism from the community and the board will be redrafting the policy, with considerations from newly released information from the CDC. 


The Kansas City Star, Published in Kansas City, Missouri

‘It is crazy.’ Despite pandemic, Kansas City housing prices soar in red-hot market

As soon as cities lifted lockdowns, real estate agents have been flooded with requests to view new homes. In the Kansas City area, July saw an increase of 10% in the average sales price, compared to July 2019. Other cities, including Denver, Nashville, and Austin, are also reporting similar housing trends. 


The Santa Fe New Mexcian, Published in Santa Fe, New Mexico 

Gallup officials fear economic collapse will further hurt area

The city of Gallup, New Mexico has a strong local business sector. Many have struggled due to the coronavirus lockdown, and now businesses that remain one of the major employers in the city are expecting to close by the end of the year. Community members in Gallup and the neighboring Navajo Nation are looking for more ways to create jobs, as poverty and unemployment rates continue to increase. 


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