Today in headlines from around the US, the major topic is the health of President Trump who recently contracted coronavirus. The election and related news are key stories. In an environmental focus there is also news regarding continued coal mining in the Midwest, as well as federal protection for a crucial plant. As always, these headlines are courtesy of Newseum.org.
The Fresno Bee, Published in Fresno, California
Now several days after President Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis, there have been conflicting reports about the status of his health. While his doctor made an official announcement that Trump is doing well, his chief of staff presented details that paint his case to be more grave. With the next debate and election quickly approaching, the country is awaiting more information.
The Miami Herald, Published in Miami, Florida
A popular sentiment among Venezuelans in the US is that Biden is a socialist and subsequently in support of the Maduro regime in Venezuela. There is a large amount of conspiracy theories and fake news being peddled and particularly targeted for Spanish speakers. The Venezuelan-American community is small and tight-knit and those voting for Biden say that they risk being ostracized if they vocally support him.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser
As jobs disappear in Hawaii, many locals are moving to other states. Economists predict that more than 19,000 people will leave in the next two years. This is concerning because the state’s economy is mostly comprised of consumer spending. The cost of living in Hawaii is one of the highest and unemployed residents are looking towards moving to places like Texas for some relief.
The Chicago Tribune, Published in Chicago, Illinois
In Illinois the governor has promised to change energy sources from coal to cleaner sources, however actions by him and his administration seem to indicate otherwise. He has approved a new coal mine and a pipeline that dumps waste in water that flows to the Mississippi River. Illinois is still one of the largest coal producers in the nation yet the demand for coal is dropping worldwide and the process produces large amounts of toxic waste as well as releasing harmful carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Carlsbad Current-Argus, Published in Carlsbad, New Mexico
The marsh thistle in New Mexico is being threatened with extinction as its habitats are disappearing. Property development, livestock, invasive species and contaminated groundwater are all negative effects on its chances of survival. It is particularly important because it is an indicator species, when the marsh thistle is doing well it demonstrates that the water supply is also thriving in a region with a typically limited supply.