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Oct 11 2020 - 05:24 PM
Daily News From Around the World: 10/11/20

Welcome to this week’s Sunday news edition! Today’s news items focus on election updates and stories related to coronavirus. As always, these headlines are courtesy of Newseum.org. 



The Los Angeles Times, Published in Los Angeles, California

Prison Factories Were Virus Hotbeds


In California’s prisons, inmates have been sewing masks and making hand sanitizer throughout the pandemic, often for less than $1 per hour. According to workers in these factories, coronavirus protections were not taken while they labored 12 hours a day. Furthermore, there was pressure to stay on the job, even amongst heavy outbreaks since quitting could affect their parole.

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Tampa Bay Times, Published in St. Petersburg, Florida

An Undermined Amendment 4 Leaves Few Felons Likely to Vote


Prior to 2018 in Florida, felons were subject to permanently losing the right to vote. An amendment to the state’s constitution was passed which enabled felons to be able to vote again, however the next year the governor added a clause which required them to pay all fines associated with their sentence first. Earlier this year, this bill was ruled partially unconstitutional and changed to say that only those able to pay the fees must do so. However, this has devolved into a murky situation that Florida is unlikely to resolve before this election, leading to the disenfranchisement of many voters in a crucial state. 



The Wichita Eagle, Published in Wichita, Kansas

State Grants Will Fund Broadband for 70,000 Kansas Families


In Kansas nearly $50 million in federal coronavirus relief aid will now go toward making high-speed internet available for all residents. In many rural Kansas communities, the cost of making broadband available is higher than what monthly customer payments would bring in, so internet companies have refrained from the expenditure. These state grants will help bring about better healthcare, education and opportunities to bridge the divide between urban and rural communities. 



Cape Cod Times, Published in Hyannis, Massachusetts

Cape’s Oyster Growers Struggle to Recover from Pandemic


In the US, the vast majority of seafood is consumed in restaurants. When restaurants closed in March, the whole market for oysters practically disappeared. Currently, shellfish farmers are relying on the PPP loan program and hoping to sell their seafood to the USDA for distribution to food banks. 

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The New York Times, Published in New York, New York

Absentee Voting from Democrats Far Outpaces ‘16


So far, absentee mail-in voting is showing a strong lead for Democrats, even in Republican stronghold states. The numbers indicate that people are particularly enthusiastic about voting in this election with many more absentee ballots already being cast in this presidential election than the last one. Although, experts say that Republicans may be more likely to save their votes for in-person voting.


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