In today’s news headlines there are items regarding the census, NASA and more virus and election stories. Yesterday marked the last day of the 2020 census and the turnout for voting in this year’s election has been vigorous so far. As always, these headlines are courtesy of Newseum.org.
The Birmingham News, Published in Birmingham, Alabama
48 states reached a 99.9% response rate in this year’s census. Only Louisiana and Mississippi failed to reach this threshold with the lowest rate being Louisiana at 98.4%. In the last week there was a large surge of recordings due to a push by census workers. In Alabama 63.5% of households returned their responses themselves, either by mail, phone or online. Alabama is one of several states with a Senate seat and electoral vote at stake with the results of this census.
The Times-Standard, Published in Eureka, California
Three people in Biden’s campaign, including a top aide to Kamala Harris have just tested positive for coronavirus. The campaign is now conducting contact tracing and since Biden was unexposed he will continue to attend events. Harris will continue to campaign virtually from home for the time being.
Florida Today, Published in Melbourne, Florida
The Kennedy Space Center just received a delivery of two new helicopters from Airbus. The helicopters will be used to support missions, including the upcoming SpaceX launch of four astronauts to the International Space Station in November.
The Clarion Ledger, Published in Jackson, Mississippi
One of the most important figures in the Southeastern Conference for college football, Alabama coach, has just tested positive for coronavirus. This comes after outbreaks have been reported amidst three teams, Florida, Vanderbilt and Ole Miss. Experts say that college football teams are at a high risk, particularly because of the travel they do.
The Wall Street Journal, Published in New York, New York
Last night Trump and Biden were hosted by different TV channels for individual town halls after Trump declined a virtual debate. They were questioned on a number of topics, notably the handing of the pandemic. Currently, polls show Biden leading Trump by 11 points as millions of votes have already been cast.