COVID-19 pandemic

A county official in Michigan is defending his use of the N-word — by repeatedly saying the slur, and insisting that it does not imply he is a racist.

Leelanau County Road Commissioner Tom Eckerle has been facing calls to resign since Tuesday, when he reportedly used one of the most taboo words in U.S. society to explain why he would not be wearing a face mask.

"Well, this whole thing is because of them n****** down in Detroit," Eckerle said, according to the Leelanau Enterprise.

Public health experts generally agree that, in spite of improvements, the U.S. still falls short on the testing needed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

The official who oversees the country's testing efforts, however, maintains the U.S. is doing well on testing now and will soon be able to expand testing greatly using newer, point-of-care tests that deliver quick results.

Investor Pulls Out Of Proposed Belmont County Cracker Plant

Jul 14, 2020
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Daelim Chemical USA, a major investment partner in a proposed ethane cracker plant in Belmont County, Ohio, announced on Tuesday that it is exiting the project. 

The U.S. Supreme Court in an emergency ruling Thursday evening temporarily blocked a lower court's decision that, citing the COVID-19 pandemic, would have made it easier for residents of three Alabama counties to vote by absentee ballot in July 14 primary runoff elections.

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has floated the idea of a four-day workweek to encourage domestic travel in the wake of the country's coronavirus lockdown.

Ardern raised the potential of a shortened workweek and more flexibility around leave in the workplace after meeting with local officials and tourism operators in the North Island-city of Rotorua.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted small and large businesses alike, dramatically altering the supply chain and forcing many to close their doors. Teresa Betts, Murray State University professor of logistics and supply chain management, speaks with Tracy Ross about how the global supply chain has been affected by the worldwide pandemic.

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Under quarantine, days and weeks can quickly melt together into one giant, endless weekend. Feeling unmotivated, unorganized, or untethered is not uncommon - in fact, it's our body's natural response to stress. Murray State professor of psychology, Dr. Michael Bordieri, talks to Tracy Ross about how to alleviate some of that stress through building and maintaining a daily routine.