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WEDNESDAY - 04/07/21
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US 🦅

Arkansas lawmakers override governor veto on banning health treatment for transgender youth

  • On Tuesday, the Arkansas State Legislature and Senate voted to override Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s veto on legislation that bans gender reassignment surgeries and hormone supplements to anyone under 18
  • On Monday, Hutchinson vetoed the bill, stating it was government overreach and “legislative interference”

POLITICS 🏛️

Former Trump official punished over Hatch Act violation

  • On Tuesday, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel announced that Lynne Patton, a former Housing and Urban Development official who served under former President Trump, will pay a $1000 fine and be banned from federal employment for two years after violating the Hatch Act, which is intended to stop certain federal employees from engaging in partisan political activity
  • The violation was over a video Patton had produced for the Republican National Convention last year regarding affordable housing

BUSINESS 💰

GM to produce an electric pickup truck

  • On Wednesday, General Motors announced plans to produce an all-electric Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck that will be able to drive more than 400 miles on a single charge
  • The truck is part of a $2.2 billion investment plan into producing an array of electric vehicles starting later this year. Other vehicles to be produced include the GMC Hummer EV SUV and the Cruise Origin

TECH 📱

Supreme Court sides with Google in software copyright case

  • On Monday, the Supreme Court voted 6-2 in favor of Google over Oracle on a case regarding software development, agreeing that Google did not commit copyright infringement against Oracle when it copied parts of programming language to develop its Android operating system
  • Justice Breyer authored the decision, stating that Google’s use of application programming interfaces from Oracle’s Java SE was an example of fair use

WORLD 🌎

Alexei Navalny’s health worsens in prison

  • A lawyer for Navalny confirmed that the Putin oppositionist leader is ‘seriously ill’ after reports revealed he had been transferred to a prison sick ward for a respiratory illness and was suffering from a bad cough and high fever
  • On Tuesday, Russian police arrested several of Navalny’s supporters outside the prison Navalny was being held at, who were demanding that he receive proper medical care

CORONAVIRUS 💉

Biden moves vaccine eligibility for US adults up to April 19

  • On Tuesday, President Biden announced that he is moving up his deadline for states to make the coronavirus vaccine available to all US adults from May 1 to April 19
  • Biden also set a new goal of 200 million vaccines administered by his 100th day in office after reaching 150 million doses on his 75th day in office

EXTRA BLING ✨

  • Celebrity ⭐️. Kim Kardashian is officially a billionaire according to Forbes
  • Sports 🏀. Baylor defeats Gonzaga to win NCAA men’s basketball championship
  • Coronavirus 😷. California to lift most pandemic restrictions on June 15
  • Markets 📈. Trading card company Topps goes public
  • Style 🔎. Will.i.am and Honeywell partner to create high-tech facemasks


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