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Thursday - 04/15/21
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US 🦅

Former police officer charged with manslaughter in the shooting of Daunte Wright

  • On Wednesday, Washington County Attorney Pete Orput arrested and charged former Minnesota police officer Kim Potter with manslaughter for the killing of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old black man, during a traffic stop. She is being held without bond
  • Former city Police Chief Jim Gannon previously stated that police video shows Potter apparently drew her handgun instead of her taser by mistake when she opened fire on Wright

WORLD 🌎

Denmark completely stops AstraZeneca vaccine rollout

  • On Tuesday, Denmark announced the country would stop using the AstraZeneca vaccine altogether over a potential link to rare but serious blood clots, becoming the first European country to do so
  • The decision was made despite recommendations from the World Health Organization and European medicine agencies to continue using that vaccine. Denmark will continue using the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines

BUSINESS 💰

Walmart to convert a majority of hourly jobs to full-time positions

  • On Wednesday, Walmart announced plans to move more of its hourly workers to a full-time position in efforts to promote job stability and retain workers
  • In a blog post, senior vice president of Walmart’s U.S. People Operations Drew Holler stated a goal to have two-thirds of Walmart positions that are currently hourly become full-time positions by early next year

TECH 📱

Instagram tests feature that allows users to hide likes

  • On Wednesday, Instagram announced the launch of a small test that will allow users to choose if they would like to hide how many likes received on their own posts or on other users’ posts
  • Facebook– which owns Instagram– stated that the decision was made in hopes to ease the anxiety and pressure that social media platforms like Instagram contributed to, but also to allow users who found like counts beneficial to tracking what’s popular

POLITICS 🏛️

House committee approves DC statehood bill

  • On Wednesday, the House Oversight and Reform Committee voted 25-19 to approve legislation that would make Washington DC a state, sending the measure to a full House floor vote later this month
  • The bill would reduce the size of the US’s capital to just include the National Mall, monuments, the White House, and other federal buildings. Though the bill is likely to pass in the House, it faces a stall in the Senate where Democrats do not have the 60 votes needed to overcome a Senate filibuster

Markets 📈

Coinbase makes market debut

  • On Wednesday, cryptocurrency exchange platform Coinbase made its Wall Street debut on Nasdaq, with shares closing at $328.28 and giving the platform a value of $85.8 billion 
  • Most transactions on Coinstar involve the purchase of bitcoin and ethereum, both of which have also had a historic rise on the markets in the past year. Coinbase says its short-term performance will largely be determined by crypto prices  

EXTRA BLING ✨

  • Government 🏛. Top GOP Rep. Kevin Brady announces retirement
  • Coronavirus 🦠. Study finds keeping middle seat vacant on planes can reduce coronavirus exposure risk by up to 57%
  • Celebrity 🎭. Former ‘Bachelor’ star Colton Underwood comes out as gay
  • Style 👔. Disney updates theme park staff dress code in drive towards more inclusivity
  • Heartwarming ❤️. Atlanta school renamed to honor MLB star Hank Aaron


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