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U.S. ‘Wasted’ Months Before Preparing for Virus Pandemic


Created: Sun, Apr 05 2020 04:19:57 PM

Author: Michael Biesecker

The first alarms sounded in early January that the outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China would ignite a global pandemic.

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Grocery Workers Are Key During the Virus. and They’re Afraid


Created: Sun, Apr 05 2020 06:49:02 PM

Author: Jim Vertuno

Grocery workers across the globe are working the frontlines during lockdowns meant to keep the coronavirus from spreading

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Trump Tempers Officials’ Grave Assessments With Optimism


Created: Sun, Apr 05 2020 03:44:29 PM

Author: Will Weissert and Kevin Freking

The U.S. surgeon general is raising the specter of the gravest attacks against the nation in memory, 9/11 and Pearl Harbor, to steel anxious Americans for impending sorrow in the age of the coronavirus

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2 Residents at DC Halfway House Die


Created: Mon, Apr 06 2020 02:33:24 AM

Author: Scott MacFarlane and Rick Yarborough

Two residents at the Hope Village halfway house in D.C. have died in the past three days, officials said Sunday. According to a statement from the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the first death at Hope Village was not related to the novel coronavirus. News4 is awaiting a response on the cause of the second death. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton...

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DC Closes Fish Market at The Wharf After Large Crowds Gather Despite Stay-At-Home Order


Created: Sun, Apr 05 2020 04:35:57 PM

Author: Brianna Crummy

Vendors in the Municipal Fish Market at The Wharf in Southwest D.C. are being told to close by Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office after large crowds gathered there on Saturday were not observing social distancing guidelines. The Wharf Community Association said in a statement that there would only be accessed allowed to the area for people’s homes, offices, hotels and businesses....

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DC Department of Corrections Reports 18 in Custody Positive for COVID-19


Created: Thu, Apr 02 2020 03:30:46 AM

Author: NBCWashington Staff

Four more D.C. jail inmates tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total in custody infected to 18, according to an email sent to Department of Corrections staff Sunday. The latest positives cases are three men, 62, 39 and 29 years old. The fourth inmate is a 36-year-old woman. All are in isolation. The woman’s unit was quarantined Wednesday after...

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10 Residents Dead in COVID-19 Outbreak at Maryland Nursing Home


Created: Sun, Apr 05 2020 11:56:56 PM

Author: Gina Cook and Matthew Stabley

Another resident of a Maryland nursing home has died after contracting COVID-19 in an outbreak that has sickened dozens of the facility’s residents and strained a short-handed staff, health officials said Sunday.  A man in his 80s brings the total number of fatal cases at the Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mount Airy to nine residents. Carroll County officials announced...

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The Latest: 7,244 Coronavirus Cases Diagnosed in DC, Maryland, Virginia


Created: Tue, Mar 03 2020 04:10:04 PM

Author: Sophia Barnes and NBC Washington Staff

More than 7,200 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus and more than 100 people have died from the disease across the capital region of D.C., Maryland and Virginia, health officials say. As of Sunday afternoon, 7,244 cases of coronavirus had been diagnosed. D.C. had 998 cases, Maryland had 3,609 and Virginia had 2,637. The virus has infected a broad range...

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University of Maryland Tech Port Developing Oven to Sterilize PPE


Created: Sat, Apr 04 2020 11:56:51 PM

Author: Darcy Spencer

The University of Maryland Tech Port in Southern Maryland is working on a way to quickly sanitize large amounts of personal protective equipment using intense heat. Researchers developed what they call a heat sanitation module, a huge oven that can be used to clean personal protective equipment (PPE) so it can be reused as supplies run low or run out....

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2nd Prince George’s Police Officer Tests Positive for Coronavirus


Created: Sun, Apr 05 2020 02:44:56 AM

Author: Matthew Stabley and Iris Vukmanovic

A second Prince George’s County police officer tested positive for coronavirus, according to a statement from the Prince George’s County Police Department. The officer’s works space was deep cleaned Saturday, and the department reached out to those who may have had contact with the officer recently. “Our thoughts are with both of our officers who have now tested positive,” Chief...

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42 of DC’s First Responders Test Positive for Coronavirus


Created: Sun, Apr 05 2020 02:30:37 AM

Author: NBC Washington Staff

There are now 42 D.C. firefighters and police officers that have the novel coronavirus as Saturday afternoon, officials say. A total of 386 police and fire personnel out of service due to the coronavirus.   Seventeen members of the Metropolitan Police Department tested positive and another 195 are in quarantine. Twenty-five members of D.C. Fire and EMS tested positive, and...

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Montgomery Co. Recommends Filling Out ‘File of Life’ in Case of Hospitalization


Created: Sun, Apr 05 2020 01:35:21 AM

Author: Derrick Ward

Montgomery County recommends people fill out a form with the medications they take and their medical histories to have on hand if they need to go to the hospital. File of Life cards aren’t new. Primarily, they were intended for the elderly, or people with chronic medical issues. But now, new procedures for the treatment and transport to an emergency...

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9 Residents Dead in COVID-19 Outbreak at Maryland Nursing Home


Created: Sun, Apr 05 2020 01:00:18 AM

Author: Matthew Stabley

Three more residents of a Maryland nursing home died after contracting COVID-19 in an outbreak that has sickened dozens of the facility’s residents and strained a short-handed staff, health officials said Sunday.  The deaths of a man in his 60s and two women in their 80s — all with underlying health issues — brings the total number of fatal cases...

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Dioceses Preparing for Holy Week During Social Distancing


Created: Sun, Apr 05 2020 12:23:06 AM

Author: Scott MacFarlane

Holy Week begins this week with Palm Sunday, but for the first time in memory, local churches will be almost empty. Churches are usually at their most crowded this time of year, but this year, Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter will be hosted online. The bishop of Arlington will celebrate Mass from the Cathedral of St. Thomas...

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2 Members of Kennedy Family Presumed Dead After Canoeing Off Chesapeake Bay


Created: Fri, Apr 03 2020 07:23:46 PM

Author: Andrea Swalec, Ilana Drimmer and Willard West

The search for two members of the Kennedy family — an 8-year-old boy and his mother — who went missing Thursday while canoeing in the Chesapeake Bay was suspended Friday evening due to darkness and high wind. They are presumed dead. Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, 40, and her son Gideon Joseph Kennedy McKean went missing Thursday afternoon, Maryland Gov. Larry...

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Virginia Governor Orders Hiring Freeze, Agency Heads to Look for Cuts


Created: Sat, Apr 04 2020 09:30:12 PM

Author: Alan Suderman

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is instituting a hiring freeze of state employees and is telling agency heads to look for ways to cut budgets in response to the coronavirus

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DC Police Issue Silver Alert for Missing Senior, Now Found


Created: Sat, Apr 04 2020 04:26:15 PM

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The Metropolitan Police Department issued a silver alert for 71 year-old Alice Faye Luck. They are asking for the public's assistance in locating her.

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Howard University Hospital Nurse Died of Coronavirus: Wife


Created: Sat, Apr 04 2020 03:59:37 AM

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A Howard University Hospital nurse died due to the coronavirus, his wife told News4. Noel Sinkiat, 64, died March 27 at a hospital in Maryland. “It’s just hurting so much,” said his wife, Lourdes Gerardo. “I try not to cry.” She said her husband had flu-like symptoms March 22, went to urgent care and was tested for the coronavirus. The...

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Union Station to Close Nightly in Response to Pandemic


Created: Sat, Apr 04 2020 02:42:12 AM

Author: Willard West

The Federal Railroad Administration announced Friday that Union Station will close nightly from 11 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the request of Amtrak, according to a statement from the Department of Transportation. Nightly closures will continue until the pandemic is quelled, DOT said. MARC, VRE and Metro service will not be affected. The closure will prevent entry but not exit...

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Virginia School Employee Tests Positive After Distributing Laptops to Students


Created: Sat, Apr 04 2020 01:40:44 AM

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A Loudoun County Public Schools staff member tested positive for COVID-19 Friday after helping with Chromebook distribution on Tuesday, the district said in an emailed statement.

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Metro Service Further Reduced Starting Monday


Created: Sat, Apr 04 2020 01:14:11 AM

Author: Willard West

Starting Monday, Metro stations will close at 9 p.m. every day, Metro said in a statement.

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Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Inmates at DC Halfway House


Created: Sat, Apr 04 2020 12:45:08 AM

Author: Scott MacFarlane and Rick Yarborough

Federal inmates at the Hope Village halfway house in D.C. are suing, asking for their release or a change to operations inside amid fears about the coronavirus. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in D.C. on behalf of Hope Village, the largest halfway house in America. The suit says there’s no social distancing inside the facility on Langston Place...

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DC Estimates 93K Residents Will Get Coronavirus, Up to 1,000 Will Die


Created: Fri, Apr 03 2020 03:19:49 PM

Author: Andrea Swalec

Washington, D.C., officials expect that as many as 93,000 residents — about 13% of the population — will be infected with coronavirus and 220 to more than 1,000 people will die. A peak in cases and hospitalizations is expected this summer.

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West Virginia Governor Announces Virus Hot Spot in Jumbled Briefing


Created: Fri, Apr 03 2020 10:21:38 PM

Author: Associated Press and NBC Washington

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and his health officials agree on one thing: There’s a coronavirus hot spot in the state’s eastern panhandle.

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Wholesale Produce Company Sells Food to Public as Restaurants Close


Created: Fri, Apr 03 2020 10:09:07 PM

Author: Drew Wilder and Sydney Coplin

A wholesale produce company based in Alexandria, Virginia, is beginning to shift its business model from serving restaurants to now serving the public. The company, Keany, is offering various package options for customers to purchase.  There’s a $25 veggie box, a $25 fruit box and a $12 produce box with a gallon of milk, a pound of butter and a...

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DC-Area Restaurants Stay Afloat With Delivery, Take-Out Food and Drinks


Created: Fri, Mar 27 2020 06:18:37 PM

Author: Sophia Barnes

Everyone across D.C., Maryland and Virginia is under strict social distancing orders, but that doesn’t mean you have to cook all our meals or miss out on happy hour. Luckily, you can get delicious food right from home all while supporting local restaurants that are struggling amid stay-at-home orders. There are also plenty of opportunities to enjoy a craft cocktail,...

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Nats Park Is Quiet on What Was Supposed to Be Their Opening Day


Created: Thu, Apr 02 2020 02:02:34 PM

Author: Andrea Swalec

“Thursday was not supposed to be like this.”  It’s a sad day for D.C. baseball fans as the Washington Nationals were set to play their home opener. After the Nats’ thrilling World Series win, Major League Baseball postponed the 2020 season on March 16 because of the coronavirus pandemic.  The stadium was quiet early Thursday, a glum NBC Sports Washington...

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White House Moves Toward Promoting Face Masks to Fight Virus


Created: Thu, Apr 02 2020 10:00:06 PM

Author: Zeke Miller and Mike Stobbe

The top U.S. infectious disease official says “the better part of valor” is that people should wear some kind of facial covering when they go out, if they can't maintain the recommended 6-foot social distancing to slow the spread of the coronavirus

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Maryland Man Killed Estranged Wife, Her Teen Neighbor Then Self: Police


Created: Fri, Apr 03 2020 12:13:13 PM

Author: Sophia Barnes and Associated Press

Authorities in Maryland say a man shot and killed his estranged wife and her teenage neighbor before taking his own life during a standoff with officers. The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office says 36-year-old Heather Zujkowski and 18-year-old Noah Homayouni were fatally shot Thursday afternoon outside their homes in Mount Airy. Police responded to a phone call for a shooting on...

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Maryland Governor to Expand Telehealth Options


Created: Fri, Apr 03 2020 11:42:50 AM

Author: NBC Washington Staff

It’s about to become easier for people in Maryland to see their doctors without leaving home. Governor Larry Hogan is set to sign two new telehealth bills into law Friday. The bills expand the kinds of services doctors can provide through digital means like video chat and email. Medicaid will be required to cover mental health services appropriately delivered via...

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Here Are the Links You Heard About on News4


Created: Wed, Oct 31 2018 09:45:33 PM

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These are the links we promised to share on News4.

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Virginia Authorities Solve 1972 Slaying of 12-Year-Old Girl


Created: Thu, Apr 02 2020 05:46:57 PM

Author: Associated Press and NBC Washington Staff

Authorities in Virginia say investigators solved the killing of a 12-year-old girl who was found slain in a wooded area in 1972

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Grocery Workers’ Union Seeks Same Coronavirus Protections as First Responders


Created: Fri, Apr 03 2020 02:51:48 AM

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The union representing thousands of grocery store workers in D.C. wants its members treated like first responders regarding protections from the coronavirus. Some grocery store employees say they are concerned about being exposed to COVID-19 while delivering essential food to the community. “They don’t know if they can have it. They don’t know if the guy next to them has...

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2-Year-Old Killed in Northeast DC


Created: Fri, Apr 03 2020 03:10:57 AM

Author: Matthew Stabley

A toddler was killed in Northeast D.C. Wednesday, police said. The Metropolitan Police Department received a report of an unconscious person in the 900 block of Division Street about 8:25 a.m. Officers found D.C. Fire and EMS trying to save an unconscious child in a home, police said. The child, 2-year-old Gabriel Eason, died at the scene. An autopsy by...

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Prince George’s Police Officer Tests Positive for Coronavirus


Created: Fri, Apr 03 2020 01:12:39 AM

Author: Iris Vukmanovic

One Prince George’s County police officer tested positive for coronavirus Thursday morning, according to a statement released by the Prince George’s County Police Department. The officer, who will not be identified, was assigned to duties that have minimal contact with the public. The officer fell ill March 25 and has not attended work since that date. They have been self-isolating...

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Metro Limits Weekend Service, Urges Only Essential Travel


Created: Fri, Apr 03 2020 12:57:55 AM

Author: NBC Washington Staff

As the number of diagnosed coronavirus cases continues to grow daily in the D.C. area, WMATA says it will reduce service further over the weekend and urges people only to take essential trips. On Saturday and Sunday, Metro will open between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. on a “lifeline service” schedule. Bus service will be limited to 26 routes. Customers...

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Nationals’ Zimmerman Tells How He’s Coping With Season Postponed


Created: Thu, Apr 02 2020 06:54:34 PM

Author: Jummy Olabanji and Iris Vukmanovic

Washington Nationals’ first baseman Ryan Zimmerman was supposed to be at Nationals Park on Thursday for its opening day. But as the coronavirus pandemic virtually locked down D.C., he was home with his family practicing social distancing. “It’s like I’m retired but I can’t leave the house,” he said with a laugh in a recent interview from his home via...

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Report: Social Media Platforms Fail to Stop Sellers Capitalizing on Coronavirus Fears


Created: Thu, Apr 02 2020 09:41:29 PM

Author: Jodie Fleischer, Rick Yarborough and Steve Jones

With most in-person social activities canceled, online social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook and Instagram have been a lifeline. But as many of us scramble to find masks and other supplies, a D.C.-based non-profit is warning about suspicious sellers capitalizing on coronavirus fears. “We are in the middle of a national crisis, and the one thing we should expect of these...

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Coronavirus Testing Site in Virginia Opens With Few Restrictions


Created: Thu, Apr 02 2020 10:55:18 PM

Author: Julie Carey and Iris Vukmanovic

A new coronavirus testing site in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, is attracting people from all across the northern part of the state because of its streamlined testing process. About a week ago, BetterMed Urgent Care started converting five of its 12 urgent care clinics into strictly coronavirus exam sites. Co-owner Dr. Mark Rausch said he was concerned over the lack of...

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DC Needs 3,500 More Hospital Beds, Worst-Case Plan Says


Created: Thu, Apr 02 2020 04:00:18 PM

Author: Mark Segraves and Andrea Swalec

Washington, D.C., officials are planning for a surge in coronavirus cases that could put thousands of people in hospitals.

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Metro Considers Higher Fares, Later Hours, First-of-its-Kind Flat Fee


Created: Thu, Apr 02 2020 08:28:54 PM

Author: Adam Tuss and Willard West

A new Metro budget proposal that would hike fares and shift open hours received unanimous preliminary approval Thursday.

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13-Year-Old Girl Missing From Southeast DC


Created: Thu, Apr 02 2020 07:19:15 PM

Author: Sydney Coplin

A 13-year-old girl has been missing from Southeast D.C. since Monday. Police are investigating her disappearance. The Youth and Family Services Division is leading the investigation. Avyona Holland was last seen in the 800 block of Barnaby Street at about 6 p.m.  She is a black female standing at about 5’5″ and weighs about 100 pounds. She has brown eyes and...

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13-Year-Old Boy Missing from Southeast DC


Created: Thu, Apr 02 2020 07:19:11 PM

Author: Sydney Coplin

A 13-year-old boy from Southeast D.C. has been missing for over a week. The Youth and Family Services Division of the Metropolitan Police Department is leading this investigation. Gabriel Jones disappeared from the 600 block of Elmira Street on March 24. He was last seen at about noon that day. He is a black male and stands at 5’1″ and...

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Is Crime Reduction Worth Aerial Surveillance? Baltimore Board Says Yes


Created: Thu, Apr 02 2020 05:42:53 PM

Author: Associated Press

A Baltimore board has approved a six-month pilot program which will allow surveillance planes to patrol the city, a decision that drew opposition from civil liberties groups

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People in 20s, 30s Are Groups With Most Coronavirus Cases in DC


Created: Wed, Apr 01 2020 04:04:36 PM

Author: Andrea Swalec

People in their 20s and 30s, males and Ward 6 residents are the groups of Washington, D.C., residents with the most known cases of coronavirus, data released by the city says.  Officials are giving an update Thursday. Watch live in the video feed above. D.C. released data with patients’ ages, sexes and locations for the first time Wednesday morning. The...

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102K Apply for Unemployment in DC, Maryland, Virginia


Created: Fri, Mar 27 2020 03:02:57 PM

Author: Andrea Swalec

At least 102,000 people in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia are asking for help as coronavirus hits the economy hard.  Last week, 102,240 in the area applied for unemployment benefits, Department of Labor data for the week ending Saturday, March 21 says. Maryland had almost 42,000 applications, which is 17 times more than the prior week. Virginia had almost 47,0000...

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Bay Bridge Project Complete a Year Ahead of Schedule


Created: Thu, Apr 02 2020 01:08:52 AM

Author: Iris Vukmanovic

The Bay Bridge right lane deck rehabilitation is complete and open to all motorists, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday. The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) expedited the project and completed it more than a full year ahead of schedule — the project was once expected to be finished in one to two years. The westbound right lane of the Bay Bridge...

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Here Are Resources in the DC Area as Coronavirus Changes Daily Life


Created: Tue, Mar 24 2020 09:02:12 PM

Author: Andrea Swalec and Sydney Coplin

The number of coronavirus cases in D.C., Maryland and Virginia is increasing by the day — but so is the number of resources available if you need help.  Governments passed emergency legislation to make it easier for residents to get unemployment benefits, schools are handing out meals and some grocery stores have special hours for seniors and people more vulnerable...

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Democratic Senators Call on Congress to Give DC More Coronavirus Funding


Created: Thu, Apr 02 2020 11:18:08 AM

Author: Sophia Barnes

Twenty-five U.S. Senators, including Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, have called upon Congress to provide further coronavirus relief money to the Washington, D.C., which local leaders said is shortchanged by more than $700 million in federal aid. While Virginia, Maryland and the other 48 states are guaranteed at least $1.25 billion in federal support under a coronavirus rescue bill, D.C....

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Federal Inmates to Be Locked in Cells for 14 Days Amid Virus


Created: Wed, Apr 01 2020 09:02:37 PM

Author: Michael Balsamo and Michael R. Sisak

The federal Bureau of Prisons is locking inmates in their cells at all its facilities for 14 days in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus

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