Friday morning news – July 2, 2021


For WORLD Radio, I’m Kent Covington.

Biden meets families, first responders at Surfside ” President Biden was in South Florida on Thursday where he met with first responders and the families of those affected by a condominium collapse.

BIDEN: There is going to be a lot of pain, anxiety and suffering, and even the need for psychological help in the days and months that follow. So we are not going anywhere.

The President spent several hours speaking privately with the families.

To first responders and local authorities, he is committed to providing all the support they need.

Rescue teams had to stop operations on Thursday out of concern about the stability of the remaining structure. Miami-Dade County Fire Chief Alan Cominsky said they had to put their operations on hold due to widening of the cracks and the relocation of part of the building.

COMINSKY: Six to 12 inch movement in a large column hanging from the structure which could fall and damage the support columns in the garage area of ​​the south lot.

Hopes of finding more survivors are growing lower, as it has now been more than a week since the 12-story building in Surfside, Florida, collapsed.

Authorities have announced the discovery of several other bodies. The death toll now stands at 18, with more than 140 people still missing.

Supreme Court upholds Arizona electoral rules ” The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld election laws in Arizona in a ruling that could have big implications for new voting rules in other states. WORLD’s Kristen Flavin reports.

JOURNALIST KRISTEN FLAVIN: In a 6-3 ruling, the High Court upheld Arizona’s limits on who can return advance ballots for another person, as well as state rules banning ballots. votes cast in the wrong constituency.

Thursday’s ruling overturned a lower court ruling. The San Francisco federal appeals court ruled that the measures disproportionately affected minority voters in violation of voting rights law.

Judge Samuel Alito wrote on behalf of the majority that the state’s interest in the integrity of the elections justified the measures.

The three liberal Supreme Court justices were strongly dissenting. Judge Elena Kagan wrote that the court was weakening federal voting rights law for the second time in eight years.

The ruling could make it harder for critics of new voting rules in several Republican-led states to challenge the legislation. Georgia’s justice ministry recently sued Georgia over its new electoral laws.

Report for WORLD, I’m Kristen Flavin

Trump Organization, senior leader accused of tax crimes ” A senior Trump Organization official Allen Weisselberg surrendered to authorities on Thursday, hours before being charged with tax crimes.

New York prosecutors later indicted the Trump Organization and Weisselberg with 15 counts in connection with an alleged tax scheme.

Prosecutors said the executive collected more than $ 1.7 million in non-accountable allowances, including apartment rent, car payments and school fees.

Weisselberg pleaded not guilty, surrendered his passport and was released until a hearing could take place.

The indictment follows a two-year investigation into former President Trump’s business relationship by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and New York Attorney General Letitia James, both Democrats.

The Trump organization criticized what it called a “scorched earth attempt to harm the former president.”

Unemployment claims fall to new pandemic low ” The labor market continues to rebound strongly in the face of COVID-19. WORLD’s Anna Johansen Brown has this story.

ANNA JOHANSEN BROWN, JOURNALIST: The number of Americans seeking unemployment assistance fell again last week to the lowest level since the start of the pandemic.

The Labor Department reported Thursday that jobless claims had fallen from 51,000 to 364,000.

The vaccine rollout has sharply reduced new cases of COVID-19, fueling a strong economic rebound.

The drop in jobless claims last week was larger than economists had expected. Unemployment benefit claims have now declined in 10 of the past 12 weeks.

Employers are still struggling to fill vacant positions. In response, dozens of states began to drop so-called increased unemployment, ending the additional weekly payments of $ 300.

Report for WORLD, I am Anna Johansen Brown.

Hong Kong authorities crack down on “transfer” protests Police flooded the streets of Hong Kong on Thursday in an attempt to block protests on the anniversary of the city’s handover to China in 1997.

AUDIO: [Sound of protests]

Police patrolled the streets on foot and in armored trucks, some equipped with water cannons. A government spokesperson said a protester died. He claimed this happened after the protester stabbed a police officer. No word on how he died.

A senior official on Thursday defended China’s so-called National Security Law, which the government used to suppress protests and other freedoms in what was once a semi-independent territory.

Beijing has said it will use the law more in the coming year to ensure stability.

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