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Of country we live in. It's all on the line. Paris, The first woman of color on a national ticket says racism needs to be rooted out, calling for a John Lewis Voting Rights Act, referring to the congressman and civil rights leader who recently died. A senior postal official says the agency won't prioritize mail in ballots for delivery unless states pay for first class postage has been paved from member station W. VPN reports that comes amid concerns over recent changes at the Postal Service. In the past, voting rights groups say the Postal Service moved mountains to make sure Bao it's got delivered. But at a round table hosted by Senator Mark Warner. USPS is head of Election Mail said ballots would not be prioritized unless they were first class Mail. Warner, a Democrat from Virginia, said it sounded like the Postal Service was trying to quote cut the books. USPS maintains that its policies on ballots haven't changed. The agency's new postmaster has been under fire for promoting cost cutting measures and a sudden reorganization. Democrats say those changes will delay key male ranging from ballots to medicine. For NPR news. I'm Ben Pave your enrichment. Another high school near Atlanta will stop in person learning due to possible exposure to the Corona virus from member station W. E. The Martha Dalton reports. It's the second Cherokee County High School to close in his many days. The district announced it will close Woodstock High School due to 14 confirmed cases of cove in 19 and 15 pending tests. Almost 300 staff and students of the school are quarantined. Ottawa High School was shut down for a similar outbreak. A picture of unmasked Fedewa students standing shoulder to shoulder went viral. Last week. Both schools will shift to remote classes while the district clean school buildings. Officials say they expect more quarantines and more school closures as they navigate the pandemic. Officials hope to resume in person classes at both high school's August 31st For NPR News. I'm Martha Dalton in Atlanta. Wall Street was hired by the closing Bell, the Dow of 289 points just over 1% at 27,976. NASDAQ up 2.1% gaining 229 points at 11,012 and the S and P 546 points. That's a gate of 1.4%. This's NPR and from the David Bohnett Foundation newsroom This is Casey AR W. On Larry Parole on a Wednesday, August 12th. Here's what's happening at 504 L. A County Board of Supervisors. Ability to scale up a three person unit in the public defender's office to track misconduct and use of force by law enforcement in the county could be in danger Case histories. Castle reports that the board asked for a report on the proposal, and it's estimated to cost roughly $2.3 million a year. It's a small number when viewing the $34.9 billion county operating budget, but county CEO Sochi whom I recommended that the board first consider leveraging existing staff and technology to do the job. Mama told the board that the quote eventual rollout of body worn cameras will improve the accountability of police interaction. Even though the program is expected to take roughly a year and 1/2 to roll out toe All patrol deputies public defender Robert Garcia said that a properly skilled law enforcement Accountability unit could be one of the most powerful cost effective and direct means to ensure law enforcement accountability. He also believes that the lack of resource is to call out bad behavior has emboldened some officers will be serious. Counselor reporting the L. A County Sheriff Department says it will begin rolling out body cameras in October. Sheriff Alex Vienna, Waves said today. The 1st 1200 cameras will go to deputies at five stations with another 4000 to come within five years. The absence of body cameras has made the department an outlier among major law enforcement agencies. LAPD introduced the devices five years ago. Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, who pushed body cams in 2012 has blamed the sheriff's Department for the long delays. Today Vienna Wave a blame county leaders with whom he frequently feuds for dragging their feet. The border supervising ran out of excuses in ways to block it. That's what happened. It took 20 months to overcome the resistance. During a news conference today, he called the use of body cameras a major step toward transparency. And he predicted that the cameras would exonerate deputies accused of misconduct and in today's climate where everyone is doubting the product of law enforcement. I can say honestly, that with the by the one cameras, the public themselves can see that what deputies they're saying and doing in the field matches what they're seeing on video. Villanueva says the sheriff's department is buying a total of 5200 cameras at a cost of $25 million. Support for NPR comes in the Wallace Foundation, working to develop and share practices that can improve learning and enrichment for young people and the vitality of the arts. For everyone, ideas and information at Wallace foundation dot org's It's all things considered from NPR News. I'm Ari Shapiro and I Mary Louise Kelly. Joe Biden is following in the footsteps of his former boss, president Obama in picking a former rival as his running mate. But before Camilla Harris ran for president and challenged Biden on the debate stage She was the junior senator from California while she's still the junior senator from California, And it's in that role that she has made a name for herself as an aggressive questioner in Senate committee rooms we're going to talk about Harris is Senate career and how that career has positioned her for this moment with NPR congressional correspondent Kelsey Snow had Kelsey Hi there. So come. Blair's has only been Senator Harris for about 3.5 years. Not so long in the grand scheme of Senate career's. How has she used her time there so far? You don't. Not only is it not a lot of time in Senate time, but it's also time spent in the minority where it's notoriously difficult to get legislation passed. You know, her very first speech on the Senate floor was all about the Dream Act. And that's the legislation to provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as Children, and that has been kind of a central issue for her. She also works on justice related issues like due process for immigrants, and that police reform bill that passed the house earlier this summer. She was a major figure in that, you know, At the same time, she was one of the main sponsors of bill to make lynching a federal crime. Here's how she talked about the convergence of those issues. Black lives have not been taken seriously. Being fully human. And deserving of dignity. And it should not require a maiming or torture. In order for us to recognize a lynching when we see it and recognize it by federal law. So those are major issues for her, And you know, she has been criticized for her background as a tough on crime attorney general back in California, But supporters say her record in the Senate has really been focused on justice and due process was speaking of the background that propelled her to the Senate. She among other past life. She was a prosecutor how she used that experience. You know, it has given her a reputation as a person who will ask direct and pointed questions. I'm thinking about the confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. She asked him to address specific abortion related cases and whether or not they were correctly decided. She also got into a contentious exchange with him over his insistence that the investigation into Allegations of his past sexual miss kind of wears a witch hunt. Not that got a lot of national attention, and she you know to her tough questioning really did frustrate President Trump and it's something he's brought up repeatedly. He's called her treatment of cabin on nasty, which is a term he has typically reserved for women. So that is how the president says he sees her. What about how her colleagues in the Senate see her? Kelsey is somebody who has walked those halls a Capitol Hill and watched a lot of Senate hearings. How is she perceived there? You know, I've talked to a lot of her colleagues, Democrats and Republicans, and they say she's a very active member on the committee. She works on. She does intelligence and judiciary and homeland security..