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Good morning. Voting by mail may be vital in the pandemic. So why did the postmaster general cut costs says the election approached? You'll face that question today in the Senate. It's morning edition from NPR News. Coming up the story of Postmaster General Lewis Joy who turned his dad's trucking company into a big corporation and became a big GOP donor. I'm Steve Inskeep, and I'm David Greene will talk to one of the Republican senators will be questioning the joy. We're asking voters what's keeping them up at night, and this morning, we go to Navajo Nation to meet Deborah Vera's schoolteacher and single mother of six. Also a former Uber executive faces criminal charges He's accused of concealing attack that exposed the data 57 million drivers and passengers. It's Friday, August 21st country musician Casey Musgraves is 32. News is next. Live from NPR News on Corvo Coleman. Postmaster General Lewis to Joy appears this hour before a Senate committee, NPR's Windsor Johnston reports. His testimony comes amid accusations the Trump administration is trying to undermine mail service ahead of the election. Even though D Joy has temporarily suspended recent changes at the Postal Service, including cutbacks and overtime. Both Democrats and Republicans are concerned about whether the agency is prepared to handle a surge in Melun ballots. Many states are urging residents to vote by mail to avoid crowded polling stations amid the Corona virus pandemic. That effort has prompted President Trump to claim repeatedly without evidence that voting by mail will lead to fraud. Tomorrow, The House is set to vote on a measure that would block the Postal Service from implementing any additional changes that would alter service levels through January. It would also require same day processing for melon ballots. Windsor Johnston. NPR NEWS Joe Biden has accepted the Democratic presidential nomination at the close of the Democratic National Convention. He spoke at the online event, promising that if elected, he'll represent all Americans, not just his base of supporters. Massive wildfires continue to burn across a swath of California. Some of them have been declared complex incidents with several blazes. Combining the seas EU lightning complex in the San Francisco Bay area is forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate. Remember station Rachel Myrow reports. Re sources or stretched thin and firefighters are widely dispersed across many parts of this heavily populated region. This easy, you lightning complex is hardly the largest group of wildfires raging right now. But the terrain between Pescadero and Santa Cruz along the coast is particularly mountainous and dry. Most of the area hasn't burned in 50 years. Evacuees have to make their way out of the area on narrow and wind. The roads for NPR news. I'm Rachel Myrow in Menlo Park. A federal judge in Massachusetts will sentence actress Lori Laughlin and her husband, Mousy McGee, a newly today as part of the FBI's college admissions, cheating investigation. From member station WGBH in Boston, Kirk Cara Pezzo reports they could spend months behind bars. The couple has pleaded guilty to funneling a half million dollars through a phony charity to have their two daughters recruited to the University of Southern California crude team even though neither of them actually wrote Lachlan and generally are the most prominent among dozens of parents, coaches and other hired officials charged in the massive college admission scheme. The sentencing will be held on the line, and the court says it's had the increase its video capacity on zoom. Rick Singer, the ringleader behind the scheme has already pleaded guilty and is cooperating with the government's investigation for NPR news. I'm Kirk Cara Paisa in Boston. This is NPR and 604. I'm Cherry Glaser. With KCIA MW NEWS L. A County health officials are reporting another 57 deaths locally due to cope in 19 and another 1603 cases. Bringing the total number of cases in the county so far to 227,000. Health officials say many of the people who've died due to cope in 19 had underlying preexisting health conditions. High blood pressure and diabetes are the most common but other include asthma, liver disease and cardiovascular disease. There is some good nose, though. On the Corona virus front. Throughout the pandemic, Latino, Black and Pacific Islander residents have been getting sick and dying at rates higher than their white counterparts. But now that curve is bending. His case here. W's Darryl Sandman reports, health officials credit expanded testing and mandates for protective equipment in the workplace. During the height of Ella's caseload. In July, black residents had a rate of four deaths per 100,000 people. And for Latino residents, six deaths per 100,000. Those were several times the rates that white Angelenos were dying. But as mortality rates for all groups come down, the racial disparities are also shrinking. According to the county Health Department. The rate for black residents is now 1.7 per 100,000 people just a little higher than white residents. For Latinos. It's still above 2%. But that's way down from a month ago. Health officials say increasing the number of testing sites all throughout the county has helped reach vulnerable communities. They also credit rules that require workers in frontline. High risk business is to use equipment like masks and face shields. For much of the pandemic ll accounted for more than half of all Kobe deaths in the state, but that is no longer the case. As cases have surged in the Central Valley and inland Empire L A share of fatalities has dipped to 46%. Airbnb says it's banning all parties and events at its listings worldwide during the pandemic. The short term rental comedy is also limiting capacity at properties listed on its website to 16 people. The announcement comes after a crackdown on party houses in Los Angeles earlier this year, which result in the suspension or removal of 28 listings on the site in the Hollywood hills. The largest drug bust in the history of Santa Barbara County, unfolded before dawn yesterday morning, law enforcement officers intercepted a small boat loaded with more than a ton of narcotics and arrested 33 people case here. W's Matt Gillom has that story. £3164. That's how much methamphetamine the panga boat had onboard. Interdiction operation wasn't only the biggest drug bust ever in the county authorities say it was also one of the largest meth seizures in U. S history. Local law enforcement agencies, along with the FBI, the U. S Coast Guard, U. S customs and border Protection and others all worked together on the bust. They tracked the 40 FT homemade drug boat from Mexico to Arroyo came out a beach in Santa Barbara, where a crew was waiting to unload it. 33 suspects who were arrested for conspiracy and transporting narcotics for sale range in age from minors to a 72 year old man. The hail from all over Southern California, with.

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