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The FBI director today on morning edition from NPR News. Congress is investigating a health care provider that let people jump the line for covert 19 vaccines. I'm Noel King, and I'm Steve Inskeep. NPR revealed that vaccines went to ineligible patients, including some connected with executives of the company. Also a Supreme Court case could allow states to make it harder to vote. And how if it all can the U. S resist a coup and me and Mark it is Tuesday, March 2nd. The founding date of Howard University in 18 67. Graduates of the historically black college include Vice president Kamila Harris. The news is next. I'm from NPR news In Corvo Coleman MPR's learned that drugmaker Merck is going to help its rival producer coping 19 vaccine. It's Johnson Johnson's one shot vaccination that just got emergency use authorization. More. Details on the arrangement are expected day from the White House. The Senate Judiciary Committee will question FBI Director Christopher Rain today. Lawmakers are examining the deadly insurrection at the U. S. Capitol and Delaware Democratic Senator Christopher Koons wants to know whether the FBI was investigating white supremacist groups ahead of the riot. The Department of Homeland Security has called white supremacists the most persistent and lethal threat to our nation. There's public reporting that suggests that under the previous administration, the FBI was directed to shift their resource is toe looking at left wing activists and advocates. Folks active in Antifa, or even the black lives matter movement rather than focusing on white supremacist groups that were known threats. He spoke to NPR's morning edition. U S. Supreme Court focuses on voting rights Today, the justices will examine a question that could make it easier or harder for state legislatures to limit voting rights. NPR's Nina Totenberg reports. Since the November election, Republican dominated state legislatures in 33 states have introduced 165 bills that would limit the right to vote, for instance, bills that would dramatically limit the ability to cast absentee ballots. Prior to 2013. Those bills likely would have been blocked in advance under the 1965 Voting Rights Act. But the Supreme Court effectively gutted that provision of the law in 2013, leaving on Lee one other enforcement mechanism in place how to interpret that provision is what the court will now consider And how it rules in the case will tell us a lot about whether there are any teeth left in the voting Rights Act. Nina Totenberg NPR NEWS Washington The White House says that President Biden will meet with Senate Democrats later this afternoon. NPR's Giles Snyder reports that the president is expected to renew a push for his nearly $2 trillion coronavirus relief package. President Biden is scheduled to participate virtually in Senate Democrats weekly policy launch after urging them over the weekend to move quickly after the House passed its version of the relief package. Now the mill moves the United States Senate where I hope will receive quick action. Have we have no time to waste. Democrats want to get the bill to Biden steps by March 14th when pandemic jobless benefits expire, it would extend them through the end of August. The package also includes those $1400 checks for most Americans and funding for schools and colleges, small businesses and money to track the virus and distribute vaccines. Options for increasing the federal minimum wage in the Senate bill appear to be running out trial. Snyder NPR news and you're listening to NPR news. Live from KQED news. I'm Brian what? Good morning. Several San Francisco supervisors are pushing for the city to hold free summer camps for elementary school students in hopes of relieving families who were struggling during the pandemic. Summer programming would primarily take place outdoors and last nine weeks over the summer half of the initiatives Budget $15 million would be covered by a budgetary supplement, with the rest coming from philanthropic efforts here, San Francisco Supervisor Connie Chan The goal is to really ease the burden of many working families. Francisco Unified School District normally serves around 20,000 students in their summer camps last year capacity was limited due to the pandemic. PG Any gas and electric bills are going up this month. It's part of a regular hike that the state's Public Utilities Commission approved in December. KQED Sarah Hussaini reports, The average customer will pay nearly $9 more. PG and E says the money funds about half of its annual investment and safe and reliable service. That includes efforts to reduce wildfire risk and improve the public safety power Shut off program. The company says the rate increase won't go toward executives or pay for well far claims. The genie is attempting to rebound from the billions it has lost after causing a serious of catastrophic events, including major wildfires and a fatal explosion in San Bruno. I'm Sarah. Who's Amy KQED knows. PG neat is also facing more pressure to prevent its power lines from causing wildfires more on that in about 15 minutes.

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