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"Customers don't have electricity. A day after he was grilled by lawmakers on Afghanistan. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will again take questions today on Capitol Hill. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports will face senators on the Foreign Relations Committee. A house hearing was testy at times as Republicans described the US withdrawal from Afghanistan as quote An unmitigated disaster and a disgrace. Some called on blinking to resign, though he points out that the Biden administration was following through on a deal Trump made with the Taliban. We inherited a deadline. We did not inherit a plan. Blinken says. The Afghan government and armed forces collapse much sooner than he and others in the administration expected. Republicans and Democrats are raising concerns about the many Americans and Afghan allies who were left behind in last month's airlift. Michele Kelemen. NPR NEWS Washington Voters in California are going to the polls today they'll decide whether to recall Governor Gavin Newsom. Remember Station K VCR. Megan Jamerson reports. Newsome is a Democrat. In his first term. There are two questions on the recall ballot. Whether to recall Democrat Gavin Newsom and who to replace him. With a majority of Californians vote to recall the office goes to the highest vote getter. That means very Blue California could elect a conservative governor. The field of 46 candidates includes right wing talk show host Larry Elder former San Diego mayor Republican Kevin Faulconer and YouTube creator Kevin Path Wrath. Supporters of the recall, saying Newsom went too far with pandemic restrictions. Newsom is linking the election to national issues like voting rights and abortion. For NPR News. I'm Megan Jimmerson and Los Angeles The federal government will release its latest monthly report on inflation today. NPR's Scott Horsley reports. This will be the Consumer Price Index report for August. A couple things to watch for in today's report, first off Ah is the overall rate of inflation. Is it going up? Or is it leveling off? But we'll also be looking at what's getting more expensive. And what if anything, is getting cheaper? You know, lumber prices have come down from their peak in the spring. We expect to see falling prices for used cars as well. In addition, because the delta variant people aren't traveling or going out as much so we could see a drop in the price of things like rental cars and concert tickets. NPR's Scott Horsley reporting. This is NPR. This is 90.9 W bur in Boston. Good morning. I'm Deborah Becker, Massachusetts Secretary of State Bill Galvin is predicting that a little more than 100,000 people will turn out to vote in Boston's preliminary election today, and he says that's down slightly from 2013. The last time there was an open mayor seat in the city. Boston is one of 15 Massachusetts communities holding preliminary elections today. W bur Steve Brown has more This is the first time mail in voting is allowed in a preliminary municipal election. However, Galvin notes. If you have requested a mail in ballot but have not yet sent it in, do not place it in the U. S mail. It is important to know that any ballot.
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"How the infrastructure package will invest in similar industries to combat climate change and create jobs. While in California Monday President Biden Campaign for Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom. Newsom is facing a recall election Today, Millions of Californians have cast ballots by mail. One of nuisance greatest challengers is conservative radio talk show host Larry Elder. He is calling for an end to mask mandates and says Newsom has mishandled California. During the pandemic. Senate Democrats have reached a deal on a new voting rights proposal. After weeks of negotiations. NPR's Claudia Gonzalez reports, a Republican filibuster still stands in their way. Senate Rules Committee chair Amy Klobuchar, who led the negotiations for Senate Democrats, said several key members have signed on to the new proposal, including West Virginia's Joe Manchin. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he was already preparing the Senate to vote on the legislation as early as next week. He also said mansion was charged with working to gain Republican support for the bill. However, the GOP has been steadfast in their opposition to federal voting rights reforms. Democrats would need 10 GOP members to sign on to overcome a Republican filibuster to vote on the plan, which for now appears unlikely. Claudia de Salis. NPR NEWS Washington This is NPR. This is 19.9 W bur in Boston. Good morning. I'm Deborah Becker, Secretary of State Bill Galvin is predicting a little more than 100,000. People will turn out to vote in Boston's preliminary election today, he says. That's down slightly from 2013. The last time there was an open mayor seat in the city of Boston is one of 15 Massachusetts communities holding preliminary elections today. W bur Steve Brown has more This is the first time mail in voting is allowed in a preliminary municipal election. However, Galvin notes. If you have requested a mail in ballot but have not yet sent it in, do not place it in the U. S mail. It is important to know that any ballot is.
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"Indie rock musician on the challenges of releasing her new album. The Past Year or So, For Me has been a little tough as an artist. It kind of feels like I got laid off from my job forecast says partly sunny after some rain this morning highs near 80. It's 701. Live from NPR News. I'm Kyle Snyder on Capitol Hill. Today. House lawmakers are set to hold the first public hearing on the Biden administration's withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. NPR's Deidre Walsh will be keeping tabs on Secretary of State Tony Blinken is definitely going to be on the hot seat this week. He can expect a lot of tough questions about why this administration didn't have a plan to get all Americans and our Afghan allies out by the August 31st deadline. He's also going to be pressed about the Taliban, the leadership who control the country now and what kind of diplomatic relationship the U. S. Will have with them. On the other side of the Capitol. The Senate has returning from its summer recess, with Democratic leaders seeking to complete work on their social spending priorities. Democrats have set a September 27th deadline to pass a three $2.5 trillion budget package. But with no Republican support in the Senate Democrats will have to remain unanimous. However, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin says the cost will need to be slashed to win his support. President Biden traveling West today to survey damage from the devastating wildfires in California, NPR's Kirk Siegler reports will also stop in Boise for a briefing with federal fire managers who are warning that resources are stretched thin. President Biden will visit the National Interagency Fire Center where the federal firefighting responses Planned and coordinated. It's all hands on deck here at the moment with the U. S. Government's wild land fleet operating and preparedness level five for an extraordinary two months Now, that means that all available resources are deployed and that if a new fire ignites and starts spreading towards infrastructure in towns, resources are pulled off Other big fires. President Biden will zero in on the effects of climate change, making these mega fires worse with a plug for the millions of dollars for wildfire prevention and forest management in his infrastructure bill. Kirk Siegler. NPR NEWS Boise Well he's in California President Biden is planning to campaign alongside Governor Gavin Newsom. The two are to appear to get out the vote rally in Long Beach tonight. As building at the States we call election comes to an end tomorrow, researchers trying to determine whether people who experience so called breakthrough infections can develop long covid when some symptoms of the illness persists beyond a few weeks, Here's NPR's Rob Stein, it's become increasingly clear that unvaccinated people can develop long covid. Even from mild covid 19 cases. So researchers are following people who get infected, even though there are fully vaccinated to see if symptoms like fatigue and shortness of breath. Last more than a few weeks, At least a couple of studies have now produced evidence suggesting that mild breakthrough infections could lead to long covid. But researchers say they need to follow these patients longer to determine whether that's the case. And if so, how often it occurs and why. Rob Stein. NPR NEWS This is NPR. This is 90.9 w. Bur in Boston. Good morning. I'm Deborah Becker, Boston and more than a dozen other Massachusetts communities are holding preliminary elections tomorrow. Among the 15 communities are brought in Framingham Cluster and Newton where incumbent mayors are seeking reelection. City Council races are happening in Maldon Revere and in Worcester Funeral will be held in Lawrence today for a local Marine killed in the suicide bombing in Afghanistan last month. W B whereas faster. Menard.
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"After weeks of talks between moderates and progressives within the party to fund President Biden's policy priorities. The deal would address climate change, healthcare and other social service programs, issues that didn't make it into the separate bipartisan and more traditional roads and bridges infrastructure proposal that's still being worked out. Agreement on the much broader package is a step towards circumventing a GOP filibuster. Kyle Snyder. NPR news president. Biden delivered remarks in Philadelphia on Tuesday, laying out what he calls the moral reason to protect Americans right to vote. Major legislation on voting rights installed in the Senate with opposition for many Republicans. In an interview with NPR Vice President Harris says the Biden administration is intently focused on making sure Americans have access to the voting booth. I believe that of all of the issues that the United States Congress can take up The right to vote is the right that unlocks all the other rights, and for that reason it should be one of its highest priority. Harris also hinted that she has talked with senators about exceptions to the sentence filibuster rule that allows senators to block some legislation. But Harris says she won't publicly negotiate an issue that the White House says Is up to lawmakers. Cuba's government continues to restrict Internet access following Sunday's unprecedented anti government protests. As NPR's Carrie Kahn reports access to social media and some messaging platforms has been cut off The global Internet. Monitoring for net block says that many platforms including Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, have been restricted in Cuba. October of the London based group says the cuts are affecting most, if not all, of the general population, Tucker says Twitter and YouTube are not restricted Telephone service is still available. Last Sunday, protests erupted in several cities over food shortages and the rise in covid cases. Protesters also shouted anti government slogans and called for the resignation of President Miguel Diaz Canal. Dozens have been arrested. The government blames the protests on the U. S and its decades long embargo against Cuba. Carrie Kahn NPR NEWS Mexico city with protests in Cuba and unrest in Haiti, following the assassination of the Haitian president, The U. S. Is warning residents of those countries not to try to migrate to the US by sea. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas issued the warning. You're listening to NPR news. This is 90.9. W B. You are good morning. I'm Deborah Becker. It's report card time for the Charles Mystic and Neponset Rivers As part of an ongoing effort to monitor water quality. The Environmental Protection Agency gives out grades based on levels of harmful bacteria in the water ways. Most segments of the three Rivers got an A or A B that w b U R is Miriam Wasser reports each had at least one tributary that failed. There are several reasons for high bacteria counts, but raw sewage. Whether from combined sewer overflows, leaky wastewater pipes or illegal hookups is one of the biggest culprits. Nurses. It is conditions have gotten a lot better in the last few decades. The report cards are really too old to drive action on further cleanup. That's Deb's Aro, the EPA's acting regional director. She calls the annual report cards an important measure of improvements made over time and what work still needs to be done. Zara says improving water quality is important for human health and the ecosystem and that moving forward we need to prioritize areas near environmental justice communities, which have been disproportionately impacted by water pollution. 90.9 w bur. I'm Miriam Wasser. Wakefield authorities say they used a high pitch sonic device to help end the standoff with armed men on Interstate 95 over the Fourth of July weekend, the town's police chief says the device can temporarily disable someone. The men are part of a Rhode Island group that claims to be sovereign citizens. 11 people were arrested that day. Several of them were ordered held without bail yesterday and are due back in court next month. Fewer families in Massachusetts are in need of food assistance compared to last year, according to the nonprofit project Bread in 2020. The percentage of families with Children who are food insecure peaked in May at 23.6%. W. B. U. R S Hanish natural reports. That rate is now down by more than eight points. Right now. In Massachusetts, about 15% of families with Children are food insecure. Project Bread CEO Aaron McLear says most of the recovery is among people who did not need help before the pandemic people who were living paycheck to Peter before the pandemic and had either no saving or limited savings. Those books were still thier are not yet feeling the recovery at an equal rate, McLear says. Even though food insecurity is down, 15% still indicates a crisis. Before the pandemic. 9% of families with Children were food insecure for 90.9. W bur. I'm Hannah Shnah tree. All Northeastern University students on campus this fall will undergo weekly covid 19 testing regardless of whether they're vaccinated Northeastern unit for Northeastern officials say students living in school housing will begin their tests the day they arrive on campus. All other students, faculty and staff will start testing the first full week of September. State lawmakers are set to learn today about a proposed bill that would allow injured police dogs to get emergency care. The bill is called Nero's law. It's named after a police dog who was shot in 2018, the officer he was assigned to was shot and killed in the incident. State representative Stephen Eggs are Asus, sponsor of the bill. Train. First responders would be allowed to help save the life of an injured police dog in the line of duty and put that dog in an ambulance and bring it to the local veterinary hospital help save its life. Exxaro says. Right now, paramedics are not allowed to help the injured police dogs. The time is eight minutes past seven W bur. Supporters include Marcus by Goldman Sachs committed to helping clients make the most of their money from personal loans to digitally managed investment portfolios. More at Marcus dot com..
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"Are working around the clock to recover victims and to bring closure to the families as fast as we possibly can. The mayor says. Remains being recovered are being handled with care and sensitivity. Personal items are being logged for return to family members and survivors were possible. Greg Allen. NPR NEWS Miami 15 States have dropped their objections to a bankruptcy deal with drugmaker Purdue Pharma over the company's role in the nation's opioid epidemic. W VIEW RCEP Rebecca reports. The deal calls for Purdue Pharma to be shut down and pay more than $4.3 billion for the way it's sold and marketed its opioid painkiller OxyContin. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey was among those opposed. But she says the deal will offer money to states now and make public millions of documents about Purdue and its owners. The Sackler family. Today's resolution delivers the most important things that we've been fighting for a reckoning that exposes the Sackler is misconduct, strips them of their power and provides money that will be dedicated entirely to prevention, treatment and recovery. In a statement produced, says it will continue to try to reach a resolution with the ninth States that have not agreed to the deal. Deborah Becker reporting It's NPR. Yes, Soos 90.9. W B. You are on Jack Lepi. Ours in Boston Coastal Massachusetts communities are under a tropical storm warning is Elsa makes its way. North utility company ever source is preparing to respond to potentially widespread power outages tomorrow caused by strong winds. Companies brought on additional crews and is closely monitoring else's track towards the Commonwealth Ever. Source spokesman William Hinkle says residents should make sure to have the essentials on hand from batteries to food items of water, but also medication pet foods as well. Don't forget about everyone in your house. Of course, ensuring that devices are fully charged before a potential outage. Uncle says the precise path of the storm will play a key role in how many customers are ultimately impacted. Meantime, preparations for the storm are in full swing along the coast. Chatham harbormaster Stuart Smith says the town is especially exposed to the wind and rain from the south. He says boat owners are hauling them out of the water or Putting extra lines on their moorings. Today, he's been opening the drawbridge to the more protected millpond for boat owners that want additional protection. In this case, that's exactly what we're doing A couple sailboats earlier and this time it was they were telling. You got tugboat, um, that was disabled, but bring it into more protected water. Smith says Voters should make sure their pumps are working and batteries are fully charged. The boats don't fill with water and sink. Beachgoers are also being urged to watch out today for a dangerous surf caused by the storm. The Nantucket Harbor master's issuing advisories for Surfside, Cisco and Maddock it beaches because of swells and rip currents. Brighton Man accused of repeatedly stabbing a rabbi outside a Jewish day school in that neighborhood is now being charged with hate crimes. Prosecutors upgraded the charges against Khalid Awad today, the district attorney's office says the investigation into last Thursday's attack revealed Awad carried hateful opinions against Jews, Christians and American culture. He's been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation. The rabbi who was attacked is at home recovering from his injuries. Ridership is heading toward pre pandemic levels on the Amtrak down Easter train between Boston and Maine last month saw more than 25,000 passengers that is still well below 2019 levels but far greater than the 768 riders in June.
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"Around the clock to recover victims and to bring closure to the families as fast as we possibly can. The mayor says remains being recovered are being handled with care and sensitivity. Personal items are being logged for return to family members and survivors were possible. Greg Allen. NPR NEWS Miami 15 States have dropped their objections to a bankruptcy deal with drugmaker Purdue Pharma over the company's role in the nation's opioid epidemic. W VIEW RCEP Rebecca reports. The deal calls for Purdue Pharma to be shut down and pay more than $4.3 billion for the way it's sold and marketed its opioid painkiller OxyContin. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey was among those opposed. But she says the deal will offer money to states now and make public millions of documents about Purdue and its owners. The Sackler family. Today's resolution delivers the most important things that we've been fighting for a reckoning that exposes the Sackler misconduct strips them of their power and provides money that will be dedicated entirely to prevention, treatment and recovery. In a statement produced, says it will continue to try to reach a resolution with the ninth States that have not agreed to the deal. Deborah Becker reporting It's NPR 68 degrees at 204 I'm era Sally Gomez Saldana. With W B E Z News. A veteran Chicago alderman is pleading not guilty to federal bribery charges today. Southside Alderman Carrie Austin is accused of taking bribes from a developer in exchange for access to millions of taxpayer dollars for a project in her 34th Ward. Prosecutors say the developer gave Austin home improvements furniture And appliances. Austin was indicted last week and became the third city member of the Chicago City Council to be charged with federal crimes media outlets. Report. Austin's chief of staff also pleaded not guilty to bribery in federal court today. An advisory group will hold more public meetings before recommending what Chicago should do about some monuments and statues. The monument Project committee was formed after protests were staged last summer over a statue of Christopher Columbus in Grant Park. It's been holding virtual meetings during the pandemic, but now it wants to receive input at in person sessions. The Cubs can finally raised the W flag at Wrigley. They beat the Phillies 8 to 3 last night, ending an 11 game losing streak. It was the longest losing streak since 2012 pitcher Alex Mills helped clinch the win. He pitched into the sixth inning and only gave up three runs. Mills says he he's glad the losing streak is behind them. Lot of that streak is just stuff. Not going our way. Um, you know, so, uh, really just tried to tried to give us some length, tried to give the bullpen arrest and, uh, like I said, just keep us in the game, so it feels great. The Cubs will host the final game of the series Tonight. Game starts at 705 The White Sox beat the Twins 6 to 1. They're off today. The Chicago Fire FCB Orlando City, 3.
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"Working around the clock to recover victims and to bring closure to the families as fast as we possibly can. The mayor says remains being recovered are being handled with care and sensitivity. Personal items are being logged for return to family members and survivors were possible. Greg Allen. NPR NEWS Miami 15 States have dropped their objections to a bankruptcy deal with drugmaker Purdue Pharma over the company's role in the nation's opioid epidemic. W VIEW RCEP Rebecca reports. The deal calls for Purdue Pharma to be shut down and pay more than $4.3 billion for the way it's sold and marketed its opioid painkiller OxyContin. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey was among those opposed. But she says the deal will offer money to states now and make public millions of documents about Purdue and its owners. The Sackler family. Today's resolution delivers the most important things that we've been fighting for a reckoning that exposes the Sackler is misconduct, strips them of their power and provides money that will be dedicated entirely to prevention, treatment and recovery. In a statement produced, says it will continue to try to reach a resolution with the ninth States that have not agreed to the deal. Deborah Becker reporting It's NPR. This is W when my C in New York I'm Sean Carlson, Democratic nominee for New York City Mayor Eric Adams says he plans to bring back a recently disbanded plainclothes officers unit. Adams says the anti crime unit will combat the rise in shootings across the city by focusing on people with firearms. He told MSNBC's morning Joe that officers must have the tools to arrest suspects. Policing must have an element of uncertainty right now, if you just have blue and white cars out there, the bad guy is going to carry that gun with a level of comfort, and that's a big mistake that we're making. Police Commissioner Dermot Shea disbanded the unit last year after multiple complaints about their aggressive tactics. Adams also wants the federal and state government to focus more on handguns.
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"Mayor Daniella Levine Cava says the same number of cruise and individuals are deployed at the site. That they're working in her words with all speed and urgency. We are working around the clock to recover victims and to bring closure to the families as fast as we possibly can. The mayor says remains being recovered are being handled with care and sensitivity. Personal items are being logged for return to family members and survivors were possible. Greg Allen. NPR NEWS Miami 15 States have dropped their objections to bankruptcy deal with drugmaker Purdue Pharma over the company's role in the nation's opioid epidemic. W VIEW RCEP Rebecca reports. The deal calls for Purdue Pharma to be shut down and pay more than $4.3 billion for the way it's sold and marketed its opioid painkiller OxyContin. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey was among those opposed. But she says the deal will offer money to states now and make public millions of documents about Purdue and its owners. The Sackler family. Today's resolution delivers the most important things that we've been fighting for a reckoning that exposes the Sackler is misconduct, strips them of their power and provides money that will be dedicated entirely to prevention, treatment and recovery. In a statement produced, says it will continue to try to reach a resolution with the ninth States that have not agreed to the deal. Deborah Becker reporting It's NPR. Historic drought in the Western US will mean less hydropower this year, even as residents crank up air conditioners to deal with the summer heat, a heat wave rather NPR's Jeff Brady reports. New Federal projections also show the amount of electricity from burning coal is expected to rise this year. For the entire country. The Energy Information Administration projects the chair of electricity from hydropower will fall 2% this year. The numbers are much more extreme in California. Already for the first four months of 2021, there was 37% less hydropower than the same time last year and 71% less than the year before. Amid climate change concerns the agency projects the U. S will burn mark Coal this year to generate electricity because natural gas prices are up. The agency says. Renewable energy, mostly wind and solar, also will increase its share of the country's generation from 11 to 15%. Jeff Brady. NPR news mortgage rates have fallen again this week, the finance giant Freddie Mac reports. The average for a 30 year alone edged down to 2.90% from 298. The fixed rate on the 15 year alone fell this week to 2.20 per said there's a recall out on more than 300,000 diesel pickup trucks from GM General Motors, warning of problems with the engine block here chords. It Short circuit and lead to fires. This latest recall covers from 2017 to 2019, Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Vehicles..
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"And the insurgents share videos of themselves seizing Afghan army equipment abandoned by fleeing forces. It's largely US funded staff and it's for the upcoming battles. It's also just as importantly, helped to create this perception that they're unstoppable. U. S troops turned over Bagram to Afghan forces on Friday as part of the planned US exit from the country. Amazon getting a new chief executive today Jeff Basil stepping down but will remain the company's executive chairman. NPR's Bobby Allyn reports of Basil pasta passing off the CEO title just as Amazon is hitting new business Heights, Bezoza has transformed Amazon from an online marketplace into a nearly $2 trillion empire in the business of transportation, groceries and cloud computing. The executive who leads the Cloud computing division. Andy Jassy, who's been at the company since the nineties, and as a bezoza protege will now be Amazon CEO. Bezoza is handing over day to day responsibilities to Jassy, but Will still have considerable clout at the company. The transition comes as Congress and the Federal Trade Commission investigate whether Amazon unfairly uses its size and platform against its own third party sellers. You're listening to NPR news. This is 90.9 W B. You are good morning. I'm Deborah Becker, a Boston rabbi who survived a knife attack last week is speaking out about the experience. Rabbi Sloman against Key was attacked outside the Jewish Day school where he teaches at Brighton, WB. Where's Adrian Ma? Reports at his home in Brighton, Some of Rabbi Nijinsky's wounds still looked fresh. Stitched up gash on his forearm, a spot of blood seeping through the shirt sleeve on his bicep, a new murder she military nor love. Yes, shame. Let's have another wish to meet the unfortunately, he says. There's evil in the world, but in history when Jewish people have faced struggle, they always came out stronger On that score. Nijinsky says he's planning to start a new class to ordain eight new rabbis, one for each wound he suffered in the attack. The alleged assailant is 24 year old Khalid Awad from Brighton. He's facing charges and has pleaded not guilty for 19.9 w bur. I'm Adrian Ma. Nearly four months into an ongoing nurses strike at ST Vincent Hospital in Worcester in person. Negotiations between administrators and union representatives are expected this week. Massachusetts Nurses Association says those talks will include a federal mediator. They come after the union sent a contract proposal last week, which Saint Vincent said it would review and respond to with a counter offer. Massachusetts State auditor says public safety officials need to do a better job getting the word out about a feature available on 911 calls. Alden born reports The silent call feature allows people who are unable to speak to emergency operators because they're deaf or in danger to still communicate. Suzanne Bump is the state auditor operators are trained to ask probing questions and allow responses through pushing a button on your phone in order for them to determine the nature of the emergency pump released an audit with her findings, saying the Massachusetts 911 department had not effectively promoted the feature. She recommended it increase awareness of the option among state agencies like the Commission for the Deaf and hard of hearing as well as non profits like battered women's shelters. In its response, the department says it's already been focused on outreach, but will redouble its efforts. For the New England News. Collaborative. I'm Alden, born. A new report finds the water at Boston beaches is some of.
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"Searching the rubble from the neighboring building. The partially collapsed condo building known as Champagne Tower south, the death toll has climbed to nine more than 150. People remain unaccounted for it. National Weather Service warning of a third straight day of record breaking heat in the Pacific Northwest. Yesterday, Portland and Seattle recorded their hottest temperatures since record keeping began. And today is forecast to be even hotter at Amelia Templeton of Oregon, Public Broadcasting reports. Excessive heat warnings are in effect across all of the northwest and parts of northern California and Nevada. The temperature in Portland climbed to 112 degrees on Sunday. That's an all time record. And almost 40 degrees above normal for a June day. Health officials are warning that the heat is dangerous and urging people to shelter with friends and family if they lack air conditioning. Cooling centers have opened around the city. Over the weekend, at least 14 people visited emergency departments or urgent care for heat related illnesses in just one Portland Natural Area County alone. Temperatures will fall later in the week as the hottest air pushes east over Idaho and Montana. For NPR news. I'm Amelia Templeton in Portland, Oregon. And you're listening to NPR news. This is 90.9. W B. You are good morning. I'm Deborah Becker. The Suffolk County district Attorney says authorities have found white supremacist writings by the men and they say, fatally shot two people in Winthrop Saturday. Rachel Rollins identified the victims as Ramona Cooper, an Air Force veteran, and David Greene, a retired state trooper. Both are wear black. These two people protected our rights. They fought for us to be safe. And to have the opinions that we have. And they were executed yesterday, and we will find out why. And find out more about this man that did this. Police.
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"The movement co founder Latasha Brown. We're resilient. We are committed, and we who believe in freedom shall not rest until it comes. The South has always been, I think, particularly black people in the South have always pierce the consciousness of this nation. Right, and I think we will continue to do so. A rally on the National Mall today will call for D C statehood and push Congress to pass voting protections. Debbie Elliott NPR News Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau says the latest covid 19 modeling in Canada is encouraging. But as Dan Carpenter reports, the delta very in is cause for concern. Trudeau says, With more people getting vaccinated, staying home and following public health guidelines, the reopening can continue but carefully, and the chief public health officer, Dr Teresa Temp, says average case counts are down by more than 90%. And that's led to a drop in hospitalizations and ICU admissions. However, she warns that the delta variant continues to pose a real danger, especially in unvaccinated and partially vaccinated people. Parts of Africa are experiencing a devastating third wave of covid cases. Namibia is running out of medical oxygen and has had to rely on imports from South Africa. But that nation is experiencing its own case surge largely driven by the delta variant. You're listening to NPR news. This is 90.9. W bur. I'm Susan Levy in Boston, A state Supreme Judicial Court judge has determined that some 100 drug convictions be vacated. Because they're tied to a state drug lab scandal and former state chemist Annie Dukhan, WB or is Deborah Becker reports. Justice Frank Graziano's order involves emotion from the Suffolk County district attorney to vacate drug convictions that were not dismissed in previous litigation over Duncan's testing. Marciano's order says Given do cons, wide ranging misconduct retrying the cases would needlessly expand resources in 2013 Dukhan pleaded guilty to misconduct while she was working as a chemist get the hint and lab. Tens of thousands of drug cases have been dismissed. Suffolk County D A. Rachel Rawlins says she'll continue to challenge all testing down at the hint and lab for 90.9. W bur. I'm Deborah Becker, more conservation groups across the Northeast are getting money to bolster and protect loons. The money comes from a settlement following a 2000 and three oil spill off the Massachusetts coast that killed hundreds of migrating birds. Erik Hansen is a loon, biologist with the Vermont Center for ICO Studies. One of the groups receiving settlement dollars. We all operate on a shoestring, mostly through donations. But having this level of funding is just going to secure us. And Hansen says his group will use the money to help improve nesting habitat recover lead fishing gear, which is toxic to loans. Also to sponsor community outreach and monitoring efforts. More than 4.1 million people in Massachusetts are now fully vaccinated against Covid 19. But the state wants to boost those numbers. Yesterday, the Baker Administration announced details of its upcoming vaccination lottery and starting Thursday, fully vaccinated, adults can register for one of.
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"Land trust that brought in housing and commercial developments that benefited residents directly within over 1000 vote victory in the primary. She is expected to take the mayor's office with an uncontested general election. For NPR News. I'm Ryan's owner in Buffalo. Initial results are coming in from the primary elections for mayor in New York City. On the Republican side, Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa won the mayoral nomination. On the Democratic side. There were 13 candidates, voters used a ranking system to choose up to five candidates that they preferred. Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams has taken a very narrow lead, but the ranking system means it could take weeks to determine a winner. The National Weather Service warns that record breaking heat will start to build again across the West. Excessive heat warnings are posted for the Pacific Northwest today. Temperatures there could reach the triple digits. Corvette. Coleman NPR News in Washington. This is 90.9. W B. You are good morning. I'm Deborah Becker. Today's the last day for the state's mass Covid vaccination site at the Natick Mall. It will be the third of the states seven sites to shut down. Okay. And that was the sound last night at the Hynes Convention Center. As the final person vaccinated there came through the door more from W B u R Martha be finger At the Heinz Peak in March, 8000 people a day moved through one cavernous room for their shot and into another for observation. Kristen is among the hundreds of vaccinators who jabbed arm after arm for months. Honestly, it's just amazing because when we started this In January cases where on a rise again and just knowing that we were a part of lowering the cases of cold in and saving lives is just there's not really words for it. All of the states. Mass vaccination sites are scheduled to close by mid July. 4.1 million Massachusetts residents are now fully vaccinated. That's about 60% of the state's population. For 19.9 doubly bur I'm Martha be bigger. State health data show that the seven day positive covid test rate remains at.
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"Rouhani to his second term instead. He is a hardline cleric longstanding credentials. Currently he's the head of Iran's judiciary. He was criticized for his role in ordering mass executions of dissident prisoners in the late 19 eighties, and he's clearly the preferred candidate of supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Come and a NPR's Peter Kenyon reporting. Israeli jets conducted airstrikes against some Palestinian targets in Gaza overnight. This came after Hamas militants launched incendiary balloons that landed on the Israeli border and started fires. No casualties have been reported. Hamas launched the balloons after Israeli right wing nationalists held a march this week in Jerusalem that was opposed by Palestinians. These exchanges could threaten the fragile ceasefire that ended 11 days of fighting last month. It's NPR. This is 90.9. W B. You are good morning. I'm Bob Oakes. Another pandemic Milestone. No Massachusetts cities and towns are considered to be at high or moderate risk for the coronavirus. For the second week in a row, several communities are at lower risk, including Springfield, Fitchburg and Lynn. The statewide seven. A positive coronavirus test rate is now at 0.4%, the lowest rate ever reported in schools. Statewide, the number of covid infections is down again. State education officials say. 58 students and staff tested positive last week. It's a 44% decrease from the week prior. Summer vacation's starting. This is the last week that schools will release coronavirus infection data. Most of the states District attorneys are now no longer using breath tests as evidence in drunk driving cases. Although the state defends the test reliability, some defense attorneys have questioned the testing process now old QB wires. Deborah Becker has more on this story. Most DEA stopped using the tests entirely after criminal defense Attorney Joe Bernard raised questions, including whether the state Office of Alcohol Testing properly told prosecutors that some of the test up Raiders were not fully certified. We had a right to know the DA's had a right to know that these results were being performed by uncertified breath test operators. It's all about transparency and communication. The state says The tests are reliable and an administrative issue prevented 38 of 8000 test operators from being formally certified..
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"Forest. We are in a drought. It is really high. Today's minimum humidity is 7 to 12%. It's never great when we have windy conditions and hot weather. We just asked the public to be very, very careful. Arizona's governor has issued emergency declarations in the state Legislature is in special session to respond to the fires for NPR news. I'm Ryan Hi, anxious in Flagstaff stocks fell on Wall Street, The Dow down 94 points. The NASDAQ Down 101 points today. This is NPR. This is this is 90.9 vur. I'm Garo Hagopian in Boston. If you live in Massachusetts in your fully vax, you'll soon be able to enter to win a million dollars. The state's vax Millions giveaway will get people 18 and over five chances to win, kids can enter to win a $300,000 college scholarship. Governor. Baker says similar incentives and other states have led to more coronavirus. Vaccinations were hopeful that this giveaway will give another reason opportunity. For people to choose to get vaccinated here in the Commonwealth Over the next couple of months, the fully vax can register to win. Starting in July. The prize money will come from federal relief funding. Beth Israel Leahy Hospitals acquisition of the Jocelyn Diabetes Diabetes Center is nearly a done deal. The two hospitals which have been affiliated for decades and even have a tunnel connecting them. Say they've reached an agreement. It still needs regulatory approval. The state Board of Pardons hears testimony on whether to commute a man's life sentence as vur is Deborah Becker reports. Even the prosecutor is in favor of commuting the sentence of William Allen, Plymouth County, D A. Tim Cruz says Alan appears to have changed during his 27 years of incarceration. Cruz also says, because the law has changed about the culpability of those who were involved in but did not directly commit a crime. He is supporting computation. This is one of those rare cases in which the sentence for first degree murder warrants reconsideration. Allen admitted to participating in the robbery before the murder. The man who was the killer, pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was released on parole more than a decade ago. The board will now make a recommendation on Allen's case to the governor, whose decision will then be reviewed by the governor's council. 90.9 w bur. I'm Deborah Becker were funded by you, our listeners and by Angie committed to helping homeowners find and hire local pros for a variety of home projects. Homeowners.
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"You know what marx called our army of labor which was a problem because when there are too many people to a a to Fill the number of positions that are available workers lose power so now there's at least a perception that workers are desired. As opposed to the other way around right so this is the time potentially where this leverage can have an impact but we have to be very careful because the the notion of Not enough people to fill. Jobs always comes under question of in their their reason. Why employer employers say that. They'll often say that are not enough trained workers at there's a skills gap of it in fact workers who are seriously looking from roy are willing to train them and are willing to pay them adequately There's a large part of the workforce for both men and women are little leery about coming back right now for good reason. They have childcare issues of other issues. On some people we have to keep in mind have long covid. So they're disabled to some degree at this point but quite a few actually. So they've dropped out of the workforce but potentially temporarily so this is a temporary potentially a temporary situation and i hope that employees can build on it. I'm hopeful. I don't think it's quite certain yet whether they can all right. So that is ellen. Rupel shall author of the job work and its future and a time of radical change and kim merriman professor of management at the manning. School of business. At umass lowell ellen and kim. Thanks so much for joining us flashing. Thanks welcome back to radio boston. I'm tci during earlier. Today i informed dennis white of his termination as commissioner of the boston. police department. Effective immediately rat is acting boston. Mayor kim janey announcing just this hour that boston police commissioner. Dennis white is out of his job following decades old allegations of domestic violence. Wbu our senior correspondent. Deborah becker is on the story and joins us now. Deb welcome back. Thanks for joining us. Oh you're welcome so. I know this basically just came down dab and we've been looking for this waiting for this announcement for a while. Tell us what's what's the decision. Malaysia said acting their janey says dennis weight is terminated effective immediately. He's also off the police force entirely. Not even some had wondered if he might go back to being a detective. Lieutenant but that will not be the case here Acting janey says interim commissioner. Greg long will stay in that role for the time being. And she says she's forming a committee and laying the groundwork to conduct a national search for a new commissioner and she says the that search will include extensive vetting and background checks of any candidates going forward so again. We've been at this a while. I know that it was mid may when acting mayor janey originally planned to fire dennis white but take us through the. Why and did she address that again. Today she did Ademir janey plan to fire dennis white once. She received an independent investigation that was done about decades old domestic abuse allegations concerning whites ex wife. Who's also a boston. Police officer now then. Investigation on covered The domestic the allegations of domestic view abuse and another allegation of abuse involving whites niece by marriage. The investigation also described a culture of fear within the police department and indicated. That officers were concerned about speaking to the investigator so today janey said whites reluctance to completely cooperate with the investigator and his conduct around. All of this led her to conclude that he did not possess the qualities to lead the boston. Police department going forward now. She had said some of that..
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"Earlier. Today i informed dennis white of his termination as commissioner of the boston. police department. Effective immediately rat is acting boston. Mayor kim janey announcing just this hour that boston police commissioner. Dennis white is out of his job following decades old allegations of domestic violence. Wbu our senior correspondent. Deborah becker is on the story and joins us now. Deb welcome back. Thanks for joining us. Oh you're welcome so. I know this basically just came down dab and we've been looking for this waiting for this announcement for a while. Tell us what's what's the decision. Malaysia said acting their janey says dennis weight is terminated effective immediately. He's also off the police force entirely. Not even some had wondered if he might go back to being a detective. Lieutenant but that will not be the case here Acting janey says interim commissioner. Greg long will stay in that role for the time being. And she says she's forming a committee and laying the groundwork to conduct a national search for a new commissioner and she says the that search will include extensive vetting and background checks of any candidates going
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"And to quote. Send a message that this kind of unlawful treatment must not be allowed to happen again to anyone and quote so it does appear that there will be further legal action Going forward so in our couple remaining minutes. let's turn our attention to former mayor. Marty walsh the scandal heavily. Implicates him in his. He's now in a new job in washington. He's now labor secretary he went on. Wbz tv this weekend to reiterate that he had no knowledge of the allegations against white. I no knowledge. A of dennis whites passed in the police department. No understanding of it if i had Obviously decisions would have been different in. The acting wouldn't be going through this situation. Alan boston lengthy It's disappointing And and i wish. I had known so. What's at stake for marty. Walsh well That has been marty. Walsh is consistent explanation that he did not know about these allegations And i guess walsh's continued involvement and all of this will depend on on any future legal action and how that might play out and if there is a lawsuit Walsh might have to explain under oath what he knew and when and we should say that that white and former police commissioner william ross allege that walsh knew about these allegations against white when he was first promoted to the command staff in twenty fourteen So white could argue. That janey has no grounds to fire him Because his past had already been disclosed that would be the essential argument and former police. Commissioner evans did wall and said that he was not aware of these allegations against dennis. White so you know. Depending on what happens further legally there could be. The story could stay in the public eye and there could be Testimony certainly involving former mayor. Walsh all right. Wb our senior correspondent. Deborah becker thinks that quick turnaround appreciate it it welcome..
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"Radio boston. I'm donna deering and we start today with another major development in the country's largest drug lab scandal suffolk. County district attorney. Rachel rollins says that her office could vacate up to tens of thousands more criminal convictions. That were based on drug evidence tested at the now closed hinton lab. Wbu our senior correspondent. Deborah becker is reporting on the story. Deb joins us now dead. Welcome back to radio boston. Thanks for having me so deb. D. rollins is proposing to vacate any drug convictions based on results. From the hinton lab from may two thousand three to august two thousand twelve why that nine year time window will. That was the time period when two chemists worked at the hinton lab at the same time. Any dukan and sony ferrick you may remember. Both women were convicted on charges of tampering. With the drug evidence they were supposed to be testing fair conviction though stemmed from her work at the state lab in amherst but both women worked at the hinton lab. At one time. Eric worked there before she went to amherst. Rollin says what's needed is a more thorough review of all the drugs certifications that came from the hinton lab wild. Both women were working there. She calls the drug lab scandal. Systemic misconduct and a catastrophic failure of management that she says needs a complete review so all the testing done at that lab during that time should be looked at and we should point out that after both chemists were convicted tens of thousands of criminal drug convict. Convictions were dismissed because of their misconduct. We're talking about more. Give us a sense of scale here. Deb how many people might this effect will will. There's no precise number but rollins office says is that the hinton lab certified almost eighty three thousand drug samples for evidence during that time and that was in suffolk county and the massachusetts supreme judicial court which has reviewed various challenges and calls for a way to deal with all of the cases in both labs has vacated thousands of convictions based on the testing and hidden lab alone about eight thousand from hinton so the remaining seventy four thousand drug certifications that rollins talking about from suffolk county. She says her office is going to review all of those and they could be part of what she says is a global resolution to deal with these cases once and for all and thousands more convictions could be erased. But there's no exact number because one drug certification could have several drug certifications could have been done for one case so. The exact number is unclear. Got it got it. But it's it's a lot to review. So how does it work are they. Are they essentially starting deb with the assumption that all the convictions must be vacated and then working backward from there as they review the cases. How are they gonna do this well. She says she's going to convene robin says. She's going to convene a summit next month with the defense bar to start this review look at every affected case all the drugs certifications and determine next steps and she says any relief in what she's calling her hinton lab initiative is only for controlled substances convictions. And if someone was charged with something else along with drug use or possession or whatever the drug charges may have been those charges withstand this would only be drug charges in a particular case and then after that they would look at expunging records. If need be it would be a very lengthy complicated process. So our defense attorneys reacting to this well The aclu the american civil liberties union of massachusetts which was the agency really primarily involved in fighting with the s sjc to try to get some sort of resolution for many of these cases that were based on evidence tested at the hinton lab and at the amherst lab. It says it is. It's pleased that rollins has done. This here is matt siegel whose legal counsel for the aclu of massachusetts certainly would our preference and the preference of the public defenders are law firm partners for all of these cases have been dismissed when we first started calling for that step in twenty twelve. There's a saying about the arch of justice and At this point were very glad that seems to be bending in the right direction. I think as referring there to the you know the arc of the moral universals long but it bends toward justice but regardless also the State criminal defender agency. The committee for public counsel services released a statement after They heard about rachel rollins initiative the hidden lab and it also said that. It's pleased that this is happening. And it hopes that other district attorneys will do the same. So will they deb. Do you think we'll other. Da's follow suit. And i guess. I'm wondering if somehow this forces their hands if they have to. Now i don't think anyone necessarily
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"Mexican newspaper. Reforma will join us to discuss that relationship. Look at the crisis in Venezuela at Senator Kamla Harris's embrace of single payer healthcare. And a Cory booker's announcement that he's running for president to and later in the show will turn to President Trump's strong desire to get US troops out of Afghanistan through talks with the Taliban all that. Plus, what Howard Schultz is brewing is coming up next on left right and center. We'll be right back. Live from NPR news in Washington. I'm Jack Speer Virginia. Governor Ralph Northam is apologizing for a racist photo in his nineteen Eighty-four school yearbook. That shows two men one wearing black face the other in a coup Klux Klan hood without saying which costume. He's wearing the democratic governor says he is deeply sorry for decision to pose for the photo. And the hurt the decision is. 'cause I cannot change the decisions I made nor can I undo the harm my behavior calls then and today, but I accept responsibility for my past actions. And I'm ready to do the hard work of regaining your trust is recorded statement northern gave no indication yet that he intends to resign despite calls from the NWEA CPA and state Republicans that he do. So he says he's committed to staying in office through the remainder of his term. There's new information in a lawsuit against the owners of Purdue pharma with more details about. Allegations the company aggressively marketed its opioid painkillers knowing they were addictive. Was found by Massachusetts. Attorney general Maura Healey against produce owners. The Sackler family from member station. WBZ you are Deborah Becker has more documents alleged that Purdue pharma paid the Sackler is more than four billion dollars between two thousand eight and two thousand sixteen payments. The suit says that were from prophets driven almost exclusively by opioid sales. The suit alleges that Purdue directed at sales reps to make regular visits to doctors to encourage them to prescribe. It says doctors who were regularly visited by sales reps were ten times more likely to prescribe Purdue opioids to patients who overdosed and died. Purdue issued a statement saying the complaint is trying to blame the company for the entire opioid crisis. And it's riddled with quote demonstrably inaccurate allegations for NPR news. I'm Deborah Beker in Boston. Employers added more than three hundred thousand jobs last month, far outpacing what most forecasters had expected. Is NPR's. Scott Horsely explains the latest snapshot from the Labor Department suggests the economy is off to a quick start this year US employers have been expanding their payrolls for a record one hundred months in a row and despite low unemployment there's no sign the job market is cooling off on the contrary. White House economist Kevin Hassett says the pace of job gains has steadily increased for the last three months. We're seeing signs of accelerating Konami right now, which is astonishing given that it's a hundred months in the partial government shutdown did cause a temporary jump in the unemployment rate to a still low four percent average wages have grown over the last year by more than three percent. Scott Horsely NPR news, Washington. The major US stock market indices after moving higher on the heels of the strong January jobs numbers pulled back a bit. The Dow was up sixty four points. However, the NASDAQ fell seventeen points, the standard and Poor's five hundred closed up two points today..