Ms. Bell questioned whether shutting down the economy was worth it “for less than 1% of our population?”
KDKA Radio host Wendy Bell is facing backlash on social media Wednesday over comments she made addressing the decision to shut down businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.
Ms. Bell’s name was trending on Twitter after a clip surfaced of the former WTAE-TV anchor questioning the government’s decision to risk a potential economic shutdown in order to save a small percentage of lives from the virus. The comments were made on-air in the KDKA Radio studio Sunday while Ms. Bell streamed a 10-minute segment on Facebook Live.
A very talented, promising young musician just earned his first No. 1 on the Billboard charts, and he goes by the name of [checks notes] Bob Dylan? Yes, Nobel Prize in Literature holder, Oscar winner, and ten-time Grammy award-winning folk legend Bob Dylan has climbed to the top of the charts for the first time in his career at the tender age of 78. Pitchforkreports that Dylan’s 17-minute song “Murder Most Foul” about the assassination of JFK, which he surprise released last month, now sits atop the Rock Digital Song Sales chart after selling 10,000 downloads within its first week of release.
In response to the coronavirus crisis, many U.S. workers, including freelancers and independent contractors, are eligible to receive a check from the government. Learn what steps you must take to get this stimulus payment quickly.
Direct deposit information
The direct deposit information is as follows:
The name of your bank
Your bank account number, which can be up to 17 characters (see image below). On the sample check below, the account number is 2020202086.
The “routing number” for your bank, which must contain 9 digits (see image below). On the sample check below, the routing number is 250250025.
Don’t include the check number (1234 on the image below).
Stocks rallied Wednesday as COVID-19 showed signs of plateauing in some of the hardest hit areas.
U.S. equity markets rallied to session highs Wednesday after Sen. Bernie Sanders announced he was suspending his presidential campaign.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained nearly 700 points, or 3.1 percent, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite rose 3.1 percent and 2.43 percent, respectively. The gains have lifted the S&P 500 out of its bear market, which would officially end with the index closing above 2,684.88.
A truck driver from Durham was shot and killed after law enforcement said he stabbed four women, killing three of them, before officers killed him Tuesday morning.
KNOXVILLE, TENN. — A truck driver from Durham was shot and killed after law enforcement said he stabbed four women, killing three of them, before officers killed him Tuesday morning in Tennessee.
Idris Abdus-Salaam of Durham was identified as the man who stabbed and killed Joyce Whaley, Patricia Denise Nibble and Nettie R. Spencer. A fourth victim, a customer who has not been identified, remains hospitalized.
Investigators say just before 7 a.m. Tuesday, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an incident at the Pilot Travel Center along Strawberry Plains Pike. Officers found one person with stab wounds outside the store.
A man, armed with a knife and identified by witnesses as the suspect, was also observed in the parking lot. Officers confronted the individual, who refused to drop the weapon. At some point during the encounter, one of the officers fired shots, striking the man. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Three of the four who were stabbed were pronounced dead at the scene with the fourth victim rushed to a local hospital.
If a convalescent plasma program proves to be a successful treatment, more people recovering could potentially lead to even more people recovering.
Dr. Michael Joyner, a lead researcher of the Mayo Clinic’s convalescent plasma program, said they’d administer the product to a range of patients, including those already in the intensive care unit, to understand how it impacts the course of their virus. But, the number of people who can potentially be helped is dependent on survivors donating.
“I think it’s very important for the general public to understand this is not like a drug where we can increase the number of shifts and ramp up the production line at a drug company,” Joyner said. “This is a biological product that has to be obtained from a specific set of patients.”
Potential donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, be in good health and feeling well and be symptom-free for at least 14 days prior to donation, according to the Red Cross.
Washington (CNN)There are as many as 10 million low-income, childless adults in the United States who are eligible for the federal government’s stimulus payment program, but are at risk of missing out on the money, according to tax experts.
That’s because they aren’t required to file tax returns, making it harder for the IRS to verify their income — or even to know who they are or where to find them.
“These folks are very disconnected from the tax system. It’s going to be very hard to get their payments out,” said Elaine Maag, a research associate in the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center.
People who have filed returns and others in government programs like Social Security will automatically receive the stimulus payments, which are worth up to $1,200 per person.
Maag estimates there about 10 million people who may not be in the IRS system because they don’t earn enough money and see little incentive to claim tax credits. By law, people don’t have to file if they earn less than $12,200. Those without children aren’t eligible for the child tax credit and are usually due relatively small amounts under the Earned Income Tax Credit.
But this group includes many needy Americans, including some disabled people. It also includes anyone in the prison system. Some of them will be students who rely on student loans to support themselves, Maag said.
Allstate and American Family Insurance have begun discounting car insurance premiums since many drivers aren’t using their cars as much due to stay-at-home policies aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Allstate said most customers can expect a 15 percent refund in April and May, along with holders of Esurance and Encompass policies, while American Family Insurance is returning $50 per vehicle.
The two insurers were the first major companies to institute a blanket refund program, while others, including GEICO and State Farm, are encouraging customers to contact them to discuss their policies based on their new driving patterns.Many insurers have also extended their grace periods for late payments before canceling coverage, and with company policies changing day-to-day in response to the crisis.
Giant Eagle is furthering their in-store precautions because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Giant Eagle is asking its guests to join in its efforts by:
• Considering the use Giant Eagle’s curbside pickup and delivery service whenever possible
• Sending only one member of their household to shop for their family
• Considering wearing masks and gloves while shopping in store
• Respecting appropriate six-feet-or-more social distance from other guests in store, and following all in-store social distance directional signage
• Considering the use of self-checkout and Scan Pay & Go options
• Using credit or debit as payment method when possible to limit contact with cashier
• Refraining from visiting the store if they are feeling ill
Dog groomers are not considered life-sustaining businesses and have been closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. That means many dogs that are regularly buffed and fluffed by a professional are missing their scheduled appointments.
Fear not. Sheltering at home does not mean your canine partner needs to be neglected. Now is the time to learn a few skills and pick up the slack for your groomer, who is sure to be booked once the virus abates. But where to learn? Look no further than YouTube.