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Legal marijuana market facing difficulty

April 22, 2020 9:58am | Colby Menefee

Virtual parties and video chats replaced outdoor smoking sessions to mark the rise of legalization and celebrate cannabis culture on the weekend leading up to 4/20. The origins of the annual celebration are believed tied to a group of Northern California high school friends, who […]

Protesters rallying to open states back up

April 21, 2020 7:58pm | Colby Menefee

Almost 200 people rallied in Maine demanding the state to open back up, despite state officials’ insistence on being more cautious in order to prevent another outbreak. In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, around 2,000 people protested Monday in one of the largest rallies in a growing movement […]

Boeing brings workers back

April 21, 2020 8:37am | Colby Menefee

Boeing resumed production and some states rolled out aggressive reopening plans Monday, despite concerns there is not enough testing yet to keep the coronavirus from rebounding. Boeing said it was putting about 27,000 people on the job this week building passenger jets while keeping virus-slowing […]

Governor Abbott places new restrictions on businesses, schools

March 19, 2020 10:23pm | Colby Menefee

During a news conference Thursday at the state Capitol, Abbott announced an executive order that limits social gatherings to 10 people, prohibits dining in at restaurants and bars while still allowing takeout, closes gyms, bans visitors to nursing homes except for critical care and closes […]

New Texas Covid-19 case identified

March 9, 2020 10:12pm | Colby Menefee

A man in Collin County tested positive for the new coronavirus, becoming the first Texas case known to be caught domestically. The patient remains unhospitalized, but is stable and in isolation. According to a Collin County Health Services press release, he tested positive for the coronavirus […]

Coronavirus still on the rise

February 9, 2020 8:56pm | Colby Menefee

Mainland China reported a rise in cases of the Coronavirus after a decline the previous day, while the number of deaths grew to 908, with at least two more outside the country. China’s health ministry said another 3,062 cases had been reported over the 24 […]

Kobe Bryant, daughter killed in helicopter crash

January 26, 2020 8:27pm | Colby Menefee

Kobe Bryant and one of his daughters were killed Sunday morning in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant were en route to the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks for a basketball game. Gianna was supposed to […]

Bloomberg considers presidential run

November 8, 2019 2:44pm | Colby Menefee

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Thursday that he was “seriously considering” a 2020 democratic presidential run. Bloomberg has considered running for president in the past. Should he enter, he would seriously disrupt existing projections for the democratic primary.

New Delhi fights smog problem

November 7, 2019 2:43pm | Colby Menefee

Air pollution in New Delhi, India’s capital, reached a fever pitch last week with 37 air quality monitoring stations in Delhi reporting “severe” smog. This comes immediately following Diwali, a major Hindu festival. The smog has remained so severe since then that some flights were […]

Trump continues sanctions on China

November 4, 2019 2:39pm | Colby Menefee

President Donald Trump announced Friday that he would not consider a complete removal of tariffs on China as part of ongoing trade negotiations. A new set of US tariffs on China is set to take effect in December. This comes despite increased promises from China […]