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November 25, 2020 News Summary

Updated: Nov 28, 2020

US Politics and Economics


As the deadline for states to certify election results approaches, five key states have certified their 2020 election results this week: Minnesota, Michigan, North Carolina, and Nevada, although a court in Pennsylvania has issued an injunction which halts any further potential certification for the time being as it violates Pennsylvania’s state constitution according to a certain section about absentee ballots. Pennsylvania aside, the rest of these states except North Carolina have officially gone to Biden with varying margins, with North Carolina going to President Donald Trump. Certification of election results serves as a massive blow to any legal challenges provided by either of the candidates.


Despite the blow, Trump has yet to officially concede the election, though his administration has agreed to share resources with Biden’s team. Furthermore, the General Services Administration (GSA) has informed President-elect Joe Biden that the Trump administration is prepared to begin the formal transition process. As for the election itself, by December 8, all legal challenges to the results must be resolved, and six days later, the electoral college meeting will officially host the vote for President and Vice President, though the electors are supposed to vote for whoever won their respective state.


Texas Politics


According to CNN, multiple buildings have collapsed in Arlington, Texas due to the severe storms rolling through the area. Across the state, 26,419 customers were without power overnight. “The damage they left behind is significant. The Arlington Fire Department is aware of at least seven reported collapses from the storm,” said Lt. Richard Fegan. Utility companies have been responding to the problems, making sure that the power lines and gas issues are being fixed as soon as possible.


Texans still aren’t able to buy liquor at Walmart after the US Supreme court rejected a bid by the store. Even though they are allowed to sell beer and wine, Texas is the only state that doesn't allow publicly traded companies to gain liquor permits. Texas Tribune reports, “Walmart claims the law is discriminatory and has argued that 98% of liquor stores in the state are owned by Texans. Turned away by the nation’s highest court, Walmart will now have to prove intentional discrimination before a federal trial court.”



Health


According to, CDC’s COVID Data Tracker, as of November 25, 2020, 12:32 PM, there are 12.49 million cases nationwide and 259k deaths. Currently, Texas leads with 1.17 million cases, while California follows with 1.08 million cases.

(KHOU) Gov. Abbot and the Texas health department have released a list of qualifications needed to receive a COVID-19 vaccine when it first is released, although that date is currently unknown. Those on the frontlines of the pandemic and at a greater risk for the virus will receive the vaccine first.



Science and Technology


Supported by the European Space Agency (ESA), TIWARI Scientific Instruments, a German company, has developed a technique allowing low cost 3D printing using a variety of metals and ceramics. Ugo Lafont, a non-metallic materials and processes engineer from ESA, explains, “Once this plastic-containing body goes through this treatment then what is left behind is pure metal or ceramic. The result is high-quality parts with very good physical properties. So this cheap, simple technique can offer us additional part manufacturing capability for space applications with an expanded palette of materials.”


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Writers:

US Politics and Economics: Dylan, Miranda, Caleb, and Annabelle

Texas Politics: Stephanie, Vicki, and Megan

Health: Matthew, David, and Owen

Science and Technology: Bryan

Editor: VIA

(All writers and editors are in middle to high school)

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