October 1, 2020 News Summary
US Politics and Economics
After the first presidential debate on Tuesday, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced key changes to the format for the two remaining debates, asserting that the event “made clear that additional structure should be added to make the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion.” This is a response to Tuesday’s “mud-slinging,” where, arguably, both candidates were hit with interruption after interruption to the point of incomprehension. According to CBS, a change by the commission includes cutting or controlling the candidate’s microphone to hinder interruptions. However, multiple people have criticized the commission for “changing the rules of the game” supposedly in favor of Biden.
Today, Gov. Greg Abbot announced the limit of only one ballot drop-off site per county for mail-in voting. Abbot claims, "The State of Texas has a duty to voters to maintain the integrity of our elections. These enhanced security protocols will ensure greater transparency and will help stop attempts at illegal voting." However, CNN reports that this decision greatly affects Harris County, as the 11 locations must be reduced to one. Additionally, the group, Let America Vote, argues, "The governor is making it harder for people to vote in the middle of a global pandemic… It is a shameful, blatant act of voter suppression that will disproportionately impact the large number of Black and Latinx voters in Texas' biggest counties."
According to CDC’s COVID Data Tracker, as of Oct 1st, 2020, 12:16 PM, there are over 7.21 million cases and 206.4k deaths recorded nationwide. According to the data, California leads with the most infections at 810.6k, and Texas follows with almost 749k cases.
(CNBC) Reportedly, COVID-19 vaccine trial participants experience chills and fevers, but, in the interviews, all five participants felt that the discomfort was worth the protection against the virus. The uncomfortable symptoms from the vaccine, additionally, disappeared after a day. This is within the critical last phase three trials needed to clear the vaccines for distribution.
Southeast US Weather
(Atlantic) The first disturbance, in the Caribbean, has a high chance formation, while the other has a 20% chance. Both are located south of the Gulf of Mexico.
(Pacific) Tropical storm Marie is likely to become a major hurricane next week but remains far from land. On the other hand, a disturbance following Marie has a 60% chance of forming.
(Local) This week’s high is around 88 degrees Fahrenheit, and the low is 59 degrees Fahrenheit next Tuesday. On Tuesday through Sunday, chances of precipitation are at 10%, as the temperatures drop slowly. Snow, which can form at 41 degrees Fahrenheit, is slowly becoming plausible.
US Politics and Economics: Dylan, Miranda, Caleb, and Annabelle
Texas Politics: Stephanie, Vicki, and Megan
Health: Matthew, David, and Owen
Southeast US Weather: Jade, Aiden, and Simon
(All writers and editors are in middle to high school)