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In Executive Actions, Trump Extends Some Unemployment Benefits, Defers Payroll Taxes

Updated at 10 a.m. ET Sunday At his Bedminster, N.J., golf resort on Saturday, President Trump signed four executive actions to provide economic relief amid the coronavirus pandemic. The actions amount to a stopgap measure, after failing to secure an agreement with Congress. The three memorandums and one executive order call for extending some enhanced unemployment benefits, taking steps to stop evictions, continuing the suspension of student loan repayments and deferring payroll taxes. Trump...

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CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

U.S. Hits 5 Million Coronavirus Cases As Debate Lingers Over The Path Forward

Updated at 3:10 p.m. ET The U.S. has hit 5 million confirmed coronavirus cases — just 17 days after crossing the 4 million mark — as lawmakers and states continue to grapple with how to chart a path back to normal as the pandemic continues to rage on. The grim milestone was reached on Sunday, according to tracking by Johns Hopkins University . It came after President Trump announced Saturday that he would take executive action to extend coronavirus relief efforts that expired after...

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WVPE FEATURES

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Frustrated And Feeling Helpless, Many Still Wait on Unemployment Benefits

Hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers lost their jobs and income by no fault of their own due to the pandemic. For many, an extra $600 unemployment benefit helped them stay afloat. Then it expired. But some workers say they’ve waited weeks, sometimes months, for any payment at all from the Department of Workforce Development.

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The strongest earthquake in more than a century rattled North Carolina on Sunday, and it was felt as far away as Atlanta and parts of Tennessee.

Tensions flared in the Oregon city over the weekend after a fire inside police union headquarters led authorities to declare a riot.

More than 5 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with COVID-19. Federal and state eviction bans, put in place after the coronavirus, are lapsing. And, a media mogul in Hong Kong has been arrested.

NPR's Noel King talks to Kim Ghattas, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, about whether the deadly blast in Beirut could be a turning point for Lebanon.

Western GOP senators facing tough reelection bids may be in the spotlight when it comes time to vote on President Trump's controversial nominee to head the nation's largest public lands agency.

Federal and state eviction bans, put in place during COVID-19, have lapsed. President Trump said his administration would take measures to stop evictions, but he didn't spell out what that means.

If you told Brian Dzenis three years ago he would be loading postal semis for work, he would have laughed in your face. A former sports reporter at the now-defunct Youngstown Vindicator, affectionately known as the Vindy, Dzenis, 31, has spent the time after his layoff as a second-shift loader for FedEx, and an expediter for the United States Postal Service.

Back in the days before the coronavirus pandemic, lots of people found community and comfort in singing together, whether at school, as a form of worship, in amateur groups or performing as professionals. Last year, Chorus America reported that some 54 million Americans — that is, more than 15% of the entire country's population — participated in some kind of organized group singing. And that study revealed that nearly three-quarters of those polled felt less lonely.

For Marjorie Roberts, it started on March 26.

Roberts, a healthy 59-year-old life coach in Atlanta, says it started as a normal day. She went out to get the mail. As she walked back to her apartment, she lost her balance. Odd for her, but she didn't think much of it.

But by the evening, "everything came down on me like a ton of bricks," she says. Extreme fatigue was the first symptom among several. Her long ordeal was just beginning. "I had no idea what I was in for."

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WVPE CAR DONATION

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Donate Your Car - Support WVPE!

Parting is not such sweet sorrow when you break up with that old car of yours and decide to donate it to WVPE. Many of you over the years have heard WVPE Membership Manager, Tom Sibal, talking about this on the radio. Recently Tom and his family practiced what he preaches. After many years of loyal service, Tom's son, William, decided his 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix had seen better days. It was donated to WVPE so it could serve one last good cause. Tom says donating the car was easy and just took...

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