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How Soon Will Yuma Ag Industry Bounce Back After Dumping Crops?

Yuma’s winter agriculture season usually ends around April but this year it ended a few weeks early. The COVID-19 pandemic led to industry shutdowns that spoiled the market for commercial fresh produce. Farmers in Yuma say they had to destroy acres of lettuce, some already packaged for shipping. The impacts of the pandemic on farmers will continue into the new growing season.

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President Trump is expected to announce federal judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee for the Supreme Court.

President Trump promised this week to send cards worth $200 to seniors to help them pay for their prescription drugs, but it's unclear how he will be able to pull it off — or how legal it is.

If he can, that's $6.6 billion dollars to a key voting block weeks before Election Day.

Novavax, a vaccine maker in Maryland, is becoming the 10th coronavirus vaccine candidate to enter the final phase of testing, called phase 3.

The trial is taking place in the U.K., where researchers plan to enroll up to 10,000 adults of various ages in the next four to six weeks. Half the participants will get a placebo and half will get the company's vaccine.

At least a quarter of participants will be over the age of 65, the company says, and it will also "prioritize groups that are most affected by COVID-19, including racial and ethnic minorities."

A source told NPR Republicans are expecting President Trump to announce he is nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

A source tells NPR that President Trump is expected to announce federal judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Republicans expect President Trump to name Judge Amy Coney Barrett as the next nominee to the Supreme Court, according to a source with knowledge of the process, but the source cautioned that Trump could change his mind.

The source declined to be named, because the individual was not authorized to confirm the selection before the president announced it.

The White House declined comment.

City of San Luis

In late August, I drove to San Luis to meet up with Alexis Gomez. I was interested in learning about Census outreach in communities near the border, and he worked for City Hall driving one of San Luis’ main advertising methods: the Census truck. 

 

Updated at 4:49 p.m. ET

Democratic nominee Joe Biden called President Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful of transfer of power if he loses the election "a typical Trump distraction."

"I'm confident that [despite] all of the irresponsible, outrageous attacks on voting, we'll have an election in this country as we always have had," Biden said in an interview Friday with MSNBC. "And he'll leave."

After a Kentucky grand jury declined to charge any officers with the actual shooting of Breonna Taylor, protesters now want to see the court transcripts that led to this decision — and so does Gov. Andy Beshear, a Democrat who previously served as the state's attorney general.

Updated at 7:06 p.m. ET

The Trump administration has cleared the way to open the country's largest national forest to more development and logging.

In a revised environmental impact study made public on Friday, the Department of Agriculture recommends granting a "full exemption" for the Tongass National Forest, which covers some 25,000 square miles in southeastern Alaska.

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