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This Week in News – April 29th, 2021

Even with it only being Thursday, a lot has taken place when it comes to major events.

  • 2020 Census Information

Results of the 2020 Census began to be released earlier this week, the major the away in the first round of information is the shift of congressional seats that took place. While most states will be keeping the same number of representatives, some did see loss and gain in seats.

The States that all lost one member in the House of Representatives are California, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, New York, Michigan and West Virginia.

The States that gained one seat are North Carolina, Oregon, Montana, Colorado, and Florida.

The only state to gain two seats is Texas.

New Electoral College Map | NPR

The next steps to certify these results through the clear of the House. Some state congressional district may change as early as the 2022 mid-term election, but the new Electoral College Map based on the results of this census officially goes into affect at the 2024 presidential election.

More data from the 2020 census results are set to be released lated this year, including information like demographics.

  • Biden’s Joint Congress Address

On Wednesday, April 28th, 100 days into his Presidency, Joe Biden addressed a joint Congress with his biggest speech since his inauguration.

200 members of Congress were in attendance, due to COVID protocols everyone was wearing a mask except for Biden.

One of the most powerful moment of the evening, is not what Biden said but the image of two women sitting behind him. Vice-president Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

Biden, Harris, and Pelosi | Baltimore Sun

During his speech Biden addressed the state our country was in when he became President, in the midst of a Pandemic. He reminded everyone of his accomplishments so far inspite of the challenges he inherited. “After I promised we would get 100 million Covid-19 vaccine shots into people’s arms in 100 days, we will have provided over 220 million Covid shots in those hundred days, thanks to all the help of all of you,” he said.

Biden also mentioned his latest plan to build up American Middle Class families and American infrastructure.

The GOP had Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina to rebuttal Biden’s hour long speech. In his speech he took the time to claim Biden and Democrats are separating America further, and praise former President Trump.

You can find Biden’s full speech and Scott’s rebuttal on CNN.

  • Johnson and Johnson Vaccine Resumes

The FDA and CDC lifted their pause on the Johnson and Johnson vaccine on April 23, 2021. This week vaccination locations around the United States resumed administrating the vaccine. It was paused after six cases of a rare blood clot formed in the first nearly 7 million doses.

For more vaccination information please visit the FDA and CDC websites.

  • NFL Draft

Tonight begins the first night of the 2021 NFL Draft, coming off a Football season affected with COVID. CBS Sports predicts that Quarterbacks will be selected the first three rounds. The Jacksonville Jaguars, who have had QB trouble many of their franchise years has the first pick of the night. The Jaguars are already getting a fresh start this upcoming season with new Head Coach Urban Meyer, they are expected to select Clemson QB Trever Lawrence.

Lawrence was recently married and received gift from some faithful Jags fans ahead of his predicted joining the franchise.

Zach Wilson from Brigham Young University is predicted to be the second pick of the night, by the New York Jets. Trey Lance from North Dakota State University is the predicted to be the third pick, by the San Francisco 49ers.

  • Ahmaud Arbrey Murder Trial

Last year Ahmaud Arbery was killed by three men while he was jogging in a Southern Georgia neighborhood. This week the three men who were charged in his murder were indicted by a grand jury this week on charges of hate crime and attempted kidnapping.

The three men involved in the murder are Gregory McMichael, 65, his son, Travis McMichael, 35 and William “Roddie” Bryan, 51. Each were charged with interference with rights, and attempted kidnapping, according to a Justice Department statement.

Travis and Gregory are also facing charges of using a gun to inflict violence.

The men also face state charges of murder, aggravated assault, and false imprisonment.

The trial of these men is set to begin May12-13 at the Glynn County Superior Court.

  • Andrew Brown Jr Murder

On April 21st, 42-year-old, Andrew Brown Jr. was killed by a police officer in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

Brown was fatally shot in the head by an officer after his car “makes contact,” with an officer, before they opened fire. The officers were serving a warrant at Brown’s house. Seven officers were put on leave after the shooting.

The body cam footage of the incident is currently being help by a judge from being released to the public.

  • Police standoff in North Carolina

According to CNN, a 13-hour standoff took place in Boone, North Carolina. The altercation took the lives of five people, two are North Carolina Sheriff deputies.

Watauga County Sheriff K-9 Deputy Logan Fox, died at the scene, while Sgt. Chris Ward died after being flown to a hospital.

The altercation began while officers were completing a welfare check after the homeowners employer reported that they had not shown up for work, and were not answering the phone.

The shooting suspect is unidentified; them along with their mother and stepfather are among those dead.

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