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News Budget for Tuesday, June 30, 2020


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^Europe extends block on US travelers over coronavirus concerns<

^CORONAVIRUS-USEUROPE-TRAVEL:BLO—<European Union governments extended a travel ban for U.S. residents, deeming the American response to the coronavirus pandemic insufficient to allow its citizens to enter the bloc for non-essential reasons.

The decree, which will be reassessed every two weeks, signals that the ban disrupting both business and leisure travel across the Atlantic won't be lifted until U.S. authorities control the spread of the deadly virus. In the same decision, the EU will lift travel restrictions for Chinese residents as of July 1, on the condition that Beijing confirms that the same applies to EU citizens.

250 by Viktoria Dendrinou, Ewa Krukowska and Nikos Chrysoloras. MOVED


^As virus surge grips red states, Biden steps up attack on Trump<

CAMPAIGN-BIDEN-CORONAVIRUS:LA — As a resurgent coronavirus rips through America, tearing especially into states that voted for Donald Trump in 2016, Joe Biden is moving to further weaken the president's hold by stepping up attacks on his handling of the crisis.

Unlike the initial wave of illness and death from the pandemic, the current surge of cases is hitting particularly hard in several major red states, leaving Trump unable to cast the public health crisis as the fault of mismanagement by Democratic governors or to depict it to his followers as a problem confined to coastal cities.

500 by Evan Halper in Washington. MOVED


^Carl Reiner, iconic comedian and creator of 'The Dick Van Dyke Show,' dead at 98<

^REINER-OBIT:NY—<Carl Reiner's first book was called "Enter Laughing," and it truly was the story of his life.

The Bronx native, a comedy titan as a writer, producer, actor and director for decades, best known for creating "The Dick Van Dyke Show," died Monday at 98, Variety reported.

He was with his family when he died at his home in Beverly Hills, California. Reiner died of natural causes, his assistant, Judy Nagy, told Variety.

700 by Joe Erwin and Peter Sblendorio. (Moved as an entertainment story.)



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REINER-OBIT:LA — 550 by Steve Chawkins and Dennis McLellan. (Moved as an entertainment story.)



^Protests don't appear to be driving coronavirus surge, researchers say<

CORONAVIRUS-PROTESTS:SE — Spring brought a wave of cancellations that shut down professional baseball, basketball, concerts, movie theaters, youth sports, school plays, camping in state parks and all sorts of other events to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Then, on May 25, came the brutal death of George Floyd as a Minneapolis police officer held a knee to his neck, an act of violence that set off large protests.

More than one month after Floyd's death, the number of COVID-19 cases is rising in some parts of Washington state, including the Seattle area, and the national tally of new cases last week reached all-time highs.

But some researchers say that the protests do not appear to be significantly driving this surge.

1450 (with trims) by Hal Bernton in Seattle. MOVED


^'We're surging again.' Doctors, nurses angry as coronavirus strains California hospitals<

CORONAVIRUS-CALIF-SURGE-MEDICALWORKERS:LA — For a brief moment, California returned to bars, beaches and Botox. But after a few days, much of the state is reversing course as hospitals see an alarming spike in people sick with COVID-19, raising the specter of an overwhelmed medical system.

"It's scary," said Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious disease expert at UC San Francisco. "We still haven't recovered from the first phase, and now we have to get ready for the next one."

While Chin-Hong and other medical experts said California currently has the capacity it needs to treat patients, the future is uncertain.

1350 (with trims) by Anita Chabria, Emily Baumgaertner, Stephanie Lai and Taryn Luna in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Coronavirus outbreak spreads in California's San Quentin prison<

CORONAVIRUS-CALIF-PRISON:LA — With about a third of San Quentin's inmates now infected with the coronavirus after a transfer of prisoners from a Southern California correctional facility overrun by the illness, Marin County officials revealed Monday that a death row inmate found dead last week in his cell tested positive for COVID-19.

Richard Stitely's death was the first in California's oldest and most notorious prison, where 1,059 inmates and 102 correctional and medical staff have tested positive for the virus.

650 by Richard Winton and Taryn Luna in Los Angeles. MOVED


^July 4 will be a do-or-die moment for California as coronavirus rages<

CORONAVIRUS-CALIF-JULY4-EXPLAINER:LA — With coronavirus cases surging in California, the upcoming July 4 weekend is shaping up to be a crucial test for whether residents can reduce risky behavior and slow the outbreak.

Data show the current jump in cases appears to have begun around the Memorial Day weekend, just as the state was allowing businesses to reopen. Authorities believe many people resumed social gatherings after months of staying home, and that helped spread the virus. Memorial Day holiday events were followed by graduation and Father's Day celebrations.

1050 by Rong-Gong Lin II, Colleen Shalby and Alejandra Reyes-Velarde in Los Angeles. MOVED


^More than 6,000 new coronavirus cases in Florida as the death toll hits 3,500<

CORONAVIRUS-FLA:MI — Florida's Department of Health on Tuesday confirmed 6,093 additional cases of COVID-19. The state now has 152,434 confirmed cases.

There were also 58 new deaths announced, raising the statewide death toll to 3,505.

650 by Michelle Marchante in Miami. MOVED


^16 states meet threshold for New York quarantine order, Cuomo says<

CORONAVIRUS-NY-QUARANTINE:NY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo doubled the number of states included in a travel advisory mandating visitors coming from areas hit hard by coronavirus must quarantine for two weeks.

Eight additional states reporting rising infection rates meet the threshold set by the governor last week.

250 by Denis Slattery in Albany, N.Y. MOVED



^Supreme Court rules religious schools should get state grants given to other private schools<

SCOTUS-RELIGIOUS-SCHOOLS:LA — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that states may not exclude religious schools from tuition grants that support other private schools.

The justices, by a 5-4 vote, decided that denying grants to students in church schools amounts to unconstitutional discrimination against religion.

The decision is a victory for advocates of school choice, and a setback for those favoring strict interpretation of the principle of church and state separation.

300 by David G. Savage in Washington. MOVED


^In transportation bill, a call for finer dining on Amtrak<

AMTRAK-DINING-BILL:CON — When the head of Amtrak faced the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in November, Rep. Steve Cohen unloaded his frustration with the railway — specifically, the food service.

Remembering a trip from Memphis to Chicago as a child when he sampled "outstanding French toast" and the "thickest, finest filet mignon," Cohen lamented Amtrak's decision in September to replace that with what it calls "flexible dining" — a service of pre-packaged, reheatable meals.

1100 (with trims) by Jessica Wehrman in Washington. MOVED



^Amy McGrath will face Mitch McConnell after winning Kentucky's Democratic primary <

KY-PRIMARY:LX — Former Marine Corps pilot Amy McGrath held off a surging state Rep. Charles Booker Tuesday to win the Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate in Kentucky a week after ballots were cast, setting up a big-money showdown with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in November.

Booker won Kentucky's three largest cities — Louisville, Lexington and Bowling Green — but the more liberal voters in those cities weren't enough. McGrath surrounded Booker, winning victories throughout rural parts of the state.

650 by Daniel Desrochers in Lexington, Ky. MOVED


^Kamala Harris' police reform push becomes running mate tryout<

CAMPAIGN-HARRIS-VEEP:BLO — Kamala Harris' push for police reform in the Senate is shaping up as an audition for the job of Joe Biden's vice president, as she makes herself a highly public voice for change after years as a no-nonsense prosecutor.

By promoting a bill to ban police chokeholds and make other changes — and by publicly clashing with a senior Senate Republican over the legislation — Harris has put herself front and center in the debate over congressional efforts to change police behavior.

The reform debate burnishes the former San Francisco district attorney and California attorney general as a social-justice activist. It also protects the Biden campaign from potential criticism of her efforts while in those jobs to slow innocence bids and punish parents whose children were truants, among other contentious actions.

1100 (with trims) by Jeffrey Taylor in Washington. MOVED


^Hillary Clinton talks Trump, protests and that time Chelsea brought her and Bill together<

^VID-HILLARY-CLINTON:LA—<"Hillary," Hulu's four-part documentary about Hillary Clinton, came out of 2,000 hours of footage shot during her 2016 presidential campaign, 35 hours of fresh interviews with the subject herself and a bevy of archival material that filmmaker Nanette Burstein found while researching the project.

When Burstein had a version of the movie that was close to locked, she sent it to Clinton at her home in Chappaqua, N.Y., where she watched it in a single sitting. As you might expect, taking it all in, Clinton says, chuckling, was an "overwhelming experience."

"It's daunting to watch your life unfold on the screen," Clinton says. She's on the phone, along with Burstein, in early June, as America continues to reel from the coronavirus pandemic and nationwide protests following the police killing of George Floyd.

1450 by Glenn Whipp. (Moved as an entertainment story.)



^5 (more) times California fought Trump on immigration — and what happened<

TRUMP-CALIF-IMMIGRATION:SA — California had two big victories this month with the Supreme Court ruling in favor of the state's sanctuary laws and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival protections for immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

From the 2020 Census citizenship question controversy to the Mexico border wall funding, here are five (more) times the state has challenged the Trump administration on immigration since 2016 and where the litigation stands now.

750 by Kim Boj rquez in Sacramento, Calif. MOVED


^'Unprecedented': With 95 homicides, Kansas City on pace for its deadliest year ever<

KANSASCITY-VIOLENCE:KC — Hours before dawn on Monday, someone fired a gun into an apartment building, adding one more to the hundreds of shootings recorded in Kansas City each year.

In this case, the victim was killed as he slept He was the 95th homicide victim of the year in Kansas City, where an onslaught of shootings in the first six months of 2020 has put the city on pace for its deadliest year ever, according to data kept by The Star, which includes law enforcement shootings.

1700 (with trims) by Luke Nozicka, Robert A. Cronkleton, And Glenn E. Rice in Kansas City, Mo. MOVED


^The coronavirus pandemic and surveillance plane have not stemmed Baltimore's torrid rate of homicides this year<

BALTIMORE-VIOLENCE:BZ — Not continuing calls by residents to end the violence, not the launch of a police surveillance plane, not even the coronavirus pandemic have slowed Baltimore's relentless pace of homicides. Approaching the year's halfway point, more people have been killed in the city than during 2019, which had the highest homicide rate on record.

1400 (with trims) by Jessica Anderson in Baltimore. MOVED


^School board member resigns after posts mocking NASCAR's Bubba Wallace<

NC-SCHOOLBOARD-WALLACE:CH — Union County, N.C., Board of Education member Travis Kiker resigned Monday, after posting what the chairperson of the board chair called "insensitive" and "inappropriate" images on his personal Facebook page.

500 by Caroline Petrow-Cohen in Charlotte, N.C. MOVED



^Pompeo gives UN dire warning over Iran arms embargo's expiration<

^USIRAN:BLO—<U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo urged the United Nations Security Council to work together to extend an expiring arms embargo on Iran, warning Tehran would quickly become a greater threat to the region if allowed to do so.

"This Chamber has a choice: Stand for international peace and security, as the United Nations' founders intended, or let the arms embargo on the Islamic Republic of Iran expire, betraying the U.N.'s mission and its finest ideals — which we have all pledged to uphold," Pompeo told the Security Council on Tuesday.

300 by David Wainer. MOVED




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^'Something is not right.' George Floyd protests push white Americans to think about their privilege<

WHITE-AMERICANS-PRIVILEGE:LA — Mike Sexton is white and a Republican who lives in an affluent suburb of Fort Worth, where many neighbors back President Donald Trump and some work in law enforcement. Rage wells up in his voice as he says that George Floyd, a Black man, was "basically lynched."

Shawn Ashmore is an independent who lives nearby in east Dallas. He's using Floyd's killing to teach his young sons uncomfortable lessons about the privileges their family enjoys because they're white — how, for instance, they'll never fear for their lives during an encounter with the police the way some Black men do.

Floyd's killing in Minneapolis has led white Americans to call out racism against Black Americans more vigorously than at any moment in recent memory. And it's prompting many white people to think more deeply about the color of their own skin.

1850 by Tyrone Beason in Gualala, Calif. MOVED


^As Biden expands polling lead, Democrats still can't shake this November nightmare<

CAMPAIGN-DEMOCRATS-VOTING:WA — Long lines. Electronic tablets failing. Last-minute legal haggling. Delayed results because of a surge in absentee balloting. And a president casting doubt over the whole "rigged" process.

As Joe Biden expands his national and state polling lead over Donald Trump, Democrats can't shake this nightmare November scenario: That even a Biden advantage heading into Election Day could be nullified by chaos at the polls, layered by added confusion around the fast-changing voting laws that officials are adjusting for an ongoing pandemic.

Even before voter accessibility was seen as arguably the most significant potential hurdle to a successful election year for Democrats, party officials had been taking steps to avoid — or at least reduce — chances for such an abominable ordeal, with early staffing and new technology to pinpoint and remedy problems.

1050 by David Catanese in Washington. MOVED




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