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News Budget for Wednesday, September 16, 2020
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^'Absolutely surreal.' Florida Panhandle hit with severe flooding from Hurricane Sally<
^WEA-SALLY:MI—<A last-minute eastern wobble brought the Category 2 winds of Hurricane Sally — and two feet of rain — to the Florida Panhandle overnight.
Although the storm made landfall in Alabama early Wednesday, it brought hurricane and tropical storm force winds from Pensacola to Panama City. The hurricane flooded dozens of roads, left more than 10,000 people without power and even led to water cutoffs in some places.
More than 500 people were in need of evacuation from Okaloosa County Wednesday morning, the Northwest Florida Daily News reported, as storm surge and heavy rains drenched the region.
"Absolutely surreal to see so much of the city underwater from storm surge," The Weather Channel's Chris Bruin tweeted from downtown Pensacola.
300 by Alex Harris and Michelle Marchante. MOVED
^Big Ten football is coming back in October with 8 games in 8 weeks — and 'significant medical protocols'<
FBC-BIGTEN:TB — For a while there, it looked as if Big Ten football would produce only one score this fall: 11-3.
As in, 11 schools voted to postpone fall sports and three (Ohio State, Nebraska and Iowa) dissented.
But after weeks of criticism and cajoling from the likes of Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, Iowa football parents, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and President Donald Trump, the Big Ten crossed the 1-yard line — as Trump alluded to in a tweet.
The conference announced its restart Wednesday, declaring a unanimous vote an intention to start playing Oct. 23-24 with a slate of eight games over eight weeks and a conference title game Dec. 19.
900 by Teddy Greenstein in Chicago. (Moved as a sports story.) MOVED
^William Barr floats theory of foreign mail-vote fraud that experts call impossible<
BARR-MAILVOTING:BLO — Attorney General William Barr has repeatedly floated a conspiracy theory that other countries may distribute counterfeit mail-in ballots to sway the November election. That's virtually impossible, according to election officials, ballot-printing companies and political scientists.
Yet it's a persistent argument from Barr, and it echoes Russian claims designed to undermine trust in the U.S. presidential election.
650 by Ryan Teague Beckwith and Mark Niquette in Washington. MOVED
^Will 'biblical conservative' Bob Good make Virginia's 5th District safer GOP terrain, or more in play?<
CONGRESS-VA-5TH-GOOD:CON — The late-summer sun was just beginning to cast shadows on the white pillars of the Buckingham County courthouse, near the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, when House hopeful Bob Good stood before a crowd of supporters last week and promised to "not stand idly by" against the threat of urban rioters.
"We can't say it couldn't happen here," the Virginia Republican said. "It can happen here. But we won't let it happen here."
The talking point is one of several that Good, 55, a self-described "bright-red biblical conservative" has borrowed from the campaign of President Donald Trump as he vies to represent Virginia's sprawling 5th District and bring "Judeo-Christian values" to Washington.
1450 (with trims) by Stephanie Akin in Buckingham, Va. MOVED
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^Air Force Academy general's fight against racism still resonates<
CMP-AIRFORCE-RACISM:GT — A month into his tenure as Air Force Academy superintendent and before Black Lives Matter sparked a nationwide discussion on the treatment of minorities, Lt. Gen Jay Silveria pulled his 4,000 cadets and hundreds of officers, civilian professors and airmen into cavernous Mitchell Hall.
A racial slur had been written on a white board at the academy's Preparatory School.
"At the time I was so hurt by a racial incident at the Air Force Academy," Silveria, who will retire this month after 35 years in uniform, told The Gazette in an interview this week.
1250 (with trims) by Tom Roeder in Colorado Springs, Colo. MOVED
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^COVID-19 exodus fills vacation towns with new medical pressures<
^CORONAVIRUS-VACATION-TOWNS:KHN—<The staff at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital is accustomed to the number of patients tripling or even quadrupling each summer when wealthy Manhattanites flee the city for the Hamptons. But this year, the COVID-19 pandemic has upended everything.
The 125-bed hospital on the southern coast of Long Island has seen a huge upswing in demand for obstetrics and delivery services. The pandemic has families who once planned to deliver babies in New York or other big cities migrating to the Hamptons for the near term.
From the shores of Long Island to the resorts of the Rocky Mountains, traditional vacation destinations have seen a major influx of affluent people relocating to wait out the pandemic. But now as summer vacation season has ended, many families realize that working from home and attending school online can be done anywhere they can tether to the internet, and those with means are increasingly waiting it out in the poshest destinations.
1450 by Markian Hawryluk and Katheryn Houghton and Michelle Andrews. MOVED
^2020 hurricane hunting evolves with new technology in light of COVID-19 safety concerns<
WEA-HURRICANE-HUNTING:OS — When the hurricane hunter aircraft collected data for Hurricane Laura in August, most of the meteorologists analyzing it weren't on board. That's something new for 2020. They now work thousands of miles away in their own homes interpreting the data thanks to new software developed out of necessity in a COVID-19 world.
Systems on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's P-3 aircraft communicate with researchers, meteorologists and modelers on the ground in real time to produce accurate forecast updates. Usually, about three or four researchers from NOAA's Hurricane Research Division, keep track of those systems to make sure no errors occur, like a drop in satellite connection.
1150 by Joe Mario Pedersen in Orlando, Fla. MOVED
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