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Apr 13, 2020

Tracking those $1,200 checks

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The IRS says it has started distributing emergency aid payments. Public health advocates call for limits or bans on the sale of tobacco products during COVID-19. Some are buying firearms for the first time right now.

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Who's getting the $1,200 COVID-19 checks first?

Those who filed taxes in the past two years and used direct deposit for their refunds will be the first to get the payments, the IRS says.
People who never gave the IRS their bank information may have to wait weeks, if not months, to get their payments.
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Should tobacco product sales be banned during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Apr 13, 2020
Some health groups point to early research that indicates smoking and vaping can make COVID-19 symptoms worse.
Some medical experts think that smoking and vaping can make symptoms worse.
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With COVID-19 comes a surge in gun sales

Apr 13, 2020
The FBI reports that background checks in March were up. Some of those purchasing guns are doing so for the first time.
People wait in line at Northwest Armory, a gun store in Portland, Ore., on March 21, 2020, two days before the governor issued a stay-at-home order.

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The team

Nicole Childers Executive Producer
Victoria Craig Producer, BBC
Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC
Jonathan Frewin Producer, BBC
Daniel Shin Producer
Candace Manriquez Wrenn Producer/Editor
Jay Siebold Engineer
Brian Allison Engineer
Alex Schroeder Digital producer
Meredith Garretson Producer
Rose Conlon Producer
Erika Soderstrom Producer/Director