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Feb 18, 2021

A slow news day in Australia … for those reading it on Facebook

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Facebook turned off news feeds in Australia in the latest response to a law that would make Big Tech companies pay for news content that appears on their platforms. Plus, how the worst ice and snow in Texas in a decade is affecting farmers and ranchers. And, highlighting the hardworking people who process unemployment benefits.

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Facebook blocks news in Australia

Feb 18, 2021
Facebook's decision to wipe the news feeds came in response to lawmakers coming closer to passing a landmark new law.
A proposed law in Australia would require social media sites, like Facebook, and search engines, like Google, to pay publishers for news content that appears on their sites.
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Deep freeze has Texas ranchers concerned about food, water for cattle

Feb 18, 2021
The state is limiting natural gas to human resource use, like heating homes.
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For state unemployment offices, the last year has been rough

Feb 18, 2021
They're processing more claims than ever, and Washington keeps changing the rules.
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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
Jay Siebold Engineer
Brian Allison Engineer
Alex Schroeder Digital producer
Meredith Garretson Producer
Erika Soderstrom Producer/Director