Mar 31, 2021

An infrastructure plan beyond roads and bridges

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President Joe Biden is expected to unveil an infrastructure spending proposal Wednesday that could also focus on combatting climate change. Plus, clothing retailer H&M is trying to recover from consumer backlash in China. And, new data on religion in the U.S. and a declining number of people who belong to houses of worship.

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More EV charging stations would provide infrastructure for auto industry growth

Mar 31, 2021
Charging availability has increased in many places, but still varies widely.
Lack of access to chargers is one of the top barriers to electric vehicle adoption, said analyst Sam Abuelsamid at Guidehouse Insights.
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H&M affirms commitment to China amid consumer boycott

"Companies might have to choose a side," says our China correspondent Jennifer Pak, "use Xinjiang cotton or be locked out of the world’s second-largest economy."
The clothing retailer last year announced on its website that it would no longer source cotton from Xinjiang, a province where the U.S. and other governments accuse China of holding at least 1 million Uyghurs in forced labor camps, which China denies.
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Religious institution membership falls below majority for first time

Mar 31, 2021
As many Americans celebrate Easter and Passover, religious institutions are still dealing with interruptions due to COVID-19.
According to new data from Gallup, for the first time ever, people who belong to a church, synagogue or mosque are in the minority, making up less than 50% of the population.
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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