Jul 23, 2020

Jobless claims are up again, for the first time since March

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The resurgence in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations has sent the number of unemployment claims back up. More information today on the Senate Republicans' COVID-19 relief bill. And, an old oil tanker in Yemen could make the humanitarian crisis there worse.

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What Senate Republicans are proposing for the COVID-19 relief bill

They're divided on whether and how to extend emergency pandemic unemployment benefits.
The unemployment extension for the GOP bill will be based on approximately 70% wage replacement, according to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
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Weekly unemployment claims rose to 1.4 million last week

Diane Swonk, chief economist at Grant Thornton, has more about how the pandemic and the U.S. response to it are affecting the foundation of our economy.

Aging oil tanker in Yemen raises concern about catastrophe in the Red Sea

Jul 23, 2020
Observers worry that the ship — a "pawn" in Yemen’s civil war — could spill its oil and affect fisheries and drinking water.
A 2019 view of the Yemeni port of Hodeida, near where the FSO Safer is moored. Observers say the ship poses risk to the area.
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Nicole Childers Executive Producer
Victoria Craig Producer, BBC
Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC
Jonathan Frewin Producer, BBC
Daniel Shin Producer
Candace Manriquez Wrenn Producer/Editor
Brian Allison Engineer
Alex Schroeder Digital producer
Meredith Garretson Producer
Rose Conlon Producer
Erika Soderstrom Producer/Director