Harry Ford, right, puts together a "vote here" sign at a polling station set up at Boonsboro Elementary School in Bedford, Va., Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. Several people helped set up the polling station in preparation for election day Tuesday. (Taylor Irby/The News & Advance via AP)
5 national stories of the week
Editor’s Note: This listicle is part of a weekly series by The Ball State Daily News summarizing five stories from across the United States. All summaries are based on stories published by The Associated Press.
The 2019 elections, the ambassador to Ukraine’s testimony in the impeachment hearings, U.S. pullout of the Paris Climate Deal, Penske’s buyout of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the ousting of McDonald’s CEO make up this week’s five national stories.
Results in Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia won’t necessarily predict whether President Donald Trump will be reelected or which party will control Congress after the general election next fall. Gubernatorial and legislative elections in four states Tuesday will test voter enthusiasm and party organization amid impeachment proceedings against Trump and a fevered Democratic presidential primary scramble.
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Testimony from former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, released Monday, offered a first word-for-word look at the closed-door House impeachment hearings. It started with a warning to watch her back that people were “looking to hurt” her. From there, she told House investigators, it escalated into a chilling campaign to fire her as President Donald Trump and his allies angled in eastern Europe for political advantage at home.
Read more: Trump impeachment inquiry
The United States has begun the process of pulling out of the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that he submitted a formal notice to the United Nations. That starts a withdrawal process that does not become official for a year. His statement touted America’s carbon pollution cuts and called the Paris deal — signed by nearly 200 nations — an “unfair economic burden” to the U.S. economy.
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Penske buys Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IndyCar Series
By early next year, Penske Entertainment Corp. will take over all entities owned by the Hulman family for 74 years — the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, its hallowed grounds, “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” the IndyCar Series and all its properties — in one of the biggest transactions in the history of motorsports, announced Monday. The 110-year-old speedway and its 2 1/2-mile oval track is one of the most famous venues in sports.
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McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook is only the latest chief executive to be ousted over a consensual relationship with an employee. Increasingly, U.S. companies are adopting policies addressing workplace romances, a trend that began well before the #MeToo movement galvanized a national conversation surrounding sexual misconduct. His departure comes as McDonald’s steps up its efforts to stop sexual harassment after dozens of employee complaints.
Read More: Sexual Misconduct