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 funeral of George Floyd, reforms following his death, proposals by Democrats in Congress to overhaul policing, the lay-offs of millions of workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and Tropical Storm Cristobal make up this week’s five national stories.
Hundreds of mourners packed a Houston church Tuesday for the funeral of George Floyd, capping six days of mourning for the black man whose death has led to a global reckoning over police brutality and racial injustice. Floyd, 46, was to be laid to rest next to his mother in the suburb of Pearland. Cellphone video of his encounter with a white Minneapolis police officer ignited protests and scattered violence in cities across the U.S. and around the world.
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In the two weeks since George Floyd’s killing, police departments have banned chokeholds, Confederate monuments have fallen and officers have been arrested and charged amid protests against police violence and racism. The moves fall short of the overhaul of police, prosecutors’ offices, courts and other institutions, but some advocates and demonstrators are encouraged by the swiftness of the response to Floyd’s death — incremental as it may be.
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Congressional Democrats are proposing an overhaul of police procedures and accountability after the mass protests over the deaths of black Americans at the hand of law enforcement. The Justice in Policing Act is among the most ambitious law enforcement reforms from Congress in years and confronts several aspects of policing that have come under strong criticism, as more police violence is captured on cellphone video and shared across the nation and the world.
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U.S. employers laid-off 7.7 million workers in April — a deep economic hole that was created by the closure of thousands of offices, restaurants, stores and schools during the pandemic. The Labor Department also said in a Tuesday report that job openings plummeted and hiring all but disappeared in April. The grim April, which followed an even bleaker March, suggests the economy could take time to recover nearly a decade’s worth of gains that vanished in 60 days.
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Tropical Storm Cristobal could soon renew its strength by uniting with another storm system coming from the west to form one giant cyclone, forecasters say. After drenching much of the South, forecasters now expect the remnants of Cristobal to bring fierce winds, heavy rain and thunderstorms to much of the Midwest by Tuesday. A very strong storm system sweeping out from the Rocky Mountains is expected to meld with Cristobal in the next couple of days.
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