5 national stories of the week

Medical personnel prepare to test hundreds of people lined up in vehicles June 27, 2020, in Phoenix's western neighborhood of Maryvale. PPE is running out again as the number of hospitalized patients climbs. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
Medical personnel prepare to test hundreds of people lined up in vehicles June 27, 2020, in Phoenix's western neighborhood of Maryvale. PPE is running out again as the number of hospitalized patients climbs. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

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.

President Donald Trump’s election donors receiving coronavirus loans early, protective gear for medical workers running low, the Trump administration’s push to get all schools to reopen in the fall, charges against Ghislaine Maxwell and shootings during the Fourth of July weekend make up this week’s five national stories.


Investor Ray Washburne waits for an elevator at Trump Tower Nov. 30, 2016, in New York. As much as $273 million in federal coronavirus aid was awarded to companies owned or operated by major donors to President Donald Trump's election efforts. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Trump donors among early recipients of coronavirus loans

As much as $273 million in federal coronavirus aid was awarded to more than 100 companies that are owned or operated by major donors to President Donald Trump’s election efforts. Many were among the first to be approved for a loan in early April, when the administration was struggling to launch the lending program. And only eight businesses had to wait until early May before securing the aid, according to the Associated Press review of data released Monday.

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Healthcare workers help each other with their personal protective equipment at a drive-thru coronavirus testing site July 5, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. PPE is running out again as the virus resumes its rapid spread. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Protective gear for medical workers begins to run low again

Personal protective gear is running low again as the virus resumes its rapid spread and the number of hospitalized patients climbs. A national nursing union is concerned gear has to be reused, a doctors association warns physicians’ offices are closed because they cannot get masks and other supplies and Democrats in Congress are pushing the Trump administration to devise a national strategy in anticipation of the crisis worsening into the fall.

Read More: Virus Outbreak


Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testifies during a House Appropriations Sub-Committee hearing on Capitol Hill Feb. 27, 2020, in Washington. Students returning from break could find themselves making up lost time in summer classes, or in the evening or on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

DeVos rejects part-time reopening for schools amid pandemic

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday assailed plans by some local districts to offer in-person instruction only a few days a week and said schools must be “fully operational” even amid the coronavirus pandemic. Anything less, she says, would fail students and taxpayers. DeVos made the comments during a call with governors as the Trump administration launched an all-out effort to get schools and colleges to reopen.

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British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell leaves a wedding at the Parish Church of St Michael Sept. 2, 2000, near Salisbury, England. Maxwell was accused by many women of helping procure underage sex partners for Jeffrey Epstein. (Chris Ison/PA via AP, File)

Maxwell moved to NY for Epstein-related sex abuse charges

Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime confidante Ghislaine Maxwell was transferred Monday to a New York City jail as she faces charges that she recruited girls, one as young as 14, for him to sexually abuse. Maxwell, 58, the daughter of the late British publishing magnate Robert Maxwell, was the former girlfriend and longtime close associate of Epstein, who killed himself at a federal jail in Manhattan last August while he awaited trial on federal sex trafficking charges.

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Chicago police officers investigate the scene of a deadly shooting July 5, 2020, in Chicago. At least a dozen people were killed in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

‘Senseless crime’: The victims of July Fourth shootings

From San Francisco to South Carolina, a spate of shootings claimed the lives of people celebrating or just taking a drive over the Fourth of July weekend. Chicago saw one of its bloodiest holiday weekends in memory, with 17 killed and 70 wounded by gunfire. The incidents come amid fears the coronavirus pandemic, protests against racism, rising gun sales and an election year could make for a particularly deadly summer.

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