Abortion-rights activists participate in a demonstration for the decriminalization of abortion, outside Congress as lawmakers debate a bill on its legalization, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Five international stories of the week

Italy's pandemic death toll grows to the largest in Europe, hundreds of students in Nigeria are still missing after a school attack, Barcelona begins a study on the effectiveness of same-day COVID-19 antigen tests, Argentina's lower house voted to legalize abortion and Russia successfully test-launched a heavy lift rocket make up this week's five international stories.



Jim Lowe, associate vice president for facilities and planning management, presents a slide showing a sketch model of the Brown Family Amphitheater at the Board of Trustees virtual meeting Dec. 11, 2020. The board approved a $3.15 million budget for the amphitheater's construction. Grace McCormick, Screenshot Capture
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Ball State Board of Trustees approves amphitheater budget

Ball State’s Board of Trustees approved the budget for a $3.15 million construction project to build an outdoor amphitheater in the footprint of the Emens parking structure at its meeting Dec. 11, 2020. The $3.15 million includes the costs of building materials, theatrical equipment and technology.



The SGA Senate looks over the proposed partnership between Ball State and Rent College Pads at the Dec. 9 Zoom meeting. The partnership resolution passed 28-3, with seven abstentions. Maya Wilkins, Screenshot Capture
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Ball State SGA passes Rent College Pads resolution

On Dec. 9, the Ball State Student Government Association (SGA) held their weekly meeting over Zoom and voted to pass the resolution for a partnership between Ball State University and Rent College Pads that was introduced at the Dec. 2 meeting.


President-elect Joe Biden puts his finger on his ear as reporters shout question to him as he arrives at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. Biden announced key appointments to his health team Monday as he hopes to build a national response to the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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Five national stories of the week

A hospital in Kansas runs out of regular full-time staff, the Trump administration fully restored DACA protections after a federal judge's order, the House of Representatives voted to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, the FDA announced its plan to review the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine and Joe Biden's health team seeks to handle the coronavirus methodically and transparently in a federal response.


Tigranyan men and women who fled the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, wait in line to receive aid, at Umm Rakouba refugee camp in Qadarif, eastern Sudan, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
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Five international stories of the week

China prepares coronavirus vaccines, Moscow opens vaccination centers, Ethiopian refugees flee to Sudan, the European Union debates ways to strengthen ties with the US and a gene-editing treatment shows promise for sickle cell patients make up this week's five international stories.



Daleville Junior/Senior High School's new camera equipment sits Nov. 23, 2020. The school received $5,000 from the Community Foundation's Technology Resilience Initiative, which it has put toward new media equipment for student programs. Melissa Crist, Photo Provided
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Community Foundation provides technology grants to local schools

In May 2020, the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, a local charity that focuses on bettering the Muncie community, began the K-12 School Technology Resilience Initiative, a program that granted eight public school districts in Delaware County money to better the technology in their districts.



Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, left, watches as Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signs election documents to certify the election results for federal, statewide, and legislative offices and statewide ballot measures at the official canvass at the Arizona Capitol Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)
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Five national stories of the week

Enbridge Energy is approved for pipeline construction in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Arizona certify their election results, Dr. Anthony Fauci warns of virus surges, a blood test to help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease is being sold to commercial labs and President-elect Joe Biden names his Council of Economic Advisers make up this week's five national stories.


People wearing masks to help protect against the spread of coronavirus, walk in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. The official daily COVID-19 deaths have steadily risen to record numbers in a reversal of fortune for the country that had been praised for managing to keep fatalities low. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
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Five international stories of the week

Moderna announced it will apply for emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine, Turkey resumed reporting all of its positive COVID-19 cases, Britain’s foreign minister said Brexit trade talks are in their last week, Russia is under new pressure to explain Alexei Navalny's August 2020 poisoning and the UK asks its medicines regulator to investigate the AstraZeneca-Oxford coronavirus vaccine.


Esmeralda Elizalde checks in for her flight to Mexico at the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. About 1 million Americans a day packed airports and planes over the weekend even as coronavirus deaths surged across the U.S. and public health experts begged people to stay home and avoid big Thanksgiving gatherings. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Five national stories on the week

The FDA is allowing emergency use of the Regeneron antibody treatment, the transition of power to a Biden presidency has formally begun, states and localities are imposing new restrictions before Thanksgiving, the Wisconsin vote recount sees few changes and General Motors has withdrawn from fighting California’s right to set its own clean-air standards make up this week's five national stories.


Demonstrators gather during a protest against a bill on police images, in Paris, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Thousands of people took to the streets in Paris and other French cities Saturday to protest a proposed security law they say would impinge on freedom of information and media rights. The board reads: Your guns against our cameras. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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Five international stories of the week

G-20 leaders agree to prioritize COVID-19 vaccine development, the UK will go back to a three-tiered restrictions system Dec. 2, APEC leaders agree on free trade, a proposed Singapore-Hong Kong travel bubble is delayed and a proposed French bill restricting the publishing of police images sparked protests make up this week's five international stories.


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Rainy weekend ahead

Assistant Chief Weather Forecaster Maddi Johnson has the final forecast of the Fall 2020 semester, which features widespread rain chances for this weekend.


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The first annual Foster Youth Toy Drive hits Muncie

Matthew Peiffer and his two sisters spent many years in the foster care system. They were all victims of abuse and faced many other challenges during their time. Now, Peiffer wants to give back to the foster children this Christmas with the first annual Foster Youth Toy Drive.







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