Coronavirus aid package, new Louisville police chief, Harvest Moon: 5 things to know Thursday

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Coronavirus aid package, new Louisville police chief, Harvest Moon: 5 things to know Thursday

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Published 4:10 a.m. ET Oct. 1, 2020 | Updated 4:40 a.m. ET Oct. 1, 2020

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House to vote on coronavirus aid package

The Democrat-run House plans to vote Thursday on a $2.2 trillion stimulus bill to help Americans struggling amid the coronavirus era. The proposal, a pared-down version of legislation approved in May, will likely pass, but faces opposition in the Republican-led Senate. Lawmakers there have balked at a higher price tag for more relief. The vote was postponed from Wednesday to allow House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and White House negotiators more time to discuss a compromise, according to a Democratic aide.

Louisville gets new police chief

Louisville swears in an interim police chief Thursday amid criticism of the Metro Police Department over the Breonna Taylor case, its handling of ongoing protests and the city’s record-high shootings and homicides. Protesters and police officers have had peaceful and violent interactions since unrest started May 28 over the death of Taylor, shot by police in March in a failed drug raid. The interim chief will be Yvette Gentry, 50, the first woman and first Black woman in Louisville history to lead the force. She replaces Steve Conrad, who was fired.

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Airlines prepare for mass layoffs as federal aid ends

Roughly 40,000 airline workers are bracing for layoffs that could come as soon as Thursday with the expiration of federal coronavirus aid. Since the pandemic hit, thousands of flight attendants, baggage handlers, gate agents and others have been getting at least partial pay through $25 billion in grants and loans to airlines through the federal CARES Act.  That aid was set to expire Wednesday. With air travel down about 70% from last year, many carriers including United and American say they’ll be forced to cut jobs without additional aid. 

Vikings return to practice after brush with COVID-19

The Minnesota Vikings suspended in-person activities this week because of COVID-19 concerns, but are expected to open their facilities back up on Thursday. The Tennessee Titans played at Minnesota on Sunday, and had three players and five personnel test positive for COVID-19, according to reports. Both teams suspended in-person club activities, and the Titans-Steelers game on Sunday has been postponed, but Minnesota received some good news this week about its chances of playing: the team has zero positive coronavirus tests, according to Athletic Trainer Eric Sugarman. “We will return to the facility tomorrow as a team and we will return with very enhanced protocols,” Sugarman said in a team statement Wednesday.   

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Shine on, Harvest Moon: Symbol of fall will light up the night sky

The month of October will kick off Thursday with a meteorological spectacle: the Harvest Moon. That’s the name given to the full moon that is closest to the autumnal equinox — the beginning of fall — which this year fell on Sept. 22. The Harvest Moon is different from other full moons because it rises at roughly the same time for several nights running, giving more light. October will see a second full moon (known as a Blue Moon) on Halloween night. Order your werewolf costumes early.

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