close Video Hair salon owner struggling to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic Lillian Carter Hendrix, owner of Queen Forever hair salon, details her struggle to keep the business afloat during the coronavirus pandemic. Discriminating against natural hairstyles will soon be illegal in Connecticut, the latest state to prohibit prejudice against such styles in schools and workplaces. The state voted to pass The CROWN Act (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural hair) in a 33-0 vote to be signed into law by Gov. Ned Lamont. "This measure is critical to helping build a more equitable society, and I look forward to signing it into law in the coming days," Lamont said in a tweet earlier this week. PELOTON RELEASES APPAREL MERCH INSPIRED BY BLACK HISTORY MONTH Black women are 1.5 times more likely to be "sent home from the workplace" because of their hair, according to figures shared by the CROWN Act's official … [Read more...] about Connecticut passes CROWN Act to ban discrimination against natural hair
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Presented by Facebook Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. Today is Friday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 513,091; Tuesday, 514,657; Wednesday, 516,608; Thursday, 518,453; Friday, 520,356. Senate Democrats voted by the narrowest margin on Thursday to take up a sweeping $1.9 trillion coronavirus bill, teeing off what's expected to be a sprint through the weekend to help millions of struggling Americans. President Biden Joe Biden Trump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot FireEye finds evidence Chinese hackers exploited Microsoft email app flaw … [Read more...] about The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Virus relief bill headed for weekend vote
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday signaled that it intends to address toxic elements in baby foods after a congressional report found that heavy metals were present in some baby foods. The agency said in a statement that it will “soon be putting into action a plan aimed at reducing toxic elements in foods for babies and young children to levels as low as is reasonably achievable.” The FDA said it intended to focus on increased inspections at facilities and boosting sampling of baby foods. ADVERTISEMENT In a letter , the agency reminded manufacturers to “consider chemical hazards that may be present in foods” when performing hazard analysis on their products. The announcement comes one month after the House Oversight Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy released a report finding that some internal company standards “permit dangerously high levels of toxic heavy metals in baby food.” Some of the foods examined contained levels of … [Read more...] about FDA signals plan to address toxic elements in baby food
Colorado officials committed to cleaner air and reducing reliance on fossil fuels have reached a turning point on whether to tolerate the hulking oil refinery north of Denver that ranks among the state’s major polluters and regularly malfunctions . They must approve or deny Suncor Energy’s applications to renew its operating permits, which serve as contracts governing the emission levels of toxic pollutants that can cause cancer and serious heart, lung and other health problems. This is oversight power Colorado air pollution regulators have declined to use over nearly a decade of letting Suncor run the refinery under the equivalent of an expired driver’s license — a perk granted to companies if they submit timely renewal applications. Suncor’s outdated permits, which records show were issued in 2006 and 2012, allow emissions of 866,100 tons a year of heat-trapping gases and toxics including sulfur dioxide, benzene and hydrogen cyanide . During malfunctions, pollution … [Read more...] about Suncor refinery north of Denver faces state review of outdated permits, plans $300 million push to be “better not bigger”
( CBS Detroit ) — A third stimulus check is a very popular idea, and it’s not hard to see why. People like free money. A Quinnipiac University poll last month showed that almost 80 percent of Americans favor $1,400 stimulus checks and not quite 70 percent support the $1.9 trillion stimulus package that contains them. The scope of the American Relief Plan, including income caps on stimulus checks, is currently up for discussion in the Senate. The minimum wage hike looks likely to disappear entirely. The income phase out for stimulus checks also seems like it will become much more drastic. Other changes are certainly possible before an amended version of the bill is voted upon. If it passes in the Senate with the simple majority allowed by the reconciliation process– no Republicans are expected to vote in favor — then it will return to the House. READ MORE: Stimulus Check Latest: When Could You See Another Economic Relief Payment? The bill, in whatever form it ends up, will … [Read more...] about Stimulus Check Update: Are Relief Payments Bad For The Economy?