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Morning News: Pfizer Booster, U.S. Immigration, Ethiopia Hunger Crisis

Who is eligible to get Pfizer’s COVID-19 booster shots? And why are certain Haitian migrants detained along the US-Mexico border being released while others are deported? Plus, new documents reveal the extent of Ethiopia’s hunger crisis.

Morning News: Meat Producer Cyberattack, Tokyo Olympics & Covid

The White House is stepping in after one of the world’s largest meat producers was targeted with ransomware believed to be from Russia. 

After experiencing a spring surge, Michigan is easing COVID restrictions. The Tokyo Olympics are still weeks away but some fear it could turn into a superspreader event.

Morning News: Israel Political Change, Texas Voter Law Blocked

A coalition of opposition parties say they’ve reached a power-sharing deal to form a new Israeli government, which would unseat Prime Minister Netanyahu after 12 years in office. 

Democratic lawmakers in the Texas legislature have blocked GOP legislation, aimed at restricting voting options in that state. As a Memorial Day deadline passes without agreement, President Biden’s infrastructure bill appears to be falling victim to partisan divisions in Congress.

Morning News Podcast: New Gun Regulations, Covid-19 Surges In Brazil

President Joe Biden is following through on a campaign promise to implement common sense gun laws. He is expected to introduce regulations for certain types of firearms and accessories. 

 COVID-19 deaths are surging in Brazil, yet President Jair Bolsonaro refuses to lockdown the country. And, Derek Chauvin’s defense is trying to make the case that George Floyd’s death had less to do with use of force and more to do with his opioid addiction and underlying health concerns.

Morning News Podast: George Floyd Murder Trial, Suez Canal Ship

The trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd begins today in Minneapolis. 

The massive cargo ship that’s been stuck in Egypt’s Suez Canal is finally moving. And, Gun control activists want the Biden administration to make the issue a priority.

Morning News Podcast: AstraZeneca Study, Miami Beach Curfew, Migration

The results of a new efficacy study on the AstraZeneca vaccine could pave the way for a Food and Drug Administration decision on whether the vaccine can be used in the United States.

The city of Miami Beach is under a curfew to try to mitigate crowds of rowdy spring breakers. And, the Biden administration is struggling to address the developing migration crisis at the country’s southern border.

Morning News Podcast: Atlanta Killings, Crisis in Migration, Liver Disease

Two police departments in Georgia are investigating the killings of eight people, six of them Asian women, by a 21 year-old white man. 

President Biden hopes to address the migration crisis at its roots in Central America. And, serious liver diseases are increasing, especially in young women.

Morning News Podcast: U.S. Jobs Report, Covid-19 Relief, China & HOng Kong

The Labor Department’s new jobs report comes out today as Congress is poised to pass a new round of COVID-19 relief. The Biden administration ended Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, but that doesn’t mean the asylum system is up and running.

And, the Chinese national parliament meeting that begins today will include a proposal to give the Chinese government new control over Hong Kong’s elections.

Morning News Podcast: Covid Vaccine Locations, Saudi Arabia, Postal Delay

The Centers for Disease Control has launched a website to help Americans find locations of COVID-19 vaccines in an effort to increase the pace of vaccinations. 

Also, the Biden administration is set to release a U.S. intelligence assessment on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi operatives. And, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy faced heavy criticism in a House committee hearing about ongoing mail delays at the U.S. Postal Service.

Morning News Podcast: Texas Drinking Water Probelms, Biden Speech

In Texas the power is back after several days for most of the population, but now they have to worry about whether the water is safe after treatment plants were temporarily offline.

 Also, President Biden gives his first speech to world leaders. He wants to move beyond his predecessor’s “America First” policies. And, Native American tribes have been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. But tribes are quickly and efficiently vaccinating their communities.