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Find refuge, if permitted, at a National Wildlife Refuge
Find refuge, if permitted, at a National Wildlife Refuge

April 6, 2020 - By all accounts, this week will be a very difficult one for the nation. Cases of COVID-19 continue to rise and fatalities in the U.S. are nearing 10,000. But there are hopeful signs that mitigation strategies are working. Check local and state guidelines for "shelter in place" orders but if possible, take refuge at one of almost 500 National Wildlife Refuges.

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lenient: adjective;not strict, relaxed, casual; Find it in blue in today's top story!

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Weekly VOCAB

Week of April 06

administration: noun; a group of people who operate, manage, or run an organization;
Katherine Johnson, human computer (1918-2020)

pathogens: noun; bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that cause disease; germs;
What is the correct way to wash your hands?

pulmonologist: noun; a medical doctor who specializes in treating diseases of the lungs;
Purdue honors Tyler Trent

shortages: noun; situations that arise in which there are not enough products, supplies or equipment to handle a crisis;
Full force of American spirit - and spirits - hitting COVID-19

Today In History

April 8

2013: Baroness Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of England who was the first woman to serve in that role, died at the age of 87.

1974: Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run, breaking the record set by Babe Ruth in 1935. Hank Aaron finished his career with a total of 755 home runs. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.

1938: Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary-General, was born in Ghana.

1935: Library of Congress: Congress approved the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935, the work relief bill that funded the Works Progress Administration (WPA). It was created by President Franklin Roosevelt to relieve the economic hardship of the Great Depression.

1913: The Seventeenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. Instead of U.S. Senators being elected by legislatures in each state, the amendment called for senators to be elected by popular vote in each state.


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