March 3, 2021

First Line News Articles for Wednesday, March 3 2021

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Texas Gov. Abbott Will Open State ‘100 Percent,’ Lift Mask Mandate

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that he will reopen the state “at 100 percent” and will rescind the statewide mask mandate beginning next Wednesday.

Biden Administration Sanctions Russian Officials over Navalny Poisoning, Imprisonment

The Biden administration announced sanctions on senior Russian officials in response to the poisoning and recent imprisonment of dissident Alexei Navalny.

U.S. senators refine Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 bill, push pet projects

Negotiations over President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill go into overdrive this week as the U.S. Senate begins debate over the sweeping legislation and lawmakers jockey to include pet projects, while tossing others overboard.

Biden orders states to prioritize vaccinations for teachers; sets one-shot target by end-March

President Joe Biden on Tuesday ordered U.S. states to prioritize COVID-19 vaccinations for teachers to ensure children could return to school quickly and safely, and called for every educator to receive at least one shot by the end of March.

LDS News

A Latter-day Saint congregation’s search for a missing girl

Noemi Bolivar’s father frantically searches for his missing daughter every day.

Elder Soares, Sister Aburto and other leaders promise peace to Native Americans enduring troubling days

Even amid the sadness and struggles caused by the ongoing pandemic and other challenges of the day, Native Americans can find “renewed hope in the Savior and His marvelous gospel.”

‘Come, Follow Me’: See the Whitmer home, Grandin print shop, monuments to the witnesses and the Susquehanna River

The sections and history covered in recent Doctrine and Covenants “Come, Follow Me” lessons refer to printing the Book of Mormon, events that happened on the Whitmer farm in Fayette, New York, the experience of the Three Witnesses and events in Harmony, Pennsylvania.

BYU report on race details student, faculty experiences and offers recommendations to root out racism

“I am fearful,” “I have no power,” “I had to prove myself and still do,” “I feel oppressed here,” “I got baptized in racism when I came to BYU.”

BYU CAPS introduces young mothers’ group to support students in motherhood

BYU Counseling and Psychological Services introduced a young mothers’ group to support student moms with children two and younger.

National

Dems Seek to End ‘Qualified Immunity’ for Police

Democrats in both chambers of Congress have reintroduced legislation to get rid of qualified immunity for law enforcement personnel in order to make it easier for alleged victims of police brutality to file lawsuits, Fox News reported on Tuesday.

GOP Senators Grill FBI Director over Use of Geolocation Data to Track Capitol Rioters

Senators Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) and Mike Lee (R., Utah) on Tuesday pressed FBI Director Christopher Wray on the procedures federal law enforcement officials have used to track down those who participated in the January 6 siege on the U.S. Capitol.

House Democratic Lawmakers Introduce Wide-ranging Climate Bill

Three Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled a wide-ranging climate bill on Tuesday that embraces President Joe Biden’s goals to curb climate change including decarbonizing the electric grid by 2035.

Biden to Receive Briefing Predicting Record-Breaking Influx of Child Migrants: Report

President Biden will receive a briefing on Tuesday that will detail the need for 20,000 beds to house an expected influx of child migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a new report.

White House to withdraw Tanden nomination to head budget office: White House official

The White House plans to withdraw Neera Tanden’s nomination to head the Office of Management and Budget, a White House official said on Tuesday.

Fencing Erected During George Floyd Protests Finally Removed from Washington, D.C., Landmarks

The mesh metal fencing first erected around two Washington, D.C., landmarks amid rioting and protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd last year are finally being removed.

Millions of Methodists will go left – but millions more will be right

A new, conservative Methodist denomination is splintering off of the United Methodist Church – and while the painful dividing process will likely spell death for some local congregations, a Methodist activist is expressing hope for conservatives in the church.

TX pro-lifers launched ‘sanctuary’ movement

Creating “sanctuary cities” for the unborn is a growing movement within the pro-life community thanks to Texans leading the way.

Limits on religious gatherings? ‘Not in Georgia,’ says guv

The Republican governor of Georgia moved a bill forward late last month that would prohibit future governors of The Peach State from banning religious services when a public health emergency is declared.

Study shows millennials buying bigger homes, sometimes sight unseen

A new study shows more millennials would consider buying a home without even seeing the property first hand.

World

UK infectious disease expert advises people wear masks with three layers

An infectious disease expert for the United Kingdom said residents should “ideally” wear face masks with three layers to help protect against the coronavirus.

US support for Ukraine ramps up seven years after Russian invasion of Crimea

The United States is strengthening Ukraine’s naval defenses with $125 million in military aid, a response to Russian militarization in the Black Sea region seven years after Russia seized the Crimean Peninsula.

Pentagon concerned by U.N. report indicating possible North Korea nuclear reprocessing

The Pentagon expressed concern on Tuesday about a U.N. report indicating possible reprocessing of nuclear fuel for bombs by North Korea, and said such activity could raise tensions with Pyongyang.

Culture

6 Dr. Seuss Books Pulled for Racist Images

Six Dr. Seuss books — including “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” and “If I Ran the Zoo” — will stop being published because of racist and insensitive imagery, the business that preserves and protects the author’s legacy said Tuesday.

Opinion

Elder Aidukaitis teaches the key to accomplishing something extraordinary in life

In testifying of the importance of goal setting and organization to busy and perhaps overwhelmed college students, Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis offered a divine example.

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