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Tahoe Talk: Giant panda gives birth; Wildfires, tropical storms cause havoc

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Quick Hits:

– Marco and Laura hit the Gulf today, second and third largest wildfires in CA state history burning approximately one million acres so far

– North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has fallen into a coma, a former South Korean official is claiming on the heels of reports that the northern leader has ceded over some of his power to his younger sister.

– Greenland lost a record amount of ice during 2019; the melt is massive enough to cover California in more than 4 feet of water, a new study said.

– Get excited Mariah Carey fans – new music is on the way.

– Mei Xiang, a 22-year-old giant panda at the Smithsonian zoo in Washington, D.C., is the oldest panda to give birth in the United States, officials said.

Deeper Dives:

– After falling two weeks in a row, the number of laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits rose to 1.1 million last week; American employers are still cutting record numbers of jobs. According to the jobs site Indeed.com, listings are down by about 20% compared to this time last year. Data released today says the IRS expects there to be almost 40 million fewer employee-classified jobs in 2021 — a condition that might persist to at least 2027 — based on W-2 forms.

– A coronavirus loophole: Capital Christian High School opens, saying it’s day care. Capital Christian in Sacramento County is offering on-campus study areas for students grades 6-12 to learn online in spatially distant “pod” groups as a way to slow the spread of coronavirus

– Political contributions toward the presidential race so far are closing in on $3 billion. The Republican National Committee reports that it raised $55 million in the month of July. That is a new record, which kind of seems to be the case almost every time we talk about campaign fundraising during this election cycle

Local News

– Red flag warning

– High speed chase ending on Kingsbury

– Northstar lawsuit settled

– Woman swims lake’s distance

– Washoe Co. to vote on short term rentals this week

Fact Check:

–  Michelle Obama: “In one of the states that determined the outcome” of the 2016 presidential race, “the winning margin averaged out to just two votes per precinct, two votes.”  — TRUE!

National Day:

–  Wed. 8/26 National Dog Day

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