What's On Today - Tuesday

The mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul keeping their cities ‘mask mandates in place pending further guidance from health officials

Breaking with Walz, Minneapolis, St. Paul mayors keep mask mandates in place

The decisions from Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter come after Gov. Tim Walz said he will sign an executive order Friday morning to repeal Minnesota’s mask mandate, which has been in place for almost 10 months.

Walz originally planned to wait to ditch the mask mandate until 70% of Minnesotans had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine or July 1 — whichever came first. He swiftly changed course after President Joe Biden backed new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that states people who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear masks in most public places.… Read more

George Floyd: Trial For Three Cops Charged With Manslaughter Pushed To March 2022

Former Minnieapolos police officers Tou ThaoJ. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane were set to face trial on August 23 on charges of manslaughter and aiding and abetting Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd, but now the trial date has been pushed back to March 2022.

According to the Associated Press, Judge Peter Cahill delayed the trial to allow the publicity from the Derek Chauvin trial to calm down, and so the federal case can go forward first.… Read more

Gov. Walz to sign executive order ending statewide mask mandate on Friday

Gov. Walz to sign executive order ending statewide mask mandate on Friday

Gov. Tim Walz is set to sign an executive order to end the state’s nearly year-long mask mandate on Friday, following updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

In an announcement Thursday evening, Walz and state Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said Minnesotans who are fully vaccinated will be able to shed their masks in most situations, but people who are not fully immunized should keep wearing face coverings. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or the second shot of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.… Read more

Dionne Warwick Featured on 60 Minutes

Legendary Lifetime Achievement Grammy winner Dionne Warwick will be featured in an upcoming episode of CBS News’ 60 Minutes+ on Sunday, March 16. The program will be available on Paramount+, ViacomCBS’ newly launched streaming service. The interview was conducted by 60 Minutes+ correspondent Wesley Lowery. 60 Minutes+ is one of many original offerings on the Paramount+ platform. The program is a compelling new version of the world-renowned Sunday night favorite 60 Minutes. The streaming newsmagazine features respected, award-winning journalists Enrique Acevedo, Wesley Lowery, Laurie Segall and Seth Doane, who bring their world-class reporting and journalistic expertise to the next generation of viewers on Paramount 

#JusticeForPamelaTurner: Civil Rights Leaders Organize Rally On Second Anniversary Of Her Death

Attorneys and supporters of Pamela Turner, a Black woman who was shot by a Texas officer during a May 2019 fatal encounter, are gathering on Thursday to reinvigorate justice efforts around her wrongful death.

Turner’s advocates which include her family, their lawyers Ben Crump and Devon M. Jacob, along with the families of of Breonna Taylor, Atatiana Jefferson, Sandra Bland, Robbie Taylor, Joshua Feast, George Floyd, and Jacob Blake Jr., will gather in Baytown on the second anniversary of her death.… Read more

The Deadline To File For The Expanded Child Tax Credit Is Rapidly Approaching

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The deadline is near for families to file taxes in time to receive additional financial benefits for their children under an expanded child tax credit. And there’s a special hitch this year — tax filing services are being offered for free by the federal government. But only if you do so by Monday.

The expanded child tax credit was enacted with the passage of the American Rescue Plan in February.… Read more

Fulton County DA Reverses Course, Seeks ‘Ultimate Penalty’ Against Spa Shooting Suspect

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Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis will seek the death penalty against Robert Aaron Long, the Atlanta Spa Shooter who killed eight people, six of whom were Asian women, during a shooting rampage on March 16.

The decision brought attention to Wallis’ stance on the death penalty, which has significantly shifted from the time she launched her campaign, to her time in office. Prior to assuming the role, Willis said that she opposed capitol punishment, citing that out of the murder cases she formerly prosecuted, none were appropriate for the death penalty.… Read more