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Sunday May 17th, 2020 night edition

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Meanwhile, some companies that employ essential workers right now have seen increased sales and boosted executive pay in recent months.

Many essential workers, by contrast, are making less than a living wage even with the increase in pay.

Millions of essential workers also lack health insurance, jeopardizing their ability to seek treatment and making any illness potentially financially devastating for them and their families.

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) has put forth a plan to give workers a similar raise, though for a shorter period.

Before the pandemic, hazard pay was often something military or government employees got when they took on dangerous assignments, Kinder said.

In her interviews with dozens of essential workers in recent weeks, Kinder said, “Everyone brought up the issue of hazard pay.”.

And Democrats will need the support of Senate Republicans if they hope to secure additional pay for essential workers. »

EIA: Renewables likely to top coal generation in U.S. this year - Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis

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The United States is on track to produce more electricity this year from renewable power than from coal for the first time on record, new government projections show, a transformation partly driven by the coronavirus pandemic, with profound implications in the fight against climate change.

It is a milestone that seemed all but unthinkable a decade ago, when coal was so dominant that it provided nearly half the nation’s electricity.

And it comes despite the Trump administration’s three-year push to try to revive the ailing industry by weakening pollution rules on coal-burning power plants. »

Google Pixel 4a Said to Undercut iPhone SE in Major Way

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What would be a good way for Google to finally drop the Pixel 4a on us and steal back some of the spotlight from Apple’s new iPhone SE?

According to a rumor from 9to5Google, Google may do both of those things by introducing the Pixel 4a with 128GB storage and a starting price of $349.

But with the iPhone SE coming in wild af, maybe Google has decided on a last minute change to better compete?. »