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Wednesday August 11st, 2021 day edition

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Sen. Rand Paul has been suspended from YouTube after making controversial comments about COVID-19 and masks in a video last week.

According to Forbes, in the video Paul posted a few days ago, which was later removed, he claimed that “cloth masks don’t work” and most over-the-counter masks don’t prevent infection.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has long reported that both masks offer some protection from COVID.

The senator blasted YouTube for deleting his video, saying it censored his content.

“I think this kind of censorship is very dangerous, incredibly anti-free speech, and truly anti-progress of science, which involves skepticism and argumentation to arrive at the truth,” Paul said in a statement.

YouTube later argued Paul violated its COVID-19 medical misinformation rules, according to Forbes.

The site has threatened Paul with a two-week suspension if another video is removed. »

Gov. Beshear mandates masks be worn in all Kentucky schools

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“We cannot keep our kids in school if we are unwilling to put on a mask,” Gov. Beshear said Tuesday.

Gov. Beshear announced he is signing an executive order that is requiring masks in all K-12 schools, child care, and pre-K. (Governor Andy Beshear).

The Kentucky Education Association said in a statement, “requiring masks for all students is vital to help slow the spread of COVID-19 as schools reopen across the Commonwealth.”. »

Exclusive: Activision Blizzard shareholder calls company response "inadequate"

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Why it matters: In addition to being an Activision Blizzard shareholder, SOC advocates for ethical business practices and is outspoken on topics like pay gaps between executives and workers.

SOC is calling on Activision Blizzard to make the following changes:.

What's next: Although Kotick has promised that Activision Blizzard "will be the company that sets the example for this in our industry," employees and industry observers remain skeptical. »

Oregon governor signs bill ending reading and math proficiency requirements for graduation

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown privately signed a bill last month ending the requirement for high school students to prove proficiency in reading, writing, and arithmetic before graduation.

"Senate Bill 744 does not remove Oregon’s graduation requirements, and it certainly does not remove any requirements that Oregon students learn essential skills," Boyle said, adding it is "misleading" to conflate the subjects of standardized testing with graduation requirements.

Original Location: Oregon governor signs bill ending reading and math proficiency requirements for graduation. »