- About 16% say they will get the vaccine, according to AP poll
- Kay Ivey says it’s ‘time to start blaming the unvaccinated’ for rise in cases
- Covid cases likely to accelerate through summer, new forecasts say
- Philadelphia health officials recommend masks in public indoor settings
Cameras, computer modeling, drones: the higher-tech ways to fight fires
As dozens of wildfires continue to burn in across the US, the Associated Press has a new report out on the new technology that firefighters are using to fight increasingly ferocious blazes. The AP writes:
As drought- and wind-driven wildfires have become more dangerous across the American West in recent years, firefighters have tried to become smarter in how they prepare.
That includes using new fire behavior computer modeling that can help assess risks before fires start, then project their path and growth.
Related: Wildfire watchmen: the mountain tower where lookouts spot blazes
Earlier today, my colleague Jewel Wicker covered a new report from the Brennan Center for Justice that found at least 18 states in the US have enacted laws that restrict voting access. The study describes the onslaught as “the most aggressive in more than a decade of tracking state voting laws”.
The report comes after Republicans in the Senate blocked the For the People Act, a major bill that would have shored up voting rights, and Democratic lawmakers in Texas staged a high profile walkout from the state legislature in an effort to thwart new voting restrictions.
The report found that the 30 laws that have been passed since 1 January “make mail voting and early voting more difficult, impose harsher voter ID requirements, and make faulty voter [roll] purges more likely, among other things”.
The laws were among the more than 400 bills introduced in 49 states during this year’s legislative session that would make voting more difficult.
Related: Voting curbs enacted in 18 US states this year despite none finding widespread fraud
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