Daily Reports

GovReporter December 28, 2020

In a 4-3 vote, the Newcastle City Council adopted a 2021 budget that calls for expenditure cuts across every department, highlighted by the cancellation of the community’s summer events and reductions to other services. When the preliminary 2021 budget was released this fall, the numbers showed an operating deficit of approximately $700,000. City expenditures are […]

Grant Sarver November 20, 2020

Image: Dimitri Houtteman via Unsplash After receiving promising results from clinical trials, pharmaceutical company Pfizer will apply for emergency approval for its COVID-19 vaccine from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today. Its two injections have yielded a 95% effectiveness rate in preventing the virus. The world has been waiting for this moment for 8 […]

Grant Sarver November 16, 2020

Image Credit: SpaceX via Unsplash SpaceX, for the first time, launched 4 astronauts on Sunday night for a 6-month stay on the International Space Station. SpaceX, a private company owned by Elon Musk, has been contracted by the U.S. government to provide space flight in an effort to reduce costs.   Since the beginning of […]

Grant Sarver November 9, 2020

Image: Crissy Jarvis via Unsplash Last week’s presidential election was a nail-biter no matter where on the political spectrum you may fall. The increased use of mail-in ballots delayed announcement of a winner by 4 days. Some states are still counting ballots, and a winner has not been declared in Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, and North […]

Grant Sarver October 30, 2020

Image: Tiffany Tertipes This year’s election looks a lot different to say the least. Turnout is booming across the country as states like Texas, Georgia, and Florida have already reached at least 80% of their total turnout in 2016. The coronavirus pandemic has led to an unprecedented level of mail-in ballots being used. One might […]

Grant Sarver October 27, 2020

Justice Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed and sworn in to the U.S. Supreme Court last night. The Senate voted along party lines to make her the sixth conservative-leaning justice on the bench. She joins the most powerful court in the land a week before Election Day 2020. The winner of this election could put forth […]

Grant Sarver October 23, 2020

Image: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said there is nothing to worry about in regard to his health after he has been seen with bad bruises and bandages on his hands in recent days. CNN reports that, “An aide to McConnell also declined to provide any additional details when asked multiple […]

Grant Sarver October 19, 2020

As hurricane season comes to a close next month (hopefully), the storms won’t be forgotten because of the damage they have caused. Thankfully, Bankrate has a helpful guide for hurricane recovery efforts.  In terms of federal government assistance, there are two options. The first is help through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) which is […]