1A « »
The News Roundup for July 16, 2021


Manage episode 297649242 series 1329307
By NPR. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.
Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer, Cory Booker, and Ron Wyden drafted legislation this week to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. Laws permitting either medical or recreational marijuana use have become increasingly common at the state level in recent years.
In COVID-19 news; Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, Kansas, and Louisiana are the U.S. states to see the greatest increase in new cases of COVID in the last 14 days. The delta variant of the virus continues its spread through the country, especially in communities where vaccination rates are low.
Meanwhile, in South Africa, at least 212 people were killed this week as the country grapples with the worst political violence since the era of apartheid. Protesters began to mobilize following the arrest of former South African President Jacob Zuma. Now, the government has deployed some 25,000 troops to quell riots and looting.
Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel blamed the United States for encouraging the country's protests this week. He's also admitted his government mishandled the distribution of food, power, and medicine.
We cover all these stories and more during this week's News Roundup.
Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.

1802 episodes