U.S. Tops 70,000 Coronavirus Cases In 1 Day — Heights Not Seen Since July

The U.S. recorded 71,671 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, the most in one day since the outbreak hit alarming heights in July, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University . One day earlier, around 63,000 new cases had been reported. The U.S. also recorded 856 deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday, raising the death toll to more than 223,000 people lost to the pandemic. U.S. cases have been rising sharply since the middle of September, when the daily rate was hovering around 40,000...

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on October 23, 2020, hosted by Amy Lorek. 

In the first hour, hear The Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, The Jazz Members of Big Band Chicago, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra, Rythmstick, David Leonhardt Trio, Cal Tjader, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and more.

In the second hour, hear David Morgenroth, Beebop & Beyond, Nolan, Hepbir, Foot,& Sheppard, Cyrus Chestnut, John Pisano, Joe Beck, Rick Braun, Tommy Tedesco, and more.

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Tierra Williams is a mother, artist, performer and activist who joined the social justice movements in Central Pennsylvania after moving here from Mississippi. She talks with us about why she uses her voice to speak up against injustices and what she wants her son to know about the importance of fighting for equality.  

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President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at Fayetteville Regional Airport, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Fayetteville, N.C.
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President Donald Trump will hold a "Make America Great Again" rally in Martinsburg on Monday as a part of his reelection campaign.

According to Trump's campaign website, the event will take place at 4:30 p.m. at the Altoona-Blair County Airport. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. 

This is a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, County of Allegheny Official Mail-in General Election Ballot in Pittsburgh on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020.
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Penn State senior Kamron Sarmadi is registered to vote in Virginia. Mail-in voting is the only viable option for his first presidential election.

 

“I don’t want to drive three hours back home. And, obviously, before all the big changes started coming through, USPS is like the one government-run thing that I really appreciate,” Sarmadi said.

 

A satellite election office for Centre County is located at Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State's University Park campus.
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Pennsylvania is a crucial battleground state in the 2020 election. And now, for the first time ever in a presidential election year, mail-in ballots are available to all registered voters in Pennsylvania, without any excuse. That means there is now actually a way for you to vote early in person.

Your polling place in won’t be open until Nov. 3.  But between now and Tuesday, there is a place you can go to vote early. 

Penn State coach Patrick Chambers reacts to a call late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Rutgers, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in State College, Pa.
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Patrick Chambers has stepped down as Penn State’s men’s basketball coach. Athletic Director Sandy Barbour has accepted and confirmed Chambers’ resignation.

Donald Trump Jr. speaks at the "Make America Great Again!" event in State College.
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Donald Trump Jr. campaigned for his father's re-election on Tuesday at a “Make America Great Again!” event at Fullington Trailways in State College. At the event, Trump Jr. criticized the Democratic party and its nominee, Joe Biden.

Penn State Old Main building
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More than one in 10 Penn State University Park students who returned to State College for the fall semester has now had COVID-19, a WPSU analysis finds. 

You’re listening to WPSU’s Health Minute, a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing. 

October is Bullying Prevention Month.

Bullying has lasting effects on a person’s development, their interactions with others, and their performance in school.

Bullying even impacts physical health, leading to increases in symptoms like headaches, sleep difficulties, and depression.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Today is the last day in Pennsylvania to register to vote in the Nov. 3 election in which the presidential battleground state is playing a central role in the contest between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Voter registration in Pennsylvania has already hit a record high in this cycle.

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U.S. Tops 70,000 Coronavirus Cases In 1 Day — Heights Not Seen Since July

The U.S. recorded 71,671 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, the most in one day since the outbreak hit alarming heights in July, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University . One day earlier, around 63,000 new cases had been reported. The U.S. also recorded 856 deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday, raising the death toll to more than 223,000 people lost to the pandemic. U.S. cases have been rising sharply since the middle of September, when the daily rate was hovering around 40,000...

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