McConnell to force vote on ‘targeted’ coronavirus relief bill next week

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell challenger dodges court packing question McGrath: McConnell ‘can’t get it done’ on COVID-19 relief On The Money: Trump faces unusual barrier to COVID-19 aid in GOP allies | Advocates plead for housing aid as eviction cliff looms MORE (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that the Senate will vote on a “targeted” coronavirus relief bill next week that will include more aid for small businesses hit hard by the fallout of the pandemic.

The Senate is out of town this week after an outbreak of the coronavirus among its members but will return to Washington, D.C., on Monday.

“When the full Senate returns on October 19th, our first order of business will be voting again on targeted relief for American workers, including new funding for the PPP,” McConnell said in a statement, referring to the Paycheck Protection Program.

The GOP leader gave no hints

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Trump Administration To Force Employers To Pay H-1B Visa Workers Similar Wages To Americans

The Trump administration has announced plans to significantly overhaul the U.S. H-1B visa program with a rule change that will force employers to pay H-1B visa workers similar wages to those earned by Americans.

Under the H-1B visa program, thousands of foreign skilled workers are able to live and work in the U.S. each year, with the visa frequently being used in the tech industry.

Addressing reporters in a press conference call on Tuesday, senior officials with the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Labor said new wage rules were aimed at ending abuse of the H-1B visa program and would force employers to put Americans first.

Americans, they said, are

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Girl, 4, found dead in New Orleans Central Business District; coroner cites blunt force trauma | Crime/Police

A 4-year-old girl was found dead of blunt force injuries in New Orleans’ Central Business District, authorities said Tuesday.

The Orleans Parish coroner’s office identified the child as Jo’nyri Hawkins and said she died in the 500 block of Canal Street on Saturday. Police didn’t immediately name any suspects or release additional details other than to say homicide and child abuse detectives are investigating. Public records show police encountered the girl while responding to a report of an unclassified death in the 500 block of Canal on Saturday at about 5:20 a.m.

Two victims scatter after gunfire erupts in 100 block of Camp Street

Attempts to contact Hawkins’ parents Tuesday were unsuccessful.

She was by far the youngest of three people reported killed Saturday in New Orleans. Eddie Profit, 23, was fatally shot at the intersection of Hayne Boulevard and Jahncke Road in the Little Woods section of New Orleans

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