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Musk's SpaceX, Bezos' Blue Origin land contracts to build NASA's astronaut moon lander

(Reuters) - NASA on Thursday selected space firms SpaceX, Blue Origin and Dynetics to build lunar landing systems that can carry astronauts to the moon by 2024, the White House’s accelerated deadline under the space agency’s moon-to-Mars campaign.

The three companies, which include firms of tech billionaires Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, will share $967 million from NASA, though specific amounts each company will receive were not immediately known.

Boeing Co (BA.N) proposed a lander concept last year but was not selected.

“This is the last piece that we need in order to get to the moon,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine told reporters on Thursday, calling the agency’s first lunar lander procurement since 1972 “historic”.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-space-exploration-nasa/musks-spacex-bezos-blue-origin-land-contracts-to-build-nasas-astronaut-moon-lander-idUSKBN22C3DI

Bailout money bypasses hard-hit New York, California for North Dakota, Nebraska

From his office in Bismarck, North Dakota, Alan Haut started preparing for the coronavirus relief bill before it had even been passed by Congress.

North Dakota had experienced only a handful of deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the state’s Republican governor, Doug Burgum, hadn’t issued a shelter-in-place order or required businesses to close. But as district director of the federal Small Business Administration office in Bismarck, Haut wanted to be ready. So he began convening community banks and entrepreneurs and sharing early drafts of applications to what would become the $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program, with an eye toward ensuring that prairie businesses would be able to get access to loans as soon as the application period opened.

On April 3, the morning applications opened, Jeff Zarling, founder of DAWA Solutions Group, a software company that also puts on an annual oil industry trade show, drove to First International Bank & Trust, whose branch in downtown Williston (population 14,716) was still open, and dropped off a flash drive with his complete application.

“My banker knows my situation, and we communicate through the year,” Zarling said. “So I simply had to run a few financial reports, which took less than an hour.”

Read more: https://www.revealnews.org/article/bailout-money-bypasses-hard-hit-new-york-california-for-north-dakota-nebraska/
(Reveal News--Center for Investigative Reporting)

Texas Still Won't Say Which Nursing Homes Have COVID-19 Cases. Families Are Demanding Answers.

by Lomi Kriel, Vianna Davila, ProPublica, and Edgar Walters, The Texas Tribune

As elderly and vulnerable citizens continue to die from COVID-19 in closed-off long-term care centers around the country, many of their relatives have begged elected leaders to release the locations of these outbreaks.

Their pleas have carried weight with governors in Georgia, New York, Oklahoma and Florida, among others, who mandated an accounting of where the virus had spread.

Not in Texas. Despite more than 300 deaths in such facilities, Gov. Greg Abbott has not moved to make public where patients and caretakers have fallen ill or died.

The state’s expansive medical privacy law has made Texas among the most opaque for releasing information about the spread of the coronavirus, even as deaths in these facilities surged nationwide. More than 10,300 elderly people in 23 states have died in long-term care centers, according to the most recent available government data analyzed by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a national health policy think tank.

Read more: https://www.propublica.org/article/texas-still-wont-say-which-nursing-homes-have-covid-19-cases-families-are-demanding-answers

As economy sinks, McClatchy's plan for quick sale hits roadblock in bankruptcy court

McClatchy Co.’s attempt to quickly exit bankruptcy by finding a buyer hit a snag Wednesday when a federal judge ordered all parties to reach an agreement on the sales process even as the nation’s economic uncertainty deepened.

The local media company had asked bankruptcy Judge Michael E. Wiles to sign off on modifications to some terms of its bankruptcy financing. Also in the motion was the first official notice that the company has been speaking to potential buyers, prompting objections from a committee of less protected creditors as well as the trustee serving as an independent watchdog in the case.

Wiles must approve the sale of the bankrupt company, so pursuing buyers before obtaining the court’s input on the process puts any potential deal at risk, the judge said.

“I cannot say strongly enough how crazy that seems to me,” he said, ordering the parties to come back to him Monday with an agreement on process, or risk having him decide. “Maybe you don’t trust what I will do with a sale process?”

Read more here: https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article242366581.html
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