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Stimulus package still in doubt

WILL THERE BE another coronavirus stimulus relief package? (Shutterstock).

Will there be another stimulus package? Signs point in different directions. On Thursday at a televised town hall meeting, President Donald Trump said “I’m ready to sign a big, beautiful stimulus bill,” but others are not so sure. Larry Kudlow, chief economic adviser to the president. told the Fox Business Network, “Even if you made a deal, it would be almost impossible to execute. Maybe some of it could be executed but you certainly couldn’t get a grand, large deal.” Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi says she also wants a deal, but it must be retroactive – which drives up the cost – and should include a national plan to fight the spread of the coronavirus. “We’re making progress,” she said. Negotiations may continue over the weekend.

The News: Biden leads in fund-raising

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign raised a record $383 million in September. President Donald Trump’s campaign has raised $248 million. •  COVID-19 cases saw a big increase on Thursday. Sixty-three thousand new cases represented the biggest one-day rise in two months. •  Wall Street offered a split decision on Friday about the path of the economy. The Dow rose by 112.11 points, but the S&P 500 barely stayed above water with a gain of 0.47 points. Nasdaq, on the other hand, dropped 42.32 points  • Among the many impacts of the coronavirus is a trend toward car ownership. According to the Associated Press, a survey indicated that four of five American city residents now feel it is “essential” to have access to a car. • A postal worker was fired this week after 112 unopened absentee ballots were found inside a dumpster in Kentucky.

Weather: Everyone is waiting for the weekend

Remember that song? In this case, they’re hoping the weekend will bringing some relief from the very warm temperatures that have made this week exceptionally warm. According to The National Weather Service, Saturday’s is forecast to be a mild 83, followed by 63 degrees overnight. Sunday should have a high of 79, and Monday as well.

Sports: Astros even series; Dodgers stay alive

Will Smith’s three-run home run in the top of the sixth was the key blow in the Dodgers’s 7-3 win over the Atlanta Braves Thursday night, a win which kept alive the LA team’s hopes for a National League pennant. Corey Seager hit two home runs and drove in three runs. Game Six will be on Saturday at 1:38 p.m. Pacific with the Braves still leading the series three games to two. The game will be telecast on Fox Sports 1. In the American League series, the Houston Astros have rallied from a 3-0 deficit with two wins to force a Game Six today. They squared their record at 3-3 with a 7-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. The seventh game will be on Saturday, broadcast on TBS at 5:37 p.m. Pacific time.

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