Top of the News – 17th June ’20

Trump signs order on police reform, doesn’t mention racism

WASHINGTON (AP) — Following weeks of national protests since the death of George Floyd, President Donald Trump has signed an executive order he said would encourage better police practices. But he made no mention of the roiling national debate over racism spawned by police killings of black people.

Trump met privately with the families of several black Americans killed in interactions with police before his Rose Garden signing ceremony and said he grieved for the lives lost and families devastated. But he quickly shifted his tone and devoted most of his public remarks to a need to respect and support “the brave men and women in blue who police our streets and keep us safe.”

Flights canceled as Beijing’s new outbreak raises concerns


Amarion Marcellas Johnson, Moody High graduate

Johnson was among scores of Corpus Christi ISD high school graduates who took a knee during graduation ceremonies this month. Nationwide protests ramped up in late May after a white police officer killed George Floyd, a Black man, by kneeling on his neck for almost nine minutes even though Floyd was unarmed and compliant.

More Houston restaurants temporarily closed after staff test positive for COVID-19

By Marcy de Luna

Polls suggest Joe Biden has a shot at winning Texas. How he fares here could reshape the state’s politics.

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