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5 Things To Know On Monday, December 28, 2020

Posted at 7:05 AM, Dec 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-28 07:05:04-05

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1. Trump signs relief package, but are bigger checks coming?
President Donald Trump has signed a $900 billion pandemic relief package, ending days of drama over his refusal to accept the bipartisan deal that will deliver long-sought cash to businesses and individuals and avert a federal government shutdown.

The signing Sunday, at his private club in Florida came amid escalating criticism over his eleventh-hour demands for larger, $2,000 relief checks and scaled-back spending even though the bill had already passed the House and Senate by wide margins.

The Democratic-led House supports the larger checks and is set to vote on the issue Monday, but it’s expected to be ignored by the Republican-held Senate where spending faces opposition. For now, the administration can only begin work sending out the $600 payments.

Trump signs massive measure funding government, COVID relief

2. The latest coronavirus numbers: More than one death for every 1,000 Americans
The U.S. has now topped 19 million coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, just six days after it reached 18 million.

COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. also have been rising, and now total more than 332,000. That’s more than one death for every 1,000 Americans.

Florida's coronavirus cases rose by 17,042 and deaths increased by 140 with a total toll of residents passing 21,000, 12 days to surpass 1,000, in two days of data released by the state Florida Department of Health on Saturday afternoon.

The latest coronavirus totals in Florida

3. When will the vaccine arrive in Palm Beach County? For healthcare workers, soon.
On Monday, Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Bethesda Hospital employees and physicians will receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr. Alina Alonso, the health director for Palm Beach County, said 18,000 doses will be distributed at area hospitals over the next four weeks.

Last week Governor Ron DeSantis signed an executive order to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to people in the general public who are 65 and older after a hospital finishes vaccinating all frontline doctors, nurses, and health care workers.

Frontline healthcare workers to receive vaccine in Palm Beach County

4. Who was the suspect in Nashville explosion?
Officials confirmed Sunday in a press conference that Anthony Quinn Warner, who died at the scene based on DNA evidence, has been identified as the suspect in the Nashville Christmas morning bombing, with no indication anyone else was involved.

Officials said they still have not uncovered a motive for the bombing. A law enforcement official told the AP that federal investigators have started examining Warner's digital footprint and financial history.

Officials were at the home of Warner in Antioch in suburban Nashville after receiving information regarding the investigation.

5. 6 officers credited with saving lives before Nashville explosion
Six Metro Nashville police officers have been commended for their heroic response early Christmas morning when an RV exploded.

The officers responded to the call of gunfire and upon hearing an RV play a recorded message saying the vehicle contained a bomb, took several measures to evacuate as many people as possible from Second Avenue.

The officers contacted six to seven apartments and asked residents to evacuate.

MNPD officers recount Christmas morning bombing in Nashville (Full Press Conference

Today's Forecast
We'll see a warming trend all week before another cold front arrives.

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On This Day In History
On December 28, 1981, the first American "test-tube baby," a child born as a result of in-vitro fertilization, is born in Norfolk, Virginia. Considered a miracle at the time, births like that of Elizabeth Jordan Carr are now common.

Newborn Elizabeth Jordan Carr, the first "test tube" baby born in the United States in Norfolk, Va., is seen in a Dec. 21, 1981 file photo.

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