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5 Things To Know On Monday, July 20, 2020

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Posted at 5:15 AM, Jul 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-20 06:24:18-04

While you were sleeping, we compiled the biggest stories of the day in one place. Each story has a quick and easy summary, so you're prepared for whatever the day brings. Just click on the links if you want to know more! You can watch the latest LIVE on WPTV here from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m.

1. Sorry, We're Closed: American tourists barred from entering Bahamas
The Prime Minister announced sweeping changes to travel for the island nation.

Bahamas Air is stopping outgoing flights to the united states immediately.Beginning Wednesday at midnight, international commercial flights and vessels will not be allowed to enter the Bahamas except for flights from Canada, the U.K. and European Union.

Private planes and boats will still be allowed.

Bahamas - Coco Cay
Bahamas - Coco Cay

2. Florida leading the nation and the world in coronavirus cases
Florida's coronavirus cases rose by five digits for the fifth day in a row, a U.S.-high 12,478.

If Florida were a country, its new cases Sunday would rank fourth, not including the U.S., behind India with 40,243, Brazil with 24,650 and South Africa with 13,449.

3. Back to school? Martin County teachers want schools to remain virtual
Teachers in Martin County are pleading with school board members to either delay the opening of schools or remain 100% virtual.

The Martin County School District said the commissioner of education's executive order requires brick and mortar schools to be open five days per week and offer traditional learning to all students.

When asked about why Palm Beach County is able to delay the start of school and remain virtual, Martin County school board officials cited that Palm Beach County is still in Phase One of reopening and that Martin County is in Phase Two.

On Tuesday,several teachers are planning to attend and protest at the school board meeting.

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4. Deadline approaches for St. Lucie parents to choose distance learning
Time is running out for parents to decide if their child will return to the classroom in St. Lucie County next month. Commitment forms are due on Monday.

Parents can choose between in-person classroom learning, online distance learning that will follow the in-person class or completely distance learning.

5. Imma let you finish: Kanye has his worst speech since the Taylor Swift VMAs
Rapper Kanye West used part of his first event since declaring himself a presidential candidate to rant against historical figure Harriet Tubman.

West said the Underground Railroad conductor “never actually freed the slaves, she just had them work for other white people."

His appearance was marked by a lengthy monologue touching on topics from abortion and religion to international trade and licensing deals.

Today's Forecast
Scattered showers and storms possible moving east to west, then the onshore winds will push most of the activity inland throughout the day.

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On This Day In History
On July 20, 1969 at 10:56 p.m. EDT, American astronaut Neil Armstrong, 240,000 miles from Earth, speaks these words to more than a billion people listening at home: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Stepping off the lunar landing module Eagle, Armstrong became the first human to walk on the surface of the moon.

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