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5 Things To Know On Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Posted at 7:14 AM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 07:14:01-05

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1. Coronavirus vaccine rollout is underway... in the UK
A retired British shop clerk has received the first shot in the country’s COVID-19 vaccination program, signaling the start of a global immunization effort intended to offer a route out of a pandemic that has killed 1.5 million.

The U.K. is the first Western country to start a mass vaccination program after British regulators last week authorized the use of a COVID-19 shot developed by U.S. drugmaker Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech.

U.S. and European Union authorities may approve the vaccine in coming days, fueling a global immunization effort.

AP Photo

2. Florida's Latest Coronavirus Action: Police raid home of former health official
Rebekah Jones, a former State of Florida public health employee who was fired in the spring by Gov. Ron DeSantis tweeted video on Monday of police officers raiding her home at gunpoint.

Jones, who had created the state’s original COVID-19 informational dashboard, had since created her own website with information of Florida’s coronavirus cases, hospital load and deaths.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement said that Jones, has been under investigation since early November when someone illegally accessed the state’s emergency alert health system.

Police raid home of health official fired by Florida governor

3. What's Congress up to? Water Bill and Stimulus
The 2020 Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA), or the ‘Water Bill’, includes multiple provisions that would benefit Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast if it passes in a final vote.

Lawmakers are set to begin discussing and voting on the bill around 1:15 Tuesday.

The $908 billion bipartisan coronavirus stimulus package is expected to extend unemployment relief into the new year, offer rental assistance and help small businesses nationwide.

WRDA 2020: Water Bill set for final vote in U.S Congress Tuesday

4. Where will Trump be on Inauguration Day? Possibly here
Trump has not publicly said whether or not he will attend the swearing in on January 20, as traditionally the outgoing president has done before welcoming the new president to the White House. Aides have not speculated what he plans to do.

Trump may plan a “made-for-TV” moment on his last day in office, according to Axios. Sources say Trump is considering a White House departure on Marine One and a final Air Force One flight to Florida to attend a political rally.

There is some speculation that Trump will announce a presidential campaign run in 2024 on Inauguration Day, according to NBC News.

President Donald Trump speaks after Election Day results, Nov. 4, 2020
President Donald Trump speaks to supporters after leading in the early morning hours after Election Day, Nov. 4, 2020, in Washington.

5. Report: Goldman Sachs could move key division to South Florida
Another major financial company has its sights set on South Florida, possibly moving a portion of one of its key divisions from New York City.

Bloomberg News reports that Goldman Sachs is the latest company eyeing a move to the Sunshine State, a trend that has been accelerated by the coronavirus and a shift to remote working.

Florida has often been a favorite location for companies seeking to relocate from less tax-friendly states like New York.

Goldman Sachs, File Photo
In this Dec. 13, 2016, file photo, the logo for Goldman Sachs appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Today's Forecast
Next few mornings will be cold.

Latest Weather Forecast: Tuesday 5 a.m.

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On This Day In History
On December 8, 1980, John Lennon is shot and killed by an obsessed fan in New York City.

The 40-year-old artist was entering his luxury Manhattan apartment building when Mark David Chapman shot him four times at close range with a .38-caliber revolver. Lennon, bleeding profusely, was rushed to the hospital but died en route. Chapman had received an autograph from Lennon earlier in the day and voluntarily remained at the scene of the shooting until he was arrested by police.

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