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The eviction moratorium is about to end, yet federal relief funds largely remain unspent.

By @BraceyHarris and @adielkaplan #NBCNewsThreads (1/10)
“[I] pray to God when I get home my stuff’s not sitting outside," Demia Burse says.

Burse, a mom of 3 in Mississippi, fell behind on rent after she left her job as a certified nursing assistant to help her children with virtual school. (2/10)
She started asking her local county for help paying 2 to 3 months of back rent.

But she questions whether any of the $25 billion Congress approved in December for emergency rental assistance will reach her landlord in time. (3/10)
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States are passing more abortion restrictions, which could reshape what abortion access looks like across the country.

Reporting by @chloe_aatkins.

#NBCNewsThreads (1/8)
@chloe_aatkins The current landscape of abortion access in the US came into focus in May after the Supreme Court decided to consider the legality of Mississippi’s ban on nearly all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. (2/8)
@chloe_aatkins This restriction was the first to reach the US Supreme Court from a wave of state laws intended to strike down Roe v. Wade, the decision that established the constitutional right to an abortion nationwide. (3/8)
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When England's Bukayo Saka took his penalty in the Euro 2020 final, what followed wasn't just another chapter of the country's tale of soccer heartbreak, but also a grim echo of what its Black stars have endured for decades. (1/4) #NBCNewsThreads
After he missed the decisive kick, 19-year-old Saka's social media timeline was flooded racial abuse.

"I knew instantly the kind of hate I was about to receive," he said, adding, "There is no place for racism or hate of any kind in football or any area of society." (2/4)
Saka's defiant response is firmly rooted in soccer's past.

Emerging as society's leading voices demanding change, experts say that Saka and his England teammates continue another storied soccer tradition: using the game's unique position as a conduit for racial discussion. (3/4)
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SPECIAL REPORT: A segregation wall in Detroit still stands. The consequences continue today.

In partnership with @BridgeDet313.

(1/11) #NBCNewsThreads
@BridgeDet313 Built in 1941, the Birwood Wall, a 6-foot-high, 4-inch-thick divider that sits just below Detroit’s storied Eight Mile Road, separated a Black neighborhood to the east from a community on the west that was developed for whites only. (2/11)
@BridgeDet313 In a 6-month investigation, @NBCNews and @BridgeDet313 discovered that one of Detroit’s most prominent families built the wall.

The side of the wall residents called home would later affect the sale price of their houses and the wealth they would inherit. (3/11)
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After a flood of reports of judges using social media in partisan and inappropriate ways, experts say states should revisit their guidelines and give more clarity regarding social media misconduct.
By @erikhjortiz
#NBCNewsThreads (1/9)
A local judge in upstate New York resigned in May after a state agency opened an investigation into Facebook posts that allegedly conveyed anti-LGBTQ and anti-Muslim bias and showed favoritism toward law enforcement. (2/9)
This case, along with others, highlights a judge who seemed to run afoul of ethics guidelines by using social media in ways that state oversight commissions said could taint the credibility of their offices, betray public confidence and call into question their impartiality (3/9)
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SPECIAL REPORT: Constructed inequality: The lasting repercussions of America's highway system.

(1/10) #NBCNewsThreads
During the largest public works program ever attempted in the US, the American interstate highway program demolished homes and bisected communities, driven by the promise of prosperity and jobs.

From 1957-1977, it displaced over 475,000 households and 1,000,000 people.

In Syracuse, Interstate 81 and a 1.4-mile stretch of raised highway plowed through a community that was home to many Black residents, wiping the 15th Ward off the city’s maps.

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SPECIAL REPORT: How critical race theory moved from Fox News to school boards.
Reporting by @tylerkingkade, @BrandyZadrozny, @oneunderscore__

(1/8) #NBCNewsThreads
@tylerkingkade @BrandyZadrozny @oneunderscore__ Conflicts are playing out in cities and towns across the country, amid the rise of at least 165 local and national groups that aim to disrupt lessons on race and gender, according to an NBC News analysis of media reports and organizations’ promotional materials. (2/8)
@tylerkingkade @BrandyZadrozny @oneunderscore__ Reinforced by conservative think tanks, law firms and activist parents, these groups have found allies in families frustrated over Covid-19 restrictions in schools and have weaponized the right’s opposition to critical race theory, turning it into a political rallying point (3/8)
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They own the soil where the potatoes in McDonald’s french fries grow, the carrots from the world’s largest producer and the onions that Americans sauté for dinner.

But they’re far better known for their work in tech.

By @aprilaser. #NBCNewsThreads (1/7)
@aprilaser Bill and Melinda Gates, who recently announced they’re getting divorced and are dividing their assets, are deeply invested in American agriculture, having accumulated more than 269,000 acres of farmland across 18 states — more than the entire acreage of New York City. (2/7)
@aprilaser A survey of the Gateses’ farmland holdings shows that a broad range of the vegetables that Americans eat can be traced back to his land and that some of this land has also been owned by other billionaires. (3/7)…
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Tulsa's Greenwood neighborhood found prosperity after the 1921 massacre. Then the highways arrived.

Reporting by @GrahamBrewer.

(1/7) #NBCNewsThreads
@grahambrewer Next week, it will be a century since a white mob looted, burned and murdered in Tulsa’s Greenwood neighborhood, then known as the Black Wall Street, killing hundreds and displacing thousands more.

But that’s not the full story of Greenwood, nor its end. (2/7)
@grahambrewer Greenwood residents say they were robbed twice: in 1921 and again 50 years later when eminent domain took their homes.
Current and former residents are still calling for justice, whether through equity in property ownership, or the removal of the highways. (3/7)
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When Marvin Burch was 19-year-old student at Norfolk State University, he and two friends shopped at a mall where they saw a white man getting arrested for what they later learned was check forgery. (1/7) #NBCNewsThreads
"The man pointed at me as we walked past the bank," said Burch, now 60. "And then a cop asked me to come with him." (2/7)
A white officer escorted Burch into the bank, where the detained white man claimed that Burch had given him a forged check and two identifications of a Black man with an Afro.

"It obviously wasn't me," Burch said. "There was no resemblance, and I did not have an Afro." (3/7)
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Uganda may have to wait to vaccine even its most vulnerable groups against Covid-19, delaying the prevention of vaccine-resistant variants.

“If any country thinks after vaccinating its population they are safe, it is a lie." (1/5) #NBCNewsThreads
The delay has resulted in an extreme gap in Covid-19 vaccine distribution, with almost 1 in 4 people receiving a vaccine in high-income countries and a staggering 1 in more than 500 in low-income ones, WHO says. (2/5)…
@NBCNews followed a team bringing Covid-19 vaccine doses to remote regions of Uganda where there are enough vaccines to protect just 1% of its population of 45M people. (3/5)…
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SPECIAL REPORT: Black Lives Matter protests lit up a Midwestern city. Now young activists face the fallout.

Reporting by @tylerkingkade.

(1/8) #NBCNewsThreads
@tylerkingkade During recent interviews, 15 Iowa residents who joined the protests described finding a calling, transforming restaurant managers and landscapers to the leaders of marches.

People who had never attended a city council meeting are now running for a seat. (2/8)
@tylerkingkade While protesters had some early victories — including a ban on racial profiling in Des Moines, and restoration of felons’ voting rights in Iowa — they’ve faced consequences.

Several are still awaiting trial, some on felony charges that could result in prison sentences.

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For years, experts have warned that a direct strike from a Category 4/5 hurricane to the Houston region could unleash a 25-foot wall of water and cause humanitarian, economic and environmental disaster.

Reporting by @Mike_Hixenbaugh (1/5) #NBCNewsThreads
@Mike_Hixenbaugh Studies estimate that such a storm could kill thousands, cause $100B in damage and result in the loss of 500,000 jobs.

One expert has warned that the resulting spills from thousands of chemical and crude oil storage tanks would be “America’s Chernobyl.” (2/5)
@Mike_Hixenbaugh Now, with President Biden pushing a $2.25T infrastructure package, some members of Congress from Texas say it’s time to finally fund the $26B coastal barrier project, known informally as the “Ike Dike.” (3/5)…
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In India’s Covid-19 crisis, the world’s worst, a family’s traumatic quest for help

#NBCNewsThreads (1/8)
Ujwala Dupare gripped the hand of her younger brother, Praveen Durge, while he lay struggling to catch his breath in the back of the car as the family frantically searched for an empty hospital bed in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. (2/8)
For more than 3 hours, the family went to about 12 hospitals across the city of Chandrapur, Dupare said.

“All of them turned us away.” (3/8)
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After serving in Afghanistan, Scott Evans was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer.

He is part of a growing number of veterans who’ve developed serious diseases after prolonged exposure to burn pits at overseas bases. #NBCNewsThreads (1/7)
The U.S. Dept. of Defense estimates that roughly 3.5M service members could have been exposed to burn pits.

“Over the next decades, I'd be shocked if we didn't see spikes in disease in these patients,” Dr. Tom Abrams says. (2/7)
Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., have taken up the cause.

Advocates and legislators led by Sen. Gillibrand, Sen. Rubio, and Jon Stewart have taken to Capitol Hill to rally in support of a measure to expand care and benefits to veterans affected by burn pit-related illnesses. (3/7)
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Latest consumer price index shows grocery prices in the US are increasing — and they’re likely to keep going up.

The monthly consumer price index showed a 0.6% increase in March, the largest one-month increase in nearly a decade.

(1/4) #NBCNewsThreads
Since February, fruits and vegetables have risen nearly 2% and the index for meats, poultry, fish and eggs have risen 0.4%, according to the government figures. (2/4)
The latest spike in grocery bills comes on the back of prices that had already risen during last year’s pandemic stockpiling and supply chain disruptions and never went down. (3/4)
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Back when Covid-19 vaccines first started being distributed, getting an appointment was so maddeningly difficult that many people were plunged into despair.

Then, like magic, the “vaccine fairies” appeared. #NBCNewsThreads (1/7)…
A volunteer army of computer-savvy Americans has stepped up to help family, friends, and even strangers book appointments.

Many are found through word-of-mouth, but some volunteer nonprofits like “Vaccine Fairy” have claimed to secure nearly 8,000 appointments nationwide. (2/7)
The 126 bookings that volunteer Zulay Beltran has made were in honor of her 83-year-old grandmother, who died of Covid-19 last April.

“I think about how hard it would have been for her to schedule an appointment,” Beltran says. “She would have wanted me to help others.” (3/7)
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A news void in Pennsylvania — after the decline of the local newspaper — has led to the creation of “The News Alerts of Beaver County” Facebook group, a place where the community can self-report news.

That's worked out, sometimes.

#NBCNewsThreads (1/7)
Beaver County is what's known as a news desert — one of 20 in the state with only a single newspaper or no newspaper. The sole newspaper that covers Beaver County, the Beaver County Times, was slashed by its corporate owners.

Less journalism has led to more misinformation. (2/7)
In 2019, residents of Chippewa Township could see police searching for a man on the run. Word spread within the area’s 43K member Facebook group. Users feared the man was a killer on the loose.

He wasn’t a murderer. There were no shootings. He fled traffic-related charges. (3/7)
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With millions of renters staring down evictions during the pandemic, the CDC on Monday extended its nationwide ban on evictions until June 30, but that’s not stopping some landlords from giving renters the boot.

#NBCNewsThreads (1/7)
In March, a sheriff's deputy walked up to a home in Oklahoma and told the woman inside to leave.

The woman, with a family of 5 children, was financially supported by a non-profit that had already paid her landlord the $5,600 she owed. She was evicted anyway. (2/7)
Her landlord, Gary Ramey, had signed a document agreeing to drop the case after the back rent was paid, but he still moved forward with the eviction.

“I don’t remember that,” Ramey said. “I thought they were just helping them catch up with rent.” (3/7)
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What happens when society moves online?

For former prisoners, many of the social services and job programs they rely on to achieve re-entry into their communities are inaccessible without a comprehensive knowledge of the internet.

#NBCNewsThreads (1/9)
Advocates say that the dependence of society on technology is an issue that can be overlooked by organizations meant to help former inmates, who sometimes struggle to adapt to decades of technological innovations that passed them by while they served time. (2/9)
After leaving prison, Renaldo Hudson quickly realized he had entered a new world, one dependent on technology and innovation. The challenge he, and many others, face has been amplified over the past year as the Covid-19 pandemic has driven many more parts of life online. (3/9) Image
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Fired, interrogated, disciplined: Amazon warehouse organizers allege year of retaliation.

The number of charges filed with the NLRB accusing Amazon of interfering with workers’ right to organize more than tripled during pandemic.

(1/8) #NBCNewsThreads
At least 37 charges against Amazon were filed to the NLRB across 20 cities since Feb. 2020, according to an analysis of NLRB filings by @NBCNews.

For comparison, Walmart, America’s largest employer, has had 8 such charges since Feb. 2020. (2/8)
Typically NLRB charges are investigated by one of 26 regional offices.

But in rare instances the board combines cases into a consolidated complaint, as it has done with Walmart and McDonald’s, if it believes there is a pattern emerging at a company. (3/8)
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An uninsured patient visited Dr. McCue’s practice in Cody, Wyoming, and explained that she can’t afford insulin to treat her diabetes.

McCue fears that the next time she returns, it could be costly and life-threatening.

#NBCNewsThreads (1/9)
“That patient,” McCue says, ”will end up in the hospital and it will cost us $5,000 for a 2-day stay instead of $200 to $300 a month it would have cost for her insulin." (2/9)
That’s a weekly occurrence for him, McCue says, because the state hasn’t expanded Medicaid, an option that could provide health care to thousands of working people.

That could soon change, however. (3/9)
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Payment deferrals are a lifeline for millions during Covid-19. What happens when those end?

#NBCNewsThreads (1/6)
The federal government's response to Covid-19 has allowed millions of Americans to defer payments on mortgages, rent, student loans and utility bills.

But payments on trillions of dollars of those debts could resume soon, even if debtors remain out of work. (2/6)
“At some point there is going to be an extraordinary number of people out there who are very vulnerable with debt, and we are going to have major debt collection issues," Harvard Law School professor Howell Jackson said. (3/6)
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Young activists like 16-year-old Eli Bundy have been testifying at hearings for some of the 70 state bills targeting transgender people across the U.S. #NBCNewsThreads (1/10)
Bundy, a young nonbinary activist has been actively involved in challenging anti-LGBTQ legislation in South Carolina, even missing class to testify against a bill that would ban transgender athletes from competing in school sports. (2/10)
“They didn't want to hear from us,” Bundy says about the lawmakers supporting the bill. “I think that's part of the reason why they weren't more accommodating — they didn’t want to sit through that.” (3/10)
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