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The estimated number of homes that would have been powered by Nevada’s Battle Born Solar Project, which was scrapped this week by its developers after backlash from residents. The project would have been the nation’s largest array of solar panels and would have provided approximately 10 percent of Nevada’s total energy capacity.
64%
The proportion of unvaccinated Americans who have little to no confidence that the COVID-19 vaccines are effective against variants despite evidence that they do offer strong protection. Nationally, 56.4 percent of all Americans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
The amount that Ohio energy giant FirstEnergy Corp. will pay in settlement for its participation in a bribery conspiracy scandal involving former state House Speaker Larry Householder.
The decrease in U.S. life expectancy during 2020. Most experts hold the coronavirus pandemic mostly responsible for the decrease, but many are still concerned about the drop.
The increase in daily COVID-19 cases nationwide; the states with the highest daily averages are Arkansas, Missouri, Florida, Louisiana and Nevada.
The amount of dead marine life that has been removed from the waters near St. Petersburg, Fla., in the last 25 days due to the red tide crisis. The situation has put many commercial fishermen out of business and the cleanup effort has put a severe financial strain on nearby counties and cities.
The amount in new federal spending Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has set for a vote this week.
The amount that Amazon is donating to Arlington County, Va., for 550 affordable housing units to be built near the site of a planned Amazon headquarters.
The number of overdose deaths that occurred in 2020, a record high and an increase of 29 percent compared to the year prior.
The amount that natural gas traders and pipeline companies made in just nine days when Texas’ power grid collapsed earlier this year.
130
The degrees in Fahrenheit that Death Valley, Calif., reached on Sunday amid an intense heat wave pushing across the Western U.S., marking a new record for highest temperature ever recorded on Earth. Later in the weekend, a park ranger measured the sidewalk temperature at 178 degrees Fahrenheit.
The amount that proposed legislation would spend on repairs to the country’s 90,000 dams to increase safety and power generation capacity.
The amount that the Democratic party will invest in voter registration and education to combat the Republican-led efforts to restrict voter access.
The amount that California could pay in reparations to thousands of victims who were sterilized after the state deemed them unfit to have children decades ago. California is at least the third state to pay victims of the so-called eugenics movement, but the state’s proposal is also unique because it will also pay female inmates who were forced to get sterilized between 2005 and 2013.
The extortion amount that hackers, suspected to be behind a mass attack that affected hundreds of companies worldwide late on Sunday, are demanding to restore the data they are holding ransom, according to a posting on a dark web site.
75
The number of years that President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn have been married, making them the longest-married presidential couple in American history. At 96, Carter also is the longest-lived of the 45 men who’ve served as chief executive.
6
The number of federal agencies that used facial recognition software to identify protesters during demonstrations following the death of George Floyd last year.
70%
The proportion of state and local government employees who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Of the government workers who have not been vaccinated, 33 percent cited a lack of trust in government as the reason why they are undecided or will likely not get the shot.
108
The temperature (degrees Fahrenheit) reached in Portland, Ore., over the weekend, a new record for the city. The previous record of 107 degrees Fahrenheit was last hit in 1981.
61%
The proportion of Americans who believe that abortion should be legal in most or all circumstances within a pregnancy’s first trimester. However, 65 percent and 80 percent believe that it should usually be illegal in the second and third trimesters, respectively.
The amount of America’s gross domestic product that is applied to infrastructure. In comparison, the European Union applies 5 percent towards infrastructure, and its 9 percent in China.
153
The number of workers at Houston Methodist hospital system who have quit or been fired from their job after they refused to meet the hospital’s vaccination mandate. Approximately 97 percent of the hospital system’s nearly 26,000 employees are fully vaccinated, with 2.4 percent having valid exemption or being granted a deferral.
The estimated number of U.S. gun sales that were prevented by the background check system last year, an all-time high and nearly twice as many as the year prior. Approximately 42 percent of the denials were due to a felony conviction on the buyers’ felony record.
The amount that 100 Ulster County, N.Y., residents are receiving each month for a year as a part of an experimental universal basic income program.
25%
The proportion of Americans who are “highly concerned” that ending COVID-19 restrictions will result in an increase in virus infections in their community; 34 percent think that the restrictions were lifted too quickly.
30
The number of municipal broadband providers in Ohio that would be prohibited from providing service as long as there was a private-sector company operating in the area under a proposed amendment to a budget bill. The legislation would allow municipalities to provide broadband to only unserved areas, those without access to download speeds of at least 10 mbps, which classifies over 98 percent of the state ineligible. Cleveland has said they would challenge the legislation if enacted.
1/3
The proportion of election officials across the nation who feel unsafe on the job, while one in six election workers reported being threatened because of their work.
The estimated cost of the 2020 Census, which is far below the previously estimated $15.6 billion price tag, partly due to technology upgrades which allowed many households to respond to the Census online.
The amount that NJ Transit paid to four injured people and the family of a woman who was killed by a train that crashed through a barrier in Hoboken Terminal in 2016.
The amount that California will restore to its bullet train project. The Trump administration revoked the funds in 2019. The high-speed rail was originally supposed to be completed and running by 2020 when residents approved the project in 2008.
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