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DOJ sues Texas over voting laws, ‘Eternals’ in theaters: 5 Things podcast


On today’s episode of the 5 Things podcast: Biden rolls out COVID-19 vaccine rules for large businesses

Workers at companies around the country will soon have to make a choice – the vaccine or regular testing (possibly on their own dime). Plus, economic opportunity reporter Charisse Jones talks through the possibility of financial stability for the Native American community, Washington Watchdog Fellow Rachel Looker explains the push to increase Pell grants, the Justice Department has filed new legal action against Texas and it’s new movie Friday in theaters.

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Hit play on the player above to hear the podcast and follow along with the transcript below. This transcript was automatically generated, and then edited for clarity in its current form. There may be some differences between the audio and the text. 

Taylor Wilson:

Good morning. I’m Taylor Wilson, and this is 5 Things you need to know Friday, the 5th of November 2021. Today, new rules on requiring COVID-19 vaccines for workers around the country, lots of conversation around increasing Pell Grants to pay for college, and more.

Here are some of the top headlines.

  1. Western Australia is continuing tight COVID-19 restrictions into next year. The state wants a 90% vaccination rate before border restrictions are lifted.
  2. Two Iowa high school students have been charged with first degree murder in the death of Spanish teacher, Nohema Graber, who taught at their school. The 16 year olds have been charged as adults.
  3. And a funeral will be held today for former Secretary of State Colin Powell. The service at Washington National Cathedral comes after Powell died last month from COVID-19. He was 84.

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