5 things to know for August 25: Student loans, Kobe Bryant, Uvalde, Abortion, Ukraine

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1. Student loans

President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced student loan relief for millions of borrowers in the United States. In addition to extending the existing payment break, borrowers earning less than $125,000 a year can qualify for student loan forgiveness of up to $20,000 if they receive Pell Grants, which are given to students from low or middle income families. People who earn less than $125,000 a year but have not received Pell Grants are eligible for $10,000 loan forgiveness. So what steps should eligible borrowers follow? Nearly 8 million borrowers could automatically qualify for debt forgiveness because the Ministry of Education already has their income information. For those who need to provide this data, the Biden administration has said it will launch a new app in the coming weeks.

2. Kobe Bryant

A federal jury has awarded $31 million in damages after finding the Los Angeles County Sheriff and Fire Department liable for infringing on the constitutional rights of Vanessa Bryant and co-plaintiff Christopher Chester, who each lost a spouse and daughter in the helicopter crash in January 2020. Bryant was awarded $16 million in damages and Chris Chester was awarded $15 million. The lawsuit said LA County deputies and firefighters took photos not only of the wreckage of the helicopter, but also of the mutilated bodies of those killed – including NBA star Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna , Chester’s wife Sarah, daughter Payton and five others. Bryant and Chester testified that they feared the photos would surface, despite LA County’s claim each photo had been destroyed.

3. Uvalde

The Uvalde School Board voted unanimously on Wednesday to immediately terminate District Police Chief Pete Arredondo’s contract, three months after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. Uvalde, Texas. Arredondo has come under intense public scrutiny for law enforcement’s response to the May 24 massacre, America’s deadliest school shooting since 2012. During the attack, the shooter remained in two adjacent classrooms for more than an hour before officers entered the rooms and killed him, authorities say. The delay contradicts widely taught protocol for active shooter situations that calls for police to stop the threat immediately. State officials identified Arredondo as the on-scene police commander, although he said he did not consider himself responsible.

4. Abortion

A number of restrictive state abortion laws, including so-called trigger laws, are set to go into effect this week, putting abortion access even further out of reach for millions of women as Republican-led states are rushing to limit proceedings following the Supreme Court’s reversal. deRoe c. Wade. Trigger laws in three states — Idaho, Tennessee and Texas — will go into effect today, banning abortions in their respective states with some exceptions. On Friday, North Dakota’s trigger law that bans abortions in most circumstances is set to go into effect. And on Saturday, an Oklahoma law enacting tougher criminal penalties for illegal abortions goes into effect, adding to the state’s already strict laws banning the procedure. The laws will impact approximately 10 million women of childbearing age (15-49) in these five states.


Ukrainian officials said at least 25 people were killed in an attack on a train station as Russia carried out missile strikes across Ukraine on Wednesday. The attack was one of several Russian strikes carried out in the region on Ukraine’s Independence Day. Also on Wednesday, the United States announced it would provide Ukraine with counter unmanned aerial systems “to fire missiles from the sky.” Separately, the Russian Defense Minister said today that the Russian authorities will provide the necessary assistance for an inspection of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Western leaders and several other officials have stressed the need for the United Nations nuclear watchdog to visit the plant in southeastern Ukraine, where shelling has raised fears of a potential disaster.


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This is the age of Mack Rutherford, the youngest person to fly around the world solo in a small plane, according to Guinness World Records. The British-Belgian national set the world record on Wednesday after landing in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia, where his journey began on March 23. His route has crossed 52 countries on five continents. Inspired to fly by his family, the teenager was just 15 when he received his first pilot’s licence.


“Grateful to have Willow with me as I recover from Covid-19.”

— First Lady Jill Bidensharing a photo of her isolate yourself with your cat after testing positive on Wednesday for a rebound case of Covid-19. Biden, who is currently in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, had previously tested positive on August 15. The first lady has not had a recurrence of symptoms, her deputy director of communications Kelsey Donohue told CNN.


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