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Biden Needs Us To Just Shut Up And ‘Cooperate’ with the $3 Trillion COVID Relief Plan

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Biden Needs Us To Just Shut Up And 'Cooperate' with the $3 Trillion COVID Relief Plan

Presumptive President-elect Joe Biden urges Congress to adopt a second COVID-19 relief package before the end of the session.

The Democratic Majority House of Representatives voted $3. 4 trillion versions of the HEROES Act in May, which would provide additional economic assistance to state and local governments, as well as a second $1,200 stimulus check for eligible individuals.

In October, the House passed a second version with a $2.2 trillion price tag.

Although both proposals were successful in the House, they both landed on the Republican-controlled Senate floor and have not progressed.

“Right now, Congress should come together and pass a COVID relief package like the HEROES Act that the House passed six months ago,” Biden said of The Hill’s second stimulus package.

“Once we shut down the virus and deliver economic relief to workers and businesses, we can start building back better than before.”

This bill is similar to the CARES Act, which was a $2.2 trillion relief package and was signed into law at the end of March to address the dramatic economic downturn at the start of the pandemic.

President Donald Trump signed the bill in March because of the overwhelming pressure for government intervention at the time, but what’s Biden’s excuse for wanting to pass such a costly bill?

Biden should push for a more moderate relief bill or push Americans to get back to work if he really cared about America’s economic future.

Currently, the US national debt is at $27 trillion and is growing rapidly, making any bill in the trillions dangerous to the country’s financial future.

The Federal Budget Responsible Committee has carried out a review of the relief packages, as many businesses have failed throughout the pandemic despite receiving stimulus.

A second stimulus package would also need to be more careful about what individuals and businesses are subject to controls.

According to The Washington Post, the Treasury Department sent more than 1 million checks to dead people, estimated at $1.4 billion.

There is certainly merit in Biden in pushing Republicans and Democrats to compromise on a relief package, but spending trillions is not the best solution.

If Biden really wants “Build Back Better,” he needs to encourage local and state governments to make plans to re-open all businesses safely in order to restore the American economy.

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The best places to spot bald eagles in Missouri this winter

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The best places to spot bald eagles in Missouri this winter

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Since 1782 the majestic bald eagle has been the national bird of the United States. They were on the verge of extinction when the federal government declared them endangered in 1978.

Now, the species has made a remarkable comeback, and spotting them isn’t as rare as it was decades ago. The state of Missouri is sort of a magnet for the birds as they move south for the winter, looking for open water to fish.

There are more than 175 active eagle nests in Missouri. Typically there are more than 2,000 bald eagles spotted during the winter.

Spotting the birds often depends on the weather. Temperatures up north must be cold enough to push the eagles southward. But if a major cold spell freezes most lakes and wetlands, the birds will migrate south.

You can see the birds along the Mississippi River. They are often seen in trees along the banks and near the locks that control the flow of the water.

The Missouri Department of Conservation reports that you can see the eagles in the Kansas City and St. Joseph areas along the Missouri River. They often perch in tall trees looking for prey.

Here are some of the best places to find bald eagles in Missouri:

  • Old Chain of Rocks Bridge south of I-270, off of Riverview Drive, St. Louis
  • Audubon Center at Riverlands east of West Alton
  • Lake of the Ozarks at Bagnell Dam Access, east of Bagnell
  • Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area on Route K, southwest of Columbia
  • Lock & Dam 24 at Clarksville
  • Lock & Dam 25 east of Winfield
  • Mingo National Wildlife Refuge northwest of Puxico
  • Schell-Osage Conservation Area north of El Dorado Springs
  • Smithville Lake north of Kansas City
  • Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge south of Mound City
  • Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge south of Sumner
  • Table Rock Lake and Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery southwest of Branson
  • Truman Reservoir west of Warsaw

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66-year-old who disappeared before trial for sex crimes found dead

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66-year-old who disappeared before trial for sex crimes found dead

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A 66-year-old local man who was reported missing on the morning he was due in court to stand trial for numerous sex crimes has been found dead.

Michael Taber had been staying at an apartment in the 1900 block of Lemay Ferry Road. He went missing around 2 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 29. According to the St Louis County Police Department, Taber left his cellphone and a suicide note behind, as well as an ankle monitor.

Court records indicate Taber was ordered to wear an ankle monitor while awaiting trial in St. Louis City for one count of second-degree statutory rape, two counts of second-degree child molestation, one count of second-degree rape, two counts of second-degree aggravated sexual abuse, one count of second-degree statutory sodomy, and one count of unlawful use of a weapon.

St. Louis County Police sent out a tweet Monday afternoon saying Taber had been located. A department spokesperson said Taber was found dead due to a probable self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police did not say where Taber’s body was discovered.

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Parade of planets visible in the night sky this week

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Parade of planets visible in the night sky this week

ST. LOUIS – There will be a parade of planets this month. December 6-10 you will be able to see three planets and then on December 12 you will be able to see 5. There will be a crescent moon earlier in the month which will provide less moonlight, making it easier to see the planets.

The Missouri Department of Conservation shared this timeline for planet viewing:

  • On December 6th, the crescent moon will appear near Venus within 3 degrees in the early evening sky. Venus is the brightest planet.
  • On December 7th, the crescent moon and Saturn are about 5 degrees apart. Saturn is a fainter planet with a gold color. If conditions are right, you can see its rings with a telescope during twilight, and may even see its largest moon, Titan,
  • On December 8th, the moon approaches close to Jupiter, our largest planet. With clear conditions and a telescope, you may be able to see its four largest moons.
  • On December 10th, look for the moon, Jupiter, and Saturn forming a nice row in the sky.
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The St. Louis Astronomy Facebook page says the best time to observe 5 planets together will be after sunset on December 12. Venus, Saturn, Jupiter, and the moon will be visible to the naked eye. You will need a pair of binoculars or a small telescope to see Neptune, Uranus, Ceres (a dwarf planet), and Pallas (a large asteroid).

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