Some Georgia businesses reopen under a controversial plan by Gov. Brian Kemp, the NFL draft moves along and more news to know Friday.
Gyms, salons can reopen in Georgia. Is it too soon?
Some businesses reopen Friday in Georgia under a controversial plan by Gov. Brian Kemp whose critics include President Trump. Under the plan announced last week, gyms, bowling alleys, tattoo parlors, hair and nail salons, massage therapists and some other businesses can reopen if they adhere to social distancing measures and hygiene requirements. In-person religious services can resume this weekend, and restaurants and theaters can reopen Monday. Trump said Wednesday he disagreed “strongly” to the plan, saying the state’s coronavirus case numbers don’t meet the threshold needed to reopen under White House guidelines. At the same time, Trump added, Kemp “must do what he thinks is right.”
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NFL draft moves along after wild night
First round of the 2020 NFL draft is in the books and will move ahead to the second and third rounds on Friday night (7 p.m. ET on ABC, ESPN and NFL Network). Joe Burrow went first overall to the Bengals as expected, and in the next several selections, teams followed the chalk: Chase Young to Washington, Jeff Okudah to Detroit. Offensive tackle Andrew Thomas went to the Giants, followed by quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert to the Dolphins and Chargers, respectively. The “virtual” NFL draft also made for interesting TV on Thursday night, from Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury showing off his lavish pad to whatever it was that was going on at Titans coach Mike Vrabel’s house. USA TODAY Sports will have live updates and analysis of all of the news from the event, including an up-to-the-minute tracker breaking down every pick in real time.
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Virtual vigil to be held in Canada for mass shooting victims
Victims of one of Canada’s deadliest mass killings will be remembered Friday night in a virtual vigil. Twenty-two people were killed last weekend when a gunman dressed as a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer went on a 12-hour killing spree that began in the rural town of Portapique, Nova Scotia, and included at least 16 crime scenes across the province.The suspect, 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, was shot dead by police. The vigil will be livestreamed on the Facebook group Colchester – Supporting our Communities at 7 p.m. local time (6 p.m. ET) and will also air on the CBC News Network.
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Another round of severe weather possible
More severe weather is forecast across central Florida on Friday, the Storm Prediction Center said, following days of floods and apparent tornadoes that left at least 7 people dead across the South. Another area where violent weather is possible Friday includes parts of southeastern Oklahoma through the Arkansas-Louisiana-Texas vicinity, the prediction center said. The latest storms follow tornado outbreaks earlier in April that killed more than two dozen people and caused millions of dollars in damage across the South.
Japan steps up coronavirus testing on docked cruise ship
Another cruise ship in another part of the world is grappling with the coronavirus. This time, on the Costa Atlantica, there are no passengers involved because the ship wasn’t on a cruise but rather had been docked for three months, in Japan. Officials plan to have the nearly 50 virus-stricken crew members quarantine themselves on board unless they develop serious symptoms. A military medical team plans to assist in testing remaining crew by Friday. The ship has 623 crew members. It came to Nagasaki after changing its repair plan in China due to the pandemic.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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