Explosion in Virginia Saturday Morning

An explosion in Harrisonburg, Virginia Saturday morning has left three people injured, including a student at James Madison University (JMU).

According to the Daily News-Record, an explosion occurred at a shopping center around 8:30 a.m. Two of the victims sustained serious injuries and were flown to the University of Virginia Medical Center, while the other victim was taken to Sentara RMH Medical Center.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) tweeted the incident was the result of a gas explosion, however, officials are still working to confirm what caused the fire.

“My team and I are closely monitoring the situation in Harrisonburg after a gas explosion this morning,” Northam said on Twitter.Residents as far as 13 miles away say they felt or heard the explosion.


Good Deed By Teen – Rewarded With Car

A high school senior from Buffalo, NY was dismayed to see the damage caused by protests in his hometown. He didn’t waste a minute more on worrying, though, and instead began cleaning it up—starting at 2 AM and continuing for 10 straight hours.

Now, his community is handsomely rewarding him for his good deed.

Antonio Gwynn Jr. didn’t give much thought to his positive actions. He just wanted to make sure that people would have no trouble commuting to work the next morning. After seeing the damage on the news, he simply decided to get out there and help on the spur of the moment.

When an organized cleanup crew arrived at Bailey Avenue the next morning to begin clearing away the damage, they were pleasantly surprised to see that Antonio had already done most of the work.

Word of what Antonio did spread fast

When Matt Block saw the report, he knew what to do with a 2004 Mustang convertible that he had previously been reluctant to part with.  “I couldn’t come to grips with selling it and this was a good way for me to get rid of it and know someone that gets it is going to appreciate it,” Matt stated.

The car turned out to have more meaning to Antonio than Matt could have ever imagined. Anthony’s mother, who passed away in 2018, also drove a red Mustang.

A local insurance agent has promised to cover the cost of Antonio’s insurance for a year.

Before this week, Antonio had intended to begin attending trade school in the fall, with the goal of saving up enough money for college. Now, he has been offered a full scholarship to Madaille College. He was beside himself when he heard the news.

“I literally stopped, pulled over, and started crying,” he said. His great aunt and cousin started crying, too.

Antonio, who is involved in many community projects at church and with Kappa Phi, said that—although he is grateful for the gifts of help—above all, he hopes that his actions have made his late mother proud.



Kroger Grocery Stores Give Bonus to Hourly Workers

As a means of thanking their employees for their essential work during the COVID-19 outbreaks, one of the largest grocery store chains in America is offering a “hero bonus” to all of their hourly workers.

Kroger, which is the United States’ largest supermarket by revenue and the second-largest general retailer, announced this week that they would be giving all hourly frontline grocery, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmacy, and call center associates a temporary raise of $2 premium above their standard base rate of pay.

The bonus will be applied to hours worked from March 29th through April 18th. The premium will also be disbursed weekly to ensure associates have access to additional cash.


CARES Act Becomes Law

  • The CARES Act is an attempt at the federal level to address issues brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The act seeks to provide economic support to the business sector, employees, individuals, and families.
  • It also specifically addresses industries that have been impacted the most, including air transportation, health care, and education.


Kenny Rogers, whose legendary music career spanned nearly six decades, has passed at the age of 81.

The artist’s family announced his death on Rogers’ verified Twitter account, saying he died Friday night from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by family. “Kenny Rogers left an indelible mark on the history of American music. His songs have endeared music lovers and touched the lives of millions around the world,” a statement posted by publicist Keith Hagan says.
Rogers was inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013, for what the hall of fame called a “distinctive, husky voice.”
He had 24 number-one hits and throughout his career, more than 50 million albums sold in the US alone. He was a six-time Country Music Awards winner and three-time Grammy Award winner.
According to the statement posted by his publicist, Rogers’ family is planning a small, private service out of concern for the coronavirus pandemic, “but look forward to celebrating the life of Kenny Rogers publicly with his friends and fans at a later date.”

Tax Filing Deadline Extended

The U.S. is extending the April 15 tax-filing deadline to July 15, giving people more time to prepare and pay their taxes during the coronavirus outbreak, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday.

Coronavirus Declared Public Health Emergency

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced on Friday that the coronavirus has been declared a public health emergency in the U.S. Beginning at 5 p.m. on Feb. 2, U.S. citizens returning from Hubei province will be subject to a 14-day quarantine, while other Americans who traveled elsewhere in China will be instructed to self-monitor for possible symptoms.

Azar also said that President Trump is temporarily suspending entry into the U.S. for foreign nationals who pose a risk of transmitting the virus.

In the same press conference, the Department of Homeland Security announced that starting on Sunday, flights coming to the U.S. from China will be funneled through seven airports that are equipped to screen passengers for symptoms of the virus.

The move comes as Delta Air Lines and American Airlines suspended flights between the U.S. and China, following several other international airlines who made similar announcements. United Airlines said that it was suspending flights to Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu, but would continue flying to Hong Kong.

Officials continued to stress that the overall risk to the American public remains low, but that the measures being taken are to help “focus efforts as we are dealing with unknowns.”

The announcement comes just hours after the CDC said the 195 passengers who arrived in California on a flight from China on Wednesday were being kept under a 14-day quarantine as they are continually monitored for symptoms.

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