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8/7/2020

A group of Republican lawmakers, led by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and House Armed Services Committee ranking member Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, are calling for additional funding for the Department of Defense to cover rising program costs attributed to the coronavirus pandemic. "DOD cannot redirect money from other crucial priorities to cover these costs," the lawmakers said.

8/7/2020

The US State Department has lifted its blanket advisory urging Americans to reconsider all international travel due to the coronavirus and returned to country-specific warnings. "With health and safety conditions improving in some countries and potentially deteriorating in others, the Department is returning to our previous system of country-specific levels of travel advice," the agency said.

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8/7/2020

Citing a need to recruit more workers at a time when delivery demand is surging, UPS is increasing its starting wage from $14 to $14.50 per hour. "Our average daily volume, the number of packages that we handle on a given day, in the last quarter increased 23% compared to the same time in 2019," said Public Relations Specialist Jim Mayer.

8/7/2020

American Airlines will reintroduce complimentary hot food as well as some for-sale items at its Admirals Club lounges this month. Team members wearing gloves and masks will serve food in disposable containers, including breakfast items, regional favorites such as slices of deep dish pizza in Chicago and classic items such as macaroni and cheese.

8/7/2020

At Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, passenger volume stands at 70% of 2019 levels, with JetBlue adding service from Boston and new routes due to start next year on American, JetBlue and Alaska Airlines. Montana is viewed as a desirable place to ride out the coronavirus pandemic for individuals with the ability to telework, and national parks are a vacation option less seriously affected by related restrictions.

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8/7/2020

The service organization 100 Black Men of America has distributed a major grant from Southwest Airlines to five local chapters that will use them for youth initiatives. The chapters will develop youth programs that focus on business-oriented training, fund college scholarships, bring students on tours of historically black colleges and provide equipment to students who lack the technology to access online learning.

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8/7/2020

The coronavirus epidemic is expected to accelerate technology development in airports that minimize personal contact, from automated check-in and baggage screening to biometric scans. New software may soon advise travelers on which areas of a terminal are congested, and for the long term, airport design is likely to focus on ways to put space and barriers between passengers.

8/7/2020

You have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of thousands of high-school students across the country by donating to the AOPA Foundation for the 2020 You Can Fly Challenge before Aug. 31.

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8/7/2020

Pilot Mark Rudolph of Petaluma, Calif., built six hand-washing stations and flew them in his Cessna P210 Centurion aircraft to a Navajo Nation reservation in Arizona. The rural area does not have running water, and the hand-washing stations will offer sanitation that is particularly urgent amid the pandemic.

8/7/2020

Aspen Avionics has new owners; AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines gives the SiriusXM Tour a serious listen; new King Airs arrive; a safety expert offers hand-propping tips; and a young co-pilot gives safety advice to Dad. Watch AOPA Live This Week.

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