5 things to know for March 25: White House, coronavirus, Olympics, Dems, Mozambique

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announces an economic stimulus plan, which he says will help Americans deal with the coronavirus pandemic as well a stabilize small businesses during a lag in the economy.

Posted: Mar 25, 2020 10:00 AM
Updated: Mar 25, 2020 10:00 AM

Handshakes will probably be out of style for a while. Perhaps we should consider the namaste gesture instead.

Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On With Your Day.

(You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)

1. White House 

The White House and Senate leaders came to an 11th-hour bipartisan agreement on the hotly contested, much-anticipated $2 trillion stimulus deal to bolster the suffocating economy. The full details haven't been released yet, but we know there will be $250 billion set aside for direct payments to individuals and families, $350 billion in small business loans, $250 billion in unemployment insurance benefits and $500 billion in loans for distressed companies. The deal went through days of contentious negotiation and is one of the most expensive and far-reaching measures ever from Congress. Meanwhile, President Trump seems intent on easing coronavirus restrictions as soon as possible to revive the economy, despite dire warnings from medical professionals and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Trump said during a Fox News town hall that he wants the country "opened up and just raring to go by Easter," which is April 12. Doctors, scientists and even the President's own coronavirus task force disagree.

2. Coronavirus 

Nearly a third of the world's population, 2.5 billion people, are under some sort of movement restriction related to the coronavirus. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ordered a complete lockdown for the country's 1.3 billion people, lasting at least 21 days. Italy has announced that citizens who violate quarantine rules could face jail time. In Brazil, the demand for more space to treat coronavirus patients has led cities to transform soccer stadiums into hospitals. In Spain, an ice rink has been turned into a morgue. Meanwhile, experts fear the US could become the next epicenter of the virus as cases soared past 50,000 nationwide. More than half of those cases are in New York City, and the White House's coronavirus response coordinator said anyone who has recently left New York should self-quarantine for 14 days to stem the virus' spread. Follow here for the latest. 

3. Tokyo Olympics

The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo have been officially postponed until 2021 following mounting pressure from athletes and participating countries. This is the first time the Olympic Games have been postponed in peacetime. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach came to the agreement after Canada and Australia announced they would not send athletes if the Games went on as planned. Athletes also voiced opposition since many don't have access to training facilities or coaching staff because of coronavirus restrictions. Several sporting bodies, including USA Track and Field and USA Swimming, also called for a postponement. The 2021 games will still be dubbed Tokyo 2020.

4. Election 2020

Democrats are grappling with the possibility that plans for July's national convention, at which they will choose their presidential nominee, may need to be altered if the coronavirus threat persists. Party officials say there are no set contingencies or deadlines yet, but they have started soliciting guidance from advisers. There's even a chance the convention could go virtual. The front-runner, former Vice President Joe Biden, has had to adjust his campaign strategy since coronavirus precautions have made rallies, speeches and other campaign mainstays impossible. Biden says he plans to do regular interviews from a new studio at his Delaware home, an effort to stay in the national spotlight.

5. Mozambique

The bodies of 64 men have been discovered in a sealed shipping container at a checkpoint in the southeast African nation of Mozambique. The 14 survivors of the tragedy told authorities the group was made up of Ethiopian migrants headed to South Africa. The truck driver and his assistant, both Mozambicans, were arrested. The driver reportedly said he was offered around $500 to transport the men. South Africa is home to more than 4 million migrants and close to 300,000 asylum-seekers and refugees, according to UN statistics.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

Taking a bath isn't just relaxing, it could be good for your heart

So, work from home ... from the bath? Got it.

New York state is allowing restaurants to sell take-out alcohol for that 'dining out while dining in' experience 

You still have to provide the flatware and awkward overheard argument coming from the table next to you.

The Qantas A380 is making historic direct flights from Australia to London

It's actually because of travel restrictions that these few days of 16-hour flights are happening at all.

Here's what 6 feet of social distancing actually looks like 

Draw this on a T-shirt so anyone who approaches you gets the memo.

Curiosity rover shares new selfie, climbs steep hill on Mars 

Oh, to be a robot in these trying times, puttering happily along in an empty desert millions of miles away.

TODAY'S NUMBER

That's how many months it's been since President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi talked to each other, according to a Pelosi aide. The source said the last time the two spoke was an October 16 meeting when Trump insulted Pelosi and called her a "third-grade politician."

TODAY'S QUOTE

"Social distancing does not mean you go and sleep in the same bed with the person when you just got off American Airlines."

Oprah Winfrey, who is keeping her space from longtime partner Stedman Graham because he just returned from traveling. Winfrey noted she has recently battled bronchial infection and pneumonia.

TODAY'S WEATHER

AND FINALLY

How bubblegum is made 

Watch this soothing pink goo become, well, just slightly more solid soothing pink goo. Mmmm. (Click here to view.)

Lafayette
Clear
48° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 42°
Kokomo
Partly Cloudy
42° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 34°
Rensselaer
Partly Cloudy
39° wxIcon
Hi: 42° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 31°
Lafayette
Partly Cloudy
48° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 42°
Danville
Partly Cloudy
48° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 44°
Frankfort
Partly Cloudy
41° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 33°
Frankfort
Partly Cloudy
41° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 33°
Monticello
Partly Cloudy
39° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 33°
Monticello
Partly Cloudy
39° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 33°
Logansport
Partly Cloudy
37° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 30°
Mild Conditions Continue Wednesday
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

WLFI is promoting fire safety with FREE smoke detectors

 WLFI and several local fire departments are helping with your fire safety this winter. CLICK HERE. 

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 657037

Reported Deaths: 12450
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion901321624
Lake48105871
Allen35552632
Hamilton31839393
St. Joseph29538510
Elkhart25261412
Vanderburgh21115377
Tippecanoe19765197
Johnson16242352
Porter15838267
Hendricks15723296
Clark11843179
Madison11672314
Vigo11503228
Monroe10248158
Delaware9788178
LaPorte9720194
Howard9017194
Kosciusko8514107
Bartholomew7373147
Warrick7369146
Hancock7362128
Floyd7139164
Wayne6586188
Grant6395157
Morgan6040124
Boone603388
Dubois5868111
Dearborn540266
Henry539492
Marshall5390104
Cass537199
Noble506775
Jackson462063
Shelby458490
Lawrence4154111
Gibson399681
Harrison395160
Clinton392353
DeKalb382078
Montgomery381583
Knox354484
Miami354063
Whitley346235
Huntington338176
Steuben335955
Wabash328775
Putnam325959
Ripley325161
Adams320249
Jasper312943
White295351
Jefferson292770
Daviess284296
Fayette270255
Decatur269388
Greene259978
Posey259731
Wells255374
Scott248446
LaGrange240170
Clay238944
Randolph225076
Spencer215830
Jennings213544
Washington207727
Sullivan202038
Fountain200341
Starke185950
Owen181652
Jay177328
Fulton176437
Carroll175618
Perry172435
Orange170450
Rush163922
Franklin158335
Vermillion158040
Tipton145441
Parke137915
Pike127232
Blackford120027
Pulaski105643
Newton96431
Brown94639
Benton91113
Crawford90113
Martin80114
Switzerland7507
Warren74612
Union66810
Ohio52711
Unassigned0425

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events