News Wrap: Applications for student loan relief still open despite lockdown

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Geoff Bennet:

The White House is tonight urging borrowers to continue seeking student loan relief, after a federal appeals court suspended the plan on Friday. The temporary blockage came the same day President Biden touted the plan in his home state of Delaware. The program would have started as early as next week, but must now wait for the court to hear a challenge from six Republican-led states. The program would forgive tens of thousands of dollars in federal student loan debt and tens of millions of people have already applied since the system opened late last week. The administration has until Monday to appeal.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky has contracted COVID. She tested positive last night and has only mild symptoms. The CDC said today in a statement. Walensky is fully vaccinated and the CDC says she is self-isolating and holding meetings virtually from home.

In Ukraine tonight the residents of Kherson were ordered to leave immediately in anticipation of a Ukrainian military effort to retake the city. Residents boarded buses, trains and boats to flee the now disputed territory. Kherson has been under Russian control for months.

Meanwhile, across Ukraine, hundreds of thousands of people remain in the dark. Residents have been hit with widespread power outages as Russia continues to hit power plants, water systems and other critical infrastructure with missiles and drones. Nearly a third of the country’s power grid has been destroyed in the past two weeks. And we’ll have more on the war in Ukraine later in the show.

Tonight, Italy has a new leader. Giorgia Meloni was officially sworn in as Prime Minister earlier today. She is the first woman to hold this position in the country’s history. Meloni won the election thanks to a campaign built around a promise to block migrant ships and anti-LGBTQ themes. His far-right government is the country’s first since the end of World War II.

And as China wraps up its week-long meeting to install its new government, a former leader has been forcibly removed from the closing ceremony. The video shows an aide repeatedly trying to pull Xi Jinping’s predecessor, former President Hu Jintao, out of his seat and out of the room. The removal happened without explanation and the 79-year-old seems reluctant to move. Whose whereabouts were not immediately clear. Tomorrow, Xi Jinping is expected to be named leader for an unprecedented third term.

And yet to come on “PBS News Weekend,” growing concern about children’s mental health and available treatments for children. And make the joys of surfing accessible to all children.

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