5 things you should know on Friday

A major winter storm is about to hit the south, midwest and east coasts

A severe winter storm is forecast to overwhelm tens of millions of people in the central, southern and eastern United States over the next few days with snow, ice, wind and rain. The Weather Channel, which called the storm Winter Storm Izzy, said the large storm was likely to cause “major headaches when traveling” from North Dakota down to North Georgia and up to Maine. The first area where it will snow will be the Upper Midwest on Friday, where the National Meteorological Service has issued warnings about winter storms. A wide strip of 6 to 12 inches of snow is expected to cover East Dakota to West Minnesota and Iowa. Cities like Minneapolis, Des Moines, St. Louis and Kansas City are all in the way of a storm. On Fridays and Saturdays, “driving conditions in the region are likely to be difficult because the roads are snowing.”

Djokovic is facing deportation because Australia cancels his visa again

Novak Djokovic is facing deportation again after the Australian government revoked his visa for the second time, the latest turning point in the ongoing bet on whether a No. 1 male tennis player will be allowed to start at the Australian Open even though he has not been vaccinated against COVID- 19. Minister for Immigration Alex Hawke said on Friday he had used his ministerial discretion to cancel the visa’s 34-year-old visa for reasons of public interest – just three days before the Australian Open, where Djokovic had won a record nine of his 20 grand slam titles. Djokovic’s lawyers were expected to appeal, which they did successfully for procedural reasons last week after his visa was first revoked when he arrived in Melbourne. However, immigration lawyer Kian Bone told the Associated Press that Djokovic’s lawyers face an “extremely difficult” task of obtaining court orders so that their client can play next week.

Money from the tax credit for children will not reach bank accounts on Friday

For the first time in six months, families will do without a monthly child tax credit on Friday – a program that was supposed to be part of President Joe Biden’s legacy, but instead emerged as a flashpoint over who is worthy of the government. Support. McClatchy notes that these payments usually went on the 15th of each month, starting in July. The sixth payment was sent on December 15th. However, families will not see the payments on January 15. The tax breaks were part of Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion in coronavirus relief package – and the president proposed extending them for another year. However, Senator Joe Manchin, DW.Va., objected to the loan extension for fear that the money would discourage people from working and that any additional federal spending would support inflation, which has already climbed to a nearly 40-year high. Manchin’s opposition in the evenly divided Senate derailed Biden’s social spending package and caused the extended tax breaks that were due to expire this month.

COVID Control testing center to “suspend” all operations for 1 week

The COVID Control Center will suspend all operations at its test sites for one week from Friday. A nationwide coronavirus testing company is the subject of a civilian investigation by the Oregon Department of Justice on suspicion of violating the Unfair Commercial Practices Act, and dozens of people across the country have turned to the United States today to raise concerns about the company. At least two people have complained to the COVID Control Center’s test sites, expressing concerns about the site’s security and legitimacy, claiming that the site offers “fake testing.” One stated that they received a test marked as expired in June 2021. In an internal company statement addressed to “all branch owners and managers” received by US TODAY, the COVID Control Center cited “increased control of operations by our collection media” over the past week. . The break is expected to last until January 21.

First Lady Jill Biden visits Kentucky to investigate the damage caused by the tornado

After last week’s blizzards, First Lady Jill Biden has completed plans to visit Kentucky and survey areas damaged by last month’s deadly tornado. Biden will travel to Bowling Green in Kentucky on Friday with plans to visit the hard-hit Creekwood neighborhood before speaking with FEMA Deputy Administrator Erik Hooks and Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear. Four tornadoes struck Kentucky on the night of December 10, leaving 77 dead and a trail of destruction across the western part of the state. Bowling Green, home of Western Kentucky University and the third largest city in the state, was hit hard, with 17 deaths in the county. Biden planned to visit Kentucky on January 6, but postponed the trip after the weather forecast expected snowstorms across the state.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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