Woonsocket City Council Regular Meeting - Oct 18 2021

 

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Wall Street is trending positive during today's session. Investors have sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average up more than 730 points today. The Nasdaq has seen gains of more than 100 points and the S&P 500 is well into the green.       The Associate Attorney General says the Justice Department lawsuit against Texas proves the department will not stand idly by in restricting minority access to the ballot. Vanita Gupta said this isn't the first time Texas has acted to deliberately weaken Black and Latino votes. Gupta said the state's redistricting plan hinders Blacks and Latinos from electing representatives of their choosing, which is illegal.       President Biden believes prescription drugs are "outrageously expensive." Speaking at the White House, Biden said the U.S. has the highest prescription drug prices of any developed nation in the world. He argued the U.S. can do better and said his Build Back Better legislation will make drug prices much more reasonable.       Research from the Cleveland Clinic shows people's blood pressure increased during the pandemic. The study published in Circulation says researchers at both the Clinic and Quest Diagnostics noted a "significant" increase in blood pressure from April through December of 2020, compared to the year prior. Officials say a bad diet, lack of sleep and inactivity from the pandemic likely led to this rise.        Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett [[ smuh-LETT ]] is taking the stand in his trial for allegedly staging a hate crime attack. He's accused of lying to police, but claims he's a real victim of a real crime. Prosecutors called two brothers to the stand last week who worked as extras on the show "Empire" before Smollett was written off.       Luke Bryan is returning to American Idol in 2022. The long-running reality TV competition returns for its fifth season on ABC, and its 20th season overall, on February 27th. Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Ryan Seacrest will also be back.