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Evening Edition | Wednesday, May 25, 2022

In tonight’s Evening Edition, catch up on the latest news about the UAW strike, potential for summer extreme weather, and funding to expand rural businesses.

UAW Strike

Editor Alex Gray reports on the fourth week of the strike by UAW workers at the Racine, Wisconsin, and Burlington, Iowa, plants for CNH Industrial.

CNH and UAW leaders met multiple times on May 17 and 18, where the company presented the UAW with a “comprehensive document” addressing all open and outstanding concerns, according to a statement from CNH Industrial.

CNH made an offer to the union on May 19, with terms including economic improvements for employees over the terms of its last proposal made prior to the strike on May 1.

Summer Extreme Weather

The Federal Emergency Management Agency manages more than 300 disaster declarations a year, a dramatic increase from the average of 108 disasters it responded to just a decade ago.

For 2022, the disaster outlook is daunting. It includes wildfire, tornado, and hurricane forecasts that may be above-normal.

FEMA is asking Congress for more money in the coming years to address the strain.

Investments in Rural Businesses

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the Department is investing $770 million to help create new and better market opportunities for rural businesses and people in 36 states and Puerto Rico.

The investments include $640 million for 122 projects to help people living in socially vulnerable communities.

“The economic success of rural America has long been the bedrock of our Nation’s economy as a whole,” Vilsack said. 

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