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Local Newscast - April 29, 2021

NICOLE MCNULTY, HOST: From Columbia Radio News in New York, I’m Nicole McNulty

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is aiming to fully reopen the city by July 1st. Even though a reopening day is set, he didn’t lay out specific steps or details on Covid-19 precautions. Bars will soon be able to offer alcohol with no food. But no date has been proposed to bring back 24-hour subway service, critical for many in the city.

The need to reopen the city was underlined by a report on tourist spending during the pandemic, released by the city comptroller yesterday. Spending by tourists dropped 73%. The report also notes a $1.2 billion decline in tax revenue over the last year.

The FBI raided Rudy Guiliani’s Upper East Side apartment yesterday morning. The raid was part of an investigation into whether or not he broke lobbying laws during his time as former President Trump’s personal lawyer. This morning during an interview on Fox Business, Trump called Guiliani a “great patriot” and said the raid was “very unfair.”

Thousands of parents and students are calling for the introduction of an Asian American studies program at New York City public schools. An open letter urged the mayor and Chancellor Meisha Porter to hold yearly activities to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage. And to teach students to stand up against anti-Asian racism.

Britney Spears will speak at a Los Angeles court hearing in June about her conservatorship. It’ll be the first time the court will hear directly from Spears in two years.

Weather wise, watch out for thunderstorms and high winds this evening. But tomorrow skies will clear, with temperatures in the 60s and 70s this weekend. Good news for Spring makers, who will be at a pop-up market at City Point in Brooklyn this weekend. You’ll find plenty of options for that mother’s day gift you’ve been meaning to pick up.

Nicole McNulty, Columbia Radio News

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