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In this June 8, 2020, file photo, Rodney Ott, owner of The Loft, makes mixed drinks from behind the bar for patrons as he reopens fully for the first time amid the coronavirus outbreak in downtown Flint, Mich.
Bars Are Giant Petri Dishes for COVID-19. That’s Why States Are Closing Them Down Again.

Many large outbreaks of COVID-19 have been tied directly to bars. An Orlando, Florida, bar has been linked to as many as 150 cases and more than 130 infections have been tied to a single bar in East Lansing, Michigan.

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Trump Administration Continues to Dodge Oversight Efforts on Paycheck Protection Program

Questions of transparency have dogged the Paycheck Protection Program, which benefited big corporations and political donors, despite being meant for small businesses owners, many of whom have failed to receive loans.

Wilkin Soto works on a customer at the Castillo Barbershop, Friday, June 5, 2020, in Lawrence, Mass. The U.S. unemployment rate fell unexpectedly in May to 13.3% — still on par with what the nation witnessed during the Great Depression — as states loosened their coronavirus lockdowns and businesses began recalling workers. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Trump Thinks the Economy Is Back on Track, But COVID-19 Is Widening the Racial Divide

These diverging jobless rates could only be caused by one thing, said one economic expert: racial discrimination.

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‘We Didn’t Receive Anything’: How Michigan’s Black Businesses Got Left Out of PPP

Nya Marshall of Detroit's IVY Kitchen + Cocktails and other Michigan Black business owners are working to stay afloat when federal funding passes them by.

What It’s Like to Open A Small Business During The Coronavirus Pandemic
What It’s Like to Open a Small Business During the Coronavirus Pandemic

As Main Street businesses shutter across Wisconsin, a few have opened for the first time during the pandemic.