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Live from NPR news. I'm Jack Speer former Vice President Joe Biden and incumbent President Donald Trump spend at least some of the day campaigning of the critical State of Florida today for buying a winning the state that has 29 electoral votes would help his campaign for Trump without taking the state election would be difficult to make the change over 75 on 275 million and millions more going to vote before. This is over Lively when you use your power the power of the vote. We literally are going to change the course of this country for generations to come in the state of ours apart in the western end of the states Interstate 4 corridors number for Rapid residential growth sprawling suburbs and its status as an important force in presidential races election officials are breathing a sigh of relief.

Do some counties because the number of people who've signed up to be poll workers has turned out to hold up NPR's Bob respond explains election experts in fear. The coronavirus pandemic would lead to a shortage of the essential workers National recruitment efforts for poll workers have been going on for months and they now appear to have paid off in many states in Michigan. For example, there's a surplus of volunteers according to Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson at the state recruited over 32,000 poll workers. Not only to ensure all of our precincts are fully staffed and ready to go for Tuesday, but also has a Reserve Corps in place of a thousand stand by workers. She says that back up list of poll workers will be at the ready to deploy to any Precinct that has unexpected shortages on Election Day Barbara NPR news civil rights groups who filed a federal class-action lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's crack down on certain diversity training in the workplace NPR's Melissa Block reports. The suit claims the president's recent exec.

Give orders unconstitutional violation of free speech at the National Urban League and the National Fair Housing Alliance. They argue the president's executive order amounts to unlawful and alarming censorship under the president's order government agencies Federal contractors and recipients of federal grants are prohibited from offering certain diversity training that the government considers to be destructive anti-American propaganda. They've established the hotline for people to call in with complaints about training and they find offensive those found in violation could lose their Federal funding the lawsuit caused such restrictions chillingly punitive Melissa Block NPR News, Washington, the clothes broadly higher the Dell 530 nine points today the 180 points the S&P 500 gained 39 points. This is NPR.

National Association of Realtors says pending home sales took their first bump down in 4 months in September show me some sign the market was easing back a bit heading into the fall real estate industry trade group says it's indexing pending sales of existing homes fell 2.2% just like cooling comes after unusually busy summer in the housing market Amazon says it now employs more than a million people retailer continues to beat sales records as well. We're putting another wildly lucrative quarter online shopping continues to search to the coronavirus pandemic and Paris Alina selyukh has the story over 96 billion dollars was the revenue Amazon reported in the latest quarter. That's roughly triple what it was a year ago bad, then the company was spending a lot on one day shipping now. It's fighting other costs coronavirus related in billions of dollars still the surge in online shopping helped Amazon make more than six billion dollars in profits from July through September.

Holiday shopping season crunch for last-minute online deliveries. Here's to financial officer Brian olsavsky talking to reporters code for selection in for also time to delivery squeak mortgage buyer. Freddie. Mac says the average rate on a 30-year mortgage and stuff a tenth of a point to 2.81% by way of comparison. The average 30-year mortgage was at 3.78% a year ago. I'm Jack Speer NPR news.
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