News Wrap: Biden weighs canceling at least $10,000 in student loans per borrower

In our news wrap Saturday, the Biden administration is considering canceling at least $10,000 in student loans per borrower through executive action, a 22-year-old Marine Corps veteran who joined the war in Ukraine was killed in fighting there, China's capital is tightening Covid restrictions, and millions of people across the Midwest and South are facing the threat of severe storms.

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  • Geoff Bennett:

    In today's headlines, a 22 year old Marine Corps Veteran Willy Joseph Cancel, who traveled from the U.S. to join the war in Ukraine was killed in the fighting there this week. Members of his family confirmed his death to multiple news outlets. Cancel is believed to be the first American fighter killed in the war. The U.S. military does not have troops on the ground in Ukraine, but Cancel was working for a private military contractor. He leaves behind his widow, Brittany, and a seven month old son.

    The Biden administration is considering canceling at least $10,000 in student loans per borrower through executive action. That's according to multiple people familiar with internal discussions. The White House has not yet finalized the proposal, but is planning for the relief to target lower and middle income Americans.

    On Thursday, President Biden said that he's not considering $50,000 in forgiveness per borrower as some Democrats have suggested. Now, Biden has already canceled more student loan debt than any other president by making it easier for Americans defrauded by for profit colleges and for those working in the public sector to receive forgiveness through relief programs. But that has done little to ease the pressure he faces from progressives and younger voters in this midterm election year.

    The official announcement is expected within weeks, and millions of people across the South and Midwest face the threat of severe storms this weekend after a massive tornado tore through Andover, Kansas on Friday evening. That's a suburb of Wichita. Onlookers captured this menacing tornado on cellphone video. And emergency responders confirm that miraculously there have been no significant injuries despite extensive damage there.

    And China's capital, Beijing, is tightening COVID restrictions despite official case numbers remaining in the dozens. Restaurants will only be open for delivery and residents will need to show negative COVID tests to visit public spaces and use public transportation. Schools were also closed Friday. But officials will not say whether this city will go on full lockdown. Meantime in Shanghai, which has been under lockdown for weeks there were no new daily COVID cases outside of quarantine areas.

    And Naomi Judd, the Kentucky born singer of the Grammy winning duo, the Judds and the mother of Wynonna and Ashley Judd has died. The daughters in a statement said, their mother died to "the disease of mental illness." Naomi and Wynonna were set to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame tomorrow. Judd was 76 years old.

    And still to come on "PBS News Weekend". Our weekend spotlight with author Don Winslow on while he's turning his attention to political activism. And Ukrainian band DakhaBrakha uses music to bring attention to the war in their homeland.

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