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News Wrap: Navy widens investigation of Roosevelt outbreak

In our news wrap Wednesday, the U.S. Navy is widening its investigation of the COVID-19 outbreak aboard the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt. The announcement delays the potential reinstatement of Brett Crozier as the ship’s captain. Also, former Vice President Joe Biden has won Ohio’s Democratic primary, which was delayed from March due to the pandemic. Most of the voting was done by mail.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news: The U.S. government's Small Business Administration reserved eight hours, until midnight, for small banks to submit coronavirus relief loans for their customers.

    It's part of the Paycheck Protection Program. There has been intense criticism that community lenders and their small business clients have been pushed aside in the process.

    The U.S. Navy today widened its investigation of the COVID-19 outbreak aboard the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt. In a statement, the acting Navy secretary, James McPherson, cited unanswered questions that he said need a deeper review. The announcement delays any reinstatement of Brett Crozier as the carrier's captain. He was fired after pleading for his crew to be evacuated.

    In the presidential race, the presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, has won Ohio's primary. Thursday's vote had been scheduled for mid-March, but was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of the voting was done by mail.

    And the governing body for college sports, the NCAA, is moving ahead with a plan to let athletes earn money from acts such as endorsing products or selling autographs.

    The organization's board of governors backed the rule change today. That paves the way for member schools to vote next January.

    We will discuss the implications later in the program.

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