News Wrap: Student loan relief applications still open despite block

In our news wrap Saturday, the White House is urging people to continue applying for student loan relief after a judge put Biden's plan on hold, residents of Kherson were ordered to evacuate ahead of an expected Ukrainian effort to recapture the city, Giorgia Meloni was sworn in as Italy's prime minister, and China's former president Hu Jintao was removed from the party congress closing ceremony.

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  • Geoff Bennett:

    The White House tonight is urging borrowers to continue to apply for student loan relief, after a federal court of appeals put the plan on hold Friday. That temporary block came the same day that President Biden touted the plan from his home state of Delaware. The program would have started as early as next week but must now wait until the court hears a challenge from six Republican led states. The program would cancel 10s of 1000s of dollars of federal student loan debt and 10s of millions of people have already applied since the system opened late last week. The administration has until Monday to appeal.

    The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Rochelle Walensky has contracted COVID. She tested positive last night and is only experiencing mild symptoms. The CDC said today in a statement. Walensky is fully vaccinated and the CDC says she is isolating and holding meetings virtually from home.

    In Ukraine tonight residents of Kherson are being told to leave immediately in anticipation of a Ukrainian military effort to recapture the city. Residents boarded buses, trains and ships to flee the now contested territory. Kherson has been under Russian control for months.

    Meantime, across Ukraine hundreds of 1000s of people remain in the dark. Residents were hit with widespread power outages as Russia continues to pummel power stations, water supply systems and other critical infrastructure with missiles and drones. Nearly a third of the country's electric grid has been destroyed over the last two weeks. And we'll have more on the war in Ukraine later in the broadcast.

    Tonight, Italy has a new leader. Giorgia Meloni was officially sworn into office earlier today as prime minister. She's the first woman to hold the position in the country's history. Meloni won the election on a campaign built around a promise to block migrant ships and anti-LGBTQ themes. Her far-right government is the country's first since the end of World War II.

    And as China wraps up its a week-long meeting to install its new government, a former leader was forcibly removed from the closing ceremony. Video shows an aide repeatedly trying to pull Xi Jinping's predecessor, former president, Hu Jintao, from his seat and to usher him out of the chamber. The removal happened without explanation and the 79-year-old appear to be reluctant to move. Whose whereabouts are were not immediately clear. Tomorrow Xi Jinping is widely expected to be named leader for an unprecedented third term in office.

    And still to come on "PBS News Weekend," growing concern over childhood mental health and the treatments available to children. And making the joys of surfing accessible to all kids.

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