Alaska warned U.S. government its largest regional airline was on verge of collapse: letter

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WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) – Alaska’s congressional delegation warned U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin last week that many of its airlines, including its largest regional carrier, RavnAir Group, were on the verge of collapse, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

FILE PHOTO: Delta Air Lines passenger planes are seen parked due to flight reductions made to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage

“Without badly needed federal support, many of our air carriers are in danger of bankruptcy and failure and could leave many of our rural and

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Small businesses find themselves waiting for updates on loan approvals

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Jen Morrow is eagerly awaiting an update from her community bank, Sandy Spring, on a $30,000 loan request for her book store, Bards Alley, in Vienna, Virginia.

Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, Morrow has gone from 12 employees to a staff of just three, including herself, as her bookstore — typically filled with book clubs, customers in the cafe and a community of readers — is now empty. She’s gotten creative, delivering books to homebound customers via bicycle with a neighboring bike business. Meanwhile, she is hoping and waiting to hear about her loan.

“I am trying to

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Trump says OPEC has not asked him for a U.S. oil production cut

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Monday that OPEC had not pressed him to ask U.S. oil producers to reduce their output to support global prices, which have been hard-hit by the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. President Donald Trump points at a reporter as he talks about the Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General’s report on the shortage of novel coronavirus tests for hospitals during the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 6, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Trump said U.S. oil production had already fallen, anyway.

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Dog toy company makes medical masks for health-care workers in Montana

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Bozeman, Montana has a population of 48,532, but just like big cities in New York and California, this small city in the southern part of the state has seen the demand for medical masks skyrocket.

Located in Gallatin County, Bozeman is home to more than one third of Montana’s confirmed COVID-19 cases, and is by far the hardest hit county in the state. As of Monday, April 6, there are about 299 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state and six deaths. 

The need to help protect local doctors and nurses, and their patients, has inspired a brigade of volunteers

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