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Eighth-grade students graduating from St. Cornelius Catholic School in Pennsylvania will each receive a free bulletproof shield for their backpacks. The rectangular plates are being donated by Unequal Technologies, a sportswear company, and will help protect students as they continue their educational journey into high school. “It’s sad the times have called for such a product to be invented,” said Unequal CEO Robert Vito.
Oregon has halted processing new applications for legal marijuana businesses amid signs the industry is growing too quickly. The state now has a glut of 1 million pounds of weed—or a quarter pound for every man, woman, and child. State economists warned that Oregon now has few job applicants who can pass a drug test, indicating “a broader increase in drug usage.”
Boring but important
McConnell cancels Senate recess
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has canceled all but one week of the Senate’s traditional four-week August recess, in part to keep vulnerable Democrats from campaigning in their home states before the midterms. McConnell blamed the cancellation on “historic obstruction” by the Democrats, saying the Senate needs more time to work through a backlog of judicial and executive branch appointments. McConnell said he also hopes to make progress negotiating several spending bills. Senate Republicans and the White House both pushed McConnell for the cancellation, with 10 Democrats up for re-election in states that Trump won. McConnell did not cancel the Senate’s recess in 2016, when multiple Republicans were facing difficult re-election campaigns.