CORONAVIRUS GUIDELINES EXTENDED… The White House is extending federal guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus outbreak through April 30. The decision comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel advisory urging residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to avoid non-essential travel. There are 142,328 cases of the coronavirus in the U.S. and 2,436 deaths, according to numbers released last night by Johns Hopkins University.
CORONAVIRUS HITS LIBERTY UNIVERSITY… Liberty University, which defied medical experts by partially reopening its campus amid the coronavirus pandemic, has confirmed that 11 students are battling coronavirus symptoms. University president Jerry Falwell Jr. initially planned to follow Virginia’s public health directives and close the school to almost all students but apparently changed his mind. Eight-hundred of the 1,900 students that initially returned to campus last week have left.
SENATORS’ STOCK SELL-OFFS INVESTIGATED… CNN reported yesterday that the Justice Department is investigating stock sell-offs by members of Congress who had been privately briefed about the brewing coronavirus crisis. The FBI has already interviewed Republican Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina, who dumped as much as $1.7 million worth of stock. Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler of Georgia is also on investigators’ radar, as she and her husband sold up to $3 million worth of stock.
VIRUS-LADEN CRUISE SHIP TO DOCK IN FLORIDA… A Holland America cruise ship carrying four dead passengers and more than 130 others who are battling flu-like symptoms has received clearance to dock in Florida in the “near future.” The ship has been anchored outside the Panama Canal after being denied entry. One of the dead passengers is reported to be an American.
STRONG STORMS BATTER MIDWEST, SOUTH… Officials say there were no deaths reported after strong storms brought tornadoes, high winds, hail and rain to parts of the Midwest and South on Saturday. Tornadoes were spotted in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin as thunderstorms swept through. High winds and a possible tornado were also reported in Indiana. Jonesboro, Arkansas, was particularly hard-hit, as it was struck by an EF3 tornado with winds of up to 140 mph.
JOE DIFFIE DIES, JOHN PRINE IN CRITICAL CONDITION… Joe Diffie, who had a string of chart-topping hits in the 1990s, has died from complications related to the coronavirus. He was 61. Two of Diffie’s 13 albums went platinum and another two were certified gold… Meanwhile, singer-songwriter John Prine is in “critical” condition with Coronavirus symptoms, according to family members. The 73-year-old Prine was hospitalized on Thursday and was intubated Saturday night. He has survived two battles with cancer.
THE WEEKND TOPS ALBUM CHART… The Weeknd’s new release, “After Hours,” sold 444,000 copies to top the Billboard 200 album chart. Last week’s champ, Lil Uzi Vert’s “Eternal Atake,” slipped into second place with 115,000 units sold. Lil Baby’s “My Turn” dropped to third place after selling 60,000 copies. Bad Bunny’s “YHLQMDLG” sold 51,000 units to finish fourth. Conan Gray’s “Kid Krow capped the top five with
NFL PLAYER TRACKER (source: ESPN)
The Detroit Lions have agreed to a one-year contract with wide receiver Geronimo Allison.
The Washington Redskins have signed Ronald Darby to a one-year deal.