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News Roundup: Week of Aug. 1

Wright State Campus | Photo by Kayli Thompson | The Wright State Guardian


From local happenings to national topics and global events, here is the news worth knowing for the week of August 1, 2022.

Local

Bird Scooters may soon grace the streets of Xenia as the City Council passed Resolution 2022-QQ granting the California-based company a usage agreement.

Bird offers scooters, bikes and other eco-friendly methods of transit to cities across the nation. The Xenia usage agreement would allow the company to expand and start a scooter rental company in Xenia.

The resolution explains how the cities’ numerous bike paths attracted the company and how this electronic scooter rental system would provide an economical, low-environmental-impact transportation option for residents. 

This concept has been growing in popularity over the years, especially in urban areas and universities. According to the Bird website, the service is already in use in Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland, Ohio. 

In 2021, Wright State University’s Student Government Association passed a resolution endorsing a partnership between the University and the electronic scooter company ‘Spin’ to provide a scooter rental service on campus. The collaboration has yet to come to fruition. 

National

Several weather events are occurring across the nation. The National Weather Service’s Short Range Forecast for Aug. 1 through Aug. 3 details flooding risks in the Central Great Basin in the Nevada region and excessive rainfall and flash flooding risks in Tennessee and Kentucky. 

On Thursday, July 28, Kentucky governor Andy Besheer declared a state of emergency due to torrential rainfall, heavy flooding and landslides in the state.

The Services forecast also details excessive heat in the Pacific North West with forest fire risk in the northern and central planes.

In a recent study, the policy-neutral nonprofit climate organization Climate Central found that areas in the U.S are experiencing more excessive heat days. The Study shows that 74% of U.S. locations reported more ‘extremely hot days,’ or days where the temperature exceeds 105 degrees Fahrenheit. 

The study attributes these higher temperatures to climate change or the warming of Earth via natural and human-influenced means. 

Global

Sunday proved fruitful for women’s global sports. 

The Women’s Euro football (soccer) championship continues in England, with the home team winning against the German team in the final July 31 match.

The Tour de France-Femmes (women) also ended on July 31 in La Planche des Belles Filles, with Dutch cyclist Annemiek Van Vleuten finishing in first place.


Jamie Naylor

Editor-in-Chief