Teachers in Kentucky are set for a “day of action” at the state capitol in Frankfort on Friday to protest the signing of a bill this week that revamped teacher pension benefits. At least 15 state school districts announced they would close so teachers could attend. Nearly 30 school districts closed March 30, when teachers first protested the bill. Teacher protests over low pay in recent weeks have closed schools in West Virginia and Oklahoma, and union leaders in Arizona have told teachers there to prepare for a walkout.
Trump sends Pence to South America in his place
Vice President Pence will take President Trump’s place at the Summit of Americas meeting in Peru on Friday. Trump announced the switch earlier this week as he considers a military response to alleged chemical attacks in Syria. The summit includes heads of state and government from the Western Hemisphere gathering to discuss common policy issues and challenges.
Powerhouse April storm will bring wild weather to much of the U.S.
From a big snow to summer-like heat, the country is in for some wild weather starting Friday. Heavy snow will cause blizzard conditions in the northern Plains and Upper Midwest, with some spots getting up to 20 inches of snow. The same storm system is expected to produce heavy rainfall from eastern Texas to western Kentucky, with flash flooding possible. And in the Southwest, hot, dry winds will bring extreme wildfire danger. Meanwhile, summer-like warmth will spread up the East Coast on Friday and Saturday, all the way to New England, where record high temperatures are possible.
Hey, Coachella kicks off!
The annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival starts Friday, with headliners such as The Weeknd, Beyonce and Eminem drawing 250,000 people to the California valley — not including the law enforcement (and even drones) working to keep everyone safe. Coachella parties have become as noteworthy as the music, with many attended by celebrities, like Drake and Leonardo DiCaprio. Of course, there are parties if you’re not famous, too. Just know what to wear, what not to, and be prepared to leave your weed at the door.
You’ve been warned: It’s Friday the 13th
Today is Friday the 13th, a day traditionally said to be unlucky. Why does the day have such a bad reputation? Its origins are murky, but both Friday and the number 13 have some troubled ties to Christianity, experts say. Jesus was crucified on a Friday, and the disciple Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him, is said to have been the 13th guest at the Last Supper. Even your money isn’t safe today: Stocks perform worse on Fridays that end in 13 than on every other Friday, a recent analysis found. Better just stay indoors today. Binge watch some scary movies (and not just the obvious Friday the 13th franchise).
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