LISTEN WEEKDAY MORNINGS AT 6:10, 7:10 AND 8:10 FOR FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
1. WIC is going electronic! Delaware families who receive benefits will soon have the convenience of electronic transfer cards thanks to a Department of Agriculture Grant. Over the next two years, the cards will replace paper food checks or vouchers for food at authorized WIC grocery stores.
2. A new bipartisan deal intended to fix the veterans’ health program, and would authorize some $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits, hire more doctors and nurses, and make it easier to fire executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs is expected to pass both the House and Senate by the end of the week.
3. Linda Ronstadt has been awarded the National Medal of Arts – the highest arts honor in the US. The singer was presented with the medal by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony. Eleven other arts figures were honored including Dreamworks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg.
4. The top real estate website, Zillow, is buying the second-biggest, Trulia, in a $3.5 billion deal, creating one big online location for real estate listings and home values.
5. The sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was approved, with Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas okaying the $2 billion deal negotiated by Shelly Sterling, wife of Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who’d gone to court to try to block the sale.