Roundup: Runoff election / FEMA funeral funding / Air travel spikes

    Endorsement: Mayor Sharon Weston Broome will make an announcement at 2 p.m. today concerning her support of the remaining candidates in the congressional race for the seat vacated by former U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond. Democrats Troy Carter and Karen Carter Peterson will face off in a runoff April 24 for the 2nd Congressional District seat.  

    Reimbursements: The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced this week that it will allocate $2 billion—$7,000 per family—for COVID-19-related funeral costs starting in April, The News Star reports. The reimbursements are part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, both signed into law earlier this month. Read the full story. 

    Rebounding: The number of U.S. air passengers screened topped 1.5 million Sunday for the first time since March 2020, as air travel continues to rebound from a pandemic-related drop, the Transportation Security Administration said this morning, according to Reuters.  COVID-19 devastated air travel demand, with U.S. airline passengers down 60% in 2020. But with a growing number of Americans getting vaccinated, demand and advanced bookings have started to rise in recent weeks. Read the full story.