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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Apple aims to spend more than $430 billion across the U.S. over the next five years through building new campuses, investing in data centers and 5G and funding Apple TV+ productions.

Driving the news: The company plans to spend over $1 billion in North Carolina to build an East Coast campus as it continues construction on a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas.

  • Apple aims to hire around 700 employees to its Colorado offices by 2026 and is designing a data center in Waukee, Iowa.
  • It also expects to expand hiring in California, Massachusetts, and Washington. Overall, it estimates it could create some 20,000 jobs..
  • Spending on 5G is a priority in Colorado, Maine, California, Massachusetts, Oregon, Texas, Vermont, New York, and Washington.

The company's North Carolina expansion includes a local $100 million education fund and $110 million to back infrastructure spending on roads, bridges, broadband, and schools in "the 80 North Carolina counties with the greatest need."

What they're saying: “At this moment of recovery and rebuilding, Apple is doubling down on our commitment to US innovation and manufacturing with a generational investment reaching communities across all 50 states,” Tim Cook said in a press release.

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Updated Jul 28, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Bipartisan group reaches agreement on $1.2 trillion "hard" infrastructure bill

Sens. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images.

After weeks of long nights and endless Zoom calls, a bipartisan group of senators finally reached a deal on "the major issues" in their $1.2 trillion "hard" infrastructure package, GOP senators involved in the talks announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: It could be days before the group finishes writing the bill, but the Senate can begin debating the legislation in earnest now that they have resolved the outstanding issues. The bill needs 60 votes to advance in the Senate.

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Firefighters in Sequoia National Park were working into the night after two wildfires merged to reach the Giant Forest Saturday.

Why it matters: This forest contains over 2,000 giant sequoias, including the General Sherman Tree — the world's largest tree by volume. Park officials wrapped the redwoods in foil last week as the Paradise and Colony Fires, now known as the KNP Complex Fire, neared. Protection efforts appeared to be working overnight.

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Hong Kong holds first "patriots only" elections

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Hong Kong's elections to choose the city's Election Committee members opened to a select group of voters on Sunday, under a new "patriots only" system imposed by China's government.

Why it matters: All candidates running to be members of the electoral college have been "vetted" by Beijing, per Reuters. They will go on to choose the Asian financial hub's next leader, approved by China's government, and some of its legislature.