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The U.S. Capitol on Saturday. Photo: Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty Images

Members of the House and their staff will be able to escort certain visitors into the Capitol starting Wednesday.

Why it matters: The House is slowly starting to reopen after more than a year of pandemic restrictions. The Senate already allows official visits, with a staff escort.

  • The change is all the more meaningful after allegations some House members may have escorted some participants in the Jan. 6 Capitol siege through the building during the days before the attack.

Congress barred public access to the U.S. Capitol and House and Senate buildings the evening of March 12, 2020.

  • The new policy applies to anyone seeking to enter the building for official business, including lobbyists and reporters lacking a permanent pass.
  • The same policy will apply to the five House office buildings beginning April 29, a day after President Biden is set to deliver a joint address to Congress
  • The House sergeant at arms is expected to formally announce in a letter to members on Monday.

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Prosecutors unveiled murder charges against the white man accused of shooting and killing eight people, six of whom were Asian women, at Atlanta-area spas, AP reports.

Driving the news: A prosecutor filed notice that she plans to seek hate crime charges and the death penalty in the case. Two separate grand juries have now indicted the suspect on murder charges.

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An early pandemic problem that plagued businesses is back: not enough change to go around.

Why it matters: The pandemic broke America's coin flow. It has repercussions for millions that rely on it for daily transactions.