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West Virginia teacher strike ends after state leaders reach deal

Teachers in West Virginia on strike.
West Virginia teachers continuing their strike for the 7th day. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

West Virginia's teachers will be returning to the classroom now that Gov. Jim Justice and other state leaders have agreed to a deal that gives state workers, including teachers, a 5% pay raise, reports AP. The decision, reached on Tuesday, brings and end to the 9-day strike, the longest in state history.

Why it matters: According to the most recent research from the National Educator's Association, teachers in West Virginia made on average about $45,000 annually in 2016, a figure on the lower end of the scale compared to the average in most other U.S. states.

Why you’ll hear about this again: The success of the West Virginia teacher strike could inspire teachers in other states to do the same. A school district in Oklahoma is looking for aid, and have said they would support a walk-out if needed, according to the Washington Post.

Jonathan Swan 4 hours ago
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Trump's two-front war

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President Trump is ending the week with a flop — nowhere close to the border wall funding he wanted in the DACA-less spending bill that congressional leaders released last evening. But he's fulfilling one of his most aggressive campaign promises with his anti-China trade action.

The big picture: Trump's expected announcement today of tariffs on Chinese imports is a big deal, and analysts fear it could provoke a trade war — and it comes as Trump has been battling his own party here at home over the government spending bill.

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The worst flu season in eight years

Note: Activity levels are based on outpatient visits in a state compared to the average number of visits that occur during weeks with little or no flu virus circulation; Data: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios

This year's flu season caught many experts off guard with both its sustained prevalence and its virulence. At its peak, there was a higher level of flu-like illnesses reported than any other year during the past eight years. Watch in the visual as it hits its peak around Week 18.

Why it matters: Public health officials try to capture this data when developing the next year's vaccines. And, of course, they want to find better ways to prevent severe flu seasons. There's a "Strategic Plan" to develop a universal vaccine to protect against a wider range of influenza viruses, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, tells Axios.