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Transportation Official Says Security is Good for Airline Travel
Travel
Transportation Official Says Security is Good for Airline Travel
2021-05-06 13:31:59
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A top Transportation Security Administration official gave an upbeat outlook to Congress Wednesday for a return to normal travel habits as the COVID-19 pandemic subsides in the United States. He said the agency would continue its pandemic health... Read More

DOJ to Appeal Federal Judge Ruling on CDC Eviction Moratorium
Litigation
DOJ to Appeal Federal Judge Ruling on CDC Eviction Moratorium
2021-05-06 12:44:11
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — After a federal judge ruled on Wednesday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moratorium on evictions exceeded the agency's authority, the Department of Justice announced it would appeal the decision. U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich authored... Read More

Women in the Rockies Use Horses for Healing
Mental Health
Women in the Rockies Use Horses for Healing
2021-05-05 21:21:35
by Alexa Hornbeck

About 6 miles outside of a tiny town called Granby, Colo.,  is a little ranching community called C Lazy U Ranch nestled 8,000 feet high aside the cusp of the towering Rocky Mountains.  Entering the ranch is a dusty dirt... Read More

US Backs Waiving Intellectual Property Rules on Vaccines
Health
US Backs Waiving Intellectual Property Rules on Vaccines
2021-05-05 21:18:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Biden administration announced Wednesday that it will support efforts to waive intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines in an effort to speed the end of the pandemic. United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced the government’s position... Read More

Parents Excited Over Prospect of Virus Shots for Children
Health
Parents Excited Over Prospect of Virus Shots for Children

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — After more than a year of fretting over her 13-year son with a rare liver disease, Heather Ousley broke into tears when she learned that he and millions of other youngsters could soon be eligible for... Read More

How the Pandemic Is Shaping Policies for Smoke-Free Air in Casinos
Health
How the Pandemic Is Shaping Policies for Smoke-Free Air in Casinos
2021-05-05 14:08:35
by Alexa Hornbeck

Nathan Moose, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, developed permanent lung damage equivalent to that of a heavy smoker, despite never having smoked a day in his life.   Moose was an employee of a casino for 11 years that... Read More

Sensor Tool Lights the Way For Non-Hallucinogenic Drug Development
Science
Sensor Tool Lights the Way For Non-Hallucinogenic Drug Development
2021-05-05 14:02:37
by Alexa Hornbeck

Last week researchers at the University of California, Davis, published a study about a genetically encoded sensor called “PsychLight,” capable of detecting hallucinogenic compounds in the brain of mice, and how those compounds bind to receptors.  “The most shocking thing... Read More

Govs. Murphy, Lamont and Cuomo Announce Easing of Pandemic Restrictions
In The States
Govs. Murphy, Lamont and Cuomo Announce Easing of Pandemic Restrictions
2021-05-04 21:33:15
by Reece Nations

The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut on Monday announced the easing of pandemic restrictions on businesses, gatherings and venues in their respective states.  In a joint release, Govs. Andrew Cuomo of New York, Phil Murphy of New... Read More

White House Aims to Have 70% of Americans Vaccinated by July 4
Health
White House Aims to Have 70% of Americans Vaccinated by July 4
2021-05-04 18:58:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Biden administration wants COVID-19 shots to go where the demand is, and will begin moving doses from states with lower demand to those where the interest in getting the vaccines is stronger -- all with an eye... Read More

Romney, Whitmer, Among Those Tapped for Special Profile in Courage Awards
In The News
Romney, Whitmer, Among Those Tapped for Special Profile in Courage Awards
2021-05-04 16:29:01
by TWN Staff

BOSTON - Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, and Michigan's Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will be among the honorees on May 26 when the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation bestows its next slate of Profile in Courage awards. Romney is being honored... Read More

Walgreens and Uber Team-up To Combat Vaccine Wastes
Health
Walgreens and Uber Team-up To Combat Vaccine Wastes
2021-05-04 16:00:27
by Alexa Hornbeck

Last week, in partnership with Walgreens, Uber announced the launch of a new way to transport individuals to get their vaccine shots, and to donate rides to those who aren’t able to get to and from their scheduled appointments.  “Our... Read More

FDA Expected to OK Pfizer Vaccine for Teens Within Week
Health
FDA Expected to OK Pfizer Vaccine for Teens Within Week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for youngsters ages 12 to 15 by next week, according to a federal official and a person familiar with the process, setting up shots... Read More

Democrats Seek Narrow Path to Rein in Cost of Medicines
Prescription Drugs
Democrats Seek Narrow Path to Rein in Cost of Medicines

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's call for authorizing Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug prices has energized Democrats on a politically popular idea they've been pushing for nearly 20 years only to encounter frustration. But they still lack a... Read More

How a Federal Law to End Surprise Medical Billing Will Change Existing State Policies
Congress
How a Federal Law to End Surprise Medical Billing Will Change Existing State Policies
2021-04-30 13:06:46
by Alexa Hornbeck

Janet Solie, 62-year-old retired physician assistant from Calabasas, Calif., went to a lab at an in-network hospital in Los Robles with complaints of acute abdominal pain, only to later be slammed with a large ER bill.  “The physicians who supervised... Read More

Second Shot in Different State Could Be Skewing Total Vaccination Numbers
Health
Second Shot in Different State Could Be Skewing Total Vaccination Numbers
2021-04-28 19:22:04
by Alexa Hornbeck

Stefani Jahjahrova, a 30-year-old Costco employee, received her first vaccine shot in Denver only five days before transferring to a new work location in Virginia.  “I was told I need to reach out to arrange an appointment, and it’s up... Read More

Reducing C-Sections for First-Time Mothers
Health
Reducing C-Sections for First-Time Mothers
2021-04-27 20:01:10
by Alexa Hornbeck

Mimi Murphy, a 32-year-old first time mother from Pittsburg, Pa., gave birth to her son Arlo last Friday through a planned cesarean section.  “My delivery was exceptionally more difficult than predicted, and we already anticipated some trouble ahead of time,”... Read More

Biden Administration Pledges Aid to India as COVID-19 Cases Surge
Foreign Affairs
Biden Administration Pledges Aid to India as COVID-19 Cases Surge
2021-04-27 18:34:00
by Reece Nations

NEW DELHI — President Joe Biden vowed to help Prime Minister Narendra Modi secure medical resources to help India combat the rampant spread of COVID-19 during a diplomatic call on Monday, affirming the United States’ support for its ally after... Read More

Sesame Seeds Now Designated 'Major' Food Allergen
Health
Sesame Seeds Now Designated 'Major' Food Allergen
2021-04-27 18:16:28
by TWN Staff

With a stroke of his pen last week, President Joe Biden added sesame to the federal list of "major" food allergens. As a result, the presence of Sesame must be noted on the label of all packaged foods containing it... Read More

Schumer Presses for Passage of Water Infrastructure Bill
U.S. Senate
Schumer Presses for Passage of Water Infrastructure Bill
2021-04-27 17:59:28
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer urged his colleagues to swiftly pass the sweeping water infrastructure bill that came before the chamber Tuesday, calling it a potential starting point for Democrats and Republicans to collaborate on infrastructure, "when and... Read More

CDC: Vaccinated People Can Safely Go Outdoors Unmasked
Health
CDC: Vaccinated People Can Safely Go Outdoors Unmasked
2021-04-27 17:12:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - People who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely go outside without a mask, though they should limit the number of people they congregate with, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday. Rochelle Walensky,... Read More

In Fight Against Virus, Biden Looks for Path Back to Normal
White House
In Fight Against Virus, Biden Looks for Path Back to Normal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden spent his first 100 days in office encouraging Americans to mask up and stay home to slow the spread of the coronavirus. His task for the next 100 days will be to lay out... Read More

Air Pollution Disproportionately Impacts Communities of Color
Health
Air Pollution Disproportionately Impacts Communities of Color
2021-04-26 20:32:47
by Alexa Hornbeck

A new report from the American Lung Association finds that more than four in 10 people in the U.S. live with polluted air, placing their health and lives at risk. Even more concerning was that, of the 135 million people... Read More

Harris to tell UN Body it's Time to Prep for Next Pandemic
Health
Harris to tell UN Body it's Time to Prep for Next Pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris will make the case before United Nations members on Monday that now is the time for global leaders to begin putting the serious work into how they will respond to the next global... Read More

DC Attorney General’s Lawsuit Says Baby Food Maker Misled
Health
DC Attorney General’s Lawsuit Says Baby Food Maker Misled
2021-04-26 15:47:21
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Washington, D.C.’s attorney general sued baby food maker Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp. this week with claims the company misled consumers by failing to disclose toxic metals in its food. The lawsuit filed in District of Columbia Superior Court incorporates... Read More

US Drop in Vaccine Demand Has Some Places Turning Down Doses
In The News
US Drop in Vaccine Demand Has Some Places Turning Down Doses

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Louisiana has stopped asking the federal government for its full allotment of COVID-19 vaccine. About three-quarters of Kansas counties have turned down new shipments of the vaccine at least once over the past month. And in... Read More

How Long Does Protection from COVID-19 Vaccines Last?
Health
How Long Does Protection from COVID-19 Vaccines Last?

NEW YORK (AP) — How long does protection from COVID-19 vaccines last?Experts don't know yet because they're still studying vaccinated people to see when protection might wear off. How well the vaccines work against emerging variants will also determine if,... Read More

Senators Pressure Biden to Release Vaccine Formula
Health
Senators Pressure Biden to Release Vaccine Formula
2021-04-21 19:32:09
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON - A group of senators is urging President Joe Biden to support an international push to make the basic formula for the COVID-19 vaccine available to less affluent countries that are experiencing vaccine shortages. “Simply put, we must make... Read More

Hitting Latest Vaccine Milestone, Biden Pushes Shots for All
Health
Hitting Latest Vaccine Milestone, Biden Pushes Shots for All

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is set to meet President Joe Biden's latest vaccine goal of administering 200 million coronavirus shots in his first 100 days in office, as the White House steps up its efforts to inoculate the rest... Read More

Health Effects from Cannabis Addressed by THC Potency Caps
Science
Health Effects from Cannabis Addressed by THC Potency Caps
2021-04-20 15:29:55
by Alexa Hornbeck

Whether or not cannabis is harmful to human health is a continuing question for researchers, as some studies say smoking can have therapeutic effects, while others say long-term cannabis smokers experience anxiety at higher doses.  “There hasn’t been clear science... Read More

Governors Call on Congress to Pass Cannabis Banking Act
Congress
Governors Call on Congress to Pass Cannabis Banking Act
2021-04-20 14:44:31
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan delegation of governors is urging Congress to pass legislation that would allow banks and credit unions to provide services to licensed cannabis dispensaries.  The governors of 20 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands circulated a letter... Read More

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