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Altered Mindsets: Marijuana Is Making Its Mark on Ballots in Red States
Marijuana
Altered Mindsets: Marijuana Is Making Its Mark on Ballots in Red States

When Tamarack Dispensary opened in the northwestern Montana city of Kalispell in 2009, medical marijuana was legal but still operating on the fringes of the conservative community. Times have changed. Owner Erin Bolster no longer receives surprised or puzzled looks... Read More

Spike In Phony PPEs at Peak of COVID-19 Crisis Shines Spotlight on Issue of Illicit Trade
Trade
Spike In Phony PPEs at Peak of COVID-19 Crisis Shines Spotlight on Issue of Illicit Trade
2020-09-11 18:03:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It wasn't unexpected. Counterfeits and knockoffs are all around us, from sneakers to handbags and even cures for the common cold. But a surge in demand for personal protection equipment, not to mention tobacco, alcohol and cleaning products,... Read More

Senate Democrats Block GOP Coronavirus Plan as Hopes Fade for Relief Deal
Political News
Senate Democrats Block GOP Coronavirus Plan as Hopes Fade for Relief Deal

WASHINGTON — The congressional stalemate over a new coronavirus relief package grew further entrenched Thursday as Senate Democrats blocked a slimmed-down Republican proposal that they deemed “emaciated” because it did not include another round of $1,200 stimulus checks for Americans,... Read More

Dr. Fauci Tells Americans to ‘Hunker Down’ in Cold Months to Fight Coronavirus
Health
Dr. Fauci Tells Americans to ‘Hunker Down’ in Cold Months to Fight Coronavirus

Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday that people in the U.S. should prepare to spend a lot of time at home as temperatures drop in upcoming weeks. “We need to hunker down and get through this fall and winter, because it’s... Read More

Poll: Most Adults Wary of Taking Any Vaccine Approved Before the Election
Opinion Polls
Poll: Most Adults Wary of Taking Any Vaccine Approved Before the Election

The public is deeply skeptical about any coronavirus vaccine approved before the November election, and only 42% would be willing to get a vaccine in that scenario, according to a new poll. The results of the poll by the Kaiser... Read More

Pre-Pandemic, National Food Insecurity Dropped to Lowest Level Since Great Recession
Agriculture
Pre-Pandemic, National Food Insecurity Dropped to Lowest Level Since Great Recession
2020-09-10 15:22:53
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – Last year, roughly 10.5% of all U.S. households lacked access to enough food for “an active, healthy life for all household members,” according to a report from the USDA’s Economic Research Service. This figure is down slightly from... Read More

Furor Erupts Over Trump’s Claim He Knowingly Downplayed the Coronavirus
Political News
Furor Erupts Over Trump’s Claim He Knowingly Downplayed the Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said in a taped interview that he deliberately downplayed the danger of the coronavirus in public early this year even though he knew it posed a deadly threat to Americans, a revelation that sent shock... Read More

Copycat Websites, Newly Minted Companies, Double Dippers Cashed in on PPP Loans
Economy
Copycat Websites, Newly Minted Companies, Double Dippers Cashed in on PPP Loans

A suspicious online university whose curriculum appears to be cut and pasted from a European school, two companies with nearly identical websites and two others with practically no internet presence — all five of these businesses are connected to the... Read More

Survey: Number of Uninsured Americans Increased in 2019
Insurance
Survey: Number of Uninsured Americans Increased in 2019

WASHINGTON — Roughly 33.2 million Americans, or 10.3%, lacked health insurance in 2019, according to new data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rate is slightly higher than the 30.4 million, or 9.4%, who were... Read More

Analysis: Isolated From Constituents and Colleagues, Lawmakers Seek Bearings
Congress
Analysis: Isolated From Constituents and Colleagues, Lawmakers Seek Bearings

WASHINGTON — During a typical August recess, Rep. Tom Cole travels his district, from Oklahoma City to its southern suburbs all the way to the Texas border. He holds town hall meetings. He tries to get a sense for where... Read More

AstraZeneca Pauses COVID-19 Vaccine Trial After Unexplained Illness
Health
AstraZeneca Pauses COVID-19 Vaccine Trial After Unexplained Illness

AstraZeneca Plc stopped giving shots of its experimental coronavirus vaccine after a person participating in one of the company’s studies got sick, a potential adverse reaction that could delay or derail efforts to speed an immunization against COVID-19 for the... Read More

Spit in a Tube or a Swab in the Nose? Saliva Shows Promise in COVID Test Debate
Health
Spit in a Tube or a Swab in the Nose? Saliva Shows Promise in COVID Test Debate

Two new studies made the case recently for an alternative to the invasive COVID-19 tests that require collecting a sample from deep in the nose. Saliva samples, both studies found, were nearly as reliable and far less of a hassle.... Read More

Federal Prisons Are Lifting COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions — and Workers Are Worried
Justice
Federal Prisons Are Lifting COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions — and Workers Are Worried

WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Prisons directed all federal prisons to reopen visitation for inmates by Oct. 3 in a memo sent to wardens last week, a move that representatives for correctional officers said would be dangerous and “opening Pandora’s... Read More

McConnell Proposes 'Targeted' COVID-19 Relief Package, but Dems Say It's Not Enough
Congress
McConnell Proposes 'Targeted' COVID-19 Relief Package, but Dems Say It's Not Enough
2020-09-08 21:24:27
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday the Senate would vote on a trimmed-down Republican coronavirus relief package, though it's unlikely to appeal to Democrats who have already passed a much more sweeping package in the House. The... Read More

Telehealth Services Demonstrate Potential for Patient Care Amid Pandemic Constraints
Health
Telehealth Services Demonstrate Potential for Patient Care Amid Pandemic Constraints
2020-09-08 15:13:43
by Reece Nations

Telehealth services have made substantial progress throughout the COVID-19 pandemic despite the hardships the health care industry as a whole has had to endure. The concept of telehealthcare is now more widely accepted than ever before. In August, a bipartisan... Read More

Trump Hints at Vaccine ‘Surprise’ as Biden Demands Transparency
2020 Elections
Trump Hints at Vaccine ‘Surprise’ as Biden Demands Transparency

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump hinted Monday that the U.S. could approve a coronavirus vaccine in October, ahead of the November election, as Joe Biden demanded transparency from the government as it studies the shots. “This could’ve taken two or... Read More

Virus Fatigue is Risk as US Heads Into Fall, Ex-FDA Head Says
Health
Virus Fatigue is Risk as US Heads Into Fall, Ex-FDA Head Says

“Pandemic fatigue” is an additional risk as the U.S. heads into the fall and winter, when infectious diseases traditionally spread more readily, former Food and Drug Administration head Scott Gottlieb said. A coronavirus vaccine is unlikely to be available for... Read More

Opposition to Obamacare Becomes Political Liability for GOP Incumbents
Health
Opposition to Obamacare Becomes Political Liability for GOP Incumbents

In the 2014 elections, Republicans rode a wave of anti-Affordable Care Act sentiment to pick up nine Senate seats, the largest gain for either party since 1980. Newly elected Republicans such as Cory Gardner in Colorado and Steve Daines in... Read More

Fauci Warns Seven Midwest States to be on Alert Over Labor Day
Health
Fauci Warns Seven Midwest States to be on Alert Over Labor Day

Anthony Fauci, the U.S.’s top infectious disease expert, said that seven states that have seen upticks in COVID-19 cases should be particularly vigilant over the Labor Day holiday, and warned that if Americans are “careless” there could be another jump... Read More

Signs of Depression Have Tripled in US Since Pandemic Started
Research
Signs of Depression Have Tripled in US Since Pandemic Started

The COVID-19 pandemic has touched pretty much every person in America — and it shows in the state of our mental health. The prevalence of sleep troubles, lethargy, feelings of hopelessness and other depression symptoms in adults across the country... Read More

Voters Trust Biden More on Health Care, Future of ACA, Poll Finds
Opinion Polls
Voters Trust Biden More on Health Care, Future of ACA, Poll Finds
2020-09-03 20:32:36
by Dan McCue

Voters who plan to participate in the 2020 election say they trust Democrat Joe Biden more than incumbent Republican President Donald Trump to protect their health care options and to deal with the persistent coronavirus pandemic. The new survey, released... Read More

‘A Very Fine Line:’ As Trump Ramps Up Campaign Travel, Biden Weighs Risks and Rewards
2020 Elections
‘A Very Fine Line:’ As Trump Ramps Up Campaign Travel, Biden Weighs Risks and Rewards

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden’s campaign has decided their candidate should resume traveling around the country. But entering the two-month homestretch of the 2020 presidential race, the Democratic nominee’s top aides are still debating how often he should be visiting key... Read More

US Will Fund Some WHO Programs Despite Trump’s Withdrawal
Health
US Will Fund Some WHO Programs Despite Trump’s Withdrawal

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has agreed to contribute $108 million to the World Health Organization to fight COVID-19, polio, flu and other diseases in vulnerable countries, even as the U.S. prepares to withdraw from the institution he blames for... Read More

‘Urgent’ Request Sent to States in Push for Coronavirus Vaccine Delivery by Nov. 1
Health
‘Urgent’ Request Sent to States in Push for Coronavirus Vaccine Delivery by Nov. 1

WASHINGTON — Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sent a letter last week to the nation’s governors with an urgent request. The Trump administration wanted them to do everything in their power to eliminate... Read More

Tyson Foods Launches Nationwide COVID-19 Monitoring Strategy
Business
Tyson Foods Launches Nationwide COVID-19 Monitoring Strategy
2020-09-02 13:55:58
by Dan McCue

SPRINGDALE, Ark. - As part of its ongoing effort to protect its workers from COVID-19, Tyson Foods is launching a nationwide monitoring program at its facilities while extending its occupational health staff. The new monitoring strategy was designed with the... Read More

Pharma Lobby Disputes Trump’s Claim That Drug Companies Are Negotiating
Prescription Drugs
Pharma Lobby Disputes Trump’s Claim That Drug Companies Are Negotiating

WASHINGTON — The pharmaceutical industry’s leading lobby group said Tuesday it did not know of a meeting at the White House to discuss lowering prescription drug prices, after President Donald Trump said executives were coming in this week to negotiate.... Read More

First Vaccine Doses Would Go to Health Workers Under US Guide
Health
First Vaccine Doses Would Go to Health Workers Under US Guide

The first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine should go to front-line health-care workers and first responders, followed by people at higher medical risk from the virus, said a group of scientists and academics advising the U.S. government. The draft guidelines... Read More

Mall Santas Could Be Among First to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
Health
Mall Santas Could Be Among First to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
2020-09-01 19:00:17
by Dan McCue

If there is a COVID-19 vaccine by Christmas, Santa Claus -- and his fellow frontline seasonal workers -- could be among the first to receive it. After appearing before the Centers for Disease Control Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices last... Read More

GOP Governors Ignored Mask Mandate Advice From Task Force
State News
GOP Governors Ignored Mask Mandate Advice From Task Force

WASHINGTON — The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis released eight weekly reports from the White House Coronavirus Task Force this summer that showed concerns about the coronavirus’s spread, the same time period when the administration prematurely declared victory... Read More

Chaotic Rules Make it Hard to Know Who Should Get Tested for COVID-19
Health
Chaotic Rules Make it Hard to Know Who Should Get Tested for COVID-19

Who should get tested for COVID-19? Depends who you ask. The controversy sparked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent shift in guidance, saying asymptomatic people exposed to COVID-19 shouldn’t necessarily be tested, highlights a growing frustration for... Read More

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