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Report Finds Public Option for Health Insurance Could 'Limit Competition and Consumer Choice'
Health
Report Finds Public Option for Health Insurance Could 'Limit Competition and Consumer Choice'
2020-08-31 16:03:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - As America inches toward perhaps the most consequential election in its history -- the first to be played out against the backdrop of a global viral pandemic -- a heated debate continues to rage. Since the election of... Read More

Controversial Antigen Tests Could Be Key to Defeating COVID-19
Health
Controversial Antigen Tests Could Be Key to Defeating COVID-19

The day before a planned visit from President Donald Trump earlier this month, a technician swabbed Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to test him for COVID-19. Within 15 minutes, a plus sign for a positive result appeared on the screen of... Read More

College Students Return to Campus Faced With Multiple Options and Fear
Education
College Students Return to Campus Faced With Multiple Options and Fear
2020-08-28 18:10:11
by Sara Wilkerson

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to produce strains on key cornerstones of society, the education system in America is faced with its biggest challenge yet: students returning to the classroom. To find out more about how students are feeling as... Read More

Harris Mask Mandate Would Reinforce What 'Responsible People' Should Do
Political News
Harris Mask Mandate Would Reinforce What 'Responsible People' Should Do
2020-08-28 17:42:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris said Friday that a nationwide mask mandate she and running mate Joe Biden have called for would simply reinforce the behavior of "responsible people who love our neighbors." "We have to... Read More

DOJ Seeking Data on COVID-19 Nursing Home Deaths From Four States
Political News
DOJ Seeking Data on COVID-19 Nursing Home Deaths From Four States
2020-08-27 21:01:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department announced Wednesday it is seeking data from the governors of four states that issued orders "which may have resulted in the deaths of thousands of elderly nursing home residents." Officials said Wednesday afternoon that the... Read More

Most Americans Want Health Care Workers, Seniors Prioritized When Coronavirus Vaccine Comes
Opinion Polls
Most Americans Want Health Care Workers, Seniors Prioritized When Coronavirus Vaccine Comes
2020-08-26 15:10:33
by Reece Nations

A new Harris poll found 69% of its respondents would support a priority system – particularly for workers in the health care sector and seniors – for COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the United States. By comparison, 31% of respondents indicated... Read More

Q&A: ‘Is This When I Drop Dead?’ Two Doctors Report From the COVID-19 Front Lines
Health
Q&A: ‘Is This When I Drop Dead?’ Two Doctors Report From the COVID-19 Front Lines

Health workers across the country looked on in horror when New York became the global epicenter of the coronavirus. Now, as physicians in cities such as Houston, Phoenix and Miami face their own COVID-19 crises, they are looking to New... Read More

Policymakers Discuss Planning for the Future of Transportation
Infrastructure
Policymakers Discuss Planning for the Future of Transportation
2020-08-24 15:46:22
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — News website Axios convened a panel of local and national policymakers to discuss the future of transportation in the wake of COVID-19 including how decision-makers are retooling public transit to be safe and sustainable. “When I think about... Read More

Meadows Visits Capitol, Tries to Pressure Democrats on Stimulus
Political News
Meadows Visits Capitol, Tries to Pressure Democrats on Stimulus

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows returned to the U.S. Capitol on Saturday in a bid to pressure Democrats into accepting a slimmed-down economic stimulus bill after weeks of deadlock. The House has convened for a rare Saturday session... Read More

To Speed Up Results, States Limit COVID-19 Testing
Health
To Speed Up Results, States Limit COVID-19 Testing

Dr. Karen Landers, Alabama’s assistant state health officer, has never had a COVID-19 test and doesn’t plan to get one unless she gets sick. She’s urging all Alabamians to do the same. “Don’t get up in the morning and say,... Read More

Blue Dogs Urge Leaders to Restart Coronavirus Relief Talks
Congress
Blue Dogs Urge Leaders to Restart Coronavirus Relief Talks
2020-08-21 15:16:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats has begun circulating a letter they plan to send to leaders in the House and Senate, urging them to return to bargaining on a new coronavirus relief bill. Earlier this month,... Read More

Trump, Pence Campaign Events Signal Lax Approach to Virus
Campaigns
Trump, Pence Campaign Events Signal Lax Approach to Virus

DES MOINES (AP) — Sitting and standing shoulder to shoulder, some without face masks, hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump jammed into an airplane hangar for an Arizona campaign event this week, ignoring the advice of Trump's own health... Read More

FDA Blocks Much-Anticipated BioMarin Hemophilia Gene Therapy
Regulation
FDA Blocks Much-Anticipated BioMarin Hemophilia Gene Therapy

FAIRLESS HILLS, PA (AP) — Investors fled drug developer BioMarin in droves on Wednesday, driving shares down by a third after U.S. regulators rejected the company’s potentially game-changing hemophilia A gene therapy over concerns it might not really be a... Read More

Pharmacists Can Give Childhood Shots, U.S. Officials Say
Regulation
Pharmacists Can Give Childhood Shots, U.S. Officials Say

NEW YORK (AP) — Pharmacists in all 50 states are now allowed to give childhood vaccinations under a new directive aimed at preventing future outbreaks of measles and other preventable diseases. Alex Azar, the head of the U.S. Department of... Read More

COVID-19 Complicates Hurricane Season’s Natural Disaster Response
Natural Disasters
COVID-19 Complicates Hurricane Season’s Natural Disaster Response
2020-08-19 20:00:11
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - In the aftermath of a bizarre earthquake and the above average number of named storms this season, officials are examining how natural disaster response should continue while overlapping with the nation’s ongoing efforts to combat the coronavirus. State... Read More

Free Virtual Resources for Parents and Educators as America Goes Back to School
Education
Free Virtual Resources for Parents and Educators as America Goes Back to School
2020-08-19 15:30:17
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — As American students head back to school, parents, teachers, and administrators are securing resources to offer safe school environments or transition to online classrooms while maintaining rigorous curriculums. Everyone is striving to keep students’ minds sharp and bodies... Read More

Senate GOP to Counter House’s Postal Bill with Broader Virus Aid Package
Political News
Senate GOP to Counter House’s Postal Bill with Broader Virus Aid Package

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans are planning to roll out a “skinny” version of their eight-bill COVID-19 aid package with $10 billion added for the U.S. Postal Service as early as this week. The legislation will be composed of provisions that... Read More

UK Successfully Hosts First Large Scale Socially Distant Concert
Arts
UK Successfully Hosts First Large Scale Socially Distant Concert
2020-08-18 15:27:07
by Sara Wilkerson

The UK hosted its first large scale concert with social distancing at the forefront, bringing in 2,500 concert goers on 500 separate elevated platforms spaced six feet apart to see UK rocker Sam Fender perform onstage. The success of the... Read More

Republicans Plan Scaled-Back Proposal for Virus Relief Bill
Congress
Republicans Plan Scaled-Back Proposal for Virus Relief Bill

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans plan to introduce a scaled-back stimulus bill amid the standoff over a new virus relief plan that’s dragged on for weeks, according to two Senate Republican aides. The legislation would include a $300 a week enhanced... Read More

Russia’s New Sputnik Launch Raises Risks in Dash for COVID-19 Shots
Health
Russia’s New Sputnik Launch Raises Risks in Dash for COVID-19 Shots

Russia’s decision to approve a coronavirus shot before crucial tests have shown it’s safe and effective raises worries that politics will trump public health in the quest for a vaccine. The country’s plan to start mass inoculations as soon as... Read More

Struggling Farmers Work With Overwhelmed Food Banks to Stay Afloat
Agriculture
Struggling Farmers Work With Overwhelmed Food Banks to Stay Afloat

As the pandemic shut down restaurants this spring, California farmers and ranchers saw their markets drop by half, leaving many with fields full of crops but no buyers. And as millions of people lost their jobs, the state’s food banks... Read More

America’s Obesity Epidemic Threatens Effectiveness of Any COVID-19 Vaccine
In The News
America’s Obesity Epidemic Threatens Effectiveness of Any COVID-19 Vaccine

For a world crippled by the coronavirus, salvation hinges on a vaccine. But in the United States, where more than 5 million people have been infected and more than 161,000 have died, the promise of that vaccine is hampered by... Read More

‘I’ve Now Dipped Into the Pie.’ Will COVID-19 Change Americans’ Views of the Social Safety Net?
Economy
‘I’ve Now Dipped Into the Pie.’ Will COVID-19 Change Americans’ Views of the Social Safety Net?

LOS ANGELES — If you had posed the scenario to him as a hypothetical a few months ago — “Your company will be hemorrhaging cash, and you’ll turn to Uncle Sam for emergency funds” — Jim Brady would’ve confidently dismissed... Read More

Pandemic Spurs Surging Confidence in Health Care Systems, Diminished Confidence in Law Enforcement
Opinion Polls
Pandemic Spurs Surging Confidence in Health Care Systems, Diminished Confidence in Law Enforcement
2020-08-14 11:54:12
by Sara Wilkerson

Confidence in two of America’s institutions hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic – health care and public education – has risen sharply for Americans since last year, according to a recent Gallup poll measuring America’s confidence in its top institutions. ... Read More

Parents Turn To Homeschooling As Schools Go All-Virtual
Education
Parents Turn To Homeschooling As Schools Go All-Virtual
2020-08-13 15:17:59
by Gaspard Le Dem

Christy Murrell had doubts about the education her teenage son was getting at a public school in Fairfax County, Virginia.  The mother of three, who calls herself “a very hands-on parent,” was struggling to communicate with teachers at Westfield, one... Read More

CDC Tells Parents, Docs to Watch for Rare, Neurologic Condition in Children This Fall
Health
CDC Tells Parents, Docs to Watch for Rare, Neurologic Condition in Children This Fall

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One morning at breakfast six years ago, as Dawn Sticklen’s healthy 13-year-old son tried to eat a bowl of cereal, his arms started shaking and got so weak he couldn’t feed himself. “We thought maybe it... Read More

Putin Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine Even As Trials Go On
Health
Putin Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine Even As Trials Go On

President Vladimir Putin said Russia cleared the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine for use and hopes to begin mass inoculation soon, even before clinical testing has finished. “The first registration has taken place,” Putin said Tuesday at a televised government meeting,... Read More

Coronavirus Cases Among Children on the Rise as Schools Gear Up For Reopening
Education
Coronavirus Cases Among Children on the Rise as Schools Gear Up For Reopening
2020-08-11 12:12:35
by Gaspard Le Dem

New data shows that a growing number of children across the country are testing positive for the coronavirus as many schools prepare to resume in-person classes this fall. Over the last two weeks of July, the U.S. reported 97,078 new... Read More

Standoff on US Virus Relief Package Leaves Damage All Around
Economy
Standoff on US Virus Relief Package Leaves Damage All Around

There were plenty of casualties left in the rubble of failed negotiations on another trillion-dollar-plus rescue package for a U.S. economy mired in a historic, pandemic-induced recession. Worst hit are the families, businesses, and state and local governments that have... Read More

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Call for Telehealth Funding in Relief Package
Health
Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Call for Telehealth Funding in Relief Package
2020-08-10 20:05:34
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging funding for the Federal Communications Commission’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program to be included in any upcoming COVID-19 relief legislation. The FCC established the program in April 2020 to better provide health care... Read More

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