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School Buses Pose Social Distancing Problem as Schools Prepare to Reopen
Health
School Buses Pose Social Distancing Problem as Schools Prepare to Reopen
2020-07-16 20:43:52
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON -- Despite an increasing number of coronavirus cases in all but a handful of U.S. states, school districts across the country are pushing ahead with plans to resume in-person classes this fall. With the pandemic continuing, minimizing the risk... Read More

Virginia Unveils Statewide Workplace Safety Rules in Absence of Federal Guidelines
State News
Virginia Unveils Statewide Workplace Safety Rules in Absence of Federal Guidelines
2020-07-16 15:35:03
by Reece Nations

RICHMOND, Va. – Due to the lack of federal workplace guidelines in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Wednesday emergency occupational safety standards to be implemented statewide. The rules, instituted via an executive order, mandate... Read More

GOP Scales Back Scope of Nominating Convention
2020 Elections
GOP Scales Back Scope of Nominating Convention
2020-07-16 13:48:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Republican National Committee is reducing the size of its planned presidential nominating convention in Jacksonville, Fla., in August in the face of a continued surge in the number of coronavirus cases in the state. The GOP’s plans... Read More

Insurance Companies and FCC See Big Future in Telemedicine
Health
Insurance Companies and FCC See Big Future in Telemedicine
2020-07-16 13:46:31
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - Whether due to office closures, fear of seeking medical assistance during the pandemic, or simply for convenience, the nation has seen a rise in telemedicine over the last four months. While telemedicine isn’t new, barriers to adoption, such... Read More

Restaurant Groups Renew Push for Coronavirus Relief Aid
Economy
Restaurant Groups Renew Push for Coronavirus Relief Aid
2020-07-16 13:34:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A week before Congress turns its attention to the next coronavirus relief bill, advocates for the nation's restaurants are urging lawmakers to include a number of provisions to specifically bolster the struggling industry. “In just the past two... Read More

Left Out: Ways and Means Committee Releases Report Exploring Health System Inequities
In The News
Left Out: Ways and Means Committee Releases Report Exploring Health System Inequities
2020-07-15 15:38:38
by Reece Nations

Challenges faced by residents of rural and underserved communities regarding barriers to health care were analyzed in a report released by the House Ways and Means Committee. The report, entitled “Left Out: Barriers to Health Equity for Rural and Underserved... Read More

International Cooperation on COVID-19 Urged During Congressional Hearing
Foreign Affairs
International Cooperation on COVID-19 Urged During Congressional Hearing
2020-07-15 15:27:40
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - U.S. experts on European financial and political policy added their voices to an international call for greater cooperation to combat the COVID-19 pandemic during a congressional hearing Tuesday. They described the struggle to find a vaccine and to... Read More

Masks Offer Much More Protection Against Coronavirus Than Many Think
Health
Masks Offer Much More Protection Against Coronavirus Than Many Think

SAN FRANCISCO — There’s a common refrain that masks don’t protect you; they protect other people from your own germs, which is especially important to keep unknowingly infected people from spreading the coronavirus. But now, there’s mounting evidence that masks... Read More

Moderna Vaccine Produced Antibodies to COVID-19 In All Patients Tested
Health
Moderna Vaccine Produced Antibodies to COVID-19 In All Patients Tested

Moderna Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine produced antibodies to the coronavirus in all patients tested in an initial safety trial, federal researchers said. The neutralizing antibody levels produced were equivalent to the upper half of what’s seen in patients who get infected... Read More

Bipartisan PFAS Amendment to National Defense Authorization Act Introduced
Military
Bipartisan PFAS Amendment to National Defense Authorization Act Introduced
2020-07-14 19:46:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., is leading a bipartisan coalition that wants to add a comprehensive solution to PFAS contamination to the Fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. The amendment -- originally proposed by Dingell and passed with bipartisan... Read More

Pandemic-Related Challenges Loom Large Over Those in Arts Sector
Arts
Pandemic-Related Challenges Loom Large Over Those in Arts Sector
2020-07-14 19:30:50
by Sara Wilkerson

Angie Benson, a freelance theatrical musician based in northern Virginia, minced no words about her beliefs during a recent conversation with The Well News. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, “the arts are essential,” she said.  “Now more than ever,” she added.... Read More

What is Contact Tracing, and How Does it Work with COVID-19?
Health
What is Contact Tracing, and How Does it Work with COVID-19?

What is contact tracing, and how does it work with COVID-19? The goal of contact tracing is to alert people who may have been exposed to someone with the coronavirus, and prevent them from spreading it to others. Health experts... Read More

White House Turns on Fauci as Trump Minimizes Virus Spike
Health
White House Turns on Fauci as Trump Minimizes Virus Spike

WASHINGTON (AP) — With U.S. virus cases spiking and the death toll mounting, the White House is working to undercut its most trusted coronavirus expert, playing down the danger as President Donald Trump pushes to get the economy moving before... Read More

Virus Spread, Not Politics Should Guide Schools, Doctors Say
Education
Virus Spread, Not Politics Should Guide Schools, Doctors Say

As the Trump administration pushes full steam ahead to force schools to resume in-person education, public health experts warn that a one-size-fits-all reopening could drive infection and death rates even higher. They’re urging a more cautious approach, which many local... Read More

US Education Chief DeVos Downplays Risk of Opening Schools
Education
US Education Chief DeVos Downplays Risk of Opening Schools

The top U.S. education official downplayed the risk of reopening schools in the fall, a high priority of President Donald Trump, and repeated a threat to cut funding to schools that don’t fully resume in-person learning as educators wrestle with... Read More

Pandemic Parties Rage on Across South Florida Despite Growing Coronavirus Crisis
Florida
Pandemic Parties Rage on Across South Florida Despite Growing Coronavirus Crisis

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Pulsing parties in swanky South Beach mansions. Raging raves in Miami warehouses. Backyard bashes in Palm Beach manors where teenagers drink late into the night. South Florida is a world epicenter of coronavirus infections, but some... Read More

New York City Moves to Protect ‘Vulnerable Populations’ Against Savage Summer Temps
Cities
New York City Moves to Protect ‘Vulnerable Populations’ Against Savage Summer Temps
2020-07-10 19:27:47
by Jacob Pederson

After waging a pitched, months-long battle against the coronavirus, New York City is now stepping up its efforts to protect its residents from a more familiar adversary -- the onset of summer heat wave season. Even without a global pandemic,... Read More

Outdoor Entertainment Returns to UK This Weekend
Entertainment
Outdoor Entertainment Returns to UK This Weekend
2020-07-10 19:25:48
by Sara Wilkerson

As governments and businesses across the U.S. continue to struggle with the question of when and how to resume outdoor sports and entertainment events, the United Kingdom is moving ahead with plans to restart this segment of its economy. If... Read More

NC Law Responding to Coronavirus Could Help Republicans in a Voter ID Lawsuit
State News
NC Law Responding to Coronavirus Could Help Republicans in a Voter ID Lawsuit

RALEIGH, N.C. — This spring when North Carolina state lawmakers were debating a bill making it easier for people to vote by mail in November because of coronavirus, they also added in an unrelated provision about photo IDs. Now, Republican... Read More

US Coronavirus Cases Top 3 Million as Multiple States Face Alarming Resurgence
Health
US Coronavirus Cases Top 3 Million as Multiple States Face Alarming Resurgence

The United States has reached another grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic, with the number of confirmed infections surging past 3 million on Wednesday. The official tally, compiled by Johns Hopkins University, is almost twice as high as the second... Read More

Pandemic Doesn't Prevent Musician from Completing 'Project of a Lifetime'
Entertainment
Pandemic Doesn't Prevent Musician from Completing 'Project of a Lifetime'
2020-07-08 18:00:48
by Dan McCue

For the musician Nick Parker, a dream 17 years in the making was just coming to fruition when the coronavirus outbreak suddenly brought the world's arts and entertainment industries to a screeching halt. The son of the acclaimed artist Robert... Read More

Justices Allow Limited Access to Free Birth Control Under ACA
Supreme Court
Justices Allow Limited Access to Free Birth Control Under ACA
2020-07-08 17:07:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Trump administration regulation that lets employers with religious objections limit women’s access to free birth control under the Affordable Care Act. The 7-2 decision could have a profound, immediate effect on... Read More

COVID-19 Meets the 2020 Election: The Perfect Storm for Misinformation
Social Media
COVID-19 Meets the 2020 Election: The Perfect Storm for Misinformation

SEATTLE — When a mysterious virus began racing around the globe early this year, scientists at the University of Washington’s newly created Center for an Informed Public described it as the perfect storm for bogus information, both innocent and malicious.... Read More

US Starts One-Year Clock to Quit World Health Organization
In The News
US Starts One-Year Clock to Quit World Health Organization

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration sent a letter giving the United Nations a one-year notice for the U.S. to quit the World Health Organization, formalizing President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the agency even as the coronavirus rages out of... Read More

Trump Urges K-12 Schools to Reopen; Others Aren’t So Sure
Education
Trump Urges K-12 Schools to Reopen; Others Aren’t So Sure

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday urged the nation’s public schools to reopen “quickly and beautifully” and jabbed at districts such as Los Angeles’ that remain uncertain, again injecting politics into the pandemic response. As the nation’s death toll... Read More

Utah Secures 500,000 Face Masks in Anticipation of Reopening Schools
State News
Utah Secures 500,000 Face Masks in Anticipation of Reopening Schools
2020-07-07 19:06:08
by Jacob Pederson

The Utah Board of Education has received a shipment of 500,000 face masks it plans to distribute to students and teachers as they return to school in the fall. The collection of masks is the latest manifestation of Gov. Gary... Read More

NewDEAL Forum Launches Task Force to Address Rebuilding the Country Following COVID-19
Economy
NewDEAL Forum Launches Task Force to Address Rebuilding the Country Following COVID-19
2020-07-07 19:00:32
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – The NewDEAL Forum has established a task force comprised of state and local officials to devise recommendations on a sustainable recovery from the coronavirus outbreak. The Renewing America Task Force will be led by five Democratic co-chairs including... Read More

Coronavirus Outbreak Hits Mississippi Legislature As Cases Surge Across State
State News
Coronavirus Outbreak Hits Mississippi Legislature As Cases Surge Across State
2020-07-07 13:32:50
by Gaspard Le Dem

Health officials are investigating a COVID-19 outbreak in Mississippi's state legislature after several lawmakers tested positive for coronavirus last week. House Speaker Philip Gunn, a Republican, announced on Sunday that he had contracted the virus after coming into contact with... Read More

Trump Support Withering in Areas Where Virus Cases Are Rising
2020 Elections
Trump Support Withering in Areas Where Virus Cases Are Rising

Coronavirus is skyrocketing in Republican-leaning Sunbelt and interior states, where shifting attitudes about the virus and President Donald Trump’s handling of it could spell more trouble for his re-election effort. New cases have exploded in particular in Arizona and Florida,... Read More

Blue Dogs Push Bill To Crack Down On Chinese Efforts to ‘Exploit’ Pandemic
Foreign Affairs
Blue Dogs Push Bill To Crack Down On Chinese Efforts to ‘Exploit’ Pandemic
2020-07-06 17:05:47
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - A group of moderate House Democrats wants the U.S. government to track down potential attempts by the Chinese government to use the coronavirus crisis to its advantage. The Blue Dog Coalition, an alliance of 26 centrist lawmakers, introduced... Read More

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