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Miami Beach in State of Emergency as Spring Break Crowds Cluster
In The States
Miami Beach in State of Emergency as Spring Break Crowds Cluster
2021-03-24 18:11:51
by Reece Nations

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Miami Beach Interim City Manager Raul J. Aguila declared a state of emergency Saturday lasting through April 12 as spring break crowds overwhelm the popular tourist destination. Officials have imposed strict curfews to curb the partygoers'... Read More

Barrasso, Cotton Target Bailout Bill to Stave Off Medicare Cuts
In The States
Barrasso, Cotton Target Bailout Bill to Stave Off Medicare Cuts
2021-03-24 14:54:16
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON – Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., are urging their colleagues to support legislation that would address looming cuts to Medicare by redirecting a portion of the recently passed $1.9 trillion dollar COVID relief bill. The Protecting... Read More

Gov’t Data Show Race, Region Disparities in School Reopening
Education
Gov’t Data Show Race, Region Disparities in School Reopening

Nearly half of the nation's elementary schools were open for full-time classroom learning as of last month, but the share of students learning in-person has varied greatly by region and by race, with most nonwhite students learning entirely online, according... Read More

COVID-19 Sniffing Dogs Are Here To Stay, But Will They Make A Difference?
Health
COVID-19 Sniffing Dogs Are Here To Stay, But Will They Make A Difference?
2021-03-24 13:07:39
by Daniel Mollenkamp

ATLANTA - On Sunday, NASCAR joined the list of places using coronavirus-sniffing dogs as a tool to battle the virus's spread. The dogs can be taught to speedily screen large, busy crowds. This, together with the low cost involved in... Read More

Prolonged Virtual Schooling Puts Kids and Parents at Risk
Education
Prolonged Virtual Schooling Puts Kids and Parents at Risk
2021-03-23 19:16:52
by Reece Nations

ATLANTA - Parents adapting to prolonged bouts of remote learning were more likely to report emotional stress and concerns for their children, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey released Thursday.  The survey was conducted nationwide by... Read More

Biden to Talk Up Health Insurance Cost Cuts in Visit to Ohio
Education
Biden to Talk Up Health Insurance Cost Cuts in Visit to Ohio

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will showcase health insurance cost cuts in a speech in Ohio on Tuesday during what may be the best time for Democrats to talk up the Affordable Care Act since it became law. Biden's... Read More

Lowering Healthcare Costs for Government, Businesses and Households
Think Tanks
Lowering Healthcare Costs for Government, Businesses and Households
2021-03-22 13:04:41
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — National Health Care Expenditures in the United States continue to grow at rates outpacing the broader economy. But there isn’t just broad agreement among the public and policymakers that healthcare is unaffordable. Many argue that patients aren’t even... Read More

CDC Says Distancing of 3 Feet for Kids is Sufficient
Education
CDC Says Distancing of 3 Feet for Kids is Sufficient
2021-03-19 20:38:15
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Friday that it has revised its social distancing guidelines for schools, further clearing the way for schools to reopen for full-time, in-person instruction.  The agency now says students should... Read More

Biden Says US to Hit 100 Million Vaccinations Goal on Friday
Health
Biden Says US to Hit 100 Million Vaccinations Goal on Friday

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the U.S. closing in on President Joe Biden's goal of injecting 100 million coronavirus vaccinations weeks ahead of his target date, the White House said the nation is now in position to help supply neighbors Canada... Read More

Amazon Jumps Into Health Care With Telemedicine Initiative
Health
Amazon Jumps Into Health Care With Telemedicine Initiative

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Amazon is making its first foray into providing health care services, announcing Wednesday that it will be offering its Amazon Care telemedicine program to employers nationwide. Currently available to the company's employees in Washington state,... Read More

Essential Workers Deserve More Than Praise
Think Tanks
Essential Workers Deserve More Than Praise
2021-03-18 20:55:55
by Victoria Turner

Lisa Harris has not physically seen her family since the beginning of the pandemic just to keep them safe from her. She is one of the 50 million essential workers fearing the virus every day, yet still going into work... Read More

Half of Americans Are Getting Less Quality Sleep Due to Stress
Mental Health
Half of Americans Are Getting Less Quality Sleep Due to Stress
2021-03-16 21:36:55
by Sara Wilkerson

 As part of National Sleep Awareness Week (March 14-20), ResMed, a leading digital health company, released a survey indicating that over the past year, half of the 1,000 Americans surveyed said stress has negatively affected their quality of sleep. The... Read More

Schools Weighing Whether to Seat Students Closer Together
Education
Schools Weighing Whether to Seat Students Closer Together

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. guidelines that say students should be kept 6 feet apart in schools are receiving new scrutiny from federal health experts, state governments and education officials working to return as many children as possible to the classroom.... Read More

State Department Continues to Advise Against International Travel
Travel
State Department Continues to Advise Against International Travel
2021-03-15 13:28:27
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — COVID-19 has caused colossal damage to the U.S. travel industry, grounding airlines, emptying hotels, and stopping almost all business and leisure travel for months. The State Department isn’t suggesting this will change any time soon. In a discussion... Read More

Biden, Harris and Others to Promote Relief Plan's Benefits
White House
Biden, Harris and Others to Promote Relief Plan's Benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) — Let the sales push begin. President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and their spouses are opening an ambitious, cross-country tour this week to highlight the benefits of his $1.9 trillion plan to defeat the coronavirus and... Read More

Biden, Indo-Pacific Allies to Increase Vaccine Supplies to Asian Countries
Geopolitics
Biden, Indo-Pacific Allies to Increase Vaccine Supplies to Asian Countries
2021-03-12 21:05:40
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Biden-Harris administration announced a plan Friday to ramp up novel coronavirus vaccine manufacturing capacity in India alongside leaders of the Indo-Pacific alliance called “the Quad.”  President Biden announced the plan during a virtual summit with Prime Minister... Read More

Weddings, Catered Events to Resume In New York State
In The States
Weddings, Catered Events to Resume In New York State
2021-03-12 18:36:02
by TWN Staff

With COVID-19 infection rates and hospitalizations continuing their downward spiral, New York State will begin allowing weddings and catered events to take place starting March 15, subject to strict health and safety protocols. "From day one, we have said that... Read More

Child Care Relief in COVID Bill Nets Praise
Congress
Child Care Relief in COVID Bill Nets Praise
2021-03-12 14:21:28
by Sara Wilkerson

The National Association for the Education of Young Children announced its support of the passage of the American Rescue Plan, which includes $39 billion in child care relief.  The legislative relief will address the needs of parents, educators and child... Read More

'It's Exhausting.' A Year of Distance Learning Wears Thin
Education
'It's Exhausting.' A Year of Distance Learning Wears Thin

AMERICUS, Ga. (AP) — At first, many schools announced it would last only a couple weeks. A year later, the unplanned experiment with distance learning continues for thousands of students who have yet to set foot back in classrooms.   Comfortable... Read More

Biden Aims for Quicker Shots, 'Independence From This Virus'
White House
Biden Aims for Quicker Shots, 'Independence From This Virus'

WASHINGTON (AP) — One year after the nation was brought to a near-standstill by the coronavirus, President Joe Biden pledged in his first prime-time address to make all adults eligible for vaccines by May 1 and raised the possibility of... Read More

Biden Signs $1.9 Trillion Relief Bill into Law
White House
Biden Signs $1.9 Trillion Relief Bill into Law
2021-03-11 20:05:46
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - President Biden on Thursday signed his $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package into law, marking a significant legislative accomplishment for the new president as he looks to shepherd the country through the pandemic.  Biden, who signed the bill alongside... Read More

Changing Military Fuels IAVA Fight for New Veterans' Needs
In The News
Changing Military Fuels IAVA Fight for New Veterans' Needs
2021-03-11 19:15:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – It used to be that veterans’ organizations were simply part of the landscape of small-town America.  You might cross the threshold of an American Legion or VFW hall as a child – somehow most likely in connection with... Read More

Biden’s Speech Goals: Mourn Loss, Urge Caution, Offer Hope
White House
Biden’s Speech Goals: Mourn Loss, Urge Caution, Offer Hope

WASHINGTON (AP) — Marking a year of loss and disruption, President Joe Biden will use his first prime-time address since taking office to steer the nation toward a hungered-for sentiment — hope — in the "next phase" of the fight... Read More

From Job Cuts to Online Commerce, Virus Reshaped US Economy
Economy
From Job Cuts to Online Commerce, Virus Reshaped US Economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — At first, it was expected to be brief. At least that was the hope.  Instead, a once-in-a-century pandemic has ground on for a year, throwing millions out of work and upending wide swathes of the American economy.... Read More

House Passes $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Package
Congress
House Passes $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Package
2021-03-10 20:49:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House voted 220-211 on Wednesday to approve the Senate's revised version of President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, sending the bill to the president's desk to be signed. The passage of Biden's "American Rescue Plan" is... Read More

Smithsonian Collects COVID-19 Artifacts
Museums
Smithsonian Collects COVID-19 Artifacts
2021-03-09 17:50:08
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has aquired the vial that contained the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the United States as part of its plans to document the global pandemic and “this extraordinary period... Read More

Fully Vaccinated People Can Safely Visit Others
Health
Fully Vaccinated People Can Safely Visit Others
2021-03-09 15:18:59
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new set of guidelines for activities those who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus can resume. The guidance, according to the CDC, is a first step towards returning... Read More

Child Tax Credit Expansion Sets Up Showdown With GOP
Congress
Child Tax Credit Expansion Sets Up Showdown With GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — The massive coronavirus relief plan making its way to President Joe Biden's desk includes a plan to temporarily raise the child tax credit that could end up permanently changing the way the country deals with child poverty.... Read More

WHO Cancels Interim Report on Origins of COVID-19 Amid Tensions
Geopolitics
WHO Cancels Interim Report on Origins of COVID-19 Amid Tensions
2021-03-08 18:31:37
by Daniel Mollenkamp

A fiery open letter signed by an international collection of scientists together with growing tensions between China and the U.S. caused the World Health Organization investigators this week to cancel an interim report on the origins of the coronavirus based... Read More

Nonprescription COVID-19 Test Approved by FDA
Health
Nonprescription COVID-19 Test Approved by FDA
2021-03-08 14:36:20
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency authorization for a non-prescription, over the counter nostril test for coronavirus, the agency announced on Friday.  It's the first over the counter molecular test they have authorized for use without... Read More

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