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Congress Seals Agreement on $900 Billion COVID Relief Bill
Congress
Congress Seals Agreement on $900 Billion COVID Relief Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Capitol Hill negotiators sealed a deal on a $900 billion COVID-19 economic relief package, finally delivering long-overdue help to businesses and individuals and providing money to deliver vaccines to a nation eager for them. The package,... Read More

Pelosi, Hoyer, Pence All Receive First Dose of Coronavirus Vaccine
Health
Pelosi, Hoyer, Pence All Receive First Dose of Coronavirus Vaccine
2020-12-18 20:05:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - High-ranking government officials, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Vice President Mike Pence, began receiving their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine Friday, part of an effort to ensure the continuity of the government and reassure hesitant... Read More

Shutdown Deadline Looms Over COVID-19 Relief Talks
Congress
Shutdown Deadline Looms Over COVID-19 Relief Talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bearing down on a midnight shutdown deadline, top negotiators on a must-pass, almost $1 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package are committed to sealing an agreement Friday as they resolve remaining differences in hopes of passing the legislation... Read More

Drive to Enhance COVID-19 Vaccine Awareness Garners Bipartisan Support
Health
Drive to Enhance COVID-19 Vaccine Awareness Garners Bipartisan Support
2020-12-18 15:58:45
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON - This week, Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, introduced legislation in the House to authorize a public advocacy campaign to promote COVID-19 vaccine participation and provide science-backed information to the public. Joined by Reps. Ron Kind, D-Wis., Roger Marshall, R-Kan.,... Read More

Man-Made Chemicals Could Affect Your COVID Response, Vaccine Results
Health
Man-Made Chemicals Could Affect Your COVID Response, Vaccine Results
2020-12-18 15:53:19
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are man-made chemicals known to have a toxic effect on the immune system. PFAS like PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and others are manufactured and used in a variety of industries worldwide, including products for... Read More

Winter Travel Raises More Fears of Viral Spread
Travel
Winter Travel Raises More Fears of Viral Spread

Tens of millions of people are expected to travel to family gatherings or winter vacations over Christmas, despite pleas by public health experts who fear the result could be another surge in COVID-19 cases. In the U.S., AAA predicts that... Read More

Pence, Wife Karen, Surgeon General Get COVID-19 Vaccines
Health
Pence, Wife Karen, Surgeon General Get COVID-19 Vaccines

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence was vaccinated for COVID-19 on Friday in a live-television event aimed at reassuring Americans the vaccine is safe. He celebrated the shot as “a medical miracle” that could eventually contain the raging coronavirus... Read More

Snags on COVID-19 Relief May Force Weekend Sessions
Political News
Snags on COVID-19 Relief May Force Weekend Sessions

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a hurry up and wait moment on Capitol Hill as congressional negotiators on a must-pass, almost $1 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package struggled through a handful of remaining snags on Thursday. The holdups mean a weekend... Read More

2nd COVID-19 Vaccine Set for OK in US With Panel Endorsement
Health
2nd COVID-19 Vaccine Set for OK in US With Panel Endorsement

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government advisory panel endorsed a second COVID-19 vaccine Thursday, paving the way for the shot to be added to the U.S. vaccination campaign. The Food and Drug Administration is expected to follow the recommendation for the... Read More

Vaccines' Rollout and Pent-Up Consumer Demand Brighten US Economic Outlook
Economy
Vaccines' Rollout and Pent-Up Consumer Demand Brighten US Economic Outlook

WASHINGTON — If the new COVID-19 vaccines prove effective and are widely accepted, the result could be a welcome surge in the nation's economy as well as an end to the pandemic nightmare. That's because millions of Americans, especially those... Read More

Close But Not Yet: Deal Near on COVID-19 Economic Aid Bill
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Close But Not Yet: Deal Near on COVID-19 Economic Aid Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional negotiators are closing in on a $900 billion COVID-19 economic relief package that would deliver additional help to businesses, $300-per-week jobless checks and $600 stimulus payments to most Americans. But there was no deal quite yet.... Read More

FDA Clears First At-Home, Over-The-Counter COVID-19 Test
Health
FDA Clears First At-Home, Over-The-Counter COVID-19 Test

WASHINGTON — The first COVID-19 test that can be performed entirely from home was cleared by U.S. regulators on Tuesday, and it can be acquired without a prescription. While availability initially will be limited, the new test and others in... Read More

Moderna Vaccine Found Safe, Effective Ahead of Key FDA Review
Health
Moderna Vaccine Found Safe, Effective Ahead of Key FDA Review

Moderna Inc.’s vaccine is safe and effective for preventing COVID-19, U.S. regulators said, clearing the way for a second shot to quickly gain emergency authorization and add to the country’s sprawling immunization effort. The Food and Drug Administration’s staff said... Read More

Bicameral Group Unveils Revised, Two-Part Coronavirus Relief Package
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Bicameral Group Unveils Revised, Two-Part Coronavirus Relief Package
2020-12-15 16:13:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bicameral and bipartisan group of lawmakers unveiled a two-part version of their previously announced $908 billion coronavirus package, hoping the change in structure will help move it through Congress and on to the president by the end... Read More

Counties Reminded of Their Vital Role as COVID Vaccine Deliveries Begin
County News
Counties Reminded of Their Vital Role as COVID Vaccine Deliveries Begin
2020-12-14 16:07:51
by Dan McCue

As America prepared for the first coronavirus vaccines to be given Monday morning, county officials were reminded of their vital role in ensuring the vaccine roll out is a success. “One thing you need to be doing now is engaging... Read More

Trump, Top Officials to be Offered COVID-19 Vaccine Within Days
Health
Trump, Top Officials to be Offered COVID-19 Vaccine Within Days

President Donald Trump and other top U.S. officials will be offered the newly approved coronavirus vaccine within days as part of a plan to ensure continuity in government amid the pandemic, people familiar with the effort said. The vaccinations will... Read More

Congress Could Pass Next COVID Relief Package in Two Parts: Report
Health
Congress Could Pass Next COVID Relief Package in Two Parts: Report

Members of Congress are expected to introduce a COVID relief spending bill at the start of the week, according to a published report. A bipartisan group is planning to introduce the $908 billion legislation in two parts, Politico reported. The... Read More

Trucks Depart Pfizer Facility Loaded With Vaccines
Health
Trucks Depart Pfizer Facility Loaded With Vaccines

PORTAGE, Mich. — Three semi-trucks loaded with the nation's first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine rolled out of the parking lot of the Pfizer manufacturing plant early Sunday morning, met with cheering crowds of local residents who said they were... Read More

FDA Issues Emergency Approval for Pfizer Vaccine, Others Sure to Follow
Health
FDA Issues Emergency Approval for Pfizer Vaccine, Others Sure to Follow
2020-12-11 21:19:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Under intense pressure from the White House, the Food and Drug Administration dramatically moved up its timeline, issuing an emergency authorization for Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine on Friday. The agency had initially planned to finalize its authorization on Saturday,... Read More

Pelosi Suggests Lawmakers Work Through Christmas to Secure COVID-19 Stimulus
Congress
Pelosi Suggests Lawmakers Work Through Christmas to Secure COVID-19 Stimulus

It’s beginning to look a lot like members of Congress won’t be going home for the holidays. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Thursday that lawmakers may have to stay on Capitol Hill over Christmas in order to pass another coronavirus... Read More

CDC Chief Says He Told Staff to Ignore Email From Trump Official
In The News
CDC Chief Says He Told Staff to Ignore Email From Trump Official

WASHINGTON — The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said he told staff to ignore an email by a top Trump administration health official who had sought changes to a scientific report on COVID-19’s risk to... Read More

FDA Panel Approves Pfizer Vaccine For Nationwide Distribution
Health
FDA Panel Approves Pfizer Vaccine For Nationwide Distribution
2020-12-11 00:13:15
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A federal panel of outside experts on Thursday endorsed a coronavirus vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech, recommending that the Food and Drug Administration move forward with emergency authorization. President-elect Joe Biden responded with a statement saying, “Today’s approval... Read More

Think Tanks Pen Joint Letter Urging Congress to Prioritize Impending College Student Crisis
Education
Think Tanks Pen Joint Letter Urging Congress to Prioritize Impending College Student Crisis
2020-12-10 19:06:57
by Sara Wilkerson

This week, a group of prominent Washington D.C. think tank organizations sent a joint letter to Congressional leaders urging them to prioritize bipartisan-backed legislation that would benefit America’s college students. The letter was sent to the House and Senate minority... Read More

IAVA Celebrates Senate Passage of Landmark Women Veterans Legislation
Veterans
IAVA Celebrates Senate Passage of Landmark Women Veterans Legislation
2020-12-10 18:49:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America on Thursday cheered Senate passage of the Deborah Sampson Act, which directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to carry out the three-year pilot program to assess how best to provide assistance... Read More

Bipartisan, Bicameral Lawmakers Circulate Details of COVID Relief Proposal
Congress
Bipartisan, Bicameral Lawmakers Circulate Details of COVID Relief Proposal
2020-12-09 19:28:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of lawmakers from both the House and Senate circulated details of the $908 billion coronavirus relief proposal, though significant hurdles to its passage remain. Among them is the fate of proposed aid to state and... Read More

Stopgap Readied Amid Year-End Budget, Virus Aid Scramble
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Stopgap Readied Amid Year-End Budget, Virus Aid Scramble

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers were finalizing a one-week stopgap funding measure Tuesday to avoid a partial government shutdown starting Friday at midnight, with the only add-ons expected to be a package of expiring health care program extensions, according to Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard C. Shelby.... Read More

Many Aren't Buying Public Officials' 'Stay-at-Home' Message
State News
Many Aren't Buying Public Officials' 'Stay-at-Home' Message

LOS ANGELES — With the coronavirus running rampant in Los Angeles and hospitals projected to overflow by Christmas, officials have fallen back on a familiar refrain: Stay home. "My message couldn't be simpler: It's time to hunker down. It's time to cancel everything," Los... Read More

Bipartisan Coronavirus Relief Package Hits Snags Over Details
Congress
Bipartisan Coronavirus Relief Package Hits Snags Over Details

WASHINGTON — After making a big splash last week and injecting a sense of optimism into long-delayed coronavirus relief talks, a bipartisan $908 billion plan is hung up over the specifics of aid to states and localities and liability protections for... Read More

Wisconsin Governor Evers Announces CARES Grants
State News
Wisconsin Governor Evers Announces CARES Grants
2020-12-07 21:37:58
by Sean Trambley

MADISON, Wis. — This week, Governor Tony Evers announced that COVID-19 Lodging Grants have been awarded to 663 Wisconsin lodging operators.  The grants aim to provide stabilization to the state’s lodging industry as it continues to be impacted by the... Read More

New Gallup Survey Suggests Americans’ Mental Health is Declining Due to COVID-19
Opinion Polls
New Gallup Survey Suggests Americans’ Mental Health is Declining Due to COVID-19
2020-12-07 20:23:18
by Sara Wilkerson

A new survey report from Gallup suggests that Americans’ positive outlook on their mental health is on a nine-point decline from last year, a new low point in Gallup’s 20-year history of measuring Americans’ view on their mental health. The... Read More

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