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Women in the Rockies Use Horses for Healing
Mental Health
Women in the Rockies Use Horses for Healing
2021-05-05 21:21:35
by Alexa Hornbeck

About 6 miles outside of a tiny town called Granby, Colo.,  is a little ranching community called C Lazy U Ranch nestled 8,000 feet high aside the cusp of the towering Rocky Mountains.  Entering the ranch is a dusty dirt... Read More

US Backs Waiving Intellectual Property Rules on Vaccines
Health
US Backs Waiving Intellectual Property Rules on Vaccines
2021-05-05 21:18:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Biden administration nounced Wednesday that it will support efforts to waive intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines in an effort to speed the end of the pandemic. United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced the government’s position... Read More

Oversight Board Upholds Facebook Ban on Trump, With Caveat
Social Media
Oversight Board Upholds Facebook Ban on Trump, With Caveat
2021-05-05 15:22:55
by Dan McCue

Facebook’s Oversight Board has upheld the social media platform’s suspension of former President Donald Trump’s Facebook account, but in doing so, it said the company failed to impose the penalty properly. “It is not permissible for Facebook to keep a... Read More

Parents Excited Over Prospect of Virus Shots for Children
Health
Parents Excited Over Prospect of Virus Shots for Children

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — After more than a year of fretting over her 13-year son with a rare liver disease, Heather Ousley broke into tears when she learned that he and millions of other youngsters could soon be eligible for... Read More

No. 2 House Republican Backs Cheney Ouster Over Trump Barbs
Political News
No. 2 House Republican Backs Cheney Ouster Over Trump Barbs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The No. 2 House Republican publicly called Wednesday for the removal of Rep. Liz Cheney from the party's leadership, adding momentum to the drive to topple her after she clashed repeatedly with former President Donald Trump.  Rep.... Read More

Nature at its Craziest: Trillions of Cicadas About to Emerge
Environment
Nature at its Craziest: Trillions of Cicadas About to Emerge

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) — Sifting through a shovel load of dirt in a suburban backyard, Michael Raupp and Paula Shrewsbury find their quarry: a cicada nymph.  And then another. And another. And four more.  In maybe a third of a... Read More

Despite Business Warnings, GOP Moves Ahead With Voting Bills
In The States
Despite Business Warnings, GOP Moves Ahead With Voting Bills

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican lawmakers around the country are pressing ahead with efforts to tighten voting laws, despite growing warnings from business leaders that the measures could harm democracy and the economic climate. More than 50 companies and business... Read More

Focused On Diversity And Global Health, Power Takes The Helm of USAID
Foreign Affairs
Focused On Diversity And Global Health, Power Takes The Helm of USAID
2021-05-05 14:14:28
by Daniel Mollenkamp

In the middle of her first day as the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, deep into meetings about inclusivity and diversity in the agency and the rise in coronavirus cases in India, Samantha Power noticed a paper... Read More

How the Pandemic Is Shaping Policies for Smoke-Free Air in Casinos
Health
How the Pandemic Is Shaping Policies for Smoke-Free Air in Casinos
2021-05-05 14:08:35
by Alexa Hornbeck

Nathan Moose, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, developed permanent lung damage equivalent to that of a heavy smoker, despite never having smoked a day in his life.   Moose was an employee of a casino for 11 years that... Read More

Sensor Tool Lights the Way For Non-Hallucinogenic Drug Development
Science
Sensor Tool Lights the Way For Non-Hallucinogenic Drug Development
2021-05-05 14:02:37
by Alexa Hornbeck

Last week researchers at the University of California, Davis, published a study about a genetically encoded sensor called “PsychLight,” capable of detecting hallucinogenic compounds in the brain of mice, and how those compounds bind to receptors.  “The most shocking thing... Read More

Defense Experts Warn of New Threats From Weapons of Mass Destruction
Military
Defense Experts Warn of New Threats From Weapons of Mass Destruction
2021-05-05 13:54:51
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Defense experts portrayed a bleak outlook Tuesday during a congressional hearing for risks to the United States and the world from weapons of mass destruction. No recent example is better than the COVID-19 pandemic, which is fast approaching... Read More

Govs. Murphy, Lamont and Cuomo Announce Easing of Pandemic Restrictions
In The States
Govs. Murphy, Lamont and Cuomo Announce Easing of Pandemic Restrictions
2021-05-04 21:33:15
by Reece Nations

The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut on Monday announced the easing of pandemic restrictions on businesses, gatherings and venues in their respective states.  In a joint release, Govs. Andrew Cuomo of New York, Phil Murphy of New... Read More

A Lot of People May Be Willing to Loosen Their Purse Strings to Subsidize Greener Farming
In The News
A Lot of People May Be Willing to Loosen Their Purse Strings to Subsidize Greener Farming
2021-05-04 20:13:26
by Anthropocene

This article is by Emma Bryce and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. What would you be willing to pay, to ensure your food came from a farm that doubled up to protect biodiversity and mitigate climate change? That’s the... Read More

Corruption Cases Against Public Officials, Law Enforcement Rising
Crime
Corruption Cases Against Public Officials, Law Enforcement Rising
2021-05-04 19:21:51
by TWN Staff

Prosecutions for "official" corruption -- a catch-all meaning bribery, graft, conflicts of interest and other violations by federal, state, local officials and law enforcement -- have been rising steadily during the first six months of FY 2021, according to a... Read More

White House Aims to Have 70% of Americans Vaccinated by July 4
Health
White House Aims to Have 70% of Americans Vaccinated by July 4
2021-05-04 18:58:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Biden administration wants COVID-19 shots to go where the demand is, and will begin moving doses from states with lower demand to those where the interest in getting the vaccines is stronger -- all with an eye... Read More

Romney, Whitmer, Among Those Tapped for Special Profile in Courage Awards
In The News
Romney, Whitmer, Among Those Tapped for Special Profile in Courage Awards
2021-05-04 16:29:01
by TWN Staff

BOSTON - Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, and Michigan's Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will be among the honorees on May 26 when the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation bestows its next slate of Profile in Courage awards. Romney is being honored... Read More

Walgreens and Uber Team-up To Combat Vaccine Wastes
Health
Walgreens and Uber Team-up To Combat Vaccine Wastes
2021-05-04 16:00:27
by Alexa Hornbeck

Last week, in partnership with Walgreens, Uber announced the launch of a new way to transport individuals to get their vaccine shots, and to donate rides to those who aren’t able to get to and from their scheduled appointments.  “Our... Read More

Judges Hear Arguments Over Contentious Census Privacy Tool
Litigation
Judges Hear Arguments Over Contentious Census Privacy Tool

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The fight over whether the U.S. Census Bureau can use a controversial statistical technique to keep people's information private in the numbers used for drawing political districts on Monday went before a judicial panel that must... Read More

FDA Expected to OK Pfizer Vaccine for Teens Within Week
Health
FDA Expected to OK Pfizer Vaccine for Teens Within Week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for youngsters ages 12 to 15 by next week, according to a federal official and a person familiar with the process, setting up shots... Read More

Whose 'Big Lie'? Trump's Proclamation a New GOP Litmus Test
Political News
Whose 'Big Lie'? Trump's Proclamation a New GOP Litmus Test

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump and his supporters are intensifying efforts to shame — and potentially remove — members of their party who are seen as disloyal to the former president and his false claims that last year's election was... Read More

Biden Quadruples Trump Refugee Cap After Delay Backlash
Immigration
Biden Quadruples Trump Refugee Cap After Delay Backlash

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden formally raised the nation's cap on refugee admissions to 62,500 this year, weeks after facing bipartisan blowback for his delay in replacing the record-low ceiling set by former President Donald Trump. Refugee resettlement agencies... Read More

GAO Knowledge Can Help Congressional Policies Keep Up with Tech Pace
Think Tanks
GAO Knowledge Can Help Congressional Policies Keep Up with Tech Pace
2021-05-04 12:52:29
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - Policymaking is not keeping up with the quick pace of technology, said Marci Harris, co-founder and CEO of POPVOX yesterday. She insisted that the retrospective role that the Government Accountability Office, which takes on government financial and performance... Read More

$28.6 Billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund Open for Enrollment
Business
$28.6 Billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund Open for Enrollment
2021-05-03 21:38:37
by Reece Nations

The Small Business Administration began accepting applications on Monday for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, a program authorized in March by the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act. To receive funding, businesses must submit their application to the SBA on... Read More

Biden Terminates Diversion of Funds for Construction of Border Wall
White House
Biden Terminates Diversion of Funds for Construction of Border Wall
2021-05-03 20:49:49
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- The Biden administration has begun the process of canceling all sections of the border wall that were funded by money diverted from military projects, in relation to a federal walk back of one of the Trump administration's principal policy... Read More

Republicans Claim $15 Minimum Wage Would Hurt U.S. Jobs and Businesses
Congress
Republicans Claim $15 Minimum Wage Would Hurt U.S. Jobs and Businesses
2021-05-03 20:47:27
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The Biden administration’s pledge to up the wages and fair labor standards of low-income workers hit a roadblock among Republicans during a congressional hearing Monday. The intentions are good but the economics are bad, according to critics who... Read More

$1.6 MIllion to Go to Protesters at 2017 Inauguration
Law
$1.6 MIllion to Go to Protesters at 2017 Inauguration
2021-05-03 13:21:46
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The District of Columbia government this week agreed to pay $1.6 million to settle two lawsuits by protesters during the January 2017 presidential inauguration of Donald Trump. In one of the lawsuits, six demonstrators represented by the ACLU... Read More

Yellen: Biden's Phased-in Spending Plan Won't Fuel Inflation
Economy
Yellen: Biden's Phased-in Spending Plan Won't Fuel Inflation

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's massive proposed spending on infrastructure, families and education will not fuel inflation because the plans would be phased in gradually over 10 years, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Sunday. New economic reports have portrayed... Read More

Apple's App Store Goes on Trial in Threat to 'Walled Garden'
Technology
Apple's App Store Goes on Trial in Threat to 'Walled Garden'

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — On Monday, Apple faces one of its most serious legal threats in recent years: A trial that threatens to upend its iron control over its app store, which brings in billions of dollars each year... Read More

Democrats Seek Narrow Path to Rein in Cost of Medicines
Prescription Drugs
Democrats Seek Narrow Path to Rein in Cost of Medicines

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's call for authorizing Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug prices has energized Democrats on a politically popular idea they've been pushing for nearly 20 years only to encounter frustration. But they still lack a... Read More

US Begins Reuniting Some Families Separated at Mexico Border
Immigration
US Begins Reuniting Some Families Separated at Mexico Border

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Biden administration said Monday that four families that were separated at the Mexico border during Donald Trump's presidency will be reunited in the United States this week in what Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas calls... Read More

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