A Rascal in the ’60s Returns to the Road After Pandemic Enforced Hiatus
A Rascal in the '60s Returns to the Road After Pandemic Enforced Hiatus
2022-03-17 22:48:46
by Dan McCue

Looking back now, it all seems so guardedly optimistic. With the coronavirus pandemic rapidly spreading across the United States during the winter of 2020, recording artists, concert venues, festival organizers and just about everybody else involved with the industry hoped... Read More

In The States
Overdose Deaths Spiked During First Year of Pandemic
2022-03-03 00:45:04
by Dan McCue

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Overdose deaths, most of them attributable to opioid abuse, surged in the first year of the coronavirus pandemic, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Wednesday. In the latest edition of its annual Drug Overdose... Read More

Pandemic Sapped Clean Energy Job Growth in Midwest, But Rebound is Strong
2021-08-11 15:59:23
by Dan McCue

The coronavirus pandemic reversed three years of dramatic growth in clean energy jobs in the Midwest, but the sector is now rebounding faster than the overall regional workforce, a new report says. According to Clean Jobs Midwest, released by the... Read More

Virus's Impact: More Relaxing and Thinking, Less Socializing

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The eruption of COVID-19 last year caused the proportion of people working from home in the U.S. to nearly double, with the shift most pronounced among college graduates and workers in such fields as finance and... Read More

Experts Question If WHO Should Lead Pandemic Origins Probe

BEIJING (AP) — As the World Health Organization draws up plans for the next phase of its probe of how the coronavirus pandemic started, an increasing number of scientists say the U.N. agency it isn't up to the task and... Read More

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

Disease Experts Look to the End Of Pandemic But Aren't Sure When
2021-04-16 13:25:59
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- As the U.S. death toll reached 564,000 from COVID-19, the nation’s top disease experts said Thursday normal life will return for Americans only when enough of them get vaccinated. But with more than 70,000 new infections daily, they... Read More

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

'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

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

White House
Biden's Big Relief Package a Bet Gov't Can Help Cure America

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden wants America to know that he's from the government and he's here to help. That sentiment became a well-worn punchline under Ronald Reagan and shaped the politics of both parties for four decades. Democrat... Read More

Decline in Emissions and Transportation Sector Energy Demand in 2020
2021-02-24 15:45:46
by Reece Nations

Although 2020 was an economically woeful year due to the coronavirus pandemic, a joint report by BloombergNEF and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy indicates renewable energy sources made record contributions to the country’s power grid.  The annual report, called... Read More

Economic Challenges Difficult, Not Insurmountable
2021-02-22 17:54:19
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — According to experts convened by the political advocacy group The Concord Coalition, the nation’s long standing fiscal, monetary, and economic challenges were made more difficult by the pandemic, but they are not insurmountable.  Leaders from the Congressional Budget... Read More

COVID-19 Variant Brings New Dimension to Europe's Pandemic

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — In the first week of December, Portugal’s prime minister gave his pandemic-weary people an early Christmas gift: restrictions on gatherings and travel due to COVID-19 would be lifted from Dec. 23-26 so they could spend the... Read More

Pandemic Haunts New Year as Virus Growth Outpaces Vaccines

LONDON (AP) — Despite growing vaccine access, January is looking grim around the globe as the coronavirus resurges and reshapes itself from Britain to Japan to California, filling hospitals and threatening livelihoods anew as governments lock down businesses and race... Read More

U.S. Senate
Lamar Alexander Bids Farewell After 18 Years in the Senate

WASHINGTON — Sen. Lamar Alexander's farewell speech to the chamber in which he's served for 18 years — and was a staffer decades earlier — was a reminder to colleagues of why the retiring Tennessee Republican was such a popular and effective public figure. Alexander's... Read More

In The News
Pandemic Recession Becomes 'Shecession' as More Working Moms are Forced to Quit Jobs

As a social service provider, Colleen Zavodny knows how important it is to take care of her mental health, but the coronavirus pandemic has tested her like nothing else. "I've had a couple nasty, ugly cries where I wonder how am I... Read More

Few New Movies, Small Crowds: Can AMC and B&B Theaters Survive the Pandemic?

At AMC Town Center in the Kansas City suburb of Leawood, Kan., the 20-screen complex has a few recent offerings: There's a new comedy starring Robert DeNiro and Rob Riggle, Christopher Nolan's "Tenet" and a thriller with Russell Crowe. But it's the oldies that tell the story of how the coronavirus... Read More

Congress Seeks a Clean Energy Economy While Recovering from Coronavirus Pandemic
2020-09-17 13:56:35
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Congress discussed proposals Wednesday to switch the United States to 100% clean energy as Western governors confronting out-of-control wildfires demand action on global warming. A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee is trying to figure out a way to... Read More

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