This Week

2022-10-05 20:22:16
by Dan McCue
Senators Laud DOD for Imposing Anti-PFAS Procurement Rules

WASHINGTON — The lead Senate sponsors of the PFAS Free Military Purchasing Act this week lauded the Department of Defense’s... Read More

WASHINGTON — The lead Senate sponsors of the PFAS Free Military Purchasing Act this week lauded the Department of Defense’s recent decision to make its own stand against the proliferation of so-called “forever chemicals.” Late last month, the Defense Department... Read More

2022-10-05 20:03:15
by Dan McCue
Schools and Libraries Impacted by Storms to Net Lion’s Share of $96M in Connectivity Funding

WASHINGTON — Schools and libraries impacted by Hurricanes Fiona and Ian will net the lion’s share of $96 million in... Read More

WASHINGTON — Schools and libraries impacted by Hurricanes Fiona and Ian will net the lion’s share of $96 million in new funding through the Federal Communications Commission’s Emergency Connectivity Fund. The new funding will support applications for broadband services and... Read More

2022-10-05 19:30:33
by TWN Staff
Your Medications May Be Hurting Your Teeth

WASHINGTON — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly seven in 10 adults between the ages of... Read More

WASHINGTON — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly seven in 10 adults between the ages of 40 and 79 used at least one prescription drug in the past 30 days in the United States, and approximately... Read More

2022-10-05 19:26:55
by Tom Ramstack
Musk Changes His Mind to Proceed With $44B Twitter Purchase

WILMINGTON, Del. — Elon Musk reversed course Tuesday by saying he plans to proceed with his original $44 billion deal... Read More

WILMINGTON, Del. — Elon Musk reversed course Tuesday by saying he plans to proceed with his original $44 billion deal to buy social media giant Twitter Inc. Musk notified the Securities and Exchange Commission of his change of plan in... Read More

2022-10-05 19:18:30
by TWN Staff
NIH Awards Over $200 Million to Support Biomedical Research

WASHINGTON — The National Institutes of Health has awarded 103 new research grants, totaling some $285 million, to support highly... Read More

WASHINGTON — The National Institutes of Health has awarded 103 new research grants, totaling some $285 million, to support highly innovative scientists who propose visionary and broadly impactful meritorious behavioral and biomedical research projects. The 2022 NIH Director’s Awards are... Read More

2022-10-05 19:17:08
by TWN Staff
Study Finds Viagra and Cialis Do Not Reduce Alzheimer’s, Dementia Risk

WASHINGTON – Despite the results of a previous study, sildenafil (Viagra) and tadalafil (Cialis) may not be suitable candidates for... Read More

WASHINGTON – Despite the results of a previous study, sildenafil (Viagra) and tadalafil (Cialis) may not be suitable candidates for treating dementia, according to the National Institutes of Health. The Institute recently delved into the situation with its Drug Repurposing... Read More

2022-10-05 19:13:18
by TWN Staff
US Sees Increase in Respiratory Infections That Can Cause Paralysis in Children

ATLANTA — Doctors should be on the lookout for a possible increase in enterovirus D68, a respiratory infection that may... Read More

ATLANTA — Doctors should be on the lookout for a possible increase in enterovirus D68, a respiratory infection that may be linked to more cases of the rare, paralyzing condition acute flaccid myelitis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention... Read More

2022-10-05 19:10:32
by Dan McCue
Study Could Change Design of Cochlear Implants

PORTLAND, Ore. — The cochlea in the inner ear detects low-frequency sound in a manner very different than previously known,... Read More

PORTLAND, Ore. — The cochlea in the inner ear detects low-frequency sound in a manner very different than previously known, a discovery that may make it possible to design better cochlear implants for people with hearing impairments. The finding is... Read More

2022-10-05 19:08:49
by Dan McCue
Companies Face Removal From Key Database for Skirting Anti-Robocall Rules

WASHINGTON — Seven voice service providers face removal from a key database managed by the Federal Trade Commission if they... Read More

WASHINGTON — Seven voice service providers face removal from a key database managed by the Federal Trade Commission if they fail to demonstrate they’re taking concrete steps to comply with the agency’s anti-robocall rules. The first-of-their-kind FCC Enforcement Bureau orders... Read More

2022-10-05 19:08:01
by Dan McCue
New Autism Genes Discovered

IOWA CITY, Iowa – A multi-institutional research team, using genetic data from nearly 43,000 autistic individuals and their families, has... Read More

IOWA CITY, Iowa – A multi-institutional research team, using genetic data from nearly 43,000 autistic individuals and their families, has identified 60 autism spectrum-associated genes with exome-wide significance, including five new genes not previously implicated in neurodevelopmental disorders.   The results... Read More

2022-10-05 19:04:51
by Dan McCue
Army Releases Climate Strategy Implementation Plan

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army released a comprehensive plan on Wednesday aimed at reducing the future impacts and risks on... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army released a comprehensive plan on Wednesday aimed at reducing the future impacts and risks on its installations and fighting forces associated with climate change. Senior Army leaders have long been concerned that the effects of... Read More

2022-10-05 15:42:05
by Kate Michael
Renewable Thermal Energy Storage Companies Bringing the Heat to Industry

WASHINGTON — Just like the ground stays toasty even after the sun sets or your cup of hot chocolate can... Read More

WASHINGTON — Just like the ground stays toasty even after the sun sets or your cup of hot chocolate can warm your cold hands, thermal energy — or energy that comes from the temperature of a heated substance — has... Read More

2022-10-05 15:11:48
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Considers Exception to Veteran Disability Deadlines

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in the case of a Navy veteran seeking an exception... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in the case of a Navy veteran seeking an exception to the Department of Veterans Affairs post-service claims filing deadline. Adolfo Arellano served in the Navy from 1971 to 1981,... Read More

2022-10-05 15:10:00
by Dan McCue
Florida Officials Still Trying to Determine Way Forward After Ian

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — With the clock ticking ever closer to Election Day, Florida election officials are continuing to tally damage... Read More

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — With the clock ticking ever closer to Election Day, Florida election officials are continuing to tally damage and disruption assessments due to Hurricane Ian and charting a course to a fair and secure election. In an email... Read More

Exercise Caution With Zero-Premium Medicare Advantage Plans

Health insurers will flood the Medicare Advantage market again this fall with enticing offers for plans that have no monthly... Read More

Health insurers will flood the Medicare Advantage market again this fall with enticing offers for plans that have no monthly price tag. The number of so-called zero-premium plans has been growing for years, and they can appeal to retirees who... Read More

Kelly, Hobbs Face Different Prospects in Crucial Ariz. Races

PHOENIX (AP) — A year ago, Arizona's Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs was all over cable news, building a... Read More

PHOENIX (AP) — A year ago, Arizona's Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs was all over cable news, building a national profile as a defender of democracy and raking in cash for her campaign for governor. Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly,... Read More

GOP Optimistic About Senate Chances Despite Walker Turmoil

NEW YORK (AP) — Leading Republicans are entering the final month of the midterm campaign increasingly optimistic that a Senate... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — Leading Republicans are entering the final month of the midterm campaign increasingly optimistic that a Senate majority is within reach even as a dramatic family fight in Georgia clouds one of the party's biggest pickup opportunities.... Read More

2022-10-04 23:22:29
by Dan McCue
DOJ Begins to Spell Out Midterm Election Security Efforts

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice on Tuesday showed the first outward signs of it ramping up election security efforts... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice on Tuesday showed the first outward signs of it ramping up election security efforts ahead of the 2022 midterms, spelling out some of the activities it will be engaged in before and after Nov.... Read More

2022-10-04 21:56:25
by Dan McCue
Trump Asks Justices to Intervene in Classified Documents Case

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump has asked the Supreme Court to review a ruling by the 11th U.S. Circuit... Read More

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump has asked the Supreme Court to review a ruling by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that allowed the Justice Department to continue to review documents marked as classified that were seized from... Read More

The Midterms: a Republican’s Advice for Democrats

It’s Time to Get Engaged and Enraged. As a right-of-center Republican, Never Trumper and extremely concerned citizen, I feel both... Read More

It’s Time to Get Engaged and Enraged. As a right-of-center Republican, Never Trumper and extremely concerned citizen, I feel both trepidation and hope. The former is based on the likelihood that Democrats will lose the House and struggle to hold... Read More

2022-10-04 21:09:30
by Dan McCue
Former Congressman, Blue Dog Co-Founder, Bill Brewster Dies

MARIETTA, Okla. — Former Rep. Bill Brewster, who served three terms in Congress and was a co-founder of the Blue... Read More

MARIETTA, Okla. — Former Rep. Bill Brewster, who served three terms in Congress and was a co-founder of the Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats, died Monday after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 80. Brewster, a graduate of... Read More

2022-10-04 20:53:20
by Dan McCue
Conservative Justices Appear Inclined to Further Narrowing of Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON — After nearly two hours of oral argument on Tuesday, a number of conservative justices on the Supreme Court... Read More

WASHINGTON — After nearly two hours of oral argument on Tuesday, a number of conservative justices on the Supreme Court appeared to be sympathetic to Alabama’s request that key provisions of the Voting Rights Act be narrowed when it comes... Read More

2022-10-04 19:55:30
by Tom Ramstack
Investigation Reveals Sexual Harassment of US Women Soccer Players

WASHINGTON — A yearlong independent investigation of U.S. professional women’s soccer released Monday reported widespread sexual and verbal abuse of... Read More

WASHINGTON — A yearlong independent investigation of U.S. professional women’s soccer released Monday reported widespread sexual and verbal abuse of players by coaches and league executives.  The report recommended broad changes by the National Women's Soccer League. The investigation was... Read More

2022-10-03 21:26:24
by Dan McCue
9/11-Related Illness Deaths for FDNY Will Soon Surpass Deaths on Day of Attack

NEW YORK — Within the next year, the number of members of the New York City Fire Department who will... Read More

NEW YORK — Within the next year, the number of members of the New York City Fire Department who will have died from a 9/11-related illness will surpass the number of fire fighters and emergency medical technicians who died in... Read More

2022-10-03 18:33:24
by Dan McCue
Solicitor General’s Input Sought on Climate Suits Against Energy Companies

WASHINGTON —The Supreme Court on Monday asked the solicitor general’s office to weigh in on a dispute over which courts... Read More

WASHINGTON —The Supreme Court on Monday asked the solicitor general’s office to weigh in on a dispute over which courts — state or federal — can hear climate litigation against fossil fuel companies. The request comes as the justices consider... Read More

Fraud, Scam Cases Increasing on Zelle, Senate Report Finds

NEW YORK (AP) — Incidents of fraud and scams are occurring more often on the popular peer-to-peer payment service Zelle,... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — Incidents of fraud and scams are occurring more often on the popular peer-to-peer payment service Zelle, according to a report issued Monday by the office of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, giving the public its first glimpse into... Read More

Oath Keepers Trial: 'Armed Rebellion' Plan, Prosecutor Says

WASHINGTON (AP) — The founder of the Oath Keepers extremist group and four associates planned for an “armed rebellion” to... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The founder of the Oath Keepers extremist group and four associates planned for an “armed rebellion” to stop the transfer of presidential power on Jan. 6, 2021, prosecutors told jurors Monday at the opening of the most... Read More

Shying From Trump, Ex-Maine Gov. Paul LePage Seeks Job Back

YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — When then-Maine Gov. Paul LePage endorsed Donald Trump in 2016, he credited himself as a prototype... Read More

YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — When then-Maine Gov. Paul LePage endorsed Donald Trump in 2016, he credited himself as a prototype for the insurgent presidential candidate. "I was Donald Trump before Donald Trump became popular, so I think I should support... Read More

GOP Attacks Georgia's Abrams on Voting as Judge Rejects Suit

ATLANTA (AP) — When Democrat Stacey Abrams narrowly lost the Georgia governor's race to Republican Brian Kemp four years ago,... Read More

ATLANTA (AP) — When Democrat Stacey Abrams narrowly lost the Georgia governor's race to Republican Brian Kemp four years ago, she didn't go quietly. She ended her campaign with a nonconcession that acknowledged she wouldn't be governor, while spotlighting her... Read More

2022-09-30 21:11:10
by Dan McCue
Garland Sets New Rules for DOJ’s Use of State Secrets Privilege

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday imposed a new set of rules Justice Department officials will have to... Read More

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday imposed a new set of rules Justice Department officials will have to follow to invoke the state secrets privilege in litigation in the name of protecting national security. In a memo sent... Read More

2022-09-30 21:09:08
by Tom Ramstack
Biden’s Student Loan Rules Revised While States Sue to Stop the Debt Relief

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration changed its rules on who qualifies for student loan forgiveness Thursday as seven states filed... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration changed its rules on who qualifies for student loan forgiveness Thursday as seven states filed lawsuits to block the plan that would wipe away $10,000 of debt for most borrowers. The states said in their... Read More

2022-09-30 19:03:25
by Dan McCue
Detroit-Based Firm Increases Ownership Stake in Millennium Pipeline

DETROIT — DT Midstream, an owner, operator and developer of natural gas interstate and intrastate pipelines, announced Thursday that it... Read More

DETROIT — DT Midstream, an owner, operator and developer of natural gas interstate and intrastate pipelines, announced Thursday that it is acquiring an additional 26.25% ownership interest in the Millennium Pipeline. The company said the $552 million transaction will be... Read More

2022-09-30 18:51:36
by Madeline Hughes
Broadband Grant Leaves Alaskan Village ‘Giddy’

PORT LIONS, Alaska — The residents of the native village of Port Lions and surrounding Alaskan villages are “giddy” at... Read More

PORT LIONS, Alaska — The residents of the native village of Port Lions and surrounding Alaskan villages are “giddy” at the thought of getting internet through the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program, said... Read More

2022-09-30 18:40:37
by Dan McCue
Party Line House Vote Keeps Govt. Open Through Dec. 16

WASHINGTON — The House approved a short-term stopgap spending bill Friday, averting a partial shutdown of the government that could... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House approved a short-term stopgap spending bill Friday, averting a partial shutdown of the government that could have begun at midnight. The 230-201 vote in the Democratic-led House was largely along party lines. The so-called continuing resolution... Read More

2022-09-30 17:10:15
by Dan McCue
US Set Solar Capacity Growth Record in 2nd Quarter

EDINBURGH, Scotland — The pro-renewable energy policies of the Biden-Harris administration helped the United States achieve its largest ever quarter-over-quarter... Read More

EDINBURGH, Scotland — The pro-renewable energy policies of the Biden-Harris administration helped the United States achieve its largest ever quarter-over-quarter growth in utility-scale solar capacity, according to new analysis of the market. According to Wood Mackenzie, a U.K.-based research and... Read More

2022-09-30 17:09:02
by Dan McCue
HHS Rolls Out First-Ever Diaper Distribution Program

WASHINGTON — Families in need in six states and one tribal territory will be the beneficiaries of a new diaper... Read More

WASHINGTON — Families in need in six states and one tribal territory will be the beneficiaries of a new diaper distribution program rolled out by the Department of Health and Human Services this week. The pilot program will award $8... Read More

2022-09-30 15:18:15
by Madeline Hughes
FCC Shortens Length of Time Satellites Allowed to Remain in Orbit

WASHINGTON — Low-earth satellites must be deorbited after five years, the Federal Communications Commission decided Thursday at its monthly meeting.... Read More

WASHINGTON — Low-earth satellites must be deorbited after five years, the Federal Communications Commission decided Thursday at its monthly meeting. This rule change severely shortens the amount of time satellite operators have to remove their instruments from the skies. They... Read More

Abortion Ruling Intensifies Fight Over State Supreme Courts

Surrounded by states with abortion bans that took effect after Roe v. Wade fell, Illinois is one of the few... Read More

Surrounded by states with abortion bans that took effect after Roe v. Wade fell, Illinois is one of the few places where the procedure remains legal in the Midwest. Abortion-rights supporters are worried that might not last. Their concern is... Read More

AP-NORC Poll: On Game Day, Some See Prayer as a Hail Mary

Dolores Mejia thought the Chicago Bears could use a Hail Mary. In fact, she said the prayer several times as... Read More

Dolores Mejia thought the Chicago Bears could use a Hail Mary. In fact, she said the prayer several times as she watched the 1986 Super Bowl, pairing the intercession to the Holy Mother with two other rosary staples — the... Read More

2022-09-30 12:51:21
by Kate Michael
Landmark Bills Offer Decarbonization Funding but Cities Not Ready

WASHINGTON — The effort to mitigate climate change, reduce greenhouse gases, and decarbonize is a national priority of many countries,... Read More

WASHINGTON — The effort to mitigate climate change, reduce greenhouse gases, and decarbonize is a national priority of many countries, but since the transportation, building, and electricity sectors produce nearly two-thirds of GHG emissions in the United States alone, it’s... Read More

Virginia Thomas Appears for Interview With Jan. 6 Panel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative activist Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, appeared on Thursday for... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative activist Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, appeared on Thursday for a voluntary interview with the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection. The committee has for months sought an interview with... Read More

In Minnesota, Abortion Key to Keith Ellison's 2nd Term Hopes

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Keith Ellison gave up a safe seat in Congress to run for Minnesota attorney general, saying it was his... Read More

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Keith Ellison gave up a safe seat in Congress to run for Minnesota attorney general, saying it was his best chance to push back against the policies of Donald Trump. Now locked in a tough reelection fight, he's arguing... Read More

People Trapped, 2.5M Without Power as Ian Drenches Florida

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Ian left a path of destruction in southwest Florida, trapping people in flooded homes, cutting off... Read More

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Ian left a path of destruction in southwest Florida, trapping people in flooded homes, cutting off the only bridge to a barrier island, damaging the roof of a hospital intensive care unit and knocking out power to 2.5... Read More

2022-09-28 19:44:15
by Tom Ramstack
Senators Want to Prosecute Russians for War Crimes in Ukraine

WASHINGTON — A Senate panel raised the possibility Wednesday of extending U.S. jurisdiction against Russian military personnel to hold them... Read More

WASHINGTON — A Senate panel raised the possibility Wednesday of extending U.S. jurisdiction against Russian military personnel to hold them personally accountable for war crimes in Ukraine. Current federal law allows the Justice Department to prosecute war criminals only if... Read More

2022-09-28 19:32:36
by Dan McCue
Music Found to Bridge Divide Caused by Dementia

CHICAGO — Exposure to music from a dementia patient’s youth can create an emotional connection between patient and caregiver, according... Read More

CHICAGO — Exposure to music from a dementia patient’s youth can create an emotional connection between patient and caregiver, according to a new study. The findings suggest music can act as a bridge to interaction between caregivers and loved ones... Read More

2022-09-28 19:29:46
by Dan McCue
Survey Reveals US Women Lack Basic Knowledge About Uterine Health

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — A significant percentage of U.S. women lack an awareness of uterine health, including uterine fibroid symptoms and... Read More

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — A significant percentage of U.S. women lack an awareness of uterine health, including uterine fibroid symptoms and treatment options, according to a survey commissioned by Hologic, Inc., a medical technology firm focused on women’s health. Uterine fibroids... Read More

2022-09-28 19:28:53
by Dan McCue
Mining Social Media Provides Insight Into Mental Health and Treatment Outcomes

DUBLIN, Ireland — Real-world evidence drawn from social media can provide treatment providers with enhanced insights into how a patient’s... Read More

DUBLIN, Ireland — Real-world evidence drawn from social media can provide treatment providers with enhanced insights into how a patient’s mental health will impact the management of chronic conditions such as gout, a new study says. The research was funded... Read More

2022-09-28 19:27:00
by Dan McCue
FDA, Veterans Health Administration Partner to Accelerate Medical Device Innovation

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration and the Veterans Health Administration have entered into a new level of collaboration... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration and the Veterans Health Administration have entered into a new level of collaboration intended to help accelerate American medical device innovation.  Under the auspices of a memorandum of understanding signed last week, the... Read More

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