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Recreational Weed is Legal in Illinois, But Medical Marijuana Requests Are Up. Here’s Why.
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Recreational Weed is Legal in Illinois, But Medical Marijuana Requests Are Up. Here’s Why.

CHICAGO — Since recreational weed went on sale in Illinois three weeks ago, long lines have formed outside dispensaries, stores have established buying limits, and some have run out of product. All that was expected, based on what’s happened as... Read More

Chinese Coronavirus Outbreak Has Reached US Shores, CDC Says
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Chinese Coronavirus Outbreak Has Reached US Shores, CDC Says

A man in Washington state has been sickened by the new coronavirus spreading through Asia, marking the first confirmed case in the United States, experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday. The patient, a resident of... Read More

With Fate of Roe V. Wade Unsure, Abortion Fight Shifts to New Territory
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With Fate of Roe V. Wade Unsure, Abortion Fight Shifts to New Territory

Jan. 22 marks the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that legalized abortion nationwide. Those on both sides of the furious debate say this could be the year when everything changes. In March, the Supreme Court will... Read More

Supreme Court to Weigh Pennsylvania, New Jersey Birth Control Mandate Challenge
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Supreme Court to Weigh Pennsylvania, New Jersey Birth Control Mandate Challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court will review a Philadelphia federal judge’s decision last year to block new Trump administration rules that would have let almost any employer deny female workers no-cost birth control coverage by citing religious and moral objections. In... Read More

Justices Reject Appeal of Obamacare, Grand Jury Secrecy Cases
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Justices Reject Appeal of Obamacare, Grand Jury Secrecy Cases
2020-01-21 16:26:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a request that it resolve a dispute over the authority of a judge to order the disclosure of secret grand jury material in rare circumstances. The underlying case stems from a researcher's... Read More

In Reversal, Counties and States Help Inmates Keep Medicaid
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In Reversal, Counties and States Help Inmates Keep Medicaid

WASHINGTON — More local and state officials are working to ensure that low-income residents stay on Medicaid when they go to jail. Federal law bars Medicaid recipients from accessing their full federal health benefits while incarcerated. But officials from both... Read More

Foundation President Endorses House Asthma and Allergy Bill
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Foundation President Endorses House Asthma and Allergy Bill
2020-01-09 15:16:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan bill intended to close gaps in the care of public school students with asthma and food allergies is "an important step" in promoting the health of the 11.5 million American children who suffer from these conditions,... Read More

Lawmakers Urge Supreme Court to Reexamine Abortion Decisions
Supreme Court
Lawmakers Urge Supreme Court to Reexamine Abortion Decisions

WASHINGTON — More than 200 lawmakers, mostly Republicans, filed an amicus brief Thursday urging the Supreme Court to upend the precedents set by two landmark abortion rights cases, elevating abortion as a campaign issue ahead of this fall’s elections. The... Read More

New Years Deadliest Holiday to be On Roadways, Study Says
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New Years Deadliest Holiday to be On Roadways, Study Says

ORLANDO, Fla. — Not everyone’s New Years celebration is happy and healthy as a study finds the day to be the deadliest holiday of the year behind the wheel. Nearly 1,000 people died on U.S. roadways over a three-day period... Read More

Ohioans’ Liquor Consumption at All-Time High
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Ohioans’ Liquor Consumption at All-Time High

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It was 7:30 a.m. inside a nearly vacant Giant Eagle grocery store in New Albany, but in the back corner there were 18 people standing outside the shuttered liquor section. The liquor store didn’t open until 9... Read More

Health Officials Warn of Possible Measles Exposure at 5 US Airports
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Health Officials Warn of Possible Measles Exposure at 5 US Airports

Multiple travelers passed through five U.S. airports while infected with measles in December and may have exposed countless other passengers to the infectious disease, according to health officials. According to the Chicago Department of Public Health, a person infected with... Read More

Cuellar Says Texas Will Turn Blue When Democrats Embrace Rural Areas
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Cuellar Says Texas Will Turn Blue When Democrats Embrace Rural Areas
2019-12-24 15:03:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Henry Cuellar had no sooner returned to his native Texas, then he was being asked to reflect on one of the busiest and most consequential Decembers in the history of the U.S. Congress. In the three days... Read More

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