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Judge blocks Biden administration from lifting Title 42 public health order used to quickly expel migrants

A federal judge in Louisiana on Friday blocked the Biden administration from lifting a public health order that immigration officers have used to quickly expel migrants at the southwest border, including asylum-seekers.... Read more»

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More shots, more funding: Biden back to basics as COVID-19 cases rise

The White House held its first COVID-19 task force briefing in six weeks on Wednesday, as the country grapples with the possibility that surging case counts and hospitalizations across the country will flow through the summer. ... Read more»

This rural, red Southern county was a vaccine success story — not anymore

The vaccination rate in Meigs County was artificially inflated by a data error that distorted most of Tennessee’s county-level vaccination rates by attributing tens of thousands of doses to the wrong counties, according to a KHN review of Tennessee’s data. ... Read more»

Estados aún deben usar el dinero federal que era para zanjar disparidades de COVID

La administración de Biden anunció en 2021 que estaba invirtiendo $2,250 millones para abordar las disparidades de salud de COVID, pero un año después, se ha utilizado poco del dinero.... Read more»

States have yet to spend hundreds of millions of federal dollars to tackle COVID health disparities

The Biden administration in March 2021 announced it was investing $2.25 billion to address COVID health disparities - and two months later, grants were awarded to every state health department - but a year later, little of the money has been used.... Read more»

Few eligible families have applied for government help to pay for COVID funerals

In April 2021, FEMA offered to reimburse funeral expenses for COVID victims - up to $9,000 - and though the federal government has paid more than $2 billion to cover funeral costs, fewer than half of eligible families have started applications.... Read more»

The Tucson agenda

Christy fairly needles fellow Pima Supes, Tucson-area governments set to start approving budgets

No, Republicans, "crazy" isn't a prerequisite for making life hard on Democrats, as Supervisor Steve Christy proves with some smart bird-dogging. ... Read more»

Americans cite inflation as top problem facing the country

A Pew Research Center survey released Thursday indicates that inflation is the most concerning issue facing the U.S. public, as a declining share of Americans say the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment and racism are big problems. ... Read more»

Change of course: Modernization, COVID-19 pandemic help revitalize golf

After a boom in golf’s popularity that followed the emergence of Tiger Woods, the game slipped into a post-Tiger downtrend - then along came a global pandemic and numbers for golf suddenly improved and have continued to skyrocket.... Read more»

Travel nurses see swift change of fortunes as COVID money runs dry

As COVID hospitalization rates stabilize, at least for now, and federal and state COVID relief funding dries up, travel nurse contracts that were plentiful and lucrative are vanishing and hospitals nationwide are focused on recruiting full-time nurses.... Read more»

Gun deaths rose 28% during COVID-19 pandemic

Gun deaths across the U.S. increased by 28 percent during the COVID-19 pandemic, along with a 15 percent increase in overall firearm-related incidents and a 34 percent increase in nonfatal gun injuries between March 2020 and February 2021.... Read more»

Pima County revisits COVID policies as virus become endemic

Pima County is revisiting COVID-19 public health policies, including vaccine requirements and sick leave for government workers, as the number of weekly cases of new infections among area residents continues to decline.... Read more»

To-go cocktails make it harder to enforce underage drinking laws

During the COVID-19 pandemic, states gave a boost to struggling restaurants by allowing cocktails to-go - but the expansion has strained understaffed alcohol enforcement agencies, which have been hard-pressed to prevent underage drinking.... Read more»

With travel mandate lifted, 'one-way maskers' & the chronically ill worry about their safety

About 45% of Americans surveyed in April said it’s too early to end the mask mandate on federal transportation, and with the current increase in COVID-19 cases, healthy people are masking up to help those that are more susceptible to catching the virus.... Read more»

Popular proxies: Close to 10% of House votes cast by proxy since 2020

More than 31,000 proxy votes have been cast during more than 700 roll calls since absent members were first allowed to vote by proxy as an emergency COVID-19 safety measure - almost 10% of more than 311,000 possible member votes in that time.... Read more»1

Arizona lawmakers among most, least likely in House to vote by proxy

Two years after the House allowed proxy voting as a pandemic precaution, two Arizona lawmakers remain among the House’s most active proxy voters, while two others are among the stubborn minority that has never cast vote by proxy. ... Read more»1

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