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The nation’s pandemic hotspots have shifted to rural communities, overwhelming small hospitals that are running out of beds or lack the intensive care units for more than one or two seriously ill patients. Read more»

Q: Are hospitals inflating the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths so they can be paid more? A: Recent legislation pays hospitals higher Medicare rates for COVID-19 patients and treatment, but there is no evidence of fraudulent reporting. Read more»

In 1976, a few years after OSHA was created, Congress attached a rider to the agency’s budget that exempted farms with 10 or fewer employees from enforcement. It shields farm owners from accountability when their workers die in preventable accidents. Read more»

In Arizona, so far an estimated 10,300 young immigrants have received driver’s licenses since the judge lifted the governor’s ban – even though nearly 10 times that many DREAMers have received federal work permits in Arizona. Fear is a great fertilizer – if not for corn, certainly for inertia. Read more»

At least 38 states presently recognize immigrants with deferred action status as eligible for driver’s licenses, yet we stand alone (with Nebraska) in refusing to grant driver’s licenses to certain undocumented immigrants with federal work permits. If Arizona is trying to change its anti-immigrant image and heal its self-inflicted wounds caused by SB 1070, this obviously isn’t going to do it. Read more»

Nebraska lawmakers voted to restore prenatal Medicaid for illegal immigrants, but Gov. Dave Heineman promised to veto the bill. Read more» 1

Abortion opponents worry that vague language used in the new health care reform bill could lead to the coverage of elective abortions in new high risk insurance pools and say that may already be starting in New Mexico and Pennsylvania. Read more»

With both teams going to new conferences, the rivalry between Nebraska and Colorado will all but end, another reason the realignment carousel must end.

As athletic conferences continue to shuffle about, one thing that is going to stay the same is the Big 10 Conference. Er, the Big 12 with ten teams in it. Read more»

The University of Colorado Buffaloes will leave the Big 12 and join the the Pac-10 conference. They may start a stampede - as many as 5 other teams may switch. Read more»