Health

‘Abortion absolutely is healthcare’: U.S. House panel told as GOP pursues nationwide ban

BY: - September 29, 2022

A nationwide abortion ban would widen disparities in healthcare and drive up the maternal mortality rate, particularly among Black women, physicians and advocates told a U.S. House panel on Thursday. “Women’s progress has always been inextricably linked with the ability to control our own bodies,” Jocelyn Frye, the president of the National Partnership for Women […]

FL corrections officials say no injuries to inmates, staff after storm passed; prison reform activists critical

BY: - September 29, 2022

The Florida Department of Corrections reported Thursday that there were no reported injuries to inmates or on-duty staff at various prison facilities throughout the state after Ian made landfall. But prison reform activists remain critical, saying the department didn’t evacuate inmates at Charlotte Correctional Institution, at a time when Charlotte County was considered a target […]

DeSantis says Ian expects to create major flooding in NE Florida, hundreds of miles from landfall

BY: - September 28, 2022

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said early evening Wednesday that while Hurricane Ian is still battering the Southwest part of the peninsula, the Category 4 storm is going to continue to lash through Florida hundreds of miles away before it escapes into the Atlantic. “We do anticipate some major flooding events in Northeast Florida,” the governor […]

The fate of power outages: Recovery from Ian could take days, weeks, with full extent unknown

BY: - September 28, 2022

As Hurricane Ian makes its entrance on the Southwest coastline, Florida utility companies have already documented hundreds of thousands of homes without power due to impacts of the intense Category 4 storm. And some worry that efforts to get families back online could take days or even weeks. Eric Silagy, CEO of one of Florida’s […]

As FL contends with the fentanyl crisis, ‘harm reduction’ advocates work to save lives

BY: - September 28, 2022

With thousands of Floridians dying of drug overdoses caused by fentanyl, Attorney General Ashley Moody has been urging the Biden administration since mid-summer to classify the drug as a “weapon of mass destruction,” warning of the dangers posed if the potent opioid gets into the hands of an avowed enemy of the United States. “We […]

President Biden reaches out to FL as Hurricane Ian approaches the west coast of the peninsula

BY: - September 27, 2022

As Hurricane Ian continues its path towards the west coast of Florida, President Joe Biden on Tuesday afternoon showed support for Florida officials and reiterated that federal resources will be available. “Experts say this could be a very severe hurricane — life-threatening and devastating in its impact,” Biden said, according to the Miami Herald. “Safety […]

During NM visit, Pelosi hints aid to fire victims will come sooner than expected

BY: - September 27, 2022

Those who suffered damage or injury due to the biggest fire in state history could be in line to receive substantial compensation sooner than expected, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said during a visit to Albuquerque on Monday. The Hermits Peak Fire Assistance Act, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez (D-Las Vegas, N.M.), requires the […]

Beagles rescued from Virginia dog-breeding facility get the star treatment in D.C.

BY: - September 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — Now-famous beagles rescued from a breeding and research facility in Virginia were on Capitol Hill on Thursday as an animal welfare group and a California congressman pushed for legislation that would promote adoption of research animals. “It’s unfortunate that animals are still allowed to be used in testing. That hopefully is going to […]

National Hurricane Center: Keep watch on new storm that could hit FL as hurricane

BY: - September 23, 2022

Update: Gov. DeSantis has issued an emergency order for 24 counties in response to the tropical system threatening Florida next week. “This declaration will make available important resources and support, as well as free up funding sources for emergency protective measures. Under this this emergency order, members of the Florida National Guard will be activated […]

New monkeypox infections in United States continue downward trend

BY: - September 23, 2022

With the rate of new monkeypox cases continuing to decrease in the United States, global health officials are reporting new deaths in other countries and warning that it’s too early to become lax on public health safeguards. The World Health Organization has now reported 23 deaths, mostly in Africa, an increase of five since its […]

Clash over climate change funding emerging in farm bill debate

BY: - September 21, 2022

WASHINGTON —   As lawmakers begin envisioning the next farm bill, some U.S. House Republicans are wary of making climate change a priority for farmers and ranchers. The pushback from Republicans at a Tuesday hearing came as the Biden administration has tried to make significant new investments in climate change mitigation on farmland, last week […]

‘Crisis pregnancy centers’ that oppose abortion questioned by U.S. Senate Democrats

BY: - September 21, 2022

Seven U.S. Senate Democrats questioned a leading Ohio-based antiabortion group Tuesday about its practice of collecting personal information from patients seeking abortions. So-called crisis pregnancy centers—facilities that often mirror abortion provider aesthetics but actually provide services to discourage abortion—collect sensitive data from patients. That presents troubling new complications as states move to increase penalties for abortions […]