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White House imposes travel restrictions for Africa amid new COVID-19 variant

BY: - November 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House is set to announce travel restrictions to eight countries in Southern Africa on Monday due to the discovery of a new coronavirus variant, according to senior administration officials. The World Health Organization classified the COVID-19 variant as a “variant of concern” due to its high mutation and transmission rate, and […]

Immigration protections in Biden’s social policy bill face a new test in the Senate

BY: - November 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — Nearly 100 House Democrats are pushing the Senate to expand immigration protections in President Joe Biden’s massive social spending and climate bill, and advocates say that it may be a last opportunity for years to advance any reform. The letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and the chairman of […]

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Giving thanks for vaccines, investments in American people, and those fighting gerrymandering

BY: - November 25, 2021

“Unfurrow your brow.” My mom’s frequent admonition to her easily impassioned daughter. I need a lot of reminding. I feel like I’ve been furrowing my forehead nonstop for almost two years straight. But on Turkey Day, I will take a moment, if not the whole day, to unknit that brow and give thanks for small […]

Lawsuit settlement breaks down between unvaccinated students and Louisiana medical school

Lawsuit settlement breaks down between unvaccinated students and Louisiana medical school

BY: - November 24, 2021

Settlement negotiations appear to have broken down for three medical students who are suing a north Louisiana medical school over its COVID-19 vaccination requirement.  The students asked a federal court in Monroe Tuesday to amend their complaint, lodging new allegations that the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) implemented new discriminatory policies that require […]

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Judge grants restraining order against Louisiana med school vaccine mandate

Giving thanks to America’s medical community for life-saving vaccines

BY: - November 24, 2021

If we were not still in the grip of a deadly pandemic, with the seven-day average U.S. death toll from the coronavirus hovering just over 1,100 a day, I probably would not have thought of giving thanks this year for the medical researchers who have given this country protection against many life-threatening illnesses. Back in […]

Your Thanksgiving plans will determine if coronavirus surges again

Your Thanksgiving plans will determine if coronavirus surges again

BY: - November 23, 2021

Louisiana is going into the Thanksgiving holiday with some of the lowest COVID-19 hospitalization and death rates since the pandemic began, but state officials warn that individual and family behavior over the next few days will determine whether that downward trend continues or reverses into a fifth surge. “We’re thankfully very much out of the […]

Medical marijuana prices soar in Louisiana due to regulatory bottleneck

Medical marijuana prices soar in Louisiana due to regulatory bottleneck

BY: - November 18, 2021

A regulatory bottleneck in Louisiana’s medical marijuana supply chain has inflated costs far beyond the prices found in other states, according to industry experts who testified at the Louisiana Legislature’s Medical Marijuana Commission meeting Thursday. Armed with letters from constituents and business owners who have hit roadblocks trying to either buy or sell the pharmaceutical-grade […]

States forge ahead with COVID-19 booster shots for all adults

BY: - November 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials are expected as soon as Friday to expand access to COVID-19 booster shots to all American adults. But some states aren’t waiting for a green light from D.C. At least six states already have opened up eligibility for the boosters from Pfizer and Moderna beyond the categories specified by federal […]

States, cities face deadline for proving how quickly they’ve helped renters in crisis

BY: - November 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — States, cities and counties that excelled at distributing emergency federal aid to renters struggling during the pandemic may soon be rewarded—with yet more cash. Their new funding would be drawn from sluggish states and localities that didn’t move as swiftly to help people facing eviction and homelessness, who were targeted for billions in assistance […]

CVS sometimes forces people to use its pharmacies. Now the Supreme Court will weigh in.

BY: - November 8, 2021

It’s a practice long complained of in Ohio. CVS Health and other massive corporations often use their pharmacy middleman subsidiaries to force people to get the most expensive class of drugs from the businesses’ own mail-order pharmacies. Some call the practice “patient steering.” CVS and companies such as UnitedHealth and ExpressScripts/Cigna say the arrangements save […]

Louisiana AG Landry sues Biden administration over federal contractor vaccine rules

BY: - November 5, 2021

Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry on Thursday filed a lawsuit against President Joe Biden’s administration over its COVID-19 vaccine requirement for federal contractors.  Several other states attorneys general from the Republican Party have already filed similar lawsuits. Indiana and Mississippi joined Landry in his lawsuit on behalf of Louisiana, which was submitted to a federal […]

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Commentary: Racial discrimination is linked to suicidal thoughts in Black adults and children

BY: - November 5, 2021

By Janelle R. Goodwill of the University of Chicago for The Conversation Frederick Douglass is regarded as one of the most prominent abolitionists the world has ever seen. Alongside his extraordinary contributions as an influential speaker, writer and human rights advocate, Douglass – who was born into slavery and gained freedom in September 1838 – also wrote […]