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St. Louis judge halts city evictions until Oct. 3, following CDC’s order

BY: - August 6, 2021

St. Louis City Circuit Court has halted evictions for city residents through Oct. 3, mirroring the federal eviction moratorium issued this week. The new federal prohibition on evicting renters behind on their payments covers those living in counties with high or substantial rates of community COVID-19 transmission, or places with more than 50 COVID-19 cases […]

Prescription for faulty communication in operating rooms: Be explicit, not polite

BY: - August 5, 2021

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Research by a University of Kansas linguist and University of Missouri-Kansas City physicians pointed to the potential medical harm of ambiguous communication in operating rooms that also complicated the training of surgeons. The analysis was based on observation of surgical residents at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in which 3,912 instances, or […]

Judge issues restraining order blocking St. Louis County mask mandate

BY: - August 3, 2021

St. Louis County is prohibited from enforcing a mask mandate following a judge’s order issued Tuesday afternoon. After hearing arguments earlier in the day, St. Louis County Circuit Court Judge Ellen Ribaudo issued a temporary restraining order blocking the mask mandate from being implemented. The restraining order, which was requested by Attorney General Eric Schmitt, […]

Group abandons effort to force a vote on Missouri gas tax increase

BY: - August 2, 2021

A push by a conservative anti-tax group to force a statewide vote on a gas tax hike approved by Missouri lawmakers earlier this year has been abandoned, the group’s Missouri director said Monday. Jeremy Cady, state director of Americans for Prosperity, confirmed via text message that his organization is no longer working to place the issue […]

Congress approves $521M to pay for National Guard costs tied to Jan. 6 attack

BY: - July 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congress on Thursday overwhelmingly passed $521 million to reimburse the National Guard for providing 26,000 troops to protect the Capitol after the Jan. 6 riot — an unexpected expense that was poised to result in training cutbacks for Guard units across the country. The National Guard Bureau used its budget to pay for the […]

U.S. Senate agrees to move ahead on $550B in new infrastructure spending

BY: - July 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators say they have worked through the sticking points on a major infrastructure package, and the Senate agreed on a procedural vote on Wednesday night to advance to debate on the proposal. That announcement came a week after Republicans blocked a test vote on the deal, with GOP senators […]

National parks refine ticketed-entry systems to manage visitor boom

BY: - July 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — Watching the sunrise from Cadillac Mountain at Maine’s Acadia National Park is a gorgeous view — so breathtaking that on some days, as many as 500 cars could be found vying for the scenic overlook’s 150 parking spots. That competition has become more manageable since Acadia officials began using a reservation system in May, […]

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CDC says the vaccinated should wear masks indoors in areas with high infection rates

BY: - July 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials on Tuesday urged Americans in areas of the country with the highest surges in COVID-19 infections to once again wear masks when they are in public, indoor settings — even if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The updated recommendations marked a sharp shift from the agency’s guidance in May that Americans fully vaccinated against […]

Congress hears testimony on families losing homes despite federal eviction moratorium

BY: - July 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — The national moratorium on evictions, as well as rental assistance programs, weren’t enough protection to keep Katrina Chism and her family in their suburban Atlanta home when money got tight.  Chism was laid off twice during the COVID-19 pandemic, and when she fell behind on rent, she faced an initial eviction notice. She was […]

U.S. House passes PFAS bill regulating ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

BY: - July 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Wednesday passed bipartisan legislation that would regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water, as well as designate two types of those toxic chemicals as hazardous substances that would spark federal cleanup standards. The bill, H.R. 2467, also known as the PFAS Action Act of 2021, passed 241-183, with 23 Republicans joining Democrats […]

Democrats unite around ‘climate corps’ that could employ youth, prevent fires

BY: - July 21, 2021

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pledged on Tuesday to include a Civilian Climate Corps in a $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill later this year, as a broad swath of Democrats rallied around a framework of employing thousands of young people to do conservation work. Schumer, D-N.Y., appeared with a handful of congressional Democrats, led by […]

As Congress tries to regulate ‘forever chemicals,’ local water systems push back

BY: - July 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — Local water utilities worried about getting hit with lawsuits and high cleanup costs are stepping up their lobbying of Congress as lawmakers move to regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water. The bill, the PFAS Action Act of 2021, has garnered bipartisan support and two Michigan lawmakers, Reps. Debbie Dingell, a Democrat, and Fred Upton, a […]