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COVID vaccine for kids under 5 could be available as soon as June 21

BY: - June 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is preparing to ship out to the states millions of COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5 in the coming weeks, likely ending months of waiting for parents and caregivers.   White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Ashish Jha said Thursday that if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorizes emergency use of […]

Nevada to divest up to $89M in gun stocks

BY: - June 2, 2022

Nevada’s treasurer, who oversees a $49 billion investment portfolio, announced plans Thursday to divest from companies that manufacture or sell assault-style weapons. The policy change has the potential to affect roughly $89 million in assets, according to the Treasurer’s Office. State financial managers said they are working on identifying all public companies that manufacture or […]

What gun control proposals will the U.S. House consider? Here’s the list

BY: - June 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democrats on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee have unveiled a gun control legislative package that they plan to mark up Thursday morning. The package, named the Protecting Our Kids Act, is made up of eight bills related to gun control, all first introduced in 2021 by Democratic lawmakers. Only one had any Republican […]

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Gun control bills to be taken up by U.S. House panel in emergency meeting

BY: - May 31, 2022

WASHINGTON — Following mass shootings in New York and Texas, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee is holding an emergency meeting on Thursday to mark up gun control legislation — though it’s likely doomed. The package includes eight gun-related bills, known as the “Protecting Our Kids Act,” and they are expected to pass the Democratic-controlled House. […]

Russia says ‘Nyet’ to any more visits from hundreds of members of Congress

BY: - May 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of members of Congress are permanently banned from visiting Russia, in retaliation for passing economic sanctions on the country after it invaded Ukraine in late February. The list includes nearly 1,000 Americans, including President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, along with celebrities such as actor Morgan Freeman, executives such as […]

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Vacation rental occupancy falling in some locales, says report

BY: - May 27, 2022

The short-term rental industry, which is coming off a record year in 2021, may be seeing signs of softening, at least in some markets, says a new report from market analyst AIRDNA.  “The declines in occupancy were most prevalent in destination/resort markets as well as in small cities throughout the country,” says the report for […]

U.S. Senate Republicans block bill requiring agencies monitor domestic terrorism

BY: - May 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked a bill that would require federal agencies to monitor domestic terrorism incidents, including those potentially related to white supremacy. The failure of the Senate procedural vote showed again how difficult it is for Congress to agree on any response to U.S. gun violence. It followed a racist […]

Infant formula stockpile for the U.S. suggested by FDA chief

BY: - May 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government should consider creating a stockpile of infant formula to avoid the possibility of future shortages, the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration told a Senate committee on Thursday.  Commissioner Robert Califf said during his third hearing on Capitol Hill about the months-long shortage that his agency and lawmakers […]

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Report names Nevada among 20 states without a person of color on the Supreme Court

BY: - May 24, 2022

Though Nevada’s population is surging with people of color, that is not reflected in the state’s highest court, according to a new analysis.  The Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law found the state is one of 20 with zero justices of color on its Supreme Court. The State Supreme […]

CDC expects more monkeypox cases in the U.S.

BY: - May 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday it’s likely the United States will see additional cases of monkeypox in the coming weeks, but officials cautioned that it’s harder to transmit the virus than it is to spread respiratory illnesses like COVID-19.  Monkeypox, which is also spreading throughout Europe, has an incubation […]

Gas appliances cost Nevadans money and clean air, study says

BY: - May 23, 2022

A sustainability group is now pushing for Nevada to embrace cleaner, more efficient alternatives as natural gas price in the state hit a 12-year high. Fully electric heat pumps can deliver more affordable home heating and cooling in Nevada and other Southwest states, according to a new study by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), […]

Federal judge allows continued Title 42 migrant expulsions at the border

BY: - May 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Louisiana on Friday temporarily blocked the Biden administration from ending Title 42, a designation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that has allowed border patrol officials to turn migrants away at the border.  The order from U.S. District Court Judge Robert Summerhays for a preliminary nationwide injunction […]