U.S. Senate passes landmark legislation to aid veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange
By: Jennifer Shutt - June 17, 2022
WASHINGTON — U.S. soldiers deployed to bases in Afghanistan and Iraq often lived and worked alongside large pits where batteries, plastics, rubber, chemicals and other garbage would be lit on fire with jet fuel. The legacy of those burn pits followed thousands of military members back to the United States, where they have suffered from […]
FDA outside advisers recommend Pfizer, Moderna COVID vaccines for kids under 5
By: Jennifer Shutt - June 15, 2022
WASHINGTON — Parents of children under 5 are one step closer to vaccinating their young kids against COVID-19 after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s outside vaccine panel recommended emergency use authorizations of two COVID-19 vaccines Wednesday. The 21-person Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee voted unanimously to recommend the FDA approve emergency use […]
Federal agency warns Colorado River Basin water usage could be cut as drought worsens
By: Jennifer Shutt - June 15, 2022
WASHINGTON — The federal agency in charge of managing much of the West’s water warned Tuesday that it will act unilaterally to reduce water usage in the Colorado River Basin if state and tribal leaders can’t reach an agreement this summer. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille C. Touton told a U.S. Senate committee that states […]
Will it be ‘every state for themselves’ as the federal COVID cash dries up?
By: Jennifer Shutt - June 13, 2022
WASHINGTON — State and local health departments remain in limbo over whether they’ll need to single-handedly fund their own COVID-19 vaccines and treatments as a stalemate in Congress drags into its fourth month. The Biden administration has raised alarm bells about the risk of inaction after sending Congress a request for $22.5 billion in early […]
U.S. House passes ‘red flag’ gun control bill from Georgia Rep. McBath
By: Ariana Figueroa and Jennifer Shutt - June 10, 2022
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Thursday passed a “red flag” gun control bill that would allow federal courts to temporarily remove a firearm from an individual who is adjudged to pose a threat to themselves or others. In a 224-202 nearly party line vote, the House passed Georgia Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath’s bill, known […]
Fourth-grade survivor of Uvalde shooting tells Congress: ‘I don’t want it to happen again’
By: Ariana Figueroa and Jennifer Shutt - June 9, 2022
WASHINGTON — A fourth grader who survived the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting where 19 students and two teachers were murdered told lawmakers Wednesday that she is afraid to go back to school. “I don’t want it to happen again,” 11-year-old Miah Cerrillo said in a pre-recorded video shown to members of the U.S. House Committee […]
COVID vaccine for kids under 5 could be available as soon as June 21
By: Jennifer Shutt - June 3, 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 […]
Dem campaign chief says GOP congressional moderates try to avoid talking abortion, guns
By: Jennifer Shutt - May 31, 2022
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Democrat in charge of keeping the chamber blue in November’s midterm elections said Tuesday that Republicans running in suburban swing districts are trying to “hide” their views on abortion and gun legislation from voters. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Sean Patrick Maloney said during a call with regional reporters that […]
Infant formula stockpile for the U.S. suggested by FDA chief
By: Jennifer Shutt - May 27, 2022
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.
Nine monkeypox cases now reported in seven states, and CDC urges awareness
By: Jennifer Shutt - May 26, 2022
Monkeypox cases are slowly increasing throughout the United States, though public health officials said Thursday they have the tools needed to diagnose, treat and contain the virus that’s mostly spread by skin-to-skin contact.
FDA chief cites ‘egregiously unsanitary’ conditions at Michigan baby formula plant
By: Jennifer Shutt - May 25, 2022
The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration told Congress on Wednesday that he’s found no evidence of intentional delay or malfeasance within the agency — though it took months to act on a whistleblower report of what he called “egregiously unsanitary” conditions at an infant formula plant in Michigan.
Commission recommends new names for 9 Army bases to end ties to Confederacy
By: Jennifer Shutt - May 24, 2022
The group in charge of renaming military installations that have continued to honor Confederates released its recommendations for nine bases on Tuesday.