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Income test for Medicare dental under debate; gets pushback

Oct. 19, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For more than 55 years, Medicare has followed a simple policy: covered benefits are the same, no matter if you’re rich, poor, or in-between. But as Democrats try to design a dental benefit for the program, one idea calls for limiting it based on...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Oct. 18, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

Dallas Morning News. Oct. 16, 2021. Editorial: We blame legislative meddling for the Holocaust controversy in Southlake If any American community embodies the national frenzy about how we teach race in schools, it’s Southlake. The acrimony over...

Nebraska AG: Docs can prescribe controversial COVID drugs

Oct. 15, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's attorney general said Friday that he won't seek disciplinary action against doctors who prescribe controversial, off-label drugs to treat and prevent coronavirus infections, as long as they get informed consent from patients and don't engage in misconduct. ...

Vegas district's vaccination mandate for workers pending

Oct. 14, 2021 12:34 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials of several employee unions say they haven't had any negotiations with the metro Las Vegas school district since its board voted to generally require that employees be vaccinated against COVID-19, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. The...

Unsupported ‘sickout’ claims take flight amid Southwest woes

Oct. 13, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — When Southwest Airlines canceled more than 2,000 flights over the weekend, citing bad weather and air traffic control issues, unsupported claims blaming vaccine mandates began taking off. Conservative politicians and pundits, including Republican Sen. Ted...

Georgia college professors to face new reviews, regents say

Oct. 13, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Tenured professors at Georgia's public universities will face a new set of job reviews that regents say will help them improve but that some faculty members say will undercut the job protections and freedom of expression that tenure is supposed to guarantee. ...

Lawsuit argues new Montana law suppresses student vote

Oct. 12, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A lawsuit filed Tuesday is challenging a new Montana law banning voter registration and get-out-the-vote efforts in certain areas of college campuses. The lawsuit filed by the Montana Democratic Party, Montanans for Tester, and University of Montana...

Vaccine mandate latest hurdle in Oregon nursing shortage

Oct. 07, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to overwhelm Oregon's health system — with hospital beds and intensive care units more than 90% full — the looming statewide vaccine mandate, which applies to healthcare workers, is the latest hurdle in a nursing shortage. ...

UMass Amherst still investigating source of racist emails

Oct. 07, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The University of Massachusetts is trying to determine whether racist emails sent to Black student organizations on the Amherst campus this semester are part of a “larger white supremacist campaign," the school's chancellor said. “While we are...

Louisiana opioid settlement money to go to local governments

Oct. 06, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana intends to divvy up the $325 million it expects to receive from a national settlement of opioid epidemic lawsuits to parish sheriffs and local governments to provide addiction treatment, response and recovery services, Attorney General Jeff Landry said...