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People gather at Plaza Italia on the day Chileans voted in a referendum to decide whether the country should replace its 40-year-old constitution, written during the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, in Santiago, Chile, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

2/3rds of Chilean voters back rewriting their constitution

Oct. 25, 2020 11:42 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Amid a year of contagion and turmoil, Chileans turned out Sunday to vote overwhelmingly in favor of having a constitutional convention draft a new charter to replace guiding principles imposed four decades ago under the military dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. The country's...

Harvard prof to address health care disparities at URI

Oct. 18, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A Harvard Medical School professor is giving a lecture at the University of Rhode Island on health care disparities that affect those with disabilities. Dr. Lisa Iezzoni's online lecture that's part of the university's Honors Colloquium will be held on Oct. 27, according to a...

House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, explains the purpose of overriding several bill vetoes by Gov. Tate Reeves, as they attempt to finish the final parts of a state spending plan for the budget year that began July 1, on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020 at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Reeves to appeal county judge's ruling on partial vetoes

Oct. 6, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves is appealing a judge's ruling that his partial vetoes of a budget bill in July were unconstitutional. Reeves filed a notice of appeal Monday afternoon announcing his intentions to take the case to the state Supreme Court, the latest salvo in an ongoing...

Christy DeGallerie poses for a portrait Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Dallas. DeGallerie noticed a startling trend in her online group for coronavirus survivors: White patients got medications she’d never heard of, were offered X-rays and said their doctors listened to their concerns. Addressing experiences like DeGallerie's has become a priority for a growing number of local governments, many responding to a pandemic that’s amplified racial disparities and the call for racial justice after the police killing of George Floyd and other Black Americans. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Cities declare racism a health crisis, but some doubt impact

Oct. 5, 2020 9:33 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Christy DeGallerie noticed a startling trend in her online group for coronavirus survivors: White patients got medications she’d never heard of, were offered X-rays and their doctors listened to their concerns. That wasn't her experience. When the 29-year-old Black woman sought a...

Wolf seeks commission to rein in health care spending

Oct. 2, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday proposed a new government commission that would aim to slow the growth in health care spending and improve affordability by establishing an annual cost benchmark and holding large health providers and insurers accountable to it. Patterned on a similar commission in...

In this undated photo provided by Johnson & Johnson in September 2020, a woman receives an injection during phase 3 testing for the Janssen Pharmaceutical-Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the United States. On Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, a U.S. advisory panel made recommendations for who should be first in line to get COVID-19 vaccine, including a plea for special efforts by states and cities to get the shots to low-income minority groups. (Johnson & Johnson via AP)

US panel tackles race, poverty in virus vaccine priorities

Oct. 2, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

A U.S. advisory panel made recommendations Friday for who should be first in line to get COVID-19 vaccine, including a plea for special efforts by states and cities to get the shots to low-income minority groups. As expected, the panel recommended health care workers and first responders get first priority when...

A man wearing a face mask walks past a mural Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in South Central Los Angeles. California's plan to safely reopen its economy will begin to require counties to bring down coronavirus infection rates in disadvantaged communities that have been harder hit by the pandemic. The complex new rules set in place an

New California reopening rules require 'equity' measure

Oct. 1, 2020 10:02 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California will begin to require counties to bring down coronavirus infection rates in disadvantaged communities that have been harder hit by the pandemic, a move that could slow the methodical reopening of the nation's most populous state. The complex new rules set in place an...

Vermont statistics show minorities hit hardest by COVID-19

Sep. 24, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Racial minorities in Vermont have been the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, statistics from the Vermont Health Department show. Collected between March 5 and Sept. 16, the statistics show that while white Vermonters represent more than 80% of Vermont COVID-19 cases, the rate per...

Norfolk State to host 2nd debate between Warner and Gade

Sep. 22, 2020 8:32 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Norfolk State University says it will host the second debate between U.S. Senator Mark Warner and Republican challenger Daniel Gade. The Virginian-Pilot reported Monday that the debate will be Oct. 3 at the L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center. The second debate will focus on...

Maryland lawmakers propose alcohol tax hike for health plan

Sep. 16, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers and health care advocates proposed increasing the state’s alcohol tax on Wednesday to generate millions of dollars to address health disparities, which have been highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic. Supporters are backing a hike in the state’s...