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Charleston records 90% vaccination rate among employees

Nov. 24, 2021 16:25 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The city of Charleston, South Carolina says almost all of its employees have complied with a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy ahead of a deadline this week. City officials say 90% of workers were vaccinated by the Monday deadline and another...

US Rhodes scholars for 2022 include record number of women

Nov. 21, 2021 16:53 PM EST

The class of U.S. Rhodes scholars for 2022 includes the largest number of women ever selected for the scholarship in one year, the Rhodes Trust announced Sunday. Of the 32 students chosen to study at the University of Oxford in England, 22 are women, the office of the...

Cap on drug price hikes for privately insured sparks battle

Nov. 21, 2021 08:07 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Workers and families with private health insurance would reap savings on prescription drugs from a little-noticed provision in President Joe Biden's sweeping social agenda bill. It's meant to break the cycle of annual price increases for widely used medicines. ...

House Republicans approve anti-vaccine mandate legislation

Nov. 18, 2021 16:45 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Private companies and public entities would be banned from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter a facility or conduct business, under anti-vaccine legislation passed by House Republicans on Thursday that would cover everything from privately run theaters to...

Belgium to make COVID-19 shots mandatory for health workers

Nov. 16, 2021 10:16 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Health workers in Belgium who don't want to get vaccinated against COVID-19 will face losing their jobs. Amid a surge of coronavirus cases that has led hospitals in Belgium to reserve half of their 2,000 ICU beds for COVID-19 patients, Belgium's federal...

New Oklahoma National Guard leader eases vaccine policy

Nov. 12, 2021 16:46 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — New Oklahoma National Guard Adjutant General Thomas Mancino has relaxed the Guard’s policy on COVID-19 vaccinations. “No negative administrative or legal action will be taken against Guardsmen who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine,” he said in a...

Hospital sued by employees fired for refusing vaccine

Nov. 09, 2021 09:05 AM EST

NORTHFIELD, Minn. (AP) — Some medical professionals are suing a city-owned hospital in southeastern Minnesota after they were terminated for refusing to receive the coronavirus vaccine. The 20 plaintiffs, which include a doctor, registered nurses and other medical...

UNR to offer Nevada's 1st online marijuana education program

Nov. 07, 2021 10:39 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The extended studies program at the University of Nevada, Reno is launching the first online courses in the state to obtain non-credit certificates in cannabis education ranging from business to horticulture and medicine to help meet demand for jobs in an area that...

Big, messy, complicated: Biden's plan churns in Congress

Oct. 29, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s big. It’s messy. And it’s very politically complicated. That's President Joe Biden’s sweeping domestic policy package as Democratic leaders in Congress try to muscle it into law. Fallout was brutal Friday after Biden’s announcement of a...

Sanford: 97% of workforce complying with vaccine mandate

Oct. 29, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Sanford Health, a dominant provider of health care in the Upper Midwest, said that 97% of its workforce has complied with a mandate to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Monday or potentially lose their job. Sanford announced in July it was...