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Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Feb. 21, 2024 17:40 PM EST

Greenwood Commonwealth. February 20, 2024. Editorial: Keep An Eye On These Three Bills We’ll know in a couple of weeks, specifically by a March 5 deadline, how serious Mississippi lawmakers are about addressing the problems of unwanted pregnancies and holding...

2 things pet insurance will cover (and 3 it won’t)

Feb. 21, 2024 10:12 AM EST

If you’ve ever spent a fortune at the emergency vet, pet insurance might sound appealing. By paying some of your vet expenses, these policies can save you money and help you make care decisions based on what’s best for your pet rather than what you can afford. But insurance...

New Hampshire lawmakers approve sending 15 National Guard members to Texas

Feb. 16, 2024 15:28 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire lawmakers approved Republican Gov. Chris Sununu’s request Friday to send 15 National Guard volunteers to the Texas border with Mexico after he called fentanyl the state’s most serious health crisis. Along with a dozen other Republican...

Legislature and New Mexico governor meet halfway on gun control and housing, but paid leave falters

Feb. 15, 2024 22:25 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Democrat-led Legislature delivered on a handful of the governor's major priorities in her calls for public safety reforms, gun control, housing construction and the use of incentives to forge new solutions to climate change as lawmakers adjourned their 30-day...

Foreign aid drops sharply as Taliban abuses jeopardize the Afghan health system, group says

Feb. 12, 2024 08:56 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Human Rights Watch said Monday that Afghanistan’s public health system has been hit hard following a sharp reduction in foreign assistance, coupled with serious Taliban abuses against women and girls, jeopardizing the right to healthcare of millions of Afghans. ...

New Mexico budget bill would found literacy institute, propel housing construction and conservation

Feb. 10, 2024 19:30 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s strategy for spending and investing a multibillion-dollar annual surplus linked closely to oil production came into sharper focus Saturday, as a legislative panel advanced an annual spending plan toward a Senate floor vote. Legislators are...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Feb. 09, 2024 07:13 AM EST

Rutland Herald. February 6, 2024. Editorial: In unity We commend our state’s leaders in condemning recent attacks in Vermont against the LGBTQ+ community. In a statement issued this week from members of the Rainbow Caucus and allies, the elected...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Feb. 08, 2024 07:13 AM EST

Kingsport Times News. February 3, 2024. Editorial: Tennessee is failing to curb smoking In 1998, 52 state and territory attorneys general signed a master settlement agreement (MSA) with the four largest tobacco companies to settle dozens of state lawsuits brought to...

Minnesota and Eli Lilly settle insulin price-gouging lawsuit. Deal will hold costs to $35 a month

Feb. 07, 2024 17:39 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota has reached a settlement with Eli Lilly and Co. in a price gouging lawsuit against the country's three biggest insulin manufacturers that guarantees that Minnesotans can now buy Lilly-produced insulin for only $35 a month for the next five years, Attorney General...

Paxlovid can lessen the chance of a severe COVID-19 illness. Why is it underused?

Feb. 07, 2024 12:21 PM EST

Tens of thousands of Americans are hospitalized with COVID-19 every week. Thousands die from it every month. And yet, an antiviral treatment proven to lessen the chances of severe outcomes is going underused. The drug, Paxlovid, is lauded by experts as a powerful tool that can...