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Infectious diseases

Arkansas

Arkansas governor says he supports the science behind COVID-19 vaccines, as daily U.S. cases hold above 65,000

Outgoing Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who is considering a presidential run, took a shot at Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s call to investigate the COVID-19 vaccines, arguing that “we shouldn’t undermine the science.” Hutchinson, a Republican, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that Arkansas didn’t have vaccine mandates, but that he and other medical experts […]

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Alaska

First on CNN: White House kicking off six-week Covid-19 booster push | #alaska | #politics

CNN  —  The Biden administration is launching a critical, six-week push aimed at stepping up Americans’ Covid-19 booster vaccinations heading into the holiday season. “With winter and holiday gatherings right around the corner, more Americans getting their updated vaccine will help avoid thousands of preventable Covid-19 deaths. The six-week campaign will focus on reaching seniors […]

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Alaska

GOP states seek to defend Covid-19 migrant expulsion policy in case where court struck policy down | #alaska | #politics

CNN  —  Several Republican-led states asked a court to let them intervene in a case striking down Title 42 rule, so that the states could defend the Trump-era policy, which has allowed for the expulsion of more than 1 million migrants at the US-Mexico border. The 15 GOP states filed the request to intervene on […]

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Alaska

Democrats are facing stiff battles for governor in these key states | #alaska | #politics

CNN  —  Democratic nominees for governor are facing the stiffest competition this year as the party tries to hold on to its gains from the “blue wave” of 2018, even though Republicans are defending more governorships in November. Democrats hold 16 of the 36 gubernatorial seats on the ballot, including in key states like Arizona, […]

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Mayor

Ex-NYC Mayor de Blasio heads to Harvard as teaching fellow

NEW YORK — Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is headed to Harvard this fall as a teaching fellow at the university’s schools of government and public health. De Blasio, a Democrat who served as mayor from from 2014 to 2021, will take part in “a variety of discussions, events, and programming” at […]

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Alabama

AP exposes the Tuskegee Syphilis Study: The 50th Anniversary | Elections Ap | #elections | #alabama

WASHINGTON (AP) — EDITOR’S NOTE — On July 25, 1972, Jean Heller, a reporter on The Associated Press investigative team, then called the Special Assignment Team, broke news that rocked the nation. Based on documents leaked by Peter Buxtun, a whistleblower at the U.S. Public Health Service, the then 29-year-old journalist and the only woman […]

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Alabama

How an AP reporter broke the Tuskegee syphilis story | Politics & Elections | #elections | #alabama

SOUTHPORT, N.C. (AP) — Jean Heller was toiling away on the floor of the Miami Beach Convention Center when an Associated Press colleague from the opposite end of the country walked into her workspace behind the event stage and handed her a thin manila envelope. “I’m not an investigative reporter,” Edith Lederer told the 29-year-old […]

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Mayor

China city mayor apologizes over COVID-19 lockdown response

BEIJING — The mayor of a northeastern Chinese city on the North Korean border that has been under lockdown for more than 50 days has apologized for failures in his administration’s work amid widespread — but often disguised — dissatisfaction over the government’s heavy-handed approach to handling the pandemic. Dandong Mayor Hao Jianjun gave no […]

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