Labor

    Some Workers Sickened by Covid-19 Face an Extra Burden: Proving Where They Got It

    Covid-19 sent Sylvia LeRoy, a pregnant nurse working at a Brooklyn hospital in the earliest days of the pandemic, into a tailspin that left her barely responsive in a brain recovery center in Pennsylvania. The coronavirus hit the 35-year-old

      Warning Wire

      Grim Prediction of Nearly 300,000 U.S. Coronavirus Deaths by December 1

      Covid-19 deaths in the U.S. are predicted to reach almost 300,000 by December 1--135,000 above the current toll of more than 160,000 confirmed fatalities--according to an influential University of Washington model. With Democrats and Republicans in Congress in a stalemate over terms of another coronavirus relief package, President Trump says he might take unilateral action.

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        Public Health

        Moving Away from Fossil Fuel: The Escalating Push for Setbacks From Drilling Sites

        Experts say that more than a decade of research—including several new studies—makes it clear that existing buffer zones from oil and gas wells are inadequate to protect public health. Now, political pressure to push oil and gas wells as far as a half-mile from homes and other buildings is peaking across the country, over industry alarm that such measures amount to a de facto ban on drilling.

          Public Health

          Controversial E-Cigarette Company Puff Bar Says It’s Suspending U.S. Sales

          A shadowy e-cigarette company that has reaped millions of dollars by exploiting a loophole to sell kid-friendly flavored nicotine products says it is suspending sales in the U.S following revelations about its owners.  

            Consumer Protection

            DOT Wants to Weaken Its Own Power to Penalize Airlines Over Consumer Complaints

            With enforcement against airlines for consumer violations already falling sharply, the Department of Transportation is pushing for a rule change that consumer groups and some lawmakers say would serve no other purpose than further protecting airlines from civil fines.

              Featured

              “Fair Warning”, the Book: Michael Connelly in Conversation with Editor Myron Levin

              You may have heard how Michael Connelly’s latest crime thriller, “Fair Warning”, came by its title. This third bestseller in the Jack McEvoy series finds Jack working as an investigative reporter for our nonprofit news organization.

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                Public Health

                Consumer Group Urges FDA to Crack Down on Unapproved ‘Abortion Reversal’ Procedure

                A consumer watchdog group is asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to shut down a group of websites advertising a so-called abortion pill reversal, a potentially dangerous treatment that is not FDA-approved.

                  Consumer Protection

                  Some Coronavirus Stimulus Funds Appear to be Junk Mail, and Are Getting Tossed

                  Orvie Nix, a retiree in Amarillo, Texas, had expected his family would get its stimulus funds with a letter signed by President Trump, or by direct deposit in his bank account. Instead, Nix got an envelope in the mail from “Money Network Cardholder Services”, containing a prepaid debit card. The plain envelope seemed typical of the unwanted financial offers that flood the mail. Like an unknown number of others, Nix assumed his payment was junk mail, and put it in the shredder.

                    Transportation Safety

                    Advocates Slam Federal Highway Safety Officials, Automakers Over Delays in Airbag Recalls

                    General Motors has fought orders to replace allegedly defective Takata airbags in over six million of its pickup trucks and SUVs, arguing in a series of petitions that the recall is unnecessary because the airbags are safe. Four years after receiving the first of the petitions, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has yet to rule on them, leaving vehicle owners in limbo.

                      Environment

                      Electric Utilities Challenged for Slow-Walking Switch from Natural Gas to Clean Renewable Energy

                      Even in the gray fog of a pandemic, news about the future of the U.S. power sector has been dominated by a sunny outlook on renewable energy.  In January, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that most new electric power generation in 2020 would come from wind and solar.