Group of Senate Democrats and Republicans vote to keep $15 minimum wage out of Biden’s COVID stimulus bill

WASHINGTON – A group of Democratic senators joined all Senate Republicans in voting against Sen. Bernie Sanders’ proposal to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour on Friday. The Vermont independent tried to add the provision to President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 stimulus bill as the Senate considered the $1.9 trillion measure. But the… Continue reading Group of Senate Democrats and Republicans vote to keep $15 minimum wage out of Biden’s COVID stimulus bill

Arizona orders schools to reopen for in-person classes by March 15; New York eases travel policies; 518K US deaths. Latest COVID-19 updates

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered all schools must return to in-person learning this month, saying “students need to be back in the classroom.” Ducey issued an executive order Wednesday that calls for all schools to reopen in-person learning by March 15, or after spring break. The move comes about a year after schools initially… Continue reading Arizona orders schools to reopen for in-person classes by March 15; New York eases travel policies; 518K US deaths. Latest COVID-19 updates

21 Republican governors attack Biden’s COVID-19 stimulus bill for ‘penalizing’ their states

WASHINGTON — Twenty-one Republican governors and one Democrat are taking aim at a key component of President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 relief bill, arguing a proposed allocation of funds “punishes” states that did not fully lock down businesses amid the pandemic. The governors, led by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, issued a statement over the weekend critical of what they called… Continue reading 21 Republican governors attack Biden’s COVID-19 stimulus bill for ‘penalizing’ their states

21 Republican governors attack Biden’s COVID-19 stimulus bill for ‘penalizing’ their states

WASHINGTON — Twenty-one Republican governors and one Democrat are taking aim at a key component of President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 relief bill, arguing a proposed allocation of funds “punishes” states that did not fully lock down businesses amid the pandemic. The governors, led by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, issued a statement over the weekend critical of what they called… Continue reading 21 Republican governors attack Biden’s COVID-19 stimulus bill for ‘penalizing’ their states

Apple reopens all of its 270 stores across the US with coronavirus protocols still in effect

Apple has reopened all 270 of its stores across the U.S. as the effort to vaccinate more Americans against COVID-19 accelerates. The Cupertino tech giant confirmed each store may have different requirements for operation including face masks, temperature checks, limited store occupancy and physical distancing. Shoppers can check for each store’s operating model on Apple’s website. Stores… Continue reading Apple reopens all of its 270 stores across the US with coronavirus protocols still in effect

COVID vaccines save lives. Get one even if your own life isn’t back to normal overnight.

I have been seeing a lot of posts on social media these days disparaging the utility of the COVID-19 vaccines. They attempt to poke holes in the logic of these inoculations with innocuous sounding questions: After the shot, can you still get COVID-19? Can you still pass the virus? Do you still need to wear… Continue reading COVID vaccines save lives. Get one even if your own life isn’t back to normal overnight.

Local pharmacies say they need more COVID vaccines as CVS, Walgreens ramp up shots

Brian Caswell, owner of Wolkar Drug in Baxter Springs, Kansas, has been eager for his independent pharmacy to help with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. He bought a specially equipped freezer for storage purposes, certified additional employees to administer vaccines and bought scheduling software to gear up for the push. “Everybody stepped up to do everything that… Continue reading Local pharmacies say they need more COVID vaccines as CVS, Walgreens ramp up shots