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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Environment Science The Conversation

Coronaviruses and the human meat market

We’ve created a world where parasites and pathogens can run amok. Here are three steps we need to take, as a society, to protect both native species and human health. Essay by Russell A. Mittermeier April…

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Posted in Common Dreams Community organizing Coronavirus Economy News Rent Freeze Safety Net

With bills due April 1, more than 400,000 demand Congress freeze all rent, mortgage, and utility payments

“Millions are wondering how they’ll pay their rent or mortgage by tomorrow. We need additional emergency action suspending rent, mortgage and utility payments for the duration of this crisis.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer More than…

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Posted in Common Dreams Economy News Politics Safety Net Working Class

GOP Senate Trio threatens to delay stimulus bill because unemployment benefits amid pandemic are too generous

“Senate Republicans are just so inhumane they can’t imagine policymakers intentionally providing working people with enough money to temporarily live on in the event they’re laid off.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer This is a developing…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus ICE Immigration Justice News Public Health Public Policy

Coronavirus turning ICE detention into ‘death camps,’ groups rallying to free families, held around country

“ICE is making the pandemic more dangerous for everyone.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer As legal advocates filed an emergency suit on behalf of families and children detained by ICE, activists around the U.S. demonstrated against…

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Posted in Analysis Health While we were looking elsewhere

On the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic: A doctor’s view

The virus is exposing inadequacies in health systems all over the world, especially the U.S.’s abysmal health infrastructure. Health workers on the ground continue to provide care during the pandemic despite the severe lack of resources…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Safety Net

Paid sick leave loopholes: ‘There’s a giant hole in Pelosi’s coronavirus bill’

“The bill guarantees sick leave only to about 20 percent of workers.” by Common Dreams staff Early Saturday morning the US House of Representatives voted 363-40 to pass a coronavirus relief package, days after the World…

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Posted in Coronavirus Council meetings Flagstaff Health Health Health Care News Public Health

Precautions coming about in Flagstaff and region, some closings, so far no local infections

Cheng asked students to consider staying in Flagstaff or on campus for spring break NAU, and CCC announces closures and redesigning most classes for online access. Thursday Mayor Coral Evans declared City Council chambers are no…

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Posted in Agriculture News Pesticides Public Policy Toxic Chemicals Water

EPA’s new rules for assessing pesticide risks ignore many harms to endangered species

By Meteor Staff Flagstaff    The Environmental Protection Agency issued revised methods for assessing pesticide risks yesterday that could allow widespread harm to most of the nation’s most endangered plants and animals. The revised methods from…

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Posted in Dark Money Ethics News Politics

Trump FEC pick offers mixed messages on donor disclosure

Dark Money comes to the Federal Elections Commission By Karl Evers-Hillstrom Ι Center for Responsive Politics March 10, 2020 Trey Trainor, President Donald Trump’s Republican nominee to the Federal Election Commission, tried to quell concerns from…

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Posted in Energy Environment News Public Policy

Meetings with energy companies dominate Interior Dept agendas 12 – 1

Analysis Finds 235 Interior Department Meetings With Dirty Energy Over Two Years, Compared to 19 With Conservation and Renewable Energy Interests By Mac England Ι The Meteor March 10, 2020 Executives from the oil, gas, electricity,…

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Posted in Business Common Dreams Coronavirus Economy News Payroll Taxes Public Policy Senior Citizens

‘Stealth Attack on Social Security’: Trump condemned for exploiting coronavirus crisis to push Payroll Tax cut

“This is a Trojan Horse attack on our Social Security system.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Economists and progressive advocacy groups are warning that President Donald Trump’s proposal to cut or temporarily suspend the payroll tax…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams National News Politics Race for the White House 2020

Coalition urges everyone to join movement supporting Sanders to secure a ‘feminist future’

“For the nurses, teachers, cooks, domestic workers, bus drivers, farmers, librarians, organizers, caretakers, writers, sex workers, shamans, and waitresses: there’s another America waiting for us and we are ready to greet her. ” by Jessica Corbett,…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Health Public Health Race for the White House 2020

First US coronavirus death near Canada, but Trump confirms closing Mexico Border under consideration

“Why isn’t Donald Trump focused on our northern border? I’ll give you three guesses but you’ll only need one.” By Jon Queally, staff writer Feb 29, 2020 While the first death tied directly to the coronavirus…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health News Public Health

The national Center for Disease Control says coronavirus COVID-19 isn’t going away anytime soon but not to panic. 5 Facts to know about the illness it causes.

by Mac England Meteor News Feb 29, 7:45 PM MST The CDC (Center for Disease Control in Atlanta) says there are a total of 15 confirmed cases not associated with foreign travel and 7 presumptive positive…

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Posted in News Race for the White House 2020

Democrat establishment and centrist pundits go on offensive in “misguided” verbal attack on Sanders Campaign

By Mac England, Feb 23, 2020 Flagstaff. UCLA’s Latino Policy and Politics Initiative estimated Sunday morning, with around 60% of precincts officially reporting, that Sanders won over 70% of the Latino vote in the Nevada caucus….

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Posted in Analysis Race for the White House 2020

Sanders takes Nevada Democrat’s Caucus, 3 wins in a row

This is a breaking story and will continue to be updated. updated 9 AM By Mac England For the first time in memory a contender in a Democrat Presidential Nominating race has won the first three…

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Posted in Analysis Courts/justice

Prosecutor disavows Barr bigfooting of Stone sentencing.

Yesterday the Meteor published a story about Roger Stone being sentenced to 40 months in prison. Below, Rachel Maddow breaks down Justice Department prosecutor John D. Crabb’s declarations to Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Roger Stone…

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Posted in Corporate Influence Labor Public Policy

Trump revokes bargaining for Federal workers and civilian unions. Cites “emergency”

  By Meteor Staff Feb 21, 2020 President Donald Trump has officially granted the Department of Defense the legal authority to abolish the collective bargaining rights of its civilian labor unions representing some 750,000 workers. Gutting…

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Posted in Editorial/opinon Politics Voter registration Voter suppression

Reworking Don McLean’s “American Pie” YouTube creators The Founding Fathers post “The Day Democracy Died”

Across America people are concerned about the actions of wealthy and powerful people suppressing votes, removing voters from voter registration lists, putting up obstacles to make it difficult to even register to vote, eliminating voter protections…

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Posted in economic justice Labor Minimum wage News Wages

In Flagstaff minimum wage increased to $13 per hour. If you can get it, and keep it.

Flagstaff    The beginning of 2020 was historic for workers in 47 states, cities, and counties, including Arizona and Flagstaff, as minimum wage inched upward. Across Arizona the Minimum wage increased to $12.00 per hour from…

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Posted in Audio Children Education Entertainment Podcasts

Unique ‘Mary Farfisa’ Episode, A River In Space, touches on old age, Alzheimer’s

  By Jim Cheff, The Meteor ‘Mary Farfisa’ is a series of radio plays for children, created by writer/artist Jim Cheff. It ran for two years on Radio Sunnyside in Flagstaff. It now can be found…

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The Bears Ears
Posted in Colorado Plateau Diné First Nations Hopi News Public Lands Public Policy Ute Ute Mountain Ute Zuni Pueblo

Bears Ears: what’s the rumble about?

Bears Ears is the first tribally requested national monument and has been home to Hopi, Diné, Ute, Ute Mountain Ute, and Zuni peoples since time immemorial, it was designated as a national monument in 2016 to…

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Posted in Health National News

Xi Jinping reassures Trump that April heat will kill virus

Quick health brief from the president. The Washington Post reports President Trump said that heat will kill the coronaviruses. At a White House meeting with state governors this morning Trump said Chinese President Xi Jinping feels “Very…

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Posted in Business Council meetings Economy Flagstaff Flagstaff City Government News Politics

4 – 3 vote from Council to move forward with controversial minimum wage study

Against objections from community members and from three council-members, Flagstaff City Council voted 4-3 on Tuesday to move forward with an impact study of the minimum wage increase on area businesses. Rounds Consulting Group is the…

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