The West’s latest prospecting frenzy? Extraterrestrial gold.

Companies are hunting for lithium near Moab, Utah. Rebecca Worby, High Country News August 14, 2017 White Oil, Oro Blanco, Extraterrestrial Gold: lithium, the lightweight element key to rechargeable batteries, has recently acquired a slew of…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus White Privilege

People over 75 are first in line to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The average Black person doesn’t live that long.

Prioritizing COVID-19 vaccinations for people 75 and up can leave out Black Americans, who tend to die younger than their white counterparts. In one majority-Black county, this age gap raises questions about how to make the…

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Posted in Coronavirus News

Fauci: Vaccines for kids as young as first graders could be authorized by September

For this to happen by the start of the next school year, trials need to prove the vaccine is safe and effective in children. Experts say manufacturers aren’t moving quickly enough, and that this is important…

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Posted in Business Investigations News Public Safety

Congressional report reveals manufacturers ‘knowingly’ sold toxin-tainted baby food

“This is what happens when you let the food and chemical companies, not the FDA, decide whether our food is safe to eat.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday, February 5, 2021 Leading baby food manufacturers…

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Posted in Arizona Coronavirus News

Health officials keep close eye as COVID-19 variants found in Arizona

by Jake Holter, Cronkite News Tuesday, February, 2, 2021   Health officials have confirmed that the UK variant of the coronavirus has been found in Arizona. Now what? For the time being, more of the same: mask,…

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Posted in Analysis Energy Pipelines

Living with natural gas pipelines: Appalachian landowners describe fear, anxiety and loss

Some reported never hearing about a planned pipeline until a “land man” – a gas company representative – knocked on their door offering to buy a slice of their property; others said that they found out…

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Posted in Coronavirus News

Vaccinating the homeless: Some have received doses, others await their turn

by Leo Tochterman, Cronkite News Friday, January  29, 2021 Los Angles, Calif    — Clayton Foster was living out of his car when he contracted COVID-19. The 67-year-old knew he faced higher risks of death or severe…

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Posted in Coronavirus News

Arizona’s second state vaccine site opens, at Phoenix Municipal Stadium

by Sabrina Kenoun, Cronkite News Tuesday, February 2, 2021, Phoenix      Arizona health officials on Monday opened the state’s second COVID-19 vaccination site, at ASU’s Phoenix Municipal Stadium, aiming to build on the success of the…

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New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina, is a publicly owned hospital delivering good care at lower prices than most others and still makes money ― yet the county is selling the hospital to one of the state’s biggest health care systems. (Andrew Craft for KHN)
Posted in Analysis Hospitals

If this self-sufficient hospital cannot stand alone, can any public hospital survive?

In America’s health care system, dominated by hospital chain leviathans, New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina, is an anomaly. It is a publicly owned hospital that boasts good care at lower prices than…

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Posted in Analysis

The government Donald Trump left behind

Trump ultimately fell short on many of his signature promises, but his administration’s successes in cutting taxes, rolling back regulations and reshaping the judiciary will cast a long shadow. by Chris Morran Saturday, January 30, 2021…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus

As fears grow over Covid vaccine delays, watchdog asks: ‘Why are we allowing Big Pharma’s patents to artificially limit supply?’

“It’s just wrong that big business is deciding who gets vaccinated, with zero transparency. We must scrap patents and massively scale up production globally.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, January 29, 2021 “Could you patent…

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Victor Garcia works to disinfect tables and clear finished plates at Fish restaurant in Sausalito, California, on Jan. 25. Fish was one of the first restaurants to re-open for outdoor dining after Governor Gavin Newsom lifted shelter-in-place orders. (JESSICA CHRISTIAN/THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE VIA GETTY IMAGES)
Posted in Coronavirus News

New Covid cases plunge 25% or more as behavior changes

by Christina Jewett January 28, 2021 A dozen states are reporting drops of 25% or more in new covid-19 cases and more than 1,200 counties have seen the same, federal data released Wednesday shows. Experts say…

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Weed withdrawal: More than half of people using medical cannabis for pain experience withdrawal symptoms

  by Lara Coughlin, University of Michigan CC BY-ND In stark contrast to the overblown fears portrayed during decades past, these days, most people think cannabis is relatively harmless. While weed is indeed less dangerous than…

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Posted in Coronavirus News

A year after first case in Arizona, COVID-19 is now a leading killer

  Ryan Knappenberger, Cronkite News Jan. 25, 2021 WASHINGTON    – COVID-19 is on the verge of becoming the leading cause of death in Arizona, surpassing cancer and closing in on heart disease, according to the…

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Posted in COVID Reboot 2021 Interview

“We’ve let the worst happen”: reflecting on 400,000 dead

A much-needed check-in with health care reporter Caroline Chen as we examine the toll COVID-19 has taken on the country and what to expect from a new president. by Logan Jaffe, ProPubica January 23, 2021 In…

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Posted in Biden Administration Coronavirus News

Flurry of Biden orders on COVID-19 raise some doubts, but more hopes

by Jacob Holter, Cronkite News Washington, D.C.    Almost half of the 24 executive orders President Joe Biden has signed in his first two days in office have dealt with COVID-19, which White House officials cite as…

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Biden mandates masks on federal property

Cronkite News   Almost half of the 24 executive orders President Joe Biden signed in his first two days in office dealt with COVID-19, which White House officials say shows it their top priority. But even…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus

How many vaccine shots go to waste? Several states aren’t counting.

The CDC says health facilities should report unused and spoiled COVID-19 vaccines, but many are failing to do so. At a time when there aren’t enough shots to meet demand, significant numbers may be going in…

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Posted in Arizona Coronavirus News

Health officials ramp up COVID-19 vaccines with new sites, eligibility in AZ

by Haleigh Kochanski, Cronkite News Friday, January 15 WASHINGTON – T he Arizona Department of Health Services said Friday it is expanding its COVID-19 vaccination programs, adding distribution at pharmacies and at a second state-run site in…

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Posted in Coronavirus Pro Publica

Memphis-area residents without internet must wait days for vaccination appointments, while others go to the front of the line

The county’s decision to prioritize vaccinations for internet users — and its failure to set aside any appointments for callers — raises issues of equity and access, say experts. by Wendi C. Thomas and Hannah Grabenstein,…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health News

Vaccination disarray leaves seniors confused about when they can get a shot

In Arizona, “it’s up to each county to come up and execute a plan for vaccine distribution,” said Dana Kennedy, state director of AARP Arizona. by Judith Graham Thursday, January 14, 2021 For weeks, doctors’ phones…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Race for the White House 2020

Nearly 4,000 Americans died from Covid-19 on Wednesday as Trump incited anti-democratic insurrection

“Trump completely abdicating all responsibility for federal Covid response is not even on the radar today.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Thursday, January 7, 2021 Public Citizen president Robert Weissman called Wednesday a “dark, dark day…

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Posted in Coronavirus

Live free or die if you must, say Colorado urbanites — but not in my hospital

  by Rae Ellen Bichell January 2, 2021 ERIE, Colo.     Whenever Larry Kelderman looks up from the car he’s fixing and peers across the street, he’s looking across a border. His town of 28,000 straddles…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus

‘This Is Warp Speed?’ At current pace, US will take 10 years to adequately vaccinate the public against Covid-19

“We should have been prepared to start inoculating millions of people the day a vaccine was approved. This is a massive policy failure.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, December 30, 2020 If the Trump administration’s…

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