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    NCAA to allow name, image and likeness compensation for student-athletes

    WASHINGTON — Student-athletes will be able to make money from endorsements, the NCAA announced Wednesday. “They said this would never happen,” Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) said. Congressman Walker is welcoming news of the NCAA now supporting some student-athlete compensation. “To see them come this far after decades of saying this was not gonna happen – listen, it’s a consolation win,” he said. The NCAA Board of Governors announced Wednesday it will support rule changes allowing student-athletes to receive compensation from […]

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    White House unveils COVID-19 testing blueprint, path for states to safely re-open economies

    WASHINGTON — The White House is again pushing back on criticism that coronavirus testing has been too slow by releasing a list of testing guidelines for states to follow. The White House said its new testing blueprint will give states a safe path towards re-opening their economies. “We are going to make sure they have the supplies and the capability to test at least two percent of their population every month,” said Adm. Brett Giroir, head of the Department of […]

  • Reports of PPE shortage at VA facilities raise questions from lawmakers: ‘That’s just unacceptable’

    WASHINGTON — U.S. lawmakers say reports have come out showing a lack of personal protective equipment at some Veterans Affairs facilities throughout the country and members of Congress want answers. Terrence Hayes with the Veterans of Foreign Wars says reports about inadequate personal protective equipment inside VA hospitals are causing concern. “There’s been conflicting reports [in] a few of the facilities that unfortunately some of the staff members have had to share PPE or re-use it or even ration it […]

  • Senator advocates for universal paid sick leave, says it could’ve slowed spread of virus in US

    WASHINGTON ─ One U.S. senator is calling for universal paid sick leave, which she argues that if the nation’s employees had it in the first place, it could have played a role in stemming the spread of the coronavirus. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, said that if all employees were provided paid sick leave, it would’ve provided an incentive for unwell employees to stay home. “We’re the only industrialized country in the world that doesn’t have access to paid leave,” […]

  • Living with food allergies during a pandemic: ‘Never an easy process’

    WASHINGTON — A group dedicated to food allergy research and education has tips to help people with allergies navigate through food shortages brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Shortages at grocery stores are forcing Americans to get creative with their meals but those who suffer from food allergies don’t have the same flexibility. “Food allergy families already have a level of anxiety—it’s never an easy process,” said Lisa Gable, the CEO of the group Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). […]

  • Debate continues on call for mail-in voting for November election: ‘States will need to take action’

    WASHINGTON — 200 days. That’s all that remains before election day 2020. And with the clock ticking, the debate continues over the need for mail-in voting because of the pandemic. Voting rights advocates say because of the coronavirus, every American should have the opportunity to vote by mail in November. “Our feeling is that no citizen should have to choose between their own safety and exercising their fundamental right to vote,” said Unite America’s Nick Troiano. Troiano, with the non-partisan […]

  • US cities running out of money due to COVID-19 pandemic

    WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — America’s cities are running out of money because of the coronavirus crisis. The U.S. Conference of Mayors says they’re spending huge amounts on personal protective equipment, testing and first responder overtime while sales and income taxes dry up. In the last aid package, Congress allocated $150 billion to directly help cities through the pandemic. But that money was only for cities with populations over 500,000. With money strained, thousands of cities are calling the federal government to send […]

  • Lawmakers call to reinstate captain of USS Theodore Roosevelt

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEXSTAR) – After a coronavirus outbreak onboard his aircraft carrier, Captain Brett Crozier was relieved of his duty. Navy officials said he raised unnecessary alarm bells and didn’t follow the proper chain of command but many lawmakers think he was treated unfairly. Nearly two weeks after Captain Crozier was relieved of his duty. “Captain Crozier was absolutely correct in what he did. He was putting his sailors first,” Representative Jackie Speier, D-California, said. Lawmakers on the House Armed […]

  • FDA approves decontamination process of N95 masks

    WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — The federal government is giving the green light to healthcare professionals to safely reuse N95 masks amid shortages of critical medical supplies needed to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. The Food and Drug Administration issued the emergency approval for a process to decontaminate and reuse N95 masks. “To my knowledge it may be the first time it’s been executed with N95 masks in particular,” said Chaun Powell with Premiere Inc—a healthcare group of about 4,000 hospitals and […]

  • Pentagon officials outline plan to protect military members from COVID-19 crisis

    WASHINGTON – Pentagon officials on Tuesday outlined ways they can keep United States servicemen and women safe from the coronavirus. It comes just one day after a sailor from the USS Theodore Roosevelt died of COVID-19. Nearly 600 sailors on the Navy ship have tested positive for the virus. “Our condolences go out to his family,” Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said. General Milley says the Department of Defense is working – much like […]

  • No-fee debit card with up to $1,500 for needy families offered in California

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. (KTLA) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a campaign Monday to help impoverished residents who may be facing at least one more month of lost income. The plan is designed to offer a no-fee debit card, dubbed the Angeleno Card, to residents who were beneath the federal poverty line before the COVID-19 crisis began and who had their income reduced by at least another 50% due to the outbreak. The cards will come with $700, $1,100 […]

  • AAA announces $125 million in relief for auto insurance policyholders

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. (KGET) — AAA announced Monday that members who insure their vehicles through the Interinsurance Exchange of the automobile club and its affiliate insurers will receive premium refunds totaling $125 million. Every policyholder with auto insurance in effect from March 16, 2020, to May 15, 2020, will receive a 20 percent policy refund check for this period, according to a AAA news release. Refund checks are expected to be mailed by the end of May. No action is […]

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