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    SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA) — Governor Gavin Newsom Sunday announced plans to expand Interstate 15 between the state-line and Barstow to ease traffic during peak hours. The project, which is estimated to cost $12 million, will begin mid-Spring 2022 and will be completed by next summer, according to a news release issued by his office. “This five-mile stretch of highway is a critical piece of infrastructure for not only our two states, but for the whole country. However, the hours of traffic deters tourism and goods movement,” said Governor Newsom. “While this is just a temporary solution, the expansion is crucial for continued economic health and resilience in the region and beyond. I thank Governor Sisolak for his continued focus and partnership on this and other shared priorities for Californians and Nevadans.” As part of the expansion, “Caltrans will use the shoulder as a part-time lane during periods of peak congestion – primarily Sundays and Mondays. This will address a current design constraint of the Interstate going from three lanes to two lanes then back to three lanes within the five-mile...
    VIDEO3:3003:30Science and speed, not chaos and confusion: Biden unveils winter plan to fight CovidThe News with Shepard Smith President Joe Biden on Thursday said his plan to fight Covid during the winter months will not include new lockdowns or an expansion of the administration's current vaccination requirements. "It doesn't include shutdowns or lockdowns, but widespread vaccinations and boosters and testing a lot more," Biden told reporters during an update. "And while my existing federal vaccination requirements are being reviewed by the courts, this plan does not expand or add to those mandates — a plan that all Americans hopefully can rally around, and it should get bipartisan support, in my humble opinion," the president said. The administration hopes to increase the number of Americans who have received booster shots by expanding outreach. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will contact the more than 60 million people who are on Medicare, mostly seniors, to remind them to get an additional shot. The White House plan, unveiled earlier Thursday, comes after at least two cases of the highly mutated omicron variant...
    By: KDKA-TV’s Erika Stanish PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Olympus Infusions in Pleasant Hills has expanded its number of available appointments by 50 percent to keep up with demand. READ MORE: FBI Investigates Slew Of Threats At Pittsburgh-Area School DistrictsThe clinic offers monoclonal antibody infusions to help patients who have tested positive for or who have been exposed to COVID-19. “We’re servicing about 100 to 120 people a day, filling a niche that the hospitals are struggling to keep up with. So, we’re doing our best to pitch into this fight,” said Adam Rice, owner of Spartan Olympus. The clinic was one of the first in the area to offer infusions to high-risk COVID-19 patients. Rice said the goal behind the treatment is to help patients recover without going to the hospital. “It feels great to give people some hope and peace of mind. Keeping them out of a hospital admission possibly or even worse,” Rice said. Rice said patients will typically see improvement in their symptoms within 36 hours of getting treatment. KDKA talked to...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Saying tens of thousands of Baltimore households lack of reliable internet access, Mayor Brandon Scott on Tuesday announced the first phase of a $35 million plan to close the “digital divide.” While the eventual goal is to expand public internet access throughout the city, Scott said the first piece of the plan involves spending $6 million in federal funds to bring broadband connectivity to 23 recreation centers and add 100 WiFi hotspots in West Baltimore neighborhoods. READ MORE: Scientists Say It Will Take Weeks To Tell How Dangerous Omicron Really Is. Here's Why“The COVID-19 pandemic showed us that internet access is critical, basic infrastructure,” the mayor said. “From our students to our older adults, Baltimoreans struggled to learn virtually, work from home and accessed needed telemedicine on unreliable, slow connections and limited access to broadband.” Jason Hardebeck, director of the Mayor’s Office of Broadband and Digital Equity, estimated that nearly 100,000 households throughout the city lack adequate internet access. Instead, Hardeback said, families either share basic connections or rely on their smartphones to connect to the internet....
              moreby Bruce Walker   Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has announced plans to spend billions of federal tax dollars to increase high-speed internet access in the state. The governor issued Executive Directive 2021-12 Monday, designed to expand access to high-speed internet in Michigan. The programs will be funded from money the state is anticipated to receive from the recently passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Attempts to “bridge the digital divide” have been implemented through federal and state programs since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) initiated its National Broadband Plan in 2010, with money from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Michigan has allocated additional federal funds, including: $363 million through the Federal Communication Commission’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction. $32.6 million through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ReConnect Program. $5.3 million through the FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Grant Program. $25 million through the CARES Act to support distance learning and internet-capable device purchases for students in need. An FCC report issued in December 2020, relying on data collected in 2018, concluded 99% of Michigan residents experienced fixed internet connections of 200 kbps downstream and 98.1% accessed...
    LONDON (AP) — The independent body advising the British government on the rollout of coronavirus vaccines is mulling whether to expand the booster program to younger age groups following the discovery of the new, potentially more dangerous omicron variant, with a decision widely expected later Monday. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has been asked by the British government to consider the merits of expanding the booster program to millions more people under the age of 40 and cutting the time period to a third jab. Prof. Anthony Harnden, deputy chair of the JCVI, told the BBC that it was “really important that we get the immunity levels in the population high” in case the omicron variant is more transmissible or protection from the vaccines is reduced. The expected announcement comes after the Scottish Government announced that six cases of the omicron variant have been identified in Scotland, which takes the U.K. total to nine. It said Monday it has asked public health authorities to undertake enhanced contact tracing in all cases. Scottish Health Secretary Humza Yousaf...
              more   Florida’s lawmakers are considering expanding state-funded health insurance for children. The idea has gained traction among Republicans and Democrats, and two competing proposals would increase the amount of money beneficiaries can make. Currently, families making less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible for the state’s program, KidCare. However, the same families do not qualify for Medicaid. State Rep. Robin Bartleman (D-FL-104) has filed legislation to increase the income threshold by 10 percent every year for the next five years. Households making less than 250 percent of the federal poverty would now be eligible for the state program. Her proposal would require families to pay a $40 per family premium. “What are you going to choose (to pay for) food, child care, which has gone up 200%, or health care?” Bartleman asked. Similarly, Florida Republicans Rep. Chip LaMarca (R-FL-93), Rep. Ardian Zika (R-FL-37), and Sen. Ed Hooper (R-FL-16) has filed legislation to increase the income threshold to 400 percent of the federal poverty level. However, the Republicans’ proposal would also require families to pay premiums...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff STRIP DISTRICT (KDKA) — Klavon’s has been in the Strip District for years, but the ice cream parlor will not be exclusive to Pittsburgh for much longer. READ MORE: Columbus, Ohio Tallies Record Number Of Homicides For Second Straight YearKlavon’s announced earlier this week that it is franchising and plans to expand locations on a national scale, starting in Cleveland. READ MORE: Local Businesses Hope Small Business Saturday Will Help Recovery From Pandemic LossesThere’s been no official opening date or specific address announced for the new Cleveland store in the works. “The goal is to share the same atmosphere, delicious ice cream, and love of history across the USA,” Klavon’s wrote on social media. “Our first expansion will involve family in Cleveland (don’t hold that against them) and from there we will open more locations in the coming years.” MORE NEWS: Man And Woman Recovering After Being Shot In KnoxvilleToday, to celebrate Pittsburgh’s support of the store, Klavon’s is giving customers a single free scoop this Saturday “while supplies last.”
    The D.C. region’s transportation board has approved more than $6 million to expand mobility options for seniors and people with disabilities. It will fund projects like wheelchair-accessible vans, educational programs about mobility options and programs that give rides to medical appointments and other destinations. The federal Enhanced Mobility program will be combined with local matches for a total of more than $9 million. “These initiatives generally aim to remove barriers that make it difficult for persons with limited mobility to access and use existing transportation services, or they aim to provide new services altogether to fill gaps in the existing system,” a news release from the Transportation Planning Board said. The TPB selects projects for funding every two years and once the projects are approved, staff helps to manage and implement the grant projects through the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. The program has funded 92 projects totaling $34 million since 2014, including this year’s projects. This year’s projects will not only include mobility services but will acquire 53 wheelchair-accessible vehicles to help people get a ride to medical appointments,...
    (CNN)Federal officials are green-lighting plans for a wind farm off the Rhode Island coast as the Biden administration aims to grow renewable energy capacity.The Wednesday approval out of the Interior and Commerce Departments brings the South Fork wind farm closer to providing enough power for 70,000 homes to Long Island, New York, along an underwater cable. Officials said the developers are still on the hook for other documents including a design report. The project will be smaller than originally conceived -- 12 rather than 15 turbines -- and has been adjusted to avoid "high value fishing areas" and shipping lanes. The Arctic Ocean began warming decades earlier than previously thought, new research showsNot approving the offshore wind farm, officials reasoned, would lead energy developers to construct new power generation in the area that "might be fueled by natural gas, oil, or coal, which would emit more air pollutants and produce greater impacts on air quality in the region in comparison."Officials said the decision includes measures to "avoid, minimize, and mitigate potential impacts," and those requirements were developed in consultation with...
    Nearly half of all House Democrats on Monday called on their Senate colleagues to augment the immigration protections in the House-passed Build Back Better (BBB) Act before the upper chamber votes on it. In a letter led by Democratic Reps. Jesús García (Ill.), Lou CorreaJose (Lou) Luis CorreaHistoric immigration reform included in House-passed spending bill Immigrant advocates release 'Pathway to Citizenship in Five Steps' House sets up Friday votes for Biden agenda MORE (Calif.), Adriano EspaillatAdriano de Jesus Espaillat CabralHistoric immigration reform included in House-passed spending bill Immigrant advocates release 'Pathway to Citizenship in Five Steps' Immigration holdouts stage last-ditch effort to get green cards in reconciliation MORE (N.Y.), Grace MengGrace MengState Democrat group teams up with federal lawmakers to elect down-ballot candidates Democrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled Afghanistan evacuation flights resume after pause MORE (N.Y.) and Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez on Virginia governor's race: 'We were unwelcome to pitch in' Ocasio-Cortez: Spending plan needs to pass soon or it will be 'difficult' for Democratic leaders 'to get votes on anything' For Democrats it should...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on the New York Blood Center‘s big expansion project on the Upper East Side. Supporters say it’s crucial to not only our blood supply, but life-saving research. However, opponents say the plans would set a dangerous precedent for the whole city, CBS2’s Andrea Grymes reported Monday. READ MORE: Citing Critical Need, New York Blood Center Says Donations Can Be Made At Pop-Up Mall Sites On Long IslandIt’s the calm before the construction on East 67th Street. That is, if the New York Blood Center gets its way. The nonprofit wants to turn its three-story, nearly 100-year-old headquarters on the Upper East Side into a 16-story, state-of-the-art life sciences hub. “We rely on them to make sure there is a supply of blood to save lives in this city. They have to be strong for the future. They have to be sustainable. Second of all, this project is crucial to the vision of New York City becoming the public health capital of the world,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said....
    The White House has announced a $1.5 billion initiative designed to shore up healthcare access in rural or otherwise underserved areas and help diversify the nation's healthcare workforce. Vice President Kamala Harris will announce the initiative Monday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. EST, with remarks also by U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and other healthcare leaders. ELECTRIC VEHICLE TAX CREDIT OPPOSITION TESTS LIMITS OF BIDEN'S UNION LOVE The funds will be filtered through the National Health Service Corps, the Nurse Corps, and substance use disorder treatment and recovery programs, providing scholarships and loan repayments for healthcare students in exchange for a commitment to work in "hard-hit and high-risk" areas. The money is part of the $1.9 trillion "American Rescue Plan " President Joe Biden signed in March. The White House says the funding will support more than 22,700 providers, including doctors, dentists, nurses, and behavioral health providers. Along with bolstering access to healthcare in underserved areas, another goal is to increase diversity in healthcare. Only about 7% of physicians are black or Hispanic, according to...
    Welcome to the Monday episode of “The David Hookstead Show.” On today’s episode, we’re talking about Kyle Rittenhouse being acquitted on all charges, LeBron James gets ejected for cheap shot, Enes Kanter’s war with the Lakers star escalates, Baker Mayfield’s wife Emily shares incredibly stupid post, Florida fires Dan Mullen, the College Football Playoff might expand as soon as next season, Wisconsin is one win away from the B1G title game after beating Nebraska and “Yellowstone” drops a major clue in the latest episode. Let’s dive in! TOPICS: Kyle Rittenhouse Acquitted On All Charges LeBron James Gets Ejected For Acting Like A Complete Idiot. Should He Be Ashamed? NBA Player Continues To Shred LeBron James, Claims His Social Activism Isn’t Authentic Baker Mayfield’s Wife Shares Insanely Stupid Instagram Post About His Teammates. What Was She Thinking? Florida Sends Shockwaves Through College Football With Head Coaching Decision. How Will Fans React? REPORT: The College Football Playoff Might Expand To A Staggering Number Of Teams Starting Next Season HIGHLIGHTS: Wisconsin Earns A Massive Football Win. Can Anyone Beat The...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — State schools Superintendent Tony Thurmond announced Friday the formation of a committee to make recommendations to expand the availability of gender neutral bathrooms on California school campuses. Thurmond will form a committee comprised of students, school staff and key partners like Equality California who will brainstorm solutions for ensuring that schools have these facilities. READ MORE: Violent Night In Oakland -- Homicide, Gunfire At Sideshow, Pot Dispensary Shootout“We have to give our students all the support they need, including access to bathrooms they can use safely,” he said in a statement issued by his office. “I have been inspired by the students who have advocated on this issue and want to give students the opportunity to be a part of finding the solutions.” READ MORE: Body Found Believed to be Missing Bay Point WomanThurmond asked state Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino, to co-chair the committee. MORE NEWS: UPDATE: 'It Was Insane'; Dozens Of Looters Ransack Walnut Creek Nordstrom StoreAnyone who wishes to join the ad hoc committee can contact safeschoolbathrooms@cde.ca.gov.
              more   Expanded infrastructure for enhanced broadband internet could be coming to Florida as state lawmakers and the Florida Internet and Television (FIT) addressed new state and federal policies on Thursday. The policies aim to provide internet access to more Floridians. The Biden’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act allocates $42.5 billion for broadband with at least $100 million headed to Florida. Over the past two years, the Florida Legislature established two measures through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) Office of Broadband and the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Program (CSLFRP) which laid the foundation for expanded internet access. As reported by Florida Politics, the vice president and member of the state legislative counsel for the Internet & Television Association, Alex Minard, praised the policies. Minard stated, “It’s a historic step to speed the deployment of next generation networks to unserved households, and to build a durable support mechanism that will help low income families connect to the internet.” He added, “Something to keep an eye on is how the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) talks about that transition....
    The Star Tribune’s Jeremy Olson says, “Minnesota is set to offer COVID-19 vaccine boosters to all adults in response to a worsening pandemic wave and a state infection rate that remains highest in the nation. State health leaders said the expansion will address waning immunity in early vaccine recipients that is increasing viral exposure risks. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will consider the expansion Friday, but Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said the state would act this week regardless of federal guidance.” Says Brian Bakst of MPR, “A signature law change made after George Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis police remained in legal limbo Wednesday as a judge weighed the new deadly force standards for police. Ramsey County District Court Judge Leonardo Castro, who in September suspended the law, heard arguments over whether to reinstate the law, modify it or throw it out.  The law that narrowed the situations under which deadly force is considered justified went into effect in March. But this summer, a group of police associations sued.” This, also from MPR’s Bakst, “A Republican candidate for Minnesota...
    Amazon is looking to build an air cargo center at the Boise Airport. The Seattle-based company is looking to lease 151,000 square feet of land, or a little over three acres, to construct a building that would be about 31,000 square feet. If the Boise City Council approves the project, the company could eventually expand the lease to four acres. Amazon would pay the city $60,000 a year in rent for at least 35 years, although the annual amount would go up each as adjusted to the Consumer Price Index percentage increase. The city would also get landing fees for each cargo jet, as well as parking ramp fees. The company said it would use the facility to load and unload trucks and trailers, store the vehicles and make service repairs to inbound and outbound aircraft. In order for the project to move forward, the Boise City Council must agree to spend $22 million in upgrades at the airport. Those capital improvements would include building a new access road, a new taxiway and a ramp. That work would last through...
    (CNN)Some states are not waiting. At least four so far -- Arkansas, California, Colorado, New Mexico and West Virginia -- have expanded eligibility for Covid-19 booster shots to everyone 18 and older, six months after their second dose, even though the US Food and Drug Administration hasn't done so yet and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hasn't given its recommendation.So far, the federal health agencies have only given the green light for Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna boosters to be administered to adults ages 65 and older or any adults at high risk of severe Covid-19 or who live or work in long-term care settings or high-risk settings who completed their second dose at least six months ago. All adults who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago are eligible for boosters.But that could soon change. Key decisions on Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine boosters for all adults could come this weekAs the US waits for the FDA to authorize boosters for all adults, frustration has grown within some communities and among some public health experts...
              more   Arizona Governor Doug Ducey on Monday detailed that the state will invest $100 million in a new grant program to increase accessibility of broadband internet. According to the governor’s office, funds from the American Rescue Plan will be used to create the Arizona Broadband Development Grant Program. The additional funding, the largest broadband investment in state history, will allow communities and organizations to construct or improve broadband infrastructure in order to connect residents throughout the state. Previously, Ducey urged expanded broadband funding in the state’s budget, saying the move “will build on the progress of recent years to get even more schools, businesses, tribal communities and homes connected, opening up more opportunities for services like telemedicine and digital learning.” Elected officials and community leaders praised the move and the opportunities that it will provide. “These investments will be a gamechanger for our state, accelerating economic growth and improving the lives of thousands who lack access to reliable internet,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “Through the investments of the last few years, Arizona...
    The House passed legislation on Monday that would expand access for veterans, their spouses and caregivers to receive vaccines for both the flu and COVID-19 through the Department of Veterans Affairs. The bill, passed by voice vote, would build upon a law enacted earlier this year that gave the VA authority to administer coronavirus vaccines to all veterans, as well as their spouses and caregivers. That marked a significant expansion from prior rules that limited the VA to administering vaccines to veterans enrolled in its health care system or family caregivers registered in its assistance program. Under the proposal approved on Monday, the VA could provide seasonal flu vaccines alongside the COVID-19 shots through April 29 of next year. "Public health officials are clear: It is completely safe to receive both inoculations even at the same time," said House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Mark TakanoMark Allan TakanoVA secretary pledges to house hundreds of homeless veterans in LA by end of year The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Altria - Biden holds meetings to resurrect his spending plan Overnight Defense & National...
    Liz Schuler, AFL-CIO President, speaks as Thousands welcome back Congress by marching for Citizenship, Care, And Climate Justice on September 21, 2021 in Washington, DC.Paul Morigi | Getty Images Several of the nation's largest labor unions are suing over President Joe Biden's vaccine and testing requirements, not to overturn them, but to expand them to cover more businesses. The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and the AFL-CIO asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia last week to review the requirements. The AFL-CIO is the largest federation of trade unions in the U.S., and the UFCW is the largest meatpacking and food procession union. While the unions did not provide arguments in their petition, a spokesman for the food workers union told CNBC the group wants the mandates expanded to cover as many businesses as possible. The union also wants the new Labor Department rule to ensure employees don't have to cover the costs of Covid testing and facemasks. The Biden mandates don't force companies to cover those costs. The food workers' union said in...
    The rolling hills and ranchlands of eastern Contra Costa County are known for wineries, cattle ranches, wind turbines and growing subdivisions. But soon they may be known for something else: The biggest new water storage project in the Bay Area in years. And now, amid the current drought, nearly every major water agency in the region wants a piece of it. The Contra Costa Water District is moving closer to breaking ground on plans to expand Los Vaqueros Reservoir, south of Brentwood, by raising the reservoir’s earthen dam by 56 feet, to 287 feet high. That would make it the second tallest dam in the Bay Area, eclipsed only by Warm Springs Dam on Lake Sonoma near Healdsburg, which is 319 feet high. Construction, slated to begin in late 2023 and finish by 2030, would expand Los Vaqueros from its current 160,000 acre-feet capacity to 275,000 acre-feet, enough water when full for the annual needs of 1.4 million people. At a time when other efforts to build new dams and reservoirs in California have struggled for lack of money, ballooning...
    PASADENA, Calif. (KGO) -- If you're trying to track destructive climate pollution from the skies above California, first you need to be able to see it. And with technology developed at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, the images are the closest thing to environmental technicolor -- Plumes of escaping methane gas, captured during aerial surveys, done in partnership with the California Air Resources Board.RELATED: 70% of Americans experiencing climate change anxiety and depression, survey finds"So that was called a California methane survey that we conducted with NASA aircraft back in 2016, in 2017, and that program has since expanded," says Riley Duren, Ph.D., a Research Scientist at the University of Arizona and an Engineering Fellow at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.To track methane release, Duren and his colleagues at JPL employed a device called an Airborne Visible Infrared Imaging Spectrometer. It detects signatures in the atmosphere associated with methane, which are invisible to the naked eye, including major releases from so-called Super emitters."What was surprising is just how ubiquitous these emissions are, across many economic sectors. It's not limited...
    President Joe Biden reportedly intends to expand the administrative state by appointing an infrastructure czar to oversee the implementation of the $2.1 trillion infrastructure bill. According to two Axios sources, the czar would be called an “infrastructure implementation coordinator” and would be responsible for managing the “grant-and-spending process” among those eligible to win taxpayer funds. The grant process is widely known to benefit those with insider connections to the federal government. Those who apply for the grants often hire lobbyists to influence grant selections. A person appointed as a czar is sure to possess a past working relationship with Biden or his family, Axios reported. “It will be somebody he’s known for a long time and trusts implicitly.” The creation of a czar is a further expansion of the administrative state, which is an ever-expanding list of unelected bureaucrats in federal agencies that essentially run the federal government. In recent decades, Congress has delegated its authority to the administrative state to escape responsibility. The administrative state was envisioned by the first wave of the “progressive” movement in the early 1900s to...
    Police showed defendants video of Ahmaud Arbery before shooting, Georgia jury hears Concern mounts over threat to shutter top Russian rights group GLASGOW (Reuters) - U.S. climate envoy John Kerry called on the United Nations climate summit on Friday to make sure the language covering mitigation and the end of fossil fuel subsidies was not changed and to expand on adaptation finance. © Reuters/POOL Climate conference COP26 in Glasgow "We are strongly supportive of adaption finance. In the spirit of compromise, we will go along with the approach of doubling but we have a couple of important edits that we think make the text, in fact, stronger, more acceptable and more effective," Kerry told the summit in Glasgow. "It doesn't make sense to limit where you can bring the money from ... Don't limit the pool from where we can draw the money, that doesn't make sense." (Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Alison Williams)
    By Shawna Mizelle | CNN In honor of Veterans Day, congressional Democrats reintroduced legislation Thursday that would provide GI Bill benefits to descendants of Black World War II veterans. The GI Bill Restoration Act was introduced in the House by Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina and Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts. Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock of Georgia is set to introduce the legislation in the Senate, according to a news release on Clyburn’s website. “While the original GI Bill ushered in decades of prosperity for post-war America, access to this prosperity was limited for Black World War II veterans who were denied full access to these benefits by mostly-white state and local Veterans Administrations,” the release said. If passed, the bill would extend to descendants and surviving spouses of Black WWII veterans access to the VA Loan Guaranty Program, which provides assistance for buying and building homes, and the Post-911 GI Bill educational assistance, which provides financial assistance for school or job training. The legislation also establishes a Blue Ribbon Panel “to study inequities in the distribution...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Hoping to alleviate the backlog of goods at the Los Angeles/Long Beach port complex by increasing the number of truck drivers on the road, the state Department of Motor Vehicles announced Wednesday it will boost its capacity to administer commercial driving tests. The DMV will begin offering Saturday commercial driving test appointments at three more offices — in Fullerton, Montebello and Winnetka. The move will bring the overall number of Saturday test sites to 15, according to the DMV. READ MORE: Attempts To Recall Councilman Mike Bonin Heat Up With Organizers Filing Signed Petition WednesdayThe agency is also training more staff to administer the test and redeploying examiners to areas with the greatest demand. READ MORE: Amtrak To Require Reservations On Pacific Surfliner Trains Over Thanksgiving“There is a real need to increase the number of safe truck drivers in California to transport goods,” DMV Director Steve Gordon said in a statement. “Our goal is to give everyone who needs to take a test for a commercial driver’s license the opportunity to be tested within 30 days...
    Georgia-based American Peanut Growers Group (APGG) will invest $85 million in expanding operations in the state, creating 90 jobs. In addition to expanding its current Donalsonville shelling plant, APGG will open a new food processing facility on its 45-acre campus in Seminole County. “It’s truly exciting to see American Peanut Growers Group create jobs across rural south Georgia and celebrate the hardworking Georgians of Seminole County who put Georgia-grown food on the table for countless families in our state and around the world,” said Governor Kemp. “Thanks to the resilience, innovation, and hard work of our farmers, Georgia peanuts account for over half of all U.S peanut production. This announcement is great news for the number one industry in the top state for business!” Headquartered in Seminole County and grower-owned, American Peanut Growers Group produces approximately 200,000 tons of peanuts per year. In addition to local buyers in South Georgia, APGG utilizes the Port of Savannah to reach many customers around the world. APGG’s customers include major confectioners, peanut butter manufacturers, and...
    DoorDash plans to expand in 23 countries with its purchase of Finnish delivery service Wolt Enterprises. San Francisco-based DoorDash announced the $8.1 billion deal Tuesday. Wolt Co-founder and CEO Miki Kuusi will run DoorDash International when the transaction closes. The news came as DoorDash Inc. reported higher-than-expected third-quarter sales. Its shares jumped almost 9% in after-hours trading. The delivery company said revenue grew 45% to $1.26 billion in July-September from the same period a year ago. That beat Wall Street’s forecast of $1.17 billion, according to analysts polled by FactSet. The company said it had a record 9 million DashPass subscribers at the end of the quarter. DashPass members, who pay $9.99 per month for free deliveries on most orders, tend to order more frequently, the company said. DoorDash’s net loss widened to $101 million for the quarter from $43 million a year ago, as it continued to spend heavily on expansion. The loss amounted to 30 cents per share. Wall Street had been forecasting a loss of 10 cents a share. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved....
    The city of Los Angeles on Saturday launched a program to make sports more accessible to children. The program, PlayLA, will ensure all residents ages 5 to 17 can participate in low-cost or free sports by subsidizing fees for leagues, classes and clinics for activities that include tennis, golf, basketball, soccer, judo and swimming, Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office said in a news release. “Every young Angeleno deserves the opportunity to participate in sports, no matter their family income or physical ability,” Garcetti said in the statement. The initiative will also offer programming for children with physical disabilities, a first for the city’s youth sports repertoire, which might include sitting volleyball, adaptive swimming, goal-ball, para equestrian, para surfing, wheelchair basketball, adaptive athletics, wheelchair tennis and para-canoe, city officials said. The program from the L.A. Parks and Recreation Department is being funded by a $9.6-million grant from the LA28 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which has committed a total of $160 million to the initiative, according to the city. “The launch of PlayLA is a huge accomplishment for L.A. Parks and for the...
    SANTA CLARA (BCN) — A Santa Clara County senior transportation program will be able to reach more older adults through a new agreement between the county Board of Supervisors and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority signed this week. The ride sharing program is called RYDE, which stands for Reach Your Destination Easily. It offers affordable curb-to-curb transportation for adults 65 years and older in West Valley areas of Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno and Saratoga. READ MORE: UPDATE: San Francisco Police Investigate Haight-Ashbury Shooting That Left at Least 2 InjuredIt also offers rides to residents in Morgan Hill and in some San Jose ZIP codes. The new agreement between the county and VTA will allow the program to expand to six new San Jose ZIP codes: 95118, 95119, 95122, 95123, 95139 and 95037. “It’s gratifying to see a pilot project like RYDE prove itself and grow to serve more communities,” said Supervisor Joe Simitian, who helped launch the program. “As our county ages, there will be an increasing need to provide transportation to older adults, not just to...
    Photo courtesy PublixForgot the rosemary for the stuffing? Ran out of eggs for the flan? Need another ribeye for an unexpected plus-one? No need to hop in the car. Today, Publix and Instacart announced an expanded offering intended to save your holiday cooking projects. The virtual convenience store — called "Publix Quick Picks" — allows customers to shop items and have them delivered within 30 minutes with Instacart Priority Delivery. Publix launched the program in Tampa in September with success, and will now expand it to all seven states home to the grocery store brand. Since the two brands launched their partnership in 2016, grocery delivery has become extremely popular, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.Ordering is now live on Instacart’s Convenience Hub and at Publix's online ordering portal. This article first appeared at our sister publication Orlando Weekly.  Send anonymous news tips to cltampabay_tips@protonmail.com. Support local journalism in these crazy days. Our small but mighty team works tirelessly to bring you news on how coronavirus is affecting Tampa and surrounding areas. Please consider making a one time or monthly donation to help support our staff....
    Former Rust crew member slams armorer lawyers gun sabotage allegations as irresponsible Capital One launches new premium card, Venture X The WNBA Players Association (WNBPA) doesn't stop in the league offseason as it continues to expand its impact, reach and visibility alongside the league's growth.   The union is announcing a multiyear partnership with Pepsi Stronger Together to support causes important to the players in each of the league's 12 markets. It kicked off with Los Angeles and a $50,000 donation to Girls on the Run LA. The program is in conjunction with the union's 23rd year and represents not only a chance to fulfill one of its three 2021 advocacy pillars, but also a way to expand visibility of both the sport and the union. "It’s kind of like a beautiful connectivity in a lot of ways that contributes to educating communities about more than just what they know," WNBPA president and Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike told Yahoo Sports.  The union has stressed long-term efforts over one-offs, hence the multiyear commitment. The advisory panel for the causes...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff STATE COLLEGE (KDKA) – Penn State has come out and said they do not plan on extending their COVID-19 vaccination mandate to the student body. READ MORE: Penn State Expands COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate To Employees At Six CampusesPenn State leaders also said they do not believe they will expand vaccination requirements to other campuses. READ MORE: Penn State Mandating COVID-19 Vaccinations For University Park EmployeesCurrently, Altoona, Behrend, Brandywine, Dubois, Fayette, and Harrisburg campuses all have a vaccination mandate for employees due to President Joe Biden’s executive order for federal contractors. MORE NEWS: Penn State Suspends More Than 100 Students For Missing Required COVID-19 TestingBranches in western Pennsylvania are not included in that mandate.
    The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday in the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. (NYSRPA) v. Bruen, which focuses on whether New York State violated plaintiffs Robert Nash and Brandon Koch's Second Amendment rights by denying them unrestricted concealed carry permits. Lawyer Paul Clement is representing both men and the NYSRPA, which is an offshoot of the National Rifle Association. A former solicitor general for the Bush Administration, Clement is known as the attorney who's argued the most cases before SCOTUS since 2000—and has consistently represented parties on the wrong side of history. Clement famously left the law firm he was at in 2011 to continue trying to defend the Defense of Marriage Act and its sympathizers. He also fought against the Affordable Care Act in 2012 and defended tactics used by the Bush Administration during the war on terror. It appears as if this time, however, Clement will score a win for his clients. Many Supreme Court Justices made no secret of the fact that they were skeptical of the New York law...
    Video streaming platform Rumble announced Tuesday it is moving its headquarters from Canada to Florida as it grows and attempts to take on Big Tech companies such as YouTube and Amazon. Rumble, a popular site with conservatives that has billed itself as a platform for free speech, will use its new headquarters to build out its video infrastructure and hire more employees. With more than 40 million monthly average users, the platform will invest over $50 million in the state over the next several years. "This move positions us to continue providing a platform to content creators without the threats from big tech monopolies," said Rumble CEO Chris Pavlovski in a statement. "We are excited to invest in Florida in the coming years while we continue to grow Rumble." He added the company would fill 20-25 new jobs in Florida immediately for their new U.S. headquarters, with more job openings planned for the future. PUBLIC SOURING ON BIG TECH: POLL Florida's Gov. Ron DeSantis has supported the platform, routinely advocating for it online and posting content there instead...
    PORTSMOUTH — During the Oct. 28 meeting of the Board of Scioto County Commissioners, the commissioners voted to appropriate grant funding to the 14th Street Community Center (FSCC). “Nothing has been done to the center since it was originally built,” said Bryan Davis, Scioto County Commissioner. Davis said Drew Carter, FSCC Board President, reached out to him a few months ago to see if they would be interested in looking into doing an addition on the Community Center. “We started looking into how we could do an addition and got in contact with THSD Architects and Drew who came up with a plan the economical way,” said Davis. “We’re going to be able to utilize the American Rescue Act money and we are going to get it built. American Rescue Act money was used to build the Pump Track and Children’s Museum as well. This grant will cover the cost to build on an addition to the current center and add 240 bleacher seats to the gymnasium. The center has no bleachers currently. “We’re really happy to be a part...
    In this article WEBR COOK Traeger Provisions brisket box.Traeger GrillsTraeger Grills CEO Jeremy Andrus said he views the company's wood pellet grill as not an appliance or grill but a home cooking platform. That has led Traeger to push further into things like app-connected grills and digital content. Now Traeger is looking to take that a step further, not only helping budding grillers and smokers with how to use its products and what to make but supplying the food. "One of the first things I hear from friends when they buy a Traeger and they want to cook their first brisket is, 'where do they buy a brisket," Andrus said. "Then once they figure that out, it's 'how do you trim it, what rub do I use, wait I need butcher paper, where do I get that?" At-home barbecuing and grilling heated up during the pandemic. More than $1.1 billion of grills and smokers were sold between March and May, a 3% increase from 2020 and nearly double from 2019, according to NPD. In total, roughly 5.4 million grills...
    The latest on U.N. climate summit COP26: GLASGOW, Scotland — Ecuador’s president has announced that his country is expanding the marine reserve around the Galapagos Islands by almost half. President Guillermo Lasso told the U.N. climate conference in Glasgow on Tuesday that the government has agreed with the fishery, tourism and conservation sectors to establish a new marine reserve in the Galapagos Islands of 60,000 square kilometers (more than 23,000 square miles). Lasso said this would be added to an existing marine reserve of about 130,000 square kilometers (50,000 square miles). Experts says oceans are particularly vulnerable to climate change and the Galapagos Islands are considered one of the world’s biodiversity jewels. ___ GLASGOW, Scotland — More than 100 countries are pledging to end deforestation, which scientists say is a major driver of climate change. Britain hailed the commitment as the first big achievement of the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow. But campaigners say they need to see the detail — such promises have been made, and broken, before. The U.K. government said it has received...
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    COLUMBUS — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Director Annette Chambers-Smith announced Friday the state is awarding six local jails with millions in funding to rebuild or expand their facilities. A total of $50 million was allocated to support local jail renovations in Senate Bill 310 which was passed by the Ohio General Assembly and signed by Governor DeWine in December 2020. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s (ODRC) Bureau of Adult Detention administered the application process and selected jails based on those with the greatest need for construction and renovation work to improve conditions and operations. The ability of each jail to serve neighboring jurisdictions was also considered. The following counties are receiving grants to assist in building new jails due to the age and condition of their current county jail facilities: Coshocton County – $10.1 million Gallia County – $5.5 million Harrison County – $9.1 million Lawrence County – $16.8 million “Upgrading these jails is about more than just safety, it’s also about providing an environment that can influence positive change,” said...
    When Kimmy Duong left Vietnam in 1975, she had $30 in her pocket and a job offer to work at IBM in Bethesda, Maryland. She spoke some English, and wondered how she would fare in the United States. Since then, she and her husband, Dr. Long Nguyen, have donated millions to universities in Maryland and Virginia. Montgomery College in Rockville received the couple’s most recent gift: $1 million for scholarships to minority students. On Thursday, the college said thank you by naming its new state-of-the-art student services building after the couple. “Without support of this country, we are not where we are,” Duong said. “So, giving back is always on our mind; and, giving back to education is the best way of giving back.” Four of Duong’s nieces and nephews attended Montgomery College before heading to four-year universities. Through Duong’s foundation, she has also supported students going to several area colleges. The philanthropist decided to give the donation because of the college’s commitment to inclusion on campus. About 25% of students represent a particular race or culture, said Interim President...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A multi-billion loan agreement was announced Thursday between the state and the U.S. Department of Transportation to fund infrastructure improvements to help clear the shipping bottleneck at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The partnership will allow California to expedite work on port-specific upgrades, expand capacity for freight rail, develop inland port facilities to expand warehouse storage, and upgrade highways to improve truck travel times, including around the San Pedro Bay and in the Inland Empire. The loan will also help kick-start construction on electrifying railyards and trucks, establish land ports of entry to expand trade capacity and cross border commerce, and make rail crossings safer and more efficient. READ MORE: LA County Sheriff's Deputies Armed With Cleaning Supplies Help 86-Year-Old La Mirada Woman Living In Filthy, Unsafe Conditions“California’s ports and infrastructure system is key to the country’s supply chain,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement. “Thanks to our collaboration with the Biden-Harris Administration, this innovative federal-state partnership will help us fast-track those projects that will make our ports and infrastructure even more...
    U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about the status of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccinations and his administration's ongoing pandemic response in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, May 4, 2021.Jonathan Ernst | Reuters The White House on Thursday unveiled a new plan to expand several federal health-insurance programs to lower costs to consumers as part of President Joe Biden's broader $1.75 trillion domestic spending package. Biden plans to expand Medicare, Medicaid – the federal health insurance programs for the elderly and poor – as well as the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, according to a factsheet released by the White House. Under the expanded benefits, Medicare would provide hearing benefits. His plan would also provide tax credits to up to 4 million uninsured Americans in states that have not expanded Medicaid under the ACA. He also plans to reduce premiums for some 9 million people who get coverage through the ACA by an average of $600 per person. Notably, there was no mention of prescription drug pricing reform, a policy Democrats and some Republicans...
    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The labor shortage continues to be a problem for many businesses on Long Island, but there are efforts underway to bridge the gap and match the unemployed with workforce training to fill needed jobs. You can see the pandemic’s toll in the village of Hempstead. Stores never reopened, and jobs were lost. READ MORE: Rally In Harlem Calls For Safer Streets Day After High School Senior Taquan Jones Shot And KilledNow, there’s a push to bring quality jobs to communities most impacted so they come back stronger, starting with job training in the fields that are hiring. “Like hospitality, retail, restaurants and health care,” Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said. Nassau County is trying to bridge the gap between labor shortages and those who need jobs, doling out $10 million of federal COVID recovery funds to Hempstead and schools to expand job training to create a deeper pool of qualified workers. Workers like Ashley Vasquez, who is studying to become an nurse to fill an explosion of openings in health care. “We live on Long Island....
    DENVER (CBS4)– The Denver City Council approved more than $9 million to a program that will expand housing options for the city’s homeless population. The council unanimously approved the resolution on Monday night. (credit: CBS) The city already has a contract with the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. This funding approval will continue the program. (credit: CBS) The additional funding will allow the organization to provide services to more than 230 people annually.
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) swiftly slammed the door on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) efforts to expand Medicare as part of Democrat-crafted legislation that could cost over a trillion dollars. Over the weekend, Sanders took to social media to urge Democrats to expand Medicare funds to cover dental, vision, and hearing services, claiming the move is popular with Americans. “The expansion of Medicare to cover dental, hearing and vision is supported by 84% of the public and is one of the most important provisions in Build Back Better. It’s what the American people want and, after waiting over 50 years, what they are going to get,” Sanders tweeted. The expansion of Medicare to cover dental, hearing and vision is supported by 84% of the public and is one of the most important provisions in Build Back Better. Its what the American people want and, after waiting over 50 years, what they are going to get. — Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) October 24, 2021 On Monday, Manchin rebuked Sanders’ effort, pointing out that Medicare already faces insolvency issues by 2026. “My big concern right...
    Virginia's Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe debates the stunning disaster that is his Republican opponent, Glenn Youngkin, on Sept. 28. When asked a straightforward question in late September—of whether he would certify the 2020 presidential election after the violent insurrection by Trump supporters—Glenn Youngkin, the Republican running against Democrat Terry McAuliffe for governor of Virginia, gave a long and rambling answer about Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders, but wouldn’t answer. Instead, he joked that “one of the great things is I'm not in Congress.” After a day of fierce blowback, Youngkin changed his tune and stated that he would have, after all, voted to certify the election. After yet another wave of backlash—this time from the MAGA crowd—Youngkin regressed and demanded an “audit” of Virginia’s voting machines. More recently, Youngkin profusely thanked the organizers of an Oct. 13 rally where attendees literally pledged allegiance to a flag carried during the violent Jan. 6th insurrection. On cue, Youngkin said the next day that they shouldn’t have done that, calling the choice to vow allegiance to an insurrectionist’s flag “weird and wrong.” Thus his strange yo-yo dance...