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    A solar parking-lot canopy at the Phoenician resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, has 2,000 panels and generates nearly 600 kilowatts of electricity. Rick Scuteri/Invision via AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.This story was originally published by Yale E360 and is reproduced here as part of the Climate...
    A California bill that gives transgender, nonbinary and intersex inmates at state prisons the right to be housed at either men’s or women’s facilities is under fire in a lawsuit filed last week. The Women’s Liberation Front, which also opposes transgender athletes’ participation in girl’s and women’s sports, filed the lawsuit in federal court alleging that SB 132 is unconstitutional...
    Footage shows Grey, the 'gentle giant' therapy dog, bringing joy to people at several nursing homes and care facilities around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In a video posted on Monday, November 22, the huge Great Dane can be seen visiting nursing homes and care facilities, providing a much-needed boost for the residents living there. His owner Charlene Potts said two-year-old Grey has...
    Share this: A new pilot program to help ensure new city infrastructure and public facilities are prepared for the worsening impacts of climate change, including intense rainfall and coastal storm surge has been announced this week. Under this program, 23 city capital agencies will begin designing and constructing dozens of new projects using the NYC Climate Resiliency Design Guidelines, which...
    Originally published Nov. 22, 2021 MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Federal emergency relief teams from the U.S. Department of Defense are on their way to Minnesota to help doctors and nurses at two Minnesota hospitals. When the rest of the state is celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday, they’ll be fighting the state’s COVID-19 surge. READ MORE: 'People Lined Up Out The Doors And...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Every night, hundreds of Texas children in Child Protective Services custody are forced to sleep in offices, motels, and other make-shift government shelters. According to court records, at these unlicensed facilities, some children were given the wrong medication, some got into physical fights with caseworkers and peers, while some connected with sex traffickers and ran away. State...
    Masks are no longer a requirement indoors in D.C., as Mayor Muriel Bowser’s mandate was lifted Monday. Despite that, some small businesses have decided to require customers to keep the layer of safety in place. Going into the holiday season, the co-owner of the bookstore Politics & Prose wants to make sure customers feel safe browsing the shelves and that...
    Gov. Tim Walz announced he’s sending 400 members of the Minnesota National Guard to form skilled-nursing “response teams” to help out in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities that are short-staffed amid the current wave of coronavirus infections, reports Fox 9. Sahan Journal has a deep dive on the labor shortage in the health care field. Here’s Hennepin Healthcare...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As Minnesota prepares to send National Guard support to long-term care facilities, the state reported 4,718 new COVID-19 cases and 37 more deaths Monday. The Minnesota Health Department’s latest update puts the state’s cumulative number of infected people at 866,287, and 9,192 have died from the virus. There have been 9,630 reinfections. READ MORE: With COVID...
    The NFL is requiring players and staff to wear masks inside team facilities regardless of vaccination status for a week starting on Thanksgiving, and they must be tested twice for COVID-19 after the holiday. The league’s protocols were updated as a result of increasing rates of COVID-19 across the country. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Pittsburgh Steelers...
    There are a few big changes coming to D.C. on Monday, starting with the lifting of the indoor mask mandate. The city will also change how it reports COVID-19 data. D.C. is taking a new posture in the pandemic, DC Health Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt said during a news conference Tuesday. “We want to be able to help people understand...
    The NFL is requiring players and staff to wear masks inside team facilities regardless of vaccination status for a week starting on Thanksgiving, and they must be tested twice for COVID-19 after the holiday. The league’s protocols were updated as a result of increasing rates of COVID-19 across the country. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Pittsburgh Steelers...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Department of Juvenile Services on Wednesday announced a realignment plan that will phase out four facilities and expand the Cheltenham Youth Detention Center in Prince George’s County. The department conducted an assessment of the current population and proposed realigning its facilities so youth can be closer to the communities where they live. READ MORE: Ex-Baltimore County Cop...
    Carlos Barria/Getty Images Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser will roll back masking requirements in the nation’s capital effective Nov. 22, she announced on Tuesday. “This does not mean that … everyone needs to stop wearing their mask, but it does mean that we’re shifting the government’s response to providing you this risk-based information and recommending layering strategies as the best...
    D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser will lift the District’s indoor mask mandate on Monday, she said during a briefing on Tuesday. The city will shift to a risk-based guidance from D.C. Health based on current health metrics and a person’s vaccination status. Masks will still be required in certain circumstances: Private businesses that want a mask requirement. Public transit like...
    Rockville City Hall in Maryland will reopen to the public in January — nearly 20 months after city offices were shuttered at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. City Manager Rob DiSpirito announced the reopening during a meeting Monday night of the mayor and City Council, according to a news release from the city. More Montgomery County News More...
    (CNN)Eight residents of a nursing home in northwestern Connecticut have died since late September following a Covid-19 outbreak, the nursing home said in a statement.A total of 89 residents and staff -- many of whom were fully vaccinated -- have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last seven weeks, Geer Village Senior Community in North Canaan said Friday, and 11...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) –A Los Angeles city ordinance took effect Monday making disposable foodware, including utensils and napkins, available at restaurants only when requested by customers. The ordinance, which was approved in April, went into effect for food and beverage facilities with more than 26 employees on Nov. 15 and will expand to all food and beverage facilities on April...
    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee will spend $66 million on a three-story football building behind the north end zone of Floyd Stadium, the first of a three-part plan to upgrade athletics facilities costing at least $100 million. President Sidney A. McPhee announced the details at a news conference Monday, days after Middle Tennessee decided to stay put in Conference...
              more   Michigan State Senator Lana Theis (R-Brighton) on Wednesday penned a letter to Auditor General Doug Ringler, calling for a series of audits to be conducted within the state’s nursing homes. Specifically, the call for the investigation seeks to review the facilities’ inspections during and after COVID-19 lockdowns. The request from Theis was sparked by the disappearance and death...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Can a streaming service help kids go through a scary time in their lives?It is something that Disney+, owned by the parent company of WABC, is answering with a resounding 'yes.'Disney is offering complimentary access to its now 2-year-old streaming service through the Child Life Teams at 99 pediatric facilities in the United States - part...
    DENVER (CBS4) – While Colorado health officials are taking every step to avoid reaching the state’s hospital capacity, they are also planning for the chance that it might happen. (credit: CBS) “It’s not going to be the same when we built thousands of beds in their standalone facilities,” Gov. Jared Polis said in a meeting with his expert emergency...
    PORTSMOUTH — Patients who had appointments at SOMC facilities Thursday received notice that their appointments were canceled due to an emergency. Rumors quickly started circulating that the hospital and its facilities we unable to access their computers or phone lines due to the computer system being down. It was later announced on the hospital’s social media platforms that the hospital’s...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — While 86.9% of workers in nursing home across the state are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, there are still a handful of facilities where fewer than two-thirds of workers have received at least one shot, according to data released Monday by the Maryland Department of Health. Dennett Road Manor in Garrett County and Chesapeake Woods Center in Dorchester...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles County’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate is already in effect for customers at many indoor businesses. But starting Monday, tougher, new rules take effect in the city. The ordinance is one of the strictest mandates of its kind in the nation, requiring all individuals eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine to show proof of full vaccination at...
    Haitian community leaders, immigrant community members, and their supporters gather at the Newark Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office to demand that President Biden's administration stop deportations and restore the right to asylum on Oct. 22, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. When detained immigrants are able to access legal help and gain representation, they are up to 10 times more likely...
    Helena Apothaker was raw with grief for her mother, who had died of COVID-19 as the virus swept through a care facility in Beverly Grove, when she heard the news that infuriated her: The facility had admitted a new resident amid the pandemic. It “did not quarantine him, did not test him, and let him walk through that building,”...
    President Biden's $1.75 trillion Build Back Better act will specifically ban religious schools from using infrastructure grants to renovate or better their facilities.  If the infrastructure bill passes the House when it will be voted upon on Friday, then it will ban religiously-affiliated schools or child care services from allocating funds to improve their facilities.  Grant recipients 'may not use...
    IRVING, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Like millions of other Texans, Micki Webb of Richardson had little-to-no electricity during February’s winter storms that claimed the lives of 210 people statewide. “We lost power for about a week,” she said. READ MORE: Texas Real Estate Agent Jenna Ryan Sentenced To Prison For Actions During January 6 Capitol Riot; 'You Win!!! I'm Going To...
    Wisconsin prison inmates will begin receiving photocopies of their mail next month as officials attempt to stem the flow of paper laced with drugs into correctional facilities.  The Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) said paper and envelopes can be sprayed or soaked in synthetic cannabinoids such as K2 and then sent into prisons where they are torn into strips and...
    President Biden's and the Democrats’ Build Back Better Act includes a provision that specifically prohibits religious schools from using infrastructure grants to improve their facilities. The bill, which House Democrats hope to vote on this week, includes a provision that provides infrastructure grants to improve child care safety, specifically to help child care providers "acquire, construct, renovate or improve" their...
    (CBS Detroit) – The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) announced it has created a webpage that focuses on air quality-related activities at Stellantis facilities. Stellantis, formally Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, has multiple facilities in Southeast Michigan, including Detroit, Trenton, Warren and Sterling Heights. The webapage includes links and information about each location. READ MORE: DTE Energy Announces...
    Millions of U.S. workers now have a Jan 4. deadline to get a COVID vaccine. The federal government on Thursday announced new vaccine requirements for workers at companies with more than 100 employees as well as for workers at health care facilities that treat Medicare and Medicaid patients. It also extended a deadline for federal contractors. The Biden administration says...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Phil Carpenter put up signs urging his fellow Allen ISD residents to reject the school district’s two bond propositions valued at $23.6 million.. “We’re happy that voters spoke loud and clear.” READ MORE: Young Dallas Kids Roll Up Sleeves For COVID-19 VaccineAfter the measures failed, Superintendent Dr. Robin Bullock issued a statement on the district’s website....
    A study released in October by the University of Texas at Austin revealed the number of abortions performed in Texas in September, when the state’s Heartbeat Act (SB 8) took effect, declined by 50 percent, compared to September of the previous year. Using data on the total number of abortions performed at 19 of Texas’ 24 abortion facilities, which provide...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Hospitals across Colorado have activated the highest level for the state’s Combined Hospital Transfer Center. That’s because hospitals are overwhelmed with patients. Hospitals are dealing with escalating COVID-19 cases and an increasing number of general hospitalizations. (credit: CBS) READ MORE: Many Colorado Families Ready To Get Their Children Vaccinated Against COVID Right AwayThe highest level, Tier 3,...
    Texas voters have passed eight amendments to their state Constitution to deal with questions of religious freedom, court experience, and nursing home access. Texas's 2021 ballot on Tuesday saw residents voting on eight new amendments to the state Constitution. All of these amendments were approved by the Texas Legislature before they were presented to the voters. As of...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — The Maryland Department of Health reported the state’s highest and lowest skilled nursing facility staff COVID-19 vaccination rates Monday. Over 100 of the state’s nursing facilities have over 90 percent of their staff vaccinated. Maryland’s mandate that all hospital and nursing home staff be vaccinated took effect September 1. Nursing homes that do not comply with...
    A central Pennsylvania fort is the busiest National Guard training center in the United States, according to an official release by the military. Fort Indiantown Gap, which covers over 17,000 acres in northern Lebanon and Dauphin counties, is the nation’s top training center for the second year in a row and fifth time in the last seven years, based on...
    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...
    Gone, but not forgotten. Despite being closed down, there will be a test of the Indian Point Energy Center emergency notification sirens during a test of the system in Buchanan in Westchester this week. Original story - Official Indian Point Closure Set The test will happen at approximately 10:30 a.m.. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, with sirens being sounded at full...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Our record-breaker of a super soaker didn’t break the backbone of Sacramento’s storm system. The rain was non-stop.  But as the atmospheric river came roaring through, it’s what happened before the storm that made all the difference. It was a storm of unprecedented magnitude. READ MORE: Storm Leads To Thousands More Calls For Service In Sacramento“It just...
    "Protesters stand outside Otay Mesa Detention Center during a 'Vigil for Carlos' rally on May 9, 2020 in Otay Mesa, California." Two dozen House Democrats representing California are calling on the Biden administration to terminate Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) contracts for two private prisons and county jail in the state that have years-long records of anti-immigrant abuses and negligence under their belts....
    Postmaster General Louis DeJoyLouis DeJoyAmerica is not delivering David Dayen details unique features of Postal Service banking 20 state attorneys general sue over Postal Service slowdown MORE said that the United States Postal Service (USPS) was going to add 45 extra facilities to handle more packages ahead of the holiday season, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday. The extra facilities, which will...
    (CNN)Nearly a dozen retired Border Patrol chiefs implored congressional leadership Wednesday to provide additional resources and take steps to reform the US immigration system, calling the number of minors arriving at the US-Mexico border "unprecedented," according to a letter shared with CNN. "The patchwork system in place continues to fail us all," the chiefs, who served in the agency in...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — People in Dixmoor plagued by persistent water problems can finally clean up. Cook County is opening free shower facilities at three separate forest preserves: camp Sullivan, camp Shabbona woods, and camp Bullfrog lake. Meantime, village leaders now blame a stuck valve for at least some of the water pressure problems that started last week. Dixmoor is still...
    Paris Hilton joined the hosts of Fox & Friends to further highlight the horrors teenagers face in certain congregate care facilities. The socialite sat down on Fox News after speaking at Capitol Hill Wednesday in an effort to push for legislation aimed to establish a bill of rights for teenagers at these centers. During the press conference, Hilton alleged that she was “strangled,...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- New data obtained by the ABC7 I-Team shows how far behind Illinois is in meeting its COVID vaccine reporting mandate for thousands of state government employees.Prisons, juvenile facilities and veterans homes are among the residential facilities operated by Illinois government that are in a state of uncertainty based on employee vaccination records submitted so far.The mandate affects...
    Paris Hilton is calling on President Joe Biden and Congress to take action against the “troubled teen industry,” so that “kids can avoid the abuse I endured.” Hilton claims the abusive industry has been running rampant for years. “When I was 16 years old, I was awakened one night by two men with handcuffs. They asked if I wanted to go...
    (Graeme Jennings/Washington Examiner) Paris Hilton recalled suffering years of abuse as a teenager as she lobbied for legislation to address the “troubled teen industry,” urging lawmakers to pass legislation to rein in treatment centers that abuse children under the guise of imposing “tough love” to discipline unruly children. “My parents were promised the tough love would fix...