Missouri lawmakers approve extreme eight-week abortion ban

The legislation, which is expected to be signed by the governor, echoes even tighter restrictions passed by Alabama this week Missouri lawmakers on Friday approved legislation to ban approved, and the governor signed, a ban on abortions at any stage of pregnancy. Republican state senators there, fetal heartbeat bills by the extreme activists behind them, even though at six weeks supreme Roe v Wade, the landmark ruling guaranteeing the right to an abortion. Missouri Governor Parson should be ashamed of riding the disgraceful coattails of 25 white men in Alabama who just voted to ban safe, legal abortion, said Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Missouris bill has a provision saying that if Roe is overturned, all abortions …

Broken promises and lost funding: how Mississippi prison reform failed

It was a model on which the Trump administration based its criminal justice reform efforts. But it isnt working Last November, as he rallied support for federal prison reform, Donald Trump signed the First Step Act, which aims to reduce the federal prison population and better prepare offenders for life outside bars. Yet the implementation of Mississippis reforms has been marked by broken promises and a lack of funding, according to interviews, data and documents reviewed by the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting and ProPublica. The Mississippi law promised to send offenders to drug courts for treatment rather than to prison; provide ID cards to all offenders leaving prison to help them secure housing and jobs; offer training for offenders …

Lifetime of drinking California water could raise cancer risk, study finds

Researchers find arsenic and other contaminants that could lead to almost 15,500 cases of cancer Drinking California tap water over the course of a lifetime could increase the risk of cancer, according to a Environmental Working Group, an advocacy non-profit, studied the combined health impacts of contaminants found in 2,737 community water systems throughout California and calculated that prolonged consumption of the contaminated water could cause almost 15,500 new cases of cancer. The study found traces of arsenic, hexavalent chromium, and disinfection byproducts in the water systems. All of these contaminants are regulated federally and on a state level. Trace amounts of some arelegally allowed in the water. But the study found that a majority of the cancer risk was …

Workers are creating massive wealth. Why are corporations hoarding it all? | Cory Booker

Our economy works best when no one is left on the sidelines, and when American workers are able to fully participate in the economy they help drive, writes senator Cory Booker Every day Carol Ruiz wakes up at 3.30am and goes to an airline catering service at Newark airport, where she helps prepare the food carts that flight attendants push up and down the aisle. She organizes the napkins, creamers, sugar and cups that go on the beverage cart, cleans the glasses and silverware, and diligently tracks the champagne that goes on the carts for first class passengers. At the end of her 40-hour week she takes home $345. The average airline CEO makes that amounthave barely risen in four …

Massachusetts’ contentious tactic to fight its opioid crisis: jailing addicts

State is placing persons who are involuntarily committed to treatment the section 35 process in jail or prison even though have not been charged The scene plays out every day in Massachusetts, thousands of times a year. A loved one is addicted to opioids. Their life is spinning out of control as they use more and more. Their family panics. Rehab can be unaffordable and it may require waiting for a spot. But they need to get their loved one somewhere they cant use before its too late. Its about now that they might consider section 35, a process in Massachusetts by which persons abusing drugs or alcohol can be involuntarily committed to treatment for up to 90 days after …

‘It’s very concerning’: Americans sitting more than ever, study finds

Adolescents sat for eight hours a day in decade to 2016, research shows, while Americans spend three hours a day sitting watching TV or videos The amount of time Americans spend sitting down has increased by an hour a day in recent years, a published by the Journal of the American Medical Association. There were differences recorded in the amount of time spent sitting according to sex, race, weight, the amount of physical activity people engaged in, and other measures. However, most groups sitting habits were found to be consistent from early childhood through late adulthood. According to the research, most of the US population spends three hours a day or more sitting watching television or videos. Such sedentary behavior …

Four prisoners dead in six weeks: the crisis unfolding in San Diego county jails

When someone dies by suicide in a systems highest level of care, there is enormous cause for concern, says an attorney from Disability Rights California On 18 March, Maria Palacios Escalera got a call from a doctor at the UC San Diego hospital in southern California. Her son, Ivan Ortiz, an inmate at San Diegos Central jail, had tried to kill himself, he said. Doctors had been able to revive him, but he had a weak pulse and his brain had been deprived of oxygen. She should make her way over to the hospital as soon as possible. Escalera and her daughter Priscilla rushed to the hospital, but when they got there, a deputy with the San Diego sheriffs department …

The young Republicans breaking with their party over climate change

Millennial Trump supporters are starting to bring scientific reality to their party, but how far are they willing to go? Donald Trumps indifference, punctuated by bursts of mocking disdain, towards climate change has been indulged and even cheered by his supporters. The president has called climate science bullshit, donned a coalminers helmet at rallies and defenestrated federal rules designed to cut planet-warming emissions. It is becoming harder, however, for Trump to swat away the unfolding crises caused by global warming. American lives are increasingly ravaged by flooding and wildfires and Democrats have seized the initiative with the American Conservation Coalition (ACC), a Republican youth group founded 18 months ago but already with a presence in 125 colleges across the US, …

Sandy Hooks tragic legacy: seven years on, a loving father is the latest victim

Twenty children died in the 2012 US school shooting. Now Jeremy Richman, too, is dead, tormented by conspiracy theorists and unbearable grief There are some driveways that you hesitate before walking up and some doors that you pause at before knocking. A couple of years ago I drove the two hours from New York City to Newtown in Connecticut to meet Dr Jeremy Richman, a neuroscientist and educator whose daughter, Avielle, had been among the 20 children murdered with six of their teachers in the massacre at Tough Mudder; Richman led a 50-strong team, Mud For Brains, which, since his daughters murder, had run the gruelling 10-mile obstacle course several times to raise funds for therapeutic effects of the Tough …

Trump administration pushes to completely gut Obamacare in dramatic escalation

Government shifts from previous aim to strike down parts of the ACA, endangering healthcare for millions of Americans The Trump administration now believes that the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down, a major shift in the federal governments position and one that could endanger health coverage for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions. In a December ruling that the healthcare law known as Obamacare is unconstitutional. Throwing out the law would end healthcare coverage for millions of people getting rid of publicly subsidized health insurance plans sold on exchanges, the expansion of Medicaid, protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and rules letting children stay on their parents insurance until the age of 26. The Department of Justice has …

Judge blocks work requirements for Medicaid in Arkansas and Kentucky

Judge strikes blow to Trump administration, citing unresolved obstacles to getting healthcare in the states A federal judge has ruled that Medicaid work requirements undermine the programs mission of providing healthcare for the needy, dealing a blow to the Trump administration. The US district judge James E Boasberg in Washington DC blocked work requirements for low-income people in two states, Arkansas and Kentucky, on Wednesday. He found that the states requirements pose numerous obstacles to getting healthcare that have gone unresolved by federal and state officials. Boasberg sent the federal health and human services department back to the drawing board. But he stopped short of deciding the central question of whether work requirements are incompatible with Medicaid, a federal-state program …

‘This is blood money’: Tate shuns Sacklers and others urged to follow

Pressure builds on other institutions to disavow Sackler family over OxyContin, powerful painkiller linked to opioid deaths Earlier this year at the Guggenheim in New York, Tate Modern has escaped a similar fate. On Thursday, the Tate group Sacklers, the family whose most prominent billionaire members own the company that makes OxyContin, a prescription painkiller opioids crisis. The company, Purdue Pharma, and investigated and sued, accused of knowingly misleading the public about the dangers of OxyContin and profiting from sales and marketing strategies that deceived doctors and rewarded them for over-prescribing the drug. Those cases are drawing increasing attention, as are protests by activists who want arts and academic institutions in the US, UK and elsewhere to eschew Sackler money. …

Massive lawsuit says Sackler family broke laws to profit from opioids

Group of more than 500 cities, counties and tribes accuses family of helping to create worst drug crisis in US history A group made up of more than 500 cities, counties and Native American tribes across the United States has filed a massive lawsuit accusing members of the drug crisis in American history. The lawsuit represents communities in 26 states and eight tribes and accuses Sackler family members of knowingly breaking laws in order to enrich themselves to the tune of billions of dollars, while hundreds of thousands of Americans died. Eight people in a single family made the choices that caused much of the opioid epidemic, the lawsuit, filed earlier this week in federal court in the southern district …

Kentucky governor says he deliberately exposed his children to chickenpox

Matt Bevin said parents worried about the disease should vaccinate their children, but it shouldnt be government mandated Kentucky governor Matt Bevin says he deliberately exposed his children to chickenpox so they would catch the highly contagious disease and become immune. During a Tuesday interview on Bowling Green radio station WKCT, Bevin said his children were miserable for a few days after contracting chickenpox but said they all turned out fine. Bevin and his wife, Glenna, have nine children, four adopted. The Republican leader said parents worried about chickenpox should have their children vaccinated. But he said government shouldnt mandate the vaccination. Kentucky requires that children entering kindergarten be vaccinated for chickenpox, but parents may seek religious exemptions or provide …

Gary Younge: Our understanding of democracy is under threat’

Our editor-at-large on the six US elections hes covered so far, the upheaval in world politics and why many Republicans like him How did you get into journalism? When I was younger, I wanted to be a doctor. Or maybe a revolutionary, but a doctor in my spare time. As I got a bit older, I discovered that I loved words, and I studied translation I wanted to play with language, and was fortunate enough to do so as a student in France and Russia. But I soon realised that I didnt just want to convey the words of other people I had things I wanted to say myself. I was very politically involved, particularly in anti-apartheid, student politics and …

‘A lot at stake’: indigenous and minorities sidelined on climate change fight

The two groups are affected the most by environmental degradation and pollution, but they often feel left out of the movement Bernadette Demientieff, a representative for the indigenous Gwichin nation, finds Washington DC anxiety-inducing, especially compared to the wide open spaces and tall mountains of Alaska. She makes frequent trips to the US capital to fight oil drilling in what she considers sacred caribou calving grounds in the Arctic. But Demientieff is an outsider in the nations capital, where her concerns have fallen on justice and equity, backstage theyre facing a reckoning over the environmental movements homogeneity. According to the 2014 Green 2.0 update to the report found that diversity actually got worse over the past few years. Some groups …