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Why At-Home Rapid Covid Tests Cost So Much, Even After Biden’s Push for Lower Prices

Rapid at-home covid tests are flying off store shelves across the nation and are largely sold out online as the delta variant complicates a return to school, work and travel routines. But at $10 or $15 a test, the price is still far too high for regular use by anyone but the wealthy. A family […]

Recreational cannabis industry sparks struggle for water rights in parched New Mexico

When New Mexico’s recreational cannabis bill was signed into law in April, Mike Hinkle and Ryan Timmermans jumped at the chance to get into the industry. The two business partners, both recent transplants from the South, bought portable buildings, seeds, grow lights and a property in the village of Carson, with a domestic well they […]

An estimated $2 billion in fraud from 2005 Hurricane Katrina bailouts

Hurricane Ida battered Louisiana on Sunday, killing at least one person and knocking out power for more than 1 million customers. That happened to be the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina hitting New Orleans, killing more than 1,800 people during its existence. In addition, the hurricane was estimated to have caused more than $160 billion […]

California Set to Spend Billions on Curing Homelessness and Caring for ‘Whole Body’ Politic

Living unmedicated with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, Eugenia Hunter has a hard time recalling how long she’s been staying in the tent she calls home at the bustling intersection of San Pablo Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Oakland’s hip Uptown neighborhood. Craft coffee shops and weed dispensaries are plentiful here and one-bedroom […]

West Virginia receives $1 million for projects to stop violence against women

In the effort to curtail domestic violence and sexual assault, West Virginia was awarded more than $1 million in federal funding through the STOP Violence Against Women grant program. Nearly $1.086 million in funding will fund 26 projects throughout the state. Funds will be used to provide personnel, equipment, training, technical assistance and information systems […]

Virginia launches supply chain program for businesses

Virginia launched the Supply Chain Optimization program designed to help businesses improve their global competitiveness and international trade, Gov. Ralph Northam announced. The program will provide companies with training resources, strategy development and counseling to help improve global competitiveness and streamlining their supply chain management. The program focuses on companies that import critical elements of […]

State agencies make pitches for spending billions in Tennessee ARPA money

Tennessee’s Financial Stimulus Accountability Group met with state agency heads this week regarding funding requests related to the second half of $3.7 billion in federal American Rescue Plan Act relief. The group met with 17 departments over two days to hear funding requests for the $1.875 billion in what the committee is calling the Tennessee […]

New laws reflect Republican lawmakers’ focus on their right flank

Texans woke up Wednesday in a state where it’s legal to carry a gun if you are neither licensed nor trained and where enforcement of anti-abortion laws has been crowdsourced to citizen bounty hunters who can get up to $10,000 for turning in anyone they catch helping someone obtain an abortion. Under the guise of […]

Texas House approves additional $2 billion for border security as state moves to build border wall

The Texas House approved nearly $2 billion in additional funding for border security operations, giving Gov. Greg Abbott more state dollars to implement his plans to build a border wall and incarcerate migrants for state criminal offenses in an effort to deter migrants from coming to the state. Lawmakers gave final approval on Monday to […]

House Democrat challenges Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick over legislative staff funding

Another partisan stalemate has broken out in the final days of the second special session called by Gov. Greg Abbott this year, again imperiling the jobs of 2,100 legislative staffers along with two key conservative priority bills. On Monday night, Rep. Harold Dutton, D-Houston, abruptly adjourned the House Public Education Committee, which he chairs, without […]