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Pandemic could have major impact on census data

There was a Ferris wheel destined for Athens, Ohio.  When Mayor Steve Patterson was thinking of ideas to help boost participation in the 2020 census,...

Trump’s critics warn his order to keep meat plants open imperils...

WASHINGTON — Democratic senators are accusing President Donald Trump of putting workers at risk by ordering meat and poultry processors to remain open during...

Ohio senators plead for federal help as pandemic threatens to gut...

WASHINGTON — Ohio’s senators are joining forces around a hotly contested issue on Capitol Hill: federal aid for ailing state and local governments. As a...

Experts warn that widely used surgical masks are putting health care...

With medical supplies in high demand, federal authorities say health workers can wear surgical masks for protection while treating COVID-19 patients — but growing evidence...

U.S. Supreme Court tosses gun case as Kavanaugh urges future debate

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday avoided issuing a landmark Second Amendment ruling in a closely watched gun rights case, but set...

U.S. Congress clears, Trump signs $484B relief bill as lawmakers pledge...

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved nearly $500 billion in additional COVID-19 relief, the bulk of which is aimed at buoying...

Can more conservation, less wildlife trade help prevent the next pandemic?

WASHINGTON — As the United States reels from COVID-19, scientists and environmentalists say beefing up conservation efforts could help protect humanity from future pandemics.  Lawmakers...

Lawmakers advance small business relief bill without extra cash for states

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Tuesday cleared an “interim” COVID-19 relief package that includes billions of dollars for small businesses, hospitals and testing,...

How much coronavirus testing is enough? States could learn from retailers...

As states develop plans to restart their economies, the big fear is that coronavirus cases will surge again. To keep the pandemic under control,...

COVID-19 pushes Postal Service’s finances to the brink

Everything from pharmaceutical deliveries to mail-in ballots could depend on whether Congress can shore up the agency’s finances. WASHINGTON — Millions of Americans are relying...
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