Coronavirus Schools Briefing: Lunch Along With Learning

Providing free meals is a crucial function for schools.

#bloomington-ind, #bogota-colombia, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #florida, #georgia, #missouri, #oklahoma, #tennessee, #utah

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How Progressives Flipped the Script on Medicaid Expansion

Missouri is the latest state where ballot initiatives took the issue directly to voters, bypassing Republican leaders.

#health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicaid, #missouri, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #referendums, #states-us

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Kris Kobach Loses Kansas Senate Primary, Easing Republican Worries

Mr. Kobach, a polarizing figure in Kansas politics and an ally of President Trump’s, was defeated by Roger Marshall, the preferred choice of many Washington Republicans.

#arpaio-joseph-m, #democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #jones-brenda-1959, #kansas, #kobach-kris-w, #marshall-roger-w-1960, #michigan, #missouri, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-party, #tlaib-rashida

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Primary Election Voters Start a Virus-Era Wait for Results

In states including Michigan, Missouri and Kansas, mail voting was put to the test as some of both parties’ fiercest advocates for their bases competed for the House and Senate.

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Today’s Primary Elections: What to Watch For

Kris Kobach is competing in a Senate primary in Kansas that has Republicans nervous, and Rashida Tlaib is hoping to hang on against a Democratic challenger in a Michigan House race.

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Felony Charges Filed Against St. Louis Couple Who Pointed Guns at Protesters

“It is illegal to wave weapons in a threatening manner,” a prosecutor in the city said.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #firearms, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #mccloskey-mark-t-1956, #mccloskey-patricia-n-1959, #missouri, #police, #st-louis-mo

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Automakers Are Making Cars, but Virus Surge Puts That at Risk

Some workers are calling on the industry to shut down plants in states where virus cases have increased sharply in recent weeks.

#automobiles, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #fiat-chrysler-automobiles-nv, #ford-motor-co, #general-motors, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #missouri, #organized-labor, #shutdowns-institutional, #texas, #toyota-motor-corp, #united-automobile-workers

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Black Behind the Wheel

On a road trip to Detroit, reflections on the car as a symbol of aspiration and adventure. But if you’re Black in America, that lovely machine isn’t always a refuge.

#automobiles, #black-lives-matter-movement, #detroit-mich, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #missouri, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #race-and-ethnicity

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Maya Moore’s Help to Win Jonathan Irons’s Freedom Shows Women Leading Change

Largely outside of the limelight, athletes like Maya Moore, who helped win the freedom of Jonathan Irons in a questionable conviction, have led the charge for social change.

#basketball, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #irons-jonathan-1981, #minnesota-lynx, #missouri, #moore-maya, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Limits on State Aid to Religious Schools

The case was the court’s latest on whether the Constitution allows the states to exclude religious groups from government programs.

#constitution-us, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #missouri, #montana, #playgrounds, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #religion-state-relations, #roberts-john-g-jr, #stillwater-christian-school

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Bagged Salads Recalled After Hundreds Are Sickened in the Midwest

The C.D.C. urged consumers in eight states to avoid four different salad kits produced by Fresh Express.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #food-contamination-and-poisoning, #hy-vee-inc, #illinois, #iowa, #kansas, #lettuce, #midwestern-states-us, #minnesota, #missouri, #north-dakota, #recalls-and-bans-of-products, #salads, #wisconsin

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Actual Coronavirus Infections Vastly Undercounted, C.D.C. Data Shows

The prevalence of infections is more than 10 times higher than the counted number of cases in six regions of the United States.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disease-rates, #florida, #missouri, #new-york-city, #research, #utah, #washington-state, #your-feed-science

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Women With Cancer Awarded Billions in Baby Powder Suit

An appellate court in Missouri upheld more than $2 billion in damages against Johnson & Johnson, saying the company knew there was asbestos in its baby powder.

#cancer, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #johnsonjohnson, #liability-for-products, #missouri, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-science

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Soldier Stopped Shooting by Driving Into Gunman, Kansas Police Say

Master Sgt. David Royer, who is assigned to Fort Leavenworth, drove his car into a man who was firing “randomly” at drivers on a bridge between Kansas and Missouri, the police said.

#fort-leavenworth-kan, #mass-shootings, #missouri, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

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Babylon Health leads a $30M Series B in US health kiosk operator, Higi

UK-based AI chatbot Babylon Health — which last year raised $550M at a $2BN+ valuation — has led a $30M Series B in US-based Higi, which owns and operates 10,000+ FDA-cleared health kiosks.

Higi, which was founded back in 2012 per Crunchbase, has built out a nationwide network of “health stations” located at retail locations such as groceries and pharmacies within 5 miles of 73% of the US population, where users can check their blood pressure, pulse, weight and BMI for free.

It also offers apps for users to track health measurements and input fitness data — giving it access to rich data streams that can inform healthcare workflows for its partners.

Its privacy policy notes that it may combine users personal data with other sources of their data it obtains, and may ‘anonymize and aggregate’ user data to use the health information for any purpose — illustrating why a data-hungry AI startup like Babylon sees valuable strategic potential in ploughing dollars into Higi, as it seeks to build out its own US business.

Higi says its kiosks have been used by 62M people in North America to date, conducting more than 372M biometric tests. Babylon’s investment in the company will go on supporting the expansion and “enhancement” of this network, including further development of digital capabilities, assessments and programs, the pair said today.

Babylon is not disclosing the size of its strategic investment in Higi’s Series B. Existing investors from the latter’s Series A also participated, including 7Wire Ventures, Flare Capital Partners, Jumpstart Capital, Rush University Medical Center for Health and William Wrigley Jr.

A spokeswoman for Babylon said it’s the first official US investment it has made but said it’s hopeful that “more strategic investments and partnerships” will follow to help extend its reach in the US.

“By offering a bundled care solution that combines Babylon’s symptom checking and remote digital health tools with Higi’s consumer reach and assessment capabilities, the companies will together be able to offer a more end-to-end solution to meet the needs of payers, providers and retailers on the front lines of care delivery,” the pair said in a press release.

“Higi’s Smart Health Stations are already located in thousands of towns across North America, and by integrating Babylon’s digital first healthcare services into Higi’s station experience, we can make the healthcare services that people need that much more accessible and affordable across North America,” said Babylon CEO and founder Dr Ali Parsa in a statement.

He goes on to talk up the tie-up as supporting “the everyday support of a person’s health and wellbeing” — claiming it places “greater emphasis on prevention and tackling issues earlier [by] helping millions of people proactively tend to their health and connect them to the information and medical support they need”.

“With Babylon as one of our investors and strategic partners, we are beautifully positioned to drive real change in the delivery of primary care across the U.S.,” added Higi CEO Jeff Bennett in another supporting statement. “Our commitment is to provide consumers, anywhere they might be in, with smart medical tools like unique diagnostics to support their health and wellbeing.

“Our partnership with Babylon broadens our clinical capabilities and ability to support consumers with acute medical problems or those with chronic conditions like hypertension, diabetes, and obesity, thereby allowing us to better meet the needs of payors, retailers and health systems. The U.S. healthcare system has many virtues, but it is simply too expensive and hard for consumers to access care. Together, we will get patients to the right care, faster and far less expensively.”

Babylon begun a push into the US market this year, launching officially on January 1. Currently it provides access to “healthcare services” via its app to members of certain health plans in Missouri, New York and California. Earlier this month, for example, it partnered with Mount Sinai Health Partners to offer an insurance-covered telehealth option for New Yorkers which includes video consultations with physicians.

Last month, Business Insider reported that Babylon had furloughed 5% of its staff in response to the coronavirus pandemic, tapping into a scheme which sees the UK government covering up to 80% of the pay of furloughed workers.

#7wire-ventures, #artificial-intelligence, #babylon-health, #california, #diabetes, #europe, #fda, #fundings-exits, #hardware, #health, #healthcare-industry, #hypertension, #missouri, #obesity, #telehealth, #united-states

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After Crowding at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri Officials Urge Quarantine

“It’s irresponsible and dangerous to engage in such high risk behavior just to have some fun over the extended holiday weekend,” said the mayor of St. Louis.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #krewson-lyda, #missouri, #ozark-mountains, #parson-michael-l

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As Meatpacking Plants Reopen, Data About Worker Illness Remains Elusive

Emails show local officials received conflicting signals from state leaders and meatpacking companies about how much information to release about outbreaks in plants.

#colorado, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #iowa, #jbs-sa, #meat, #meat-packers-and-butchers, #missouri, #nebraska, #north-carolina, #slaughterhouses, #smithfield-foods-inc, #tests-medical, #tyson-foods-inc

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Republicans in Missouri Are Trying a New Kind of Gerrymandering

A Missouri initiative would undo voters’ preference for nonpartisan legislative districts — and perhaps shift representation itself.

#american-legislative-exchange-council, #census, #clean-missouri, #democratic-party, #hofeller-thomas-b-1943-2018, #missouri, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #rove-karl, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #united-states

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A Big Youth Baseball Tournament Was Played in Missouri. Was It Too Soon?

Some 40 teams gathered over the weekend, with uneven social-distancing practices, making epidemiologists cringe.

#baseball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #missouri, #st-charles-mo, #st-louis-mo, #youth

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Islamic Center Damaged in ‘Suspicious’ Fire on First Day of Ramadan

The police said the fire, at the Islamic Center of Cape Girardeau in Missouri, was being investigated as possible arson.

#arson, #missouri, #mosques, #muslim-americans, #muslims-and-islam

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Missouri sues China over coronavirus, claims nation “lied to the world”

Courthouse rotunda in front of Gateway Arch.

Enlarge / St. Louis, Missouri, back before everything was cancelled due to coronavirus. (credit: Tetra Images | Henryk Sadura | Getty Images )

The pandemic is a challenge for all of us. The economic knock-on effects of the health crisis are themselves another crisis. Many people are wildly casting about, not just for solutions, but for someone to take the blame. It’s hard to punish the SARS-CoV-2 virus, of course; whether or not one regards a virus as a living thing, it is most certainly not a legal person in any sense.

The office of Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has apparently decided that, in the absence of any way to sue a virus, the next best course of action is to take to court the entire nation where the disease originated. To that end, Schmitt’s office said yesterday it had filed a lawsuit against “the Chinese government, Chinese Communist Party, and other Chinese officials and institutions” for the COVID-19 pandemic.

The complaint (PDF) first confirms that, as of Monday, there were more than 5,800 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Missouri, from which at least 177 persons had died. It then claims that “the virus unleashed by the Communist Party of China and the Chinese government has left no community in the world untouched,” adding that the pandemic “is the direct result of a sinister campaign of malfeasance and deception” carried out by all of China’s leadership.

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#china, #covid-19, #dumb-lawsuits, #lawsuits, #missouri, #policy

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Democratic Primaries: Live Updates and Results

Follow along as our reporters provide real-time analysis of the results of presidential primaries in six states.

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Joe Biden Is Poised to Deliver the Biggest Surprise of 2020: A Short, Orderly Primary

He has such a thorough hold on the party now that any collapse would probably require a political U-turn as sharp as the one that precipitated his rise.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #michigan, #mississippi, #missouri, #presidential-election-of-2020, #sanders-bernard, #trump-donald-j, #voting-and-voters

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