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Lawmakers call for extension of USDA nutrition waivers | Local News

MURRAY – Due to the impact of COVID-19 on schools’ abilities to provide quality meals to students through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and other associated child nutrition programs, the US Department of Agriculture stepped in to help. Recognizing that schools were hampered by the strict regulations associated with administering the programs and needed … Read more

America’s gun violence epidemic is a public health crisis | Blogs

  The data is in and gun violence is a major problem in the United States. We have a gun death rate 13 times greater than other high-income nations. By early February, more people are killed with guns in the US than are killed with guns in other high-income countries in an entire year, and … Read more

Half Moon Bay to launch mental health crisis program | Local News

A new mental health crisis pilot program is starting in Half Moon Bay to help people experiencing mental health issues, providing an alternative response to law enforcement and other first responders. “In situations involving a mental health crisis, the Crisis Assistance Response and Education Services program, which begins March 16, will offer an increased focus … Read more

Revival of health-education standards more likely after Nebraska state ed-board vote | Politics

Emotions ran high during a meeting of the Nebraska State Board of Education on Friday as the board appeared to move closer to reviving the controversial health education standards. Board members voted 6-1 to draft a policy that, if adopted, would express the board’s intent to develop academic standards in “all subject matter areas,” including … Read more

Youngkin’s new health commissioner sparred with state’s top epidemiologists over health guidance | Richmond Local News

The message to school leaders was simple: “Restrictive” masking policies — like mandates requiring all students to wear face coverings — have little to no effect on COVID-19 transmissions at Virginia schools. The new guidance from the Virginia Department of Health was a departure from what state leaders advised before Gov. Glenn Youngkin, a Republican, … Read more

Board of health punts location approval of medical marijuana dispensary to commissioners | State & Region

GREEN VALLEY — A medical marijuana dispensary is planning to locate in Green Valley but must first obtain approval of the location from members of the Mercer County Board of Health, who don’t think the approval should be their responsibility. The question of whether the board will OK the location of the Greenlight Dispensary is … Read more

Rodney Willett column: Behavioral health support is a bipartisan priority | Columnists

By Rodney Willett Tthese days, it is much easier to find areas where Democrats and Republicans disagree than agree. While partisan division has been present in the House of Delegates since the start of our modern political party system, lately we have hit a crescendo of disaffection between the parties. We are fortunate, however, that … Read more

st. Louis County health department email on COVID-19 testing linked to Sam Page’s campaign site | Politics

CLAYTON — A St. Louis County government email responding to a local nonprofit group seeking information about COVID-19 testing included a link to a campaign site for County Executive Sam Page. The email was the subject of a County Council ethics committee inquiry Thursday into a complaint that Page’s administration violated laws forbidding the use … Read more