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Montana State Hospital nurses get a 17% pay jump | 406 Politics | billingsgazette.com

The state health department is hiking entry-level nurse wages by 17% as a possible antidote to recruitment and retention woes at the Montana State Hospital. The wage increase sets in immediately at th...

Biden Kept His Promise to Increase Covid-Testing Capacity, Even as Demand for Testing Drops

Promise: “Double the number of drive-through testing sites, invest in next-generation testing, including at home tests and instant tests, so we can scale up our testing capacity by orders of mag...

Labor Department Issues Emergency Rules to Protect Health Care Workers From Covid

Labor Department officials on Thursday announced a temporary emergency standard to protect health care workers, saying they face “grave danger” in the workplace from the ongoing coronaviru...

Lawmakers Pressure Newsom to ‘Step Up’ on Racism as a Public Health Issue

SACRAMENTO — After the killing last year of George Floyd, a Black man, by a white Minneapolis police officer, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers declared racism a public health crisis. The governors of Michiga...

An Anti-Vaccine Film Targeted to Black Americans Spreads False Information

When a filmmaker asked medical historian Naomi Rogers to appear in a documentary, the Yale professor didn’t blink. She had done these “talking head” interviews many times before. She...

Boeing Tested Air Purifiers Like Those Widely Used in Schools. It Decided Not to Use Them in Planes.

Aerospace giant Boeing tested two kinds of ionization technologies — like those widely adopted in schools hoping to combat covid — to determine how well each killed germs on surfaces and decided that ...

With Roots in Civil Rights, Community Health Centers Push for Equity in the Pandemic

In the 1960s, health care across the Mississippi Delta was sparse and much of it was segregated. Some hospitals were dedicated to Black patients, but they often struggled to stay afloat. At the height...

With Restrictions Tightening Elsewhere, California Moves to Make Abortion Cheaper

This story also ran on Los Angeles Times. It can be republished for free. SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Even as most states are trying to make it harder to get an abortion, California could make it free for mo...

Analysis: Mounting Pressure on China About Covid ‘Lab Leak’ Could Backfire

President Joe Biden has ordered U.S. intelligence agencies to determine whether the covid virus, or a near ancestor, emerged from a cave, a live-animal market, a farm — or a secretive Chinese laborato...