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Kansas kicks 7K off unemployment benefits for failing to meet new work search requirement

TOPEKA — About 7,000 Kansans lost unemployment benefits this week because they did not meet a deadline to sign up for a new state program designed to help people find a job.

Legislators inserted the work search requirement into House Bill 2196 earlier this year. Mike Beene, director of workforce development at the Department of Commerce, told legislators Thursday many people who receive unemployment benefits were still adjusting to the policy.

The Kansas Department of Labor issued referrals to the online My Reemployment Plan program for weeks in advance of the deadline.

“The activity of a work search requirement is almost a cultural shift for people right now because they have gone so long during the pandemic without that requirement,” Beene told the Kansas Unemployment Compensation Modernization and Improvement Council.

Read more: https://kansasreflector.com/2021/07/22/kansas-kicks-7k-off-unemployment-benefits-for-failing-to-meet-new-work-search-requirement/

COVID Is Putting As Many Kansans In The Hospital As It Did In March

For six straight months, COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped steadily.

Kansans let down their guard. They stopped wearing masks. Most didn’t bother to get the vaccine.

Then the highly contagious delta variant arrived.

It took root, and is fueling a surge of the coronavirus worse than anything in the past several months. That’s led to steep increases in hospitalizations and fresh outbreaks in long-term care.

• Kansas reported 3,000 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past week. The state hasn’t seen an increase like that since February.
• The daily count of COVID inpatients hit 275 last Wednesday — the highest since early March.
• Nursing homes and other long-term care sites are battling nine outbreaks this week, four times as many as three months ago.

And this is before schoolchildren and college students head back to classes in August.

Read more: https://www.kcur.org/news/2021-07-19/covid-is-putting-as-many-kansans-in-the-hospital-as-it-did-in-march

Pfizer Proposes $345 Million Settlement In Kansas City, Kansas, Litigation Over EpiPen Price Hikes

In 2007 an EpiPen package cost about $100. Today, it costs more than $650 without pharmacy coupons or manufacturer discounts.

Pfizer Inc. and two other companies have agreed to pay $345 million to resolve long-running litigation over EpiPen price hikes.

In documents filed in federal court in Kansas City, Kansas, the companies asked the court to grant preliminary approval to the settlement, which would end the litigation against the three companies.

The proposed settlement comes just three weeks after U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree granted summary judgment to another defendant, Mylan, on the plaintiffs’ racketeering claims and some antitrust claims. But he allowed other antitrust claims against Mylan to proceed to trial.

A Pfizer spokesperson said in an email that the company "denies any wrongdoing and continues to believe its actions were appropriate."

Read more: https://www.kcur.org/news/2021-07-15/pfizer-proposes-345-million-settlement-in-kansas-city-kansas-litigation-over-epipen-price-hikes

Stitt says he won't declare public health emergency as COVID cases, hospitalizations rise again in

Stitt says he won't declare public health emergency as COVID cases, hospitalizations rise again in Oklahoma

Gov. Kevin Stitt is trusting Oklahomans to make their own decisions as COVID-19 cases again rise sharply in the state, he said Friday.

“Not planning on declaring an emergency,” Stitt said during a press conference to announce the appointment of Tulsan John O’Connor as the state’s attorney general.

“This is about personal responsibility. It’s about freedoms,” Stitt said. “I believe that’s where Oklahomans line up on this. This is something you should make those decisions in consultation with your medical professionals.”

Stitt said he has been “leading by example” by getting vaccinated and encouraging others to do the same.

Read more: https://tulsaworld.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/stitt-says-he-wont-declare-public-health-emergency-as-covid-cases-hospitalizations-rise-again-in/article_882d48d0-ebd5-11eb-a814-6ff8e7d0d80b.html

Lankford, Regalado call Biden immigration policy 'hypocrisy' in double-team on president

U.S. Sen. James Lankford kept up his attack on the Biden administration’s immigration policy on Friday, this time with Tulsa County Sheriff Vic Regalado at his side.

Appearing together for a brief press conference at the Sheriff’s Office’s Faulkner Building, Lankford reiterated several points he covered in Washington earlier this week, and Regalado talked about the dangers of smuggled illegal drugs and the “hypocrisy” of COVID-19 recommendations and restrictions.

The latter stemmed from Lankford’s contention that thousands of immigrants are being allowed into the United States without adequate health screenings.

Regalado replied that it is hypocritical to “implement some of the most stringent COVID policies on our citizens, yet we will not be enforcing them on people coming into this country illegally.”

Read more: https://tulsaworld.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/watch-now-lankford-regalado-call-biden-immigration-policy-hypocrisy-in-double-team-on-president/article_4e190d86-eb1d-11eb-ad1d-d3cf7ef4b8d7.html

Federal appeals court upholds overturned conviction in Ada 'Innocent Man' murder case

Afederal appeals court has upheld a decision to overturn the conviction of one of two men in the 1985 kidnapping and murder of an Ada convenience store worker.

Along with co-defendant Tommy Ward, Karl Fontenot was convicted twice in the kidnapping and murder of Donna Denise Haraway from an Ada convenience store in 1984 and sentenced to life without parole. A federal judge in Muskogee overturned Fontenot’s conviction in late 2019. The judge ruled that Fontenot had legitimate claims of innocence and that investigators knew a confession he made but later recanted was of dubious validity.

Fontenot was released from prison in 2019 pending the outcome of the state’s appeal to the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The case gained national attention in 2006 after author John Grisham published The Innocent Man, a nonfiction book that touched on the case in addition to a number of other dubious murder convictions in Ada in the 1980s. Public interest in the case was reignited when the book was adapted into a 2018 Netflix documentary of the same name and that went into further details about the case.

Read more: https://www.readfrontier.org/stories/federal-appeals-court-upholds-overturned-conviction-in-ada-innocent-man-murder-case/

Chicken-Fried News: There's an empty throne in the palace of The Tiger King

Joe Exotic, which is how he will forever be known henceforth because nobody can keep up with his changes in last name, is apparently back on the market. After announcing his divorce from Dillon Passage this spring, he announced on the 4th of July that he is opening up applications for “The Bachelor King.”

“Dillon has made it clear that Joe will always be in his life and they will always love each other, but may not continue to be his husband after all that has happened, so the opportunity to start a romantic relationship with the now famous Joe Exotic, the Tiger King, is open for discussion, as Joe is going to waste no time in getting started with his new life when released,” according to a news release.

Joe Exotic won his appeal and will be resentenced following his conviction of attempting to murder-for-hire that bitch Carole Baskin, which will likely shave at least a few years off his sentence.

But wait, there’s more. Also coming this month is Joe Exotic’s cannabis brand, which includes not only joints and gummies, but a cannabis-infused seltzer named “Tiger’s Piss.”

Read more: https://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/chicken-fried-news-theres-an-empty-throne-in-the-palace-of-the-tiger-king/Content?oid=8593873

Psychedelic Trips Could Soon Be Part of Therapy -- Here's What Those Sessions Will Look Like

Investors are opening their minds and wallets to the possibilities of psychedelic-assisted therapies.

Three biopharmaceutical companies aiming to make psychedelic drugs to treat mental health disorders have gone public in recent months: Peter Thiel-backed Atai Life Sciences IPO'd in June and now has a market cap of $2.6 billion; MindMed went public in April and now has a market cap of more than $1 billion; and Compass Pathways IPO'd in November, with a current market cap of nearly $1.5 billion.

Together the three companies have more than nine psychedelic therapy drugs in their pipelines. And that's not to mention the work being done by many more private biotech and telemedicine companies like Y Combinator-backed Gilgamesh Pharmaceuticals, as well as start-ups like Mindbloom, which is already treating patients with ketamine-assisted psychotherapy. (Ketamine is not a psychedelic but is considered a dissociative anesthetic that can lead to a distortion of sights, colors, sounds, self and environment).

All this means that tripping on mind-altering drugs like MDMA could become a regular part of therapy to treat conditions from depression to post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, chronic pain and obsessive-compulsive disorder in the next two to five years.

Read more: https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/business/money-report/psychedelic-trips-could-soon-be-part-of-therapy-heres-what-those-sessions-will-look-like/2691217/

Texas veterans homes overseen by George P. Bush were often the deadliest places to be during

Texas veterans homes overseen by George P. Bush were often the deadliest places to be during COVID-19 pandemic

by Shannon Najmabadi, Texas Tribune
Jay Root, Houston Chronicle
Carla Astudillo, Texas Tribune

Mary Kay Dieterich was encouraged last year when Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush promised to shake up the management of the El Paso nursing home where her father died of COVID-19.

She knew it wouldn’t bring Eugene Forti, a World War II veteran, back to life. But as the top elected official in charge of all nine of the state’s nursing homes catering to veterans in Texas, Bush certainly had the power to hold the private management company accountable for what Dieterich saw as a botched response to the pandemic.

Yet, despite telling the for-profit operator of the Ambrosio Guillen Texas State Veterans Home that he was “deeply concerned” about the care it was providing in El Paso, Bush’s promised shakeup, delivered to the local news outlet El Paso Matters, never came — even as COVID deaths soared at the facility.

More than a quarter of its infected residents died, nearly double the average 13% death rate across El Paso County’s 21 nursing homes.

And it’s not the only one.

Read more: https://www.texastribune.org/2021/07/23/texas-coronavirus-veterans-homes-george-p-bush/

Fast work allows dead ocelot to contribute genetically

Quick action by wildlife biologists and experts at the Gladys Porter Zoo salvaged genetic material from a 9-year-old ocelot that was killed by a vehicle near Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.

The traffic accident occurred several months ago, but active and motile sperm was collected from the dead male and has been frozen and will be used for artificial insemination of captive female ocelots.

The genetic material from the ocelot was salvaged by staff at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens and Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife, or CREW.

“We knew that any chance of success depended on collecting the cat and getting the sample to the Cincinnati Zoo as absolutely fast as possible,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Hilary Swarts.

Read more: https://myrgv.com/life/2021/07/23/fast-work-allows-dead-ocelot-to-contribute-genetically/
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