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01-05-21 COVID-19 vaccine update
"Welcome to native america calling from studio eight six nine in a sled pueblo. I'm tara gatewood. The indian health service as already administered thousands of cova nineteen vaccines never nation president. Jonathan nez said he wanted to set an example live streaming his own back nation tribes cherokee chickasaw hotel prioritizing elders culture keepers and language keepers in their vaccination plans coming up. We'll get an update from health and tribal community leaders about further plans to vaccinate and address concerns about the new vaccine the national native news on tonia gonzales washington state attorney general bob ferguson announced. The state is suing the federal government to stop. Its plans to sell the national archives building in seattle the government which ship off digitize records to archive centers out of state as steve jackson reports. Tribal nations are among those that. Want the information to stay in the pacific northwest. Bob ferguson says. The plan violates current law. Because there's an exemption for buildings the archive being put up for sale if it's used for specific types of research in addition he says the federal government didn't consult with those who would be impacted by the closure that includes twenty nine native american tribes have signed onto the suit. Fawn sharp is the president of the chronology indian nation. She says native americans in the northwest are seeing a resurgence of language and culture and the archive is a vital source for information leading to a point of just having a basic understanding of this rich and baskets and if if this information were to ever leave the pacific northwest there would be a loss gnarly his tribal nation. It'd be lost entire at pacific northwest and put a price on a value of what those are. House at tribal nations ferguson says the suit seeks an injunction to stop the sale of the building. He hopes the case will receive an expedited hearing in federal court for national native news. I'm steve jackson reporting from spokane leaders and tribal communities are getting creative to encourage uptake of the cove. Nineteen vaccine the mountain west news bureaus savannah mar reports. The northern arapaho tribe has been hit hard by the pandemic and many tribal members are eager to be vaccinated. That's according to lisa. You're walking with the tribes medical clinic. However there are some that do have questions she says. Clinic staff have been fielding those questions via social media. And they've been getting help from arapahoe. Ceremonial elders like george moss. Who agreed to get the first shot in to have it. Broadcast live on facebook people. To have mr moss him so i can take the vaccine is speaks volumes tribes like the navajo nation had council members get vaccinated on camera. The black feet nation in montana is using the black veep language to counter misinformation and educate members about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine for the mountain west news bureau. I'm savannah mar georgina. Lewis from alabama pueblo in new mexico intends to run for congress. The five term state democratic lawmaker and attorney is joining the race for the anticipated of the first congressional district currently held by deb holland holland. Who's a member of laguna pueblo has been picked by the biden harris team for secretary of the interior. If holland's confirmed the state would call for a special election wants the. Us house vacancy occurs with candidates nominated by major political parties in new mexico on her campaign website. Lewis says she's been a tireless champion for the earth people and future generations and would continue. The fight holland began holland. Strong advocate for native american issues environmental issues and missing and murdered indigenous women and girls rancher and indigenous rights advocate carry. Dan has died in nevada. At the age of eighty eight democracy now reports kerry and her late sister. Mary long fought the federal government over land rights and environmental issues. The western shoshoni sisters were committed to protecting their way of life and the rights of their people fighting for land back and land restoration from poisoning. Their legal and political battles began in the nineteen seventies and they spent their lives advocating for indigenous rights. I antonio gonzales. National native news is produced by colonic broadcast corporation with funding by the corporation for public broadcasting support by the center for indigenous cancer research at roswell park comprehensive cancer center dedicated to cancer research medicine and cancer care for indigenous population. The no charge online risk assessment tool is available at roswell park dot org slash. Assess me support for law and justice related programming provided by. Hobbs strauss dean and walker l. l. p. a national law firm dedicated to promoting and defending tribal rights for more than thirty years. More information available at hobbs strauss dot com native voice. One the native american radio network. This is native america calling. I'm tara gatewood joining you. Live from my homeland of sheer with dewi via skype. Thousands of people across the country have already received their first dose of the two dose covid nineteen vaccine many of those frontline workers were first in mind for the vaccine through the indian health service. It's all a part of the vaccine distribution plan to draw attention to this and keep community safe it's drawn up by tribal leaders in healthcare officials to make sure those most at risk received the vaccine i development and approval of the two vaccines offered many people hope as we approach a full year with the pandemic still many others remain weary of the vaccine safety. We'll hear from some tribal community leaders about the vaccine distribution how it's going and what the predictions are for vaccinating their citizens and we want to hear from you to. Do you plan on getting the vaccine. Do you have concerns about your access to it. Give us a call. We are at one eight hundred nine nine six two eight four eight. It's also one eight hundred nine. Nine native and joining us today from window rock arizona on the navajo nation is navajo nation president. Jonathan nez president. Nez thank you for joining us for another native america calling very good good morning or good afternoon depending on where you're going to be on the show care. Well we really appreciate you being here in president news tucked about how things have been going understand. You got one of the first doses of the vaccine less month you broadcast the event. Why did you feel. It was important to to let people witnesses well. I received the shot. Thursday new year's eve and we waited for all our doctors and healthcare professionals those that are caring for our covid nineteen patients of course our our first responders as well and you know i consider myself healthy you know. Plant base eater a runner and Really thought that I wait on the vaccine. But there is a lot of misinformation being given to our citizens here Misinformation about how vaccine was a and has human cells and all this Misinformation and so we had to go on a campaign to inform people especially now that we are going from the one a category that went be which is our high risk patients in our elders and our elders. Some are on the fence on the borderline of taking vaccine so I thought you know it would be good to let our navajo citizens. No being the leader of the nation to take one of the shots into let our public know that we do Trust the healthcare professionals. We have a lot of navajo doctors who've gone to school become medical doctors and encouraging our navajo citizens to take the vaccine. And so for me that you know that information is good good for me and i said yeah i will take the vaccine and the hope to encourage our Navajo people especially our elders to take the vaccine. So i took the vaccine and No side effects Just a little sore arm. I kept running Doing my exercises and really didn't have any Any other Reaction to to the vaccine so in fifteen more days Now are beginning to second dose. I think the first dose has indicated about thirty to thirty to fifty percent effective against coded. Nineteen you wanted to get. Your second shot wants to get your second shot you are not. It's ninety five percent effective Against covid nineteen. So we've got hit hard here on the navajo nation. Care and i think it's it's a turning point for all of us that vaccines are available. I like we just did a town hall just now and actually right in the middle of the town hall giving them an update on how many vaccines we got five vaccines the journal vaccines coming in and once they come in a. I'm i'm really happy that there is interest big interest in taking the vaccine here on the navajo nation. So as they're coming in we're putting him into the arms of our our navajo people. And i think you know campaigns and public information town halls like we're doing is helping to bring confidence to the vaccine and bring i guess back to the federal government. I know that throughout the country. There's some distrust but a lot of this is very transparent you know. Of course there was a short timeframe getting this vaccine developed but it wears a transparent process. And it's also we had over two hundred of our residents here on navajo that volunteer to be a part of those clinical trials for Pfizer violin tech and about eighty percent of those individuals. Were now a people and you know. There was no indication of any adverse reaction. So that's the vaccine. I took with other leaders on thursday including indian health service leadership and again just to bring some confidence and support to the war on covid nineteen imprisoned your thoughts about this being available to tribes often or at the end of the line not considered. What do you think with. The rollout of all of this here are tribes who are receiving Some of the first supply of this. What are your thoughts on that in did you Ever have a chance to speak up and in demand that this be. So we've had national media attention to here on the nomination as well as other tribes throughout the country of course The public understands that tribes people of color rural communities have gone hit hard by the nineteen our advocacy has always been that funding that gets approved from the federal government. Go directly to the tribes. It's the same thing with the vaccine. Should go directly to try to not a pass through through the state so here on the navajo nation. Seven of the eight service unit units opted in and said we're going through the indian health services to get our back scenes and guess what we got our vaccines visor here. The first day the rest of this country got their doses as well at the same time Utah went through the state and they even said they made a big mistake. We should've went with the ice shows but we did advocate heavily. That state of utah should be giving some of that Pfizer vaccines to those Healthcare workers there and they did a couple days later. They received their shipments. So all i. I am happy that indian country that opted in possibly to ihs Received their vaccines the same day. The rest of this country Received their shipments so I think it's a it's a team. Approach of all tribal leaders raising awareness throughout this country that tribes are not going to be set aside anymore. tribes indigenous peoples or the first citizens of this country and we should be treated such an president is how many doses of the vaccine did the navajo nation. Get water all as january third Nine pm we got a number of ten thousand nine hundred. Forty one total Back themes that pfizer madonna. So far seven thousand seven hundred and forty nine of those doses have winded arms of our people and we are almost complete with a one eight category. And now we're going into the high-risk patients were doing it now. Those that are being cared for in the rural parts of our nation to get your shots. Of course those that one Those that want it and then are sixty. Five years and older population are starting to receive a little bit at a time. But we're going to be on a full vaccination. Blitz come january eleventh next monday. Get as many of the sixty five year and overpopulation Those that that want shot in president is what are some of the challenges that you see in in getting to those points. So i think a lot of it is a rural nation. Many of our people you know just snowed not too long ago. I think it was on new year's eve to a lot of mud out there so they're trying to get our see to go administer. The shots in the rural parts of the nation is pretty difficult. So it's gotta be done in the morning when the grounds frozen right and then to get back and then the same thing goes for work Our relatives that are going to go get essential items. Maybe grocery shopping at the same time getting into the hospitals so that they can get their their shot. But overall i think the navajo area. Ihs are navajo. Six thirty eight or never department of health you know we we. We created a unified Command group where we have meetings every day to keep everybody on the same page. I chess self-governance facilities And the navajo nation leadership. And i think because of that The navajo area. Ihs the arctic shots. Central has seen that now the who is doing a good job in getting these It's taking this. Close look is important too. Well everything is unfolding. We'll continue to cover more coming up after the break but join us one. Eight hundred nine nine six two eight. Four eight is a number. Tanning hides were moccasins. Regalia and other items is a craft on its own. It takes hard work and dedication to use traditional methods to create a tough workable material on the next native america calling. We'll focus untraditional hide tanning with native craftsmen. Hope you'll make plans to join us. Support by roswell park who know tribal communities face persistent challenges in health equity such as cancer and higher death rates the centre for indigenous cancer research at roswell park comprehensive cancer center is dedicated to advancing cancer research that will lead to translatable science medicine and cancer care for indigenous populations worldwide are at high risk for cancer. A no charge online assessment tool is available at roswell park dot org slash assess me. Thanks for joining us today. Here on native america calling. I'm tara gatewood from subtle pueblo in on the line with us today at a window. Rock arizona is now who nation president jonathan nez and We are talking about the vaccine. What are your thoughts on it. We know a lot of our tribal nations are opening up it Vaccination to their communities. Maybe you've already gotten vaccinated. You wanna share some thoughts on your experience. You can give us a ring. One eight hundred nine nine six two eight. Four eight is the number. Maybe you decided not to. You can tell us about that too. All opinions are welcome. Go ahead and give us a ring. One eight hundred nine nine six two eight four eight also here today at bemidji. Minnesota is dr kaley fretlin and she is the indian health service cove in nineteen vaccine taskforce deputy lead and she is a direct descendant of the white earth band of ojibway our pleasure to have her here. Dr fretlin welcome good afternoon. Thanks for heavy and dr franklin. We have Calls coming in. And i definitely want to make sure that we get all of the information or questions and thoughts. People have again if you want to join us. One eight hundred nine nine six two eight four eight and before i go to your comments on what you've heard so far. I do have a caller question that came in somebody wanted to know. Can the vaccine change a person's dna than second question. is just concerns one. Pharmacist destroyed doses because of concerns. It was not safe. That's what the person called in about. They want to know. Do pharmacists support. The vaccine is well. Give us your thoughts with start with. Can't change a person's dna. Hey great question and one. That certainly has been out there so that that scenes that are available currently the pfizer vaccine and vaccine is what we call 'em a vaccine. So it's a messenger arna and what this does is. It goes in and leaves a message to build a protein. I'm within your body so you can have an immune response to kobe. If you're expose it does not at all get in change our dna so nothing is going to get in and change our dna. This message is just a message. It goes in leaves the message and then it leaves Kind of i've heard it referred to as a snapchat message So goes and very quickly leaves a message and leaves. But no way alters our deny and then just thoughts they wanna know. Do pharmacists support the vaccine. That is another great question and as a pharmacist myself You have no idea how disheartening to hear another pharmacist That would do that. To this lifesaving vaccine where we know that this is having the vaccine has such a huge impact especially in our tribal communities. So i'd they pharmacist and our national pharmacy association have come up publicly. We statements and across the board pharmacists are on the frontlines vaccinating with covert vaccine and are very very supportive. Pharmacists continue to be very trusted profession. We're one of the Main vaccinators across the country you regardless of what type of vaccine it is. Many many people go to their pharmacist to receive annual vaccine such as influenza shingles and so pharmacy as a profession has really statement saying That this one act of this one pharmacist. Because of their personal opinions does not reflect the whole profession and pharmacies are very supportive of covid vaccine and personally and they took this really personally has pharmacists When i look at my social media threads and most of my colleagues are pharmacists every single one of them have gotten the covert vaccine. Not only are giving the covers vaccine but they are receiving the covid vaccine. Which i think really attest to their trust in the vaccine. Thank you for the end. Thank you to our caller for leaving us some questions you can call in to share your thoughts one eight hundred nine six two eight. Four eight is the number and dr fretlin questions about the vaccine and know a lot of people are asking. Why do you need it in two doses breakdown how it works wider to in any more info. Go ahead okay. The two bucks scenes have been studied in a two dose series. And what they found. Is that the ability to mount that antibody response after one vaccine wasn't sufficient as it is after two vaccines thereby making it a to axiom series to get what president says. I talked about that ninety. Five percent efficacy. Now we see with both of vaccines so this was one how it was studied and in those early phase one phase. Two trials. they're looking at is the efficacy of the vaccine after one dose and advocacy after two doses. In the efficacy. When we get that ninety five percent is only after the two doses in so with this you know when people are wondering about this and in what it'll mean in their future health. What are some of your thoughts. What is known so far about what happens when you take the vaccine a month out or even longer so the vaccine is still being Evaluated in these phase three trials so patients who received the vaccine during these trial period and president nez had mentioned to the pfizer vaccine amongst his navajo nation populations in the clinical trial. They're gonna continue to be monitored for twenty four months after they've received a vaccine so we'll continue to no more right now. The recommendation is to get the two dose series for pfizer or madonna and if more vaccines become available or get emergency soccer association. There's one on the horizon. That's just one dose series whatever. That recommendation is Cd's going to continue to monitor that and make future recommendations. Based on the information we continue to gather about the vaccine its efficacy and its long term in the long term. Efficacy of that scene in dr freedland the entire time there has been a push to for people to take precautions to social distance among other things. What's your thought on this in in making sure that we don't get to a point where people are overconfident. The vaccine and they think that they can't You know that is their shield and they can't get covid nineteen again any thoughts on that space. Well i think it's really important that we continue to follow the cdc recommendations which say that. Even if we've gotten a vaccine we still need to follow. We say the three w so. We need to wear a mask. Wash your hands and launch our distance. Even if we've gotten the vaccine the vaccine was studied to look at If we can if we get cova with the vaccine Or if you're hospitalized or have complications from covert after. We've gotten a vaccine. It didn't not have the Did not evaluate the ability to transmit covert. And so because. We don't know that yet if we're still able to transmit covid To people it's still very important that we follow these cdc guidelines To wear masks. Wash your hands. Watch our distance even if we've been vaccinated in wanna turn to president says any thoughts on that to of still taking precautions even if you had the vaccine president next. Well i mean what i've heard thus far is that we know if this is going to be an annual. You know dose just like we do with the flu shots so Those are things that are still being discussed by the scientists and so but right now with the current strain and even the The new strain that has been detected. Scientists are saying that these vaccines are or are highly effective in pushing back on the virus. And so the you know what you all are hearing from The healthcare professional today makes you inform so when one thing that I was You know how was compared was okay. What is the if you do catch virus. Slurs the complications from that you know people think that. Oh yeah well. Fourteen days You you will Overcome the virus. And you'll be okay but studies do indicate that thirty percent of those That have To virus thirty percent have had some long lasting Healthcare affects now. Compare it to taking a vaccine where two doses you get ninety. Five percent efficacy. You know and you gotta compare those if you do get if you get the Covid nineteen what is the percentage of you getting some long term health effects from it and impossibly. Even you know permanent damage to yourself whereas you take a shot like i said it took one i didn't even feel it and The next stay. Little soreness on the arm but that was it and second dose second shock come up in a couple of weeks and you're eighty ninety five percent protected from covid nineteen so that that's the information that is being given to the public so that they can make their own decisions their own judgement on whether to take it or not. It's either that or we begin to continue to wear masks social distance. Loss your hands with soap and water and pray that it would just go away naturally. But that's probably not the case. And i guess we didn't get moved towards herd immunity at some point and i'll let the healthcare professionals talk about that. What is the percentage of the total population that has already re re Caught the virus. 'cause they have some of the and you know the bodies able to push back on the virus and then does that. Get the shot was two percentage. You don't people say maybe eighty seventy to eighty percent of the people should have either received a shot or the shots or have caught the virus and then that's hurt immunity so those are discussions that are taking place. I'm not assigning this but just being a leader of the novel nation. I get a lot of this information out there. You gotta be informed an- president news and no you gotta get going any final comments. Lastly you know. I appreciate The information being given a lot of misinformation out there you know. There's even a pulse. Forget what it's called bell's palsy Will would the shot You know would the shot give you bell's palsy. You know things like that. It's just a lot of information that just need to investigate or even do some their own research on based on what has been shared with me I trust that Since his In the forefront of pushy back on the virus and the reason why i in encouraging our citizens and even american populations out there to took the virus. I mean take the vaccine. I'm sorry and In order for us to get back to some normalcy and to save lives bottomline. Thank you care are right president. Nez thank you for being with us today. Where do you stand. What are your thoughts one. Eight hundred nine nine six two eight four eight. Let's go ahead and take a call. We have been in key kiana alaska tuned in on koa z. Ben thank you for giving us a ring. What are your thoughts today. Good morning thank you for having me I have a question for the doctors here. alternative alternative medication Such as silva colloidal colloidal silver. I'm sorry iodine. Cbd oil Sodium dioxide chloride et cetera What are your thoughts on Alternative medicines such as Natural eating right. You know like you said. Wash your hands I don't believe in a vaccine because of my belief Nothing foreign goes into my body is a temple according to your all's bible etc and Speaking of the bible Many people believe in the proper. She's of such Book We're living unit today and I believe that it is population control. What's your what are your thoughts on that. Thanks men hang tight and go back to dr kelli fretlin. Your thoughts thinks they're for the question. I think you start for your question. And i really wanted to respect that you It sounds like you treat your body really well by using natural medicines and taking care of your body so i'm always In favor of people who eat healthy take care of their bodies because that is an important system no matter what we do for our mind body and spirit is to eat well as a black size for natural medicines. We have all kinds of that trauma defense and that's where my sister. The foundation of a lot of our typical western medicines that we do use. And so i've always encouraged my patients In community members families friends that if they have You know they work with their doctor or their traditional medicine man or whoever that is and they have that belief in those natural medicine that is their choice And taking care of their body as far as the vaccines go. I think it's really important that each of us have individualized choices There's no mandate to take that vaccine. But we do wanna make sure that we are protecting our families protecting our communities to the best of our ability. The vaccine is one of those tools to be able to do that. The other two are to make sure that we are wearing masks or washing your hands. And we're not. We're keeping our social distance from others that we may be an asymmetric carrier of covid and that we're not continuing to spread that we do that. There's been detrimental damage to our communities with covid and the impact of covid on the data of our families are relatives the burden on our healthcare systems. And so i think either there's no mandate could take vaccine and i think each of us are allowed to whatever individual beliefs are But i do think it is important that we are each responsible for taking care of our community and being respectful to our family. Our friends at doing everything in our power and what we believe in to make sure that we're protecting those that we love all right. Ben thank you for your call. We also have melvyn in santana bresca tuned in on z. Y. k. melvin. Thanks for giving us a ring. Go ahead you're on air cable questions. Running how long does your vaccine last and I'm quarantined again. The third time and that all comes riding in my diocese ban. it's the other patients families who are not taking care of themselves masking social distance and that come back to us to wear important that these family members in people realize they should be shot to protect the rest of the burmese. That's where i got an appointment to take your shot tomorrow at ten o'clock back can't wait. I just 'cause. I don't know how long this virus is last. None of us know that answer right now in a wish you the best with that too and thank you for sharing net in. We'll get to your question coming up after the break. 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Dot gov the office of indian energy and economic development supports this program. Thanks for tuning into native america. Calling them tara gatewood and we're focusing on the in nineteen vaccine today. If you've already gotten the vaccine tell us about your experience why it was important for you to get it. There is still time to join our conversation if you decided not to. What went into that decision. Call us one eight hundred nine nine six two eight. Four eight is the number with us today out of bemidji. Minnesota is dr kaley fretlin. She is indian health service. Covid nineteen vaccine task force. Deputy lead also here to out. Baraboo wisconsin is kiana boating and she is executive director of health for the whole chunk nation. She's enrolled ho chunk and she's also boy here to on the line of alexandria. Virginia is stacey bolan. She is a chief executive officer of the national indian health board. And she is from the su- saint marie tribe of chippewa indians. Ladies my pleasure to have you here with us. I got another caller. Go to We're going to say hi to cindy who is in new mexico tuned in on k. Unm cindy thank you for giving us a ring. Your honor thank you. Thank you for your wonderful program. I love it. I listened to all the time. I would like to know i would like to know what how i can signed the ingredients that that are in the vaccine or if they can tell me over his Nine here like i you know. Is there free. are there substances in the tar. Not so good for the body. Cindy thanks for asking. Dr freedland anything you can share. Sure and actually. Cdc has posted the ingredients in both the vaccine So it encourage you to go to the cdc website if you've got the ability to do that but thank readings include both exiting they're made with an mri and then So that is very similar amongst the two ingredients the next month or the lipid Which is limited another word for fat and so there's different types of fats that are included in each vaccine has slightly different fast. One of those ingredients his cholesterol. Don't worry that's not going to make your cholesterol go up. If it's a vaccine and then the remainder are still sugars in buffers what we consider salt sugars and buffers and most of these are things that we would see in most of our food potassium chloride sodium chloride sucrose So so sugar. Potassium those types of ingredients and then that's it So when i look ingredient list there is Ten ingredients in vaccine. Neither vaccine contains eggs gelatin. Laptop checks preservatives. And so really. It's important to when you're looking at these ingredients. Most are very common and a lot of medications and we think of different buffers that some of our medications carry But to look through that list if you have an interest in knowing exactly what's in there all right induct portland before the break. Our caller melvin wanting to know how long the vaccine last We also had president. Jonathan nez mentioned the new strand. Does this current vaccine Put up a shield against that. Go ahead dr freedland. Under longevity of the vaccine that is still being studied so we do not yet know how long the fact scene is gonna offer protection for. We don't know if this is gonna be A situation where we would need a booster vaccine next year on an annual basis. We did that with similar with h one n one But we had that booster vaccine. We don't know yet. We're going to continue to learn more and the cdc. Oh continue to evaluate that. And the need for ongoing. Vaccinations with covid for covid. And i'm sorry. Do you wanna read second question. And the new strand. Will this vaccine help against it. That is being evaluated right now. So they're looking at the news straight of Kobe and the vaccines. They anticipate that the vaccine would be effective against that because it's creating it spike protein Which is just the outside part of that protein shell on the outside of the covid. Virus is what it's crazy as long as a new strain has that similar protein structure our bodies. Shit if we've been back stated Our body should be able to still recognize that and mount that in response that were helping that the vaccine in something else. That president is brought up was Possibility of bell's palsy brought on by the vaccine. Anything you want to clear up there. Still bell's palsy was seen in both phase three trials from journal adviser There was very few cases. Just a few cases in which Clinical trial and so those are still continuing to be ongoing and evaluated as to the relationship of bell's palsy so when we look at the overall majority of the people in these vaccine trials Which was tens of thousands of people just a couple of cases about policy the majority of the adverse events. we're very mild to moderate to motor. What president nez said. Sore arm In some pain or tenderness at the injections site it was the most common. I thank you for that and want to go to stacey berlin. Who is here with us today. With the national indian health board and stacey. There's a lot to be said where we currently stand in terms of vaccines making it to our native nations. Is there anything you want to share about where we are currently the distribution And you know are there tribes out there. Whose voices haven't been heard in all this in anything you want to share. Well first of all make which thank you for inviting the national indian health board and beach be on this show. Today this is. I have been taking notes. This is incredibly informative. Thank you so much for the service that you provide I cannot speak to this. I'm not Well informed about the Distribution plan in terms of where we are at this moment. So what. I can't tell you is that i know there has been concerned about particularly tribes and worl- alaskan native villages that are very remote tribes. That are very remote and There have been concerned about ensuring that they can get the vaccine in a timely way and be ensure that the refrigeration requirements are met for Carrying vaccine over vast areas of basically vast worl- and beyond rural areas in stacey information is very important. Is there anything you want to share about tribes who are asking for more information and you know have there been any tribes. Said we don't want the vaccine. Do you know. I am not familiar. With any tribe that has sat as a tribal nation. Do not want the sexy. I am And we are at the national indian health board our leadership You know we're comprised of tribal leaders from cross country. There are individuals who are concerned about the vaccine and about receiving the vaccine. I heard new information today on your show which i thought was really interesting. Very helpful But we need to be able to provide good solid information to the tribes from resources that they trust. We know that the national indian health board is very trusted resource. We know that the area tribal regional health boards and organizations like united south eastern tribes northwest portland area health board alaskan native health board etc are trusted regional tribally operated controlled organizations that The tribes rely on information shows like this. We need to capitalize on these opportunities. and make sure that we're we have the best information and that people are using our website using your website and the shows they are checking in with Trusted resources that are out there in the world so if for any country we always have our own resources that we develop that we trust and i. i'm very concerned about the misinformation. That's being spread about the vaccine on. There is a level of understanding obviously and compassion and recognition that because of our people's history with research entities not respecting human protocols. That there are Folks who have historical trauma over previous events that have occurred and there is trepidation about the vaccine for those reasons but when you look at the facts of what we have before us and you look at all the brave and incredibly generous ending country. Who who were part of the trials president does mentioned the navajo people who participated in the trial. We have our own people and and very specific outcomes speed a based on our own people participating and that's that show that this vaccine is safe and effective. So i guess i'm just talking too much so i'll happy new year. We we always appreciate view into things and a kiana boating. Thank you for being with us too. In your nation is also figuring out how to distribute the vaccine. Many different things come along with that in something. I'm curious to about even vaccinating employees Tell us more about what's going on there at ho-chunk thank you for having me so Currently we are working on our department of health employees and we have not made the vaccine mandatory people are free to sign a waiver and decline it We have the capacity to vaccinate up to five hundred people a day so right now are only limiting factor is How much vaccine we can get in with that. The decisions that a tribe has to make you know we heard a little bit from president Nez but what are some of the other considerations that those in charge have to think about in servicing their public. When it comes to this vaccine we have to think about Are high risk individuals Who is coming in contact with people who may have cold who are employees. That are on the front lines and have been working throughout the entire pandemic Those are the individuals who have the ability to work from home rather than coming into the workplace of course our elders and our language and culture keepers. those are very high up on our priority list. In why are they on those lists. Because you don't see that on a list across the nation tell me about that sure You know that's one thing that i've always liked about being a native american is that our elders are kind of always are celebrities. And you always see everybody going to greet them and pay their respects to them. So our elders are the keepers of all of our traditional knowledge and our stories and our language. And what makes us who we are. It's not You know the employees per se but these are the people who pass down all of the important knowledge very interesting in. Maybe your tribe is doing similar efforts. You wanna tell us about it. You can always reach out by sending us an e mail comments and native america calling got some more calls. People want to jump into this. Let's go ahead and let them. We are going to go to david. Who is in net lake. Minnesota tuned in on key f. T. david thanks for giving us a ring era near ear. The person that test positive for to build and my audience is getting the vaccine. Help your protect them. From getting colbert again. Okay thank you for your call in. I'll give that one to dr fretlin anything you want to share A does getting it give you immunity and then anymore. Go ahead okay. So for those people who have been exposed and had covert They have what they're saying is potentially up to ninety days of unity after they've had cove it and it's been diagnosed as covid for the vaccine having covid is not a contra-indication to gain the vaccine so people in the trial have or get covid and still got the vaccine. So it's still recommended even if you've had covid that you still get the vaccine because you want that additional protection that the code vaccine is going to be able to provide so recognizing is that if you actively have kobe and you're in quarantine to wait until you're done with quarantine to get the covid vaccine if there's limited vaccine As the leader from ho-chunk was mentioning. Then you may have. Each tribe may decide where you fall onto their priority lists if you've had cope it within the last night. Sixty to ninety days so that might be a tribal determination but having had covert does not Prevents you from getting the code beck scene. And actually you're encouraged still get covid vaccine even if you've had covert all right. Thank you for that. And let's go to caller. We got susan in bethel. Alaska tuned in on y. You k. susan. Thank you for giving us a ring. You're on air high i. I think it's awesome. That this vaccination of this vaccine both versions are like ninety five percent effective. That's awesome especially when you consider like few shots are like forty to sixty percent. But i think there needs to be more of an awareness that if you had the vaccination booster and all you still got a mask social distance and all that because it's proven it hasn't been proven yet that You know you can still get exposed. You're just not going to get sick from it. 'cause of the vaccination but you could still get exposed carry it and spread it to others and i don't think there's enough awareness out there about that. It hasn't been proven about how effective the vaccination prevents from The spread of it if you're still exposed to it after getting vaccinated That i just wanted to put that word out and and here your spots on it. Thank you okay. Thank you for that. And i guess we can go to kiana for that. Any thoughts I think that's a very good point. That a lot of people think that if they get the vaccine then they're free to go about living their normal pre covid life and that's just not the case right now and The tools that we have to provide are washing our hands wearing our mass things. Sixteen of parts from people who don't live within our household So we still need to continue all of those things during this time after. You've gotten your vaccine all right. Thank you for that. Let's squeeze one more in caller. We launched in cuba new mexico tuned in on k. Unm you've gotta make fast lonnie go ahead all right. Thank you very much for having me. Everyone just wanted to say thank you to all the healthcare workers and rolling so fast. I was one of the first. I got my first To to heavily. I'm going in tomorrow for my second. No side effects Just a little bit of sort of and i just wanted to Say thank you to all the healthcare workers survives out there. That are making this episode quickly for everyone loves harvey lonnie. Thank you for your call in with that. We wrap things up. I know you're still thinking things. Maybe now you're ready to talk. Send us an email comments. At native america calling dot com. You can even find us on. Facebook and twitter handle is at one eight hundred nine native. Thank you to everybody that we heard from in the our today navajo nation president. Jonathan nez dr. Kelly fretlin on a bodine and stay bolan. I'm tara gatewood. We hope you'll meet us here tomorrow. We're going to be talking about high tanning traditional way. Do you still do it. I hope you'll join us for that conversation. thanks again. i'm tara would support by amarin indian countries. one hundred percent tribally-owned owned insurance partner. Emory works with tribal governments and their business enterprises to provide effective commercial insurance coverage strengthened. Native american communities protect tribal sovereignty and help keep dollars in indian country. More information on property liability worker's compensation and commercial auto solutions at amazon dot com. That's a. m. e. r. i. n. d. dot com geico nugget. We issued today gonna win and discipline on the oc- boom mugica. The wjr do demand donny. Minoa kenosha anal finish inaba cuisine begun gonna watch caned marwood issuing healthcare dot gov game on gano sh one eight hundred three one eight two five nine six coundon god dig the centers for medicare and medicaid services. 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Pandemic reality check
"Support comes from soaring heart natural beds where concern for the health and safety of sleep now extends to everything from curbside pickup and delivery to secure in-store appointments showrooms in seattle bellevue and now in edmonds or online at storing heart dot com. Hey it's patricia murphy. It's tuesday this is seattle now. We've rounded the corner on year one of the pandemic the good news is the cdc says if you're vaccinated you can hang out without masks. The not so good news. Vaccines are still pretty hard to come by in a minute. We'll check in about where things are headed with. University of washington epidemiologist judith. Mom grim but first. Let's get you caught up first. Lady jill biden is in western washington today part of a west coast tour military bases so meet with families at joint base. Lewis mcchord and naval air station would be island. She heads to california to visit with marines on wednesday biden plans to relaunch her joining forces program to help military families later this year. She started that with former first lady. Michelle obama a decade ago. Seattle based brown paper tickets will refund nine million dollars. To event organizers and ticket buyers whose plans got cancelled by covid attorney general bob ferguson. Who took the company to court says. Forty five thousand people in the country are owed a refund. If that's you you don't have to do anything to get your money. The office says the company will be getting in touch to pay back and some grocery workers in king county might also be getting a pandemic hazard. Pay bump the county council votes today on whether workers and parts of unincorporated king county should get the four dollar an hour boost like grocery workers in seattle. Just did the extra pay will only last as long as the county's kovac nineteen emergency order is in effect. We are a year into the pandemic more than a million people have been vaccinated in washington and new cases of covid are even going down. We can take some comfort in that but not too much because we're far from where we need to be and complacency can't be part of the mix. So where are we in this thing. It is time to talk to you. Doub- epidemiologist dr judith. Mom grim judith. Really good to talk to you. Well it's lovely to be here patricia. So tell me the landscape right now. The message i'm getting is optimistic but guarded. Well it is guarded if you'll recall our conversations in the past you're really thinking oh fifty per one hundred thousand. That's great and then just let kubota home. We still have the same distribution of cases in young people and young adults kids young adults. That hasn't changed. The numbers are coming down. That's nice people are getting vaccinated. That's nice but could be a year before we don't wear masks anymore. I'm not in a state. Governor inslee opened up vaccines to more people like teachers and childcare workers but it is still really hard to get an appointment. How are we doing on the vaccines in your assessment. Well i know there's going to be more in the future. I know it is a mass right now. And that's being polite and i'm being pc by saying it's a mess. It's just so hard for so many people. I'm helping people. Have i get for example. A email at three. Am from uw medicine. That they have appointments available. You have to call that phone. I call my friend who hasn't been vaccinated yet early in the mornings that no she gets up early days call number right now and get on the list. She got on her brother. And if you're already in a system like with polyclinic or kaiser or w medicine is and if you're online than the should technically be easier. However i have friends that are getting vaccinated through making calls to the grocery store or to cosco or safeway in Or image just so random is beyond beyond. Yeah yeah very very difficult and anxiety inducing if you really wanna get this vaccine. It's not that easy right now to get it and these variants are mixing things up just a bit well the variance. I'm less concerned about the various am about people getting vaccinated getting news reports. We're not getting sued health department report so resil- who knows how bad it technically as once we get it here in has more spikes it has more. Violence has higher viral load. What could happen is some of these. Newer variance will have less asymptomatic cases. So that's bad when is also kind of good Symptomatic cases are what really got us. I keep hearing a lot about the potential for a fourth wave. How should i be thinking about this. We're always the potential for clave. However i think the best things now is that we have our frontline responders first responders vaccinated. So that's a really good thing. And then they vaccinated the nursing home. So that's gonna bring the death rate now and then sixty five and older pretty much getting their vaccines as quickly as possible. Because what we're doing we're vaccinating against morbidity and mortality we're not vaccinated against spread. We won't be vaccinating against spread probably june when young people will be vaccinated right right and i read that the cdc says fully vaccinated people can gather now without masks. And this worries me. Just a little bit because i hope it doesn't q. Unvaccinated people to join into that mix. That's what i'm really worried about their problems to a menace to society as it is max people get together nassau and and you can't do if you're unvaccinated. I got no answers I could definitely see it. Playing out that way though judith and i wonder because someone i know who was vaccinated was told by her nurse not to lose her proof of vaccination because it was going to become a very very important part of her life. And now i'm hearing about vaccine passports. Yeah well they have vaccine casper actually have green band that you wear an israel and so they've opened things up in israel to people who have vaccines and have been fully vaccinated because they a deal with pfizer and then got the whole nation vaccinated in exchange for giving all the data defies her to look at but in israel. There's four different choices for medical coverage everybody's covered and they have ways to access every single person by phone. Or you know taxed or whatever. Do you think that we're going to be in a society at some point where we're going to have to show that we've been vaccinated against kobe to do more than just well. Now we have to vaccinate kids to go into schools. Absolutely kids have to show perfect. Vaccinations go to school. Always have that's been in the books on the books for a long time. It's not a big deal. And here's my theory. As as more and more people get vaccinated and those people get to do more stuff all the sudden and it's already showing us all of a sudden that people who don't wanna get vaccinated. Those numbers are going down. Because when you see something and go okay. If i'm him after i don't have to worry that i'm gonna get sick because believe me. That's in the back of everybody's mind no matter what they say. I'm not afraid of getting sick. La blah blah. I can do anything. I'm you know as powerful as anybody. But in the back of everybody's mind you know there's a fear of covid. Getting sick judith. Were doing a little thing on our show called pandemic confessions. Oh because at this point we are all guilty of some indulgence. Skirting of the rules. You got a bad pandemic behavior to confess. It can be an indulgence as well watching bad. Tv and we do it on purpose. The bar is pretty low for entertainment these days and it's more like how relaxing use it to watch the great british baking show. Love it very relaxing. Do i need anything stimulating or gonna get my brain going. No i want the absence doll brain activity wannabe as dumb as humanly possible. Go to sleep. Easier ask u. dub epidemiologists mound. Really good to talk to you. Thank you thank you all right definitely hearing a lot about bad television on our pandemic confessional hotline i get it. There's a lot of bad tv. But i am guessing. A lot of you could top that you just have to trust us. Look we're giving you anonymity got any pandemic bad behavior to confess. Give it to him. This is your chance to go. Big people no names. Just get it off your chest. you'll be glad you did. The number to call is in the show seattle now is produced by caroline chamberlain gomez mcgrane and jason began matt. Jorgensen does our music patricia marie.
GOP set to block January 6 panel, stoking Senate filibuster fight.
"Dreaming of a new service. That doesn't also tell you how to interpret current events try fourteen forty instead of cleverly crafted messaging and media narratives. Fourteen forty provides an impartial view of what's happening in the world. So readers can form their own conclusions thoughtfully curated by experts in a single morning briefing straight to your inbox visit. Fourteen forty dot com to learn more and subscribe to get all your news in a single email. Try fourteen forty dot com. That's t. r. y. One four zero dot com coming up on five minute news. Gop set to block january six panel. Stoking senate filibuster fight. Murder charges filed against offices in black man's death and to un launches investigation into israel. Hamas committed crimes. It's friday may twenty eight. I'm anthony davis senate. Republicans ready to deploy filibuster to block a commission on january. Six insurrection shattering. chances for a bipartisan. Probe of the deadly sold on the us capital and reviving pressure to do away with the procedural tactic that critics say has lost. Its purpose the vote on thursday was the first successful use of a filibuster. In the biden presidency to halt senate legislative action most republicans oppose the bill that would establish a commission to investigate the attack by donald trump supporters. Over the election. We had a moldova. Take the capital and we can't get the republicans to join us. In making historic record of that event said senator dick durbin of illinois. The number two senate democrat. That tells you what's wrong with the senate and what's wrong with the filibuster. The filibuster is a time on senate tradition. That requires a vote by sixty of the one hundred senators to cut off debate and advance a bill with the senate evenly split. Fifty fifty democrats would need support of ten republicans to move to the commission. Bill sparking fresh debate of whether the time has come to change the rules and lower the threshold to fifty one votes to take up legislation. The house already approved the measure with thirty five republican votes but trump has made it clear. He opposes the formation of any panel to investigate the january six siege fearing being implicated by violent mob of his supporters who broke into the capital upon his instruction. Democrats are warning that if republicans are willing to use the filibuster to stop unarguably popular measure. It shows the limits of trying to broker compromises particularly on bills related to election reform or other aspects of the democrats agenda ahead of thursday's vote the mother of the late capitol police officer. Brian sick nick along with sick. Nick's girlfriend. Sandra gaza and two police officers who fought the protest is that day with several republican senators to try to persuade them to act washington state. Attorney general on thursday charged to tacoma police officers with murder and one with manslaughter. In the death of manuel. Ellis a black man who died after repeatedly telling them he couldn't breathe as he was being restrained attorney. General bob ferguson filed the charges of second degree murder against christopher burbank and matthew collins and first degree manslaughter against timothy ranking witnesses report seeing burbank and collins attack without provocation according to a probable cause statement filed in pierce county superior court. Rankin is accused of putting pressure on ellis's back as he said he couldn't breathe. Thirty-three-year-old ellis died on march third twenty twenty tasted handcuffed and hog tied with his face covered by a spit hood just weeks before george floyd staff under the knee of a white minneapolis. Police officer triggered a nationwide reckoning on race and policing the pierce county. Medical examiner could ellis's death a homicide attributed to a lack of oxygen from being restrained with an enlarged heart and methamphetamine intoxication. As contributing factors the death made ellis's name synonymous with pleas justice protests in the pacific northwest. He's final words. I can't breathe. Were captured by a home security camera. United nations human rights council agreed on thursday to launch an international investigation into alleged crimes committed during the eleven day conflict between israel and the islamist group hamas in gaza. The independent investigation will have a broad mandate to look into all alleged violations not just in gaza and the occupied west bank but also in israel during hostilities. That were halted by a ceasefire on may twenty first. Michelle basch chalet. The u n high commissioner for human rights earlier told the council that deadly israeli strikes on gaza constitute war crimes and that hamas had violated international humanitarian law by firing rockets into israel israel rejected the resolution adopted by the geneva forum and said it would not cooperate a spokesman for hamas which governs the gaza strip called the group's actions legitimate resistance and cold for immediate steps to punish israel. Israel's main the united states said it deeply regretted the decision in the forum where it just has observer status and no vote by a vote of twenty four states in favour and nine against with fourteen abstentions. The forty-seven member council adopted a resolution brought by the organization of islamic cooperation and the palestinian delegation to the united nations. 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Obamacare v. Texas: Washington has skin in the game at the next ACA Supreme Court challenge
"This is Komo W I'm Kim milcome Washington State's Attorney General Bob Ferguson, has become known for successfully litigating against the trump administration but in a case scheduled to go before the US Supreme Court in November Ferguson will help argue in place of the Federal Government in support of the affordable care act, which is being challenged as unconstitutional by several states led by Texas. And following the death of Supreme Court justice. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the stakes are even Higher Attorney General Bob Ferguson is here now to help explain what's going on. Thank you so much for talking with us today. Thanks for having me. Kim I really appreciate it. So first off in a nutshell, tell us what this case is about. This case is about the future of Obamacare or the affordable care act and the impact of whether or not that important federal law that provides health insurance in critical protections for millions of Americans will be allowed to continue or not. Literally it's an existential threat to the audible carrot. Now you you normally file suits against something, the federal government is doing, but this time of year in the unusual position of defending federal policy, the affordable care act as you mentioned. So why did you decide to join the suit? What happened was a group of Republican Attorneys General Challenge these Horrible Care Act in federal court in Texas, the US Department of Justice whose job it is to to end federal law LE- walk into that courtroom said we're not going to defend judge you can strike it down. So states Washington and California intervene just anti word for saying we went before that judge said he wait a second judge an armed justice Won't defend that law. Let us to it because if it struck down, that has huge negative impacts for the people of our state in the judge granted debt. So you're right. It's a little bit odd with the State of Washington and other states are clearly in the case as a defendant defending the federal law the Oral Care Act, simply because the justice to be candid would not the job they're supposed to do. The other side in the suit Texas and several other Republican led states are arguing that the affordable care act is now unconstitutional because of a bill that was passed by Congress back in two thousand seventeen, which eliminated the financial penalty for people who refuse to buy insurance. So, how do you respond to the argument that if someone does not want to buy insurance, they shouldn't have to. These issues do get relatively complicated relatively quickly but you're exactly right what the Republican attorneys general or asserting his out at the individual mandate. No longer has a financial penalty. Therefore, the underpinnings of that previous archaic we had in which Justice Roberts four other justices upheld the affordable care act they relied on taxing power of the federal government under the individual mandate that's what the ATS or questioning or responses multifaceted but a number one simply because there's not a financial helming vault does not mean that eliminates those protections or the importance of the individual mandate through something not a financial only number two and perhaps even most significantly. Is the Republican attorneys general what they're really trying to do your Kim say if an individual mandate no longer applies they're saying you federal justice supreme. Court. Justice must strike down the entire law because of that one small change in other words that eliminate the character in its entirety and we're saying no justice. Even if you think that individual mandate no longer applies you keep the rest of the affordable care act essentially all of it in place. Now you've been involved with this case for some time now or arguments are scheduled I understand about a week after the election. And now we are dealing with the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which is leaving a seat on the court open given the current make-up of the Supreme Court. How confident are you that you'll prevail? Well. It's a hard question to answer came on on a glass half full kind of guy all admitted that at the outset but. I think we're outsiders before the death justice Ginsburg I was. Concerned obviously about the future of the portal. Care Act. But confident in our case. With the change in the makeup of the Supreme Court in the distinct possibility of the new justice hearing this case. I'm I'm extremely concerned right now that's it. We have the better legal arguments I'm confident about that. I know that folks on the right Scott Against Activists Court solve time or activist judges look. I can't imagining anymore activists than the United States court striking down the bedrock law that millions of Americans depend on literally for their personal health and their health insurance. So strike that down after a decade of being in place be ingrained in our society with frankly very definition of activism and swimming that does not happen. Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson thank you very much for your time today. Thank you, Kim.
NPR News: 03-09-2020 11PM ET
"Live from NPR news in Washington. I'm Shay Stevens. Nearly two weeks. See The grand. Princess cruise ship has docked in Oakland. California twenty one people aboard the liner have tested positive for the new Corona Virus and Sarah Hosseini of member station K. Q. E. D. reports. The authorities are now testing. Everyone else there. About a dozen of the more than thirty five hundred people on board could be seen out on their balconies as the ship reached. Land over the next few days officials say they will securely transport US passengers onto medical or quarantine sites in California Georgia and Texas while the State Department is working to get International. Travelers on chartered flights. Home more than a thousand crew members will remain quarantined on the ship back out in open waters for NPR news. I'm Sarah Husseini in Oakland mice president. Mike Pence's that every state lab in the nation is now able to test people for Corona virus. Pen says eight long term health facilities in Washington. State are now affected by the disease. He says that all eight thousand nursing home inspectors in the nation are now focused exclusively on compliance with infectious disease. Standards are heartbreak for the families. Of the Kirkland nursing home in Seattle the loss of life has been grievous. But we are. We are sending the message out working with our governors to make sure our nursing homes and long term care facilities have the additional layer of protection against the spread of the corona virus. President Trump says White House officials will meet with Congressional leaders tomorrow to discuss a possible payroll tax reduction and other measures to ease the economic impact of Corona virus. Going to be seeing the small business administration and create loans for small businesses. Were also working with the industry's including the airline industry. The cruise ship industry which obviously will be hit on Wall Street today. The stock market suffered its worst drop since the financial crisis. Npr's Scott horsely reports that the Dow Jones industrial average tumbled over seven and a half percent investors already nervous about the corona virus. Outbreak grew even more concerned when global oil. Prices tumbled on news. It's Saudi Arabia is offering discounts and threatening to boost production. The world already has more oil than it knows what to do. With and demand is dropping as a result of the economic slowdown. Stocks fell sharply at the opening bell and the sell off was so frantic at one point trading had to be halted for fifteen minutes. It's only the second time in history that circuit breakers kicked in to give investors a moment to catch their breath. Stock slid further late in the day. The major market indexes are all down around nineteen percent from their recent highs a sustained drop of twenty percent is considered a bear market. Scott horsely. Npr News Washington on stock markets in Asia at this hour shares are mostly lower down one percent in Shanghai you're listening to NPR news. A federal judge is blocking the trump administration from changing how the Government Regulates Three D. PRINTED. Gun schematics the story from Jonathan Levinson of Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland new rules now on hold would shift oversight for some commercial arms exports from the State Department to the Department of Commerce. That change would allow people to share plans for three D. printed firearms in person by mail or e-mail Washington State Attorney. General Bob Ferguson. Says PERSON TO PERSON. Sharing is a huge loophole. He's leading a coalition of twenty-one Attorneys General in a lawsuit now federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction saying the proliferation of three. The gun files online would render arms embargoes and export controls ineffective. The injunction means that for now the State Department will continue to regulate three D printed firearm plans for NPR news. I'm Jonathan Levinson in Portland. The US military service members have been killed by enemy forces they had been advising Iraqi security forces. It says the two were killed Sunday during a mission to eliminate an isis stronghold in a mountainous area of north central rock. Us troops of because leaving Afghanistan as part of an agreement between the US and the Taliban are made Colonel Sunny legged spokesman for US forces in Afghanistan says US troops strength. There will be reduced from about thirteen thousand to eighty six hundred over the next four and a half months another. Us official says that hundreds of troops have headed out of the country as previously planned. But that they will not be replaced. I'm Shay Stevens. Npr News in Washington.
AP Headline News Feb 25 2019 16:00 (EST)
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AP Headline News Feb 25 2019 18:00 (EST)
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NPR News: 08-28-2019 9PM ET
"Live from n._p._r. News in washington. I'm jack speer after pummeling. The virgin islands n._p._r.'s greg allen says hurricane dorian orient is expected to strengthen into a dangerous hurricane as it nears the u._s. Mainland dory and became better organized and gain strength as it approached the virgin islands as it heads northwest west now toward the bahamas it will go over warm water and is expected to encounter little wind shear was likely to strengthen further durand's now forecast to come ashore sunday as a category three three hurricane on the atlantic coast somewhere in florida or georgia. N._p._r.'s greg allen dorian is currently a category one hurricane with eighty mile per hour winds states of emergency are in effect in both puerto rico and florida a claims process is now open for more than a hundred thousand people who had their private information unwittingly unwittingly shared with immigration authorities. N._p._r.'s brockton booker explains. It's part of a settlement reached between washington state and the national hotel chain motel six fix the entire settlement is worth twelve million dollars and it's open to guests who stayed at one of seven motel six locations in washington state between january three twenty fifteen and september twenty seventeen the state's attorney general bob ferguson says guess personal information was handed over to immigration and customs enforcement officials without their knowledge or consent. I then use the list to investigate guests with latino sounding names in a statement the attorney general's office says those who faced questioning arrest or deportation were received more restitution for quote the serious harms. They suffered as a result of of motel. Six is actions brockton booker n._p._r. News settlement talks to resolve more than two thousand opioid lawsuits against purdue pharma continued today that companies at the center of nation's opioid epidemic as north country public radio's brian man reports johnson and johnson and other drug firms are also looking to cut deals us government source close to the negotiations confirmed to n._p._r. Purdue pharma was in talks with state attorneys general a federal judge and others at a location in ohio published. It's report suggests the deal could involve payments up to twelve billion dollars and a bankruptcy process that would force the sackler family to give up ownership. The same source said settlement talks with johnson. Gordon johnson are scheduled for thursday. This follows a five hundred and seventy two million dollar ruling against johnson and johnson in an opioid case earlier this week in oklahoma. The company says it it will appeal but in an email to n._p._r. Said they are open to a settlement to smaller drug firms elder gannon endo have reached tentative deals already brian man n._p._r. News ireland's foreign minister is saying it's too late to renegotiate britain's deal with accident. The european union nasmyth coming amid political maneuvering on the part of the new british is prime minister boris johnson won the approval of queen elizabeth to suspend parliament. The dow is up two hundred and fifty eight points. This is n._p._r. European leaders are breathing. A sigh of relief following news italy's hard right populace leader. Mario salvini may have seriously miscalculated intriguing triggered a government crisis earlier this month and pure sylvia poggioli reports chew political parties that were sworn enemies until yesterday joining forces to form a coalition that will put salvini opposition the center-left democratic party and the anti-establishment five star movement or forming a new coalition five stars the biggest party in parliament had had governed for fourteen months with its junior partner. The hardline lead party headed by the euro-sceptic and anti immigrant matteo savini as interior minister savini became italy's most popular politician with close to forty percent in the polls earlier this month. He pulled the plug on the government with the aim of snap elections but he underestimated his former government partners longtime foes on the left. The specter of an authoritarian government galvanized the sworn enemies and it appears italy only at least temporarily will remain in the european mainstream sylvia pohjola n._p._r. News rhone ancestor of lucy part of species that preceded our own branch of the family tree has been found in ethiopia researchers say the fossil dates back millions of years from our own evolutions believed to be three point eight million years old scientists have long been aware the species existed but they've only found remains of jaws and teeth the newly found fossil reveals much of the face and skull cordola title features prices moved higher oil up eighty five cents a barrel today to fifty five seventy eight a barrel in new york. I'm jack speer n._p._r. News in washington.
Dejoy, the USPS lawsuit, and the Sorting Machine news
"The postmaster general said today he suspending changes to the US Postal Service until after the November election at nearly the same moment. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced a multi state lawsuit against the trump administration over those previously announced plans service changes. What's going on right now is nothing less than a full on absolved bite administration. On the US Postal, service institution that millions of Americans rely on every single day kyw reporter John. Ryan is here to help us sort it all out. Hey on. Page. Give us a few more details of this lawsuit. Why is Ferguson suing why? He kind of laid out in a bit of tape? We heard he's call it full out assault on this vital institution. It's been around since seventeen, seventy five and not just because of elections and as big concern with are probably unprecedented mail in election coming up in a couple of months but also other things that people just rely on the mail for from prescriptions especially for veterans law, the VA medicine goes out. In the mail if that or your paycheck or other vital stuff comes in really late, you could be you know pretty host. So that's a vital service that Ferguson wants to make sure isn't degraded by these changes that are coming with the trump administration's efforts to curb costs and streamline and make the postal service supposedly run more like a business. Of course, we also heard that president trump said earlier that his reasons for doing this was that he wanted to prevent more people from voting by mail. Okay. So the lawsuit is on its way and during the announcement of this lawsuit, the Postmaster General to joy announced that he's suspending changes to the US. Postal Service until after the November election. So what did he have to say? It was a surreal. Press call with the general from Washington and from Pennsylvania Force. As we have this breaking news, the post office says they're going to stop doing this and what what happens. So yes, they came out with their announcement that they're supposedly putting all these big changes these big reforms disruptions on hold until after the election. So retail hours at post offices will not change no more mailboxes will be taken off a sidewalk no more mail handling machines in post offices will be removed because basically they got so much pushback from elected officials from the public. Even from groups like the AARP presenting retired people. So they said to maintain public confidence that we're going to do our best to get the mail through for this election, we're going to just put all these changes on hold until after November and I've I've been seeing online shirts and hats with save the US. Being sold and being sold out even so they're saying that they're going to put these changes on hold will that affect the lawsuit? Not for now at least Ferguson and the Attorney General of Pennsylvania named Josh Piero they both said, they're going ahead with their lawsuits there about thirteen states signed onto Washington state law suit, and another half dozen to Pennsylvania they said, there's already been damage done. Even if you just put this on pause already been mail service slowdowns, we've already seen many mail sorting machines being removed from post offices. I've spent much of today tallying how many of these machines have already been taken out. Kind of decommissioned dismantled from postal handling facilities here in Washington State, I'm up to about twenty one so far earlier I had reported that they are planning to take out fifteen and they're already taken up more than that. So these losses are going forward. They say the dam has happened and we have to be prevented from happening again. Okay. So you mentioned the the removal of twenty one of these high speed letter sorting machines given the announcement today from the postmaster general that all go forward. Apparently more will not be removed, but it could just be that here in Washington least that all of the ones that they were planning to they've already gotten to I did ask the postal service today GONNA basically put these back up in working order before November so they can help with the election and they declined to comment the at least reply email, which is better than what's happening earlier this week. So we don't know the fate of these machines yet, and just for folks they don't know these are giant machines about the size of a double. Link Metro bus they take so much power that the power cord is the size of a fire hose and this is how your mail get sorted handle like six or seven letters per second thousands in an hour, and this is how your mail gets to you quickly these days and with fewer these machines, the concern is that they won't be able to get mail out as quickly. Well, John will follow back up if we learn what is going to happen with those gigantic sorting machines. So thanks for that update K. UAW reporter John Ryan. Thank you. Thanks page. This is Kay you will w.
A new drug policy path
"Hey it's patricia murphy. It's thursday this is seattle. Now you might have missed it but washington just took a big step towards changing the equation when it comes to law enforcement drugs and addiction. Kyw's amy rail will tell us about it in a minute but first let's get. You caught up. An auburn man is under arrest for allegedly making a death threat against mayor. Durkan tuesday as pd says. The man left a threatening voicemail for the mayor at her city hall. Office detectives identified. The caller traced his location than arrested. The forty three year old at his home later in the day. He's being investigated for felony telephone harassment. That was pretty fast. Washington's capital gains tax hasn't even been signed and there's already a lawsuit overturn conservative advocacy group. Freedom foundation brought the suit on behalf of seven individuals who say they own capital assets and could be subject to the tax. They want a court to void. The tax on the grounds that it's a form of a graduated income tax which would violate the state constitution and add. Ws you to the list of colleges requiring a covid vaccine to come to campus in the fall unless they've got a medical religious or personal exemption students will need to show proof of vaccination by early august in order to live on campus p l u s p u and seattle. You have also required vaccines for the upcoming year. so far. no requirement from the u. Dub for now. There are only strongly encouraging students to get a vaccine back in february. The washington supreme court dropped a major role in that briefly struck down. The state's drug possession law the ruling involved. The 2016 case of spokane woman shannon blake who was found guilty of felony drug possession for a small bag of meth cops found in the coin pocket of her jeans. Blake was convicted and did jail time but in her appeal she argued she wasn't guilty. She didn't know the drugs were on her. She said because the genes were given to her by a friend. Because she didn't knowingly possessed the drugs the court ruled the statute violates the due process clause of the constitution. The justices struck down the felony drug. Possession law left alone. It meant drugs. Were effectively decriminalized here but lawmakers took action to replace the high court's ruling k. u. a. w. reporter. Amy radel is here to explain. She covers politics and government. Hey amy thanks for taking the time. Yeah my pleasure okay amy. So lawmakers took some action to replace the high court's ruling but there is still a significant debate about how to move forward here and we saw that on full display during the session. Meanwhile the clock was ticking but it was interesting. It was not a straight bipartisan issue. It really came down to people who have had a family member where they've had experience with substance use disorder and just how hard that path can be for people and it's given them different beliefs coming out of that on what the state should do. Some people spill really strongly that courts and law enforcement need leverage to get some people to seek help. No one's really pushing incarceration but there. Is this idea that you do still need to have a criminal penalty on the books And one of the people who talked about that from her experience was the mayor of the city of redmond angela bernie as a mother of a daughter who struggled with substance abuse. We as a family were challenged to get treatment in part because there was no accountability or consequences for not completing treatment. It was not until the criminal justice system or stern to treatment that she was able to recover from addiction and other people said you know we've never applied a criminal penalty evenly. There's always been racial disproportionality And that's one reason to try getting rid of a criminal penalty since the court has given us this opportunity. One of the people who talked about that was real johnson He spoke on behalf of the snohomish ebony. Pack which is a good government group in snohomish county. Spill maintains the criminalization of drug addition. We are strongly opposed as bill as it is now because it does nothing to end or even mitigate the drug war that this country has wage on poor people and people of color for decades and just to be clear He wasn't talking about the final version. That just has a time limit to it. This was when the senate was still talking about making drug possession a gross misdemeanor permanently. Okay so what did lawmakers come up with after all of this compelling testimony yes ultimately they made drug possession in our state a misdemeanor and that's going to be the case when the governor signs it. It's an emergency piece of legislation so it takes effect immediately and that's gonna expire in two years from now so during those two years we're going to have more discussion about what the state's final path really should be. I think law enforcement groups are pretty happy with where the legislature came down. Because they said you know. They're the association of sheriffs and police chiefs and the fraternal order of police. Say they're satisfied because making it a misdemeanor creates consistency statewide and it gives everyone some time and structure to figure out the new approach. They didn't want it to be this chaotic. You know session ends. And nothing happens Meanwhile other jurisdictions are passing their own laws and law enforcement members are supportive of these diversion programs where they can refer someone to get treatment and recovery services not necessarily book them into jail so we also are going to see ninety million dollars in state funding put toward expanding our treatment and recovery services which is something that people who work with that population have really been asking for. So that's a reason that people on that side of the equation are also saying that they're cautiously optimistic. How significant is it. That washington's attorney general bob ferguson called this washington's moment to overhaul our broken system and end what he called the failed war on drugs yeah he jumped in right in that crucial kind of last few days that the legislature where people just really weren't sure are they going to finish the session without doing anything where we still would have been kind of left with the impact of the state supreme court decision but nothing to take its place and again certain localities saying passing their own laws and creating a patchwork so yeah. He said that he really supported decriminalization. Lately we didn't go that far. But i think people are feeling like well. Let's use these two years for people to make the case for what they want to see. You know now we have a little breathing room Meanwhile you know the approach that the state's taking is expanding. The law enforcement assisted diversion program. People in seattle are might be familiar with that program where police who see someone who has a substance used to order they can refer them to a case worker who starts to say. Okay what do you need. Do we need to work on housing. You want to look at treatment and that's happening also in the city of burien it's been unfolding there for the last two years. I talked to sarah brusett. She works for discover burien. That's their economic development organization and her group of goes and checks in with local businesses. And she said there's definitely been concerns during the pandemic about an increase in people who are homeless and who have behavioral health disorders. So a lot of what we hear is more personal safety concerns and not so much that they're increase of security to the person that that potentially there could be threat to their business. We've had a windows broken and some new businesses that just opened we've had People kind of just being on the staff and you're not able to cross them to get into your own business so those types of things has been an issue and again that's the issue from the local business idea and this resonates with a lot of businesses. Because amy if there's one thing that is insured in this path forward is that it's going to be bumpy right that there will be no fast solutions and sarah said she feels like You know there is progress being made there and the lead folks are responsive and they give people updates about what's going on but she said it is a slow process. It's not as definitive as you know. Being able to just call the police and have you know some kind of rapid action taken. It's more in fits and starts and so People come down on that idea in all different ways. Yeah so we have this temporary solution right now which really gives lawmakers an opportunity to talk a lot about what they would like to see over the next two years so we are on a path that could lead to bigger changes in our approach. Yeah and You know a lot of people are really interested in what. The state of oregon has embarked on because voters there in november past. It's called measure one ten fifty eight percent of the vote and they made it a civil offence. You can get a ticket now if you have. Personal use amounts of heroin methamphetamine coxswain. Even the fine can be forgiven if you go and get a health screening. So that's one approach. Some people were going to try to get that on the ballot in washington. It's just kind of had some fits and starts. It hasn't gotten that far yet. They tried to promote died in the legislature. That didn't quite get off the ground then. The supreme court ruling happened and suddenly it was kind of like yet another opportunity for us to say. Do we want to do what oregon's doing so. We're going to definitely take a gradual approach. If we end up there but for now we're gonna at least see teams of they're called recovering navigators that are going to be created all over the state to create More twenty four hour access to treatment a focus on rural areas of focus on outreach to people who are homeless i even saw. There's a provision for grants to do some public messaging to change people's attitudes about people with addiction and convey a message of hope. So that's gonna definitely be part of this ongoing debate. Ws amy riedel. Appreciate your reporting. Sakes thank you. So much seattle now is produced by caroline chamberlain gomez claire mcgrane and jason began. Matt jorgensen. i'm patricia murphy tomorrow.
Lawsuit aims to block sale of national archives site in Seattle
"The federal government is moving ahead with plans to sell the national archives building in seattle but today the state announced a lawsuit to try to stop the sale. Kyw's david hyde has more. The archives in northeast seattle include case files on the chinese exclusion act records about the internment of japanese-americans and documents about the history and treaty rights of nearly three hundred tribes fond. Sharp is president of the old indian nation and of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. If this information were to ever leave the pacific northwest we'd be lost gnarly to tribal nations. It'd be lost to the entire specific northwest. The plan is to move. The documents to other states attorney. General bob ferguson. Says the sale is illegal in part because some of the stakeholders weren't consulted the goal. The lawsuit is to block the sale and keep the records here in the pacific northwest david hyde k. u. o. w. news.
Washington incumbents, mostly, favored in early election results
"Incumbents for the most part are faring. Well in the nine state wide races. Here's kyw's austin jenkins governor. Jay inslee an attorney. General bob ferguson. Both democrats earned terms republican secretary of state kim wyman also seeking a third term was leaving her democratic challenger and incumbent state school superintendent. Chris reykdal was well ahead in his race. One that was thought to be more competitive the states democratic auditor and commissioner of public lands as well as insurance commissioner. We're all cruising to reelection in the states open. Lieutenant governor's race featuring to democrats retiring congressman denny. Heck came in i. The one apparent upset of the night was republican incumbent. State treasurer dwayne davidson. He was trailing democrat. Pelech yati state lawmaker. I'm austin jenkins in olympia.
Tim Eyman fined millions for campaign finance violations
"Well tim i'm an had his day in court and he lost you. Kyw politics reporter. David hite has more. Tim will be forced to pay two point six million dollars in penalties. That's the ruling against the antitax. Initiative promoter who among other things was accused of getting hundreds of thousands of dollars in unreported kickbacks and spending some of that money on himself the lawsuit was brought by washington's attorney. General bob ferguson. Who said in a statement. That i'm a day of reckoning had arrived former supreme court judge richard. Sanders represented ireland enclosing. He argued his client reported what was required by state law is unconstitutional do subject into unconstitutionally onerous reporters lukewarm but thurston county superior court judge. James dixon disagreed and he also barred. I'm in from financial control of political committees. It's not clear yet. What that will mean for. Future antitax initiatives in washington state david hyde k. u. o. w. news.
A police officer in Washington state is going to trial for murder - the first in recent memory
"The first murder case against a washington police officer in recent memory is now scheduled to go to trial in february of next year. Kyw's amy radel. Has more king county. Prosecutors charged auburn police officer jeffrey nelson with second degree murder and first degree assault in the twenty nineteen death of jesse suray. The case comes in the wake of two thousand eighteen initiative that made it easier to charge officers with misuse of deadly force and a new state law. Making it easier to decertify officers for misconduct. So they can't switch jobs elaine. Symons was sarah's foster mother. She said family members of people killed by police. Sought these changes and they'll be following nelson's trial as well. Our mission is to get him decertified so that he can never be a police officer again and to get him. Convicted put in prison. Nelson did not appear at the pretrial hearing thursday last week. Attorney general bob. Ferguson announce charges of murder and manslaughter against three tacoma police officers in the death of manual last year. Amy radel k. u. o. w. news.
Washington lawsuits against Trump adm. will continue
"President trump has left office but the state of washington's lawsuits against the former president's policies will continue in some cases at least for now. That's the word from the state's attorney general. Olympia correspondent jenkins has more during trump's for years in office washington attorney general. Bob ferguson participated in ninety seven lawsuits against the federal government. In thirty six of those cases the state of washington took the lead. the first embrasse highest profile lawsuit was ferguson's of trump's. I travel ban initiated just days after he took office back in two thousand seventeen now president biden's office and has already begun to reverse some of trump's policies. Even so ferguson says many of the lawsuits will continue including recent multi-state challenges to so-called midnight regulations that further weakened environmental protections also going forward a lawsuit to try to block the sale of the national archives building in seattle ferguson claims. A win loss record to date of thirty nine to two. I'm austin jenkins in olympia.
The Ellis case and Washington's rocky path to independent investigations of police
"State attorney general. Bob ferguson has taken the unprecedented step of filing onslaught charges against three tacoma police officers in the death of manual but k. u. o. Amy radel reports champions for ellison case were far from celebratory. The attorney general charged tacoma police officers christopher burbank and matthew collins with second degree murder and officer timothy rankin with first degree manslaughter. But the attorney for ellis's family. James bible said that for months city and state officials resisted there please and waited for the case to go away. So why the delay. The delay comes because pleace. We're investigating please no matter what uniform they were wearing that audio. Courtesy of king five still university of washington law professor. Mary fan says the state is coming. Up with new approaches in the wake of a statewide mandate in twenty eighteen for independent investigations. So i think we have a hybrid approach year. She says. Having the attorney general replace the local prosecutor is an important step. This case especially is showing how can go even beyond independent cleese agencies to independent prosecutorial review marco monti blanco is president of the state's fraternal order of police. He says his group supports independent investigations and he urged people to let the judicial process. Play out not allow their you know understandable reaction to high profile and tragic incidents like the death of mutual. Ls to overwhelm their recognition of against support of the men and women in law enforcement job. They big you. Each and every day behalf of their communities. All three officers turned themselves in thursday and were being held at the pierce county jail. They're scheduled to make their first appearances today. In pierce county superior court. Amy radel k. u. o. w. news.
NPR News: 08-15-2019 3PM ET
"Live from n._p._r. News in washington. I'm lakshmi singh in a move that may be amplifying. A balance of power crisis in the united states states president. Donald trump is discouraging israel from allowing to members of the u._s. Congress to visit the middle east this weekend. Israel had previously said it would allow congresswomen where she to leave ilhan omar to visit now. The israeli government is reversing course echoing president trump's accusation that both are anti israel. The two first term democrats have defended a boycott against israel saying their argument is with israel's treatment of palestinians. A coalition of thirteen states is suing to block a new trump administration rule that would deny green cards to legal immigrants who use public assistance n._p._r.'s m._p._r.'s joel rose tells us the lawsuit was filed in washington state the new regulations announced this week would deny visas and permanent residency two legal immigrants who use a wide range of benefits including food stamps public housing and medicaid or fail to meet high enough income standards the trump administration says it's simply enforcing an existing law that says says immigrants should be self sufficient and not become a quote public charge but in their lawsuit the attorneys general argue that the administration is expanding the definition of public charge far beyond beyond its original meaning and shifting a huge financial burden from the federal government to state and local authorities washington state attorney general bob ferguson called the new rule quote un-american american anti immigrant and unlawful. The new regulations are set to take effect in october. Joel rose n._p._r. News a friend of the gunman who killed nine people people in dayton. This month will be back in federal court later this hour ethan collie is expected to find out whether he will be released on bail to await trial on charges not directly related to the deadly attack on august fourth from member station w. why s._o. April leslie has details at a hearing wednesday. Federal judge said he was reluctant to release twenty-four-year-old collie who was charged with lying about his drug use on a federal form in order to acquire firearms the f._b._i. Also alleges calling provided had body armor and other items used in the dayton attack citing when he called collies serious mental health issues. The judge said calley may still pose a threat to others defense attorney attorney. Nick and harris says his client doesn't need to remain in custody signed. A form purchased a handgun <hes>. That gun wasn't using any type of violent offense. I i i don't have a concern. This hearing is expected to focus on where calling what live if released for n._p._r. News for leslie six philadelphia police officers serves are out of the hospital after being wounded in an hours long standoff with a gunman prosecutors say maurice hill who has a long criminal history faces enough charges to potentially send him to prison for the rest of his life allegedly barricaded himself in a home in north philadelphia opened fire on officers trying to serve a warrant. This is n._p._r. The u._s. stocks are mixed today. After witnessing a major sell off in which dow plunged more than eight hundred points in the market indices had fallen as much as three percent economists issue johnson says there are two schools of thought about what's driving swings in the market. There's strong arguments that this is the start of a bear market to be accompanied by a recession and there's a strong argument that that's that's not the case. This is simply a correction in an ongoing bull market. I happen to be leaning. Short-term on the side of this is only a correction direction in an ongoing bull market. Believe me <hes> that's the the discussion on wall street right now. It goes one way one day and one way the next day and there's no clear resolution of the matter. That's hugh johnson fifty years ago today. More than four hundred thousand thousand people flocked to the woodstock music and art festival n._p._r.'s mandalit del barco reports on the legendary event in one thousand nine hundred sixty nine max yaser opened his muddy eddie upstate new york dairy farm for huge pilgrimage of hippies who came to worship their folk hero. The party was built as three days of peace and music the rock and roll lineup included santana janice joplin richie havens and joe cocker with a little help with friends. One highlight was jimi hendrix plane his version of the national the anthem that counterculture anthem and the entire woodstock concert came to to define for many youth culture the late nineteen sixties monday del barco n._p._r. News i'm lakshmi singh n._p._r. News in washington.
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"Live from NPR news in Washington. I'm Shay Stevens House. Impeachment managers of completed opening arguments on the abuse of power charge charge against president. Trump jerrold Nadler is among democratic prosecutors. Alleging trump pressured Ukraine to investigate a political rival by delaying military aid approved by Congress. President trump used the powers of his office to solicit a foreign nation to interfere in our elections for his own personal benefit note that the act of solicitation itself just the ask constitutes abuse of Power House. Managers will argue on Friday. The the trump obstructed congress by trying to block the investigation of his actions. Trump's defense team gets to present its case next week Mexican National Guard troops are preventing hundreds hundreds of Central Americans from passing through the country to get to the US border as NPR's Carrie. Kahn reports it is the second time this week that the troops have detained migrants. Who had been walking for hours? The large group of Central Americans mostly from Honduras has spent most of the day marching up a major highway after crossing illegally into Mexico before Don on waving American and under and flags the group held signs urging the Mexican president to let them pass to the. US border a line of National Guard troops and riot. Geir Stop the group who had walked for hours north most were loaded onto buses. Some resisted arrest others wept or pleaded with soldiers to let them pass early in the week. Mexican can troops stopped another attempt by Migrant Caravan. Hundreds were deported. The Mexican government has been under heavy pressure from the trump administration to halt migrants passing through their country. Three Carrie Kahn. NPR News Mexico City. President trump is said to hold a signing ceremony for their new North America. Trade deal Wednesday Mexico has already ratified. The agreement with candidate was act before the agreement can be enforced at least ten cities in central. China are shut down in an effort to contain the corona virus outbreak. The Chinese government has expanded its travel ban after confirming more than eight hundred. Thirty cases of the disease including twenty five deaths. Corona virus cases are are also being treated in other countries including Singapore and Vietnam. Michael Sullivan has more from Chiang. Rai Vietnamese health ministry says to Chinese citizens citizens who've tested positive are in good condition at a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. The son had recently traveled from the Chinese city of Wuhan with a virus was first the identity to the Vietnamese cities of Hanoi on Not Chung. Before arriving in ocean city Singapore's Ministry of Health confirmed its first case as well. A Chinese man from Wuhan with authorities say arrived. In Singapore on January twentieth. The World Health Organization has called the virus and emergency in China but so far resisted calls to declare it a global epidemic for NPR news. I'm Michael Sullivan in Chiang Rai Thailand this is NPR news. The founder of incest therapeutics has been sentenced to five and a half years in prison for his role in the OPIOID crisis. John Kapoor was was convicted of orchestrating a scheme to get doctors to prescribe his company's Sentinel. Spray seventy six zero poor and others were accused of paying millions news of dollars in bribes to doctors across the country to prescribe the painkiller attorneys. General in Twenty one states are challenging new trump administration policy to licensed internet postings of free printed fire arms as Oregon public broadcasting. Jonathan Levinson reports. The lawsuit comes less than two months before the rule is set to take effect three D. printed. Guns are problematic because they can be made it home without a background check and are untraceable Washington state attorney. General Bob Ferguson. Jason is leading the coalition in the federal lawsuit. He says the national security implications are profound. That's not just me. Talking is literally national security with the Federal Government Careers Three D. printed guns available presents as threats to the security of this country. The new rules shift oversight to the Department of Commerce. I got agency says schematics. Posted online will still require a license but if people share them in person by mail or E-mail they won't Ferguson says that's a huge loophole for NPR news. I'm Jonathan Levinson in Portland Wall Street. Stocks closed mostly higher. The Nasdaq rose. Eighteen points the Dow Jones Industrials Lost Twenty six knicks on Asian stock market shares are mixed lower in Shanghai. I'm Shay Stevens N._P._R.. News in Washington.
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"Live from n._p._r. News in washington. I'm jeanine herbst. A coalition of thirteen states is suing to block a new trump administration rule that would deny green cards to legal immigrants who use public assistance as n._p._r.'s joel rose reports. The lawsuit was filed in washington state. The new regulations announced this week would deny visas and permanent residency two legal immigrants who use a wide range of benefits including food stamps public housing and medicaid or fail to meet high enough income standards the trump administration says it's simply enforcing an existing law that says immigrants should be self sufficient and not become a quote public charge but in their lawsuit the attorneys attorneys-general argue that the administration is expanding the definition of public charge far beyond its original meaning and shifting a huge financial burden from the federal government to state and local authorities washington state attorney general bob ferguson called the new rule quote un-american anti-immigrant and unlawful. The regulations are set to take effect in october. Joel rose n._p._r. News congressional democrats want to hear more from people close to president trump endures philip ewing reports the house judiciary committee is issue due to new subpoenas to former top campaign aide corey lewandowski and former deputy white house chief of staff rick dearborn former special counsel robert muller described the two who trump aids playing central roles in the president's attempts to quash the investigation into russia's interference in the two thousand sixteen presidential election trump ashley when douse key to order then an attorney general jeff sessions to limit the scope of that inquiry trump also tasked dearborn with a similar assignment although neither actually went ahead with carrying out the president wishes trump says he's done nothing wrong. He and supporters point out that muller ultimately was never fired and was allowed to complete his work. Democrats say the special counsel uncovered obstruction of justice and they say they're determining whether or not to recommend impeachment philip ewing n._p._r. News washington after a roller coaster day wall street rebounded a bit from yesterday's steep losses. The sharpest single-day declines of the year major indices spent much of the day reacting to big moves in government bond yields which which fell sharply in the early going and then recovered some of their declined by mid afternoon by the close stocks were mixed territory despite investor concerns about an economic recession in the not too distant future char- cpac ner takes a look at the u._s. Economy industrial production fell again as factory output dipped four tenths of a percent but retail sales rose a greater than expected expected seven tenths of a percent much more than in june excluding auto sales. Were up a full percent. The question is how long can consumer spending hold up his if trade tensions keep hurting manufacturing steve wagner reporting and on wall street. The dow was up ninety nine points at twenty thousand five hundred seventy nine. The nasdaq was down down seven at seventy seven sixty six the s. and p. Five hundred was up seven points at twenty eight forty seven. You're listening to n._p._r. News the the civil war in yemen which according to the united nations has created the worst humanitarian crisis in the world has taken another turn thousands thousands in yemen's temporary capital aden are rallying to show support for a separatist movement supported by the united arab emirates which has seized military bases and surrounded rounded the vacant presidential palace and peers llama. Llama lerian rather has details protesters chanted a revolution of the south and waved flags old state state of south yemen yemen was split into two countries during much of the cold war before unifying in one thousand nine hundred four and now separatist movement appears to be driving out. The saudi backed government saudi in the u._a._e. Our allies in the yemeni civil war both fighting hutu rebels there since two thousand fifteen but now they appear to be at odds spreading spreading fear that the saudi coalition collapsing saudi arabia's main goal in yemen has been to drive out the hutu rebels from the north and secure itself against cross-border attacks six but the u._a._e. It seems wants to ensure its own interests which means supporting a separatist movement along an area with major trading routes linking africa to asia lemon canadian n._p._r. News baidu you as industrial production slumped in july down two tenths of a percent and the federal reserve has manufacturing production was down four four tenths of a percent for the same period output fell for autos fabricated metals wood products textiles plastics along with rubber products crude uh-huh prices were lower by the close down seventy six cents to end the day at fifty four dollars forty seven cents a barrel. I'm janine herbst n._p._r. News in washington.
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"This message comes from NPR sponsor xfinity some things are slow like a snail races other things are fast like xfinity X. by get fast speeds even when everyone is online working to make WIFI simple easy awesome more at xfinity dot com restrictions apply the Human Endesa. Today's run will not be recognized by the sport's governing body because it was not set in open competition I'm child Snyder N._p._R.. News Micon will soon begin appearing on that website that allows users to compare nursing homes the website nursing home compare uses a five star system to rate nursing and four people were injured municipal governments have issued evacuation orders in places most at risk of flooding and landslides Tokyo's Narita airport stopped accepting flights coach the nation's immigration policy trump says he's planning to announce a new secretary next week Windsor Johnston NPR news Washington apartment in an acting capacity after Kirstin Nielsen resigned in April during his tenure he helped to reduce the number of migrants entering the US illegally the station had said the aim is to make sure immigrants can support themselves Ferguson says he expects the Administration to appeal the injunction to the ninth circuit for NPR News and more than sixteen hundred flights have been canceled subway systems are also shut down in central Tokyo there were long lines and empty shelves at Grocery Stores as Eh the trump administration's new public charge rule was set to take effect October fifteenth the rule makes it harder for legal immigrants who receive public benefits homes around the country on health and safety staffing levels and quality of care citations for abuse and neglect at an embedded in that data but hard to dig out beginning deals with what's being described as the worst storm in six decades a powerful typhoon made landfall south west of Tokyo over the past our reporter Abigail October twenty third or red icon will make that information easier to find advocates for nursing home residents note that inspectors don't always issue citations for abuse I'm ashleigh gross in Seattle before president trump loves the impeachment inquiry behind in Washington for last night's campaign rally in Louisiana he announce it acting homeland just food assistance or Medicaid to get a green card Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson folks were here lawfully our state in many cases with US citizens across the southern border but in an interview with the Washington Post last week macalinsan complained about the tone the message the public face and approached our news I'm Abigail Leonard in Tokyo era bleak for ministers are holding an emergency session in Cairo today with Turkey's military offensive in northern Syria now in its fourth day her neglect so the absence of warning icon wouldn't guarantee the facility is safe recent reports from the Inspector General and the Department of Health and Human Services Arain will be afraid to access those benefits because they know if they do that that will increase the likelihood that they will be deported the trump Pakhalina on a job well done and said he was leaving to spend more time with his family and go into the private sector macalinsan took over the Leonard is there this so called super typhoon is bringing heavy rain and winds that blew the roofs off houses in an area east of Tokyo a man in his forties was killed in an overturned car security secretary Kevin mackin lean in stepping down in Beers Windsor Johnston reports at mcleans replacement expected to be announced next week in a tweet trump congratulate federal judges and New York California Washington state blocking a new federal immigration rule from taking effect more from Ashley Gross of Member Station K. IN K x rush to buy provisions before shops closed and there are power outages throughout Chiba an area that was hit hard by another typhoon just a month ago for found that about one in five incidents of abuse serious enough to send nursing home residents to the emergency room were never reported to state enforcement agencies I knew you're nursing homes