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Nation Jul 24Extra unemployment aid expires as virus threatens new states
As public health officials warned Friday that the coronavirus posed new risks to parts of the Midwest and South, enhanced federal payments that helped avert financial ruin for millions of unemployed Americans were set to expire — leaving threadbare safety…
Health Jul 07Personal protective gear for U.S. medical workers begins to run low again
The personal protective gear that was in dangerously short supply during the early weeks of the coronavirus crisis in the U.S. is running low again.
Politics Jul 02Democrats say U.S. needs to address protective gear shortage
Rep. James Clyburn says urgent action is needed "before this virus spins further out of control." Administration officials say that they have helped the nation boost supplies over the last several months and that most states have at least 30…
Nation May 14Pandemic wrecks many state budgets, could trigger deep cuts
Many states expect their revenue to plunge by 15% to 20% because government-ordered lockdowns have wiped out much of the economy and caused tax collections to evaporate.
Politics Apr 13WATCH: Trump claims he has ‘total’ authority over reopening economy
Governors made clear Monday they wouldn’t tolerate pressure to act before they deem it safe.
Nation Mar 27Coronavirus deals one-two financial punch to state budgets
The sharp drop in revenue could jeopardize some states' ability to provide basic services.
Economy Feb 25Drugmaker Mallinckrodt reaches $1.6 billion opioid settlement
The English company was one of the highest-volume opioid producers in the U.S. and is seeking bankruptcy protection as part of the deal.
Health Jan 24Opioid victims can begin filing claims against Purdue Pharma
The federal judge overseeing the bankruptcy case of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma set a June 30 deadline to file claims against the company.
Nation Oct 21$260 million deal averts 1st federal trial on opioid crisis
Across the U.S., the pharmaceutical industry still faces more than 2,600 other lawsuits over the deadly disaster, and participants in those cases said the latest deal buys them time to try to work out a nationwide settlement of all claims.
Nation Oct 21Drug companies reach tentative deal to settle opioids lawsuit
The tentative deal settles claims by state and local governments against distributors AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKessen and the manufacturer Teva.