Indian Affairs Committee considers legislation to protect the sovereignty of Native Indian communities

WASHINGTON – The Senate Indian Affairs Committee appeared sympathetic Wednesday to a bill that would empower Native American communities as sovereign nations and allow the return of land to indigenous peoples. Principal Chief James Floyd of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation told the committee that the proposed amendments to the Stigler Act are essential to creating fairnessContinue reading “Indian Affairs Committee considers legislation to protect the sovereignty of Native Indian communities”

BATTLE GROUND VIRGINIA: Wexton Beats Comstock

By Beverly Banks and Kietryn Zychal DULLES, Va. — State Sen. Jennifer Wexton easily beat Republican incumbent Rep. Barbara Comstock 57 percent to 42 on Tuesday in a formerly reliable GOP district whose voters had become disenchanted with President Donald Trump. “We demand a better nation,” Wexton said in her victory speech, “a nation whereContinue reading “BATTLE GROUND VIRGINIA: Wexton Beats Comstock”

Tennessee voters cast ballot for issues over candidates in midterm election

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – In a state with historically low voter turnout, early and absentee vote totals more than doubled the number from the 2014 midterm election and voters seem more motivated by issues – ranging from tightening the border to expanding education spending — than the candidates. While voting at Farragut Town Hall in KnoxContinue reading “Tennessee voters cast ballot for issues over candidates in midterm election”

Helsinki Commission tackles U.S. policies on European nationalism and Russia

WASHINGTON — Members of the U.S. Helsinki Commission on Thursday disagreed over the effectiveness of the European Union on addressing the rise of nationalist parties in Europe nationalism and increased Russian aggression in Europe. A strong U.S. and European partnership is crucial to face challenges from Russia, China, North Korea, Iran and international terrorism, accordingContinue reading “Helsinki Commission tackles U.S. policies on European nationalism and Russia”

Coast Guard Commandant Speaks on China, Russia Advances in Arctic

ARLINGTON, Va. — Beverly Banks speaks with Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl L. Schultz about the United States security measures in the Arctic at the Military Reporters and Editors annual conference. Schultz says the United States is prepared for China and Russia’s advances in the strategically important region. Video by Patty Nieberg. Published in conjunctionContinue reading “Coast Guard Commandant Speaks on China, Russia Advances in Arctic”

Midterm Elections in West Virginia and Tennessee

ARLINGTON, Va. — Beverly Banks spoke with WJLA 24/7 anchor Dave Lucas about her midterm reporting trip in West Virginia and Tennessee. While traveling across the Appalachian region, the Medill news team covered House and Senate races. Beverly interviewed Senator Joe Manchin and Richard Ojeda, the Democratic candidate for the third congressional district in WestContinue reading “Midterm Elections in West Virginia and Tennessee”

Overcoming Obstacles to Mental Health Care

ARLINGTON, Va. –  In an effort to provide underserved communities with better access to mental health care, professionals are increasingly turning to a technology most people carry with them every day – the smartphone. Speakers at the 2018 Behavioral Health Care conference in Washington, D.C. discussed how technology along with new ways of delivering careContinue reading “Overcoming Obstacles to Mental Health Care”

Protests erupt during Kavanaugh confirmation vote

WASHINGTON – Hundreds of protestors demonstrated on the steps of the Capitol on Saturday before the Senate voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice. Demonstrators shouted “Shame” and “Who’s Court? Our Court” in the hours leading up to Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Police arrested several who refused to leave the Capitol steps. As theContinue reading “Protests erupt during Kavanaugh confirmation vote”

Senate Passes Bill to Ramp Up Programs to Fight Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON – The Senate easily passed bipartisan legislation Wednesday to combat the nation’s opioid crisis by bolstering programs to treat addiction, more closely monitoring of prescriptions and updating information on alternative treatments to addictive drugs. The bill passed 98 to one – Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah was the lone “no” vote and Sen. Ted Cruz,Continue reading “Senate Passes Bill to Ramp Up Programs to Fight Opioid Crisis”

Obama Presidential Center sparks debate amongst South Side residents, environmentalists, and bird watchers

CHICAGO – South Side residents and park enthusiasts clashed over the Barack Obama Presidential Center’s environmental impact following the recent destruction of trees in Jackson Park. Although the Obama Foundation made a commitment to ecosystem preservation, the Chicago Park District chopped down 40 trees in Jackson Park two weeks ago to relocate a track andContinue reading “Obama Presidential Center sparks debate amongst South Side residents, environmentalists, and bird watchers”