Intel officials single out China and Russia as major threats to cybersecurity

By Danielle Haynes and Beverly Banks WASHINGTON — Foreign interference in U.S. elections and social media warfare are the primary threats facing Americans in 2019, the nation’s top intelligence officials told senators Tuesday at an annual hearing on “Worldwide Threats.” Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence thatContinue reading “Intel officials single out China and Russia as major threats to cybersecurity”

FDA, e-cigarette firms grapple with how to restrict kids’ vaping

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) — The Food and Drug Administration has prioritized combating e-cigarette use among minors, but vaping critics and advocates are split on how to address it. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb hosted a public forum to address the increase of e-cigarette use among high-schoolers and middle-schoolers. “I still believe e-cigarettes present an opportunity for adult smokersContinue reading “FDA, e-cigarette firms grapple with how to restrict kids’ vaping”

FDA resumes some inspections as workers return — without pay

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) — The Food and Drug Administration has resumed inspections of some high-risk foods, like cheese and milk, with inspectors returning to work without pay during the government shutdown. Other popular foods, like cake mix, peanut butter, and crackers, are still not being inspected, as the shutdown continues in its fourth week. FDA watchdog groupsContinue reading “FDA resumes some inspections as workers return — without pay”

US House Democratic Leaders Make Good on Promised Gun Control Legislation

By Jessica Floyd, Daniel Grimes and Beverly Banks WASHINGTON — Democratic House leaders attempted this week to shift focus from the shutdown and the related border wall dispute in order to draw attention to popular gun legislation, which pollsters and party strategists contend played a role in their midterm victory. “With the youth vote and theContinue reading “US House Democratic Leaders Make Good on Promised Gun Control Legislation”

In West Virginia: More Jobs, Fewer People

  WEST VIRGINIA’S employment numbers have risen thanks to more coal, natural gas and construction projects, but young people say they need more diverse career options in order to stay in the state. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest report on employment and unemployment data, West Virginia has experienced steady increases in employment in construction,Continue reading “In West Virginia: More Jobs, Fewer People”

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”

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”