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Logan Paul Fires Back at Jimmy Kimmel & Fox News Digs In Over Nicki Minaj Swollen Ball Drama

MyPillow Mike's Major MAGA Fail, Trump's "Abdul" Obsession & Nicki Minaj Responds to Jimmy Kimmel

Alaska's largest hospital implements crisis care standards

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Overwhelmed by a surge in COVID-19 patients, Alaska’s largest hospital on Tuesday implemented crisis standards of care, prioritizing resources and treatments to those patients who have the potential to benefit the most.

“While we are doing our utmost, we are no longer able to provide the standard of care to each and every patient who needs our help,” Dr. Kristen Solana Walkinshaw, chief of staff at Providence Alaska Medical Center, wrote in a letter addressed to Alaskans and distributed Tuesday.

“The acuity and number of patients now exceeds our resources and our ability to staff beds with skilled caregivers, like nurses and respiratory therapists. We have been forced within our hospital to implement crisis standards of care,” Walkinshaw wrote.

Alaska, like other places, has seen a surge in coronavirus cases driven by the highly contagious delta variant. State health officials said Tuesday there were 691 new cases and six recent deaths, all Anchorage men ranging in age from 50s to 70s. A woman in her 60s from out-of-state also recently died in Juneau, the department said.

Read more: https://apnews.com/article/business-health-alaska-coronavirus-pandemic-anchorage-8580523273e5b45a1f33b94a60f2f9f9

Rival Koreas test missiles hours apart, raising tensions

Source: AP

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea tested ballistic missiles hours apart Wednesday in a display of military might that is sure to exacerbate tensions between the rivals at a time when talks aimed at stripping the North of its nuclear program are stalled.

South Korea’s presidential office said the country conducted its first submarine-launched ballistic missile test. It said the domestically built missile flew from a submarine and hit its designated target while President Moon Jae-in and other top officials looked on.

Moon said improvements in the country’s missile capabilities would serve as “a sure deterrence against North Korean provocation.”

Earlier Wednesday, North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea. Those launches came two days after the North said it fired a newly developed cruise missile, its first weapons test in six months.

Read more: https://apnews.com/article/seoul-south-korea-north-korea-pyongyang-1bf74218556e36697983cf6669ec9166

COVID-19 relief money could help pay for Alabama prisons

If work begins on new prisons in Alabama next month, COVID-19 relief money might be a big reason.

A proposal to build two new men's correctional facilities would use at least $400 million from state and local relief funds to start immediate work on the new prisons, one in Escambia County and another in Elmore County.

House Ways and Means General Fund committee chair Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, who worked on the proposal, said the money would lower the cost of interest payments and show the federal government – which is suing Alabama over violence in men's prisons – that the state is serious about addressing the problem.

The plan also would allow work on the prisons to begin as soon as the Legislature approved the bill. The legislation would authorize a $785 million bond to pay for most of the project, but letting out the bond could take months.

Read more: https://www.tuscaloosanews.com/story/news/2021/09/13/covid-19-money-could-help-pay-alabama-prisons/8315270002/

No more COVID restrictions at Alabama Statehouse

When the Alabama Legislature meets for a yet-to-be-called special session in the next few weeks, it will apparently do so with few, if any, COVID-19 restrictions.

House Speaker Mac McCutcheon told Alabama Public Television’s Capitol Journal that he expected a special session to address the state’s prison issues before the end of the month.

On Monday, Statehouse officials said there are no planned restrictions at this time for that session, and they don’t expect any.

Pat Harris, the Secretary of the Alabama Senate, said that right now his only plan was to hang signs informing visitors that those who aren’t vaccinated need to wear a mask.

Read more: https://www.alreporter.com/2021/09/14/no-more-covid-restrictions-at-alabama-state-house/
(Alabama Political Reporter)

Nothing like having a special session become a super-spreader event.

Alabama's COVID-19 hospitalizations declining, ICU bed capacity still critical

Alabama’s COVID-19 hospitalizations are trending down, but the state is still seeing thousands of newly reported cases a day, and while the deficit is shrinking, the state still has fewer ICU beds than patients needing them.

Alabama’s COVID-19 hospitalizations over the two weeks ending Monday fell by 13 percent, with 2,474 hospitalized on Monday. Of those hospitalized, 83 percent were unvaccinated, according to the Alabama Hospital Association.

There were 44 children hospitalized with COVID-19 in Alabama on Monday, with 17 in ICU beds and 8 on ventilators, according to the association. Of the 24 pregnant women hospitalized with COVID on Monday, 3 were in ICUs and one was on a ventilator.

The state’s deficit of available ICU beds has also decreased. A week ago Alabama hospitals had 181 more patients needing ICU care than the state had ICU beds. As of Monday, the deficit had fallen to 11, with half of all ICU patients having COVID-19.

Read more: https://www.alreporter.com/2021/09/14/alabamas-covid-19-hospitalizations-declining-icu-bed-capacity-still-critical/
(Alabama Political Reporter)

Ivey inferred Facebook banned campaign account due to post about Biden

overnor Kay Ivey on Tuesday said that Facebook banned her campaign account earlier that morning, inferring in a Facebook post later that day that the action could be due to a post she’d made about President Joe Biden four days prior.

Facebook, however, says the account was briefly restricted unrelated to any post, and that the page was incorrectly flagged as an imposter account.

“Facebook banned my campaign page this morning. We fought back and won. Evidently, they’re upset that I said I’m standing in the way of President Biden to protect Alabamians from this outrageous overreach by the federal government,” Ivey said in a Facebook post Tuesday afternoon.

“If big tech thinks they can silence us and that I won’t fight back, then honey, they haven’t met me. They have another thing coming. I’m not backing down. I never will. We’re fighting Washington. We’ll fight big tech too,” Ivey continued. Her campaign sent APR the same statement when contacted Tuesday afternoon.

Read more: https://www.alreporter.com/2021/09/14/ivey-inferred-facebook-banned-campaign-account-due-to-post-about-biden/
(Alabama Political Reporter)

Don't flatter yourself, Kay. You aren't that important.

Transition to SNAP would mean more food assistance for Puerto Rico

Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón introduced federal legislation Monday to support the Puerto Rico government in a transition from the Nutrition Assistance Program (PAN by its Spanish acronym) to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), giving more island residents access to food assistance.

The measure, titled the Puerto Rico Nutrition Assistance Fairness Act of 2021 (HR 5220), would authorize the U.S. agriculture secretary to appoint a task force that includes both federal and state personnel from family agencies to outline a performance plan to operate SNAP successfully.

“This is the third most important bill we have filed to fight against poverty,” González Colón said, noting during a press conference that the legislation she co-authored with Reps. James McGovern (D-Mass.), Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.), and Darren Soto (D-Fla.) joins other bills filed in Congress that seek to extend Medicaid benefits for five more years and include Puerto Rico residents in Supplemental Security Income benefits.

The resident commissioner said if the bill is signed by President Joe Biden, it will allow the island to receive $3.7 billion for food assistance.

Read more: https://www.sanjuandailystar.com/post/transition-to-snap-would-mean-more-food-assistance-for-pr

A Constitutional Amendment for Statehood?

A new House Joint Resolution has been proposed.

H.J.Res. 42 would introduce “an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to provide that a new State may only be admitted into the Union upon a vote of two-thirds of each House of Congress.”

The resolution was introduced by Tom McClintock (R-CA). It currently has four co-sponosrs:

Jeff Duncan (R-SC)
Ashley Hinson (R-IA)
Barry Moore (R-AL)
Tom Rice [R-SC)

McClintock explained his motivation in a tweet: ““The attempt to create a state from the District of Columbia is a brazen abuse of power with the obvious intention to pack the U.S. Senate. I introduced H.J. Res. 42, a constitutional amendment to require a 2/3 vote for the admission of states. Such reform would assure that new states are only created with bi-partisan consensus.”

Read more: https://www.puertoricoreport.com/a-constitutional-amendment-for-statehood/
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