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    Kansas hasn't started a statewide hand recount of this month’s decisive vote in favor of abortion rights. The Kansas secretary of state's office is waiting until the abortion opponents seeking it can show they can cover $229,000 in projected costs for the recount. The state’s elections director gave a western Kansas woman until 5 p.m. Monday to provide cash, a valid check or a credit card with a sufficient balance. The recount request came from Melissa Leavitt, of Colby. However, Wichita anti-abortion activist Mark Gietzen pledged to help pay for the recount. Voters on Aug. 2 overwhelmingly rejected a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would have allowed the Republican-controlled Legislature to further restrict or ban abortion.

      The top executive at Pfizer, a leading producer of COVID-19 vaccines, has tested positive for the virus and says he is experiencing very mild symptoms. Chairman and CEO Albert Bourla said that he started taking Pfizer’s Paxlovid pill treatment, and he’s staying in isolation while he recovers. Bourla said Monday in a brief statement from the drugmaker that he has received four shots of Comirnaty, the COVID-19 vaccine developed by both Pfizer and German drugmaker BioNTech, and he is confident that he will recover quickly.

        Florida’s alligator hunting season has started with new rules expanding the time and weapons that can be used. The new rules expanded alligator hunting to 24 hours a day, instead of the previous 17 hours a day, primarily at night and early morning, that had been allowed. Additionally, hunters now will be allowed to use pneumatic air-bows attached to a restraining line to hunt the alligators. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the pneumatic air-bows are easier to use for people with mobility challenges and young people. Hunters already could use bows, crossbows, harpoons, spears and pneumatic air-guns firing an arrow.

          A former state Department of Health employee who gained national attention for questioning Florida’s COVID-19 dashboard numbers can remain a candidate for now in the race to be the Democratic challenger to Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz. A state appellate court on Friday put on hold, pending further review, a lower court’s ruling against Rebekah Jones that would have prevented her from running for the Democratic nomination. The lower court had agreed with an argument from a rival that Jones had not met a legal requirement of being a registered Democrat for 365 days before qualifying. Jones could still be disqualified with an adverse ruling from the appellate court.

          The City of Greensboro’s International Advisory Committee will hold its regular monthly meeting online at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18. Participants and the public can join the meeting via Zoom at using the meeting ID: 961 9238 7706 or to dial in by …

          The High Point Public Library will host the workshop, “Five Sneaky Causes of Weight Gain,” from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 18 in the Morgan Community Room on the first floor of the library building at 901 N. Main St.

          After taking a hot shower in a poorly ventilated bathroom, there’ s often an unpleasant and damp feeling. Over time the buildup of humidity creates the creeping growth of mold and mildew on surfaces. In a one-bathroom home with several family members it can become a real issue.

          A once-prominent neurologist convicted last month of sexually abusing patients killed himself Monday at a New York City jail while awaiting sentencing in that case and a trial on federal charges alleging still more abuse, two people familiar with the matter said. Dr. Ricardo Cruciani, 68, was found unresponsive in a shower area at the Eric M. Taylor Center, a jail at the notorious Rikers Island complex, the people said. They were not authorized to speak publicly and did so on condition of anonymity. Cruciani's lawyer called for “an immediate and objective investigation” into the circumstances of Cruciani’s death, including whether jail officials complied with a court order, at the time of his conviction, to place him in protective custody and under suicide watch.

          MONDAY, Aug. 15, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. workers without paid leave lost out on an estimated $28 billion in wages during the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report.

          West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has rejected a suggestion by Democrats to let voters decide whether abortion should continue to be allowed in the state. The Republican governor said Monday that he's confident the Legislature will pass a bill that he will sign. During a special session last month, the GOP-controlled Legislature couldn't agree on legislation criminalizing abortion. Democratic leaders then asked Justice and top Republican lawmakers to call the Legislature back to consider a resolution to let voters decide on a constitutional amendment for “reproductive freedom.” Senate Minority Leader Stephen Baldwin says abortion is an important issue that needs to be resolved sooner than later.


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