House Sends Multibillion-Dollar Climate Bill to Biden for Signature

The bill, already approved by the Senate, brings praise for its climate provisions but disappoints those hoping for state and local tax changes and more spending on housing.

Public Health Agencies Lack Money to Combat Climate Threats

A study says climate change has worsened 58% of known infectious diseases.

They Call It ‘Tranq’—and It’s Making Street Drugs Even More Dangerous

Xylazine, an animal tranquilizer, is increasingly being found in drug samples.

NYC’s Public Spaces are Becoming Increasingly Hostile Towards Homeless People

Limited seating, or a lack of it, in places like Penn Station, don’t make the city’s affordability problem go away.

Advocates Look for New Ways to Fill City 'Food Deserts'

An estimated 53.6 million people live outside an easy walk or drive to a full-service supermarket.

The Plan to Turn Blighted Houses into a New Source of Green Power for the Grid

A California nonprofit is retrofitting homes to make a "virtual power plant" — and fighting gentrification at the same time.

A Uranium Ghost Town in the Making

Time and again, mining company Homestake and government agencies promised to clean up waste from decades of uranium processing. It didn’t happen. Now they’re trying a new tactic: buying out homeowners to avoid finishing the job.

Texas Governor Escalates Feud with NYC Mayor by Sending Buses of Migrants to City

The move follows New York City Mayor Eric Adams' refusal to accept Gov. Greg Abbott’s invitation to visit the Texas border towns where migrants are crossing into the U.S.

Cities Can Apply for Free Monitoring of Sewage for Signs of Monkeypox

The National League of Cities is accepting applications for the new program and will select 50 localities to participate. The initiative will build on efforts to track Covid-19 in wastewater.

A California Man’s ‘Painful and Terrifying’ Road to a Monkeypox Diagnosis

As monkeypox cases rise, some patients are struggling to find the resources and treatment they need to effectively address their condition.

Looser Liquor Laws Boosted Restaurants — and Maybe Problem Drinking

“Covid brought about a long-delayed reckoning about how alcohol is regulated and controlled.”

HUD’s New Plan to Help Low-Income Renters

The department of Housing and Urban Development is looking to give households a boost building credit, saving money and improving financial literacy.

The Debate Over Capping Drug Prices is Headed Towards the States

A deal in Congress could lower drug costs for Medicare patients, but falls short of plans Democrats have backed previously. Meanwhile, some state lawmakers are pushing for broader limits.

Beach Battles: Lawmakers Pushed to Increase Public Shoreline Access

Steep parking fees and other factors can pose barriers to visiting beaches, with some advocates saying restrictive policies reinforce segregation and racial inequality.

The Senate Deal Could Keep Millions from Losing Health Insurance

Pandemic-era programs that helped more people afford coverage are set to lapse. Legislation that leading Democrats are now supporting would extend a key subsidy.

‘Chronic Underfunding’ of Public Health Threatens Lives in US, Report Finds

Funding for public health programs has been slashed over the last several years. A nonprofit is calling for a $4.5 billion annual investment in “public health infrastructure at the state, local, tribal, and territorial levels.”

Minimum Wage Workers Cannot Afford a 2-bedroom Rental Home Anywhere

Plus, these workers can’t rent a one bedroom in 91% of U.S. counties, according to a new report.

New 5-State Pilot Will Link Low-Income Households to Solar Power

Households could see electricity bill savings from the program in the 10% to 50% range, according the Biden administration.

Extreme Rainfall Will Be Worse and More Frequent Than We Thought

Researchers say some climate models are underestimating future floods.

‘True Cost of Aging’ Index Shows Many Seniors Can’t Afford Basic Necessities

Millions of older Americans are financially insecure and many public assistance programs are not enough to cover the cost of living. A new coalition is working to change that.

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