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Nursing Home Safety During COVID

A look at problems that have crushed nursing homes nationwide

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Nursing home safety during COVID: Cases and Vaccines

Cases drop by 80 percent after mass vaccinations, but more than 400 homes report first cases in 2021 after none in 2020

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Nursing home safety during COVID: PPE shortages

Thousands of nursing homes nationwide are dealing with horrific shortages of masks, gowns and other items they need to protect residents, workers and the broader community from COVID-19. And seven months into this pandemic, the shortages have actually become much worse.

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Nursing home safety during COVID: Staff shortages

More than 3,000 U.S. nursing homes last month had a shortage of nurses, aides or doctors, and it’s a severe problem that has existed since last May. For most of last year, more than 200,000 people at any given time were in nursing homes that themselves acknowledged they were suffering from staff shortages.

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Paseo del Volcan Extension, New Mexico

The idea of building a road through the desert northwest of Albuquerque first surfaced in 1990 as a way to enable sprawling development. Getting local, state and federal financing for a road through the vacant region was crucial to the profit dreams of Westland Development, the private company formed to manage an enormous tract of land initially granted in 1692 by the king of Spain to New World settlers.

Paying off Student Debt During COVID-19

Worried about paying for student loans during the COVID-19 pandemic? Here are 5 potential ways to reduce your payments.

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Pennsylvania Turnpike Expansion

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) is struggling financially, with $11 billion in debt as of 2016. To reduce its debt, some state officials are seeking to end the PTC’s legally mandated annual payment of $450 million to support state public transit – a move that would constitute a major blow to state transit needs. Despite its tight finances, the PTC is undertaking an expensive and unnecessary highway widening across most of the state.

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