Tag: Obama administration

White House: $589M to go to fight Zika virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal money left over from the largely successful fight against Ebola will now go to combating the growing threat of the Zika virus, the Obama administration announced Wednesday. Most of the $589 million would be devoted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for research on the virus and Zika-related birth defects, as well as the creation of response teams to limit its spread. The National Institutes of Health would continue research into a vaccine and the U.S. Agency for International Development would intensify efforts to fight the virus overseas. Researchers fear Zika causes microcephaly,...

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Zimbabwe Calling for Extradition of Lion-Killing Dentist

Uproar continues over the killing of Cecil the lion; Zimbabwe officials now calling on the U.S. to extradite the American dentist who killed him. Zimbabwe’s Environmental Minister says the nation has started the extradition proceedings for Dr. Walter Palmer, and hopes the U.S. will cooperate. Palmer allegedly paid $50,000 to kill the lion with a bow and arrow, after it was lured out of a national park in western Zimbabwe. A White House petition requesting Palmer’s extradition to the African nation to face justice has more than 150,000 signatures, that’s 50,000 more than needed to get a response from...

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Proposal To Increase Taxes On Cigarettes

Now the New Year brought new taxes into effect Statewide and nationally, however, one proposal has not yet made it that some RGV citizens feel should be at the top of the list. The Obama administration had initially proposed to increase the federal excise tax on cigarettes by 94 cents per pack this fiscal year. The purpose for this raised tax, to reduce smoking among Americans as well as generate additional revenue. According to the office of management and budget the proposed federal tobacco tax increase would Generate around 78 billion in new revenues over a ten year span....

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White House Selects Brownsville For “Strong City Initiative”

A Valley city is taking its place on a prestigious national list created by the Obama Administration. Brownsville was one of seven cities in the nation to be selected as a recipient for the “Strong City, Strong Communities Initiative.” On Tuesday, officials hosted the White House Council. Brownsville was among seven cities in the nation selected. The program provides funding to support the city’s vision for economic growth and...

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Deadline extended for health insurance sign-up

CHICAGO (AP) — The deadline to sign up for insurance on the government’s health care website arrived Tuesday, a day later than expected after the Obama administration granted those waiting until the last minute — or those tripped up by the site’s glitches — an extra day to enroll. The one-day grace period was the latest in a series of delays that have marked the rollout of the health care law. Officials said they decided to extend the deadline to Christmas Eve to ensure people in different time zones and those experiencing technical problems that might result from a last-minute...

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