Advocates, legislators, and pregnant workers rally on Capitol Hill in support of The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act on Dec. 1, 2022, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for A Better Balance)

Pregnant workers have new protections. Here’s what to expect from your boss.

BY: - August 25, 2023

Almost two months after workplace accommodations for pregnant workers became law, the rules surrounding what employers can and cannot do have yet to be finalized — but that doesn’t mean the protections are not in place. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s proposed regulations are expected to offer more clarity once finalized, but workers can still […]

Registered nurse Orlyn Grace administers a COVID-19 booster vaccination to Jeanie Merriman at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on April 6, 2022, in San Rafael, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Updated COVID-19 vaccines expected to be available in September, federal officials say

BY: - August 25, 2023

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is gearing up for a fall vaccination campaign that not only includes updated COVID-19 boosters, but the annual flu shot and the newly approved RSV vaccine. “We’re going to be encouraging Americans to get their COVID-19 vaccine in addition to their annual flu shot, as well as the immunizations for […]

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How Washington state is treating housing as health care

BY: - August 23, 2023

Washington is trying something new when it comes to housing: treating it as health care. Apple Health and Homes is a multi-agency state program launched last year that focuses on providing housing to people with health and behavioral health challenges. What’s unique is that the program taps Medicaid dollars to pay for housing subsidies, tenant […]

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Thousands of Alaskans dropped from Medicaid after pandemic protections end

BY: - August 23, 2023

The number of Alaskans covered by Medicaid has dropped by more than 14,000 since April, after federal protections in response to the COVID-19 pandemic ended. This number may increase as the state continues the process of determining who is still eligible, which was halted during the national emergency declaration. Those Alaskans are losing coverage as […]

A nurse holds a vial of COVID-19 vaccine and syringe.

Next generation of COVID-19 vaccines and therapies gets a $1.4 billion boost

BY: - August 22, 2023

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Tuesday announced a $1.4 billion investment in developing the so-called next generation of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Dawn O’Connell made the announcement, saying the funding is part of the $5 billion program they hope will […]

Former University of Alaska Fairbanks student sues school, alleging injuries from hot sauce

BY: - August 21, 2023

A former University of Alaska Fairbanks student is suing the university, alleging she was injured during a culinary arts class in 2022. Ariel Lamp, who left the university after the incident, filed suit July 14 in Fairbanks Superior Court. The suit requests more than $100,000 in damages, plus costs. Lawsuits against the university are relatively […]

Abortion pills and drinking water are seen in an undated photo. (Photo by Peter Dazeley/Getty Images)

Abortion pill to stay on the market until U.S. Supreme Court ruling after appeals court order

BY: - August 16, 2023

WASHINGTON —  A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday the abortion pill can stay on the market, but it agreed with a lower court that ultimately use should revert to prescribing and dosage instructions that were in place before 2016. That appeals court ruling will immediately be put on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court decides […]

John Sherman, a 60th Engineer Squadron firefighter, is hit by fire-retardant foam after it was “unintentionally released” in an aircraft hangar at Travis Air Force Base in California on Sept. 24, 2013. Firefighters with the 60th Air Mobility Wing helped control the foam’s dispersion using powerful fans and covering drains. (Photo by Ken Wright/U.S. Air Force)

Pioneering Study Links Testicular Cancer Among Military Personnel to ‘Forever Chemicals’

BY: and - August 16, 2023

Gary Flook served in the Air Force for 37 years, as a firefighter at the now-closed Chanute Air Force Base in Illinois and the former Grissom Air Force Base in Indiana, where he regularly trained with aqueous film forming foam, or AFFF — a frothy white fire retardant that is highly effective but now known […]

Alaska governor undergoes minor skin cancer surgery

BY: - August 11, 2023

Gov. Mike Dunleavy underwent outpatient surgery on Wednesday for skin cancer, his office said this week, and the governor returned to work the following day. The procedure was announced on the governor’s social media accounts, which said the 62-year-old “underwent a procedure this afternoon to address recently detected basal cell carcinoma.” Basal cell carcinoma is […]

Advocates for marijuana legal reform listen to music while attending the first annual National Cannabis Festival April 23, 2016, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Pot smell and safety concerns ignite disputes over public smoking

BY: - August 11, 2023

Carl Sack is no fan of marijuana. He tried smoking once in high school and hasn’t touched it since. And he doesn’t just dislike the clouds of pot smoke he encounters around Duluth, Minnesota — he hates them. “I can’t stand to be around the stuff,” he said. But he’s still adamantly opposed to local […]

The riverfront in Kotlik, a Yup'ik community of about 600 peole, is seen in 2009. Kotlik, on the north end of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, is one of the communities in the Kusilvak Census Area. (Photo provided by the Alaska Division of Community and Regional Affairs)

Study: Different populations in Alaska have some of nation’s highest and lowest death rates by cause

BY: - August 4, 2023

Alaska Natives in certain rural areas of the state have the nation’s highest death rates from suicide and domestic violence and some of the highest rates of accidental deaths, while Asians and Latinos in the state have some of the nation’s lowest rates for deaths from a wide variety of conditions like heart disease and […]

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New law authorizes programs to help adults with disabilities and elders get at-home care

BY: - August 1, 2023

Elders and adults with disabilities will have more opportunities to get care at home or in a home-like setting under a bill that became state law when Gov. Mike Dunleavy signed it on Saturday. The measure, Senate Bill 57, serves two broad categories of Alaskans who might otherwise have to move into assisted-care facilities: disabled […]