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Ky. advocates ask Trump official for more opioid resources

Ky. advocates ask Trump official for more opioid resources

Health
Advocates and doctors in opioid-ravaged Kentucky urged President Donald Trump's acting chief health official to spend more money on fighting the drug epidemic one day after he signed an order declaring the crisis a national public health emergency. Acting Health and Human Services Secretary Eric Hargan toured a clinic in Lexington, Kentucky, on Friday that specializes in treating pregnant women and their babies addicted to opioid-based drugs like heroin and prescription painkillers. Kentucky has one of the highest rates of babies born addicted to opioids, with 110 cases reported each month in 2015. Hargan met privately with patients and advocates before taking a tour of the facility and speaking with two reporters. "A lot of what I heard in the room is we need resources, we need money," s...
Low-carbon advocates say U.S. renewables breaking records

Low-carbon advocates say U.S. renewables breaking records

Business
Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Amid the pushback on Washington's efforts to back coal and nuclear power, a report from low-carbon advocates found clean energy has organic momentum.An annual report from the Natural Resources Defense Council said some components of the renewable energy sector have accelerated faster than the government estimated. Wind power capacity, for example, was 350 percent above a government forecast from 10 years ago."Dozens of clean energy records have been shattered across the United States in the last year and a half," Ralph Cavanagh, co-director of NRDC's energy program, said in a statement. "And despite some new political headwinds, ever-improving economics will propel the clean energy transition in the years to come."President Donald Trump and his energy secretary, Rick Perry,...
Social Security expansion is possible despite future funding woes, advocates say

Social Security expansion is possible despite future funding woes, advocates say

Finance
Advocates for increasing Social Security's benefits are counting on today's release of the annual trustees report to provide some fodder for their cause.While the yearly analysis confirmed the program's long-term funding woes, proponents for expansion say it also proves the government can afford it."The numbers make it clear that the question about whether to expand or cut Social Security is a question of values, not affordability," said Nancy Altman, president of Social Security Works and chair of the Strengthen Social Security Coalition.The report, released this afternoon, echoed last year's projected revenue shortfalls starting in the mid-2020s and leading to a depleted surplus by 2035. At that point, unless Congress has taken steps to shore it up, the program will be able to fund about...