Holidays at a glance: Independence Day

By Tere Siqueira Observed on July 4, Independence Day is celebrated across America with fireworks displays, parades, concerts and casual family gatherings to mark the anniversary of the Second Continental Congress adopting the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.Here are a few other facts you might not know about this annual holiday:*First celebrations: Philadelphia […]

Holidays at a glance: Memorial Day

By Tere SiqueiraObserved the last Monday in May, Memorial Day is when Americans remember all the men and women who have died defending the nation. Here are a few facts you might not know about this annual holiday:*First celebration: Memorial Day has its roots in the Civil War (1861-65). In May 1868, Gen. John A. […]

U.S. economy recovering

By Roberta PardoThe U.S. economy is finally on the road to recovery.According to CNN Business’ Back-to-Normal Index, the economy in the United States is operating at 90% of where it was in early March 2020. Kansas is ranked 11th, with an economy operating at 95%. Missouri is ranked 30th with an economy operating at 89%.Experts, […]

Drought emergency declared in most of California

By Roberta Pardo California Gov. Gavin Newsom expanded a drought emergency on May 10 across most of the state, covering a vast stretch of the central and northern regions of the state as it endures its second major drought in less than a decade.“With the reality of climate change abundantly clear in California, we’re taking […]

COVID variants spreading faster and affecting the young more

By Roberta PardoTwo weeks ago, health officials confirmed that the U.K. variant of the coronavirus was the dominant strain circulating in the United States.Now, this variant, along with other variants, is more contagious and hitting young people harder than the original virus. In previous waves, children and young adults exhibited mild symptoms or none at […]

NLRB sides with workers fired by Amazon

By Tere SiqueiraClaims of unfair labor practices at Amazon are becoming a common topic.About 37 lawsuits have been filed since February 2020, as media outlets have reported. And now, as The New York Times and other media outlets have reported, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) might file a complaint against Amazon – the company’s […]

How to prepare for a natural disaster

By Roberta Pardo The United States Geological Survey reported a fifth earthquake early Sunday (March 14) evening, near Wichita, Kansas.The earthquake, which happened shortly after 6 p.m., measured 3.9 magnitude and was the strongest of the day. Early that morning, two earthquakes occurred minutes apart.No injuries or major damage have been reported. But the Sunday […]

Ten dead in shooting at a grocery store in Colorado

By Roberta Pardo A gunman killed 10 people at a Boulder, Colorado, grocery store on Monday (March 22).The victims, including a police officer who responded to the scene, were ages 20 to 65.A 21-year-old man has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder. The motives for the rampage remain unknown as police continues investigating […]

House passes bill that would give Dreamers path to citizenship

By Roberta PardoThe U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would pave the way for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients to become U.S. citizens.On March 18, the House voted 228-197 to set up a legal pathway to citizenship for “Dreamers” — as people who came to the United States as undocumented […]

The Three FDA-Cleared COVID-19 Vaccines Explained

With three vaccines available, some people might wonder what the differences among the vaccines being administered in the United States are. Dr. Allan Greiner, chief medical officer with the Unified Government Public Health Department (UGPHD) in Kansas City, Kansas, said the biggest difference is the type of technology used in the development of the vaccines. […]