Shots - Health News
9:47 am
Tue March 3, 2015

GOP Faults Shift Of Funds To HealthCare.Gov From NIH And CDC

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Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 9:55 am

House Republicans are questioning why the Obama administration transferred money last year from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to pay for the operation of the federal health insurance marketplace.

"Now it appears that we are robbing Peter to pay Paul in order to finance the disaster that is HealthCare.Gov," said Rep. Jody Hice, a Republican congressman from suburban Atlanta.

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The Two-Way
9:37 am
Tue March 3, 2015

In Speech To Congress, Netanyahu Blasts 'A Very Bad Deal' With Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. He called the deal the U.S. and its allies are negotiating with Iran "very bad."
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Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 2:28 pm

Updated at 2:09 p.m. ET

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said a deal the U.S. and its allies are pursuing with Iran over its nuclear program is "very bad" because, according to him, it doesn't take away the Islamic republic's ability to ultimately obtain nuclear weapons.

"This is a bad deal — a very bad deal," Netanyahu told a joint meeting of Congress today. "We're better off without it."

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Local News
9:18 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Mikulski Retirement Brings Race for Successor

Senator Barbara Mikulksi (D-Md)
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She has become a legend on Capitol Hill as the longest serving woman in congress.

But yesterday Senator Barbara Mikulski announced that she would not seek a sixth term next year.

The Maryland Democrat told reporters that the decision was a hard one but noted that she would still have nearly two more years before giving up the long held post.

During that time she said she wanted to give her constituents 120 percent of her time.

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Local News
9:08 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Carper to Boycott Netanyahu Address to Congress

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Senator Tom Carper will not be attending today’s address to congress by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

He will be joining 40 other Democrats in boycotting the controversial address.

The Delaware Democrat described the Prime Minister’s speech as wholly inappropriate with the Israeli election just two weeks away.

Carper and other Democrats took sharp aim at how the address came about with House Speaker John Boehner inviting the Israeli leader without consultation with the White House.

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Local News
8:53 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Patrick Harker Leaves UD for the Fed

University of Delaware President Patrick Harker
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In a surprise move Patrick Harker is leaving his job as president of the University of Delaware.

He is moving on to a 10 year appoint with the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank which helps formulate monetary policy for the country.

Harker wrote that he is leaving with mixed-emotions and said it had been an honor serving the University system over the last eight years.

And Gilchrist Sparks III, chairman of the UD Board of Trustees, said that Harker had left the University in a stronger position.

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Local News
8:47 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Delaware AG Asked to Probe Voter Fraud Report in School Referendum

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The possibility of voter fraud in this week’s referendum that would increase property taxes for the Red Clay School District has been raised by state Senator Karen Peterson.

And the Stanton Democrat says she is asking the Delaware Attorney General to investigate.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Peterson says she received a report that a group of parents who had voted at one polling place saying they were going to vote at a second polling place.

The paper notes that referendums unlike general election are not given specific polling places.

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Local News
8:40 am
Tue March 3, 2015

MD Transportation Secretary Nomination Gets Out of Committee

MD Transportation Secretary Designate Pete Rahn
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan's pick for transportation secretary has been given unanimous approval by a Senate committee.

Pete Rahn survived a final round of questions on Monday as he defended his work and explained what his team was doing to make progress on both the Purple and Red line projects.

Rahn said work on cutting costs for the Red Line would not begin until the planning stages of the Purple Line were complete.

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Shots - Health News
8:27 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Alleged Patient Safety Kickbacks Lead To $1 Million Settlement

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 5:08 pm

Dr. Chuck Denham, once a leading voice for patient safety, will pay $1 million to settle civil allegations that he took kickbacks to promote a drug company's product in national health quality guidelines, the Justice Department announced Monday.

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Local News
8:23 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Delaware's New Plan to Deal with Climate Change

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DELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) - A state panel is seeking public input on a report outlining how to prepare for and respond to potential climate change impacts in Delaware.

The Governor's Committee on Climate and Resiliency, which was charged by an executive order from Gov. Jack Markell, issued its report Monday and will accept public comment through May for possible revisions.

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Local News
8:19 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Oppoents of Fracking Rally In Annapolis

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Opponents of the natural gas drilling method known as fracking are rallying in Annapolis ahead of a hearing on prohibiting the practice in Maryland.

A rally planned for Tuesday is being led by Don't Frack Maryland, a campaign of environmental activists and businesses in western Maryland, where fracking is being considered.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a process by which highly pressurized water, chemicals and sand are pumped into the ground, shaking loose rocks and releasing gas.

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