Some states raising doubts about federal tests sent to nursing homes

Several states have curtailed using coronavirus testing equipment in nursing homes that was provided by the Trump Administration after concerns were raised about the results, including false positives that risk mistakenly sending vulnerable seniors into special COVID isolation wings that could ultimately expose them to the virus.



a plastic bag: A medical center worker holds an antibody tests kit in White Plains, N.Y., April 29, 2020.


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A medical center worker holds an antibody tests kit in White Plains, N.Y., April 29, 2020.

Since July, the administration had been rushing out the machines from manufacturers Becton, Dickinson and Company and Quidel to more than 14,000 facilities around the country in an attempt to identify outbreaks faster and stem the tide of the virus, which has taken a particular toll on the elderly, especially those in nursing homes and other assisted living facilities.

“We have a real crisis around testing,” said Dr. Michael Osterholm, an epidemiologist and director of the Center for Infectious

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Some states raising doubts about federal tests sent to nursing homes, citing shaky reliability

Several states have curtailed using coronavirus testing equipment in nursing homes that was provided by the Trump Administration after concerns were raised about the results, including false positives that risk mistakenly sending vulnerable seniors into special COVID isolation wings that could ultimately expose them to the virus.

Since July, the administration had been rushing out the machines from manufacturers Becton, Dickinson and Company and Quidel to more than 14,000 facilities around the country in an attempt to identify outbreaks faster and stem the tide of the virus, which has taken a particular toll on the elderly, especially those in nursing homes and other assisted living facilities.

“We have a real crisis around testing,” said Dr. Michael Osterholm, an epidemiologist and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. “We don’t have the capacity to supply every facility with … the more reliable and

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Florida pursues control of federal wetland permitting — Tuesday, October 13, 2020 — www.eenews.net

Florida — home to the Everglades and sprawling wetlands, marshes and bogs — wants to become the third state in history to take over the federal government’s job of overseeing wetland and water permitting under the Clean Water Act.

Environmental groups in the Sunshine State warn such a handover could pull back critical federal oversight for fragile ecosystems.

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis submitted a request to EPA Region 4 this summer, asking for the agency to grant the Florida Department of Environmental Protection permission to take over the Section 404 program.

Developers of real estate, energy projects, agricultural activities, shoreline restoration and even boat ramps use the program to obtain permits for discharging dredge or fill material into wetlands and streams that fall under federal jurisdiction. Developers of projects that affect state and federal jurisdictional wetlands or surface waters must currently obtain both a state permit and a Section

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Federal Official Threatens Nevada for Halting Rapid Tests in Nursing Homes

The leader of the nation’s coronavirus testing efforts condemned Nevada’s health department on Friday for ordering nursing homes to discontinue two brands of government-issued rapid coronavirus tests that the state had found to be inaccurate.

“Bottom line, the recommendations in the Nevada letter are unjustified and not scientifically valid,” Adm. Brett Giroir, an assistant secretary of Health and Human Services, said in a call with reporters on Friday. The state’s actions, he said, were “unwise, uninformed and unlawful” and could provoke unspecified swift punitive action from the federal government if not reversed.

The rapid tests, which were distributed to nursing homes around the country in August by the federal government, were supposed to address the months of delays and equipment shortages that had stymied laboratory-based tests.

“The important issue is to keep seniors safe,” Admiral Giroir said in an interview on Friday. Antigen tests, he added, were “lifesaving instruments” that

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Federal Realty: The Best Multi-Tenant Retail Real Estate Is On Sale (NYSE:FRT)

Investment Thesis

In the eyes of the market, Dividend King Federal Realty Trust (FRT) has lost much of its luster in the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite an astounding 53-year dividend growth streak, the stock has shed 43% of its value this year. The REIT owns and manages well-located mixed-use real estate and high-end open air shopping centers in major (mostly coastal) metropolitan markets across the United States. The focus on quality also extends to FRT’s balance sheet, as it is one of only six REITs that has earned an “A” credit rating.

I first bought FRT shares early this year after selling my rapidly appreciated shares of Taubman Centers (TCO) after the Simon Property Group (SPG) buyout agreement. After feeling very happy with myself for locking in a ~50% gain, it didn’t take long to see most of that value plummet in my FRT position.

Today, I am more bullish than

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Texas taps federal funds to help nursing homes buy equipment to expand COVID-era visits

AUSTIN — State officials announced Friday they will help nursing homes tap $3.5 million in federal funds to buy equipment that would allow more visitors during the coronavirus pandemic.



a man standing in front of a window: The state announced Friday it will help nursing homes tap $3.5 million in federal funds to buy equipment that would allow more visitors during the coronavirus pandemic. The move is part of a gradual reopening during the COVID-19 outbreak, after Gov. Greg Abbott in March closed them to visits. Shown is a woman visiting her mother at a nursing home in Mansfield in March.


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The state announced Friday it will help nursing homes tap $3.5 million in federal funds to buy equipment that would allow more visitors during the coronavirus pandemic. The move is part of a gradual reopening during the COVID-19 outbreak, after Gov. Greg Abbott in March closed them to visits. Shown is a woman visiting her mother at a nursing home in Mansfield in March.

Starting Monday, certified nursing homes in Texas can apply for up to $3,000 each toward purchasing plexiglass barriers for expanded indoor visits and tents to accommodate more safe gatherings outdoors, Gov. Greg Abbott and the Health and Human Services Commission announced.

Texas has 1,213 such homes, said commission spokeswoman

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Appeals court rules federal courts can hear lawsuits in property tax foreclosure cases



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SAGINAW COUNTY, Mich. (WJRT) – A legal victory for people who have lost their homes in property tax foreclosures, as federal courts can now hear these types of cases.

It was in July when the Michigan Supreme Court ruled counties can’t keep the profits from property sales resulting from tax foreclosures.

The dust is still settling on how much money counties are going to have to pay back, and to whom.

It could be billions of dollars when you combine the totals from all 83 Michigan counties.

Attorney Phil Ellison says people who had their homes taken by the government in a property tax foreclosure had to file lawsuits in state courts. That changed yesterday.

“The ruling for a long time is that you could never go to federal court regarding takings claims,” Ellison says.

But the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of

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Trump likely paid less in federal income tax than average middle class American

“His income tax burden is certainly much lower than the average taxpayer,” said Brian Galle, a law professor and tax expert at Georgetown Law. “He’s likely paying less than the shoe-shine guy who works in the foyer of the Trump Tower.”

The Times’ disclosure of Trump’s shockingly low federal income payments prompted an outpouring of criticism of what appeared to be his unusually aggressive attempts to evade obligations to the Internal Revenue Service. The Times’ report reveals that Trump also appears to have stretched the boundaries of deductions that allow firms to lower their federal tax burdens on losses and expenses, for instance by paying his daughter Ivanka Trump consulting fees that the firm later claimed as a tax write-off.

Alan Garten, a lawyer for the Trump Organization, said the story was filled with inaccuracies and told The Washington Post in a statement: “Over the past decade the President has

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Vision 2020: Does the federal gov’t have a role in the vote?

WASHINGTON – What is the role of the federal government in elections?

The federal government has very little role in the elections that choose who is going to run it. Elections are run at the local level and supervised by states. The federal government can help fund elections and set certain standards – such as the requirement that people can register to vote when getting drivers’ licenses – through federal law. And of course Washington, D.C. plays a big role in monitoring foreign actors to make sure they don’t interfere in elections. But the actual machinery of democracy is run at the state and local level.

States devise the rules of their own elections. Some send everyone a ballot through the mail, others only allow people over age 65 to use that method of voting. The administering of the polls, printing of the ballots and counting of the vote usually

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