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Fixing the problems that have plagued the VA is one likely area where a divided Congress could find common ground, and Secretary Robert L. Wilkie at a joint House-Senate hearing got a taste of what’s likely to be a less friendly audience than he may be used to.
Information about just how many children are being held at the facilities has been spotty, but an Associated Press investigation highlights the true breadth of the problem. “No matter how a person feels about immigration policy, very few people hate children — and yet we are passively allowing bad things to happen to them,” said Dr. Jack Shonkoff, who heads Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child. Meanwhile, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will testify about a 7-year-old girl’s death while in U.S. custody.
But the authors did see some good news in the car crash statistics as safety features and drunken driving initiatives helped cut the numbers in the past two decades.
San Francisco has increased spending on nutrition programs by nearly $50 million, yet it hasn’t proven to be enough, a new report finds.
Young transgender people are encountering obstacles when they try to access the care they need.
The Los Angeles Times investigates Dr. George Tyndall’s decades spent as the campus gynecologist for the University of Southern California through interviews from Tyndall himself as well as his associates.
A GAO report released this week says that bureaucratic confusion and vacancies in key posts are largely to blame for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ failure to support suicide prevention efforts.
The funds will be put to immediate use by hiring more mental health providers, which will allow an additional 5,000 psychiatric visits per year.
“This data, you’d see more commonly in a place like India or in China,” said Charles Knoderer, an air quality forecaster.
Dr. Dzung Ahn Pham, 57, is not charged in the deaths, but those investigations are ongoing. Pham faces two federal counts of illegally distributing oxycodone.