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New legislation combats mental health problems in criminal justice system

January 26, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

This week, U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) and U.S. Representative Richard Nugent (R-Florida) said they will be introducing bipartisan legislation with 25 cosponsors that will make communities safer by improving access to mental health services for people in the criminal justice system who need treatment. Continue Reading

Sandy: not blown out of proportion

November 13, 2012 in Alexandria Echo Press

Almost everything Audrey Pagano knows from her childhood is gone.
“The whole neighborhood is wiped out homes that have been there for a long time,” said Pagano.
An Alexandria resident for 37 years, Pagano grew up in Staten Island, New York, where Hurricane Sandy ripped a path of destruction on October 29. Continue Reading

U.S. soybean farmers see bright future ahead

April 24, 2011 in Alexandria Echo Press

U.S. soybean farmers remain optimistic about their futures and the future of the entire U.S. soybean industry, according to the latest soybean checkoff-funded survey of U.S. soybean farmers. The United Soybean Board (USB) conducts two surveys each year to check the pulse of soybean farmers across the nation. Continue Reading

Here’s President Obama’s State of the Union speech

January 26, 2011 in Alexandria Echo Press

Here are the remarks of President Barack Obama as prepared for delivery of the State of the Union address last night, January 25. Continue Reading

American Legion applauds House’s constitutional reading

January 9, 2011 in Alexandria Echo Press

“Music to America’s ears,” was how The American Legion’s National Commander characterized the Jaunary 6 reading of the U.S. Constitution on the floor of the House of Representatives. Continue Reading

Myth busted: Road costs not covered by gas taxes, says report

January 8, 2011 in Alexandria Echo Press

A new report released this week by U.S. Public Interest Research Group disproves the common misperception that road-building is paid for by user fees, showing that gas taxes cover barely half the costs of building and maintaining roads, a fraction which is likely to fall steadily.
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Klobuchar pushes to reform Senate rules

January 6, 2011 in Alexandria Echo Press

In a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar urged her colleagues to support reforms to Senate rules that would increase transparency and restore accountability. Continue Reading

Klobuchar urges FDA to deal with shortage of medications

December 31, 2010 in Alexandria Echo Press

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar is urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the pharmaceutical industry to address a growing shortage of prescription medications, especially drugs for treating cancer. Continue Reading

New Year rings in health care gains

December 30, 2010 in Alexandria Echo Press

Beginning on January 1, 2011, beneficiaries of the Medicare Part D program who enter the coverage gap known as the “doughnut hole” can get a 50 percent discount on eligible brand-name drugs. Continue Reading

Humane Society releases ranking of state animal protection laws

December 30, 2010 in Alexandria Echo Press

The Humane Society of the United States, the nation’s largest animal protection organization, has released its second annual “Humane State Ranking,” a comprehensive report rating all 50 states on a wide range of animal protection laws dealing with pets, animal cruelty and fighting, wildlife, animals in research, horses and farm animals. Continue Reading