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EXPLAINER: Alcohol abuse and drug overdoses rose during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every family in America. Some are still dealing with the aftermath of the disease. But the problem of substance abuse exacerbated by the pandemic might be a problem that lasts longer than the coronavirus.

Extreme poverty grows by 97 million globally in COVID-19, new report says

BALTIMORE, Md. (BP) – At least 97 million more people have fallen into extreme poverty globally since the COVID-19 pandemic began two years ago, World Relief said in a study released March 15 on the second anniversary of the declaration of the pandemic.

Churches work toward resuming missions to pre-COVID levels

NASHVILLE (BP) – Not too long ago it was normal for Grand Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Smith, Ark., to take 20-25 mission trips in a year. Perhaps a half-dozen of those would be reached by van, but most required a flight.

COVID devastates Mississippi Choctaw, challenges tribal Baptist churches

CHOCTAW, Miss. (BP) – Ray Duplessie, a Choctaw pastor in Gulfport, recalls a recent issue of a community newspaper serving the 10,000 Choctaw Indians in Neshoba County, Mississippi.

Supreme Court halts COVID-19 vaccine rule for US businesses

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a decision released today (Jan. 13), the Supreme Court has stopped the Biden administration from enforcing a requirement that employees at large businesses be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing and wear a mask on the job.

Supreme Court hears oral arguments on Biden vaccine mandate

WASHINGTON (BP) – The next step in the debate surrounding Pres. Biden’s mandate requiring employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine took place Friday (Jan. 7). Oral arguments on the constitutionality and a request for delaying the mandate were presented before the U.S. Supreme Court. Biden’s order, set to go into effect Jan. 10, would affect businesses with 100 or more employees.

Supreme Court refuses to block N.Y. vaccine mandate

WASHINGTON (BP) – The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday (Dec. 13) to block enforcement of a vaccine mandate for New York health care workers who contend it violates their religious freedom.

POLICY DIGEST: Senate votes to block vaccine mandate; California vows to be sanctuary for abortion

Senate votes to block Biden’s vaccine mandate for businesses; California plans to be first sanctuary for abortion if Supreme Court overturns Roe.

POLICY DIGEST: Another setback for vaccine mandate; Senate drops draft requirement for women

Biden Administration suffers another setback on vaccine mandate for workers; Senate drops potential requirement for women to register for draft.

EXPLAINER: What’s the status of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate?

(AP) -- What's the status of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate in the U.S.? It's on hold indefinitely because of legal challenges, but employers can still require the shots.