New Zealand hands out extra cash to fight ‘inflationary storm’ | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By NICK PERRY – Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The New Zealand government announced Thursday that it will distribute an extra few hundred dollars to more than 2 million low-income adults to help them through what it describes as “the peak of the global inflationary storm”. The payments are part of a package … Read more

California Governor: $98 Billion Surplus Supports True Pro-Life State | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By ADAM BEAM and KATHLEEN RONAYNE – Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Governor Gavin Newsom pledged Friday to use the state’s record $300 billion budget, including an unprecedented surplus of nearly $100 billion, to “save” the state from the impacts of a volatile midterm election cycle that he says will undermine abortion access, … Read more

China Fights Economic Crisis, Sticks to Costly ‘Zero COVID’ | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By JOE McDONALD – AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leaders are struggling to reverse an economic recession without giving up anti-virus tactics that have shut down Shanghai and other cities, adding to challenges for President Xi Jinping as he tries to extend his term in power. The ruling Communist Party has said its … Read more

China Fights Economic Crisis, Sticks to Costly ‘Zero COVID’ | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By JOE McDONALD – AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leaders are struggling to reverse an economic recession without giving up anti-virus tactics that have shut down Shanghai and other cities, adding to challenges for President Xi Jinping as he tries to extend his term in power. The ruling Communist Party has said its … Read more

Missouri lawmakers pass $48 billion budget | Health, Medicine and Fitness

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s Republican-led legislature passed a state budget of about $48 billion on Friday, with additional funding for teacher pay, school transportation, Medicaid and public colleges and universities. The budget package won broadly bipartisan support, although some Republicans criticized spending so much money on government programs. The GOP’s heartburn over rising … Read more