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Saturday April 1st, 2023 night edition

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A critical access hospital that serves a rural community northwest of Boise will no longer deliver babies after June 1.

Valor Health’s decision to stop offering labor and delivery care in Emmett comes on the heels of a North Idaho hospital shuttering its maternity services.

It also comes as the Idaho Legislature is on track to defund research into preventing maternal deaths; as state lawmakers have banned nearly all abortions; and as Idaho chooses not extend its postpartum Medicaid coverage.

The COVID-19 pandemic, a shortage of staff and nurses who can deliver babies, and the revenue challenges that have dogged rural health care for decades are among the factors the hospital referenced in an announcement posted to its website.

Meanwhile, the small county-owned hospital had invested in maternity facilities but projected only 50 deliveries in the coming year, it said in the announcement.

The hospital could no longer safely provide the services, it said, due to a lack of pediatricians, fewer patients delivering babies there, and financial limitations.

Consequences for Idaho physicians providing the standard of care may include civil litigation and criminal prosecution, leading to jail time or fines. »

Boston expands tuition-free community college program to all residents

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Boston has expanded its tuition-free community college program to include all city residents regardless of age, income or immigration status.

The partner community colleges include Benjamin Franklin Cummings Institute of Technology, Bunker Hill Community College, Massasoit Community College, MassBay Community College, Roxbury Community College and Urban College of Boston.

In remarks Thursday, Wu said “students in the tuition-free community college program are three times more likely to graduate from community college than peers.". »

Finland cleared to join NATO following Turkish vote

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The Turkish parliament on Thursday unanimously ratified Finland’s accession to NATO, effectively allowing Helsinki to join the military alliance but leaving Sweden out in the cold.

His country, the president added, “is now ready to join NATO.”.

Now that Finland has Turkey’s formal support, only procedural steps are left before Helsinki officially joins NATO. »

Trump’s Legal Armageddon Is Finally Here

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But the stunning, historic indictment looks like just the start of Trump’s legal Armageddon—which has been building for years, and is finally here.

Trump’s legal battles are not going to end anytime soon—and might even stretch well past the Nov. 5, 2024 election.

The incredible volume of Trump’s legal issues creates a problem for prosecutors and litigants hoping to secure verdicts before the election. »

The Australian government wants to slap games with loot boxes—like FIFA—with a mature rating

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The Albanese government announced yesterday its terms for a modified National Classification Scheme, and among the changes include a minimum M rating for games with paid loot boxes, and a minimum R18+ rating for games containing "simulated gambling".

That means any game with loot boxes purchasable with real money could be slapped with an M rating, even a good 'ol soccer game like FIFA, which normally receives a G rating in Australia (for general audiences).

Even then, it's not a dead certainty: the proposals need the support of each of Australia's states and territories. »