WASHINGTON – A national veterans task force is advocating radical changes in the medical system for America's former military personnel, including a choice to receive subsidized private care and conversion of the Veterans Health Administration into a non-profit corporation rather than a government agency.The reform measures, if enacted as law, would dramatically affect America's roughly 22 million veterans, especially the 8.5 million who are enrolled for care through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Repercussions would be even more profound for future veterans.Concerned Veterans for America sponsored the reform study amid a crisis in VA health-care services, unveiling it at a summit attended by key members of Congress Thursday. EDITORIAL: Putting veterans ahead of bureaucracyAmong its key recommendations:— Health care should be reprioritized to focus on veterans with service-connected disabilities and specialized needs. Patients already in the VA medical system would … [Read more...] about Radical changes in VA health care proposed
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Corrections & Clarifications: The city of Scottsdale paid to build Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West, while the non-profit that runs it was required to come up with more than half of the funding for its operations. A previous version of the story gave incorrect information. More than 2½ years after opening, Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West is growing attendance and officials hope to renew city funding, which has at this point run dry.The museum's experience becomes increasingly relevant as plans for the controversial Desert EDGE, formerly known as the Desert Discovery Center,are partly modeled after the Museum of the West's business plan. Both are public-private partnerships relying on bed-tax dollars for construction and operation.The museum, one of more than 200 Smithsonian affiliates in the U.S. and eight in Arizona, is owned by the city and run by a non-profit.Among the 19th-century lawman badges and artifacts from … [Read more...] about Desert EDGE business plan is based on Museum of the West’s. So how is the museum faring?
DENVER — Nearly 60 million Americans may wake up Nov. 9 to find voters in their states have abolished long-standing marijuana prohibitions, a three-fold expansion for legal cannabis across the country.Lawmakers see marijuana taxes as a source of new revenue to close budget gaps, while entrepreneurs are considering the business case, with potentially billions of dollars in profits possible from this fast-growing Made-In-America industry.Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada are considering legalizing recreational marijuana. Voters in Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota are asking voters whether to permit medical use for certain conditions, like cancer or chronic pain. None of those votes will change the federal ban on marijuana use, although legalization advocates say it may further pressure Congress, the DEA and the FDA to act.Four states — Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Alaska, plus the District of Columbia — have already legalized … [Read more...] about After Election Day, access to marijuana likely to reach all-time high across nation
TAMPA — After poring over a 171-page market and financial feasibility study regarding an on-campus football stadium, new USF vice president of athletics Michael Kelly has drawn at least one concrete conclusion.The proposed USF Football Center — which would include an indoor practice facility — remains the top priority."There are a good percent of people who aren't even aware of that being a goal of ours," Kelly, who formally starts at USF next week, said via conference call Monday."We've made great efforts this summer to really clarify that goal, under the leadership of Coach (Charlie) Strong, that this is clearly the way we think we need to build the football program."Related: New USF AD Michael Kelly on football center, conference realignment and new stadiumAs for an on-campus stadium? Kelly gleaned some interesting findings from the study done by Conventions, Sports & Leisure (CSL), which gathered survey data from 8,637 respondents ranging from … [Read more...] about USF releases findings of on-campus stadium feasibility study
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