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Consumer unit expenditures in 2021 were $66,928; a 9.1% decrease from 2020

Consumer unit expenditures in 2021 were $66,928; a 9.1% decrease from 2020

Average annual expenditures for all consumer units(1) in 2021 were $66,928, a 9.1-percent increase from 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (See table A.) During the same period, the Consumer Price Index (CPI-U) rose 4.7 percent, and average income before taxes increased 3.7 percent. The average annual expenditures of 2021 were broken […]

Researchers have identified antibodies that may make coronavirus vaccines unnecessary

Researchers have identified antibodies that may make coronavirus vaccines unnecessary

Tel Aviv University researchers have isolated two antibodies that neutralize all known strains of COVID-19 – including Omicron – with up to 95% efficiency. The researchers: Targeted treatment with antibodies and their delivery to the body in high concentrations may serve as an effective substitute for vaccines, especially for at-risk populations and those with weakened […]

FDA Removes N95 Respirators from Medical Device Shortage List, Signaling Sufficient Supply

FDA Removes N95 Respirators from Medical Device Shortage List, Signaling Sufficient Supply

U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the removal of N95 respirators from the agency’s medical device shortage list, signaling that demand or projected demand for this type of face protection device commonly used in health care settings no longer exceeds the supply. This action is the result of increased domestic manufacturing of N95 respirators, as well as […]

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) was unchanged in July

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) was unchanged in July

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) was unchanged in July on a seasonally adjusted basis after rising 1.3 percent in June, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 8.5 percent before seasonal adjustment. The gasoline index fell 7.7 percent in July […]

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down NY Law Restricting Concealed Carry – Justice Thomas “2nd Amendment Not A Second Class Right”

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down NY Law Restricting Concealed Carry – Justice Thomas “2nd Amendment Not A Second Class Right”

In a landmark case Thursday, June 23, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled (6-3) in NYSRPA v. Bruen in favor of Gun Owner rights and more clearly defines 2nd Amendment Rights. Justice Thomas noted in his opinion: ” The constitutional right to bear arms in public for self defense is not “a second-class right, subject […]

Starliner Launches to Space Station on Uncrewed Flight Test for NASA

Starliner Launches to Space Station on Uncrewed Flight Test for NASA

Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner is in orbit, heading for the International Space Station following launch Thursday of the next-generation spacecraft on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket on a mission designed to test the end-to-end capabilities of the crew-capable system as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Starliner lifted off on NASA’s Boeing Orbital […]

2022 National Safe Boating Week, May 21-27

2022 National Safe Boating Week, May 21-27

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is participating in the 2022 National Safe Boating Week, May 21-27. The annual event promotes safe activity and the wear of life jackets as the summer boating season kicks off. National Safe Boating Week is annually held the week prior to Memorial Day weekend. Boating partners across the United States […]

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-4 Astronauts Launch to International Space Station

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-4 Astronauts Launch to International Space Station

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-4 astronauts are in orbit following their launch to the International Space Station at 3:52 a.m. EDT Wednesday, April 27, from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The international crew of astronauts will serve as the fourth commercial crew rotation mission aboard the space station. A SpaceX Falcon 9 […]

Researchers identify a new treatment for metabolic syndrome

Researchers identify a new treatment for metabolic syndrome

Metabolic syndrome increases a person’s risk for diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, and includes conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure and high blood sugar. In a recent mouse-model study, published in Cell Metabolism, researchers at University Hospitals (UH), Harrington Discovery Institute at UH, and Case Western Reserve University have furthered their progress to develop a […]

In U.S., alcohol use disorder linked to 232 million missed workdays annually

In U.S., alcohol use disorder linked to 232 million missed workdays annually

Heavy alcohol use is associated with missing work, but the scope of that relationship has not been well understood. Now, based on survey data from more than 110,000 U.S. adults with full-time jobs, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have quantified the extent of the problem. Among U.S. adults working full […]

Payroll employment rises by 678,000 in February; unemployment rate edges down to 3.8%

Payroll employment rises by 678,000 in February; unemployment rate edges down to 3.8%

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 678,000 in February, and the unemployment rate edged down to 3.8 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job growth was widespread, led by gains in leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, health care, and construction. This news release presents statistics from two monthly surveys. The […]

CDC Reports Increase in Human Rabies Cases Linked to Bats in the U.S.

CDC Reports Increase in Human Rabies Cases Linked to Bats in the U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is raising awareness of the risks of rabies from bats in the U.S. after three people, including one child, died from rabies between late September and early November 2021. The three cases, described in the January 6, 2022, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, bring the total number of cases […]

House honors U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander with resolution

House honors U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander with resolution

The House unanimously passed HJR99 on Tuesday, a resolution honoring U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander for his lifetime of service to Tennessee. Alexander served as governor of Tennessee from 1979-87 and in the United States Senate from 2003-21, leaving office in January. The Maryville native graduated from Vanderbilt University and New York University Law School. Throughout […]

First Lady Melania Trump Unveils the 2020 White House Christmas Décor

First Lady Melania Trump Unveils the 2020 White House Christmas Décor

The First Family is celebrating their fourth Christmas in the White House.  This year’s theme, “America the Beautiful,” is a tribute to the majesty of our great Nation. From coast to coast, our country is blessed with boundless natural wonders. The timeless treasures represented in this year’s holiday showcase remind us of the true American […]

STATEMENT FROM SECRETARY BROUILLETTE ON THE PRESIDENT’S MEMORANDUM ON FRACKING

STATEMENT FROM SECRETARY BROUILLETTE ON THE PRESIDENT’S MEMORANDUM ON FRACKING

“Today President Trump once again reaffirmed his unwavering commitment to the American energy industry. It is technology like fracking that unleashed America’s natural resources and made us the number one producer of oil and gas in the world, bringing an eight-fold increase in natural gas productivity since 2007, while also creating millions of jobs and […]

Senate Confirms Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

Senate Confirms Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

White House, Washington, D.C. – Following a unanimous vote by the Judiciary Committee last week, the Senate just confirmed Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett to become the 115th Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court. “Having confirmed her to the Circuit Court in 2017 with bipartisan support, the Senate has already […]

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