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July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As U.S. House and Senate conferees prepare to negotiate details on a bill to provide elderly Americans a prescription drug benefit, another major health care issue looms - the cost of HMO premiums. One consulting firm estimates premiums will soar an average of 18 percent for companies in 2004.Following the estimate by the Illinois-based Hewitt Associates, health care experts are pinpointing several causes for the premium increases, including indirectly, the economic prosperity of the 1990s.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Conservatives in Great Britain "haven't been doing too well" lately because fewer young people are showing interest in conservative political thought, according to activist Greg Smith.But with the help of a new organization, conservatives may come back, as Smith unveiled a new initiative Tuesday at a Washington, D.C., conference of young conservatives.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The cleanup of the drinking water supply in Orange County, Calif., has evolved into a slugfest between a national taxpayer watchdog group and the trial lawyers.The county's groundwater aquifers, which supply drinking water to 2.3 million residents, were contaminated when storage tanks leaked a gasoline additive known as methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE).
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Amended but not broken, the U.S. Constitution remains the foundation for a country that is celebrating its 227th birthday and is "still the core document that we all tend to come to agreement on at one point or another," according to Richard Theisen, a former president of the National Council for the Social Studies and a former high school teacher.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A South Carolina radio personality who was honored by her peers as the state's top radio personality in 2002, alleges she was fired as a result of expressing her anti-war views on the air and is taking the dispute with her former employer to court.Roxanne Cordonier, who went by the name Roxanne Walker on the Clear Channel Communications radio affiliate WMYI-FM in Greenville, S.C., was fired April 17, but said her bosses gave her no specific reason for her termination, only that "they were releasing" her.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In the aftermath of the death and injury come the questions about why an 86-year-old man was allowed behind the wheel of his 1992 Buick that smashed into a crowded farmer's market in Santa Monica, Calif., Wednesday, killing 10 people and injuring more than 50 others."We have mandatory retirement of pilots of major airlines at the age 60. Why aren't we doing major testing every year after age 65 of older drivers?" asked Chris Cooper, spokesman of ElderCare Advocates, an Ohio-based elderly care group.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Police officers in California can interrogate an elementary school student at a public school without having a parent, guardian or school official present, but a state bill may change this procedure, causing some Californians to debate whether or not the existing practice is adequate."For a juvenile who might not understand the scope of their rights, it's important to have a supportive adult in the room that allows them to understand those rights in a better way," said Brooks Allen, an attorney at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) A private Catholic high school in Michigan could be the first of its kind in the state to see its teachers join an educational union. But if that does happen, it won't be without considerable debate between the teachers wanting more job security and school administrators fearing the school's religious rights will be infringed. Some of the 42 teachers working at Brother Rice High School, an all-boys Catholic school with 650 students, are requesting an election to determine whether the school should join the Michigan Education Association (MEA).
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush will press his AIDS relief initiative this week during his visit to Africa after setting aside $15 billion over the next five years, primarily in 14 African countries, in what the White House calls the "largest humanitarian undertakings in our history."But his proposals are meeting with disapproval on the home front from both conservatives and liberals who disagree about how the money should best be spent.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The decision by Bride's magazine to publish an article about homosexual marriage comes as no surprise to a leading cultural conservative group."The mainstream media is pushing the homosexual agenda and wanting the American public to embrace it as just another lifestyle choice," said Genevieve Wood, vice president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - During its annual corporate meeting on Tuesday, AT&T shareholders will determine whether to remove the words "sexual orientation" from the company's employee non-discrimination ordinance. This is the third time the "sexual orientation" clause has faced scrutiny.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - AT&T's "sexual preference or orientation" clause prevailed once more as shareholders voted Wednesday in an overwhelming majority to keep the phrase in the company's corporate non-discrimination policy.It was the third time the clause has faced scrutiny but survived a shareholder vote. At the company's annual meeting in Savannah, Ga., 96.7 percent of shareholders voted against eliminating the language, while 3.3 percent voted in favor, according to a statement on AT&T's Internet website.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - South Carolina's Republican, pro-life governor is being pressured to veto the portion of the state's 2004-2005 budget that allows taxpayer funding of birth control, as well as abortions related to saving the life of the mother or when rape or incest are involved.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With advocates for doctor-assisted suicide pushing for legislative passage in Hawaii and Vermont, the author of an updated book on the subject has issued a bleak warning. Wesley J. Smith writes that physician-aided suicide could evolve into a widespread practice of doctors refusing to treat certain patients because they are too old or too sick.Eight years after its original publication, the revised edition of Forced Exit: The Slippery Slope from Assisted Suicide to Legalized Murder will be in stores next month.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A House bill that would allow religious organizations involved in the Head Start pre-school program to be exempt from federal non-discrimination hiring policies is under attack by liberal groups.The liberals say the legislation would endanger the jobs of 50,000 teachers by allowing organizations to fire them because of their religious backgrounds or cultural lifestyles.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes official sex education policy of Clark County, Nev., School District) (CNSNews.com) - Las Vegas may be best known for gambling and strip joints, but its local population includes one of the nation's largest concentrations of pre-teens and teenagers. That's why the Abstinence Clearinghouse Thursday will open its annual conference in Vegas.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A national survey shows that a clear majority of Protestant church ministers oppose homosexual couples being given the legal right to adopt children or marry. However, the Protestant clergy are sharply divided over whether homosexuality is sinful and whether they would accept homosexuals as members of their church, according to the poll.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Even before officials of the National Organization for Women could unveil their annual political agenda Friday, one of the nation's most vocal pro-life activists showed up to denounce the group and promise to continue his fight "until child killing is made illegal again."
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Government is taking away too many civil liberties, and college students gathered for a conference in Washington, D.C., this week were warned against future encroachments by broadcaster G. Gordon Liddy, the former FBI agent who gained notoriety for his involvement in the Nixon-era Watergate scandal.Liddy, who was one of the White House "plumbers" who spent about $300,000 on political schemes and the Watergate break-in, said his mission now is to educate young people about government restrictions stripping them of their rights.