WGFL-TV – House Dems, health officials again call for Congress to act on Zika funding (featuring APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD)
High-ranking House Democrats and health officials called on Speaker Paul Ryan to push for a “clean” bill to address the domestic outbreak of the Zika virus.
Earlier this week, Senate Democrats blocked a version of the bill that included cuts in funding to Planned Parenthood and a provision that would allow the flying of the Confederate flag at veterans’ cemeteries.

Mass Transit – Public Transportation Eyed for Improving Road Safety (featuring APHA Associate Executive Director Susan Polan, PhD)
It is ten times safer per mile to travel by public transportation than it is to travel by car according to a report that was recently released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
“The Hidden Transportation Safety Solution: Public Transportation” comes from a study that revealed public transportation is one of the most effective safety tools in saving lives and reducing traffic crashes. APTA Acting President and CEO Richard White said transit passengers have less than a tenth the per-mile crash rates of those traveling by automobile and communities where residents average more than 50 annual transit trips have about half the highway fatality rate as more car-centric cities.

The Hill – Uninsured rate falls below 9 percent for first time
The uninsured rate fell to a new record low of 8.6 percent in the first quarter of the year, according to government data, continuing a steep drop under ObamaCare.
The new survey data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that the uninsured rate fell from 14.4 percent in 2013, before ObamaCare’s coverage provisions went into effect, to 8.6 percent in January to March of this year.

Greenwire – EPA issues final version of Cross-State rule
U.S. EPA today rolled out the final version of its updated Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, geared to cutting summertime emissions of nitrogen oxides from power plants in 22 states that contribute to downwind ozone problems.
EPA unveiled its initial proposal in November following a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that found the agency’s 2014 state budgets for ozone and sulfur dioxide were too strict in some cases and sent them back to EPA for reconsideration.

NBC News – ‘Cancer Moonshot’ Panel: Focus on Immune Therapies
Cancer research should focus on getting more tailored data from individual patients — and provide that information to them and their doctors in a useful way, experts said Wednesday.
And because a new approach called immunotherapy seems to work so spectacularly for some patients, researchers and doctors should create networks to focus on that approach, a panel of cancer experts working on the Obama administration’s “cancer moonshot” initiative said in a new report.