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Just The Facts: Is Pandemic Over + Mike Tysons Ear, Nostradamus, More – Patch

ACROSS AMERICA How many times have you facepalmed over this claim or that one on social media? You dont have to give yourself a headache.

A number of reputable fact-checking sites separate fact from fiction to stop the spread of misinformation on internet platforms, which provide new avenues and levels of connectivity but are also easily exploited, according to researchers.

The spread of misinformation on the internet is so pervasive that the World Economic Forum listed it as one of the primary threats to society.

With the 2022 midterm elections approaching, the threat is increasing, according to the World Economic Forum, which brings together representatives of governments, businesses and nonprofits to help shape global, regional and industry agendas.

The truth is out there. Below are several fact-checking sites to help you find it:

Some sites, including VerifyThis.com, allow truth seekers to submit a claim to be substantiated or debunked. We consulted these sites to sort out a few things you may have read or heard recently:

The claim: President Joe Biden said in an interview with 60 Minutes Sunday the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

The president did say this, but the assertion is false, according to FactCheck. The World Health Organization said earlier this month the pandemics end is in sight with the development of of vaccines, but the administration doesnt plan to rescind the public health emergency that expires on Oct.13 unless its renewed, as it has been nine times since January 2020.

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra defended Bidens off-the-cuff statement as reflective of what so many Americans are thinking and feeling, but epidemiologists told FactCheck the proclamation was premature.

Among them is David Dowdy, an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who said its important to acknowledge a new phase of the battle against COVID-19 as hospitalizations and deaths remain stable. But, he noted, there is still some uncertainty about what will happen in the coming winter.

We can debate when the pandemic phase is over, but we know that COVID-19 is not over, Dowdy said.

The claim: The omicron-specific COVID-19 booster shot is not safe for people under 50.

Thats false, according to SciCheck. The truth squad there said the claim circulating on social media originated with an announcement by the Danish Health Authority that it was prioritizing high-risk individuals and those over 50 with its omicron-specific booster.

In the United States, misinformation peddlers, including conservative talk show host Clay Travis, falsely claimed in a Facebook video Denmark had deemed the vaccine unsafe, which Danish health authorities said was a misinterpretation.

The claim: Mike Tyson, who famously bit off and spit out a piece of is opponents ear in a 1997 boxing match in Las Vegas, cant sell ear-shaped cannabis edibles in Colorado.

Thats true, according to Verify. Tysons ear-shaped edibles have shown up in dispensaries in a handful of other states where marijuana is legal, but a 2016 Colorado law prohibits the sale of human-shaped edibles, including ears and other body parts, according to Verify.

The claim: The 16th century French astrologer Nostradamus accurately predicted Queen Elizabeth IIs death.

Thats false, according to PolitiFact. A Sept. 15 video claiming Nostradamus had predicted the queens death within a day was flagged as part of Facebooks efforts to keep false news and misinformation off its users News Feed. Partnering with the social media platform, PolitiFact said a review of the English translation of Les Prophites, a collection of Nostradamus prophecies, didnt turn up a single reference to a queen. Rather, the prediction came from another authors interpretation of Nostradamus predictions.

The claim: Putting your luggage in the hotel bathtub the moment you check in will reduce the risk bedbugs will hitch a ride home with you

Thats true, according to Snopes. While the chances of taking bedbugs home from a hotel are small, it does happen, and theyre expensive to get rid of once theyve taken up residence.

People repelled by the idea of putting their suitcase in a place where other people have bathed can solve the problem by bringing along a large trash bag, laying it in the tub and placing the suitcase on top of it.

Its also a good idea to inspect the bedding, mattress, box spring and frame for bedbugs. Most hotels recommend that luggage be placed on luggage racks, but not on the floor or bed.

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Awesome Kong Recalls Her Short Lived WWE Run – Inside The Ropes

Awesome Kong opens up about her difficult departure from WWE and what she needed from them to stay.

It was reported at the closing end of 2010 that Awesome Kong had signed with WWE. She made her debut at the 2011 Extreme Rules PPV, attacking Michelle McCool after a match. A few weeks later, Awesome Kong shocked the WWE Universe when she revealed that she was pregnant and needed to take a leave of absence.

It was confirmed in July 2012 that Awesome Kong was released from the company. Although Kong has remained quiet on the subject for quite some time, the former Knockouts Champion has finally broken her silence regarding her WWE departure.

Speaking on Insight with Chris Van Vliet, Awesome Kong opened up about what occurred leading up to her departure from the company and how she struggled emotionally following the loss of her child. She also discussed the politics in WWE, saying it was ultimately too much to handle.

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Well after losing my baby emotionally and psychologically, I was not in the place physically, emotionally, and physiologically to deal with the okie doke. Now I say the okie doke, anybody who has had a WWE contract knows what that is. It is the politics, the mind games, the expectations, and the standard that you have to live up to. Im not saying that it is bad, but it is vigorous, and I wasnt up for the okie doke.

Im not into playing games, especially with what I had gone through. First my mother had gone, cancer, then my grandmother gone, my best friend from high school suddenly, my manager, God rest his soul, gone. Then now my baby was gone, and that is a lot of death back to back. I hadnt taken time off, I was just me being me.

The day we buried my mother, I went straight to the airport for Bound for Glory. So it was working, and the way they wanted me to come back was not healthy. I was like you can bring me straight back so I can go into autopilot and work, or let me go somewhere where I can really process all of this.

A lot of people like to paint WWE as the villains, but it is not as easy as that, it is very nuanced and archaic. For the most part, they were extremely supportive, they were invested in someone, excited about it, and it didnt turn out the way that they wanted it to. And of course just my luck, Mystico had to go and fall every damn week. Im like get it together, Triple H just got this job, you are falling and its not looking good right now, this sucks!

At the end, they asked me what do you need to come back, and I told them what I needed. It was very simple, it wasnt money, I felt bad that they were still paying me. But no they were going to pay me, and I told them I needed to go to a facility in Colorado because they wanted me to lose the baby weight. There is a facility where The Biggest Loser people train, it was just a coincidence. It had what I needed to get my physical and emotional well-being in alignment so I can go back quickly.

I told them and I told them I would pay for it. They called me back and said that they were going to send me down to Florida for a while, and thats the opposite of what I need! They send down there to a hotel that was filled with roaches and bed bugs. They do change and send me to a nice place, but it was so not what I needed, it was never going to work.

After departing from WWE, Awesome Kong wrestled on the independent circuit and in Japan for years. She would later be signed to AEW but ultimately left the company after taking a hiatus to film scenes for the popular Netflix series, GLOW. Awesome Kong announced her retirement from professional wrestling in August of 2021.

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Breaking News: Needles, CA: River Valley Inn has been ordered closed due to health and safety concerns. – ZachNews

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)

Source: Needles City Manager Rick Daniels (Information)

Needles, California: The River Valley Inn has been ordered closed due to health and safety concerns.

Red tags, yellow tags and warning notification were reportedly posted on Wednesday, May 18th, 2023 on the doors all around the motel located at 1707 Needles Highway.

ZachNews was on scene on Friday, May 20th, 2022 as officials as well as code enforcement and utility crews from the City of Needles as well as deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriffs Departments Colorado River Station were on the motel property.

ZachNews has just received an email from Needles City Manager Rick Daniels regarding the River Valley Inn, which states the following:

The River Valley Inn at 1707 Needles Highway was the site of a multi-agency inspection task force action on Wednesday May 18, consisting of the following agencies;

San Bernardino County Sheriffs Office Colorado River Station

San Bernardino County Environmental Health Department

Needles Building and Safety Department,

Needles Code Enforcement Department,

Needles Public Utility Authority, and

Needles Building & Safety

The effort was assisted by the San Bernardino County Adult Protective Services who helped relocate the elderly and disabled occupants.

Below are the violations encountered:

Building and Safety: Numerous electrical violations, nearly all of the rooms lacked smoke detectors and the fire alarms were not working, significant plumbing problems, drainage of wastewater onto the public area, minor structural issues, electrical panels exposed to public, laundry room discharging gray water onto the public area, improperly installed water heater, no venting for dryers, and most rooms are uninhabitable,

Wastewater: Evidence of feces being poured out of motel room window with feces stain on the exterior walls, Office sink draining out onto the public area with evidence of long-term occurrence.

Animal Control: Complaints of 7-9 dogs running loose, some with no licenses or proof of rabies.

Code Enforcement: Bathtub with blackwater due to bad plumbing, one tenant with severe leg tissue infection, tenants afraid to leave for fear of being locked out, small children in room without adequate exits, overcrowded conditions, hot plates plugged into bathroom outlets.

Environmental Health: Worst case of bed bugs ever seen , cockroach waste dripping down the wall, drainage from kitchen in main office onto the public area, feces remaining in pit dug as a result of sewer back up, water damage to walls from long term plumbing leaks, swimming pool is filled with green water, Large gaps in the swimming pool fencing which allows unattended entrance by children, sink filled blackwater due to poor plumbing, no pest control provided. mattresses wrapped in shrink wrap, visible vermin problems,

Adult Protective Services: 26 units total, all occupants indicated that they have a place to go. 8 were assisted by Adult Protective Services, 8 needed help from owner.

The Sheriffs Office reports fifty-three 911 calls to this property since January 2022.

Late Wednesday afternoon Code Enforcement and the Building and Safety Department posted all rooms as unfit for human occupancy effective at 5:00PM on Friday due to the collective violations noted above.

Today, Friday May 20 with the assistance of the San Bernardino County Sheriffs Office, City Code Enforcement Officers cleared all rooms of occupants beginning at 5:00PM.

The County Environmental Health Department will be issuing their Notice of Violation later this week.

This is the latest motel to close since another motel, The Best Motel, was ordered closed in June 2021 after being deemed unfit for human habitation.

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The Toll That Eviction Takes – Qrius

ByClark Merrefield

August 3, 2020

A national moratorium on evicting tenants from certain residential rental properties went into effect as part of the federal coronavirusrelief packagePresident Donald Trump signed in March. The moratorium protected 28% of U.S. rental units about 12 million in total, according to a widely cited analysis from the nonprofitUrban Institute and included properties backed by federal mortgage loans and federal housing programs, such as the Department of AgriculturesRural Rental Housingprogram. Tenants werent exempt from paying rent, and rent bills piled up for those who couldnt pay. Still, evictions dropped considerably and the moratorium has prevented millions of renters from losing their homes during thecoronavirus recession,according toaProPublicaanalysis of court records collected from more than a dozen states.

The moratorium expired July 25, but a new coronavirus relief package being negotiated between Congress and the White Housemay extendthe eviction moratorium, although its not yet clear how long a new moratorium would last.

Eviction and the threat of eviction istraumatic for tenantsand can be costly for landlords needing to make repairs or upgrades before re-renting a unit. Research shows eviction can take a toll on tenants physical and mental health several of those papers are highlighted below. Though tens of thousands of eviction notices are filed each year in major U.S. cities, eviction affects rural and urban renters alike.

Evictions are legal proceedings. They begin with an eviction notice. Once an eviction notice is served, tenants usually have several days, depending on local laws, to respond to their landlords breach of contract allegation. Nonpayment of rent is by far the most common reason landlords file eviction notices. The federal government doesnt tally evictions, though a Senate billintroducedin late 2019 would establish a national evictions database.The Eviction Labat Princeton University conservatively estimates thatroughly 900,000 renting householdsare evicted in the U.S. each year.

For almost a century, there has been broad consensus in America that families should spend no more than 30% of their income on housing, allowing enough money for other necessities, such as food and transportation,writesPrinceton sociologistMatthew Desmond, who founded The Eviction Lab, in one of the papers featured here.

If a tenant can make up the back rent or otherwise satisfy the landlord finding a new home for a pet in a no-pet apartment, for example then landlord and tenant can avoid litigation. If not, the landlord may decide to proceed to court. If a housing judge grants an eviction order, the landlord can then file with local law enforcement, usually a sheriffs office, and pay a fee to have law enforcement evict the tenant. In a given jurisdiction, there are likely to be many more eviction notices filed than evictions carried out. Landlords often use eviction threats to pressure tenants into paying past due rent and late fees,research shows.

Its important to note that for many tenants, housing trouble and conflict with landlords is likely happening well before the formalized bureaucratic process begins before the law is involved. One tenant in Los Angeles told an academic researcher that she stopped paying rent after living with bedbugs and cockroaches for months, and after asking her landlord numerous times to repair cracks in the kitchen floor where she supposed the pests were getting in. A single mother with four children, she was working 12 hours a day. To her, withholding rent was an appropriate response to the conditions her family was forced to live in. Her landlord sent an eviction notice but she didnt receive a court date because she didnt file a response within the required five-day timeframe. She was busy and didnt know how to navigate the legal process. She lost her eviction case by default.Kyle Nelson, a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles, spent 2014 volunteering at a tenants rights clinic in Los Angeles, chronicling that story and others in which the complexities of life butt up against the precision of the legal system, in aDecember 2019 paperpublished inSocial Problems.

Read on to learn what the research says about the state of eviction in America today with perspectives from landlords and tenants, an analysis of mobile home evictions, a study showing how health insurance can reduce evictions, plus more.

Heavy is the House: Rent Burden among the American Urban Poor

Matthew Desmond.International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, January 2018.

Desmond, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2017 for his bookEvicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, charts how rent has become an increasing burden for households with low incomes in recent decades.

For almost a century, there has been broad consensus in America that families should spend no more than 30% of their income on housing, allowing enough money for other necessities, such as food and transportation, he writes.

But 52% of U.S. families that are poor and rent spend more than half of their income on housing, according to Desmond. Households are considered poor if they fall belowfederal poverty guidelines, which vary based on the number of people in a household. People making between $10,000 and $15,000 each year spent 42% of their income on housing, on average, in 2011, up from 33% in 1991. Desmond notes that evictions are common in urban neighborhoods where residents have less relative income. The New York City housing court system, for instance, processes roughly 350,000 yearly eviction cases, most of them for nonpayment of rent, according to Desmond.

Most basically, the current affordable-housing crisis is the result of costs rising at a much faster rate than incomes, he writes.

Serial Filing: How Landlords Use the Threat of Eviction

Philip Garboden and Eva Rosen.City & Community, May 2019.

The authors interviewed 127 randomly sampled landlords and property managers in Baltimore, Dallas and Cleveland to understand how they use evictions and the threat thereof. Among landlords and property managers in the sample, 40% were Black, 47% were white and 60% were male. About half of the sample held primary rental properties in neighborhoods with high levels of poverty.

We find that landlords generally try to avoid costly evictions, instead relying on the serialthreatof eviction,Philip GarbodenandEva Rosenwrite, emphasis theirs. By redefining renters as debtors, filing assists in rent collection by leveraging the state to materially and symbolically support the landlords debt collection.

In Baltimore, for example, the authors note there are roughly 6,500 evictions executed each year, compared with 150,000 eviction filings exceeding the number of rental units by some 20,000. The interviews reveal landlords who constantly file for eviction against the same tenants. Eviction should not be viewed as a singular event, but rather, an ongoing set of relations between landlord and tenant, according to Garboden, an assistant professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Hawaii, and Rosen, an assistant professor of public policy at Georgetown University. They note their study is intentionally one-sided its purpose is to capture the perspectives of landlords, not tenants.

Most landlords interviewed said they dont want to evict tenants, some because they dont want to put people out, but many because they find the eviction process burdensome. Rick, the owner of seven rental properties in Cleveland, summed up landlords pervasive perspective on eviction succinctly: Dealing with the evictions is a bunch of crap. More specifically, landlords believe the eviction process is capricious, incompetently implemented, and unfair, the authors write.

Another finding: a tenant, even one who doesnt pay rent in full, is often better than no tenant at all. Kicking out a tenant means being ready to absorb the costs of turning over the unit, write Garboden and Rosen. At best, this entails touching up paint, making repairs, replacing or cleaning the carpet, and forgoing rent until a new tenant is found. Landlords estimate that this may run them anywhere between $500 and $1,500.

Filing for an eviction without following through, on the other hand, only incurs a small fee for the landlord in most cases, while putting pressure on the tenant to pay past due rent. Some landlords and property managers saw eviction filings coupled with late fees as a legitimate and non-trivial source of revenue.

The threat of eviction has important consequences on the tenants rental experience, providing an omnipresent signifier for poor renters that a house is not home, the authors conclude.

The Threat of Home Eviction and its Effects on Health through the Equity Lens: A Systematic Review

Hugo Vsquez-Vera, Laia Palncia, Ingrid Magna, Carlos Mena, Jaime Neira and Carme Borrell.Social Science & Medicine, February 2017.

The authors review results from 47 peer-reviewed articles that examine how the threat of eviction affects renters health. The articles were based on 45 studies, 33 of which focused on the U.S. and three-quarters of which were published after 2009.

Findings from several of those studies showed people over age 50 who fell behind on rent were more likely to experience depression. Other studies found renters living under the threat of eviction experienced poorer self-reported health outcomes, such as high blood pressure. Two articles found people threatened by eviction were more likely to have alcohol dependence, though other studies didnt associate eviction threats with alcohol consumption. One study found the alcohol-eviction association among men, but not women.

There is abundant evidence linking stressful life events and psychological, neuroendocrine and immunological changes that can impact mental and physical health, either directly through stress-related physiology or through the adoption of unhealthy behaviors, the authors write.

Displaced in Place: Manufactured Housing, Mass Eviction, and the Paradox of State Intervention

Esther Sullivan.American Sociological Review, February 2017.

Esther Sullivan, an assistant sociology professor at the University of Colorado Denver, examines housing insecurity within manufactured housing the single largest source of unsubsidized affordable housing in the United States, home to about 18 million low-income residents.

Many mobile home owners exist somewhere between renters and traditional home owners. A quarter of people living in mobile homes live in poverty, according to Sullivan, and one-third of mobile homeowners have land-lease arrangements. That means they own their mobile home but rent the ground below, making the risk of eviction inscribed into the very land on which they live, Sullivan writes.

Over two years, Sullivan interviewed residents in several mobile home parks in Florida and Texas, which have among the highest rates of people living in mobile home parks. Sullivan lived in parks in both states during her research. While Florida and Texas have very different laws regulating mobile home eviction, Florida is widely seen as having stronger laws protecting mobile home residents than Texas.

There were some key demographic differences between the two Florida parks and two Texas parks Sullivan included in her analysis. The Florida parks were primarily made up of people over age 55 who were predominately white. The Texas parks had residents of all ages and many were Central American immigrants. Sullivan offers that those demographic differences may have affected how residents responded to their evictions, but she also finds significant similarities among residents of the four parks, such as living in poverty and numerous past instances of forced relocation.

The mobile park closures resulted in serious upheaval for residents, but differences emerged as residents began to manage the terms and timing of the relocation, Sullivan writes. In Florida, with its cottage industry of mobile home moving services, public-private partnership arrangements made the terms and timing confusing and stressful for soon-to-be evicted mobile park residents. Owners of the mobile park where Sullivan lived said they would cover relocation costs up to $10,000, on top of a $3,000 voucher from the state for relocation, because they had put together a relocation package by partnering with two other privately owned companies, Sullivan writes. Residents in the Florida park received eviction notices in October and had expected to have until the spring to move. But to accommodate the schedule of one of the privately-owned moving companies, that move-out date was suddenly pushed up to January.

In Florida, residents experienced a stalled and then accelerated notification period as corporate intermediaries restructured the relocation in line with their own terms and timeline, Sullivan writes. Within Floridas system, residents lost their ability to choose their moving dates and contractors, and they were pushed to exit their homes before the date they were legally entitled.

Texas, with its hands-off approach and no financial aid for relocation, was different. Residents in the mobile parks there quickly pushed to relocate after they received eviction notices in the spring. The forced moves were not without harm, depleting some families savings. Others were able to use tax rebate checks that coincided with the eviction to pay for their moves. But Sullivan finds, overall, that residents in the Texas parks experienced less stress and turmoil compared with the Floridians.

Paradoxically, Floridas more protective regulatory environment incubated a more prolonged, disorienting and detrimental fallout for residents, Sullivan writes.

From Foreclosure to Eviction: Housing Insecurity in Corporate-Owned Single-Family Rentals

Elora Lee, Raymond Richard Duckworth, Benjamin Miller, Michael Lucas Atlanta and Shiraj Pokharel.Cityscape, November 2018.

The authors explore how corporate ownership of rental properties relates to evictions, based on evictions records from Fulton County, Georgia, which includes Atlanta. They matched eviction filings with tax assessment and deed records. Evictions in the county were geographically concentrated. While more than 20% of all rental households received an eviction notice in 2015, and more than 100 eviction notices were filed daily, in some zip codes 40% of rental households were subject to eviction notices that year.

Properties that were corporate-owned saw much higher rates of eviction. Firms that had more than 15 single-family rental homes were 68% more likely than small landlords to file eviction notices, even after controlling for past foreclosure status, property characteristics and neighborhood, the authors write.

One corporate owner, Colony Capital, was 205% more likely to file eviction notices compared with non-corporate entities, on average. Black tenants along with households headed by women were, in general, more likely than other tenants and households to receive an eviction notice.

One possible reason large corporate landlords backed by institutional investors may have higher eviction filing notices is that they may routinely use eviction notices as a rent collection strategy, the authors write.

The Effects of the ACA Medicaid Expansion on Nationwide Home Evictions and Eviction-Court Initiations: United States, 20002016

Naomi Zewde, Erica Eliason, Heidi Allen and Tal Gross.American Journal of Public Health, October 2019.

The Affordable Care Actprovided new health coveragefor about14 million Americansunder Medicaid. Using data from The Eviction Lab, the authors estimate the consequences of expanded government health care coverage on nationwide county-level evictions and eviction filings from 2000 to 2016. They associate Medicaid expansion with yearly eviction filing rates dropping by 1.59 per 1,000 rental units. They also found that higher rates of Black residents in a county were associated with higher eviction filing rates, after controlling for poverty and rent costs.

The authors offer three potential reasons for the association between expanded health coverage and lower overall eviction rates. The first is simply that families with health coverage are better off financially because theyre less likely to incurlarge medical bills. The second is that having access to medical care may alleviate poor health as a trigger for housing-related economic hardships, they write. Finally, better health may mean better employment less time missing work for health reasons, for example, and less risk of subsequently being fired. And while health coverage can reduce evictions, evictions can worsen health.

Evicted families are more likely to accept unsafe and inadequate housing conditions because of damaged credit and rental histories and a heightened need to secure immediate shelter, leading to both acute and long-term risk of worsened health outcomes, the authors write.

Does Eviction Cause Poverty? Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Cook County, IL

John Eric Humphries, Nicholas Mader, Daniel Tannenbaum and Winnie van Dijk.National Bureau of Economic ResearchWorking Paper, August 2019.

With 30,000 to 40,000 evictions cases filed each year in Cook County, Illinois, which includes Chicago, the authors analyzed nearly every eviction case filed there from 2000 to 2016, linked to credit bureau data on defendants credit reports. They find 55% of tenants who had not been evicted had no open line of credit, like a credit card, compared with 61% of evicted tenants, in the 13 to 36 months following an eviction. Tenants in eviction court also have thousands of dollars more in debt more than $3,000 in the 13 to 36 months after an eviction compared with about $1,200 for a random sample of people from the same neighborhood.

Still, despite reduced access to credit and higher debt, the authors write that while we find small causal effects on financial health and larger effects on access to credit, the results are much more moderate than the existing work on evictions. Moreover, both evicted and non-evicted households face increasing financial distress more than two years before the eviction court case is filed.

The authors also note they cannot directly speak to the effectiveness of policies targeting populations at risk of eviction, such as emergency relief funds, or assistance programs for recently evicted tenants.

Government Assistance Protects LowIncome Families from Eviction

Ian Lundberg, Sarah Gold, Louis Donnelly, Jeanne BrooksGunn and Sara McLanahan.Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, June 2020.

In this paper, government assistance means public housing. The authors use data from Princeton and Columbia UniversitysFragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, which followed families of children born from 1998 to 2000 in large U.S. cities and surveyed them when the children were 1, 3, 5, 9 and 15 years old. Their parents were more likely to be unmarried, producing a large sample of urban families at especially high risk of both housing assistance and eviction.

The final sample included about 1,300 children. The authors estimate children in the sample who lived in public housing by age 9 were 8 percentage points less likely to have experienced eviction by age 15.

For policymakers who view eviction as only one of many outcomes of interest, the implications of our results should be taken in the context of research on the effects of public housing on other outcomes, the authors write. Expansion of public housing may produce unwanted side effects, such as increases in income segregation or reductions in quality as public housing falls into disrepair.

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The new Colorado laws that go into effect in 2020 | 9news.com

The new Colorado laws cover everything from surprise medical bills to bed bugs.

DENVER New year, new laws.

Multiple new laws passed by Colorados Democrat-controlled House and Senate and signed by Gov. Jared Polis (D) went into effect on January 1, 2020 following a busy 2019 legislative session.

Heres a look at what's new:

Better known as the red flag law, this was one of the most contentious items to arise from the 2019 legislative session.

This bill essentially allows a judge to temporarily seize the weapons of someone deemed a threat to themselves or others.

Dozens of counties around the state, including Weld County, have passed resolutions declaring themselves second amendment sanctuary counties, meaning they don't plan to enforce the new law.

The red flag law was written into the law books on April 12, but couldn't be used for the first until January 1, 2020.

Per the language in the red flag law, it requires that courts develop a standard petition form by January 1, 2020 -- and that law enforcement develop their policies by that same date.

It also means that families and law enforcement agencies can petition the courts for extreme risk protection orders beginning in 2020.

You can read the full text of the law here:http://bit.ly/37fu7L1

This law seeks to prevent medical providers from sending so-called surprise medical bills directly to patients.

The legislation comesin part from a 9Wants to Know investigation that exposed this practice, which involves patients who visit facilities in-network with their health insurance nevertheless receiving unexpected out-of-network medical bills.

Opponents of the bill have argued it could drive emergency room doctors out of the state, but the bills sponsors have said they dont believe it will have this impact.

Read the full text of the bill here:http://bit.ly/2rtFjEq

The new law puts a cap on what a patient pays for insulin -- $100 per 30-day supply for people with private insurance and insurance through Connect for Health Colorado (the state doesn't have the power to change health care plans run by the federal government).

That's a change for some people who pay as much as $600 a month for insulin.

Colorado is the first state to have such a law. State Rep. Dylan Robers (D-Avon) said that since it was signed, about 20 legislators from other states have contacted him to ask about implementing it, as well.

Illinois signed its own insulin cap law in 2019. That law goes into effect in 2021.

If patients run into problems with their pharmacies and suspect the cap isn't being enforced, the concern can be reported to:

Division of Insurance, Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies

Phone: 303-894-7499 | 1-800-930-3745

Read the full text of the bill here:https://bit.ly/2rKy5vR

Under this new law, employers that fail to pay wages or meet the state minimum wage can now be charged with theft something that can range from anything from a petty offense to a felony. Previously, employers convicted of refusing to pay wages would be guilty of an unclassified misdemeanor.

Read the full text of the bill here:http://bit.ly/34TxyFu

This new law allows for permits to deliver medical marijuana starting in 2020 and decriminalizes marijuana delivery (one delivery per day), as long as it's allowed in the local jurisdiction. Deliveries can't be made to college campuses. Recreational delivery can begin in 2021.

Read the full text of the bill here:https://bit.ly/2ZGHm4G

"Marijuana hospitality establishments" can exist under this law. People can use medial or recreational marijuana inside these establishments, with local jurisdiction approval. Restaurants can apply, but not if they have a liquor license, as well.

Marijuana is an exception to the "Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act" under this law.

Read the full text of the bill here:https://bit.ly/2MM0nxq

This bill modifies provisions of the Food Protection Act in the following ways:

- It clarifies the definition of imminent health hazard

- Removes the minimum amount of a civil penalty and sets the maximum at $1,000

- Creates a new civil penalty process for inspection violations

- Requires the system to communicate inspection results only be revised through the triennial stakeholder process

Read the full text of the bill here:http://bit.ly/2Svmrjw

This law allows local governments to establish a minimum wage for people working in their jurisdiction. Previous state law prohibited local governments from enacting minimum wage laws separate from those of the state.

Under the new law, local governments are limited in how the minimum wage can increase: either $1.75 per hour or 15% of the states minimum wage, whichever is greater.

Colorados minimum wage will increase to $12 per hour starting on January 1, 2020.

Read the full text of the bill here:http://bit.ly/2tRpzvL

This bill requires tenants to notify landlords about potential bedbugs as soon as possible, and that landlords must inspect the offending units within 96 hours of receiving notice.

In addition, landlords are responsible for all of the costs associated with mitigating bed bugs.

Read the full text of the bill here:http://bit.ly/34X6ghz

This bill establishes regulations for peer-to-peer car sharing programs. These programs like the Turo app essentially let drivers rent cars directly from their owners for a fee.

The legislation requires record keeping for transactions in these programs, emergency numbers for roadside assistance and insurance coverage.

Read the full text of the bill here:http://bit.ly/2EWYxFK

This bill requires that car insurance customers and their insurers disclose information regarding automobile liability insurance coverage to individuals making claims.

This information includes the name of the insurer, the name of the insured party, the limits of the liability coverage and a copy of the policy. Failure to do so could result in damages of $100 a day beginning 31 days after this information is first requested.

Read the full text of the bill here:http://bit.ly/2ZsZkaB

This bill changes the requirements for renewing and reinstating plumber licenses. For instance, beginning on May 1, 2021, persons renewing their plumbing licenses need to have completed eight hours of continuing education for every year that has passed since their last renewal.

It also mandates the State Plumbing Board adopt new rules for continuing education requirements and standards by July 1, 2020.

Read the full text of the bill here:http://bit.ly/2sdsM8I

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