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Tackle food safety during tailgating season

Football season is here, and many fans are holding tailgate parties to cheer on their favorite teams. Oklahoma State University’s Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center wants to keep your food safe and recommends food safety tips for...

 

Quarantine at Arkansas prison after chicken pox outbreak

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (AP) — Corrections officials have quarantined nearly 300 inmates after identifying five cases of chicken pox at an eastern Arkansas prison. The Arkansas Department of Correction said Thursday that the quarantine at the East...

 

Report: Missouri nursing home resident died from overfeeding

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal report says a St. Louis County nursing home resident choked and died in July after a mishandled tube feeding. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that St. Louis Place Health and Rehabilitation was cited for placing...

 

Kansas veterinarians warn dog owners of diseased raccoons

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State University's Veterinary Health Center is warning dog owners to be careful amid a recent outbreak of a highly contagious disease among raccoons. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that veterinarians at the center...

 

Kansas sanctions Missouri doctor over 13-year-old's abortion

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas suspended a former Planned Parenthood physician-contractor's state medical license for 90 days for failing to preserve a fetal tissue sample from a 13-year-old girl's abortion so that it could be sent to authorities. The...

 

Dozens of Kansas foster kids stayed in offices overnight

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Nearly 100 foster children in Kansas have stayed overnight in the offices of contractors who administer the state's foster care system because no foster homes are available, state contractors told a meeting of the state's Child...

 

In search of new ways to tame opioid crisis

Oklahoma is among the nation’s leaders in combating the opioid epidemic in some ways, but lags in others. The question of what more Oklahoma can do to reduce the hundreds of fatal overdoses from prescription painkillers each year will hover over...

 

Oklahoma boy with autism finds comfort in fishing

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Three inches of fish flesh, no more than two eyes and a wiggle on the end of a fishing line holds a world of emotion for a child, especially Sterling Snider. He calls fish "bah-pay!" and he says it with gusto. No one knows...

 

Suicide among veterans highest in western US, rural areas

WASHINGTON (AP) — Suicide among military veterans is especially high in the western U.S. and rural areas, according to new government data that show wide state-by-state disparities and suggest social isolation, gun ownership and access to health ca...

 

Analysis: Medical pot deadline opens new set of challenges

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas will get its first hint this week of just how large the state's medical marijuana industry will become with hundreds of applications expected to be delivered for those wanting to grow and sell the drug. But there...

 

New Mexico suicide rate drops

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Suicides are down in New Mexico for the first time in several years. That's according to the New Mexico Department of Health, which reports a 6 percent drop in the number of suicides in 2016 when compared to 2015. The...

 

Man dies after fall from top of moving train in Oklahoma

MEDFORD, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a man was killed when he fell from the top of a moving train and was run over in northwestern Oklahoma. An OHP report says 43-year-old David Duane McCullum of Woodward was dead at the scene of... Full story

 

Tyson evaluates Kansas chicken plant after officials' move

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A spokesman says Tyson Foods Inc. is evaluating its options after local official backed away from offering a key incentive for a planned chicken-processing plant in northeast Kansas. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that...

 

University of Kansas Hospital sued for neglecting harassment

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas Hospital Authority is facing a lawsuit from a former cafeteria worker who says the hospital's human resources department neglected to stop sexual harassment by a co-worker. The Kansas City Star...

 

Tulsa denies emergency agency's request for rate increase

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa City Council has denied the Emergency Medical Services Authority's request to raise its rates to help cover its defense in a federal kickbacks lawsuit. The authority's board of trustees voted in August to increase thei...

 

Greitens, lawmakers clash on money for prescription program

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri legislative budgeters on Thursday questioned why and how Gov. Eric Greitens' administration found money for a new program to fight prescription drug misuse amid strained state finances and without first asking...

 

Arkansas residents with health care insurance rise

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A government agency survey says the percentage of Arkansas residents with health care insurance is on the rise, putting the state above the national average. The number of uninsured residents dropped last year by almost...

 

North Texas dairy part of raw milk warning, 1 sick

PARADISE, Texas (AP) — Experts say people who consumed raw milk or raw milk products from a North Texas dairy could have contracted an infectious disease and need to take antibiotics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday issued...

 

Harvey and Irma present nearly perfect conditions for Zika-spreading mosquitoes

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Even as the floodwaters from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma begin to recede, significant but less obvious health threats...

 

AP FACT CHECK: No consensus on government-paid health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are not clamoring for single-payer health care, as Sen. Bernie Sanders suggests they are in proposing a plan that would have the government foot most medical bills. He's right that support for the idea has grown and in...

 

Want to fix America's health care? First, focus on food

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) The national debate on health care is moving into a new, hopefully bipartisan phase. The fundamental underlying...

 

New Mexico prosecutor, insurance company spar over taxes

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A standoff over millions of dollars in insurance premium taxes escalated on Tuesday between New Mexico's attorney general and the state's largest health-care insurance provider. New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas...

 

Missouri paramedic replaced pain-killing drugs with water

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former employee of two northwest Missouri ambulance service has admitted that he replaced pain-killing drugs in ambulances with sterile water. Federal prosecutors say 31-year-old Joseph Comstock pleaded guilty Tuesday to... Full story

 

Rate of Texans without health insurance falls, still tops US

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The number of people without health insurance in Texas continues to decline, but the state still has more residents without coverage than anywhere in the nation. U.S. Census Bureau data released Tuesday shows Texas' 2016 rate...

 

Medical school gets $11M grant to set up biomedical center

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico School of Medicine has received an $11 million federal grant to establish a new biomedical center. The National Institutes of Health funding will be provided over five years for research into...

 

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