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 By John Hanna    Regional    February 15, 2019 

Under new governor, Kansas redoing child welfare grants

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has terminated grants to two nonprofit agencies for services for troubled families and plans to renegotiate the grant terms to four agencies for services for foster children, Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly announced...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    February 15, 2019 

Kansas' abortion uncertainty fuels response to New York law

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas abortion opponents are as eager as ever to impose new restrictions but aren't sure of their options because the state's legal climate is uncertain. So in the meantime, they're putting their energy into condemning New...

 

Small hospital, clinics in southeast Kansas will close

OSWEGO, Kan. (AP) — A hospital in a small southeast Kansas town is closing immediately, in part because it doesn't have enough money to pay employees. The board of directors of Oswego Community Hospital announced the decision Thursday. The board...

 
 By ANITA SNOW    Regional    February 15, 2019 

Deadly blue 'Mexican oxy' pills take toll on US Southwest

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Aaron Francisco Chavez swallowed at least one of the sky blue pills at a Halloween party before falling asleep forever. He became yet another victim killed by a flood of illicit fentanyl smuggled from Mexico by the Sinaloa...

 

Mississippi, Alabama and Oklahoma Top State List for Flu Activity

DEERFIELD, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 13, 2019--The Walgreens Flu Index™ is a weekly report developed to provide state- and market-specific information regarding flu activity, and ranks those states and markets experiencing the highest incidences...

 

Lawrence considering sharp reduction in marijuana penalties

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Lawrence city commissioners appear open to a proposal to significantly reduce the fines for possession of small amounts of marijuana in the city. During a work session Tuesday, the commission reviewed a draft ordinance that...

 

Arkansas lawmaker's plan tightens abortion ban to 18 weeks

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker in Arkansas, which has some of the strictest abortion prohibitions in the country, wants the state to go even further with a measure that would prohibit the procedure 18 weeks into a pregnancy. The...

 

Effort to add medical marijuana conditions in Arkansas fails

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An effort to add 40 more conditions that would qualify patients to use medical marijuana in Arkansas has failed before a legislative committee. The proposal expanding the qualifying medical conditions failed before the...

 

New Mexico reverses course on Medicaid charges for patients

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is reversing course on its plans to charge some patients covered by Medicaid a monthly insurance premium of $10 and co-payments of $8 on certain brand-name drugs and visits to the emergency room for routine medical...

 

Medical pot sales in Oklahoma top $4.3 million in January

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Numbers from the Oklahoma Tax Commission show medical marijuana sales topped $4.3 million in January, a four-fold increase from the previous month. The agency released figures on Tuesday that show the 7 percent tax on medical...

 

Report finds Kansas' nursing home inspections faulty

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas state agency responsible for inspecting nursing homes did not correctly respond to problems uncovered in a federal government audit, but it has made some improvements in recent months, according to the agency's...

 

Nursing home worker pleads guilty to stealing from resident

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A 51-year-old former Olathe nursing home employee pleaded guilty to stealing jewelry from a resident suffering from dementia. Tonette Raylene Ealy, of Kansas City, Kansas, pleaded guilty Friday to a misdemeanor count of...

 

Subsidy permits CCMC to offer dental care to the uninsured

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Cooperative Christian Ministries and Clinic hosted an open house recently to celebrate its newly updated oral hygiene program thanks to a $10,000 grant from Delta Dental and the Hot Springs Area Community Foundation. "This...

 

Oklahoma board to consider new poultry house location rules

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Board of Agriculture is set to consider measures Tuesday that would establish regulations for the location of poultry operations. Most important among the new proposals is one that requires poultry houses with more...

 

AG files appeal to allow telemedicine abortion ban in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is appealing a judge's ruling that allows telemedicine abortions in the state even though legislators have enacted three laws against them within eight years. Attorney General Derek Schmidt filed the appeal Friday with...

 

Kansas teen with unexplained lung condition returns home

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A teen who became the first patient at a Kansas City hospital to walk while on life support has spent more than a year pushing the boundaries of her recovery from unexplained lung failure, and now she's finally ready to...

 

Oklahoma governor, GOP leaders open to Medicaid expansion

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's new Republican governor and GOP leaders in the House and Senate expressed willingness on Wednesday to consider some version of a Medicaid expansion that would extend health insurance to tens of thousands of...

 

Proposed amendment would effectively ban abortion in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas House will consider a state constitutional amendment that would grant human rights from the moment of fertilization, even as lawmakers await a state Supreme Court ruling on whether the constitution guarantees a right...

 

New Mexico may open Medicaid to paying customers

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico would open its Medicaid program to new paying customers in an effort to expand affordable health care options under proposed legislation unveiled on Wednesday. The measure from Democratic Rep. Deborah Armstrong of A...

 

Kelly revives 2017 plan for expanding Medicaid in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly released a plan Tuesday for expanding Medicaid in Kansas that revives a bipartisan proposal vetoed two years ago by a Republican predecessor. Kelly's legislation would extend state health coverage to...

 

Fox bites homeowner in New Mexico, tests positive for rabies

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health says a fox that bit a Las Vegas homeowner has tested positive for rabies. State Game and Fish authorities responded to a call last Saturday from the homeowner who believed the fox was...

 

Woman dies following assault at Oklahoma City nursing center

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A 69-year-old resident of an Oklahoma City nursing center has died after she was allegedly assaulted by a fellow resident. Carolyn Irene Rutledge died Tuesday after suffering a head injury Saturday in the cafeteria of the...

 

Fire official: Wichita victim was smoking while using oxygen

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita's fire marshal says a 58-year-old man who died in a house fire was smoking while using oxygen. Battalion Chief Jim Wilson says crews were called to a home in south Wichita early Thursday after a passerby reported...

 

St. Louis center marks 500th heart transplant

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis heart transplant program has reached a significant milestone — 500 heart-only transplants. The St. Louis Children's and Washington University Heart Center says the 500th transplant began Wednesday and was completed...

 

Arkansas mental health provider announces layoffs

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A nonprofit mental health provider in Arkansas has announced plans to lay off more than 10 percent of its staff because of financial losses, which mental health advocates fear will limit access to important resources....

 

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