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 By John Hanna    Regional    April 19, 2019

Forecast gives Kansas a little room on Medicaid, tax relief

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials issued a new fiscal forecast Thursday that's slightly more optimistic about how much tax revenue the state should expect to collect over the next two years, creating a little more breathing room for expanding...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    April 19, 2019

Kansas to let Farm Bureau health coverage avoid ACA rules

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will allow its state Farm Bureau to offer health care coverage that doesn't satisfy the Affordable Care Act after Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday declined to block a Republican-backed effort to circumvent former...

 

Study: Some Kansas babies might not be sleeping safely

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A state report says many Kansas families may not be following safe sleep practices designed to diminish the risk of infants dying in their sleep. KCUR-FM reports that the Kansas Department of Health and Environment released a...

 

Arkansas medical marijuana sales set to begin in mid-May

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Medical marijuana sales in Arkansas are set to begin around May 12 as cultivators plan to begin harvesting the plant in the coming days and regulators finish the approval process for the state's first dispensaries....

 

New Mexico reaches deal to settle 32-year-old lawsuit

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A recent settlement outlines a path to ending a 32-year-old lawsuit in New Mexico. The state on Thursday reached a preliminary settlement in the class-action Jackson lawsuit over the rights of developmentally and...

 
 By K.S. MCNUTT    Regional    April 18, 2019

Parkinson's patients take delight in free dance class

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The dancers are seated in a large circle as the music begins, one in a wheelchair. Their movements are slow at first — deep breathing, stretching, reaching. As the dance class progresses, so does the energy in the room....

 

Kelly signs National Guard counseling bill

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly has signed a bill that protects the identities of Kansas National Guard members who undergo counseling. The legislation signed by the governor on Wednesday is designed to encourage service members to seek help...

 

Oklahoma lawmakers send abortion 'reversal' bill to governor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Doctors who perform medication abortions could face felony charges for not informing women about the possibility of reversing the process under a bill that is heading to the Oklahoma governor's desk. The state House voted...

 
 By Andy Marso    Regional    April 17, 2019

Kansas artist battles health care system as disease advances

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — In a small back room of his Kansas City, Kansas, art studio, Michael Brantley pointed out a painting stretching across one wall. It was a bird's-eye view of a man playing a trumpet that Brantley said was once part of a...

 

Kansas' stronger beer likely won't mean bigger buzz

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kansas finally abandoned a Prohibition-era rule that restricted certain stores to only sell beer with up to 3.2% alcohol content, but the stronger beer that's now allowed doesn't contain much more alcohol. Kansas this...

 

Oklahoma judge, not jury, to decide case against drugmakers

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge has ruled that he, not a jury, will decide the state's case against several drug manufacturers for their alleged role in the nation's deadly opioid crisis. The attorney general's office says Cleveland County...

 

Autistic Missouri man loses lawsuit over police arrest

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The parents of a Missouri man with autism who was shocked several times with a Taser during a confrontation that began when he stopped to tie his shoe lost their lawsuit over how his arrest was conducted. A federal grand jury...

 

Study: Missouri's marijuana supply will outpace demand

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri won't have enough demand for medical marijuana to support the number of businesses the state is required to license by next year, according to a new study. Three University of Missouri researchers recently told state...

 

Missouri's Boone County joins opioid lawsuit

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Another Missouri county is suing some of the nation's biggest drug companies over the opioid epidemic. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that a resolution was approved Thursday naming a St. Louis firm to represent Boone...

 

Rise in suicide attempts in Texas prisons alarms advocates

DALLAS (AP) — Sawyer Letcher heard voices others couldn't. They told him to hurt himself. Trying to silence the clamor in his head, the 19-year-old would bang it against a prison wall in Texas until he bled. He tried to hang himself at least twice...

 

Oklahoma doctor gets 5 months in prison in opioid fraud case

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma doctor accused of writing fake opioid prescriptions so his patients could return the pills for his personal use has been sentenced to five months in federal prison. Court records indicate Dr. Jeremy David Thomas of...

 

Oklahoma medical pot sales still climbing, top $12M in March

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma tax officials say medical marijuana sales topped $12 million last month, marking the sixth straight month of explosive growth for the new industry. The Oklahoma Tax Commission reported the state collected more than...

 

City settles with woman hurt in crash with front-loader

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita officials have agreed to pay $125,000 to settle a lawsuit with an 81-year-old woman who was hurt when a city worker ran into her family's car with a front-loader truck. The Wichita Eagle reports that the City Council...

 
 By CASS RAINS    Regional    April 7, 2019

Family ranch uses higher-end breed to produce healthier meat

FAIRMONT, Okla. (AP) — Linda Woodruff and her family raise the Japanese breed of Wagyu cattle on their family farm, Silverwood Wagyu, east of Fairmont. The name comes from "Wa," which means Japanese, and "Gyu," which means cow. Silverwood also is...

 
 By Tim Talley    Regional    April 5, 2019

Oklahoma drops some claims against opioid manufacturers

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A week after reaching a $270 million settlement with the maker of OxyContin, Oklahoma's attorney general Thursday dropped some claims in its lawsuit against other drugmakers in an effort to force them to pay the cost of the...

 

Democrat seeks debate on Medicaid expansion in Kansas Senate

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate's top Democrat is trying to force the chamber to debate Medicaid expansion. Minority Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka notified the Senate on Friday that he will try to pull a Medicaid expansion bill out of...

 
 By MARY HUDETZ    Regional    April 4, 2019

Autopsy: Migrant boy who died in US had flu infection

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An autopsy report confirmed Wednesday that an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died while in custody of the U.S. Border Patrol on Christmas Eve succumbed to a flu infection — one of two deaths of Central American children in...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    April 3, 2019

Kansas expansion foes signal nervousness with Medicaid move

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Republican lawmakers in Kansas appear skittish about being able to block Medicaid expansion, offering political cover to moderate GOP colleagues if they back off their push for an expansion this year. State Senate President...

 

Medical marijuana advocates laying plans for next session

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Advocates for legalizing medical marijuana in Kansas are preparing to push their cause again, as the year's legislative session winds down without much action on several bills related to the issue. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly...

 

What Oklahoma's opioid settlement means for other states, cities and counties suing Purdue Pharma

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter recently announced that the state had reached a US$270 million settlement with...

 

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