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 By Donald Stotts    Regional    June 16, 2019 

Cattle producers should watch for signs of blackleg and anthrax after floodwaters recede

Livestock producers who recently experienced flooding events need to be on the lookout for signs of blackleg and anthrax in their cattle. “Incidences of both diseases can easily occur in periods of dry weather after floodwaters recede,” said Dr....

 

Cattle producers should examine animals for signs of foot rot

The excessive amounts of rainfall that have inundated parts of Oklahoma over the past few weeks is a warning sign for cattle producers to keep an eye out for lameness in their animals. “Lameness is the first sign of foot rot, an acute and highly in...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Regional    June 14, 2019

Thunder GM Presti, wife donate $600,000 to hospital

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunder general manager Sam Presti and his wife, Shannon, have donated $600,000 to The Children's Hospital at OU Medicine. OU Medicine made the announcement Thursday in a news release. The donation will fund renovations and...

 

New campaign seeks to put Medicaid expansion up for a vote

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A statewide coalition has launched a campaign to put the question of whether to expand Medicaid coverage to thousands of uninsured Oklahoma residents before voters. A group of medical professionals, patients, business leaders,...

 

Kansas teen who died at Colorado camp likely had blood clot

WESTCLIFFE, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say a Kansas teenager who died at a Colorado church camp likely had a blood clot that lodged in his lung. Custer County Sheriff Shannon Byerly said in a news release that preliminary autopsy results indicate...

 

Tulsa police work to develop wellness program

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — For as long as Capt. Shellie Seibert can remember, the Tulsa Police Department has had a support team that responds to critical incidents, but officers burdened by chronic exposure to trauma or everyday stresses kept quiet....

 

Most Kansas inmates must wait for hepatitis C treatment

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Despite a recent settlement of a Medicaid lawsuit involving people with hepatitis C, hundreds of the state's prison inmates will wait another year for the expensive treatment. Kansas News Service reports state prison officials...

 

Baby dies after being left in hot car in southern Kansas

ROSE HILL, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a 3-month-old girl has died after being left in a hot car in south-central Kansas. Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet says emergency crews responded around 4 p.m. Saturday to a home near Rose Hill and...

 

Entire state under moderate risk of West Nile infections

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas health officials say every county in the state is at moderate risk of West Nile virus infections. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Friday no human cases have been reported as of May 25. The virus can...

 

Missouri agency seeks input on rules to combat deer disease

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Department of Conservation is proposing new rules on the handling of deer carcasses in an effort to combat chronic wasting disease. The department's Conservation Commission is seeking public comments through...

 

Colorado a step closer to adopting health reinsurance plan

DENVER (AP) — Colorado is a step closer to creating a program designed to lower health insurance premiums on the Affordable Care Act individual market. If approved by federal officials in Washington, D.C., a state reinsurance program could help...

 
 By GARANCE BURKE    Regional    June 7, 2019

US opens new mass facility in Texas for migrant children

The federal government is opening a new mass facility to hold migrant children in Texas and considering detaining hundreds more youths on three military bases around the country, adding up to 3,000 new beds to the already overtaxed system. The new...

 

2-year-old boy's death at Wichita motel under investigation

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a 2-year-old boy who was on the radar of child welfare officials died at a Wichita motel. The Kansas Department of Children and Families identified the boy Thursday as Zayden Jaynesahkluah....

 

Kansas, former student settle lawsuit over mold in dorm

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas is paying a former student-athlete $40,000 to settle a lawsuit claiming she became ill because of mold in the vents of her dormitory room. The Lawrence Journal-World report s the university denies the...

 
 By Jim Salter    Regional    June 6, 2019

Missouri official stresses safety over abortion access

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Patient safety takes priority over access to abortion, Missouri's health department director said Wednesday after a court hearing on an effort by the state's only abortion clinic to keep operating. Missouri Department of Health...

 

Mike Pence pledges to rebuild after Oklahoma flood damage

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is pledging to rebuild parts of Oklahoma damaged by flooding. Pence, his wife and federal agency heads on Tuesday toured Tulsa-area neighborhoods swamped after the swollen Arkansas River left its...

 

Stitt replaces director of Oklahoma's human services agency

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has appointed an Oklahoma City businessman with a background in health care, finance and senior living to head up the state's Department of Human Services. Stitt announced Tuesday his appointment of...

 

Oklahoma sees spike in heroin-related deaths over past week

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics is warning of a spike in heroin-related deaths over the past week. The bureau says seven people have died of suspected overdoses since May 27. Five of the deaths were in the Oklahoma City area...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    June 5, 2019

Kansas GOP leaders: Food assistance policy breaks state law

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Republican legislators on Tuesday accused Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's administration of breaking Kansas law with a new policy that makes it easier for adults who are not working to keep receiving food assistance. The...

 

Judge: Doctor testimony not needed in Missouri abortion case

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis judge ruled Tuesday that testimony from non-staff doctors at Missouri's only abortion clinic will not be necessary for a hearing that will determine if the clinic can remain open. Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer agreed...

 

Oklahoma Heart Hospital settles whistleblower lawsuit

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma hospital has agreed to a $2.8 million settlement in a whistleblower lawsuit in which a former nurse alleged the hospital made false Medicaid claims. Oklahoma Heart Hospital admitted no wrongdoing in paying out the...

 
 By Jim Salter    Regional    June 2, 2019

Q&A: Possible closure of Missouri's lone abortion clinic

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri has at least temporarily avoided becoming the first state without a functioning abortion clinic since 1974, the year after the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. A St. Louis judge on Friday intervened on behalf of a...

 

Judge considering Missouri abortion clinic license case

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A judge is deciding whether to ensure Missouri's only abortion clinic can keep its license past Friday, the latest development in a decades-long push by abortion opponents to get states to enact strict rules on the procedure. Like...

 
 By ANDY MARSO    Regional    May 31, 2019

Missouri woman gives birth after fallopian tubes removed

KEARNEY, Mo. (AP) — Elizabeth Kough had been pregnant before. She knew how it felt. She just couldn't believe it had happened this time. Kough was at her house in Kearney last year when she got the positive test result on a home kit. It was...

 

Judge says Missouri clinic can keep providing abortions

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A judge issued an order Friday to keep Missouri's only abortion clinic operating over the objections of state health officials, delivering abortion-rights advocates a courtroom victory after a string of setbacks in legislatures...

 

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