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Oklahoma lawmakers criticize state audit of Veterans Affairs

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers are siding with the state's Department of Veterans Affairs after a state audit criticized the agency. The auditor's office received a letter Wednesday signed by 11 lawmakers. The letter accuses auditors of...

 
 By ANNA KUCHMENT    Regional    August 17, 2018 

Texas couple races against time to treat son's rare disease

MCKINNEY, Texas (AP) — Ever since doctors diagnosed his son with a rare disease, Doug Woleben has spent every evening on his computer, searching for a way to save the 6-year-old's life. He has mastered the foreign language of medical literature,...

 

Houston hospital loses heart transplant Medicaid funding

HOUSTON (AP) — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has stopped funding a Houston hospital's renowned heart transplant program amid scrutiny over patient deaths. Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center lost the federal funding Friday under a...

 

Arkansas picks firm to rank medical marijuana applicants

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas has chosen a Boston-based consultant to grade the more than 200 applications for the state's first medical marijuana dispensary licenses. Public Consulting Group Inc. was one of just two companies to respond to...

 

Oklahoma agency urges judge to not block new marijuana law

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Health Department has warned a judge that the public will be harmed if the state can't implement key rules on medical marijuana. The agency on Tuesday listed eight potential dangers to the public if the new rules...

 

Oklahoma school reopens after transgender student threatened

ACHILLE, Okla. (AP) — Officials have reopened a rural Oklahoma school system after an investigation into comments authorities deemed threatening to a transgender student. Achille (A'-chil-ee) Public Schools, near the Texas border, reopened...

 

Kansas nurses sue to overturn midwife law

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Two nurse midwives are trying to overturn a Kansas law prohibiting them from practicing without physician oversight after they lost the ability to deliver babies at a hospital. Kara Winkler and Julie Gorenc have filed a...

 

Juvenile facility guard placed on leave after teen injured

OTTAWA, Kan. (AP) — Officials say a guard at a northeast Kansas juvenile detention facility has been placed on leave after a teen was injured so severely that his mother said he required emergency brain surgery. Franklin County juvenile services...

 

Northeastern Arkansas hepatitis A outbreak unusually severe

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An atypical and unusually severe hepatitis A outbreak in northeastern Arkansas has infected at least 85 people and caused at least one death since February, health officials said Tuesday. In the past week, officials...

 

34 sickened in southeast Missouri salmonella outbreak

PERRYVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A southeast Missouri county is investigating a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 34 people. The Southeast Missourian reports that the cause hasn't been determined. Perry County Health Department communicable disease...

 

Swimmer recovering after being bitten by shark off Texas

CRYSTAL BEACH, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a 42-year-old man has been bitten by a shark while swimming off Texas and he's being treated for numerous puncture wounds to his right leg. The Galveston County Sheriff's Office says the man was bitten...

 
 By Paul Monies    Regional    August 9, 2018

Medical marijuana will be a cash-only market, with hassles for all

Oklahoma’s adoption of medical marijuana will be green in more ways than one: Retail dispensaries, processors, growing operations and tax agencies will have to work within a cash-only industry. With marijuana still illegal at the federal level,...

 

Group submits signatures for Oklahoma recreational marijuana

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group that wants to legalize recreational marijuana in Oklahoma has submitted signatures to qualify the measure for a statewide vote after saying it may not have enough. The pro-marijuana group Green the Vote submitted the...

 

Oklahoma Pharmacy Board names Gourley interim director

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Board of Pharmacy has named Dorothy Gourley of Ardmore as the agency's interim executive director. The board appointed Gourley to the post on Wednesday, two weeks after firing previous director Chelsea Church....

 
 By Tim Talley    Regional    August 8, 2018

Critics: Okla. Medicaid work requirement threatens coverage

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Critics of a proposal to impose work requirements on some Oklahoma Medicaid recipients said Tuesday that the plan is designed to reduce the state's Medicaid rolls at the expense of health care services for some of its poorest...

 

Woman whose car went into Kansas River to get mental check

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A woman charged with intentionally driving into the Kansas River, killing one of her children and injuring another, will undergo a mental evaluation. An attorney for 26-year-old Scharron Dingledine, of Columbia, Missouri,...

 

Officials warn of hepatitis A exposure in northeast Arkansas

PARAGOULD, Ark. (AP) — Health officials say anyone who ate at a northeast Arkansas Little Caesar's Pizza should get a hepatitis A vaccination after an employee tested positive for the disease. The Arkansas Department of Health said Tuesday that...

 

Medical Cannabis -- What Does it Mean for Texas?

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Academy of Cannabis Science announces its entrance into the Austin area, but who are they? What are they doing in Texas and why are they trying to educate the people of Texas in the Medicinal Cannabis...

 

Oklahoma governor signs revised medical marijuana guidelines

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a revised set of emergency rules governing the use of medical marijuana in Oklahoma less than a week after they were approved by the state Board of Health. Fallin signed the regulations into law on...

 

Audit: Oklahoma Veterans Affairs has poor leadership

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state audit has found that Oklahoma's Department of Veterans Affairs has poor leadership. The department's three-year audit was released Wednesday, The Oklahoman reported . Auditors spoke with more than 250 past and current...

 

2 deaths in Wichita might be carbon monoxide poisoning

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police say the deaths of two people appear to be related to carbon monoxide poisoning. Emergency crews found two people dead early Thursday in south Wichita. Officer Charley Davidson says police believe the two deaths...

 
 By Ken Miller    Regional    August 3, 2018

Oklahoma lawsuit against opioid makers back in state court

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A U.S. judge determined Friday that a lawsuit the state of Oklahoma filed against the makers of opioids does not "necessarily rise" to a federal issue. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange in Oklahoma City...

 

Colorado's first human case of West Nile Virus this year

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — A northeast Colorado resident has been hospitalized with the most serious form of the West Nile Virus. The Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment says it is the first human case of the virus this year in...

 
 By Tim Talley    Regional    August 2, 2018

Oklahoma health board approved new medical marijuana rules

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma health officials on Wednesday adopted new guidelines for the use of medical marijuana in the state after earlier rules hastily adopted last month came under harsh criticism from the attorney general and medical...

 

USDA issues alert about salads, wraps due to parasite worry

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities have issued a public health alert about more than two dozen beef, pork and poultry salad and wrap products as a precaution due to possible parasite contamination. The Agriculture Department's Food Safety and...

 

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