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Authorized medicinal pot growers may need to break the law

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The first authorized marijuana farmers in Missouri will have to commit a crime to begin growing, and regulators are expected to turn a blind eye. In November, Missouri voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment legal...

 

Arkansas AG asks for more time to respond to abortion case

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas attorney general is asking a federal judge for a hearing on whether to block three new abortion restrictions a day or two before they're to take effect. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Monday asked for an...

 

Colorado expands opioid lawsuit to include Sackler family

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's lawsuit accusing the maker of OxyContin of fueling and profiting from the opioid epidemic has been expanded to include allegations against former Purdue Pharma executives and members the Sackler family who own the company....

 

Vaccine foes contest Kansas plan to require new school shots

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Vaccination opponents in Kansas have mobilized against a plan from the state health department to require more immunizations children in school and day care. The Wichita Eagle reports that dozens of them packed a public hearing...

 
 By Jim Salter    Regional    June 28, 2019

Commission, not court, deciding fate of abortion in Missouri

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The battle to keep open Missouri's only abortion clinic has moved from the courts to a state administrative process, adding to the confusion about the future of the Planned Parenthood-operated clinic in St. Louis. No state has...

 

Oklahoma nears end to case in trial against drug makers

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma is close to wrapping up its case at trial against Johnson & Johnson, alleging the consumer products giant and its subsidiaries helped fuel the deadly opioid crisis. Attorneys for the state on Wednesday continued...

 
 By JAMES NEAL    Regional    June 27, 2019

Former Enid hospital nuns committed to loving and serving

ENID, Okla. (AP) — In Enid's not-too-distant past, a trip to the hospital could be as much a spiritual journey as a physical one, with nurses equally ready to tend to matters of medicine and faith. St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, originally...

 

The end of an era for southeast Kansas health care

FORT SCOTT, Kan. (AP) — Sisters of Mercy, a Catholic women's organization founded in Ireland in the 19th century, began providing health care in southeast Kansas with its establishment of the original 10-bed hospital in Fort Scott in 1886. One...

 

Better conditions for migrant children at troubled facility

CLINT, Texas (AP) — Migrant children being housed at a Border Patrol facility near El Paso appeared mostly clean and were being watched by hallway monitors on Wednesday, less than a week since they reported living there in squalid conditions with...

 

Lawsuit filed challenging Arkansas' 18-week abortion ban

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Abortion rights supporters on Wednesday challenged an Arkansas law banning the procedure 18 weeks into a woman's pregnancy and another requirement that they say would likely force the closure of the state's only surgical...

 

Missouri's only abortion clinic continues fight over license

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's only abortion clinic on Tuesday asked a state panel for an extension to continue providing abortions after its license is set to expire Friday. The state health department last week refused to renew the St. Louis...

 

Santa Fe's 'Alzheimer's Cafe' helping people with dementia

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Monthly gatherings in Santa Fe focusing on creative stimulus for those living with Alzheimer's or dementia are helping to boost a trend that's growing nationwide. The city hosts an initiative called Alzheimer's Cafe, part of a...

 

Missouri doctors reluctant to certify for medical marijuana

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missourians looking for physicians to certify them to buy medical marijuana when it becomes available next year are running into resistance from doctors who are reluctant to prescribe the substance. Instead, would-be users are...

 

ACLU seeks to force Missouri to treat inmates' hepatitis C

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri prison officials have authorized treatment of only 15 of the 4,590 Missouri prison inmates who have been diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C, according to a motion filed by the American Civil Liberties Union this...

 

Lawyers: 250 children held in bad conditions at Texas border

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A traumatic and dangerous situation is unfolding for some 250 infants, children and teens locked up for up to 27 days without adequate food, water and sanitation, according to a legal team that interviewed dozens of children...

 

Oklahoma governor, GOP leaders agree on opioid settlement

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's governor and legislative leaders have reached a deal with the state attorney general over how an $85 million settlement with an opioid drug manufacturer will be structured. Attorney Bob Burke serves as a spokesman...

 

Missouri rejects license renewal for lone abortion clinic

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri's only abortion clinic lost its license to perform the procedure on Friday, though it remains open at least temporarily under a judge's order. The state health department notified the Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis...

 

Oklahoma medical examiner testifies in state opioid lawsuit

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's chief medical examiner shared tragic details about the opioid-related deaths of about three dozen residents during testimony in the state's lawsuit alleging drug manufacturer Johnson & Johnson and some of its...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    June 19, 2019

Oklahoma high court rejects challenge on Medicaid expansion

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's highest court on Tuesday rejected a legal effort to block a plan for a public vote on whether to expand Medicaid to tens of thousands of poor residents. Just hours after hearing oral arguments in the case, the...

 

Retired Oklahoma judge to mediate opioid settlement funds

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A former Oklahoma State Supreme Court justice will attempt to resolve a dispute over how to disburse an $85 million settlement of a state lawsuit with Teva Pharmaceuticals. Cleveland Count District Judge Thad Balkman said...

 

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...

 

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