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Oklahoma woman charged with racist vandalism hospitalized

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A woman charged with spray-painting racist, anti-gay and anti-Semitic graffiti on the county Democratic Party's offices, an art center and an elementary school in Norman, Oklahoma, was hospitalized for medical and mental...

 

Officials say no misconduct in suicide death of teen inmate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Officials say an investigation has found no misconduct by employees at the Oklahoma County Jail in the death of a teenage inmate who apparently took his own life. The Oklahoman reports that Annette Jacobi, director of the...

 

Family of slain Kansas inmate files federal lawsuit

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The family of a slain Kansas inmate has filed a federal lawsuit alleging a systemic disregard for the health and safety of prisoners housed at the Meade County jail. A complaint filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Kansas...

 

Former VA pathologist charged in deaths of 3 patients

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A pathologist fired from an Arkansas veterans hospital after officials said he had been impaired while on duty was charged Tuesday with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of three patients who authorities say he misdiag...

 

Kansas couple sue to keep son from being vaccinated

STILWELL, Kan. (AP) — A suburban Kansas City, Kansas, lawyer and his wife are suing to try to keep from having to vaccinate their 4-year-old son. The Kansas City Star reports it's the second time Linus and Terri Baker, of Stilwell, have sued over...

 

Organic food health benefits have been hard to assess, but that could change

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Cynthia Curl, Boise State University (THE CONVERSATION) “Organic” is more than just a passing fad. Organic food sales totaled a...

 

5 tips for college students to avoid burnout

(THE CONVERSATION) Burnout is a stress-related state of exhaustion and often leads to feelings of isolation, low accomplishment and even depression. Although research has long shown that burnout affects employees, we now know burnout also affects... Full story

 

OxyContin maker Purdue agrees to provide research data

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin has agreed to provide access to proprietary research and other data to researchers at Oklahoma State University to help them find causes and treatments for drug addiction....

 

The Latest: Prosecutor: Women won't face abortion felonies

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on a new Missouri abortion law (all times local): 8:05 p.m. Aug. 16, 2019 A top Missouri prosecutor says he doesn't believe women will be charged with felonies for seeking abortions under a new state law....

 

Oklahoma County jail inmate dies, was found unresponsive

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office says it's investigating the death of a county jail inmate. The sheriff's office says in a Tuesday news release that 56-year-old Daryl Clinton died Saturday at a hospital where he was taken...

 

Kansas anti-vaccine groups say membership numbers surging

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas anti-vaccination group says its membership is growing dramatically since the state added two new vaccination requirements for children returning to school this fall. As of Aug. 2, Kansas is requiring a meningitis...

 

Parts of South and Midwest grapple with dangerous heat wave

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Forecasters are warning about days of scorching, dangerous heat gripping a wide swath of the U.S. South and Midwest, where the heat index on Monday eclipsed 120 degrees (48.9 Celsius) in one town and climbed nearly that...

 

Kansas man, son awarded $6.55 million wrongful death verdict

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A jury has awarded a Kansas man and his 3-year-old son $6.55 million in a wrongful death verdict after the man's wife died hours after giving birth at a Wichita hospital. The Wichita Eagle reports that the award is the largest...

 

Hepatitis A confirmed at Redfield, Arkansas, diner

REDFIELD, Ark. (AP) — Health officials are again warning of a possible hepatitis A exposure after an employee at a central Arkansas diner tested positive for the disease. Arkansas Department of Health spokeswoman Meg Mirivel said Thursday that...

 

Kansas homeless shelter plans to cut services in half

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A homeless shelter in Lawrence says it plans to cut the number of people it serves by nearly half next month as it grapples with financial issues. The Lawrence Community Shelter said Friday in a statement that "funding...

 

Meier-Hummel appointed youth suicide prevention coordinator

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas attorney general has appointed the state's first Kansas Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator. Attorney General Derek Schmidt on Tuesday appointed Gina Meier-Hummel to the job, which was created after recommendations...

 

Study: Centers turn away patients on opioid medication

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A recent University of Kansas study found that many treatment centers for addiction in the Kansas City area will not accept or have restrictions on accepting patients who have been prescribed medications to fight their...

 

Missouri, Kansas see uptick in drug overdose deaths

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Federal data indicates drug overdose deaths in Kansas and Missouri are on the rise even as national drug-related fatalities are in decline. Provisional data released this month by the Centers for Disease Control and...

 

Report: Kansas Medicaid complaints went to unchecked email

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A new report says dozens of complaints about Kansas Medicaid fraud went to a government email account that no one checked. The Kansas City Star reports that the state attorney general released findings on Monday that show more...

 

Coach says Kansas football player's death act of God

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The former head football coach at a Kansas community college where a defensive lineman died of exertional heatstroke after the first day of practice says the death was an act of God. The comment by former head coach Jeff...

 

Salina pharmacist, husband sentenced in opioid diversion

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 29-year-old Salina pharmacist has been sentenced to three years of probation for diverting prescription drugs containing opioids. Kirsty Hartley was sentenced Thursday. The sentence includes 18 months of house arrest. U.S....

 

New Mexico seeks concussion safeguards for more youth sports

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State health officials are seeking to shore up and standardize safeguards against brain injuries in youth sports beyond schools in non-scholastic athletic leagues and clubs. Coaches and many youth athletes automatically would...

 

Campaign to end late abortions in Colorado pursues options

DENVER (AP) — A campaign to end abortions at 22 weeks and after in Colorado is pursuing several versions of a ballot measure in hopes of putting just one before voters in the 2020 election. The first proposal would have made it a felony for...

 

Prairie dog plague outbreak cancels fireworks show

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Colorado officials have closed parks and canceled a Major League Soccer game's fireworks display after plague was confirmed in prairie dogs in a Denver suburb. The Tri-County Health Department said Thursday that prairie...

 

Wichita man admits to threatening Operation Rescue employees

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 22-year-old Wichita man has pleaded guilty to threatening to rape and murder employees of an anti-abortion group. U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said in a news release that Christopher Thompson pleaded guilty Monday to...

 

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