• Wellmark seeking 43 percent rate increase for 14,000 members

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's largest private health insurance provider wants to hike rates by almost 43 percent for those who signed up for individual insurance plans under the federal Affordable Care Act. Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield sent a request to the South Dakota...

  • Abortion parent notification bill now likely to get hearing

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A bill requiring doctors to notify parents before performing an abortion on a minor is now likely to get a hearing after being sidelined for weeks. Senate Finance Committee members voted Thursday to send AB405 out of their committee and move it into the Senate...

  • 5 Things to Know in Florida for May 22

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. FEDS OFFER FLORIDA PLAN AIMED AT SOLVING STATE BUDGET MESS The Obama administration has made an offer that it hopes will resolve Florida's $1 billion state budget stalemate over health care...

  • Another chicken farm in Buena Vista County gets bird flu

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Another chicken farm in Buena Vista County has tested positive for bird flu, the 17th farm in that northwest Iowa county to get the virus. Iowa Department of Agriculture officials on Thursday did not have an immediate count on the number of chickens housed at...

  • Listeria: FDA finds problems at Ohio ice cream plant

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A government investigation of Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams found inadequate testing and cleaning in its Columbus plant that had become contaminated with listeria. The company recalled all its products last month after listeria was discovered in some pints of...

  • Senate panel OKs letting VA docs give advice on medical pot

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A GOP-controlled Senate panel Wednesday approved a plan to permit veterans to receive information about medical marijuana from their government doctors. The proposal by freshman Sen. Steve Daines would lift a rule blocking Department of Veterans Affairs doctors from...

  • Former players: NFL teams 'conspired' to push painkillers

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Hundreds of former players have filed a lawsuit claiming all 32 NFL teams, their doctors, trainers and medical staffs obtained and provided painkillers to players — often illegally — as part of a decades-long conspiracy to keep them on the field without regard for...

  • Congress reaches construction deal on Aurora VA hospital

    By Dan Elliott, Associated Press
    Updated: 23 hr ago

    DENVER — Lawmakers have reached a deal to keep construction underway on a troubled Veterans Administration hospital outside Denver. The Veterans Affairs Department was on the verge of running out of money for the project, estimated to be $1 billion over its construction budget. It...

  • Lawmakers approve extension in medical marijuana program

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' medical marijuana program would be extended by two or more years under legislation heading to Gov. Bruce Rauner. The Senate OK'd the plan Thursday in a 33-16 vote. It was previously approved by the House. Rauner has said the program shouldn't be...

  • Iowa cancels bird shows at Iowa State Fair, county fairs

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State Fair and county fairs will not have poultry shows this year, Iowa agriculture officials said Thursday, as the state continued to struggle with a bird flu outbreak that has claimed more than 25 million chickens and turkeys. The state order begins...

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