• Louisiana Senate passes bill allowing medical marijuana

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Roughly a year after a medical marijuana bill was shot down in committee, the Louisiana Senate on Monday passed a similar proposal that could get medical-grade pot to those suffering from cancer, glaucoma and a severe form of cerebral palsy. The bill sponsored...

  • Minnesota moves to help farmers whose flocks hit by bird flu

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers moved quickly on Monday to help turkey farmers beset by a deadly and growing outbreak of bird flu, putting together a patchwork of loan programs and emergency response funding to cover farmers' losses. The House voted 110 to 18 for a budget...

  • Nevada bill would define obesity as chronic disease

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Obesity could soon be defined as a chronic disease, and Nevada officials would be required to compile an annual report about what's being done to fight it in the state. The provisions are part of SB402, a bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. Mo Denis and...

  • University says county GMO measure could hamper research

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State University says a Benton County ballot measure that seeks to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops in the county could hurt GMO-related university research projects. Backers of Measure 2-89, the Local Food System Ordinance of Benton...

  • Number of Wisconsin flocks with bird flu rises to 10

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The number of Wisconsin farms where bird flu has been detected keeps rising. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection said Monday that a fifth case has been detected in Barron County and a third case in Jefferson County. That brings...

  • Bird flu virus found in 4 more Iowa poultry operations

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials say the bird flu virus has been found in four more locations in Iowa, bringing the total number of poultry that must be killed in the state to more than 19 million. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship announced Monday that new...

  • Ebola victim's family says hospital's donation falls short

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    DALLAS (AP) — The family of the only person to die of Ebola in the United States said a Dallas hospital's donation to combat the disease in Africa fell far short of what they hoped. Texas Health Resources, the parent company of Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas, the hospital where...

  • Former US leader Clinton praises Liberia progress on Ebola

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton said Monday he was pleased to see Liberia's progress in the fight against the deadly Ebola disease, and urged residents of the West African nation to support those who survived. Clinton spoke during a visit to Liberia while on a...

  • Anti-smoking advocates voice support for cigarette tax hike

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Health advocates say they support a proposed state tax hike to cigarettes. Representatives of Kansans for a Healthy Future said at a Monday news conference that increasing cigarette taxes would both bring in revenue and save the state money as it reduces smoking....

  • Illinois medical marijuana approved for PTSD, osteoarthritis

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' new medical marijuana program would cover thousands, perhaps millions, more patients under expansive recommendations that an advisory board agreed to Monday. Osteoarthritis alone affects roughly 1.5 million people in Illinois. It is one of 11 conditions...

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