• USDA says avian flu could spread to Northeast

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Bird flu is ravaging the Midwest, and federal experts say it could spread to the Northeast if birds in the Atlantic flyway become infected with a highly contagious strain. Chief veterinary officer John Clifford of the U.S. Department of Agriculture says a strain of...

  • Elementary school student dies from bacterial meningitis

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    TUNICA, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Health says a 7-year-old elementary school student has died from bacterial meningitis, but cautions the strain is not contagious. WREG-TV in Memphis (http://bit.ly/1GoW3wh) reports the student attended Tunica Elementary. His identity...

  • Grant aimed at stopping pregnant smokers in Kentucky

    Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Department for Public Health has announced a grant to address the issue of women who smoke while pregnant. The Anthem Foundation is supplying the $140,000 grant, which will help fund the Giving Infants and Families Tobacco Free Starts program. The...

  • Missouri House OKs allowing aspiring doctors to retake exam

    Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker who is an orthopedic surgeon says a measure moving forward in the Legislature would help alleviate the shortage of physicians in the state. The Missouri House on Thursday approved a measure by a vote of 110-36 that would remove the...

  • 500 pounds of bratwurst recalled in Springfield

    Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Roughly 500 pounds of bratwurst is being recalled by a meat packing company in Springfield. The Illinois Department of Agriculture's meat and poultry inspection division announced the recall of the North Clay Packing Co. product Thursday because the sausages...

  • Fiancee of Ebola victim hopes memoir closes chapter

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) — The dark days of quarantine are over, yet Louise Troh remains captive to the disease that killed the man she loved. "War took the life I made in Liberia. Disease took the life I made in America," she writes in a memoir being released next week. The fiancee of the first...

  • N. Idaho shaken by two 4-plus magnitude quakes; no injuries

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — Two earthquakes — a magnitude 4.1 and a 4.2 — jolted north Idaho on Thursday night, with residents from northeastern Washington to northwestern Montana saying they felt the tremors. The Bonner County emergency dispatch office in Sandpoint received no reports of...

  • NC autism coverage bill has broad support; 1 group still out

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Insurers in North Carolina would have to cover autism treatment under a legislative compromise that has support from the state's dominant insurer and some other groups, but a key organization pushing for the mandate has not yet gotten on board. The Senate...

  • NC House OKs extending length of wait time before abortion

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The state House agreed Thursday to extend the abortion waiting period in North Carolina from 24 hours to 72 hours, with a majority deciding the extra time was about helping women make a more informed decision rather than belittling their ability to choose. The...

  • Connecticut urged to consider euthanizing rescued goats

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — After rescuing dozens of neglected, malnourished goats this winter, the state of Connecticut is being asked whether the costs involved in their care are worth keeping them alive. As the goats recover at a state facility, which has been monitoring them for...

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