• WVU, Va. coal company at odds over research papers

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Alpha Natural Resources is seeking thousands of documents related to the research of a former West Virginia University professor who blames mountaintop coal mining for increased health risks. The Virginia-based energy company is arguing before the West...

  • Chain of kidney transplants begins at San Francisco hospital

    Updated: 48 min ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Zully Broussard thought she was going to help one person by donating a kidney. Instead, she helped six. The Sacramento woman's donation to a Benicia man set off an organ swap that resulted in five more sick people getting new kidneys at a San Francisco hospital....

  • Lawmakers say right-to-die legislation needs to be studied

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A right-to-die proposal that would allow terminally ill people in Utah to end their lives needs to be studied more before the Legislature can consider passing it, state lawmakers said Thursday evening. After a 30-minute presentation about the proposal, a state...

  • New Mexico releases details of child vaccine exemptions

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials have released the number of vaccine exemptions per school district for 2014, and Quemado tops the list. The sparsely-populated district in western New Mexico has the highest rate of exemptions per 1,000 students at 40.3. The Santa Fe...

  • Application process for New Mexico's med marijuana program

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health has opened the request for applications period for the licensing of non-profit producers for the medical marijuana program. There currently are 23 licensed non-profit producers in the program, which are located throughout the...

  • Serious strain of bird flu found in Minnesota turkey flock

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A strain of bird flu that's deadly to poultry has been found in a Minnesota commercial turkey flock but the risk to humans is low, state and federal officials announced Thursday. It's the same highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of avian influenza that's been confirmed in...

  • Arkansas Senate backs expanding access to experimental drugs

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers have sent the governor legislation that would give terminally ill patients access to experimental medications that are not yet on pharmacy shelves. The state Senate on Thursday approved by a 33-0 vote a bill to expand access to potentially...

  • Flu strikes Panthers, who are already without top 2 goalies

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Panthers are missing more than just their starting and backup goalies against the Dallas Stars on Thursday night. Jaromir Jagr, Erik Gudbranson and Willie Mitchell all sat out due to a flu-like illness. Mitchell had been scheduled to return on Thursday...

  • Hundreds rally in support of governor's Medicaid plan

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Several hundred people gathered at the state capitol Thursday to protest a decision by lawmakers to reject the governor's Medicaid expansion plan. A slate of lawmakers, religious leaders and people with chronic health issues spoke during rally that lasted two...

  • Backers, foes brace for Nebraska medical marijuana debate

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Supporters of medical marijuana will urge Nebraska lawmakers Friday to pass a bill they say would help ease suffering, but the state's top law enforcement official plans to fight it. Both sides will square off in a legislative hearing on the proposal, introduced...

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