• VA head: Aurora hospital project should continue despite cost overruns

    By JAKOB RODGERS jakob.rodgers@gazette.com -
    Updated: 11 hr ago

    SANTA CLARA, CALIF. - The head of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said a hospital project in Aurora should continue despite more than $1 billion in cost overruns. "What happened 2009, '10 and '11 is regrettable," said VA Secretary Robert McDonald. "We've learned from it. We...

  • VA officials thrashed during Congressional committee hearing in Aurora

    By Tom Roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: 11 hr ago

    AURORA - Despite breathtaking cost overruns, Congress remains committed to building the $1.73 billion Veterans Affairs hospital here. During a rare field hearing of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, lawmakers took over Aurora's city hall and used the chamber to lambaste senior...

  • A look at some aspects of 3 Minnesota budget bills

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    The Minnesota Legislature took up three budget bills Friday as the deadline approaches to pass a two-year budget. The House considered bills dealing with environmental and natural resource programs as well as state agency operations. The Senate acted on a bill to pay for health, human...

  • Lawmakers drawing up contingency funding plans for bird flu

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Top Minnesota lawmakers said Friday they're developing contingency plans that would allow state agencies to more easily access emergency response dollars if the spread of avian influenza intensifies in the nation's leading turkey producing state. While stressing...

  • Ohio officials closer to finding source of deadly botulism

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials say they are closer to finding the source of botulism that killed one person and sickened many more after a church picnic in central Ohio last weekend. Ohio Department of Health spokeswoman Michelle Loparo said Friday that six food samples retrieved...

  • Scott offers proposal to rehabilitate drug offenders

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    LAGRANGE, Ky. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Will T. Scott said Friday that non-violent drug addicts should be put on an alternate path in Kentucky's corrections system as a way to bolster public safety, cut prison costs and reduce reoffenders in a state struggling with drug...

  • Neighbors complain of Norfolk Southern coal dust

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Ever since Michael Beane moved into his home in Norfolk's historic Ghent neighborhood about 20 years ago, there's been a problem with sitting out on his coveted second-floor porch. "It's covered in coal dust. I'll clean it off and within a week it's completely...

  • Indiana HIV outbreak, hepatitis C epidemic sparks CDC alert

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana county is experiencing nearly daily increases in new HIV infections tied to intravenous drug use, and health officials hope the situation prompts other states to closely track their hepatitis C and HIV rates to identify potential clusters of the diseases....

  • Bird flu confirmed in second North Dakota poultry flock

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Bird flu has been confirmed in a second commercial poultry flock in North Dakota, state officials announced Friday. The highly contagious H5 virus was detected in a flock of about 69,000 turkeys and about 2,000 chickens in LaMoure County. The operation has been...

  • Insurance department explores health care payment reform

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Health care spending is high and rising in New Hampshire, and the state should consider holding both providers and insurers accountable for improving quality and containing costs, consultants hired by the insurance department said Friday. The department hired...

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