• Lawmakers review tax breaks for wheelchairs, hearing aids

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers are reviewing a proposal that would take away the sales tax paid on motorized wheelchairs and hearing aids. Assembly members reviewed SB334 on Saturday in the Assembly Ways and Means Committee. The measure would create a 2016 ballot question...

  • Jeni's scoop shops reopen after listeria-related shutdown

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams has reopened most of its scoop shops after a monthlong shutdown triggered by the discovery of listeria in some pints. The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1FvfxMI ) more than 75 people lined up for the reopening of a...

  • Third case of avian flu confirmed in northeast Nebraska

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    PONCA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Department of Agriculture has announced a third case of avian flu in northeast Nebraska's Dixon County. The department said in a news release Friday that testing by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service...

  • Free suicide prevention training offered for teens, parents

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Because of several recent teen suicides in Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention will host a free training on how teens and adults can help prevent suicides, 7-8 p.m. Tuesday at The Sanctuary Church, 1930 W. Colorado Ave. The public is invited to attend. Although there is...

  • Groups that spent the most lobbying lawmakers on health care

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Organizations that spent the most on lobbying Beacon Hill lawmakers about health care issues last year: ___ The Massachusetts Association of Health Plans: $1,055,620 The Massachusetts Hospital Association: $882,470 Steward Health Care: $674,451 Partners HealthCare System: $644,715...

  • State health care industry spent $19M lobbying lawmakers

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — Hospitals, insurers, doctors, unions and pharmaceutical companies spent a record $19 million trying to sway Beacon Hill lawmakers last year, a reflection of the industry's political and economic muscle and a rapidly changing health care landscape. In less than a decade,...

  • Parents say teen shot by police suffered from mental illness

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Tampa Bay-area teenager who shot a police officer in the leg before police fatally shot him suffered from mental illness but never received a specific diagnosis, his parents said. For a short time, Austin Goodner took medications to treat attention...

  • Medical pot businesses to battle black market for customers

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — Black-market marijuana will be cheaper than legal medical cannabis, so when state-regulated retail shops open later this year, they'll need incentives to get patients in the door. A trade show in Chicago gave retailers some ideas, such as cannabis-infused premium...

  • North Dakota health officials warn about hantavirus

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Spring cleaning season is here and the North Dakota Health Department says people should be aware of the risk of being infected by hantavirus. Health officials are warning residents to be aware of the presence of rodents when cleaning up houses, barns,...

  • Countries approve plan for $100M health emergency fund

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — Diplomats have approved the creation of a $100 million fund to help the World Health Organization respond rapidly to emergencies. The Geneva-based U.N. agency has come under criticism for reacting too slowly to crises in recent years, including the Ebola outbreak in West...

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