• State extends emergency declaration for bird flu response

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton and state officials approved a monthlong extension to a peacetime state of emergency Monday to battle bird flu, acknowledging they still don't know the full scope of an outbreak that has wiped out about a fifth of the turkey population in the...

  • Key senator wants answers from mental health care officials

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A key Democratic state senator is asking Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's administration for answers as a mental health provider prepares to pull out of southern New Mexico. Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen said she's concerned about the thousands of...

  • Amid Texas psychiatrist shortage, plan offers loan repayment

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Senate has approved a proposal offering to help repay student loans for psychiatrists and other mental health medical professionals who provide care in underserved parts of the state. Approved Monday, Georgetown Republican Sen. Charles Schwertner's bill...

  • Bird flu found in 5 more northwest Iowa poultry farms

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The deadly bird flu virus was found in an egg-laying flock with 3.7 million chickens in northwest Iowa in addition to four more poultry farms, state agriculture officials said Monday. The virus will now cost Iowa egg producers about a sixth of the state's 60...

  • An explanation of wild birds' role in avian flu outbreak

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Wild birds are believed to be behind the first major widespread outbreak of bird flu in the United States. The H5N2 virus has cost Midwestern turkey and chicken producers more than 13 million birds since early March, including several new cases announced in Iowa...

  • New bird flu cases push Minnesota toll past 3 million

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Health officials are confirming bird flu in 200,000 more turkeys in Minnesota, pushing the state's toll to more than 3 million birds since the outbreak began in March. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it had confirmed bird flu in one flock in Chippewa...

  • Kansas faces criticism for cost of sex offender program

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    LARNED, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is among a number of states facing questions about whether its program that commits sex offenders to involuntary treatment rehabilitates them or, as critics claim, merely warehouses them indefinitely due to public safety concerns. At a time when Kansas...

  • NC senators won't try to stop mental health property sale

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican senators announced Monday they will no longer try to stop the sale of more than 300 acres of state land to Raleigh to build a regional park, saying their biggest concerns about the pending deal have been addressed by the governor's office. Gov. Pat...

  • Officials advise doctor's patients be tested for hepatitis

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Health officials are advising former patients of a Santa Barbara physician to get tested for hepatitis and other blood-borne illnesses. The county's Public Health Department said Monday that Dr. Allen Thomashefsky's patients should get tested for hepatitis...

  • NC State Veterinary College receives $16M gift

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine has received a $16 million gift. The university announced on Monday that the gift from the R.B. Terry Charitable Foundation will be used to support students and faculty as well as providing...

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