• Officials report new probable case of bird flu in Iowa

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials say there's another probable case of bird flu in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship said Wednesday it's responding to a probable case of bird flu at a commercial laying operation in Wright County in northern Iowa. Initial...

  • Tucson-based Western Meat is recalling some ground beef

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Tucson-based Western Meat Company is recalling some of its ground beef due to possible E. coli. The company announced Wednesday that its ground beef sold between Jan. 1, 2014 and April 30, 2015 is being recalled but only 5-pound and 10-pound bulk packages are...

  • 3 more Minnesota farms hit by bird flu, state total now 97

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Three more Minnesota turkey farms have been hit by probable cases of bird flu, raising the state's total to 97. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health says the presumptive new cases reported Wednesday include flocks in Brown, Meeker and Kandiyohi...

  • Contagious dog flu virus reaches Minnesota; 5 dogs got sick

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A new canine influenza virus that has sickened dogs across the Midwest has reached Minnesota. The Board of Animal Health announced Wednesday that at least five Minnesota dogs were infected with the H3N2 virus. It says they were most likely exposed at the Lucky...

  • Montana Western brings in veterinary tech program

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Arizona-based Pima Medical Institute plans to offer veterinary technician and veterinarian assistant programs in collaboration with the University of Montana Western in Dillon. PMI is building its educational lab and accepting applications for classes that will...

  • Abortion ban based on heartbeat rejected by appeals court

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal appeals court struck down one of the nation's toughest abortion restrictions on Wednesday, ruling that women would be unconstitutionally burdened by an Arkansas law that bans abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy if a doctor can detect a fetal...

  • Fourth case of bird flu found in northeast Nebraska

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A fourth case of bird flu has been confirmed on a northeast Nebraska farm. The state Agriculture Department said Wednesday the latest case involves 3 million hens on a farm in Knox County. The new case of contagious bird flu was found 50 miles away from three...

  • Assembly OKs keeping treatment program as prison alternative

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Assembly has approved the creation of a permanent program offering drug and alcohol addiction counseling for some parole violators. Assembly members voted unanimously Wednesday to approve AB12. The measure now goes to the Senate. Lawmakers voted in...

  • Nebraska senators scrap medical marijuana for the year

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The sponsor of a proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Nebraska pulled the bill from the Legislature's agenda on Wednesday, citing a flurry of other divisive votes senators have had to defend recently — including a repeal of the death penalty. Sen. Tommy...

  • Analysis: Recent California newspaper editorials

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    May 24 Santa Rose Press-Democrat: Caring for county's aging population Elected leaders set the stage last week for making Sonoma County a national model for how to care for and interact with its aging population. This is certainly fertile ground for such a bold initiative. Roughly...

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