• Tensions emerge in LSU hospital privatization in Shreveport

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The privatization deal struck for LSU's Shreveport hospital has created management and financial tensions that threaten the health of the university's nearby medical school, according to an outside review. A consulting firm describes the current connection...

  • Head-shaving event continues buzz about combatting cancer

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — More than $7,300 has been raised at a head-shaving event in Dubuque aimed at raising money for cancer research. Members of Phi Theta Psi, a co-ed social organization, at the University of Dubuque organized the third annual St. Baldrick's Foundation event held...

  • Maine hearing on bats with white nose syndrome set for April

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill that proposes to add two bat species that have been severely reduced by white nose syndrome to Maine's endangered species list will be the subject of a public hearing in April. The state Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife wants to add the northern...

  • Oklahoma Health Department: Measles case in Stillwater

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health has confirmed a case of measles in Stillwater and says others may have been exposed. The department said Friday this is the first confirmed case of measles in Oklahoma since 1997. The infected person is an international...

  • NM officials: flu sickened more this year; season not over

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials are warning that the flu season is not over. Officials say more people have been hospitalized in the state this season than in many years. According to the state Department of Health, the virus hospitalized 40 people per 100,000...

  • Pelosi irks some allies over bipartisan bill with Boehner

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi bruised some longtime liberal allies when she worked with Speaker John Boehner to craft a rare bipartisan accord on Medicare. But lawmakers say it will enhance her stature as a dealmaker, and may help her party avoid being...

  • Unvaccinated students told to stay home amid chickenpox

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Mich. (AP) — Unvaccinated children at some schools in a Detroit-area district are being told to stay home from classes until April 14 after three cases of chickenpox were diagnosed. Marcia Wilkinson, director of community relations for Birmingham Public Schools, says the...

  • SC lawmaker, officials load supplies for Liberian relief

    Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    HANAHAN, S.C. (AP) — Shipping containers are being loaded in the South Carolina Lowcountry with supplies to help children affected by the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. State Rep. Wendell Gilliard is joining representatives of Charleston's maritime community and Save More Kids workers on...

  • Sea otter rescued in California oil spill dies of shark bite

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A sea otter that became an ambassador for her species after a remarkable recovery from an oil tar soaking off the coast of Northern California has been killed by a shark. "Olive the Oiled Otter" made headlines in 2009 when she was found covered in oil and...

  • Excerpts from recent Minnesota editorials

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Star Tribune, March 26 Tribe's contribution is a nutrition boost for American Indians There's a reason that one of the first buildings visitors see on Minnesota's Leech Lake Indian reservation is a diabetes clinic. And that on South Dakota's Pine Ridge reservation, one of the...

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