• Posthumous Brittany Maynard video supports aid-in-dying bill

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a video recorded 19 days before Brittany Maynard took life-ending drugs, she tells California lawmakers that no one should have to leave home to legally kill themselves under the care of a doctor. "Unfortunately, California law prevented me from getting...

  • Excerpts of editorials from Illinois newspapers

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    EDITORS: NEWS DIRECTORS: Thanks to all members for submitting editorials that help The Associated Press assemble the weekly Illinois Editorial Roundup. Due to several factors, it has become more challenging to find fresh, original editorials on member websites. We would very much...

  • El Paso County gets grant to prep for Ebola

    BY JAKOB RODGERS jakob.rodgers@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    The El Paso County Board of Health on Wednesday formally accepted $95,000 in federal funding to better prepare the county for the Ebola virus. The funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is part of nearly $2.2 million being allocated across Colorado to...

  • Ohio House OKs bill banning abortions after 1st heartbeat

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bill that would ban most abortions after the first detectable fetal heartbeat again cleared the state House on Wednesday following a startlingly emotional floor debate in which a veteran female lawmaker revealed she'd been raped and had an abortion and a male...

  • New York Assembly votes again for abortion rights

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state Assembly voted Wednesday for legislation to codify in New York the abortion rights established by the U.S. Supreme Court, moving it separately this year from a group of bills intended to ensure other women's rights in the workplace and courts. New York...

  • Jindal health care budget has gaps, cuts, unsure financing

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal's hospital privatization deals that provide care for uninsured patients are precariously balanced in next year's budget recommendations, with one-third of their financing reliant on tax changes uncertain to win passage from state lawmakers....

  • VA hospital construction chief retires amid investigation

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    DENVER — The top VA official in charge of construction nationwide retired Wednesday amid an internal investigation of delays and massive cost overruns at the Denver veterans hospital, the agency said. Glenn Haggstrom's departure was immediate, the Department of Veterans Affairs said....

  • Medical marijuana bill headed to Georgia governor's desk

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will announce Friday that he plans to sign a hard-fought medical marijuana bill into law after the 2015 General Assembly session ends April 2 and will order state agencies to begin preparing to implement it, his office said Wednesday. An...

  • Judge sends marijuana permit challenge back for changes

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A legal challenge to an Illinois nonprofit's medical marijuana permit has been delayed. Vermilion County Judge Craig DeArmond on Wednesday sent attorneys for Shiloh Agronomics back to the drawing board. The lawyers now have 45 days to refile their petition with...

  • Legislature OKs bill paving way for WSU medical school

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A nearly-century old restriction giving the University of Washington in Seattle the exclusive right to operate a public medical school in the state of Washington was removed by the Legislature on Wednesday, opening the door for a new Washington State University...

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