• Congress reaches construction deal on Aurora VA hospital

    By Dan Elliott, Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    DENVER — Lawmakers have reached a deal to keep construction underway on a troubled Veterans Administration hospital outside Denver. The Veterans Affairs Department was on the verge of running out of money for the project, estimated to be $1 billion over its construction budget. It...

  • Lawmakers approve extension in medical marijuana program

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' medical marijuana program would be extended by two or more years under legislation heading to Gov. Bruce Rauner. The Senate OK'd the plan Thursday in a 33-16 vote. It was previously approved by the House. Rauner has said the program shouldn't be...

  • Iowa cancels bird shows at Iowa State Fair, county fairs

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State Fair and county fairs will not have poultry shows this year, Iowa agriculture officials said Thursday, as the state continued to struggle with a bird flu outbreak that has claimed more than 25 million chickens and turkeys. The state order begins...

  • Largest Minnesota farm hit by bird flu to lay off 39 workers

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    RENVILLE, Minn. (AP) — The largest Minnesota farm to be hit by bird flu is temporarily laying off 39 full-time employees. The outbreak at the Rembrandt Enterprises egg farm in Renville was confirmed last week. All 2 million chickens there will have to be killed to ensure the complete...

  • Bird flu crisis slows in Minnesota, focus now on recovery

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota notched six straight days without a new case of bird flu on Thursday, and though state officials aren't ready to say the outbreak is over, they're beginning to stand down. The first case of H5N2 in the Midwest was confirmed in early March at a Minnesota...

  • Pa. family awarded $6 million in medical malpractice suit

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania family is receiving more than $6 million in a medical malpractice case stemming from the death of a 2-year-old who was treated and sent home by Harrisburg Hospital. The family of Lauren Readler was awarded the damages following a civil trial in...

  • Nebraska senators pass cannabis study for seizure sufferers

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska residents suffering from intractable seizures could have one more treatment option under a medical cannabis study headed to Gov. Pete Ricketts' desk. Senators voted 44-2 on Thursday to commission a University of Nebraska Medical Center study on the...

  • Indiana approves 1st needle-exchange program under new law

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana approved a yearlong needle-exchange program Thursday for a rural county at the center of an HIV outbreak that spurred a new state law allowing such programs to curb the spread of diseases among intravenous drug users. State health Commissioner Dr. Jerome...

  • Doctors group issues guidelines on pain medications

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — A group representing 25,000 doctors in Massachusetts issued new guidelines Thursday for prescribing pain medication, citing an epidemic of opioid abuse that claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people in the state last year. The Massachusetts Medical Society said it is...

  • Study: Severe vision loss is most common in the South

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say bad eyesight in the U.S. is most common in the South. A new report found the South was home to three-quarters of the U.S. counties with the highest prevalence of severe vision loss. The South also has higher rates of poverty, diabetes and chronic...

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