<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/health Sun, 19 Apr 2015 06:41:59 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[For next president, a way out of the health care fights?]]> http://gazette.com/for-next-president-a-way-out-of-the-health-care-fights/article/feed/224700?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/for-next-president-a-way-out-of-the-health-care-fights/article/feed/224700?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican or Democrat, the next president will have the chance to remake the nation's health care overhaul without fighting Congress.

The law signed by President Barack Obama includes a waiver that, starting in 2017, would let states take federal dollars now invested in the overhaul and use them to redesign their own health care systems.

States could not repeal some things, such as the requirement that insurance companies cover people with health problems. But they could replace the law's unpopular mandate that virtually everyone in the country has health insurance, provided the alternative worked reasonably well.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican or Democrat, the next president will have the chance to remake the nation's health care overhaul without fighting Congress.

The law signed by President Barack Obama includes a waiver that, starting in 2017, would let states take federal dollars now invested in the overhaul and use them to redesign their own health care systems.

States could not repeal some things, such as the requirement that insurance companies cover people with health problems. But they could replace the law's unpopular mandate that virtually everyone in the country has health insurance, provided the alternative worked reasonably well.]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 07:30:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Morehouse receives $1.2M grant to serve East Point area]]> http://gazette.com/morehouse-receives-1.2m-grant-to-serve-east-point-area/article/feed/224679?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/morehouse-receives-1.2m-grant-to-serve-east-point-area/article/feed/224679?custom_click=rss ATLANTA (AP) — The Morehouse School of Medicine will receive a $1.2 million grant to improve health in Atlanta's East Point neighborhood.

The program will deliver primary care to participants. Follow-up care and appointments will be carefully tracked.

Morehouse officials said the approach will help improve patients' care.

Clinicians will have access to all patient lab results, medical orders and health data to streamline treatment.

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]]> ATLANTA (AP) — The Morehouse School of Medicine will receive a $1.2 million grant to improve health in Atlanta's East Point neighborhood.

The program will deliver primary care to participants. Follow-up care and appointments will be carefully tracked.

Morehouse officials said the approach will help improve patients' care.

Clinicians will have access to all patient lab results, medical orders and health data to streamline treatment.]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 06:00:56 -0600 <![CDATA[Bethune-Cookman partnering offer free sickle cell screenings]]> http://gazette.com/bethune-cookman-partnering-offer-free-sickle-cell-screenings/article/feed/224672?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bethune-cookman-partnering-offer-free-sickle-cell-screenings/article/feed/224672?custom_click=rss DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Bethune-Cookman University is partnering with a Daytona Beach hospital to hold free sickle cell screenings.

B-CU announced this week that its Petrock College of Health Sciences is joining with Halifax Heath to offer the bi-monthly screenings at Odessa Chambliss Health Center. All screenings are free and open to the public.

The school says it is offering the screenings in an effort to increase awareness of sickle cell and improve health care options for those at risk. The school says research indicates that more than 60 percent of Volusia County residents could be at risk of carrying the sickle cell gene.

Screenings will be held the second Thursday and third Friday of each month.

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]]> DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Bethune-Cookman University is partnering with a Daytona Beach hospital to hold free sickle cell screenings.

B-CU announced this week that its Petrock College of Health Sciences is joining with Halifax Heath to offer the bi-monthly screenings at Odessa Chambliss Health Center. All screenings are free and open to the public.

The school says it is offering the screenings in an effort to increase awareness of sickle cell and improve health care options for those at risk. The school says research indicates that more than 60 percent of Volusia County residents could be at risk of carrying the sickle cell gene.

Screenings will be held the second Thursday and third Friday of each month.]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 05:03:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Doctors, nurses deliver flip-flops to Gov. Scott]]> http://gazette.com/doctors-nurses-deliver-flip-flops-to-gov.-scott/article/feed/224671?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/doctors-nurses-deliver-flip-flops-to-gov.-scott/article/feed/224671?custom_click=rss TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's doctors and nurses are weighing in on the fight over Medicaid expansion.

A group of health professional from Miami's Jackson Health System traveled to Tallahassee last week to deliver flip-flops to Gov. Rick Scott and worn-out shoes to House leaders, who have claimed that only "Gucci loafer-wearing lobbyists" want Medicaid expansion.

The House and Senate budgets remain gridlocked in the final weeks of Florida's legislative session over $1 billion in federal hospital funds. Scott and the House also oppose the Senate plan to expand Medicaid to more than 800,000 low-income Floridians.

Scott once supported Medicaid expansion but recently said that he's against it.

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]]> TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's doctors and nurses are weighing in on the fight over Medicaid expansion.

A group of health professional from Miami's Jackson Health System traveled to Tallahassee last week to deliver flip-flops to Gov. Rick Scott and worn-out shoes to House leaders, who have claimed that only "Gucci loafer-wearing lobbyists" want Medicaid expansion.

The House and Senate budgets remain gridlocked in the final weeks of Florida's legislative session over $1 billion in federal hospital funds. Scott and the House also oppose the Senate plan to expand Medicaid to more than 800,000 low-income Floridians.

Scott once supported Medicaid expansion but recently said that he's against it.]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 05:03:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Family who died of carbon monoxide poisoning laid to rest]]> http://gazette.com/family-who-died-of-carbon-monoxide-poisoning-laid-to-rest/article/feed/224629?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/family-who-died-of-carbon-monoxide-poisoning-laid-to-rest/article/feed/224629?custom_click=rss

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) — Eight white hearses carried a Maryland family to their funeral Saturday at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, each hearse with a picture of a family member staring out from a window.

Hundreds turned out to say goodbye to Rodney Todd and his seven children who died of carbon monoxide poisoning in their Maryland home.

Many mourners who passed by the family's open caskets at the school's performing arts center said the children, who ranged in age from 6 to 15, and their father, who had worked at the university, looked angelic. The two young boys were dressed in white three-piece suits, and the five girls wore sparkly white dresses with tiaras on their heads.

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]]> PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) — Eight white hearses carried a Maryland family to their funeral Saturday at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, each hearse with a picture of a family member staring out from a window.

Hundreds turned out to say goodbye to Rodney Todd and his seven children who died of carbon monoxide poisoning in their Maryland home.

Many mourners who passed by the family's open caskets at the school's performing arts center said the children, who ranged in age from 6 to 15, and their father, who had worked at the university, looked angelic. The two young boys were dressed in white three-piece suits, and the five girls wore sparkly white dresses with tiaras on their heads.]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 20:30:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Nevada Legislature Week 12: Crunch time for passing bills]]> http://gazette.com/nevada-legislature-week-12-crunch-time-for-passing-bills/article/feed/224610?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nevada-legislature-week-12-crunch-time-for-passing-bills/article/feed/224610?custom_click=rss CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Lawmakers are up against a major deadline in the 12th week of the Nevada Legislature: Most bills need to pass a vote of either the full Senate or Assembly by Tuesday or they won't advance.

Expect decisions on hot-button issues, including a bill to restrict students to the school bathroom that corresponds with their biological sex and a tax plan championed by Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval.

Here are some other things to watch:

CRUNCH TIME:

Most committee meetings are canceled early in the week so lawmakers can spend time debating, amending and voting on bills in the full Senate or Assembly.

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]]> CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Lawmakers are up against a major deadline in the 12th week of the Nevada Legislature: Most bills need to pass a vote of either the full Senate or Assembly by Tuesday or they won't advance.

Expect decisions on hot-button issues, including a bill to restrict students to the school bathroom that corresponds with their biological sex and a tax plan championed by Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval.

Here are some other things to watch:

CRUNCH TIME:

Most committee meetings are canceled early in the week so lawmakers can spend time debating, amending and voting on bills in the full Senate or Assembly.]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:01:00 -0600 <![CDATA[Activists urge lawmakers to ramp up fight against AIDS]]> http://gazette.com/activists-urge-lawmakers-to-ramp-up-fight-against-aids/article/feed/224596?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/activists-urge-lawmakers-to-ramp-up-fight-against-aids/article/feed/224596?custom_click=rss BOSTON (AP) — Activists are urging state lawmakers to increase spending on the fight against AIDS with a goal of bringing the number of new infections each year to zero.

AIDS Action Committee Executive Director Carl Sciortino said that while Massachusetts has made great strides in battling the disease, the number of new infections has leveled off at about 700 each year.

Sciortino — a former Democratic state lawmaker from Medford — said new breakthroughs in treatment and prevention of HIV means the state can potentially break through that plateau in HIV diagnoses and get to zero new infections.

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]]> BOSTON (AP) — Activists are urging state lawmakers to increase spending on the fight against AIDS with a goal of bringing the number of new infections each year to zero.

AIDS Action Committee Executive Director Carl Sciortino said that while Massachusetts has made great strides in battling the disease, the number of new infections has leveled off at about 700 each year.

Sciortino — a former Democratic state lawmaker from Medford — said new breakthroughs in treatment and prevention of HIV means the state can potentially break through that plateau in HIV diagnoses and get to zero new infections.]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 16:30:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Construction still underway amid Denver VA hospital storm]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/construction-still-underway-amid-denver-va-hospital-storm/article/1549914?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/construction-still-underway-amid-denver-va-hospital-storm/article/1549914?custom_click=rss

AURORA — Plumbers, electricians and drywall installers are still at work on the budget-busting Denver veterans hospital, even as the Veterans Affairs Department tries to coax another $830 million from an angry Congress to finish the project, officials said Saturday.

About 650 construction workers and 180 managers are busy at the site in suburban Aurora on most weekdays, said Chris Bantner, managing partner for the project for contractor Kiewit-Turner. That's down from about 1,200 last year, before exploding costs brought work to a halt in December and Congress began demanding explanations.

Work resumed under an interim contract.



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AURORA — Plumbers, electricians and drywall installers are still at work on the budget-busting Denver veterans hospital, even as the Veterans Affairs Department tries to coax another $830 million from an angry Congress to finish the project, officials said Saturday.

About 650 construction workers and 180 managers are busy at the site in suburban Aurora on most weekdays, said Chris Bantner, managing partner for the project for contractor Kiewit-Turner. That's down from about 1,200 last year, before exploding costs brought work to a halt in December and Congress began demanding explanations.

Work resumed under an interim contract.

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Sat, 18 Apr 2015 16:17:21 -0600
<![CDATA[Blue Bell working to get past listeria contamination scare]]> http://gazette.com/blue-bell-working-to-get-past-listeria-contamination-scare/article/feed/224581?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/blue-bell-working-to-get-past-listeria-contamination-scare/article/feed/224581?custom_click=rss AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Blue Bell Creameries will survive the crisis caused by a recent recall of products prompted by a finding of bacterial contamination in some of its products, experts said, but they say it will take a lot of work and a lot of money.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported earlier this month that three people in Texas had the same strain of listeria bacteria linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products previously found in five others at a Wichita, Kansas, hospital. Three of the five in Kansas died.

The Austin American-Statesman (http://atxne.ws/1EXjk6R) reports veteran "crisis guru" Gene Grabowski has been advising the Brenham, Texas-based creamery.

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]]> AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Blue Bell Creameries will survive the crisis caused by a recent recall of products prompted by a finding of bacterial contamination in some of its products, experts said, but they say it will take a lot of work and a lot of money.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported earlier this month that three people in Texas had the same strain of listeria bacteria linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products previously found in five others at a Wichita, Kansas, hospital. Three of the five in Kansas died.

The Austin American-Statesman (http://atxne.ws/1EXjk6R) reports veteran "crisis guru" Gene Grabowski has been advising the Brenham, Texas-based creamery.]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 15:31:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Ava's Law expected to be signed by Gov. Nathan Deal soon]]> http://gazette.com/avas-law-expected-to-be-signed-by-gov.-nathan-deal-soon/article/feed/224530?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/avas-law-expected-to-be-signed-by-gov.-nathan-deal-soon/article/feed/224530?custom_click=rss

ATLANTA (AP) — Each day as Gov. Nathan Deal plods through a stack of more than 300 bills passed by the 2015 General Assembly, Anna Bullard becomes just a tad more anxious.

When, she wonders, will he sign Senate Bill 1, turning what's now just another piece of legislation into Ava's Law — named after her little girl, and making Georgia the 41st state to require private insurance companies to cover therapy for children with autism?

April is Autism Awareness Month, so he's expected to it before May 1. Deal has until May 12 to sign or veto bills.

Judith Ursitti of the Autism Speaks advocacy group said Mississippi and South Dakota recently passed autism insurance mandates. Georgia's new law would cover therapy up to $30,

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]]> ATLANTA (AP) — Each day as Gov. Nathan Deal plods through a stack of more than 300 bills passed by the 2015 General Assembly, Anna Bullard becomes just a tad more anxious.

When, she wonders, will he sign Senate Bill 1, turning what's now just another piece of legislation into Ava's Law — named after her little girl, and making Georgia the 41st state to require private insurance companies to cover therapy for children with autism?

April is Autism Awareness Month, so he's expected to it before May 1. Deal has until May 12 to sign or veto bills.

Judith Ursitti of the Autism Speaks advocacy group said Mississippi and South Dakota recently passed autism insurance mandates. Georgia's new law would cover therapy up to $30,]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 15:16:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Montana House green-lights mental health group homes]]> http://gazette.com/montana-house-green-lights-mental-health-group-homes/article/feed/224567?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/montana-house-green-lights-mental-health-group-homes/article/feed/224567?custom_click=rss HELENA, Mont. (AP) — State representatives have green-lighted a proposal to fund four mental health group homes in Montana.

The House voted 79-21 Saturday to pass House Bill 24 on second reading.

The bill's fiscal note says the measure would send $3 million in state funds and about $500,000 in federal funds to four mental health group homes that could serve 16 people over the next two years. All patients would come from the Montana State Hospital in Warm Springs.

Democratic Rep. Casey Schreiner's bill replaced a similar proposal that Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock proposed in January.

Between proposals from the governor, Schreiner and other lawmakers, the state is likely to pass nearly $20 million in new or expan

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]]> HELENA, Mont. (AP) — State representatives have green-lighted a proposal to fund four mental health group homes in Montana.

The House voted 79-21 Saturday to pass House Bill 24 on second reading.

The bill's fiscal note says the measure would send $3 million in state funds and about $500,000 in federal funds to four mental health group homes that could serve 16 people over the next two years. All patients would come from the Montana State Hospital in Warm Springs.

Democratic Rep. Casey Schreiner's bill replaced a similar proposal that Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock proposed in January.

Between proposals from the governor, Schreiner and other lawmakers, the state is likely to pass nearly $20 million in new or expan]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 13:45:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Charlotte police investigate blunt force trauma death]]> http://gazette.com/charlotte-police-investigate-blunt-force-trauma-death/article/feed/224559?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/charlotte-police-investigate-blunt-force-trauma-death/article/feed/224559?custom_click=rss CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte police say they are investigating the death of a 24-year-old man who died after apparently being struck with a blunt object.

A news release Friday from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department says officers were conducting traffic control on Wednesday when the victim approached complaining of medical issues.

The victim, later identified as Adam Kent Smith, was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The medical examiner says he died as a result of blunt force trauma.

Detectives are seeking more information about the victim and what he was doing on Wednesday. They say Smith stood a little over 4 feet and was affected by a medical condition that resulted in his s

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]]> CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte police say they are investigating the death of a 24-year-old man who died after apparently being struck with a blunt object.

A news release Friday from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department says officers were conducting traffic control on Wednesday when the victim approached complaining of medical issues.

The victim, later identified as Adam Kent Smith, was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The medical examiner says he died as a result of blunt force trauma.

Detectives are seeking more information about the victim and what he was doing on Wednesday. They say Smith stood a little over 4 feet and was affected by a medical condition that resulted in his s]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 12:45:56 -0600 <![CDATA[Kentucky officials hope drugs can help drug addicts]]> http://gazette.com/kentucky-officials-hope-drugs-can-help-drug-addicts/article/feed/224531?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kentucky-officials-hope-drugs-can-help-drug-addicts/article/feed/224531?custom_click=rss

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — At her lowest point, Deanna Hays' stole Disney movies from her 3-year-old nephew to sell for drug money.

The 37-year-old Somerset woman's addiction to prescription painkillers was so strong that she couldn't help herself, even if it meant harming the relationship with her family. But for the past eight months, Hays could not get high no matter how many pills she took. That's because she gets an injection every 28 days of Vivitrol — an extended release form of naltrexone — that blocks the opioid receptors in the brain. It means opioids like prescription painkillers and heroin have no effect on her.

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]]> SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — At her lowest point, Deanna Hays' stole Disney movies from her 3-year-old nephew to sell for drug money.

The 37-year-old Somerset woman's addiction to prescription painkillers was so strong that she couldn't help herself, even if it meant harming the relationship with her family. But for the past eight months, Hays could not get high no matter how many pills she took. That's because she gets an injection every 28 days of Vivitrol — an extended release form of naltrexone — that blocks the opioid receptors in the brain. It means opioids like prescription painkillers and heroin have no effect on her.]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:01:15 -0600 <![CDATA[New correction commissioner a frequent visitor to prisons]]> http://gazette.com/new-correction-commissioner-a-frequent-visitor-to-prisons/article/feed/224495?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-correction-commissioner-a-frequent-visitor-to-prisons/article/feed/224495?custom_click=rss NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Department of Correction Commissioner Scott Semple was on the move inside the Garner Correctional Institution on a recent Tuesday, ducking into every office and inspecting each inmate housing unit from end to end.

Members of Semple's executive team hustled to match the long stride of the commissioner as he covered about 5 miles of concrete during his quarterly tour of the high-security prison in Newtown, which houses the state's most mentally ill prisoners.

"Semple!" squealed a prisoner who knew him from his days as Garner's warden. "I've seen you on the news!"

About a week later, he toured the Janet S.

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]]> NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Department of Correction Commissioner Scott Semple was on the move inside the Garner Correctional Institution on a recent Tuesday, ducking into every office and inspecting each inmate housing unit from end to end.

Members of Semple's executive team hustled to match the long stride of the commissioner as he covered about 5 miles of concrete during his quarterly tour of the high-security prison in Newtown, which houses the state's most mentally ill prisoners.

"Semple!" squealed a prisoner who knew him from his days as Garner's warden. "I've seen you on the news!"

About a week later, he toured the Janet S.]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 05:15:33 -0600 <![CDATA[Gulf health 5 years after BP spill: Resilient yet scarred]]> http://gazette.com/gulf-health-5-years-after-bp-spill-resilient-yet-scarred/article/feed/224203?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gulf-health-5-years-after-bp-spill-resilient-yet-scarred/article/feed/224203?custom_click=rss

From above, five years after the BP well explosion, the Gulf of Mexico looks clean, green and whole again, teeming with life — a testament to the resilience of nature.

But there's more than surface shimmering blue and emerald to the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon spill. And it's not as pretty a picture — nor is it as clear.

Federal data and numerous scientific studies show lingering problems. Splotches of oil still dot the seafloor and wads of tarry petroleum-smelling material hide in pockets in the marshes of Barataria Bay. Dolphin deaths have more than tripled. Nests of endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtles suddenly plummeted after the spill. Some fish have developed skin lesions along with oil in internal organs. De

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]]> From above, five years after the BP well explosion, the Gulf of Mexico looks clean, green and whole again, teeming with life — a testament to the resilience of nature.

But there's more than surface shimmering blue and emerald to the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon spill. And it's not as pretty a picture — nor is it as clear.

Federal data and numerous scientific studies show lingering problems. Splotches of oil still dot the seafloor and wads of tarry petroleum-smelling material hide in pockets in the marshes of Barataria Bay. Dolphin deaths have more than tripled. Nests of endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtles suddenly plummeted after the spill. Some fish have developed skin lesions along with oil in internal organs. De]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 23:30:58 -0600 <![CDATA[Bill on birth control stalls in Oregon Legislature]]> http://gazette.com/bill-on-birth-control-stalls-in-oregon-legislature/article/feed/224418?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bill-on-birth-control-stalls-in-oregon-legislature/article/feed/224418?custom_click=rss SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A proposal that would allow women to get birth control directly from a pharmacist without a doctor's prescription stalled Friday when a committee chair decided to convene a study group instead of moving the legislation forward.

Republican Rep. Knute Buehler previously proposed allowing pharmacists to prescribe and dispense contraception to women. He said the move would eliminate a current inconsistency that allows pharmacists to dispense emergency contraception but not preventative measures.

Under the bill, pharmacists could choose not to prescribe the contraceptive for ethical, moral or religious reasons.

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]]> SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A proposal that would allow women to get birth control directly from a pharmacist without a doctor's prescription stalled Friday when a committee chair decided to convene a study group instead of moving the legislation forward.

Republican Rep. Knute Buehler previously proposed allowing pharmacists to prescribe and dispense contraception to women. He said the move would eliminate a current inconsistency that allows pharmacists to dispense emergency contraception but not preventative measures.

Under the bill, pharmacists could choose not to prescribe the contraceptive for ethical, moral or religious reasons.]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:01:13 -0600 <![CDATA[US Senate veterans panel to review pricey Denver hospital]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/us-senate-veterans-panel-to-review-pricey-denver-hospital/article/1549831?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-senate-veterans-panel-to-review-pricey-denver-hospital/article/1549831?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The U.S. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee will hold a hearing in Colorado next week to scrutinize the bungled VA hospital project and visit the construction site.

The hearing will be held April 24 in suburban Aurora, where the hospital is being built, the committee announced Thursday.

The House Veterans Affairs Committee grilled the Department of Veterans Affairs at its own hearing in Washington on Wednesday.

The hospital is expected to cost $1.73 billion, about $1 billion more than budgeted. The VA has blamed problems in the planning process, extravagant design elements and other factors. An internal investigation is underway.



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DENVER — The U.S. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee will hold a hearing in Colorado next week to scrutinize the bungled VA hospital project and visit the construction site.

The hearing will be held April 24 in suburban Aurora, where the hospital is being built, the committee announced Thursday.

The House Veterans Affairs Committee grilled the Department of Veterans Affairs at its own hearing in Washington on Wednesday.

The hospital is expected to cost $1.73 billion, about $1 billion more than budgeted. The VA has blamed problems in the planning process, extravagant design elements and other factors. An internal investigation is underway.

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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:50:41 -0600
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Memorial Hospital Gala honors cardiologist Dr. David Greenberg]]> By Linda Navarro, The Gazette, linda.navarro@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/around-town-memorial-hospital-gala-honors-cardiologist-dr.-david-greenberg/article/1549807?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-memorial-hospital-gala-honors-cardiologist-dr.-david-greenberg/article/1549807?custom_click=rss

It was an impossible feat for Dr. David Greenberg to walk through the West Ballroom at The Broadmoor.

Well-wisher after well-wisher wanted a private moment to congratulate the cardiologist as the Memorial Hospital Foundation Gala's special honoree April 11, a tribute to practicing for almost 40 years in Colorado Springs.

For 18 of those years, Greenberg was Memorial Hospital's chief of cardiology.

It was a family night for the nattily dressed doctor, whose medical focus is heart disease prevention and community wellness. Sharing his moment were wife Paulette and sons Dr. H.L. Greenberg, a dermatologist in Las Vegas, and Darren Greenberg, an attorney with Barclays Investment Bank in London.



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It was an impossible feat for Dr. David Greenberg to walk through the West Ballroom at The Broadmoor.

Well-wisher after well-wisher wanted a private moment to congratulate the cardiologist as the Memorial Hospital Foundation Gala's special honoree April 11, a tribute to practicing for almost 40 years in Colorado Springs.

For 18 of those years, Greenberg was Memorial Hospital's chief of cardiology.

It was a family night for the nattily dressed doctor, whose medical focus is heart disease prevention and community wellness. Sharing his moment were wife Paulette and sons Dr. H.L. Greenberg, a dermatologist in Las Vegas, and Darren Greenberg, an attorney with Barclays Investment Bank in London.

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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:30:02 -0600
<![CDATA[VA appoints interim director for Denver veterans hospital]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/va-appoints-interim-director-for-denver-veterans-hospital/article/1549681?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/va-appoints-interim-director-for-denver-veterans-hospital/article/1549681?custom_click=rss DENVER — The Department of Veterans Affairs has appointed an interim director for its Denver-based Eastern Colorado Health Care System.

Carolyn L. Adams replaces Lynette Roff, who retired. Adams' appointment was effective Tuesday.

She previously served as director or interim director of VA hospitals in Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina.

Roff retired in February after allegations that a Denver VA sleep clinic kept a secret waiting list. The VA denied having a secret list but said the clinic at one point kept an "unofficial" one.

About 81,000 veterans get care in the eastern Colorado system. The system has a hospital in Denver and 10 clinics around the state.



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DENVER — The Department of Veterans Affairs has appointed an interim director for its Denver-based Eastern Colorado Health Care System.

Carolyn L. Adams replaces Lynette Roff, who retired. Adams' appointment was effective Tuesday.

She previously served as director or interim director of VA hospitals in Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina.

Roff retired in February after allegations that a Denver VA sleep clinic kept a secret waiting list. The VA denied having a secret list but said the clinic at one point kept an "unofficial" one.

About 81,000 veterans get care in the eastern Colorado system. The system has a hospital in Denver and 10 clinics around the state.

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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:54:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Live well: Pushing arm balances to the back burner]]> By Jennifer Mulson jen.mulson@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/live-well-pushing-arm-balances-to-the-back-burner/article/1549653?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-pushing-arm-balances-to-the-back-burner/article/1549653?custom_click=rss

I don't particularly adore - nor am I all that good at - arm balances in yoga.

There, I said it. I'm feeling some shame. Where's Brene Brown when I need her?

(If you haven't listened to Brown's TED talks, "The Power of Vulnerability" and "Listening to Shame," I recommend them. She's a research professor who's extensively studied vulnerability, courage, authenticity and shame.)

I'm probably supposed to love arm balances because I'm a yoga teacher, but I can't make myself care about them at this point in my journey.

When I first started taking classes, I watched with awe all the yogis who could do unbelievable things with their bodies. They balanced their torsos on the backs of their arms while scissoring their legs



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I don't particularly adore - nor am I all that good at - arm balances in yoga.

There, I said it. I'm feeling some shame. Where's Brene Brown when I need her?

(If you haven't listened to Brown's TED talks, "The Power of Vulnerability" and "Listening to Shame," I recommend them. She's a research professor who's extensively studied vulnerability, courage, authenticity and shame.)

I'm probably supposed to love arm balances because I'm a yoga teacher, but I can't make myself care about them at this point in my journey.

When I first started taking classes, I watched with awe all the yogis who could do unbelievable things with their bodies. They balanced their torsos on the backs of their arms while scissoring their legs

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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:31:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting April 14, 2015]]> By Carlotta Olson - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-april-14-2015/article/1549652?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-april-14-2015/article/1549652?custom_click=rss HEALTH NOTES

Health Notes appears on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits. Listings appear at the discretion of The Gazette. Send information at least two weeks in advance: email carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202.

Alpine Autism Center 5K Walk/Run - 8:30 a.m. April 25, America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, $20 or $40 for family of four. Registration: tinyurl.com/mbhvn5p.

Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments: 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org. - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Ruth Holley Library Branch, 685 N. Murray Blvd. - 10-11:40 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Monday and April 21, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway.

Colorado Springs Senior Center -

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Health Notes appears on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits. Listings appear at the discretion of The Gazette. Send information at least two weeks in advance: email carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202.

Alpine Autism Center 5K Walk/Run - 8:30 a.m. April 25, America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, $20 or $40 for family of four. Registration: tinyurl.com/mbhvn5p.

Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments: 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org. - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Ruth Holley Library Branch, 685 N. Murray Blvd. - 10-11:40 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Monday and April 21, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway.

Colorado Springs Senior Center -]]> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 04:10:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Air Force tennis coach Dan Oosterhous maintains positive outlook while adjusting to life after strokes]]> By BRENT BRIGGEMAN brent.briggeman@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/air-force-tennis-coach-dan-oosterhous-maintains-positive-outlook-while-adjusting-to-life-after-strokes/article/1549568?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-tennis-coach-dan-oosterhous-maintains-positive-outlook-while-adjusting-to-life-after-strokes/article/1549568?custom_click=rss

It was a Google search that first revealed the diagnosis that would forever change Dan Oosterhous' life.

The Air Force men's tennis coach was 42, a pilot with 20 years of active duty service to his credit and capable of beating half the players on his roster. But when he awoke at 2 a.m. in early March 2013, the lingering discomfort he'd felt in his neck for a few weeks had escalated into a throbbing cramp.

He thought he'd sleep it off, but when he awoke five hours later the symptoms had worsened. It didn't feel like the flu, or any headache he had experienced, so he began typing the symptoms into his computer.

He had weakness, vomiting, nausea, dizziness and had lost the feeling in his right side to the point where he

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The Air Force men's tennis coach was 42, a pilot with 20 years of active duty service to his credit and capable of beating half the players on his roster. But when he awoke at 2 a.m. in early March 2013, the lingering discomfort he'd felt in his neck for a few weeks had escalated into a throbbing cramp.

He thought he'd sleep it off, but when he awoke five hours later the symptoms had worsened. It didn't feel like the flu, or any headache he had experienced, so he began typing the symptoms into his computer.

He had weakness, vomiting, nausea, dizziness and had lost the feeling in his right side to the point where he]]> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 04:11:29 -0600 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: The Arc's Disability Awareness Month film festival]]> By Linda Navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/around-town-the-arcs-disability-awareness-month-film-festival/article/1549332?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-the-arcs-disability-awareness-month-film-festival/article/1549332?custom_click=rss

The Arc Pikes Peak Region took to the big screen for a new way of celebrating National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

Several hundred enthusiastic moviegoers visited Stargazers Theatre on March 18 for three Achieve With Us Colorado Film Festival showings of 16 film shorts.

In touching fashion, movie makers showed what it is that makes someone with Asperger syndrome so special, why it's OK that a little brother spends all his time looking at the moon, and how a popular little girl uncovers the secret to making a child with cerebral palsy smile and play.

The award-winning film "Guang" was a brother's intimate look into his autistic brother's world.

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Several hundred enthusiastic moviegoers visited Stargazers Theatre on March 18 for three Achieve With Us Colorado Film Festival showings of 16 film shorts.

In touching fashion, movie makers showed what it is that makes someone with Asperger syndrome so special, why it's OK that a little brother spends all his time looking at the moon, and how a popular little girl uncovers the secret to making a child with cerebral palsy smile and play.

The award-winning film "Guang" was a brother's intimate look into his autistic brother's world.]]> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 04:26:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Lauren Hill, who made inspirational layup, dies of tumor]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/lauren-hill-who-made-inspirational-layup-dies-of-tumor/article/1549459?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lauren-hill-who-made-inspirational-layup-dies-of-tumor/article/1549459?custom_click=rss

CINCINNATI — Lauren Hill's teammates and coaches are remembering the 19-year-old college basketball player with her own inspiring words: "Never give up."

An example she lived by as she fought a brain tumor and rallied those around her to help her achieve her dream of playing in a game.

Several hundred students gathered on the grassy quad at Mount St. Joseph on Friday, spelling out Hill's No. 22 with blue plastic cups on a chain-link fence a few hours after she died at a local hospital. Her death was confirmed Friday morning by the co-founder of her nonprofit foundation, The Cure Starts Now.

Hill attended the Division III school and played after being diagnosed with the inoperable tumor.



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CINCINNATI — Lauren Hill's teammates and coaches are remembering the 19-year-old college basketball player with her own inspiring words: "Never give up."

An example she lived by as she fought a brain tumor and rallied those around her to help her achieve her dream of playing in a game.

Several hundred students gathered on the grassy quad at Mount St. Joseph on Friday, spelling out Hill's No. 22 with blue plastic cups on a chain-link fence a few hours after she died at a local hospital. Her death was confirmed Friday morning by the co-founder of her nonprofit foundation, The Cure Starts Now.

Hill attended the Division III school and played after being diagnosed with the inoperable tumor.

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Fri, 10 Apr 2015 21:20:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado moving to allow marijuana use by people on probation]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/colorado-moving-to-allow-marijuana-use-by-people-on-probation/article/1549428?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-moving-to-allow-marijuana-use-by-people-on-probation/article/1549428?custom_click=rss

DENVER — A Colorado proposal to allow people on probation or parole to use medical marijuana won unanimous approval Thursday in its first test in the state Legislature.

The state has allowed medical marijuana use for 15 years — but not for people on probation or parole.

The House Judiciary Committee voted 13-0 to change that policy by saying that pot use doesn't amount to a probation violation for people with medical clearance to use the drug.

"If it's in the constitution, you should have the right to use it on probation," said Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton and sponsor of the bill.

The change wouldn't apply to probationers whose crime was related to marijuana.



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DENVER — A Colorado proposal to allow people on probation or parole to use medical marijuana won unanimous approval Thursday in its first test in the state Legislature.

The state has allowed medical marijuana use for 15 years — but not for people on probation or parole.

The House Judiciary Committee voted 13-0 to change that policy by saying that pot use doesn't amount to a probation violation for people with medical clearance to use the drug.

"If it's in the constitution, you should have the right to use it on probation," said Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton and sponsor of the bill.

The change wouldn't apply to probationers whose crime was related to marijuana.

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Fri, 10 Apr 2015 09:27:45 -0600
<![CDATA[VA's mess remains: Sick veterans still facing delays, data shows]]> By David B. Caruso, The Associated Press http://gazette.com/vas-mess-remains-sick-veterans-still-facing-delays-data-shows/article/1549372?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vas-mess-remains-sick-veterans-still-facing-delays-data-shows/article/1549372?custom_click=rss

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - A year after Americans recoiled at new revelations that sick veterans were getting sicker while languishing on waiting lists - and months after the Department of Veterans Affairs instituted major reforms - government data shows that the number of patients facing long waits at VA facilities has not dropped at all.

No one expected that the VA mess could be fixed overnight. But The Associated Press has found that since the summer, the number of medical appointments delayed 30 to 90 days has largely stayed flat. The number of appointments that take longer than 90 days to complete has nearly doubled.

Nearly 894,000 appointments completed at VA medical facilities from Aug. 1 to Feb.



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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - A year after Americans recoiled at new revelations that sick veterans were getting sicker while languishing on waiting lists - and months after the Department of Veterans Affairs instituted major reforms - government data shows that the number of patients facing long waits at VA facilities has not dropped at all.

No one expected that the VA mess could be fixed overnight. But The Associated Press has found that since the summer, the number of medical appointments delayed 30 to 90 days has largely stayed flat. The number of appointments that take longer than 90 days to complete has nearly doubled.

Nearly 894,000 appointments completed at VA medical facilities from Aug. 1 to Feb.

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Thu, 09 Apr 2015 10:25:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Number of people sickened by listeria linked to Blue Bell ice cream grows]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/number-of-people-sickened-by-listeria-linked-to-blue-bell-ice-cream-grows/article/1549384?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/number-of-people-sickened-by-listeria-linked-to-blue-bell-ice-cream-grows/article/1549384?custom_click=rss

DALLAS — An outbreak of a foodborne illness linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products has grown to include three people in Texas who became ill, according to federal health authorities.

Carol Crawford, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, confirmed Thursday that the number of people sickened by listeriosis has increased.

Tests confirmed that three people in Texas had the same strain of listeria previously found in five others at a Wichita, Kansas, hospital. Three of the five in Kansas died and health officials there have said listeriosis, also known as listeria, might have been a contributing factor in the deaths.

The three in Texas also were hospitalized for unrelated problems



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DALLAS — An outbreak of a foodborne illness linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products has grown to include three people in Texas who became ill, according to federal health authorities.

Carol Crawford, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, confirmed Thursday that the number of people sickened by listeriosis has increased.

Tests confirmed that three people in Texas had the same strain of listeria previously found in five others at a Wichita, Kansas, hospital. Three of the five in Kansas died and health officials there have said listeriosis, also known as listeria, might have been a contributing factor in the deaths.

The three in Texas also were hospitalized for unrelated problems

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Thu, 09 Apr 2015 08:34:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Sabra recalls 30,000 cases of hummus over listeria concerns]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/sabra-recalls-30000-cases-of-hummus-over-listeria-concerns/article/1549385?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sabra-recalls-30000-cases-of-hummus-over-listeria-concerns/article/1549385?custom_click=rss NEW YORK — About 30,000 cases of Sabra hummus sold nationwide is being recalled due to a possible Listeria contamination.

Listeria is a food-borne illness that can cause high fevers and nausea in minor cases, but the infections can be fatal to people with weakened immune systems and young children, along with causing miscarriages in pregnant women.

It is the second listeria-related recall this week. Blue Bell Creameries on Tuesday recalled banana pudding ice cream that tested positive for listeria, expanding an earlier ice cream recall. Eight people in Texas and Kansas have been afflicted by tainted products and three have died.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the hummus recall. The



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NEW YORK — About 30,000 cases of Sabra hummus sold nationwide is being recalled due to a possible Listeria contamination.

Listeria is a food-borne illness that can cause high fevers and nausea in minor cases, but the infections can be fatal to people with weakened immune systems and young children, along with causing miscarriages in pregnant women.

It is the second listeria-related recall this week. Blue Bell Creameries on Tuesday recalled banana pudding ice cream that tested positive for listeria, expanding an earlier ice cream recall. Eight people in Texas and Kansas have been afflicted by tainted products and three have died.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the hummus recall. The

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Thu, 09 Apr 2015 08:29:51 -0600
<![CDATA[6 regions where vets wait longest for VA care]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/6-regions-where-vets-wait-longest-for-va-care/article/1549382?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/6-regions-where-vets-wait-longest-for-va-care/article/1549382?custom_click=rss The Veterans Affairs system operates more than 1,000 facilities. A look at some regions where waits were longest over a six-month period beginning on Sept. 1 and ending Feb. 28:

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Northern Florida:

It's a long drive from the tip of Florida's panhandle to Jacksonville, on the Atlantic coast, but with some detours you can hit four of the most delay-prone VA outpatient clinics in the country. The VA clinics in Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Panama City and Pensacola collectively completed 250,000 appointments during the six-month period. Nearly 13 percent of those visits involved a wait of longer than 30 days, well above the national average of 2.8 percent.



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The Veterans Affairs system operates more than 1,000 facilities. A look at some regions where waits were longest over a six-month period beginning on Sept. 1 and ending Feb. 28:

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Northern Florida:

It's a long drive from the tip of Florida's panhandle to Jacksonville, on the Atlantic coast, but with some detours you can hit four of the most delay-prone VA outpatient clinics in the country. The VA clinics in Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Panama City and Pensacola collectively completed 250,000 appointments during the six-month period. Nearly 13 percent of those visits involved a wait of longer than 30 days, well above the national average of 2.8 percent.

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Thu, 09 Apr 2015 06:11:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Jeb Bush touts voucher-like system for veterans' care during Colorado Springs visit]]> Tom Roeder http://gazette.com/jeb-bush-touts-voucher-like-system-for-veterans-care-during-colorado-springs-visit/article/1549249?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jeb-bush-touts-voucher-like-system-for-veterans-care-during-colorado-springs-visit/article/1549249?custom_click=rss

Potential Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is visiting swing state Colorado on Tuesday, and he started the morning by stopping in Colorado Springs for breakfast with military veterans.

Bush will later host a town hall in Denver about energy development.

Bush is in the state for his Right to Rise political action committees, which he's using to make contributions to Republican Party leaders in presidential battlegrounds.

Bush's first stop was at an International House of Pancakes in Colorado Springs, where he's having breakfast with a group of veterans.

He's then going to Focus on the Family and later to downtown Denver hotel in the afternoon to speak to employees from energy companies.



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Potential Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is visiting swing state Colorado on Tuesday, and he started the morning by stopping in Colorado Springs for breakfast with military veterans.

Bush will later host a town hall in Denver about energy development.

Bush is in the state for his Right to Rise political action committees, which he's using to make contributions to Republican Party leaders in presidential battlegrounds.

Bush's first stop was at an International House of Pancakes in Colorado Springs, where he's having breakfast with a group of veterans.

He's then going to Focus on the Family and later to downtown Denver hotel in the afternoon to speak to employees from energy companies.

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Wed, 08 Apr 2015 09:47:18 -0600