• BRIEF: Drug addiction, laws program topics

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Drug addiction and reforming drug laws in the state will be highlighted on this weekend's edition of "Missouri Viewpoints." Officials have said that heroin is making a deadly comeback in the nation and particularly in Missouri. On the program, Pete Stenger will explain the impact of the drug on his family. His son, Mitch, recently died of a heroin overdose. Mr. Stenger will present advice on how to spot a potential addiction situation and what should be done on behalf of a loved one. Also, state Rep. Shamed Dogan, R-Ballwin, will discuss the potential of re-evaluating Missouri's drug laws — especially those pertaining to marijuana. Mr.

  • Substance abuse funding available to Connecticut groups

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut community organizations will be able to seek newly available federal funding to help address youth alcohol use and prescription drug abuse. The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services recently received an $8.2 million federal grant over five years. DMHAS will distribute the funds through a competitive grant process to 11 community-level agencies located in medium- and large-size urban areas with a high rate of alcohol and other drug use. This marks the second time Connecticut has been awarded funding under the Partnership for Success grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Gov. Dannel P.

  • Social service agencies brace for budget stalemate damage

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — For the third time in a dozen years, counties and nonprofit agencies that make up Pennsylvania's social services safety net are girding for budget deadlock in Harrisburg. The state government is in its fifth week of a budget stalemate, and the governor's office is halting reimbursements for July's invoices. That means agencies are deciding which services must stop or whether workers must be laid off. To keep things going, some counties may front the money and some workers may go unpaid. Family Services of Western Pennsylvania has increased its credit line to keep paying staff and providing services to people who need daily help with mental illness and addiction.

  • VA hears from metro-area advocates on ways to serve American Indians in need

    Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Veterans, tribal leaders and health care providers discussed how to better serve homeless American Indian veterans and other topics at the Southern Plains Region Veterans Training Summit in Norman.

  • Browns GM Farmer says Manziel can still be NFL starter if ‘used the right way’

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    BEREA, Ohio — Browns general manager Ray Farmer remains in Johnny Manziel’s corner, even though the 22nd overall pick in last year’s NFL draft is on track to ride the bench behind a veteran journeyman for the second consecutive season. There is little evidence Manziel can succeed in the league after his disastrous rookie season. He led the offense to just three points in six quarters as a starter, then spent more than 10 weeks this offseason in a rehabilitation facility specializing in alcohol and drug addiction treatment. Now all signs point to Manziel, 22, serving as Josh McCown’s backup when the Browns open the regular season Sept. 13 against the New York Jets.

  • Two country classics to perform at Downstream

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    Two powerhouses of country music, with a long list of No. 1 hits and major music awards, will perform at Downstream Casino and Resort. Travis Tritt The soul of African-American gospel choirs and the spirit of Southern rock found their way into Travis Tritt’s style. Inspired by the bends, curls and sweeps of the choirs and by the soulful chords of the Allman Brothers Band, according to a biography from the Grand Ole Opry, Tritt changed up the style he had been used to singing since childhood. His first commercial success happened in 1989, with the release of “Country Club.” The song “Help Me Hold On” reached No. 1 on U.S. country charts, and the album went platinum two times. He eventually became one of the mov

  • Baltimore killings soar to a level unseen in 43 years

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore reached a grim milestone on Friday, three months after riots erupted in response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody: With 45 homicides in July, the city has seen more bloodshed in a single month than it has in 43 years. Police reported three deaths — two men shot Thursday and one on Friday. The men died at local hospitals. With their deaths, this year's homicides reached 189, far outpacing the 119 killings by July's end in 2014. Nonfatal shootings have soared to 366, compared to 200 by the same date last year. July's total was the worst since the city recorded 45 killings in August 1972, according to The Baltimore Sun.

  • Lawsuit from prisoner who sought an abortion dismissed


    FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge said he would dismiss a lawsuit filed by a pregnant prisoner who sought an abortion after the woman told him during a hearing Friday she had changed her mind and now wants to deliver the child, a reversal called "highly suspicious" by one of her lawyers. The woman's change of heart came as a prosecutor said separately the state was shelving an effort to strip her of parental rights over the fetus and delaying prosecution on two drug-related charges while the woman enters in-patient addiction treatment at a state-certified facility.

  • Del Mar Entries, Saturday August 1st, 2015


    1st-$27,000, Claiming $16,000-$14,000, 3-Year-Olds & Up , One Mile 2nd-$19,000, Claiming $8,000-$7,000, 3-Year-Olds & Up , One Mile 3rd-$58,000, Claiming $50,000-$45,000, 3-Year-Olds , One Mile (T) 4th-$40,000, Claiming $25,000-$22,500, 3-Year-Olds Fillies, Six and One Half Furlongs 5th-$70,000, Maiden Special Weight, 2-Year-Olds , Five and One Half Furlongs 6th-$72,000, Allowance, 3-Year-Olds & Up Fillies and Mares (NW1$ X), Five Furlongs (T) 7th-$70,000, Maiden Special Weight, 2-Year-Olds Fillies, Five and One Half Furlongs 8th-$300,000, Stakes, 3-Year-Olds & Up Fillies and Mares, One Mile and One Sixteenth Clement L.

  • Del Mar Entries, Saturday


    1st_$27,000, cl $16,000-$14,000, 3YO up, 1mi. 2nd_$19,000, cl $8,000-$7,000, 3YO up, 1mi. 3rd_$58,000, cl $50,000-$45,000, 3YO, 1mi. 4th_$40,000, cl $25,000-$22,500, 3YO F, 6½f. 5th_$70,000, mdn spl wt, 2YO, 5½f. 6th_$72,000, alc, 3YO up F&M (NW1$ X), 5f. 7th_$70,000, mdn spl wt, 2YO F, 5½f. 8th_$300,000, stk, 3YO up F&M, 1 1/16mi. Clement L. Hirsch Stakes 9th_$72,000, alc opt cl, 3YO up, 1 1/16mi. 10th_$70,000, mdn spl wt, 3YO up, 1mi. (c) 2015 Equibase Company LLC, all rights reserved.

  • Pittsfield man gets up to 7 years for armed robbery


    PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Pittsfield man has been sentenced to up to seven years in prison for multiple crimes, including the armed robbery of a convenience store and unauthorized use of his dead grandfather's credit card. The Berkshire Eagle (http://bit.ly/1eFy0wz ) reports that 31-year-old Erich Rawlins pleaded guilty Thursday to robbing a convenience store in January 2011 with a realistic-looking pellet gun. He fled on foot with between $500 and $600, and removed much of his clothing as he fled. The clothing was collected and submitted to the state crime lab for testing. In March 2014, DNA collected from the bandanna the suspect was wearing was matched to Rawlins. He also made about $5,400 worth of charges o

  • Bush calls courtship of minority voters integral to campaign

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — Following his own advice, Jeb Bush is taking his presidential campaign to the neighborhoods and churches where Hispanics and African Americans live and worship in an effort to broaden his appeal among minority voters. The former Florida governor was in the central part of the state earlier this week, speaking to a diverse group of 150 pastors and other religious leaders, repeating his oft-stated pledge to campaign in "every nook and cranny" of the country. On Friday, he'll be one of only two Republican presidential candidates to address the National Urban League's annual conference, joining Hillary Rodham Clinton and two other Democrats seeking the White House. "Republicans need to campaign everywher

  • Opening arguments personal in Kentucky Attorney General race

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Opening arguments in the campaign for Kentucky attorney general are laden with personal attacks, as Democrat Andy Beshear and Republican Whitney Westerfield seek to weaken each other before the November election. Republicans cite Beshear's lack of prosecutorial experience and suggest some of his law clients might create conflicts of interest for him if he's elected. Democrats pounced on a comment in Westerfield's personnel file as a young assistant prosecutor, saying sometimes his personal interests took priority over his job. They suggested Westerfield had skipped court for pedicures. In a recent interview, Westerfield called the Democratic attack "a farce and a really puny attempt at smearing me.

  • Del Mar Early Entries, Saturday August 1st, 2015

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    1st-$27,000, Claiming $16,000-$14,000, 3-Year-Olds & Up , One Mile 2nd-$19,000, Claiming $8,000-$7,000, 3-Year-Olds & Up , One Mile 3rd-$58,000, Claiming $50,000-$45,000, 3-Year-Olds , One Mile (T) 4th-$40,000, Claiming $25,000-$22,500, 3-Year-Olds Fillies, Six and One Half Furlongs 5th-$70,000, Maiden Special Weight, 2-Year-Olds , Five and One Half Furlongs 6th-$72,000, Allowance, 3-Year-Olds & Up Fillies and Mares (NW1$ X), Five Furlongs (T) 7th-$70,000, Maiden Special Weight, 2-Year-Olds Fillies, Five and One Half Furlongs 8th-$300,000, Stakes, 3-Year-Olds & Up Fillies and Mares, One Mile and One Sixteenth Clement L.

  • Indian tribes set to begin marijuana sales

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Tourists soon may be able to go to a South Dakota Indian reservation, buy a cigarette-sized marijuana joint for $10 to $15 and try their luck at the nearby casino. In December, the Flandreau Santee Sioux expect to become the first tribe in the nation to grow and sell pot for recreational use, cashing in on the Obama administration’s offer to let all 566 federally recognized tribes enter the marijuana industry. “The fact that we are first doesn’t scare us,” said tribal president Anthony “Tony” Reider, 38, who’s led the tribe for nearly five years. “The Department of Justice gave us the go-ahead, similar to what they did with the states, so we’re comfortable going with it.” The tribe pla

  • Hope Outreach plans new ministry

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    With hopes to make success a possibility for those leaving incarceration, Hope Outreach is raising money for its new transitional housing ministry, which will help released inmates take control of their lives in a safe, affordable environment. The ministry is aimed at the hundreds of ex-inmates struggling to turn their lives around after leaving prison. Once released, inmates rarely have much money, resources or support and often end up in environments that bring out their old, destructive tendencies. According to Hope Outreach’s fact sheet, there are approximately 500 of these inmates living in Garfield County, facing self-destruction when released from Oklahoma Department of Corrections, District Attorney Supervised Proba

  • Radkey getting ready to release first full-length album with a 'mature' sound

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Radkey has been a touring band for four years, playing festivals, appearing on TV and radio shows, and earning acclaim from music media all over the world. In those four years the band has released two EPs: the five-track “Cat and Mouse” and the four-track “Devil Fruit,” both issued in 2013. For two years Radkey’s fans have been clamoring for a full-length release, and the band has been itching to get one out. That day is almost upon them. On Aug. 21, the trio of brothers from St. Joseph will release “Dark Black Makeup,” a 13-song recording that puts the band in a new light. “We experimented with other kinds of vibes this time,” said bassist Isaiah Radke, 19.

  • Prescription drug abuse reduction initiative launched

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An initiative launched Wednesday in Montana aims to curb rampant prescription drug abuse. "Almost one person is dying every day from medications I or my colleagues have prescribed in good faith," emergency and family doctor William Gallea said at a press conference at St. Peter's Hospital in Helena. "The deaths have rightly been called an epidemic." The cornerstone of the initiative is a new website called knowyourdosemt.org, announced by the Montana Medical Association, Department of Justice and other partners. The site, funded largely by Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Justice Department, is the culmination of 18 months of research by the partners and work done by a legislative committee tasked with st

  • Lawmakers approve continued funding for 'drug czar'

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Lawmakers agreed Wednesday to continue paying the state's "drug czar" for six more months, even as some officials questioned whether he's been effective in streamlining the state's response to heroin and opioid abuse. Gov. Maggie Hassan hired Jack Wozmak as the senior director of substance abuse and behavioral health in January, paid for with grant money from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation for the first year. The legislative fiscal committee, made up of representatives and senators, was voting Wednesday on whether to accept $112,500 from the foundation to cover the second six months of Wozmak's appointment. Lawmakers remain unsure whether they'll continue paying for the job when the grant ends.

  • AP-FL--Florida News Digest 6 pm, FL

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Hello! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Florida. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Miami bureau at 305-594-5825 or miami@ap.org. David Fischer is on the desk. AP-Florida News Editor Terry Spencer can be reached at 305-594-5825 or tspencer@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.