• Utah Senate keeps medical marijuana under consideration

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    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Medical marijuana will stay a topic of discussion in the Utah Senate after a narrowly passing a vote on Tuesday evening. Senators voted 16-13 in favor of the proposal from Saratoga Springs Republican Sen. Mark Madsen. If it passes a final vote in the Senate, it will move to the House, where it is expected to face strong opposition. Madsen's proposal would allow people with certain medical conditions and a doctor's prescription to use certain forms of marijuana. It would not allow the drug to be smoked. Lawmakers delivered passionate arguments for and against Madsen's proposal on Tuesday. Opponents of his measure cited questions about its constitutionality and said they hadn't had enough tim

  • Man killed by Los Angeles police was wanted by US marshals

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A homeless man who was killed by Los Angeles police on Skid Row was living under an assumed name and was wanted for violating probation terms for a bank robbery conviction, French and U.S. officials said Tuesday. A law enforcement official identified Charley Saturmin Robinet, 39, as the man police shot Sunday. The official wasn't authorized to speak publicly and talked to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Axel Cruau, the consul general for France in Los Angeles, said the man stole the identity of a French citizen and was living in the United States under an assumed name. He had applied for a French passport in the late 1990s to come to the United States to "pursue a career in acting.

  • Vegas hospital sends stillborn babies to laundry by mistake

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    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities say a Las Vegas hospital mistakenly sent two stillborn babies wrapped in linens to a laundry facility, leading to a grisly surprise for the cleaners. The remains were in a load of laundry that Spring Valley Hospital sent Tuesday to the medical laundry company Angelica in nearby Henderson. Henderson police spokeswoman Kathleen Richards says detectives determined it was an inadvertent mistake and it's not considered suspicious. Hospital spokeswoman Gretchen Papez says a woman who suffered a miscarriage early in her pregnancy had arrived at the hospital by ambulance with the dead twins already wrapped in linens. Papez says hospital officials are trying to determine how the mistake occur

  • Text of Bentley's State of the State address

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Robert Bentley's 2015 State of the State address given Tuesday. Remarks as prepared. Lieutenant Governor Ivey, Speaker Hubbard, President Marsh, distinguished guests, members of the Alabama Legislature, Chief Justice Moore, members of the Alabama Supreme Court and My Fellow Alabamians. Twenty-two years ago Alabama stunned the world when one of the most advanced auto manufacturers in the world chose our state for its first U.S. assembly plant. The men and women elected to lead Alabama, so determined to change our state for the better, made a bold move, and never looked back. They knew they would be questioned and criticized about the unprecedented incentives they offered Mercedes.

  • Senate passes proposal making state disease response easier

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    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The state Senate has passed a measure that would more easily allow the state to react to deadly disease outbreaks. Senators voted 29-5 Tuesday to approve the plan, which was backed by the Department of Health and would expand the state's authority to respond to serious communicable diseases. Republican Sen. Craig Tieszen says the measure came as a result of the Ebola scare that peaked last fall. He says the measure modernizes the types of diseases included in state law, which was focused on Tuberculosis. Republican Sen. Phil Jensen questions why the bill is necessary and says the bill itself should be quarantined. It heads to Gov. Dennis Daugaard's desk. The proposal originally gave the state

  • Oklahoma business briefs for March 4, 2015

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    Oklahoma business briefs for March 4, 2015

  • State DHS secretary defends SeniorCare cuts

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    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades says no one will get kicked off the state's popular prescription drug program SeniorCare under Gov. Scott Walker's budget. Walker's proposal requires that SeniorCare enrollees first sign up for the Medicare Part D prescription drug program and use state benefits under SeniorCare as a supplement. Rhoades told the Legislature's budget committee on Tuesday that whether costs will go up depends on the circumstances of the person and what plan they choose under Medicare Part D. Because SeniorCare is an alternative to Medicare Part D, thousands of seniors not yet enrolled in the federal program would be asked to switch and could face higher

  • Walker says he supports ban on abortions after 20 weeks

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    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker, a longtime abortion opponent and likely presidential candidate, said Tuesday that he supports banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, taking a clear stance on an issue he avoided during his re-election campaign last year. Walker issued what he called an "open letter on life" in which he stated his support for the ban, which is based on the disputed premise that a fetus can feel pain at that stage. Walker said he would sign such a ban into law if it passes Wisconsin's Republican-controlled Legislature. There is no bill pending, but anti-abortion advocates have said it's a priority and expect there to be a proposal sometime this year.

  • Wyoming House cuts bill to pay hospitals

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    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming House voted Tuesday to cut most of the funding from a bill that Senate lawmakers had passed to help hospitals in the state cover the cost of treating uninsured patients. The House on Tuesday voted to cut the funding in the bill from $5 million to $1 million. Several House members said Tuesday they're not convinced the state has done enough research into how hospitals would use state money if lawmakers approved it, and some said they feared the proposed funding would be so little as not to make a real difference to hospitals. The Senate passed the hospital funding bill after rejecting a bill that would have accepted over $100 million a year in federal funds to expand the Medicaid progr

  • Utah House agrees to hear governor's Medicaid plan

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    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's Republican controlled-House of Representatives has reversed course and decided to consider Gov. Gary Herbert's Medicaid plan, despite comments from the Republican House speaker that the measure had no support and would not be heard. A panel that assigns bills to House committees sent Herbert's Medicaid proposal and a House alternative forward on Tuesday, setting up both proposals for a hearing Wednesday evening. House Speaker Greg Hughes declared last week that the House was done with the governor's proposal and would not consider the bill because it didn't have enough support. Hughes, a Draper Republican, said Tuesday afternoon that he had hoped his comments would allow lawmakers to move

  • Judge asked to delay medical marijuana permit in Kankakee

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    CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County judge heard arguments Tuesday from a Chicago company that failed to win a permit to grow medical marijuana and then filed a lawsuit claiming the Illinois Department of Agriculture broke its own rules and is hiding behind a secretive process. Judge Kathleen Kennedy is expected to issue a ruling Wednesday on a request for a temporary restraining order to halt the marijuana permit process in a region that covers Ford, Iroquois and Kankakee counties. The plaintiff, PM Rx LLC, filed the complaint last week against the Department of Agriculture, claiming the agency didn't follow its own rules for licensing cultivation centers that will grow cannabis in the state's pilot program.

  • BC-NJ--NJ Daybook, NJ

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    Associated Press New Jersey Daybook for Wednesday, March 4, 2015. CHRISTIE SCHEDULE — The public schedule for Gov. Chris Christie: 11 a.m. Holds 129th Town Hall meeting. (NOTE Doors open for media at 9 a.m.). Location: Fair Lawn Recreation Center, 10-10 20th St., Fair Lawn. Contact: Kevin Roberts, 609-777-2600. 10 a.m. NEWARK POLICE-GROUNDBREAKING — Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Police Director Eugene Venable, Police Chief Anthony Campos and other city officials hold ribbon-cutting ceremony to ceremonially open a new police building. Location: First Police Precinct, 10 17th Avenue, Newark. (NOTE: Media parking will be available in nearby streets and lots). Contact: Newark Press Information Office,

  • Budget, health care issues cloud Legislature's opening day

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    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Republican-led Florida Legislature kicked off its annual session Tuesday with the usual pomp, but the celebratory nature was overshadowed by lingering questions about the state budget, tax cuts and health care. The two GOP legislators in charge opened the session by stressing areas on which they plan to work in tandem over the next 60 days. That included dealing with the state's standardized testing system. But Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli struck decidedly different tones when discussing Florida's budget and the prospect of Medicaid expansion.

  • Health officials perplexed by vaccination skeptics

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Certain that they are right, struggling to find ways to get their message across, public health officials are exasperated by their inability to persuade more U.S. parents to vaccinate their children. "I think we're all kind of frustrated," said Stephen Morse, a Columbia University infectious disease expert. "As scientists, we're probably the least equipped to know how to do this." They say they are contending with a small minority of parents who are misinformed — or merely obstinate — about the risks of inoculations. The parents say they have done their own research and they believe the risks are greater than health authorities acknowledge; they are merely making their own medical choices, they say.

  • City, contractor questioned at NYC jail health care hearing

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    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City lawmaker said at a hearing Tuesday that he didn't have confidence in the leadership of the private health provider awarded a $126 million contract to administer health care at the Rikers Island jail complex. Health Committee Chairman Corey Johnson, at times incensed, repeatedly cited a report by The Associated Press last year that raised serious questions about the medical care inmates received in at least 15 deaths since 2009. Those cases included inmates who were denied medication, improperly assessed or not treated in a timely manner. "We can go through, case-by-case, but what are you doing to stop this?" Johnson asked executives of Brentwood, Tennessee-based Corizon Health Inc. after list

  • Bill financing research building gets final legislative OK

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    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers gave final approval Tuesday to reopening the state's two-year budget to supply taxpayer money for a new medical research building at the University of Kentucky, with the goal of increasing efforts to combat high disease rates plaguing Kentuckians. The bill cleared the Republican-led Senate, 36-1. It already passed the Democratic-run House. Gov. Steve Beshear praised lawmakers for sending him the legislation and said he will be pleased to sign it into law. The center will attract talented researchers striving for "rapid improvements in Kentucky's collective health," the governor said in a written statement.

  • Army denies claims that Fort Detrick caused cancer deaths

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    The Army said Tuesday it has denied more than 100 claims seeking millions of dollars in compensation for cancer deaths and other illnesses allegedly caused by chemicals buried or tested decades ago at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland. The denials set the stage for a likely federal lawsuit, said a lawyer for a group that orchestrated the filings. "We're dealing with some people who are facing a lifetime of cancer treatments," said Mike Hugo, a Framingham, Massachusetts, attorney retained by the Kristen Renee Foundation of Tampa, Florida. "We're talking about families who have lost parents young." The foundation is led by former televangelist Randy White and named for a daughter who grew up near Fort Detrick and died o

  • Family of girl declared brain-dead sues California hospital

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The family of a 13-year-old girl who was declared brain-dead after her sleep apnea operation went awry filed a medical malpractice lawsuit on Tuesday detailing the emotional, chaotic hospital drama that included a court battle over ending life support. Jahi McMath's family is seeking unspecified damages from UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland in the case filed in Alameda County Superior Court. They claim the hospital botched Jahi's operation on Dec. 9, 2013; didn't respond properly and promptly to dramatic signs of post-operative distress; and badgered the family to end life support and donate Jahi's organs, even though her heart kept beating. Jahi was declared brain-dead on Dec.

  • 35 people sickened by norovirus at Phoenix VA hospital

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    PHOENIX (AP) — Officials at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital say 35 people have been sickened by the norovirus but all except three have made a full recovery. They announced Tuesday that laboratory test results confirmed the presence of the norovirus at the Phoenix VA Health Care System. Officials say 16 patients and 19 staff from the two inpatient mental health units are believed to have become ill with the norovirus, which a common stomach virus. To prevent the virus from spreading further, the hospital ceased admissions, limited patient access and cancelled group activities. Officials say veterans who needed inpatient care were transferred to community providers or other VA facilities.

  • 4th Wesleyan student arraigned after Molly drug overdoses

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    MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A Wesleyan University student suspected of selling the club drug Molly on campus has been arraigned on charges stemming from on-campus overdoses that sent a dozen people to the hospital. Andrew Olson, of Atascadero, California, appeared in court Tuesday on charges including selling and possessing a hallucinogen. Three other Wesleyan students already have been arraigned on charges related to the overdoses, which occurred the weekend of Feb. 22. All four have been suspended from the private university of nearly 3,000 students in Middletown, Connecticut. Court documents indicate witnesses told police they bought Molly from Olson for $20 per dose. Olson has denied selling Molly to students.