• Companies ask Boone judge to keep suit's pill records sealed

    Updated: 27 min ago

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Eleven pharmaceutical drug distributors have asked a judge to deny the state's request to unseal a court filing containing information about their shipments to West Virginia pharmacies. The companies are being sued in Boone County Circuit Court by the Department of Health and Human Resources and the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety. The lawsuit alleges that the companies shipped excessive amounts of prescription painkillers to southern West Virginia pharmacies. The Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/1bS3AGz) reports that the companies asked the judge last week to keep the drug shipment information sealed. They say the information is confidential. The state argues that the record

  • Police: Crash that injured lawmaker may be DUI case

    Updated: 45 min ago

    ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A motorcycle crash on an eastern Pennsylvania interstate that injured a powerful state senator is being investigated as a possible case of driving under the influence, authorities said. Sen. Patrick Browne, who previously had his license suspended following two DUI crashes, was operating a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that went out of control on an Interstate 78 off-ramp Saturday afternoon in Allentown, state police said. The motorcycle fell on its side and slid along the roadway until it came to rest, according to investigators. State Senate Republican leaders said Browne, 51, was in stable condition Sunday but expected to remain in the hospital "for the upcoming days.

  • Texas the front line on high school ECG debate

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Cody Stephens was trying to shed some of the 290 pounds from his 6-foot-9 frame before graduating high school and attending his first college football training camp three summers ago when he took a nap and didn't wake up. The autopsy showed he had an enlarged heart, which gave out. Spurred by the deaths of teenagers like Cody who are struck down each year by sudden cardiac arrest, Texas lawmakers are pushing to make their state the first to require public high school athletes to undergo electrocardiogram testing. Those pushing for the change, including some of the parents of children who have died, say testing is relatively cheap and simple, and that it could save lives. "Kids are dying.

  • Randolph meeting draws about 100 concerned citizens, addicts

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    RANDOLPH, Vt. (AP) — About 100 people — many of them addicts — attended a police meeting on fentanyl-laced heroin in Randoph, Vermont, where a man died of an overdose in a convenience store bathroom 10 days ago. The Rutland Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1zp5eKm) that Vermont State Police Sgt. John Helfant told the gathering at Randolph Union High School on Thursday that fentanyl is fueling the dramatic spike in heroin overdoses. Police say that 30-year-old Donald Farnham died of a drug overdose in the bathroom of the Randolph Cumberland Farms on April. Randolph officer Loretta Stalnaker said drugs found on his body tested as pure fentanyl — an opioid that can be up to 50 times more powerful than heroin. Farnh

  • Vermont poultry producers take precautions against bird flu

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Poultry producers in northern New England are taking precautions against a virulent form of bird flu that has wiped out millions of birds in the Midwest. The Rutland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1OR5j0B ) quotes Vermont veterinarian Kristin Haas saying the best thing producers can do is give their birds a clean area confined from wild birds, and limit traffic in and out of coops to minimize transporting a possible virus. Iowa's governor on Friday declared a state of emergency after more than 16 million chickens and turkeys on 21 farms found to be infected with H5N2 virus had to be destroyed. Minnesota producers had to destroy nearly 4 million birds after more than 70 outbreaks of the virus there.

  • Touching, funny, messages in obits getting wide audience

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — The odd requests, strange bits of advice and deep emotion sometimes found on the obituary pages now have a global audience. A recent death notice that included "do not vote for Hillary Clinton" won nationwide attention. So did a heartbroken plea to find help for drug addicts — from a man whose daughter died of a heroin overdose. Another man said, "Don't give my ashes to my mother. She'll put them in a drawer with my grandparents." An executive at Legacy.com, which compiles death notices, said all it takes is one funny, unusual or touching line to send an obituary flying around the world. She said complete strangers have always read obituaries, and social media have hugely increased th

  • A look at operating status of Ohio abortion clinics

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    A look at what's happened with Ohio abortion providers since 2011: ___ CLOSED (4): — Center for Women's Health in Cleveland was closed by its owner in fall 2013, and anti-abortion activists credited effects of a relatively new law limiting access to abortion if a fetus could survive outside the womb, saying the measure had cut into the facility's business. — Center for Choice in Toledo closed in summer 2013 because it had trouble getting a patient transfer agreement with a local hospital as required by the state. — Capital Care Network in Lima, which offered non-surgical abortions, closed in 2013, The Lima News reported.

  • Ohio clinics close, abortions decline amid restrictions

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Associated Press has documented that half of Ohio's abortion providers have either closed or reduced services over the last four years as the number of abortion procedures is also falling. According to AP interviews and examinations of state licensing and business records, seven of 16 abortion providers operating in 2011 have since closed or restricted abortion offerings. Numerous restrictive new laws have passed in that time. Both sides agree added legal hurdles and limits are playing a role in facility closures across the nation's 7th most populous state. But they differ on whether the decline in abortion procedures is a cause or an effect of reduced access. Abortion opponents say clinics a

  • The Latest on Nepal: 109 foreigners still missing; 57 died

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    09:20 p.m. (1535 GMT) Nepal's Tourist Police say 109 foreigners are still unaccounted for, including 12 Russians and nine Americans. A total of 57 have been killed, including 40 Indians, and another 52 are injured. — Binaj Gurubacharya, Kathmandu, Nepal ___ 4:20 p.m. (1035 GMT) Rescuers have found three survivors in a mountainous village in Nepal, several days since the earthquake. Two men and a woman had been pulled from the rubble near Syauli village earlier this week, government administrator Surya Prasad Upadhaya said Sunday. It was not immediately clear which day they were found. An initial Associated Press report on the survivors misinterpreted the statement about the time of

  • Vanderbilt has embraced the college recovery movement

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — It started in high school on a friend's back porch. Michael Levin, who was 15, put a pipe to his mouth and smoked marijuana for the first time. A couple days later, he and his friends got together and drank apple schnapps. It was his first taste of liquor. For his buddies, those were moments of youthful indiscretion. But for Levin, it was the beginning of a battle that would climax a few years later when he arrived at Vanderbilt University. By the time he started his sophomore year in 2010, he had added a battery of other drugs to his daily regimen of drinking and smoking. He ignored assignments and skipped classes to accommodate his addiction. Then, one Sunday, he couldn't manage to stay

  • 2 W.Va. churches organize garden to help drug addicts

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Two churches are working together to provide free and healthy produce while helping participants battle drug problems. Bill Hess, a member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, donated the ground for a garden to be cultivated by participants through the Day Report Center in Parkersburg. Produce from the garden will be taken to two Healthy Spot Farm Stands at Mt. Pleasant and at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Parkersburg, said Pastor Scot Clark of Mt. Pleasant. "This is an opportunity where I am connecting some dots," Clark said. Those fighting an addiction will work in the garden, which is about 50-feet square with additional ground available, Hess said.

  • Vermont bans urine-based deer lures to stem disease spread

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board has voted to ban the possession and use by hunters of natural lures based on deer urine or other fluids. If the proposal receives final approval, the ban would begin next year. Synthetic lures will still be allowed. The action comes as the board is hoping to reduce the threat of chronic wasting disease from reaching the state. The disease is currently found in 23 states and two Canadian provinces. It kills all infected individuals, and infection levels can approach 50 percent in adult bucks. Chronic wasting disease can be spread through deer urine, feces and saliva. Deer may not show symptoms for several years after being infected.

  • Rising access to substance abuse treatment faces shortage of counselors

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    WASHINGTON — Changes to health care law in the past year gave millions of Americans access to mental health and substance abuse treatment, but did nothing to address a shortage of professionals who can provide that care. Experts say the shortage of providers has reached “crisis” levels, and there is little indication that their numbers will increase to keep pace with the demand. “We have a shortage all across the country. I can’t point to a state where it’s not a problem,” said Becky Vaughn, vice president of addictions at the National Council for Behavioral Health.

  • Walker a 2016 GOP force; might Govs. Kasich, Snyder jump in?

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Wisconsin's Scott Walker has emerged as a force in the 2016 White House contest. It's a position two other Republican governors from the Midwest, lesser known but similarly ambitious, undoubtedly would like to be in. Like Walker, John Kasich in Ohio and Rick Snyder in Michigan have strong resumes and political successes in states where the GOP often struggles. They offer a distinct form of pragmatic politics that differs sharply from that of their combative counterpart in Wisconsin. Kasich has taken steps toward a presidential bid, emboldened by the absence of a clear front-runner and by warm reviews from appearances in New Hampshire and South Carolina.

  • The Latest: Arrested protester: Curfew law very egregious

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    12:00 a.m. A woman with her hands in cuffs as she was being put into a police van told the media she was being arrested for a "very egregious curfew law. If they're doing this to me, they're going to do it to you." She said she had been part of the protests and had been waiting on the street for her sister to pick her up. Police also arrested a man who had been shouting obscenities. He was being put into a police van in front of the media pen, shouting he was being locked up for nothing and police had broken his glasses. A community activist asked a police lieutenant to get the man put into the van quickly as he was in front of the media. The lieutenant said the man has to be searched and "he's got to get a seat belt.

  • Jesus House holds annual block party to kick off volunteer efforts

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    As she took a break from playing games with children and handing out ice pops Saturday afternoon, Chrystal Johns said she was pleased to be able to give something back to her adopted neighborhood. The kids seemed to be enjoying the day, but Johns said she thought she might be getting more out of it than they were. “It’s been a blast,” she said. Johns is a resident at Jesus House, an Oklahoma City homeless shelter for people struggling with addiction or mental illnesses. On Saturday, Johns volunteered at Jesus House’s annual block party. When people are in recovery for an addiction, it’s easy to feel like they don’t have anything to offer and couldn’t possibly do anything good for anyone, Johns said.

  • Illinois working with zoos, businesses to prevent bird flu

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Agriculture is working with businesses, zoos and bird owners to reduce the risk of bird flu. In a news release, Agriculture Director Philip Nelson says the department is calling on everyone involved with birds to work together to help the poultry industry. The deadly bird flu virus has spread rapidly in many states in the Midwest, where losses are expected to exceed 20 million turkeys and chickens. Officials say no cases have been detected in Illinois to date. The virus affects captive and wild birds and commercial and backyard poultry. State Veterinarian Dr. Mark Ernst says it's important for zoos and poultry producers to take steps to prevent disease.

  • NAMI mental health conferences sells out in Miami

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — National mental health leaders are hosting a conference in Miami this weekend aimed at stopping the stigma surrounding mental illness. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine partnered to host the "STOP the Stigma: A Mental Health Summit" at UM. NAMI says Miami is home to one of the highest populations of residents with mental illness, with more than nine percent suffering from the disease. NAMI Director Susan Racher says stigma results in indifference, prejudice, insufficient funding for treatment and research, and deficient access to care. Stigma gives rise to the assumption that the ill cannot be helped and to unconscionable delays in treatin

  • Business of Health: Nerds: The fuel for Oklahoma's economic engine

    By Stephen Prescott, M.D., For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    Stephen Prescott, M.D.: The Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics in Oklahoma City draws some of the most talented students from across the state.

  • The Latest on Nepal: Diarrhea fears in worst-hit quake areas

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    10:10 a.m. (0425 GMT) Nepal's health secretary says there have been reports of people being hit by diarrhea in several districts in remote mountain villages worst-hit by the April 25 earthquake. However, he says there is no epidemic yet and authorities hope to bring it under control. Health Secretary Santa Shrestha said Sunday that health teams with medicine have rushed to many of the affected areas. Earlier, the U.N. children's agency, UNICEF, warned of the risks of disease on children following the quake. "With the monsoon season only a few weeks away, children will be at heightened risk of diseases like cholera and diarrhea infections, as well as being more vulnerable to the threat of landslides and floods," th