• Mental health funding cuts stir outcry in Connecticut

    Updated: 8 min ago

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposal to cut state grants to community mental health and substance abuse providers is prompting an outcry from advocates and some families of Newtown massacre victims in Connecticut. Advocates say the Democratic governor's spending plan for next fiscal year reduces the grants by $25.5 million. That money is used by private agencies to help cover patients without medical insurance and the gap between how much it costs to provide mental health services and the state's reimbursement for Medicaid patients. They're predicting layoffs and program closures. One Newtown parent wrote a letter to Malloy and legislators, asking if the deaths "mean nothing" to them now.

  • Town Hall meeting aims to protect seniors against fraud

    Updated: 51 min ago

    BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Vermont authorities will be holding a town hall meeting with senior citizens and other members of the public on how to protect against health care fraud. The event will take place Wednesday, April 22, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Brattleboro Senior Center. Medicare and Medicaid experts and law enforcement agents will discuss common scams criminals use to get personal information, which they say often leads to identity theft. Participants will have a chance to ask questions of the panelists. After the meeting, volunteers will offer one-on-one counseling to seniors who think they have been the victims of fraud.

  • Ex-'Top Gear' star got false cancer diagnosis before fracas

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Former "Top Gear" presenter Jeremy Clarkson says doctors told him he probably had cancer just days before a fracas in which he attacked a colleague from the popular motoring show. Writing in his column for the Sunday Times, Clarkson described his state of mind in the days before the March 4 scuffle, saying that even the suspected — and ultimately false — diagnosis failed to stem his "obsession" with work. The BBC refrained from renewing the popular presenter's contract after concluding that Clarkson hit producer Oisin Tymon and subjected him to a 30-minute tirade while they were filming on location. Clarkson acknowledged there's no way back for him with "Top Gear." "I have lost my baby but I sh

  • For next president, a way out of the health care fights?

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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.

  • Morehouse receives $1.2M grant to serve East Point area

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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.

  • Jackson Center Education Foundation Sixteenth Annual Banquet

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    Merle E. Leininger, talks with Amy Zorn, both of Sidney, at the Jackson Center Education Foundation Sixteenth Annual Banquet held at the Jackson Center American Legion Saturday, April 18. Leininger was inducted into the Jackson Center Education Foundation Hall of Fame during the event. Zorn was given the Teachers that Touch Lives award. Also recognized at the ceremony were Tom and Judy Meyer who were inducted into the Hall of Fame. Also inducted into the Hall of Fame was Ray E. Leininger. Scholarships were handed out to Jackson Center students and the events guest speaker was Jay Meyer who talked about his battle with drug addiction and success afterwards.

  • Ex-Rangers star Josh Hamilton, wife getting divorce

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    Former Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton and his wife are getting a divorce, according to court documents filed in Tarrant County. Hamilton and his wife, Katie, have been married since 2004 and have four children ages 3 to 14. The Angels outfielder filed for the divorce in late February, about the time reports of his offseason substance abuse surfaced. Josh Hamilton’s agent and Katie Hamilton’s attorney could not be reached for comment Saturday. Hamilton played with the Rangers for five seasons, including both World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011. He had two publicized relapses with drinking while with the team, the last coming before the 2012 season.

  • Doctors, nurses deliver flip-flops to Gov. Scott

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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.

  • Bethune-Cookman partnering offer free sickle cell screenings

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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.

  • Lawmakers focus on budget as scheduled end of session looms

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — On the eve of the Legislature's scheduled adjournment, attention shifted Saturday to the budget and efforts to finalize a package that could garner sufficient support. House and Senate negotiators met Saturday afternoon to close out some operating budget items, including agreeing to ease the level of some of the proposed cuts to the state ferry system. More contentious pieces — like education funding and whether to fund negotiated salary increases for union workers next year — remained in play. It has been expected that a three-fourths vote would be called for to draw from funds from the constitutional budget reserve fund to help balance the budget. In the House, that would mean Democratic support

  • Latest from the Alaska Legislature

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    10:08 p.m. A meeting of House and Senate negotiators was canceled late Saturday, without major issues, like education funding, being resolved. The Legislature's rules call for a conference report on the budget to sit at least 24 hours after being delivered to the chief clerk of the House or Senate secretary, though it may be possible for the rules to be waived. The session is scheduled to end Sunday. House Finance Committee co-chair Mark Neuman said education funding remained an issue between the House and Senate. The Senate proposed cutting funding from $47.5 million in school funding for next year and also didn't forward-fund education for 2017. Senate Finance Committee co-chair Pete Kelly said the two sides pro

  • Rock Hall of Fame inducts Class of 2015

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    CLEVELAND — The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place in Cleveland on Saturday night. Here were the highlights as the evening unfolded, presented in reverse chronological order: Whatever other transgressions Rock and Roll Hall of Fame officials may be accused of, they know you can’t follow a Beatle, much less two Beatles, and wisely left Paul McCartney’s induction of his long ago bandmate Ringo Starr as the grand finale of the 2015 ceremony in the wee hours of Sunday morning in Cleveland. “I was doing the press earlier, and somebody asked, ‘Why did you wait so long,’ ” Starr, 74, said. “It had nothing to do with me — you have to be invited. Finally I’m invited and I love it.

  • Family who died of carbon monoxide poisoning laid to rest

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    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.

  • VA: Denver hospital will need $340 million in equipment

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    AURORA, Colo. (AP) — The Veterans Affairs Department expects to spend about $340 million to buy medical equipment and train staff for its new Denver hospital, on top of the estimated $1.73 billion to build the facility, officials said Saturday. The $340 million also includes patient beds and furniture, VA spokeswoman Elaine Buehler said. The costs are known as activation expenses and are budgeted separately from construction costs, she said. Congress has already allocated some of the money, she said. The Denver hospital, under construction in suburban Aurora, has become a major embarrassment for the VA because of construction cost overruns, separate from the activation expenses. The hospital won't be finished un

  • MLB Insider: C.J. Wilson throws a strike regarding Josh Hamilton

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    The following are words that might not be too popular in the Metroplex or Orange County, and have rarely been spoken by those who think they know or who like to take jabs at one of the more intriguing players in the game: Take a bow, C.J. Wilson. His ballclub and its owner, on the other hand? They’re no angels. The Ceej has freely spoken his mind, again, and what came out of his mouth this time was perfect. Tired of seeing friend and teammate Josh Hamilton cast aside by their employer, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and owner Arte Moreno, after admitting to a relapse with cocaine and alcohol, Wilson stuck it to The Man when asked about the Hamilton-Angels saga. “If Josh were hitting .

  • Nevada Legislature Week 12: Crunch time for passing bills

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    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.

  • Medicaid expansion passes Legislature

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The state Legislature has passed a bill expanding Medicaid eligibility to about 70,000 low-income Montana residents. The bill approved Saturday heads to Gov. Steve Bullock, who is expected to sign it into law. Bullock issued a statement applauding passage of the measure, saying he's glad politics could be put aside on behalf of the health of state residents and the economies of rural towns. Republican Sen. Ed Buttrey of Great Falls brought the measure in March after the governor's proposal to expand Medicaid failed. He calls it a compromise because it would require enrollees to pay premiums and copays for services.

  • Josh Hamilton filed for divorce at time relapse went public, court records show

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton and his wife, Katie, are in the process of getting a divorce, according to court documents filed in Tarrant County (Texas) earlier this year. Josh and Katie Hamilton have been married since 2004. They have four children ages 3 to 14. The former Rangers outfielder filed for the divorce in late February, around the time when reports of his offseason substance abuse relapse surfaced. Josh Hamilton’s divorce petition doesn’t say much about the couple’s problems, but it cites conflict between them as a reason for the split. Hamilton outlined 34 requests in the petition.

  • Activists urge lawmakers to ramp up fight against AIDS

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    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.

  • Blue Bell working to get past listeria contamination scare

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    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.