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Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Feb. 18, 2020 5:30 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Spike in drug deaths must be reversed Akron Beacon Journal Feb. 15 Together, they would have filled about eight classrooms. All 198 had mothers, fathers, loved ones and people who cared about them. Yet, they all died in 2019 from...

Florida lawmakers to ban discrimination in organ transplants

Feb. 18, 2020 5:15 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Legislature is moving toward ensuring new protections for disabled people who may need organ transplants, part of a national trend among states. The proposals would formally ban insurance companies and others from denying transplants for anyone with physical or mental...

Maine moves closer to importation of medicine from Canada

Feb. 18, 2020 5:13 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A committee of the Maine Legislature moved the state closer to wholesale importation of prescription drugs from Canada with a vote on Tuesday. The committee unanimously approved rules from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. Democratic Senate President Troy Jackson of...

New Mexico OK's trust fund for early childhood initiatives

Feb. 18, 2020 5:12 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed legislation that she says will clear the way for a monumental investment in the health, education and well-being of the state's youngest children. The creation of the early childhood trust fund was among the Democratic governor's top...

Traders Timothy Nick, left, and Peter Tuchman work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street after Apple said it would fail to meet its revenue forecast for the current quarter due to the impact of the virus outbreak in China. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Stocks fall on Apple revenue warning; Dow drops 165

Feb. 18, 2020 5:12 PM EST

U.S. stock indexes closed with mostly modest losses Tuesday as the market gave up some of its solid gains from the past two weeks. Banks and technology stocks accounted for most of the decline. The Nasdaq eked out a tiny gain that was good enough to nudge it to another record high. The selling, which lost some of...

Secret Service goes on the road to help curb school violence

Feb. 18, 2020 4:41 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Secret Service is taking its effort to curb school violence on the road to help thousands of educators, law enforcement personnel, mental health professionals and others learn how to identify people who may be threats. The latest stop in the Secret Service tour is this week in Miami,...

Burlington city panel will focus on needs of senior citizens

Feb. 18, 2020 4:33 PM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A new panel in the city of Burlington will be focusing on the needs of senior citizens. The City Council voted unanimously on Monday to form the Council on Aging, WCAX-TV reported. The committee will be comprised in part of senior citizens, said Council President Kurt Wright,...

Wisconsin Assembly targets prescription drug prices

Feb. 18, 2020 4:32 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bipartisan measure designed to lower the cost of prescription drugs and ensure there's access to needed medicine in Wisconsin cleared the state Assembly on Tuesday, with lawmakers saying they hope it's just the beginning of efforts to address rising prices. The measure is part of a...

Florida bill would require consent to perform pelvic exams

Feb. 18, 2020 4:27 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida senator who has spent her entire adult life trying to help sexual abuse victims wants Florida to join other states seeking to require informed consent before gynecological exams can be performed on unconscious patients. Democratic Sen. Lauren Book said she was horrified...

FILE - In this March 31, 2014 file photo Keith Saunders, left, a certified Cover California insurance agent, explains a health insurance plan to Mark Tammes at a registration site in Sacramento, Calif. More than 1.5 million people in California have purchased health insurance through the taxpayer funded marketplace, Covered California, state officials announced, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. It is the first increase in enrollment after three years of decline. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Following gain, California to reopen health coverage signups

Feb. 18, 2020 4:26 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More than 1.5 million people in California have purchased health insurance through a taxpayer funded marketplace, state officials announced Tuesday, the first increase in enrollment after three years of decline. It's a 1.6% increase over last year, a jump that comes after the...