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Nevada-based company taking over 4 youth lockups in Arkansas

Jul. 1, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Nevada-based company took over all four Arkansas youth lockups as the state enters the second phase of overhauling its long-troubled juvenile justice system, which Gov. Hutchinson said he hopes can help keep more troubled children stay closer to home. Rite of Passage on Wednesday...

Jennifer Gottschalk, environmental health supervisor of the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, walks down a hallway of the department’s offices in Toledo, Ohio, on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. When the coronavirus pandemic struck earlier in the year, the county’s department was so short-staffed that her duties included overseeing campground and pool inspections, rodent control and sewage programs, while also supervising outbreak preparedness for a community of more than 425,000 people. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Hollowed out public health system faces more cuts amid virus

Jul. 1, 2020 10:25 AM EDT

The U.S. public health system has been starved for decades and lacks the resources to confront the worst health crisis in a century. Marshaled against a virus that has sickened at least 2.6 million in the U.S., killed more than 126,000 people and cost tens of millions of jobs and $3 trillion in federal rescue...

This 2020 electron microscope made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention image shows the spherical coronavirus particles from the first U.S. case of COVID-19. Two new studies published online Monday, June 29 in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggest more than 250 U.S. children have developed a serious inflammatory condition linked to the coronavirus and while most recovered after intensive-care treatment, the potential for long-term or permanent damage is unknown. (C.S. Goldsmith, A. Tamin/CDC via AP)

Serious coronavirus-linked condition hit 285 US children

Jun. 29, 2020 8:56 PM EDT

At least 285 U.S. children have developed a serious inflammatory condition linked to the coronavirus and while most recovered, the potential for long-term or permanent damage is unknown, two new studies suggest. The papers, published online Monday in the New England Journal of Medicine, provide the fullest...

In this Sunday, June 14, 2020 photo, seven-month-old Issa Ibrahim Nasser is brought to a clinic in Deir Al-Hassi, At seven months old, Issa weighs only three kilos. Like him, hundreds of children suffer from acute severe malnutrition because of poverty and grinding conflict. Yemen. (AP Photo/Issa Al-Rajhi)

Hunger stalks children in Yemen as UN cuts aid programs

Jun. 29, 2020 6:09 AM EDT

AL-HANABIYA, Yemen (AP) — When Issa Nasser was born late last year in a village in northern Yemen, his weight was about 3 kilograms, or 6.6 pounds. Now, the 7-month-old infant weighs nearly the same — less than half the average weight for his age — and has wafer-thin skin and emaciated limbs....

Mankato bar owner frustrated over state's COVID-19 list

Jun. 28, 2020 1:22 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The owner of a Minnesota bar that was among four establishments identified by state health officials for contributing to a recent surge in COVID-19 cases among young adults said Saturday he has instituted aggressive measures to keep customers safe. Steve Wegman is the owner of the 507 in...

Illinois adds Spinal Muscular Atrophy to newborn testing

Jun. 28, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Every baby newly born in Illinois will be tested for Spinal Muscular Atrophy starting Monday, state health officials said. The Illinois Department of Public Health said Spinal Muscular Atrophy, known as SMA, is a group of hereditary diseases that destroys motor neurons over time...

Attorney general's office funds summer jobs for teens

Jun. 28, 2020 9:15 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is providing $300,000 in grant funding to 73 organizations across the state to fund youth summer jobs focused on promoting health and wellness. This is the sixth year the office is running the Healthy Summer Youth Jobs Grant Program,...

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2019 file photo, immigrants seeking asylum hold hands as they leave a cafeteria at the ICE South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. The isolation of at least three families at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's detention center in Dilley, has raised new fears of the coronavirus spreading through a facility that has long been accused of providing substandard medical care. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Judge: US must free migrant children from family detention

Jun. 26, 2020 11:04 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered the release of children held with their parents in U.S. immigration jails and denounced the Trump administration’s prolonged detention of families during the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee’s order applies to children held...

About 300 teens exposed to COVID-19 at big party near Austin

Jun. 26, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — About 300 teenagers were exposed to the coronavirus at a massive party in a posh lakeside suburb in the Central Texas hills, Austin Public Health authorities said. High school students partied at the June 20 Pongfest in Lakeway, said Sandy Cox, mayor of the community about 20 miles (32...

State has 1st case of rare coronavirus-related condition

Jun. 26, 2020 3:22 PM EDT

Rhode Island has had its first case of a rare but serious inflammatory condition in children that has been linked to the coronavirus, state Department of Health Director Nicole Alexander-Scott said Friday. The child was diagnosed with multisystem inflammatory syndrome Thursday and tested positive for COVID-19,...