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Police fatally shoot gunman at VA hospital in Milwaukee

Jul. 7, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A man armed with a shotgun was killed by police as he tried to enter a Milwaukee veterans hospital, according to Department of Veterans Affairs officials. The man was stopped by VA police outside an entrance to the Milwaukee VA Medical Center about 8:40 p.m. Monday. Police ordered him to...

Suit over sex abuse at Kansas VA hospital goes to trial

Jul. 7, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A lawsuit against a Veterans Affairs hospital in Kansas where a former physician assistant molested countless patients involves “the largest sexual abuse scandal in the history of the VA," a lawyer for one of the victims told a federal judge Tuesday. “Countless...

Disabled veteran committed for shooting 2 in Florida ER

Jul. 7, 2020 4:15 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A disabled Army veteran convicted of shooting and wounding two people inside a Florida veterans clinic has been committed to a mental health care facility for 25 years. A federal judge in West Palm Beach ordered Larry Ray Bon's commitment on Monday, according to court records....

Robert Wilkie, secretary of Veterans Affairs, talks to reporters after touring the Kansas City VA Medical Center, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. Civil rights organizations are pushing for changes at the hospital after numerous complaints from Black employees about harassment and discrimination. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Veterans Affairs says agency is changing troubled culture

Jul. 2, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs is making significant progress in its efforts to change a culture that has been beset by complaints from veterans and low employee morale, the leader of the agency said Thursday. Robert Wilkie, secretary of Veterans Affairs, made his comments after...

In this May 3, 2020 provided by TeleHealth Access for Seniors, Yale student Hannah Verma poses for a photograph near a table with mobile devices in Longwood, Fla. Verma co-founded the nonprofit that gathers smartphones and tablets that are then distributed to patients in need. The organization has gathered over 700 devices to distribute to patients around the country through doctor's offices and clinics. (Arjun Verma/TeleHealth Access for Seniors via AP)

Pandemic forces some patients to phone in doctor visits

Jun. 25, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

Video telemedicine took off earlier this year as the coronavirus paused in-person doctor visits. Earl Egner missed that trend. The 84-year-old diabetic and cancer survivor has no computer or cellphone. Instead, he relies on a form of communication older than himself — the telephone — to talk to...

Man gets probation after admitting to $2.5m in kickbacks

Jun. 22, 2020 11:51 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Florida man who admitted taking more than $2.5 million in kickbacks and bribes for construction projects on federal buildings, including the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction, has been sentenced to three years probation. Bhaskar Patel, 69, was sentenced Friday...

Racial bias complaints continue at Kansas City VA Hospital

Jun. 18, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Several civil rights organizations said Thursday that they want to see significant changes at Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center after allegations resurfaced of racial discrimination and demeaning treatment of black employees. Black employees at the hospital have complained for...

A TSA worker, right, checks a passenger before entering a security screening at Orlando International Airport Wednesday, June 17, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis stated Tuesday that 52% of airport employees tested positive for COVID-19 but Phil Brown, CEO of Orlando International Airport, said in a statement Wednesday that last week's rate of positive cases from the 500 workers tested last week was only 0.4%. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Florida shatters daily record for new virus cases - again

Jun. 18, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida's confirmed coronavirus cases shot up again Thursday, setting another one-day record of more than 3,200 new infections, the fifth time in eight days a new mark has been set. At least three local governments Thursday imposed rules requiring masks in public settings. The...

Federal probe sought into death of vet on VA hospital campus

Jun. 18, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Members of Massachusetts' congressional delegation are calling for a federal investigation into the death of a veteran who was found in the stairwell at a Veterans Affairs hospital campus more than a month after he was reported missing. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey, and...

Feds: Seattle VA medical staffer stole, sold respirators

Jun. 17, 2020 8:20 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a staffer at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Seattle stole respirators and other equipment, then sold it online amid the coronavirus pandemic. Gene Wamsley was arrested Wednesday after being charged in U.S. District Court with theft of government property....