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West Virginia lawmakers weigh needle exchange regulations

Apr. 10, 2021 15:31 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia bill that would regulate needle exchange programs is poised to gain final approval in the Republican-controlled legislature. Critics have said more stringent requirements for the programs will constrain the number of providers who give clean syringes...

Flagstaff subsidizes local purchases of eco-friendly autos

Apr. 10, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Flagstaff local Stewart Weinstein ordered an all-electric vehicle to be environmentally friendly, but now says the unexpected financial perks of his purchase have already piled up -- before even driving his new car off the lot. One benefit is...

Families traumatized by violence face crime scene cleanup

Apr. 10, 2021 03:18 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In the days after Patricia Norris was murdered in her West Oak Lane home, her family was busy planning the unexpected funeral, and investigators had finished collecting evidence. But no one told the Norris family what they’d find when they came back to the house to...

The Latest: Navajo Nation issues weekend stay-at-home order

Apr. 09, 2021 22:27 PM EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. -- The Navajo Nation has issued a stay-at-home order for the weekend after reporting 26 more confirmed COVID-19 cases. The latest figures bring the total number of cases on the tribe’s reservation, which includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico and...

The Latest: US 7th Fleet: 14,000 personnel fully vaccinated

Apr. 09, 2021 19:47 PM EDT

PHILIPPINE SEA — The U.S. 7th Fleet that operates throughout the Indo-Pacific says more than 14,000 of its service members have received their full doses of the coronavirus vaccine, which it began administering on January 5. “We are in a pandemic and our principle...

West Virginia House passes syringe exchange regulation bill

Apr. 09, 2021 18:56 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House of Delegates has passed a bill to regulate needle exchange programs. Critics say the measure may constrain the number of providers amid a spike in HIV infections. It was approved on Friday in a 85-13 vote. The Senate will...

Wyoming drone fleet to help with investigations, inspections

Apr. 09, 2021 15:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Department of Transportation and Wyoming Highway Patrol have received $100,000 through a federal grant that will help launch a statewide program that would use drones to assist with investigations. Wyoming Highway Patrol Lt. Erik...

Proposed new Indiana vaping products tax blasted as 'measly'

Apr. 09, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers are close to approving a new state tax on vaping products even as a proposed increase in the state’s cigarette tax has been derailed. The plan backed by state Senate Republicans for the new tax on electronic cigarette liquids and...

Biden administration blocks Medicaid work requirements

Apr. 09, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration has blocked former Gov. Scott Walker's plan to require some childless adults to work to maintain Medicaid benefits. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent state health officials a letter Tuesday...

Biden's ambitious expansion of long-term care sparks debate

Apr. 09, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is proposing a major expansion of the government’s role in long-term care, but questions are being raised over his using the low-income Medicaid program and piggybacking the whole idea on an infrastructure bill. The White House...