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Youngkin announces lawmakers, others helping with transition

Nov. 24, 2021 20:17 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin announced Wednesday he had assembled groups including lawmakers, law enforcement officials, business owners and others to coordinate transition work with outgoing Gov. Ralph Northam's administration. ...

Military to help Michigan cope with COVID-19 patient surge

Nov. 24, 2021 17:18 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The federal government will send 44 military medical staffers to Michigan to help beleaguered hospitals treat COVID-19 patients amid a fourth surge that is the worst in the country, state health officials said Wednesday. It also will open beds at...

Unions seek bargaining rights for National Guard members

Nov. 15, 2021 18:24 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Labor unions filed a lawsuit Monday seeking collective bargaining rights for Connecticut National Guard members on active state duty ordered by the governor, saying they should be entitled to organize the same way as civilian state employees. A...

UNC law students help Vietnam War veteran get Purple Heart

Nov. 14, 2021 00:16 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When Army veteran John Spencer Jr. returned home from the Vietnam War at 21 years old, he was immediately stripped of his dog tags, uniform and dignity. “It was almost like being a criminal,” Spencer said. Instead of being...

Officials break ground on new veterans hospital in Kentucky

Nov. 12, 2021 04:14 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — After years of planning, the Department of Veterans Affairs broke ground on a new hospital in Louisville. The $840 million project is being built on Brownsboro Road and will replace the aging Robley Rex VA Medical Center on Zorn Avenue. ...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Nov. 10, 2021 17:57 PM EST

Dunkirk Evening Observer. November 10, 2021. Editorial: Firefighter request is a small price Volunteer firefighters for the town of Dunkirk made a worthwhile pitch to the board earlier this month. East Dunkirk Fire Chief Kyle Damon said an extractor,...

Deputy recovering from COVID changes mind about vaccine

Nov. 06, 2021 08:11 AM EDT

LIBBY, Mont. (AP) — After nearly losing his life to COVID-19, Ben Fisher has changed his mind about getting vaccinated against the virus. “The only protection we have is the vaccine,” said Fisher from St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center in Idaho on Oct. 27. “This...

Ex-veterans hospital worker admits stealing $10M in HIV meds

Nov. 04, 2021 10:05 AM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former pharmacy technician has admitted her role in the theft of roughly $10 million worth of prescription HIV medication from a Veterans Affairs hospital in northern New Jersey, according to federal prosecutors. Lisa Hoffman, 49, of Orange,...

Vermont to utilize unused mental health beds at VA hospital

Oct. 27, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont is going to be utilizing unused mental health beds at the White River Junction veterans hospital to help alleviate strain in the state mental health system, the state announced Wednesday. The agreement with the Department of...

Veterans, hospital in Bible dispute agree to mediation

Oct. 18, 2021 09:29 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Two U.S. Air Force veterans and New Hampshire's veterans hospital involved in a legal dispute over the display of a Bible have agreed to mediation. The lawsuit filed in federal court in 2019 by the veterans against the Manchester hospital director...