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Singapore seizes tons of elephant tusks, pangolin scales

Jul. 23, 2019 5:43 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore has seized about 12 tons of pangolin scales belonging to around 2,000 of the endangered mammals and nearly 10 tons of elephant ivory. The National Parks Board, Singapore Customs and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority said Tuesday it was the city-state's third major seizure...

NC special election candidate to offer ideas on health care

Jul. 23, 2019 5:29 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Democrat in a U.S. House special election is proposing ways he thinks the government could improve access and affordability in the country's health care system. Dan McCready is expected to argue Tuesday for keeping the Affordable Care Act in place to protect people...

County supervisors plan to save mental health clinics

Jul. 23, 2019 5:05 AM EDT

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — The Harrison County Board of Supervisors has agreed to work with the Mississippi Department of Mental Health to keep several mental health clinics open. Gulf Coast Mental Health Center told supervisors that financial issues were forcing them to close. News outlets reports Harrison...

Close to 90K children dropped from Missouri Medicaid program

Jul. 22, 2019 11:57 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Data shows nearly 90,000 children and close to 23,000 adults were dropped from Missouri's Medicaid health care program in the past year, prompting a state Democratic leader to call for an investigation. House Minority Leader Crystal Quade on Sunday publicly released a letter she wrote...

Federal judge hears challenge to Arkansas abortion laws

Jul. 22, 2019 10:52 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An official with Arkansas' only surgical abortion clinic said Monday that the facility could close within a month if a federal judge doesn't block a new law restricting who can perform abortions in the state. The clinic director of Little Rock Family Planning Services said during a...

Ledecky withdraws from 2 events at worlds due to illness

Jul. 22, 2019 10:44 PM EDT

GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — Katie Ledecky withdrew from the 200-meter freestyle preliminaries and the 1,500-meter final Tuesday at the world swimming championships because of illness. Her coach Greg Meehan said doctors were assessing Ledecky, but had no official diagnosis. "She woke up this morning and...

Elevated opioid risks found at Native American hospitals

Jul. 22, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. government hospitals put Native American patients at increased risk for opioid abuse and overdoses, failing to follow their own protocols for prescribing and dispensing the drugs, according to a federal audit made public Monday. The report by the U.S. Department of Health and...

KDHE Medicaid employees to work out of Kansas DCF offices

Jul. 22, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas health department employees who will handle complicated applications for Medicaid health coverage will work out of state Department for Children and Families offices. The agencies announced a partnership Monday to have Kansas Department of Health and Environment workers located...

Death penalty ruling in case against immigrant appealed

Jul. 22, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Prosecutors have asked an Arizona appeals court to let them pursue the death penalty against a Mexican immigrant charged with murder in the 2015 shooting death of a convenience store clerk. A lower-court judge ruled two weeks ago that prosecutors could no longer seek the death penalty...

Kansas officials suggest alternatives to deal with pond scum

Jul. 22, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas health and environment officials are recommending alternative ways for municipal water operators to treat toxic blue-green algal blooms that have troubled state lakes for nearly 10 years. People and animals that come into contact with cyanobacteria algae might suffer diarrhea,...