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Alabama city approves massive no-smoking zone

Oct. 21, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama city council has approved an ordinance prohibiting smoking in a 100-block zone around schools and health facilities. Al.Com reports Birmingham City Council unanimously approved the rule last week. It'll go into effect on Dec. 1. The ordinance says the no-smoking zone will...

Man sentenced for selling drugs at VA hospital

Oct. 19, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to selling crack cocaine at a Massachusetts veterans' hospital has avoided additional prison time. Federal prosecutors say 59-year-old Michael Sexton was sentenced Friday to time already served — about two months— and two years of probation. The Bedford...

Book: Trump mulled order to close parts of VA health system

Oct. 16, 2019 10:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager for changes at the Department of Veterans Affairs, President Donald Trump toyed early on with issuing an executive order to close parts of the VA health system without consulting Congress, according to an upcoming book by his former VA secretary. In the book, obtained by The...

Attorney: Lawsuit planned over VA hospital death in WVa

Oct. 16, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An attorney representing the family of a patient who died at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia says he plans to sue over what he believes is the man's suspicious death from a wrongful insulin injection. Charleston attorney Tony O'Dell said a notice of a pending lawsuit...

Fly problem closes 3 operating rooms at VA medical center

Oct. 10, 2019 10:10 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Manchester VA Medical Center says three operating rooms have been closed out of an abundance of caution after flies were found in one of them. A spokesperson for the Manchester VA said Wednesday that patient care hasn't been impacted. The medical center contacted all patients...

VA hospital patients' families will have free place to stay

Oct. 5, 2019 10:06 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Hershel "Woody" Williams said a lot has changed since he arrived to work at the Huntington VA Medical Center in 1946. For starters, the medical center now bears his name. It's recognition for his service in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II, which...

Lawsuit challenging Bible display has additional plaintiff

Oct. 4, 2019 2:47 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A federal lawsuit challenging the display of a Bible at New Hampshire's veterans hospital has an additional plaintiff. The original lawsuit was filed by U.S. Air Force veteran James Chamberlain against the hospital director, saying the Bible's inclusion on a table honoring missing...

Veterans secretary marvels at reach of Fort Meade hospital

Oct. 3, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

FORT MEADE, S.D. (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie marveled at the reach of the Fort Meade VA medical center during a visit to South Dakota that was part of a tour of veterans’ facilities in four states in five days. Wilke said the VA Black Hills Health Care System Hospital at...

Smoking ban at VA facilities has some veterans fuming

Oct. 1, 2019 7:43 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Serving up drinks at the American Legion post in Concord, Jeff Holland gets a little testy when the talk turns to smoking. A Marine veteran who enjoys lighting up, the 44-year-old Holland fought unsuccessfully against a ban at the post that went into effect this month. And starting...

Veterans clinic planned for UMass Medical School campus

Sep. 30, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Veterans Administration have announced plans to build a 53,000-square foot veterans outpatient clinic on campus. The clinic in Worcester expected to open in 2021 will include 65 exam, consultation and procedure rooms, radiology,...