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Teen running from mental health hospital hit by truck

Jul. 15, 2019 10:12 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A teenage girl running from a mental health hospital near Helena was hit and killed by a pickup on a nearby interstate. Shodair Children's Hospital officials say the 15-year-old Missoula girl tampered with the building's fire alarm Monday afternoon, causing the locks to open, and then...

Missouri works to settle lawsuit on medicine for foster kids

Jul. 15, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday gave preliminary approval to a settlement agreement for a lawsuit alleging that Missouri overmedicated children in foster care with psychotropic drugs. The agreement, which still needs final approval, calls for the state to make systemic changes to how...

Unwieldy TennCare system confused officials, led to purge

Jul. 15, 2019 6:45 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A newspaper investigation says the unwieldy paperwork system behind Tennessee's low-income health insurance program caused thousands of children to lose coverage. The Tennessean investigation says late, incomplete and unreturned paperwork made it difficult for TennCare to determine...

Girl with rare disorder meets kids like her for first time

Jul. 14, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Cedar Ventura was diagnosed at four months old. "She was always a fussy baby," Cedar's mother, Emily Ventura, recalled. "We had her in and out of the doctor's office, and they couldn't ever really find anything wrong with her." Within the first few months of her life, Cedar had an ear...

AU vet school develops treatment for neurological disease

Jul. 14, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn University is celebrating the first treatment developed and licensed by Auburn that has gone to human clinical trial. Researchers at Auburn and the University of Massachusetts collaborated to work on a treatment for the neurologic disease known as GM1 gangliosidosis. Doug Martin,...

Trump citizenship plan will face logistical, legal hurdles

Jul. 12, 2019 11:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After failing to get his citizenship question on the census, President Donald Trump now says his fallback plan will provide an even more accurate count — determining the citizenship of 90 percent of the population "or more." But his plan will likely be limited by logistical hurdles...

Salina doctor delivers his 10,000th baby

Jul. 12, 2019 1:08 AM EDT

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Walking into a hospital at three in the morning, getting off an elevator and knowing that a patient is ready to deliver her baby will never get old to Dr. Merle J. "Boo" Hodges. "It's just you, the patient and their child. You have no safety net, and it's all on you," Hodges said....

Maine camp brings together kids with rare disease

Jul. 11, 2019 10:23 AM EDT

RAYMOND, Maine (AP) — A Maine summer camp has brought together dozens with children suffering from a rare disease. Camp Sunshine says only about 1,000 people worldwide are diagnosed with Diamond-Blackfan Anemia, and 59 families affected by the disease are at the camp in Maine. The camp, on the shore of...

Records of singer's legal battle with ex-wife to be released

Jul. 10, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has ruled some records of singer R. Kelly's legal battle with his ex-wife could be released to the public as soon as next week. Cook County Circuit Judge Lori Rosen on Wednesday held a closed hearing to determine which records concerning Robert Kelly's case with ex-wife Andrea Kelly...

2 new measles cases confirmed in Washington outbreak

Jul. 10, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Health officials say two more cases of the measles — including one in an infant — have been confirmed in a western Washington outbreak. Public Health - Seattle & King County says a teenager who lives in King County visited the Auburn Community Center July 6 while infectious...