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Colorado hospital to resume transplant surgeries year later

Jul. 19, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado hospital will restart its organ transplant program after voluntarily stopping operations. The Denver Post reported that Porter Adventist Hospital officials announced Friday that kidney, pancreas and liver transplants are scheduled to resume by the end of the year. Officials say...

Court revives case on treatment of mentally ill inmates

Jul. 19, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. appeals court on Friday said a Montana judge confused two cases when he mistakenly threw out a lawsuit four years ago alleging that inmates with serious mental illnesses weren't receiving the treatment they need. U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon of Great Falls threw out the...

Legionnaires' disease bacteria found in Maine water samples

Jul. 19, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says it has detected bacteria responsible for Legionnaires' disease in samples from the Orono-Veazie Water District. The agency said Friday that chlorine will be added to eliminate the bacteria. The CDC is investigating a cluster of...

State audit finds lapses at New York mental health agency

Jul. 19, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An audit finds that New York's Office of Mental Health isn't complying with a state law requiring notifications to parents or guardians when a patient is injured or mistreated in a state-regulated institution. The report released Friday by the office of Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli...

Ruling keeps alive Abu-Jamal's lawsuit over hepatitis drugs

Jul. 19, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday kept alive a lawsuit brought by Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted in the killing a Philadelphia police officer in 1981, that alleges his rights were violated when he was denied hepatitis C drugs. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a...

Kentucky lawmakers convene for session on pensions

Jul. 19, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — For the second time in seven months, Kentucky's Republican governor called lawmakers back into a special session Friday to deal with the state's pension problems. The GOP-dominated legislature convened to consider Gov. Matt Bevin's pension-relief plan for regional universities and...

Tennessee must mediate with prisoners over hepatitis C drugs

Jul. 19, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered the state of Tennessee to mediate with a group of prisoners who are demanding treatment for their hepatitis C infections. The order by Chief U.S. District Judge Waverly Crenshaw came after a four-day trial that included emotional testimony from a...

Charges dropped in case alleging girl's forced birth control

Jul. 19, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Charges were dropped Friday against a woman accused of forcing her friend's 12-year-old daughter to get a birth control implant without the mother's permission. Online court documents show two felony counts of endangering the welfare of children and a misdemeanor charge of recklessly...

Maine grappling with closure of nursing homes

Jul. 19, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — More than a dozen nursing homes have shuttered in Maine in past five years, and leaders representing them in the aging state plan to meet next week with the administration of Gov. Janet Mills to push for $1 million in held-up funding. Maine currently has 94 nursing homes, down from...

Utah picks 8 growers for medical marijuana program

Jul. 19, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah chose eight companies Friday to legally grow medical cannabis for the first time in the conservative state, though the decision to award a smaller number of licenses raised concerns among advocates about whether supply would be robust enough. The state's Department of Agriculture...