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Juvenile and family drug court helps Gillette teen get sober

Jul. 13, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Last year, Kelli Ellison had no interest in being sober. At 15 years old, she’d been using marijuana for two years, and she kept getting into trouble with the law. After three separate marijuana charges, she appeared in District Court before Judge Thomas Rumpke, who ordered her...

Martinsburg was the first West Virginia city to pass a drug house ordinance, a law that penalizes landlords whose renters participate in drug dealing and other illegal activities, often resulting in the tenant’s eviction. Since then, nearly a dozen other cities in the state have enacted similar ordinances. (Christine Condon/University of Maryland via AP)

Drug evictions create obstacles to housing homeless in WV

Jul. 11, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The homelessness numbers for Berkeley County tell a promising story. In 2016, the county rate of homelessness was 1.3 people per thousand, according to the West Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness’ statistics. This year, it was .74 people per thousand. But experts say...

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, right, speaks to media at the Metropolitan Government Office Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Tokyo. Tokyo confirmed more than 220 new cases Thursday, exceeding its record daily increase from mid-April and prompting concerns of widening of the infections. Tokyo’s more than 7,000 cases are about one-third of Japan's total. “It’s a wake-up call,” Gov. Koike told reporters. “We need to use extra caution against the further spread of the infections.”(Kyodo News via AP)

Asia Today: India's cases jump, transmission rate increases

Jul. 9, 2020 8:53 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India reported nearly 25,000 new coronavirus infections Thursday and its transmission rate is increasing for the first time since March. The new cases bring the total in the world’s third worst-affected country to 767,296. India’s health ministry said the COVID-19 death toll...

Iowa governor to use $50M in federal money for mental health

Jul. 7, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday she would spend $50 million in federal funding on adult and childhood mental health and substance abuse programs. The money is part of the state’s allocation from the $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package, known as the CARES Act, that was...

Rosa Alba Santoyo speaks on the phone and is embraced by a woman giving her condolences the day after she lost three of her adult children in an attack on the drug rehabilitation center where they were being treated, at her home in Irapuato, Mexico, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Gunmen burst into the drug rehabilitation center and opened fire Wednesday, killing 24 people and wounding seven, authorities said. After the loss of her three children, only two of Santoyo's seven children remain living. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Death toll rises to 26 in Mexican drug rehab center attack

Jul. 2, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

IRAPUATO, Mexico (AP) — The killing of 26 people in an unregistered drug rehabilitation center in central Mexico is the deadliest such attack in a decade and has led to calls for change in a prosperous state that has become a cartel battleground. Ricardo Ortiz, mayor of the city of Irapuato in Guanajuato...

Rosa Alba Santoyo speaks on the phone and is embraced by a woman giving her condolences the day after she lost three of her adult children in an attack on the drug rehabilitation center where they were being treated, at her home in Irapuato, Mexico, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Gunmen burst into the drug rehabilitation center and opened fire Wednesday, killing 24 people and wounding seven, authorities said. After the loss of her three children, only two of Santoyo's seven children remain living. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Death toll rises to 26 in Mexican drug rehab center attack

Jul. 2, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

IRAPUATO, Mexico (AP) — The killing of 26 people in an unregistered drug rehabilitation center in central Mexico is the deadliest such attack in a decade and has led to calls for change in a prosperous state that has become a cartel battleground. Authorities in the city of Irapuato in Guanajuato state on...

Mental health issues compounded by COVID-19 quarantine

Jun. 28, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — For Northeast Florida residents with substance dependency, rocky relationships, mental health issues and other challenges, COVID-19 added another layer of stress that left unchecked, experts fear, could lead to worse outcomes. For most of his life, Lavarian Ouma has been trapped....

Opioid crisis in Colorado could get worse amid pandemic

Jun. 28, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic overshadowed a long list of other problems that suddenly seemed less urgent in the wake of a deadly virus and its economic destruction. Included at the top of that list: the opioid epidemic. That crisis is still raging in Colorado and predicted to get even worse...

Industry lobbyists helped kill price hike on Iowa liquor

Jun. 26, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Opposition from lobbyists for the liquor and restaurant industries helped kill a price increase on alcohol products in Iowa that was intended to discourage unhealthy heavy drinking, emails released Friday show. The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division announced June 5 that it would...

3 die in New Mexico from drinking hand sanitizer

Jun. 26, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Three people have died, three others are in critical condition and one person is permanently blind after apparently drinking hand sanitizer that contained methanol, New Mexico health officials said Friday. The state Department of Health said the cases were reported to the New Mexico...