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Washington U. contributes $250,000 toward Medicaid expansion

Nov. 18, 2019 7:18 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Washington University has contributed $250,000 to an effort to place a Medicaid expansion question on Missouri’s November 2020 ballot. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the university contributed the money Friday to the campaign committee Missourians for Healthcare....

Warren’s ‘Medicare for All’ plan reignites health care clash

Nov. 18, 2019 6:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to gradually move the country to a government-funded health care system has further inflamed the debate over “Medicare for All,” likely ensuring the issue will play a significant role in this week’s Democratic presidential debate....

Correction: Prescription Drugs story

Nov. 18, 2019 5:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Nov. 18 about the White House push for prescription drug legislation, The Associated Press misspelled the first name of the executive director of Families USA. The correct spelling is Frederick, not Frederic. A corrected version of the story is below: Drug cost legislation gets...

Idaho college receives $1.1M to expand teacher training

Nov. 18, 2019 3:40 PM EST

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho college has received a $1.1 million grant to help address a statewide teacher shortage through an alternative certification program, officials said. The College of Southern Idaho plans to expand its Non-Traditional Educator Preparation Program, The Times-News reports. The...

GAO: 60% of Superfund sites at higher risk in climate change

Nov. 18, 2019 3:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The worsening wildfires, floods and hurricanes of climate change threaten at least 60% of U.S. Superfund sites, and efforts to strengthen the hazardous waste sites are stalling in some vulnerable regions as the Trump administration plays down the threat, a congressional watchdog agency...

Mailing free home HIV tests helps detect more infections

Nov. 18, 2019 1:33 PM EST

Mailing free home HIV tests to high-risk men offers a potentially better strategy for detecting infections than usual care. That’s according to a U.S. government study that resulted in many more infections found — including among friends with whom recipients shared extra kits. The experiment...

2019 Takeaways: Suburb shift, high turnout and ‘Socialism!’

Nov. 17, 2019 9:15 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Odd-year elections in Louisiana, Kentucky and Virginia have let Democrats expand their footprint in Southern states where Republicans dominated not long ago. Those outcomes hardly predict national 2020 results: President Donald Trump isn’t suddenly at risk of losing Louisiana...

White House urgently ramps up push for drug cost legislation

Nov. 17, 2019 11:29 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is ramping up its push to get a bill through Congress that curbs prescription drug costs, feeling a new urgency as the impeachment investigation advances amid the 2020 election campaign. The effort has progressed beyond anything seen in years, says President Donald...

County votes to end drug treatment policy for jail inmates

Nov. 17, 2019 9:21 AM EST

OSSIPEE, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire county has voted to end a medication assistant treatment program for jail inmates. The Carroll County Commission voted 2 to 1 Wednesday against continuing the current treatment program that provides anti-opioid medication and counseling and therapy at Carroll County...

Biden warns about Trump during campaign event in Vegas

Nov. 17, 2019 1:38 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden brought an alarmist warning to a diverse crowd of Democrats late Saturday in early-caucus Nevada during a town hall at an elementary school in a historically minority Las Vegas neighborhood. Biden opened the event saying that as long as Donald Trump is...