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55 Yellowstone bison moved to Montana Indian reservation

Aug. 23, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park has transferred 55 wild bison to a Montana Indian reservation under a program that aims to establish new disease-free herds of the animals, park and tribal officials said Friday. The male bison, also known as buffalo, were transferred in trailers and...

Aetna changes Kansas leaders with Medicaid contract at risk

Aug. 23, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Insurance company Aetna is bringing in new leaders to run its Medicaid operations in Kansas after complaints from hospitals and others put it at risk of losing its state contract. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment confirmed Friday that Keith Wisdom is no longer the CEO of...

Oklahoma's Medicaid reimbursement rates to increase 5%

Aug. 23, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Health care providers who offer services to SoonerCare patients in Oklahoma are expected to see a 5% rate increase that will raise the state's Medicaid reimbursement rate to its highest level in more than five years. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority said Friday the new rate will be...

Mississippi gubernatorial candidate not going for 'nice guy'

Aug. 23, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican Tate Reeves was a 29-year-old banker and political novice when he won his first statewide office in Mississippi in 2003. After two terms as treasurer and the next two as lieutenant governor, Reeves now has his sights set on becoming governor. To advance to the Nov. 5...

For Democrats, a shift toward the middle on health care

Aug. 23, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Rank-and-file Democrats appear to be shifting to the middle on health care, worried about what's politically achievable on their party's top 2020 issue. While "Medicare for All" remains hugely popular, the majority say they'd prefer building on "Obamacare" to expand coverage instead of a...

Editorials from around New England

Aug. 23, 2019 9:24 AM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Pot legalization: Unreliable in many ways The Republican-American Aug. 22 As if Connecticut didn't already have enough reasons to resist the temptation to legalize - and tax - recreational marijuana sales, the Pew Charitable Trusts offered another this week. As...

Virginia gets $1.6M federal grant for apprenticeship program

Aug. 23, 2019 5:19 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — More than $1.6 million in federal grant funding has been awarded to Virginia to expand apprenticeships in fields ranging from computer programming to the building trades. The funding from the U.S. Department of Labor will be used for the Registered Apprenticeship Program administered...

Money crunch after Planned Parenthood quits federal program

Aug. 22, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Planned Parenthood clinics in several states are charging new fees, tapping financial reserves, intensifying fundraising and warning of more unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases after its decision to quit a $260 million federal family planning program in an...

Head Start program changes signs on buses for migrant kids

Aug. 22, 2019 7:56 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Officials with an organization that provides early education programs for children of migrant and seasonal workers says they are changing the signs on their buses. The Idaho Statesman reported Tuesday that the Community Council of Idaho plans to remove and conceal the "Migrant and...

Ohio State to host Arkansas State in 2022

Aug. 22, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

Ohio State will host Arkansas State in 2022. Arkansas State made the announcement Thursday in a news release. The teams will face off on Sept. 10, 2022, at Ohio Stadium in the first-ever meeting between the programs. Ohio State will open its 2022 season at home against Notre Dame on Sept. 3 before playing...