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Judge awards $1M to veteran in Kansas VA hospital abuse case

Jan. 18, 2021 12:27 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has awarded more than $1 million in damages to another veteran who says he was sexually abused by a former physician assistant at a VA hospital in Kansas. It’s the third time since November that U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree has ruled against the...

Respiratory therapist sentenced for stealing COVID equipment

Jan. 12, 2021 8:48 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A respiratory therapist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center has been sentenced to three months in prison after pleading guilty to stealing a ventilator and other medical equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic and selling it for personal gain. Gene Wamsley, 42, of Bonney Lake, must remain...

Prosecutor: Veteran embezzled nearly $1M in benefits

Jan. 10, 2021 11:13 AM EST

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina Vietnam veteran embezzled nearly $1 million in health care benefits from the government that helped support a lifestyle that included dancing, playing basketball and buying a beach condo, according to federal prosecutors. Federal prosecutors based in...

Kentucky medical center vaccinates veterans against COVID-19

Jan. 9, 2021 9:46 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Before the coronavirus hit Kentucky in March, Marine Corps veteran Theodore McNeal enjoyed golfing every day and hosting friends and family at his Springfield home. For months, his social life has taken a dive: No more watching the University of Kentucky Wildcats play with friends or...

Providence VA Medical Center starts vaccinating patients

Jan. 7, 2021 2:21 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The VA Providence Healthcare System has started giving COVID-19 vaccinations for veteran patients at the Providence VA Medical Center, authorities say. John Kirby was the first non-employee veteran to receive a first dose of the vaccination on Wednesday. “As vaccine supplies...

FILE- In this May 7, 2020 file photo, the Arber Bar and Cafe in Hartford, Conn., is closed during the coronavirus pandemic. In Connecticut, the coronavirus has killed over 5,000 people and shaken the state economy, costing thousands of jobs and leaving many people in financially precarious situations. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Coronavirus, Isaias among top Connecticut stories in 2020

Dec. 25, 2020 12:37 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The story of the coronavirus in Connecticut began in early March with the state's first reported infection — a New York woman who worked at Danbury and Norwalk hospitals and tested positive. In the months since, the virus has killed over 5,700 people statewide and shaken the...

West Va. VA hospital announces changes after patient deaths

Dec. 24, 2020 3:49 PM EST

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia VA hospital has announced a series of changes to “restore trust” in the facility after a former nursing assistant pleaded guilty earlier this year to killing several patients. The VA’s Administrative Investigation Board issued a report focused...

A look at top stories in West Virginia in 2020

Dec. 24, 2020 7:52 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A list of the top 10 stories in West Virginia in 2020 as voted on by Associated Press member broadcasters and newspapers. 1. West Virginia is the last state to report a positive coronavirus case. Despite a mask mandate from Gov. Jim Justice, the pandemic would eventually take a...

Director of Nursing Kathleen Napier prepares a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, at the Cabell-Huntington Health Department in Huntington, W.Va. (Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch via AP)

Virus pandemic is top news story of 2020 in West Virginia

Dec. 24, 2020 7:51 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia was the last U.S. state to report a positive coronavirus case. Nine months later, the pandemic has taken a heavy toll. The virus has contributed to more than 1,100 deaths in the rural state, left thousands of people jobless after businesses shut down and wreaked havoc...

Scott allows holiday gatherings among 2 trusted households

Dec. 22, 2020 4:56 PM EST

Gov. Phil Scott announced a slight relaxation of the restrictions on social gatherings to allow two trusted households to gather over the holidays as Vermont's coronavirus case numbers have stabilized, although they are still higher than the administration would like to see. “It’s been a little...