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Leaders highlight early education for drug misuse prevention

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:13:10 UT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — More than 100 children in New Hampshire's largest city have witnessed an adult overdose in their home since 2016. Now, a police program that officials hope will be replicated elsewhere is working to prevent kids from meeting the same fate. Political and law enforcement leaders came together Friday to promote early childhood education and intervention to prevent substance misuse. They highlighted Manchester's Adverse Childhood Experiences Response Team, which includes a police officer, crisis services advocate and behavioral health professional who respond to incidents and determine how best help the child, whether it be support groups, counseling or early childhood education programs.



AP FACT CHECK: Kimmel's take on health care harder to refute

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:55:31 UT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Who's right — President Donald Trump and Sen. Bill Cassidy, or late-night host Jimmy Kimmel? None of them have really captured the complexity of the debate over who might lose insurance protections in the latest Republican health care bill. But of the three, the TV guy is the hardest to refute. Trump insists in a tweet that the bill covers pre-existing conditions, a point also made by Cassidy, a sponsor of the legislation. But there's a catch. It allows states to get a waiver from "Obamacare" requirements that insurers charge the same to people with health problems as they do to healthy people. The potential result: unaffordable premiums for people in poor health.



Greece makes measles vaccination appeal amid European spike

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:00:19 UT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Health authorities in Greece have issued a public appeal to participate in vaccination and booster shot programs following a spike in measles cases in the country amid an outbreak in Europe. The Greek Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that 166 cases had been reported in the country in 2016-17, with an increase in recent days. More than 17,000 measles cases have been reported in that period in 30 European countries monitored by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, resulting in 40 deaths. The European agency said the highest concentration of cases was reported in Romania.



Police chief: 'A lot of concerns' after shooting of deaf man

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 01:18:46 UT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The police chief of Oklahoma City said Thursday the fatal shooting of a deaf man has raised "a lot of concerns" about training for officer interaction with people with hearing or speech problems, and he plans to meet with advocates for those who have such impairments. Chief Bill Citty said the shooting of 35-year-old Magdiel Sanchez "is something that's tragic, either way." He added that he gives condolences to the Sanchez family. Officers who responded to a hit-and-run accident Tuesday night encountered Sanchez holding a metal pipe in his right hand. Citty said Sanchez didn't respond to commands to drop the pipe and was fatally shot. Surveillance video obtained by KOCO News 5 shows the hit-and-run.



Montana set to take over deadly asbestos cleanup site

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 22:58:36 UT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The cleanup of a northwest Montana community where health professionals say hundreds of people have been killed by asbestos exposure entered a new phase Thursday as officials turn their focus to keeping residents safe over the long term. The five-member Libby Asbestos Superfund Advisory Team met for the first time after being established by the Montana Legislature earlier this year. The advisory team of state and local officials and one citizen selected by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock will work with environmental agencies to come up with ways to prevent further exposure to asbestos that remains beneath the soil and in the walls of many houses in the small towns of Libby and Troy.



Judge: Arizona doesn't have to reveal execution drug sources

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 21:30:11 UT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona does not have to reveal who provides its execution drugs, a judge ruled Thursday in a lawsuit arguing that the information would help the public determine whether the death penalty is carried out humanely and promote confidence in the criminal justice system. The decision marked a defeat for news organizations, including The Associated Press, that sued to get the information released. U.S. District Judge Murray Snow ruled that the media outlets didn't show they had a First Amendment right to knowing the suppliers of lethal injection drugs.



The Latest: Group wants Congress to revisit Medicaid changes

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:54:54 UT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican effort to end the Obama-era health overhaul and replace it with a new law (all times local): 3:50 p.m. A group that represents state officials who administer Medicaid programs is telling Senate Republicans to slow down and rethink their latest health care bill. The board of the National Association of Medicaid Directors says its members are concerned that the Senate is rushing to make major changes in health programs for low-income people — with far-reaching consequences for state budgets that aren't fully understood. The group wants Congress to revisit Medicaid changes.