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Archive: January 24, 2013

PHOTO: Oregon parents have just over three weeks to get children's vaccinations up-to-date before Exclusion Day, Feb. 20. Courtesy Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon's county health officials say there are good reasons for "needling" parents to get their children's recommended immunizations caught up. What is known as Exclusion Day is Feb. 20, when schools and child-care centers either need an up-to-date immunization record or an exempti ...Read More

Photo: Bobcat rescued by Genesis workers in December 2012. Courtesy: Genesis Wildlife Sanctuary

BEECH MOUNTAIN, N.C. - A wildlife sanctuary known as a haven for animals and an attraction for tourists and school groups is in a continuing fight against the town it calls home. Genesis Wildlife Sanctuary filed a response this month to Beech Mountain's lawsuit against it. The suit claims the nonpr ...Read More

Photo: Doctors say expanding Medicaid would benefit hospitals and doctors.

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina lawmakers must decide in this session whether the state will expand the state's Medicaid program. Under the federal Affordable Care Act, states are encouraged to expand health coverage to those making about $15,000 or less a year. Raleigh pediatrician Dr. John Rusher, ...Read More

PHOTO: The General Assembly is considering several drug-testing bills. Photo credit: ACLU VA

RICHMOND, Va. - Several bills winding their way through the Virginia Legislature this session involve drug testing for people applying for public assistance. While some proponents say it's a good idea to test people so that the taxpayer isn't subsidizing drug use, opponents argue the measure is unco ...Read More

GRAPHIC: In light of the recent school shooting in Connecticut, Gov. Bob McDonnell formed the Campus and School Safety Task Force which includes Virginia Education Association.

RICHMOND, Va. - In light of the recent school shooting in Connecticut, Gov. Bob McDonnell formed the Campus and School Safety Task Force - consisting of school administrators, law enforcement, mental health practitioners and others - to examine school safety issues and establish safety guidelines fo ...Read More

PHOTO: AARP Maryland advocacy director Tammy Bresnahan testified Wednesday against legislation that would allow gas companies to add surcharges to customer bills without PSC oversight. Photo credit: AARP

BALTIMORE - Gas companies are looking to add a surcharge to monthly bills in Maryland. Instead of doing it through a rate case before the Public Service Commission, they've gone to the Legislature. AARP Maryland is taking issue with the tactic, which lawmakers have rejected twice. Washington Gas m ...Read More

PHOTO: Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiling the 2013-2014 Executive Budget. Courtesy of Governor Andrew Cuomo

ALBANY, N.Y. - Increases in education spending were conspicuous in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed $142.6 billion budget, after several years of cuts in aid to public schools. Among the items in what would amount to a 4.4 percent increase were $25 million to start full-day pre-kindergarten programs in ...Read More

PHOTO: Gas wells could be located on the far cliffs in this photo and in the

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's Desolation Canyon wouldn't be quite so desolate with almost 1,300 oil and gas wells drilled in the area. The latest volley in the battle to scale down a project by Gasco, a Colorado-based energy developer, is a lawsuit by conservation groups. They're asking a federal judge t ...Read More

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