- Court: State must provide TennCare applicants fair hearing Updated: May-24-16 9:12 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Tennessee's Medicaid program has to provide applicants with a fair hearing if it cannot process their requests on time, under an order that's been upheld by a federal appeals court.
- Use of parasitic wasps to fight ash borer grows to 24 states Updated: May-24-16 6:00 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Millions of tiny wasps that are natural parasites for the emerald ash borer have been released into wooded areas in 24 states as the battle against the tree-killing borer is now biological.
- Republican leaders, governor reach $6.8B budget deal Updated: May-24-16 5:58 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Gov. Mary Fallin and Republican legislative leaders announced a nearly $6.8 billion budget agreement Tuesday that would include no further funding cuts for public K-12 schools and prevent deep cuts to Medicaid provider rates but impose deep funding cuts on public colleges and universities.
- Audit to include rescinded grant to Sandusky-founded charity Updated: May-24-16 10:12 am
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania's independently elected fiscal watchdog says his audit of a multimillion-dollar state grant program will include a $3 million grant approved but never given to the charity founded by convicted former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
- $1.3M in unclaimed refunds from Jefferson red-light cameras Updated: May-24-16 4:49 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Officials are urging Louisiana drivers to find out if they're owed a refund through Jefferson Parish's discontinued red light camera program.
- South Dakota Indian hospital threatened with funds cutoff Updated: May-24-16 12:21 am
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - The U.S. government on Monday threatened to cut off Medicare and Medicaid funding to a government-run hospital in Rapid City - the third South Dakota hospital serving Native Americans that's been found to have serious deficiencies in recent months.
- Planned Parenthood defunding measure wins final passage Updated: May-23-16 8:21 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Planned Parenthood should lose its Medicaid financing if the organization starts performing abortions in Louisiana, state lawmakers have agreed.
- Polygamous food stamp fraud trial pushed back to October Updated: May-23-16 7:41 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - A trial for members of a polygamous sect accused of orchestrating a multimillion-dollar food stamp fraud scheme will be delayed until October.
- Law mandates coverage for vasectomies, other birth control Updated: May-23-16 5:47 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Vermont is poised to become the first state to require public and private health insurance to cover vasectomies without copays and deductibles under a bill Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin signed into law Monday.
- NY lawmakers want 911 called when disabled abuse suspected Updated: May-23-16 4:32 pm
ALBANY, New York - Several New York lawmakers are pushing legislation that would require caretakers of the disabled, mentally ill and addicted in state programs to report suspected abuse to local police and prosecutors.
- Medicaid expansion plan likely dead in Oklahoma Updated: May-23-16 3:54 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - A bill to expand Medicaid eligibility in Oklahoma so that the state could tap into an infusion of federal funding available under the Affordable Care Act appears to be dead, the state's Senate leader said on Monday.
- Arizona ruling allows hospital liens in some Medicaid cases Updated: May-23-16 2:06 pm
PHOENIX - The Arizona Supreme Court says hospitals can go after lawsuit settlements to get additional reimbursement for costs of providing care for some patients covered by the state's Medicaid program.
- In 'big cement momma,' inmates find path to sobriety Updated: May-23-16 1:06 pm
ALLENTOWN, Pennsylvania - She calls her spot in the Lehigh County Jail the "big cement momma."
- Virginia ramping up efforts to prevent spread of Zika virus Updated: May-23-16 12:03 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - With the summer mosquito season fast approaching and anxiety about the Zika virus growing, Virginia officials are racing to educate the public and distribute 10,000 Zika prevention kits to pregnant women.
- NY school solar program off to slow start, now regrouping Updated: May-23-16 10:16 am
ALBANY, New York - An ambitious program to install solar panels at New York's public schools, already off to a slow start, has to recruit a new partner after the financial collapse of one of the nation's largest solar companies.
- The cost of an overdose in Massachusetts Updated: May-23-16 10:14 am
FRAMINGHAM, Massachusetts - It all starts with a $20 to $30 purchase.
- A roundup of recent Michigan newspaper editorials Updated: May-23-16 10:01 am
The Detroit News. May 17, 2016
- NY Rep. Donovan proposes anti-terror funding legislation Updated: May-23-16 7:18 am
NEW YORK - New York Congressman Dan Donovan wants the U.S. to confiscate frozen assets from terror-related accounts and direct them to homeland security grant programs that benefit New York City.
- Summary of charges against the speaker of Alabama's House Updated: May-22-16 11:43 am
OPELIKA, Alabama - Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard goes on trial Tuesday. He is accused of using his political positions to make money and obtain financial favors from lobbyists and companies with business before the Alabama Legislature. Hubbard says he is innocent. Among the charges:
- Nevada program tests flying drones to sniff out radiation Updated: May-22-16 11:34 am
LAS VEGAS - If there's ever a radiological catastrophe in the U.S. like the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan, the stewards of the former national nuclear weapons proving ground in Nevada expect to be ready to deploy remote-controlled drones to check for contamination.
- 240K Maryland residents missing out on insurance help Updated: May-22-16 9:01 am
BALTIMORE - It's an unusual problem: The more people in rural areas Mark Romaninsky and his team help sign up for health insurance, the more difficult it becomes to find people who still need to enroll.
- Kokomo taxi cab company's owner gets probation in fraud case Updated: May-21-16 5:19 pm
KOKOMO, Indiana - The owner of a central Indiana taxi cab company has been sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to federal Medicaid fraud charges.
- Richland County suing state over sales tax collections Updated: May-21-16 4:20 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Richland County is suing the state Department of Revenue, claiming it's overstepping its authority by withholding sales taxes and interfering with how local authorities spend the money.
- Influx of student housing leaves homes around UA empty Updated: May-21-16 11:23 am
TUCSON, Arizona - A dwindling occupancy rate for homes surrounding the University of Arizona has the campus and the city of Tucson looking to staff and faculty to fill the void.
- Apple CEO Cook, Indian Prime Minister Modi meet in New Delhi Updated: May-21-16 8:52 am
NEW DELHI - Apple CEO Tim Cook laid out his company's plans for the vast Indian market in a meeting Saturday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who in turn sought Apple's support for his "Digital India" initiative focusing on e-education, health and increasing farmers' incomes.