- Maine gets $800,000 for substance abuse treatment services Updated: Aug-02-15 12:36 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's Department of Health and Human Services is getting $800,000 to support substance abuse treatment and recovery.
- State pushes Medicaid sign-ups for inmates Updated: Aug-02-15 12:05 pm
LANCASTER, Ohio - Three Ohio agencies are pushing to get many inmates who are released from prison enrolled in Medicaid.
- A month in, medical marijuana yields mixed results Updated: Aug-02-15 11:09 am
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Patrick McClellan's first batch of medical marijuana, via vaporizer, worked like a charm, curbing the pain and muscle spasms that come with his muscular dystrophy and supplanting a combination of prescription medications that doctors say could kill him.
- The Rev. Jack Belsom leaves behind a legacy of caring Updated: Aug-02-15 9:21 am
WAILUKU, Hawaii - When he was called to serve at then-Iao Congregational Church in October 1992, the Rev. Jack Belsom thought he might stay for a few years to help resolve issues, as he had done at other churches.
- After 3 years, Jordan refugee camp for Syrians now a city Updated: Aug-02-15 7:49 am
ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan - Only empty desert three years ago, the Mideast's largest camp for Syrian civil war refugees has grown from a town of tents into a bustling city.
- Q&A on possible extradition for dentist who killed lion Updated: Aug-01-15 5:34 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - Zimbabwe has called for an American dentist who killed a lion that was lured out of a national park and caused international outrage to be extradited and face as-yet filed charges. But it isn't clear whether Walter James Palmer, a 55-year-old from Minnesota, can be extradited or, if so, can fight having to go back to the African nation. Palmer has said he relied on his guides to ensure the hunt was legal.
- NY's medical pot distributors reflect industry's evolution Updated: Aug-01-15 1:19 pm
ALBANY, New York - Tie-dyed they're not.
- Suicide spike boosts oversight of California women's prison Updated: Aug-01-15 12:10 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - A spike in suicides and attempted suicides has prompted corrections officials to step up oversight at a California women's prison as inspectors try to pinpoint the cause of the troubling increase.
- Historical maker about slavery broken in Lexington Updated: Aug-01-15 11:11 am
LEXINGTON, Kentucky - Police are investigating the breaking of a historical marker about slavery in Lexington.
- Social service agencies brace for budget stalemate damage Updated: Aug-01-15 9:44 am
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - For the third time in a dozen years, counties and nonprofit agencies that make up Pennsylvania's social services safety net are girding to pay the price of partisan deadlock in Harrisburg.
- Substance abuse funding available to Connecticut groups Updated: Aug-01-15 9:44 am
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Connecticut community organizations will be able to seek newly available federal funding to help address youth alcohol use and prescription drug abuse.
- 1st legal medical pot sold in Nevada 15 years after approval Updated: Jul-31-15 10:46 pm
SPARKS, Nevada - Fifteen years after Nevadans voted to legalize it, medical marijuana was sold legally in the state for the first time Friday at a dispensary in a strip mall about 5 miles east of downtown Reno.
- Youth advocates decry trying teen as adult in girl's death Updated: Jul-31-15 7:29 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - A 15-year-old boy charged as an adult with raping and killing his 8-year-old neighbor in California is too young to understand what he is accused of doing, youth advocacy groups said Friday.
- Raleigh couple found not guilty in underage drinking case Updated: Jul-31-15 6:50 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A Raleigh couple has been found not guilty of charges stemming from a party in which underage drinking led to a fatal wreck.
- Parents trying to keep dead daughter's farewell notes sealed Updated: Jul-31-15 6:34 pm
LAS VEGAS - The unpublished farewells of a seventh-grader who killed herself are the focus of a federal court battle between her parents who helped change Nevada school bullying law and Las Vegas school officials who say the writings shed new light on allegations that campus officials failed to tell the parents the girl was being victimized.
- Kansas won't prevent singles from being foster parents Updated: Jul-31-15 5:29 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas won't bar single people from serving as foster parents for abused and neglected children but hasn't decided whether to allow married same-sex couples to do so, an official said Friday.
- Utah electrical contractor fined for using child workers Updated: Jul-31-15 5:11 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Federal labor officials have fined a Utah electrical contractor $376,300, saying the company illegally used child workers on construction sites in Utah and Oklahoma.
- Michigan panel recommends allowing marijuana for autism Updated: Jul-31-15 4:11 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Michigan would become the first state to allow medical marijuana for children with severe autism if a senior official follows the recommendation made Friday by an advisory panel.
- Federal report finds bias in St. Louis County family court Updated: Jul-31-15 4:05 pm
ST. LOUIS - The U.S. Department of Justice released a report critical of the St. Louis County Family Court on Friday, finding that black youths are treated more harshly than whites, and juveniles are often deprived of constitutional rights. Though unrelated to the department's investigation in Ferguson, the new report again raises concern about racial discrimination and profiling in the St. Louis region.
- Texas woman who ran child placement agency accused of fraud Updated: Jul-31-15 3:02 pm
HOUSTON - A Houston woman who operated a foster care and child placement agency has been accused of adoption fraud.
- Detroit officials working on municipal ID card program Updated: Jul-31-15 2:40 pm
DETROIT - Officials in Detroit are working on a municipal identification card program that would offer better access to some city services for the homeless, immigrants, senior citizens and young people.
- New ruling on protective orders for Alaska Native tribes Updated: Jul-31-15 2:37 pm
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Alaska Native tribes will no longer be forced to go the extra mile to have their domestic violence restraining orders enforced by the state.
- New York state picks 5 to grow, dispense medical marijuana Updated: Jul-31-15 2:16 pm
ALBANY, New York - The five companies picked to grow and dispense medical marijuana in New York include one run by a Minnesota physician, three with dispensaries in other states and another with a personal connection to those the state's new program aims to help.
- Medical pot dispensaries vying for space outside Medford Updated: Jul-31-15 1:45 pm
MEDFORD, Oregon - Medical marijuana dispensaries already are dueling for space in the first week that Jackson County has begun accepting permit applications to operate.
- World Food Program cuts aid to Syrian refugees in Jordan Updated: Jul-31-15 1:02 pm
AMMAN, Jordan - The World Food Program announced new cuts Friday in food aid for Syrian refugees in Jordan, highlighting a growing funding crisis of international agencies helping millions displaced by Syria's conflict.