Obama praises Louisiana’s decision to expand Medicaid
Health / National

Obama praises Louisiana’s decision to expand Medicaid

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday, Jan 21, praised Louisiana’s new Democratic governor, John Bel Edwards, for his decision to expand the state’s Medicaid program to provide health care coverage to thousands of residents. “He’s already delivering for the people of Louisiana,” Obama said. Edwards’ predecessor, Republican Bobby Jindal, had refused to expand … Continue reading

California marijuana growers face new crop of local bans
Business / Health / National

California marijuana growers face new crop of local bans

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When the California Legislature passed the state’s first comprehensive medical marijuana regulations in September, pot advocates hoped the move heralded a new era of trust in their often-tumultuous relationship with wary local officials and police. So far, it hasn’t turned out that way. Facing what appears to be a rapidly closing … Continue reading

Health / Local / Virginia

Guitar raffle to help cancer-stricken girl’s family

WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) — Last summer, Meredith Furr made a new friend, and her “sweet” influence inspired that little girl’s family to do something for 10-year-old Meredith now fighting an aggressive form of cancer. “My heart sank, honestly, when we learned about this situation,” said Yvonne Brubacher. “I just imagine it’s my daughter. This is … Continue reading

Senate panel approves bill to make school lunches tastier
Health / Politics

Senate panel approves bill to make school lunches tastier

WASHINGTON (AP) — School meals could become a bit tastier under legislation approved by a Senate committee. The bipartisan measure approved by a voice vote Wednesday, Jan. 20, is designed to help schools that say the Obama administration’s healthier meal rules are too restrictive. Leaders of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee introduced the … Continue reading