Maggie Hill, 67, poses for a portrait with a 10-year-old Charity in Madison, W.Va., on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. The grandmother is raising Charity, the daughter of Maggie's son, as her own child. They live in a small wooded valley with a creek in it _ a holler, as they say in West Virginia. Her house is a cabin that from the outside resembles a small, tidy barn. Charity has given her life a purpose, she said. (AP Photo/Tyler Evert) MADISON, W.Va. (AP) — If you want to understand why U.S. life expectancy is declining, West Virginia is a good place to start. The state is a bellwether of bad health, portending major problems years before they became severe nationally. “It seems that the worst outcomes happen here first,” said Dr. Michael Brumage, a West Virginia University public health expert who formerly ran the health department in Charleston. “We’re the canary in the coal mine.” The drug overdose death rate for all Americans today is where West … [Read more...] about Experts: West Virginia a Bellwether of Poor Health
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close Video What happens if Kavanaugh's accuser does not attend hearing? Josh Holmes and Mary Anne Marsh debate the politics of the Kavanaugh hearing. **Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.** WILL A JUSTICE DELAYED BE A JUSTICE DENIED?Anthony Kennedy past the November 6 election that they might win the Senate and force President Trump to nominate someone more moderate than Judge Brett Kavanaugh. The catch is, though, that a Supreme Court vacancy on Election Day could make their chances of winning the Senate even more distant. As it stands, Democrats have a modest but not far-fetched chance of flipping the Senate. If it’s a very good Democratic year the partisan wind may tip over Republican candidates in key Senate races like Arizona and Nevada while propping up vulnerable Democratic incumbents in states like Florida and Missouri. It seems more likely that Republicans will maintain their … [Read more...] about Will a justice delayed be a justice denied?
Maine is seeing a surge in involuntary committals – cases where people are held for mental health issues against their will – that is changing how police do their jobs. The number of those committals has risen steadily in the last decade, from 344 in 2009 to 401 last year, an increase of nearly 17 percent. In another measure of mental illness affecting law enforcement and the courts, the number of Mainers found not competent to stand trial has leapt from seven in 2008 to 136 last year.As state-provided services for the mentally ill dwindle, more front-line intervention work is performed by Maine’s law enforcement community, significantly changing how police train for and perform their jobs. The number of calls for service that were mental health-related for the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office rose from 383 in 2013 to 486 last year, an increase of nearly 27 percent. This year, the pace is continuing to rise, with 278 calls for service through early July, … [Read more...] about Increasingly, Maine police on front lines for mental illness interventions
FARGO — Ricky Marquart did the right thing. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of his graduation from West Fargo High School with old friends and classmates on June 14, he found himself in the Silver Dollar Bar early the next morning. So he ordered a Lyft ride from the app on his smartphone. The driver, identified as Travis on the app, arrived promptly and drove Marquart home. The ride took 13 minutes, from 2:21 a.m. until 2:34 a.m. on July 15, according to the receipt Marquart received on his phone. It was seemingly an innocuous transaction, one that’s repeated hundreds of thousands of times a day around the United States with the rise in popularity of ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber. Except that when Marquart checked his phone later, he’d received another receipt from Lyft in addition to the one showing a $9.01 charge for the ride. The new receipt was for $150 and had a subject line titled “Lyft Damage Receipt.” The charge was placed on the credit … [Read more...] about Fargo couple takes on alleged ‘vomit fraud’ by a Lyft driver
Arika Herron and Emma Kate Fittes Indianapolis Star Published 7:38 p.m. UTC Aug 1, 2018 When Gov. Eric Holcomb told Indiana schools the state would provide free metal detector wands to any school that wanted them, most jumped at the chance. The wand devices, which cost about $100 each, are expected to be delivered to schools later this month, said a representative with the Indiana Department of Administration, the agency overseeing the program and paying for the devices. So far, the state has spent about $330,000. Now, as students are heading back to class, many schools are scrambling to figure out how best to use them. Nearly all of Indiana's public school districts requested the handheld metal detectors, provided at no cost to schools through the new state program. Holcomb's office announced the initiative last month as part of an going effort to beef up school security in the wake of high profile attacks in Florida … [Read more...] about Some Indiana schools will use new metal detectors to randomly screen students