Government programs

In this Monday, July 8, 2019 photo, Troy Young, a hemp grower in North Salt Lake, stops for breakfast at a nearby coffee shop before returning to his indoor grow facility. Young, who recently applied for a medical marijuana growers license in Utah, lost his mother to an opioid addiction. If she had access to less destructive pain-relieving drug, like marijuana, Young said maybe she'd still be alive. (AP Photo/Morgan Smith)
July 12, 2019 - 1:25 pm
NEPHI, Utah (AP) — The wide metal barn on the Utah alfalfa farm owned by Russell and Diane Jones will host their youngest son's wedding next month. By September, they hope the structure will be full of marijuana plants. The Joneses are fourth-generation farmers, members of The Church of Jesus...
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FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2018, file photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during a student town hall at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. One of the nation's largest teachers' unions sued the U.S. Education Department on Thursday, July 11, 2019, over a federal program that promises to forgive student loans for public workers but has been beset by problems. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
July 11, 2019 - 3:36 pm
One of the nation's largest teachers' unions sued the U.S. Education Department on Thursday over a federal program that promises to forgive student loans for public workers but has been beset by problems. The American Federation of Teachers filed a federal lawsuit in Washington alleging that the...
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FILE - In this July 5, 2019, file photo trader Benjamin Tuchman works at the New York Stock Exchange in New York. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Thursday, July 11. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
July 11, 2019 - 11:35 am
An early rally on Wall Street that sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average above 27,000 for the first time lost much of its momentum Thursday afternoon. The S&P 500 edged lower, erasing the gains that had briefly propelled the benchmark index above 3,000 for the second day in a row. The Nasdaq...
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President Donald Trump speaks about kidney health at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, accompanied by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, left, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
July 11, 2019 - 7:33 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is withdrawing a plan to ease the financial bite of costly medications for people on Medicare by letting them to receive rebates that drugmakers now pay to insurers and middlemen, the White House said Thursday. The once-highly promoted plan from Health and...
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FILE - In this June 28, 2016, file photo, surgeons work on a kidney during a kidney transplant surgery at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington. President Donald Trump is directing the government to revamp the nation’s care for kidney disease to give more people with failing kidneys a chance at early transplants and home dialysis. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, file)
July 09, 2019 - 9:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is directing the government to revamp the nation's care for kidney disease, so that more people whose kidneys fail have a chance at early transplants and home dialysis — along with better prevention so patients don't get that sick to begin with. Senior...
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FILE - In this June 28, 2016, file photo, surgeons work on a kidney during a kidney transplant surgery at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington. President Donald Trump is directing the government to revamp the nation’s care for kidney disease to give more people with failing kidneys a chance at early transplants and home dialysis. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, file)
July 09, 2019 - 9:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is directing the government to revamp the nation's care for kidney disease to give more people with failing kidneys a chance at early transplants and home dialysis. Trump is set to sign an executive order Wednesday aimed at saving lives and millions of...
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July 09, 2019 - 4:53 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has become the first state to offer taxpayer-funded health benefits to adults living in the country illegally. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law on Tuesday that makes low-income adults age 25 and younger eligible for the state's Medicaid...
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Judge Thad Balkman rules that Oklahoma's ongoing opioid drug lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson can move forward, Monday, July 8, 2019 in Norman, Okla. Attorneys for Johnson & Johnson had asked Balkman to end the Oklahoma's opioid public nuisance lawsuit against them, arguing state statutes and case law don't support it. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
July 08, 2019 - 1:21 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge decided Monday the state's ongoing opioid drug lawsuit against consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson can move forward, rejecting the company's argument that the state failed to prove its public-nuisance claim. District Judge Thad Balkman denied Johnson...
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In this June 20, 2019 photo, the Capitol is seen from the roof of the Canadian Embassy in Washington. Health care is on the agenda for Congress when lawmakers return, and it’s not another battle over the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. Instead of dealing with the uninsured, lawmakers are trying to bring down costs for people who already have coverage. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
July 07, 2019 - 6:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are trying to set aside their irreconcilable differences over the Obama-era Affordable Care Act and work to reach bipartisan agreement on a more immediate health care issue, lowering costs for people who already have coverage. Returning from their Fourth of July recess,...
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July 04, 2019 - 4:38 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Children's Hospital has been cited for multiple federal safety violations related to mold that led to a patient death and five additional infections. KING-TV reported Thursday that the hospital detected Aspergillus mold during a routine test of operating rooms May 18. The...
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