Ohio bill requires reports on drug-addicted babies
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Thursday, 23 January 2014 07:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House has approved a bill requiring hospital maternity units and newborn care nurseries and maternity homes to report the number of babies born addicted to drugs.

The reporting to the state Health Department, mandated for every three months, is one of several bills aimed at reducing the state's prescription painkiller addiction epidemic.

The bill sponsored by Rep. Lynn Wachtmann, a Republican from Napoleon in northwest Ohio, would not include information that could identify the child.

Wachtmann says tracking the number of drug-addicted babies will help the state monitor Ohio's progress fighting drug addiction.

The measure, approved unanimously on Wednesday, heads to the Senate.

Overdose drug deaths, many of them from painkillers and heroin, have been the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio, surpassing car crashes, since 2007.

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Historic Boeing 707 to stay in Ohio, not move to Texas
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Thursday, 23 January 2014 07:27

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — There will be no Air Force One for the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin.

The Austin American-Statesman reports (http://bit.ly/1dx18OL) U.S. Air Force officials have assured that the converted Boeing 707 where Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as president in 1963 in Dallas will remain in Ohio.

The jet, with the military designation VC-137C, is on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio.

The assurances were conveyed in letters released Wednesday by U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio.

The LBJ Foundation had raised millions of dollars in pledges and planned to build a pavilion by the LBJ Presidential Library to house the jet flown by U.S. presidents flew from 1962 until 1990.


Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com

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Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 07:31
Indiana board suspends doctor linked to 31 deaths
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Wednesday, 22 January 2014 16:10

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Medical Licensing Board has suspended an Anderson doctor whom court records link to the drug-related deaths of 31 people.

The board Wednesday suspended the license of 83-year-old Dr. Frank Campbell. The Herald Bulletin reports (http://bit.ly/1c3YDHX) the board also fined Campbell $500 on each of the six counts of violating physician regulations filed by the state. Campbell can seek reinstatement in a year.

Campbell was medical director of the Madison County Community Health Center until the Drug Enforcement Administration questioned him last year over allowing two physician assistants to prescribe controlled substances using prescriptions he pre-signed.

Campbell said he trusted the assistants and pre-signed prescriptions for expediency.

An Indiana Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigator submitted a court affidavit saying 31 of Campbell's patients died drug-related deaths since January 2009.


Information from: The Herald Bulletin, http://www.theheraldbulletin.com

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Michigan governor backs plan to give bankrupt Detroit $350M
Written by DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press   
Thursday, 23 January 2014 07:23

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is pledging to commit up to $350 million in state funds to help Detroit as the bankrupt city tries to shore up pension funds that are billions in debt and prevent valuable city-owned art from being sold.

The Republican joined legislative leaders on Wednesday to announce a proposal that would provide the money over 20 years, as long as a larger settlement is reached with labor unions and city workers concerned about pensions. The lawmakers acknowledged the plan may be a hard sell in the GOP-controlled Legislature, but they said it was better than a protracted legal fight in a city facing an estimated $18 billion in debt.

The governor was quick to say the money would not be a bailout, but rather a way to help Detroit quickly settle its bankruptcy and allow it to grow. He also noted the plan follows roughly $330 million that has been pledged so far by charitable foundations, largely in exchange for protecting works at the Detroit Institute of Arts that might otherwise be sold during bankruptcy.

"If Michigan's to be a great state again, we need Detroit on a positive path to success," Snyder said.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 07:33
Parents' lawyer: Adopted Ohio boy gets needed help
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Wednesday, 22 January 2014 13:09

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — The attorney for a southwest Ohio couple accused of abandoning the adopted 9-year-old son they raised since infancy says the case has had some positive results.

Attorney Anthony VanNoy said Wednesday that Cleveland and Lisa Cox are visiting with the boy and hope to be reunited.

VanNoy tells the Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News that the couple will not accept any plea deals. They have pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of nonsupport of dependents, which allege they recklessly abandoned or failed to provide adequate support for the boy.

Authorities say they returned him to Butler County Children Services in October without telling him he wouldn't return home.

VanNoy says the boy is now getting the help that the adoptive parents have always wanted for him.

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