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State Highlights: Trump Tells California To Manage Its Forests Or Lose Disaster Funds For Wildfires; Idaho Appeals Ruling Ordering Surgery For Transgender Inmate

First Edition: July 13, 2018

Media retailers report on information from California, Idaho, Massachusetts, Georgia, Arizona, Florida, Missouri, Arkansas, Maryland, Texas, Philadelphia and Virginia.

Los Angeles Occasions:
Trump Threatens To Reduce Off Disaster Funding For California Hearth Victims

President Trump injected new uncertainty into California’s wildfire restoration efforts, tweeting early Wednesday that he has ordered the Federal Emergency Administration Company to not ship extra catastrophe funding to state officers “unless they get their act together, which is unlikely.” Neither the White Home nor FEMA offered clarification, in response to emails and calls, about whether or not Trump’s menace was bluster like different tweets he has despatched making false assertions whereas criticizing the state’s hearth administration, or if he has truly ordered a funding cutoff to hundreds of Californians making an attempt to rebuild after the devastating fires late final yr. (Wire and Bierman, 1/9)

The Related Press:
Idaho Appeals Ruling Ordering Surgery For Transgender Inmate

Idaho stated Wednesday it can attraction a current courtroom ruling ordering the state to offer gender affirmation surgical procedure to a transgender inmate. The Idaho Division of Correction filed a discover advising U.S. District Decide B. Lynn Winmill that the state will attraction his ruling to the ninth U.S. Circuit Courtroom of Appeals. The inmate can be the primary in Idaho to get the process whereas in state custody and solely the second inmate within the nation to obtain the surgical procedure. (1/9)

Boston Globe:
A Lady Fleeing A Hospital Is Tased. Is She Protected By Federal Regulation For The Disabled?

When Athol Police Officer Thomas Cummings discovered Grey on Foremost Road, a quarter-mile from the hospital, he referred to as her to return again with him to the power. As an alternative, she turned and swore at him. Then she started shifting towards him. What occurred subsequent is on the coronary heart of a sophisticated authorized query earlier than the US Circuit Courtroom of Appeals, which on Tuesday started to look at what constitutes affordable drive towards an individual with psychological sickness and whether or not a police officer’s techniques for subduing suspects with disabilities might be restricted by the People with Disabilities Act. (Cramer, 1/10)

Atlanta Journal-Structure:
The Jolt: Hints About Well being Care And The Legislature Start To Floor

Late Tuesday, Home Speaker David Ralston named a 15-member particular committee to implement suggestions for the development of rural well being care in Georgia that have been generated final month by, sure, one other Home committee. …Governor-elect Kemp has additionally hinted that he would pursue a federal waiver – not regarding Medicaid, however in an effort to stabilize insurance coverage premiums on Georgia’s Reasonably priced Care Act change – one more reason to have an insurance coverage specialist as a prime negotiator. (Galloway, Bluestein and Hallerman, 1/9)

Arizona Republic:
Arizona Invoice Would Classify E-Cigarettes As Tobacco Merchandise

Arizona’s present regulation forbidding e-cigarette gross sales to youths is insufficient in curbing what has grow to be a disaster within the state, says the sponsor of a brand new invoice concentrating on minors’ entry to vaping merchandise. Surrounded by faculty and public well being officers, state Sen.-elect Heather Carter, R-Cave Creek, on Tuesday introduced she would sponsor a invoice this legislative session to reclassify e-cigarettes as tobacco merchandise. (Innes, 1/9)

Tampa Bay Occasions:
Johns Hopkins Hires Former Prosecutor To Examine All Youngsters’s Coronary heart Institute

The Johns Hopkins Drugs Board of Trustees has appointed a former federal prosecutor to steer its investigation into the Johns Hopkins All Youngsters’s Hospital’s coronary heart surgical procedure unit, the well being system introduced late Tuesday. F. Joseph Warin, of the worldwide regulation agency Gibson Dunn, and his staff will evaluate the excessive mortality charges and different issues on the hospital’s Coronary heart Institute and report again to a particular committee of the board of trustees by Might, the well being system stated. (McGrory and Bedi, 1/9)

Kansas Metropolis Star:
Cities, Hospitals Look To Minimize Ties With Struggling EmpowerHMS

EmpowerHMS, the North Kansas Metropolis-based firm that manages their hospital, owes the town hundreds in unpaid utility payments. A verify written to the town in December bounced, and Paine, the town administrator, can’t get anyone from the corporate to resolve it. (Marso, 1/10)

The Related Press:
Arkansas Strikes Nearer Towards Launching Medical Pot Program

An Arkansas panel on Wednesday named 32 corporations it intends to license to promote medical marijuana, two years after voters permitted its legalization and following a collection of delays which have annoyed sufferers and advocates. The state Medical Marijuana Fee permitted the scores from an outdoor advisor it had employed to guage about 200 purposes for dispensaries. (1/9)

Baltimore Solar:
Use Drones To Ship Organs For Transplant? Baltimore Surgeon Says It Would Save Valuable Time, Cash

At a Southern Maryland airfield, Dr. Joseph Scalea watched a drone carrying a kidney in a cardboard cooler fly three miles.The check flight, repeated 14 occasions, was the end result of three years’ work by the College of Maryland Medical Middle transplant surgeon, who sees the unmanned plane as the last word technique for delivering life-saving organs from donors to recipients. (Cohn, 1/10)

Austin American-Statesman:
Water Points Draw Consideration In Texas City Of Rockdale

This month, the Rockdale Metropolis Council might vote to boost water charges to exchange miles of corroded pipes. However any fee improve would come as Rockdale is making an attempt to struggle out of an financial tailspin as medical amenities shut, faculty enrollment dwindles, drug issues persist, and a producing base evaporates. (Worth, 1/9)

St. Louis Public Radio:
St. Louis Emergency-Room Docs Increase Considerations Over Rising Price Of Scooter Accidents

Since electrical rental scooters hit the streets of St. Louis final summer time, emergency-room docs have seen dozens of scooter-related accidents, together with damaged bones and critical head trauma. Rental providers Chook and Lime launched St. Louis to the motorized scooters in August. Docs on the Washington College Faculty of Drugs began seeing a rise in scooter-related accidents virtually instantly. (Farzan and Petrin, 1/10)

The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Want Reasonably priced Senior Housing? You Might Be Ready Years As Philly, Nation Grapple With Lengthy Wait Lists.

The brand new improvement, referred to as Cantrell Place, had been within the works since 2011 when Montgomery County-based developer Presby’s Impressed Life envisioned the senior housing group. Earlier than lastly opening its doorways in December, Presby had spent the time drawing up plans, assembling land, and making use of for funding again and again. The 61 one-bedroom models, with area for seniors who make as little as $12,240 and as a lot as $36,708 yearly, had been greater than seven years within the making. (McCabe, 1/10)

Atlanta Journal-Structure:
Smoking In Georgia: The Actual Value Of Being A Smoker

Based on WalletHub, the actual lifetime value of smoking per smoker in Georgia is $1,396,882, a yearly value of $27,390. The Peach State is definitely the least pricey of all of the 50 states (and D.C.), adopted by Missouri and North Carolina. (Pirani, 1/9)

The Related Press:
Virginia Agency Says It Has License To Research Medical Marijuana

A analysis agency in Virginia says it has gotten a federal license to import high-quality extracts of marijuana for medical analysis. The Virginian-Pilot reported Wednesday that Sanyal Biotechnology will quickly embark on a collection of essential research into remedy of varied illnesses and issues. (1/10)

The Baltimore Solar:
College Of Maryland Medical Middle Midtown Campus Upgrades Behavioral Well being Care Unit 

Virtually a yr after an embarrassing patient-dumping incident, the College of Maryland Medical Middle Midtown Campus introduced an overhaul of its behavioral well being unit so it will possibly see extra sufferers arriving in disaster on the Baltimore hospital. The transfer consolidates providers between the midtown campus and the medical middle’s close by downtown campus, with admissions anticipated to rise on the former and drop on the latter. (Cohn, 1/9)

Well being Information Florida:
Courtroom Digs Into Marijuana Smoking Ban

Newly minted Gov. Ron DeSantis has indicated he might drop the state’s attraction of a courtroom choice that stated a Florida regulation banning sufferers from smoking medical marijuana is unconstitutional. However on the identical day the Republican successor to former Gov. Rick Scott was sworn into workplace, legal professionals for the state tried to influence a three-judge panel to uphold the smoking prohibition. (Kam, 1/9)

Cleveland Plain Supplier:
State Clears Hocking School To Check Ohio Medical Marijuana

State regulators gave Hocking School a certificates of operation for its medical marijuana testing lab Tuesday, and faculty staff have been touring to Northeast Ohio on Wednesday to select up the primary batch of the drug. In different Ohio Medical Marijuana Management Program information Wednesday, the state introduced 13 corporations will obtain provisional licenses to start constructing medical marijuana processing amenities. (Hancock, 1/9)

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