Cuomo 2014 agenda: Tax breaks, classroom upgrades

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered a broad election-year agenda in a State of the State speech Wednesday that promoted a property tax freeze, borrowing $2……

RI health chief declares that flu is widespread

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s health director says the flu is now widespread in the state, a declaration that triggers a requirement that unvaccinate……

W.Va. lawmakers begin 60-day annual session

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Legislature began its session Wednesday without much fanfare and now will spend the next two months grappling with budget i……

Blue Cross extends payment deadline to Jan. 30

CHICAGO (AP) — People who signed up recently for health insurance with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois now have until Jan. 30 to pay their first month’s premiu……

Reno medical office closes review after shooting

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada medical office where a gunman killed one doctor and shot another before committing suicide says it has completed an internal review of his c……

Mo. governor wants to renew medicine program

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon wants to continue a prescription drug program that is due to expire later this year. Nixon traveled to Springfield on We……

Leaky tail pipe sends Rapid City girl to hospital

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Rapid City child is doing well after her mom found her unconscious in the back seat of the car from what turned out to be carbon monoxide poisoning……

BC-IL–Illinois Daybook, IL

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Fatal case of H5N1 bird flu reported in Canada

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian health officials said Wednesday a fatal case of H5N1 bird flu has been reported in Canada, the first such case in North America. The victim was tr……

Va. General Assembly convenes session

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The General Assembly returned to Richmond on Wednesday for the start of a 60-day session that’s set to see lawmakers debate expanding publi……

101 hospitalizations, 1 death due to flu in Mont.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — State health officials say a Hill County resident has died of complications from the flu. The Department of Public Health and Human Services said W……

Asian citrus psyllid found in Ojai Valley

OJAI, Calif. (AP) — The California Department of Food and Agriculture says the Asian citrus psyllid has been found in Ojai Valley. The Ventura County Star reported Tue……