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Attorneys general in Appalachia pressure, sue health insurers over opioids

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - The nation's advancing opioid epidemic has officials and lawmakers in the most impacted states taking on the entities they deem responsible for skyrocketing drug addiction and overdose numbers. Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Mor

COMMERCEJOURNAL.COM - 2017-09-19 19:55:00

Pet may help kid grow up, senior stay healthy

Furry friends can play a significant role in the lives of pet owners. Research verifies the old saying, "Dogs are man's best friend." For a long time, studies have shown that growing up with a pet encourages social skills and self-esteem in kids. Dogs and cats generally provide a higher level of int

COMMERCEJOURNAL.COM - 2017-09-19 19:30:00

'Genetic editing' seen as key for increased wheat yields, despite fewer acres

Rick Siemer admits that wheat isn't the easiest sell these days. The president of Siemer Milling in Teutopolis, Illinois, has seen the recent data showing the fewest number of planted wheat acres in U.S. history. On top of that, this year's harvest was the lowest since 2002. Nationwide, wheat produc

COMMERCEJOURNAL.COM - 2017-09-19 17:55:00

Environmental, outdoor groups vow to fight national monument reductions

Environmental and outdoor recreation groups threatened Monday to sue if President Donald Trump adopts Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's leaked proposal to alter nearly a dozen national monuments, while grazing, fishing and other groups welcomed the recommendations. Zinke's plan to reduce the size of a

COMMERCEJOURNAL.COM - 2017-09-19 12:01:00

'Alt-right,' 'troll' and 'dog whistle' among new entries added to Merriam-Webster dictionary

More than 250 new words have been added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, from old terms now imbued with political meaning - like "dog whistle" - to newer portmanteaus like "froyo." It's the second batch of words to be added this year to the online dictionary, which frequently expands as the Englis

COMMERCEJOURNAL.COM - 2017-09-19 11:53:00

New health-care plan stumbles under opposition from governors

WASHINGTON - The suddenly resurgent Republican effort to undo the Affordable Care Act was dealt a major blow on Tuesday when a bipartisan group of governors came out against a proposal gaining steam in the Senate. But it was unclear whether it would ultimately derail the attempt, as key Republican s

COMMERCEJOURNAL.COM - 2017-09-19 21:30:00

Texas House Speaker Straus faces possible GOP censure

AUSTIN - Texas House Speaker Joe Straus won a number of high-profile legislative battles in this year, but fellow Republicans are now passing no-confidence resolutions aimed at removing him from his leadership role. Ray Myers, chair of the Kaufman County Tea Party, said 50 Texas county GOP organizat

COMMERCEJOURNAL.COM - 2017-09-19 21:00:00

'Extremely dangerous' Hurricane Maria churns toward Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico; Jose to scrape Northeast coast

The wicked 2017 hurricane season began delivering more punishing blows Tuesday as Hurricane Maria racked across the Caribbean with "potentially catastrophic" winds of 160 mph. To the north, Hurricane Jose churned on a path to brush the Northeast coast with raging surf and potentially damaging gusts.

COMMERCEJOURNAL.COM - 2017-09-19 17:45:00

Experts: Pleasant weather expected for Southeast, but residents should watch out for Maria

VALDOSTA, Ga. - Much of the Southeast this week can expect sunny skies and warmer temperatures that feel more like summer after feeling the effects of Harvey and most recently taking a beating from Irma. However, there's another hurricane looming on the horizon that those in the nation's southern st

COMMERCEJOURNAL.COM - 2017-09-18 22:00:00

Students in towns hardest hit by Harvey are still in the eye of the storm

ARANSAS PASS, Texas - This should be Yahaira Montemayor's fourth week in school. Instead, the 7-year-old whiles away her days at her grandmother's house and spends her nights huddled in a single bed with her mother and three siblings. While other students across Texas sit in classrooms, 13-year-old

COMMERCEJOURNAL.COM - 2017-09-19 01:48:00

Indictment issued in attack on police officer

The Hunt County grand jury has indicted a Grayson County man for an alleged attack on a Leonard Police Department officer. The grand jury issued multiple indictments this month on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. A Kaufman County man was indicted for allegedly pushing a woman from

GREENVILLE HERALD-BANNER - 2017-09-19 10:45:00

City, county continue economic talks

City of Greenville and Hunt County officials are continuing discussions on proposed economic prospects which may be coming to town. The Greenville Board of Development/4A Corporation is scheduled this afternoon to consider measures to provide incentives, with two tax abatement agreements planned bef

GREENVILLE HERALD-BANNER - 2017-09-19 10:45:00

Ways to Avoid the 'Rental Property Scam' in North Texas

For one North Texas family, it all started with an ad on Craigslist. A house in Burleson was going for $900 a month with all utilities included. The man who identified himself as the "landlord" sent the couple a code to a lockbox with the key inside so the family could see the home. After they wired

NBC DALLAS-FORT WORTH - 2017-09-19 12:20:56

UPDATED: 2 Oklahoma officers shot while serving warrant, suspect in custody

CHICKASHA, Okla. - Two Oklahoma police officers were shot while serving a search warrant Sunday afternoon. Alex Warren Klinger, 61, was taken into custody following the incident Sunday. "The police went to serve a warrant and quickly gunfire erupted," said Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Pub

COMMERCEJOURNAL.COM - 2017-09-18 16:45:00

After single payer failed, Vermont embarks on a big health care experiment

John Graves lives in a South Burlington, Vermont, apartment building that is part of a program that provides housing for formerly homeless people. It also helps them obtain medical care. Doug Greenwood talks with nurse care coordinator Anne-Marie Lajoie at Cold Hollow Family Practice in Enosburg Fa

COMMERCEJOURNAL.COM - 2017-09-18 15:45:00

Obesity persists in Kentucky, Southeast and Appalachia, report says

For a state whose name is synonymous with fried chicken, it's no wonder a recent study found that more than 1 out of 3 Kentucky's adults are obese. "In Appalachia, we like to see everyone eating," Carolyn Hacker, chief dietician and diabetes educator at Baptist Health in Richmond, Kentucky, said. "W

COMMERCEJOURNAL.COM - 2017-09-18 18:47:00

Local National Night Out observance set

Many local residents will be spending an early October evening outside, getting to know their neighbors and learning new ways to deal with crime. The National Night Out is scheduled Oct. 3 in Greenville. The National Night Out is sponsored each year by the National Association of Town Watch to encou

GREENVILLE HERALD-BANNER - 2017-09-18 10:45:00

Knife-wielding campus pride leader killed by police at Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech police shot and killed the president of the Pride Alliance student group Saturday night in full view of dorm residents. Police encountered Scout Schultz, a 21-year-old computer engineering student who identified as neither male nor female, in a parking lot outside the dorms after someon

COMMERCEJOURNAL.COM - 2017-09-18 12:17:00

GEUS to consider awarding bid for transmission relocation project

GEUS is in the process of selecting a contractor to handle the moving of transmission line, distribution underbuild and communication facilities for the extension of FM 1570, the new State Spur 1570, which connects State Highway 66 and U.S. Highway 380. The action item on the agenda for Greenville E

GREENVILLE HERALD-BANNER - 2017-09-17 15:00:00

A child sat for the pledge - so his teacher 'violently' snatched him from his chair, he says

Brian Chaney of Farmington Hills, Michigan, said a teacher consultant forced his 11-year-old son, Stone, to stand for the pledge late last week at East Middle School. Chaney called the action a violation of his son's civil rights, explaining that Stone had been making a personal decision not to salu

COMMERCEJOURNAL.COM - 2017-09-17 19:31:00