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Ripe for pregnancy? There’s an app with answers

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Meet Elina Berglund: a nuclear physicist who will be known as the woman who developed the first natural cycle fertility app that is internationally certified to be as effective as contraception.

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In a Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 photo, Kentucky Republican state Sen. Ralph Alvarado sits in the Senate floor in Frankfort, Ky. Alvarado, a medical doctor in the Kentucky Senate, is leading the effort to restrict smoking in a state that leads the country in smoking rates. (AP Photo/Adam Beam)

Doctor-lawmaker tries to restrict smoking in tobacco country

- Associated Press

When Dr. Ralph Alvarado was elected to the Kentucky state Senate in 2014, he found his new colleagues had something in common with most of his patients: They knew smoking was bad, they just couldn't quit.

Central Maryland inmates launder bras for a cause

- Associated Press

After laundering 1,800 bras, Central Maryland Correctional Facility inmates carefully folded the garments and placed them in boxes destined for Maryland women's shelters. The process was part of the "Bras for a Cause" event organized by Plaza Ford in Bel Air. For every bra collected in October, Plaza Ford contributed $1 to the Upper Chesapeake Cancer LifeNet.

With mobile van, group tackles drug treatment amid crisis

- Associated Press

Two men in long-term recovery from heroin addiction are taking up the challenge of low-cost drug treatment options across the state with a new mobile van offering services like clean needles and syringes and treatment options.

Oklahoma eighth-grade athlete overcomes paralysis

- Associated Press

Dewey residents have known for a while that it takes a lot to stop Kobe Blackmon in an athletic venue, whether it's football, basketball, baseball or track.

FILE - In this July 28, 2009 file photo, Norma McCorvey, right, the plaintiff in the landmark lawsuit Roe v. Wade, speaks up as she joins other anti-abortion demonstrators inside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office on Capitol Hill in Washington.  McCorvey died at an assisted living center in Katy, Texas on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, said journalist Joshua Prager, who is working on a book about McCorvey and was with her and her family when she died. He said she died of heart failure. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Legacy of Roe v. Wade endures after death of woman who sued

- Associated Press

Using the pseudonym "Jane Roe," Norma McCorvey undertook a legal challenge that culminated in the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling in 1973 that legalized abortion nationwide. McCorvey died Saturday at age 69.

Yankton mental hospital improves staff retention

Associated Press

The administrator of a state-run mental health facility in Yankton says the hospital's hiring and staff retention have improved since a pay raise and a rapid hiring fair last year.

Primary care and walk-in clinic to open in Bismarck

Associated Press

Northland Community Health Centers, a federally-funded organization that offers medical treatment to people regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay, is planning to open a primary care and walk-in clinic in Bismarck.