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VA hospital that once treated Civil War veterans could close

- Associated Press

Perched atop a bluff in the remote Black Hills, a veterans hospital built of thick blocks of pink sandstone and topped with red-tiled roofs in a Spanish mission style overlooks the tiny town of Hot Springs, South Dakota, and has provided recovering soldiers a bucolic haven for more than a century.

Branstad vetoes school spending, mental health deal

- Associated Press

Gov. Terry Branstad announced a series of budget vetoes Thursday, using his powerful pen to cross out $55.7 million in one-time education funding as well as a bipartisan deal to keep two state mental health institutes open.

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Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders rallied supporters Thursday with a call to band together in order to fix a "rigged economy."

House approves bill making schools publish vaccine rates

- Associated Press

House lawmakers approved a measure Thursday ordering schools in Oregon to make public the number of vaccinated students they have enrolled in their classes and to carve out those rates by each disease.

Vaccine opponents continue efforts against California law

- Associated Press

Opponents of California's new law to boost vaccination rates among schoolchildren by strictly limiting exemptions are continuing to fight the legislation online and in public protests, even after Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law this week.

Gene therapy for cystic fibrosis promising for some patients

- Associated Press

Doctors who gave children with cystic fibrosis a replacement copy of a defective gene say it appeared to slow the expected decline of some patients' lungs, but called the results "modest" and say there must be major improvements before offering the treatment more widely.

FILE - This undated file image provided by the Utah Department of Corrections shows inmate Ramon C. Estrada. Utah's corrections department has put three more employees on leave Thursday, July 2, 2015, while investigating the death of the inmate who went without dialysis for two days when providers failed to show up for treatment. (Utah Department of Corrections via AP, File)

Utah prison puts 3 employees on leave after inmate death

- Associated Press

Three more Utah state prison employees have been put on leave while officials investigate the death of an inmate who went without dialysis for days after providers failed to show up for treatment, the prison said Thursday.