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Miss. health officer opposes change to vaccine requirement

- Associated Press

Mississippi has some of the worst rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease in the U.S., but public health officials brag that it ranks best in the nation for childhood immunization.

Southeast Missouri couple helps animals rehab

Associated Press

At first glance, John and Carolyn Watkins' home in the rural southeast Missouri town of Sedgewickville doesn't stand out. It's only when you see the peacocks, African guineas, wild turkey, geese, chickens, a donkey, sheep and goat in the backyard that the place comes alive.

FILE In this file photo taken Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, a child suffering from the Ebola virus receives treatment at the Makeni Arab Holding Centre in Makeni, Sierra Leone. A top U.N. official in the fight against Ebola greeted just three patients at one treatment center he visited this week in Sierra Leone. Families in Liberia are no longer required to cremate the remains of loved ones in a bid to halt the spread of the virulent disease. (AP Photo/Tanya Bindra, File)

Tide turning in Ebola fight after hard lessons

- Associated Press

A top U.N. official in the fight against Ebola greeted just three patients at one treatment center he visited this week in Sierra Leone. Families in Liberia are no longer required to cremate the remains of loved ones to halt the spread of the virulent disease.

Measles case reported in Sioux Falls; officials host clinic

- Associated Press

An unvaccinated child has been diagnosed with the measles in Sioux Falls, state and local health officials said Saturday, meaning 14 people have now been diagnosed in the last month with the highly contagious disease in South Dakota.

Questions and answers on Health Department disease plan

- Associated Press

The South Dakota Department of Health is the process of reworking a legislative proposal that would more easily allow the state to react to the outbreak of deadly diseases, following concerns from some lawmakers about the potential for government overreach. Here are some common questions about how the state can respond to deadly communicable diseases and how it might be able to in the future:

Meal-delivery company delivers at-home 'restaurant crawl'

- Associated Press

It's no secret that eating restaurant-prepared meals and eating healthy don't always go hand in hand, but one local business is working to change that by giving customers access to local chefs and nutritious food all with a click of the mouse.

Nevada governor seeks to expand autism care program

- Associated Press

Plans seeking more money for education and wholesale changes to the tax code are certain to spark debate in Nevada this session, but they weren't the only dramatic shifts Gov. Brian Sandoval called for in his State of the State address.

State reworking outbreak proposal to calm lawmaker concerns

- Associated Press

The South Dakota Department of Health is reworking a legislative proposal that would more easily allow the state to react to deadly disease outbreaks following concerns from some lawmakers about the potential for government overreach.

Teen readjusts after brain injury from skateboard accident

- Associated Press

For Becky Ayotte, a mother of four boys, ages 8 to 18, the life-altering afternoon of Sept. 2 started out like many others. Eldest son T.J. was at work, 14-year-old Nathan was at football practice, and 8-year-old Garrett was playing outside the Ayotte's Tanglewood Drive home with friends.

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2014 file photo, Utah lawmakers return to the Capitol for their annual legislative session in Salt Lake City.  When Utah lawmakers convene for their 2015 legislative session Monday, Jan. 26 they will face a tall agenda that includes Medicaid expansion, a gas tax revamp and a prison system overhaul. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann)

Medicaid, firing squads on agenda for Utah Legislature

- Associated Press

When Utah lawmakers convene for their 2015 legislative session Monday, they will face a packed agenda that will include debates over Medicaid expansion, the possible return of firing squads and whether to eliminate daylight saving time.