- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 21, 2011

FLORIDA

Two rangers killed battling wildfire

TALLAHASSEE — Two state forest rangers trapped by shifting flames died while fighting a wildfire that also injured two others near Jasper in north Florida, officials said Tuesday.

The rangers were working Monday to stop a rekindled blaze called the Blue Ribbon Fire in Hamilton County on the Georgia line, one of more than 400 wildfires currently burning around Florida in one of the busiest fire seasons in years.

The rangers killed were Josh Burch, 31, of Lake City, and Brett Fulton, 52, of White Springs, said Sterling Ivey, a spokesman for the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Officials say the injured rangers, Robert Marvin and Stephen Carpenter, suffered smoke- and heat-related injuries while trying to help their fellow firefighters. They were treated at and released from hospitals in Lake City and Gainesville.

The Blue Ribbon Fire started June 16 and had been declared contained before dry conditions allowed the fire to flare up again Monday.

INDIANA

Planned Parenthood stops seeing Medicaid patients

INDIANAPOLIS — Medicaid patients are now paying for their own health services at Indiana’s Planned Parenthood clinics or looking for alternatives after the group ran out of private donations that had been paying those patients’ bills.

A state law that took effect in May denied Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood for general health services it provides to low-income women, including breast exams, birth control and Pap smears.

A federal judge is expected to rule by July 1 on Planned Parenthood’s bid to block Indiana’s new law.

Spokeswoman Kate Shepherd says about 9,300 Medicaid patients will see their Planned Parenthood services disrupted under Indiana’s law.

She says the group had received more than $100,000 in private donations to pay those patients’ bills, but that money ran out late Monday.

NEW JERSEY

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