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Florida Hospital Flagler Honors County’s First Responders

| May 25, 2017

This week, May21-27, is the 43rd Annual National EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Week.

Sheriff’s “Taxi-Patrol Car” Cautions Against Drunk Driving Over Memorial Day Weekend

| May 24, 2017

More than 400 deaths and 47,000 injuries are projected on U.S. roads over the Memorial Day weekend, prompting police agencies to heighten awareness campaigns.

Bowlers Raise $2,200 for Domestic Violence Shelter as Government Demurs on Funding Request

| May 23, 2017

An official for the Family Life Center asking for a budget increase was told “we’ll see” by the County Commission, but a Palm Coast Yacht Club fundraiser netted $2,200.

Time Is Running Out For “Repeal and Replace” As Scandal and Summer Loom

| May 22, 2017

Budget procedures, the fact that half the states’ legislatures have already adjourned is making it almost impossible for Congress to fit repeal of the Affordable Health Act just yet.

Citing Chronic Crisis, Sheriff Plans Community Summit on Domestic Violence and Task Force

| May 18, 2017

Sheriff Rick Staly intends to call a community summit followed by a task force that would have a few months to produce a set of recommendations to enact. Other domestic violence initiatives are ongoing.

Four Arrests in 4 Separate Violent Assaults in a 24-Hour Period Underscore Domestic Issues

| May 17, 2017

Andrew J. Krupp, 20, of Palm Coast, Qwajon R. Laster, 20, of Bunnell, Raymond Amara, 54, of Palm Coast, and Jacob Robertson of Flagler Beach were all arrested on felony charges stemming from violent confrontations.

Sheriff Warns Against Misleading Medical Pot Scams “Popping Up All Over Palm Coast”

| May 16, 2017

Yard signs in Palm Coast have popped up advertising “legal” weed, but the signs are scams, and a further reflecting of the confusion caused by lawmakers’ inability to agree to rules on medical pot, enabling scammers to fill voids.

Trump Says He Knows About Health Care, But Some Of His Facts Seem Alternative

| May 15, 2017

Trump said that “in a short period of time I understood everything there was to know about health care.” He does not, starting with his understanding of the health care act the House just passed.

Anger Over Legislature’s Failures on Medical Pot Prompts Talk of Special Session

| May 12, 2017

House and Senate leaders, falling short of implementing the voter-approved amendment, were unable to reach agreement on how many retail outlets medical pot operators should be able to run.

Lawmakers Approve Budget With Tax Cuts, Severe Cuts to Medicaid, Minor Increase For Education and Big Boost to Charters

| May 8, 2017

The budget package includes a modest increase in per-student spending through the state’s main education formula, $521 million in Medicaid cuts for hospitals and far-reaching changes to education across the board.

David Ottati Returns: Ex-Florida Hospital Flagler CEO Takes Over 3-County Region

| May 8, 2017

David Ottati’s rise in the Adventist organization is again bringing him to Flagler County as he takes over leadership of a seven hospital-region including Florida Hospital Flagler.

It Would Be Up to Florida to Dismantle Obamacare Protections If GOP Bill Advances

| May 8, 2017

Unless the legislation fails or changes substantially, many consumers across the country could see the amount they pay every year for premiums increase by thousands of dollars, making coverage effectively unaffordable.

Medical Pot Deal Collapses Over Dispensaries, Leaving Framework in Strict Regulators’ Hands

| May 6, 2017

Implementation of the voter-approved amendment now rests in the hands of state health officials, who have been harshly criticized by legislators, patients, vendors and judges.

Preexisting Condition: How Health Care Wrangle May Play Out Over Obamacare Repeal

| May 4, 2017

As Trump pushes for a bill, the latest snag is over whether people with preexisting health conditions should have guaranteed access to affordable coverage, as the ACA mandates.

Gov. Scott Declares Emergency In Response To Prescription Drugs and Heroin Deaths

| May 3, 2017

In the four-county district that includes Flagler, only two heroin-deaths deaths were recorded in 2015, eight deaths were attributed to fentanyl, and 43 to prescription drugs overall.

House Approves Medical Pot Measure That Would Allow Unlimited Number of Retailers

| May 3, 2017

The measure would allow patients to use vaporizers or edibles, but would ban smoking of marijuana products, something critics complain violates the spirit of the constitutional amendment.

Secret Hospital Inspections Revealing Errors and Mishaps and May Become Public at Last

| April 22, 2017

The federal government has proposed requiring that accreditors release reports on the problems they find during hospital inspections. Right now, the reports are secret.

No Bong Hits or Joints as Florida Lawmakers Roll Up Medical Pot “Compromise”

| April 18, 2017

House and Senate refuse to allow marijuana products to be smoked despite repeated demands from patients, caregivers and others who insist that smoking provides some with the best type of treatment.

Governments Mull Way To Fight Prescription-Drug Crisis That Worked With Tobacco: Taxes

| April 17, 2017

California, Alaska and the US Congress are considering taxing prescription drugs to raise money for treatment and discourage their use, but the amounts of the taxes would be relatively small.

2 Teens Face Felonies For Firing BB Gun at Full School Bus and Vehicles on Belle Terre

| April 13, 2017

There were 40 students returning from Bunnell Elementary when the school bus was the target of boys allegedly firing a BB and an air soft gun at the vehicle on Belle Terre Boulevard Wednesday afternoon.

With Rising Death Toll From Opioids, Florida Still Gropes For Effective Answers

| April 13, 2017

State officials have few responses as the death rate from synthetic opioids other than methadone increased 72.2 percent from 2014 to 2015, to 3,228 deaths by overdose in Florida.

As Washington Piddles, Liberal California Forges Ahead With Universal Health Care Ideas

| April 10, 2017

Organized labor and two lawmakers are leading the charge for a single, government-financed program for everyone in the state. Another legislator wants to create a commission that would weigh the best options for a system to cover everyone.

Florida House and Senate In Duel Over Shifting Stand Your Ground Burden to Prosecution

| April 10, 2017

The two chambers have approved different versions of a proposal (SB 128) intended to shift a key burden of proof in “stand your ground” cases from defendants to prosecutors in pre-trial hearings.

Florida Senate Wants 81% Increase in Aid for Poorer College Students, and Boost For 1st-Gen

| April 9, 2017

Florida student assistance grants would grow by $121 million. Senators also want to double the state’s matching grants for “first generation” college and university students to a total of $10.6 million.

Cops Out in Force on I-95 Over the Weekend as Part of Drive to Save Lives Campaign

| April 8, 2017

Be warned: cops from Florida to Maine are out in force this weekend (April 8 and 9), pulling over, warning and ticketing speeders, careless, reckless and distracted drivers.

Daytona State College’s Center for Women and Men Kicks Off 41st Year and Fund-Raiser Challenge

| April 8, 2017

For decades the center’s focus was on helping displaced homemakers with little-to-no work experience, women who because of divorce, widowhood or other circumstances would come to learn new life skills, gain self-confidence and train for employment.

Sparing None, Sheriff “Arrests” 15 of Flagler’s Leading Officials in Relay For Life Sting

| March 31, 2017

Sheriff Rick Staly and his team served warrants on Superintendent Jacob Oliva, County Commissioners Dave Sullivan and Charlie Ericksen, fire chiefs and business leaders in a fund-raising ploy for cancer research this morning.

House Panel Approves Restrictive Medical Marijuana Measure, Including Ban on Edibles

| March 29, 2017

The proposal would prohibit smoking of cannabis products, as well as edibles, and would ban all but terminally ill patients from using vaporizers to consume medical marijuana.

GOP Plan Scraps Individual Mandate Only to Create New, 30% Penalty For Laggards

| March 23, 2017

The GOP approach is called a “continuous coverage” penalty. It increases premiums for people who buy insurance if they have gone 63 consecutive days without a policy during the past 12 months.

No, Attorney General Sessions, Pot Is Not “Only Slightly Less Awful” Than Heroin

| March 22, 2017

Pot is a relatively mild and harmless drug compared to deadly, addictive heroin. Treating users like criminals is a threat to their safety — and so is perpetuating the lie that some drugs are no less harmful than others, writes Jill Richardson.

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