Seattle police are investigating reports that a fake nurse tried to obtain narcotic pain medication from several patients' rooms at Swedish Medical Center.
Detective Jeff Kappel says hospital staff report that one patient saw the woman in his room manipulating a machine that allowed him to administer pain medication. The man's real nurse found that the line from his machine to his body had been cut and pain medication was dripping on the floor. Read More
The Idaho Transportation Department this week agreed to new regulations allowing transgender drivers to change the sex designation on their driver's licenses without a note from a surgeon, after two people complained that previous policy violated their civil rights.
In April 2011, the highway agency began requiring a signed surgeon's note signifying the individual "had undergone a complete surgical change of gender." Read More
Wisconsin lags behind the top-performing states in the number of mental health records it submits to a national database used for background checks on gun purchases.
But The Post-Crescent reports (http://post.cr/1129jge ) the state has made gains since 2011 in the number of records it submits to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Read More
The mother of a 6-year-old boy killed in the Connecticut school shooting used the opportunity to fill in for President Barack Obama during the weekly radio and Internet address to make a personal plea from the White House for action to combat gun violence. Read More
Wisconsin has more than 50 drug treatment court programs across the state, and court officials say momentum is growing to bring the approach to more counties.
Judges, attorneys, social workers and treatment providers work together and set expectations for offenders that include employment and counseling. Participants who fail receive sanctions that sometimes include jail. Read More
A nursing program at Cuyahoga Community College is fighting to keep its accreditation.
The Plain Dealer of Cleveland reported Saturday (http://bit.ly/116tADU) that the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission recently voted to deny accreditation for the college's two-year registered nurse program. Read More
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a Louisiana-based meat packing company has expanded a recall of meat products because of possible bacterial contamination. No illnesses have been reported
The Manda Packing Company recall announced this past week now includes 468,000 pounds of roast beef, ham, turkey breast, tasso pork, ham shanks, hog headcheese, corned beef, and pastrami. Read More
Mayor Thomas Menino was recovering and resting comfortably after surgery on Saturday to repair a fracture on the smaller of the two bones in his lower right leg.
Menino, 70, twisted his ankle and fractured his distal fibula while on his way to an event on Friday. Read More
A floor collapsed into a V shape Friday at the construction site of a new casino, sending workers sliding to the ground and leaving at least a dozen with broken bones, bumps or bruises.
Authorities said there were no life-threatening injuries in the collapse at the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati site, which came just weeks after a similar accident at a Cleveland casino with the same developer. Read More
A federal judge on Friday sentenced "Barefoot Bandit" Colton Harris-Moore to 6 1/2 years in prison for his infamous two-year, international crime spree of break-ins, and boat and plane thefts that ended in 2010. Read More