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Suicide rate hits 25-year high in region | Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal

Craig Russell Wishnick is one of 238 residents of Dutchess and Ulster counties to die by suicide in the five years ending in 2011, 73 more than in the five years ending in 2003, according to a Poughkeepsie Journal analysis of death certificates over a 13-year period. That is an increase in harder-hit Dutchess of 62 percent and the first hike in the county rate after a quarter-century of steady and solid decline.

 

Does Utah’s air pollution increase school absences? | The Salt Lake Tribune

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Many Oklahoma schools not adequately prepared for emergencies

Despite a 10-year-old state law requiring schools to have up-to-date safety and disaster plans on file with local emergency management officials, 9 Investigates at KWTV in Oklahoma City and 6 Investigates at KOTV in Tulsa, Okla., found that few districts are in compliance. Often, fewer than half the schools in an area had current plans on file, and very few private schools did.

AEDs in short supply, distributed unevenly, subject to patchwork of regulations

WPTV reports that AEDs, if publicly available, could save thousands of lives each year. But despite two decades of efforts to expand public access to devices, they "remain unevenly distributed, according to a report from , often hidden away under lock and key, subject to a daunting patchwork of state regulations, mandates and laws, and tens of millions too few in number."

No accountability in police custody death

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Gina Barton exposes the lack of accountability in a death in police custody. After James Perry died, each agency that handled a piece of the case -- police, sheriff, local hospital -- cited the other in excusing its own actions. Perry, an epileptic, died on the floor of the jail six hours after suffering a seizure.

Inpatient hospital bills can vary widely

Consumers rarely know in advance what hospitals will charge when they are admitted for inpatient procedures, particularly in emergencies. However, a San Antonio Express-News analysis of data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services suggests it's worth taking into consideration — because fees can vary widely from one hospital to the next.

Milwaukee County mental health system traps patients in cycle of emergency care

A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report shows the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex still does not provide its patients with adequate, continual treatment; many patients return to the complex for additional emergency care. "Milwaukee County's mental health system focuses less on continual care and more on emergency treatment than any in the nation. Despite scandals, studies and promises of reform, the system is like many of its patients: It never gets better."

Inspecting ambulances in Wisconsin is a one-man job

"A Gannett Wisconsin Media review of state inspection reports obtained under open-records law found 23 percent of the ambulances in Wisconsin violated at least one state requirement during the last two years, even though inspections typically are announced to emergency providers a week in advance." Read more here.

Extra Extra Monday: Hospital wealth and worsening care conditions, congressional travel on foreign tabs and airline animal deaths

The San Antonio Express-News
Eagle Ford pay is high, but work can be fatal
"Since 2009, at least 11 employees working for drilling companies and spinoff industries in Eagle Ford Shale counties have suffered horrific deaths that could have been prevented, according to OSHA investigations obtained under the Freedom of Information Act."

WisconsinWatch
New state law conceals records of abuse, neglect in nursing homes
"Families’ abilities to hold potentially negligent nursing facilities accountable have been diminished by a recent change in state law that bars records of abuse and neglect from use in the courts, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative ...

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