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    The executive in the county surrounding Seattle says its sheriff's office and other executive branch departments will not cooperate with out-of-state prosecutions of abortion providers or patients. King County Executive Dow Constantine's executive order signed Tuesday follows a similar one from Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. Inslee last week signed a directive prohibiting the Washington State Patrol from cooperating with out-of-state abortion investigations or prosecutions. Inslee, in signing his directive, said he didn't have jurisdiction over local law enforcement agencies. Now the state’s largest county has barred its law enforcement from aiding other states’ abortion investigations.

      Maine's governor says her state will not cooperate with other states’ investigations into people who seek abortions or health care providers that perform them. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed an executive order Tuesday that she said will protect access to abortion in her state. She said she made the order as a response to the Supreme Court’s ruling that overturned Roe V. Wade. Mills said her order also directs Maine state agencies to review laws and regulations for any barriers to reproductive health care and remove or minimize them.

        A Mississippi judge has rejected a request by the state’s only abortion clinic to temporarily block a state law that would ban most abortions. Judge Debbra K. Halford rejected the request Tuesday. Attorneys argued over abortion laws in three Southern states in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that gave states the power to limit or outlaw the termination of pregnancies. Elsewhere, Florida’s new 15-week abortion ban was blocked but then quickly reinstated Tuesday. In Louisiana, the state attorney general has asked the state Supreme Court to allow enforcement of a ban on most abortions.

          California voters will weigh in on seven ballot measures this fall. It's the fewest number to appear on a statewide general election ballot since 2014. Thursday was the deadline to qualify measures for the November ballot. One question was placed on the ballot by the state Legislature and six are initiatives that gathered enough verified signatures to go before voters. Voters will be asked to weigh in on issues including whether to enshrine the right to an abortion in the California Constitution, whether to expand sports betting and whether to set aside public school funding for arts and music.

            TUESDAY, July 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- One of every seven people in the United States who filled an insulin prescription in 2017 and 2018 spent more than 40 percent of their postsubsistence family income on insulin alone, according to a report published in the July issue of Health Affairs.

              TUESDAY, July 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Adult cancer survivors have an increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) compared with those without cancer, independent of traditional CVD risk factors, according to a study published in the July 5 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

              Former NFL wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, who died last December at age 33, had CTE, his family said Tuesday. Boston University CTE Center researchers diagnosed the four-time Pro Bowler with stage 2 chronic traumatic encephalopathy following a brain study through the Concussion Legacy Foundation. Thomas’ family released the findings of the study. Stage 2 CTE is associated with “progressive behavior, cognitive and mood abnormalities.” Family members say Thomas developed depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and trouble with his memory in the years before his death. Stage 4 is the most severe stage of CTE and is usually associated with dementia.

              TUESDAY, July 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has linked a recent Listeria outbreak to ice cream made by Florida-based Big Olaf Creamery.

              A court filing says prison officials at the Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan, Oregon, denied showers to those held in a unit where people were engaged in a hunger strike. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports a federal public defender says about 80 people housed in the detention center’s “J2 Unit” were protesting conditions inside the detention center. The day after some of the men in custody did not accept meals, documents say prison warden DeWayne Hendrix issued a memo to people in that unit saying showers were postponed. The Bureau of Prisons didn’t answer questions from OPB about the memo or whether the water was cut off in an effort to end the hunger strike.

              A group seeking a statewide vote on whether to legalize adult use of marijuana has submitted boxes of signatures for state officials to begin counting. Oklahomans for Sensible Marijuana Laws submitted more than 164,000 signatures on Tuesday to the Office of the Secretary of State. The group only needs about 95,000 signatures to qualify the question for the ballot and had until Aug. 1 to collect them. Campaign advisor Ryan Kiesel says the extra signatures and the additional time should ensure the question makes it on the November general election ballot. If approved, the question would legalize the use of marijuana for any adult over the age of 21.

              The office of Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy says the 82-year-old has been discharged from in-patient treatment after undergoing hip-replacement surgery and is now rehabilitating. In a Tuesday statement, Leahy's office says he is continuing to recover and he is now focusing on his physical therapy regimen. Leahy fell and broke his hip last Wednesday in his Virginia home. He underwent surgery on Thursday. Leahy and his wife Marcelle say they deeply appreciate the outpouring of concern and support from family, friends, colleagues and supporters. Leahy is the longest serving member of the U.S. Senate. He's not seeking reelection in November.


              Content by Brand Ave. Studios. The annual Amazon Prime Day is coming July 12 and 13, and per usual will offer discounts on many of your favorite things.

              Content by Brand Ave. Studios. The annual Amazon Prime Day is coming July 12 and 13, and per usual will offer discounts on many of your favorite things.

              TUESDAY, July 5, 2022 (American Heart Association News) -- Typically in season from July to September, peaches are a staple of summertime salads, meals and desserts. They're also a popular choice for nutritionists, who say their sweet taste makes it easier for people to add them to their diet.

              The estate of an Illinois woman who died earlier this year from a listeria infection has filed a federal lawsuit against a Florida ice cream company that health officials have connected to a multistate outbreak. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in the Middle District of Florida claims that Mary Billman died in January after eating contaminated ice cream produced by Sarasota-based Big Olaf Creamery. The company released a statement Sunday saying that the link between its ice cream and the listeria outbreak has not been confirmed. They say they've been working with health officials since learning of the possible contamination.

              A North Carolina appeals court says some restaurants that closed during the coronavirus pandemic when government orders restricted them can’t be recompensed for losses through their insurance policies. A three-judge panel of the state Court of Appeals reversed on Tuesday the decision of a trial judge who declared policy language provided business-interruption coverage for over a dozen restaurants, most of them in the Triangle. But the appeals court sided with the insurers, saying policy payouts required that a “direct physical loss or damage to the property" occurred. Gov. Roy Cooper issued a statewide order in March 2020 limiting restaurant sales to carry-out and delivery services.

              The trial for a lawsuit accusing three major U.S. drug distributors of causing a health crisis throughout West Virginia has been postponed. Tuesday's continuance came a day after the companies prevailed in another case. A Kanawha County Circuit Court judge granted a continuance to attorneys representing more than 100 cities and counties statewide in their case involving AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson. On Monday, the companies prevailed in a federal court case brought against them by the city of Huntington and Cabell County. The attorneys representing Huntington and Cabell County are also representing the other municipalities.

              Florida’s new 15-week abortion was blocked and then quickly reinstated after an appeal from the state attorney general in a lawsuit challenging the restriction. Judge John C. Cooper issued the order temporarily halting the law after reproductive health providers argued that the state constitution guarantees the right to the procedure. The state quickly appealed his order, automatically putting the law back into effect Tuesday. The legal back and forth came as abortion laws change at a frenzied pace across the country after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, with several state laws and court cases shifting access to the procedure by the hour.

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