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How D.C. Pulled Itself Back From The Brink Of An AIDS Epidemic

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A decade ago, city officials realized they had to take action, and they turned the numbers around. Stateline looks at how they did it. In other public health news: a breakthrough on cancer, mental illness, female homicide victims, antibiotics and birth defects, heart health and more.

Texas Sued Again Over Anti-Abortion Laws

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Planned Parenthood and other groups are suing the state over its ban on a second-trimester procedure. Also in Texas, state lawmakers consider further abortion regulations. Elsewhere, women’s reproductive health issues draw headlines in Ohio and Washington state.

Debate Flares Over Governor’s Drug Monitoring Program In Missouri

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Gov. Eric Greitens’ order to create a registry in Missouri — the last state to have one — does not allow doctors to see if a patient has already been prescribed an opioid. Some lawmakers say more legislative action is needed. In other news on the national drug epidemic, Ohio’s board on workers’ compensation wants fewer opioids prescribed for back pain. And a Kansas City doctor is under investigation for prescriber kickbacks and insurer fraud.