It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish. Read to your children. This isn't the first time you've heard that advice. But now parents with infants will start hearing it officially from pediatricians starting from birth. The American Academy of Pediatrics announced new guidance today for parents to quote, "immunize their children against illiteracy."
U.S. Rep. Martha Roby says the latest report on the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System is consistent with what she's been hearing about phony medical practices and the Veterans Administration inspectors not being aggressive about complaints.
The U.S. Small Business Administration is getting ready to close its disaster loan offices in Alabama.
The SBA says the offices will close at the end of the day Thursday due to a steady decrease in activity. They were opened to help victims of the severe storms and flooding that hit Alabama between April 28 and May 5.
The offices are located in the Fairhope Civic Center, the Elberta Town Hall, the Graysville Public Library, the Ripley W.O.W. Hall in Athens, and the old Navy and Marine Corps Reserve building in Mobile.
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Invertebrates make up about 99 percent of all species. But they're no longer being featured at the National Zoo due to budget problems. The Invertebrate Exhibit was shut down Sunday, less than a week after the closure was publicly announced.
Medicare is preparing to penalize about 750 hospitals that have the highest rates of infections and patient injuries. The sanctions, estimated to total $330 million over a year, will kick in at a time when most infections and accidents in hospitals are on the decline, but still too common.
Alabama's state veterinarian says a domesticated sheep is the likely source of a sickness that has killed more than 50 whitetail deer at a captive breeding facility near Boaz.
Dr. Tony Frazier tells Al.com that testing indicates that bovine herpes virus Type 2, a viral infection commonly called malignant catarrhal fever, is likely the primary cause of the deaths. Frazier says sheep commonly carry the virus but don't exhibit symptoms.
Want to infuriate the entire brewing industry? Start poking around its trash.
That's what the Food and Drug Administration discovered when it threatened to dramatically affect how breweries use their spent grain.
Last fall, the FDA proposed a new rule: Facilities producing feed for animals should be subject to regulations similar to those in food manufacturing. Any facility producing animal feed would be required to produce a written plan to identify and minimize contamination.