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    A California lawmaker wants to end a ban on state-funded travel to states with discriminatory LGBTQ laws. State Sen. Toni Atkins said Wednesday she wants to replace the ban with a state-authorized marketing campaign to promote inclusive messaging in those states. California passed a law in 2016 banning state-funded travel to states that discriminate against the LGBTQ community. California now bans state-funded travel to 23 states, including Florida, Texas and Arizona. The law has created issues for academic researchers and college sports teams. The San Diego State University men's basketball team is traveling to the Final Four in Texas. The school says the NCAA is paying for the travel.

      Most gig workers in Seattle will be permanently entitled to paid sick leave and safe time under a first-in-the-nation law. The new measure signed by Mayor Bruce Harrell on Wednesday expands protections extended during the coronavirus pandemic and strengthens labor rights for app-based workers. Seattle previously allowed food delivery workers to accrue paid sick and safe time. But that policy was due to expire May 1, six months after the end of the city’s emergency pandemic order. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to make it permanent for “on-demand” gig workers on apps such as DoorDash, Postmates and Instacart. In an emailed statement, Instacart suggested the measure was “misguided.”

        The National Women’s Hall of Fame has announced a new group of inductees. Among the honorees are social justice pioneers, groundbreaking physicians and women who have championed Jewish feminist theology and the financial well-being of Native Americans. All will be honored during an induction ceremony in September. Making up the class of 2023 announced Wednesday are scholars and activists Kimberlé Crenshaw, Peggy McIntosh, Judith Plaskow, Loretta Ross and Sandy Stone. Posthumous honors will go to Dr. Patricia Bath, Dr. Anna Wessels Williams and Elouise Pepion Cobell. The National Women's Hall of Fame inducts a new class every other year.

          North Dakota schools would be required to show students high-quality video of how a human fetus develops in each week of pregnancy under a bill that Senate lawmakers have approved. The Wednesday vote comes on the heels of the North Dakota Supreme Court’s abortion ruling this month. The ruling decided a state abortion ban will remain blocked while a lawsuit over its constitutionality proceeds. Republican Sen. Janne Myrdal helped introduce the bill. She hopes young people will think twice about getting abortions after seeing the videos. The bill still needs to gain final approval in the House and a signature from the governor to become law.

            Idaho lawmakers are considering making it a crime for an adult to help a minor obtain an abortion without parental consent. The law would be the first of its kind in the U.S. Abortions are already banned at all stages of pregnancy in Idaho. The new measure has passed the state House. It would make helping a minor get an abortion punishable by two to five years in prison. A sponsor says it protects parental rights. Critics say it would restrict out-of-state abortion access for teens who are unable to go to their parents for help.

              Family, friends and other mourners gathered at a Virginia church to remember Irvo Otieno at a funeral service. Attendees at the Wednesday service celebrated his life and called for mental health care and policing reforms after the 28-year-old Black man’s death earlier this month while in custody at a state psychiatric hospital. Otieno, whose family said he had long struggled with mental illness, died March 6 after he was pinned to the floor by sheriff’s deputies and others while being admitted to Central State Hospital in Dinwiddie County. Seven deputies and three hospital workers have been charged with second-degree murder in his death, and an investigation is ongoing.

                Officials in Alabama say a Huntsville police officer has died after being shot and another officer was critically wounded. The two Huntsville officers were shot Tuesday evening at an apartment complex as they responded to a report of a woman being shot. City officials say one officer died from his injuries and the other underwent emergency surgery and is in critical condition. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall identified the officer who was killed as Officer Garrett Crumby. Jail records show that 24-year-old Juan Robert Laws was arrested on a charge of capital murder of a law enforcement officer. He is being held without bond.

                WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Receipt of opioid use disorder (OUD)-related telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic was associated with a reduced risk for fatal drug overdose, according to a study published online March 29 in JAMA Psychiatry.

                WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Greater light exposure in the three hours before bed is associated with an increased risk for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), according to a study published online March 10 in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology: Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

                A person close to Pennsylvania Sen. John Fetterman says he'll return to the Senate in April, two months after the freshman Democrat sought inpatient treatment for clinical depression. The person, who was not authorized to discuss Fetterman’s plans and spoke on condition of anonymity, said Wednesday that Fetterman will return the week of April 17. It wasn't immediately clear when Fetterman will leave Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he checked in Feb. 15. The 53-year-old Fetterman was still recovering from the aftereffects of a stroke he suffered last May when he went to Walter Reed. Doctors say post-stroke depression is common and treatable.

                Too much time online might raise kids' odds for mental health woes. A new study links excessive screen time to the mood disorders, and found brain changes that contribute to the disorders. Read more

                A Montana bill to deny gender-affirming medical care to young transgender residents has passed a final vote in the state Senate. The measure now heads to Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte. Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Montana said they will take legal action if the bill becomes law. Gianforte has not said whether he will sign the bill. But a spokesperson said he would carefully consider it. The Senate voted 32-17 on party lines Wednesday to approve amendments made in the House. The bill seeks to ban the use of puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones or surgery to treat minors diagnosed with gender dysphoria.


                Low-income Wisconsin mothers could stay on Medicaid longer and will less paperwork under a bill that has gained bipartisan support in the Republican-controlled Legislature. Nearly half of the state's lawmakers have already co-sponsored the bill, which came up for a hearing in the Senate insurance committee on Wednesday. More Republican lawmakers across the country are moving to expand Medicaid eligibility after the Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to abortion last June. But even as the expansion for mothers gains traction in the Legislature, Wisconsin remains one of 10 states that have not accepted federal Medicaid expansion funding.

                The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved selling overdose antidote naloxone over-the-counter, marking the first time an opioid treatment drug will be available without a prescription. Wednesday's approval is for Narcan, a name-brand version of naloxone sold by Emergent BioSolutions. How much this will impact a nationwide overdose crisis is not clear, even though better access to naloxone is a priority. The decision means Narcan can be available at convenience and grocery stores, but its price isn't clear. For many people who use drugs, naloxone is already available from community groups — and that's not expected to change.

                WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- People suffering from sciatica gain lasting relief from a procedure that uses a fine needle to heat nerve roots near the spine, a new clinical trial shows.

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