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June 17, 2014

In Other News, 6/17

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Traffic stop leads to discovery of meth lab at retirement community

Fresno, Calif., police say they made a routine traffic stop on Robert Short, 64, Saturday night and found he had meth in his car. Investigators then went to Short’s apartment, where they say they found he was cooking and distributing drugs. Neighbors who live in the California League-Fresno Village say their retirement community is quiet and safe. “It’s shocking, I would never guess that anything like that would go on at a senior citizen village,” said Robin Schramek. — ABC 30

California whooping cough cases now labeled an epidemic

Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health, said 3,458 cases of whooping cough have been reported since Jan. 1 — including 800 in the past two weeks. That total is more than all the cases reported in 2013. “Preventing severe disease and death in infants is our highest priority,” Chapman said in a statement. “We urge all pregnant women to get vaccinated. We also urge parents to vaccinate infants as soon as possible.” Two-thirds of pertussis hospitalizations have been in children four months or younger. Two infant deaths have been reported. — San Jose Mercury News

Alaska government funding free pregnancy tests in bar bathrooms

Researchers plan to give away free, state-funded pregnancy tests in the bathrooms of 20 Alaska bars and restaurants beginning in December. The two-year, $400,000 University of Alaska effort aims to study if posters that warn women against drinking while pregnant work better when pasted on pregnancy test dispensers rather than simply hung on a wall. — Anchorage Daily News

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