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Police taser grandmother, 87, as she cuts dandelions

Police taser grandmother, 87, as she cuts dandelions

World
Police who tasered an 87-year-old grandmother while she was collecting dandelions say they did so "rather than using deadly force". A worker at the Murray County Boys & Girls Club in Chatsworth, Georgia, called 911 after seeing Martha al Bishara, who does not speak English, using a knife to cut the flowers in the club's grounds near her home.Ms al Bishara, who is originally from Syria and speaks only Arabic, needed the dandelions to prepare a salad for her 71-year-old husband.When officers arrived with guns drawn, they struggled to make themselves clear."We began trying to communicate with her, telling her of course to drop the knife," said Chatsworth police chief Josh Etheridge."We didn't know if she just didn't understand us or was having some type of issue."Police say th...
Kentucky cuts vision, dental care for up to 460,000 people

Kentucky cuts vision, dental care for up to 460,000 people

Health
Gov. Matt Bevin's administration cut dental and vision coverage for as many as 460,000 Kentuckians after his Medicaid overhaul plan was rejected in court. The state Cabinet for Health and Family Services called the cuts an "unfortunate consequence" of Friday's ruling by a federal judge. Democrats and advocates for the poor condemned the Republican governor's move as rash and possibly illegal. The cuts were announced during the weekend. U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg's rejection of Bevin's plan to overhaul the state's Medicaid program was also a setback for President Donald Trump's administration, which has been encouraging states to impose work requirements and other changes on the joint state and federal health insurance program for poor and disabled people. Boasberg's ruling blo...
Kentucky GOP cuts dental, vision for nearly 500,000 people

Kentucky GOP cuts dental, vision for nearly 500,000 people

Health
Gov. Matt Bevin's administration is cutting dental and vision coverage for nearly a half-million Kentuckians after his Medicaid overhaul plan was rejected in court. The state Cabinet for Health and Family Services calls the cuts an "unfortunate consequence" of Friday's ruling by a federal judge who said Kentucky can't require poor people to get jobs to keep their Medicaid benefits. U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg's rejection of the Republican governor's plan to overhaul the state's Medicaid program is a setback for President Donald Trump's administration, which has been encouraging states to impose limits on the state and federal health insurance program for the poor and disabled. Cabinet spokesman Doug Hogan squarely blames the judge, saying the "optional services" will be restore...
Rolls-Royce announces 4,600 job cuts

Rolls-Royce announces 4,600 job cuts

Business
Engineering firm Rolls-Royce is to cut 4,600 jobs over the next two years as part of a major reorganisation.Middle managers and back-office staff are to bear the brunt of the cuts, which are expected to hit its Derby base hard.The company is refocusing its business on civil aerospace, defence and power systems.About a third of the job cuts are expected to happen by the end of this year, Rolls-Royce said. The programme is expected to continue throughout 2019, with full implementation by mid-2020.Rolls-Royce said that the programme would cost £500m to carry out, including redundancies, but would save it £400m a year by the end of 2020.The firm also said it would continue to work on its problems with its Trent 1000 engin...
More cuts to care on way – council chiefs

More cuts to care on way – council chiefs

Health
Vulnerable old and disabled people will see cuts to vital care services and higher charges, council chiefs say.The annual budget survey by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services shows councils expect to spend £21.4bn this year in England.While this is a rise from £20.8bn last year, the cost of inflation combined with growing demand means this will not be enough, ADASS said.The warning comes as ministers prepare to unveil plans to reform the system.A green paper on social care is expected to be published in the coming months. Vulnerable facing 'bleak future'ADASS said it was desperately needed given the pressures on councils - local government has seen cuts in the amount of funding it gets from central government over the past de...