Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs: Arizona Pharmacist Refuses to Fill Woman's Prescription

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs: Arizona Pharmacist Refuses to Fill Woman's Prescription

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Senate OKs budget for energy, vets

The Senate approved on Monday a $145 billion spending bill to fund the Energy Department and veterans' programs for the next budget year.

The 86-5 vote in favor of the bill sends it back to the House, which approved a similar bill this month. Lawmakers hope to send a unified bill to President Donald Trump as the first of what they hope will be a series of spending bills signed into law before the new budget year begins Oct. 1.

Arizona pharmacist refuses to fill prescription - The Arizona State Board of Pharmacy will investigate the complaint of a woman who says a Walgreens pharmacist refused to give her medication necessary to end her pregnancy after her baby stopped developing.

The woman, whom the Arizona Republic identified as Nicole Arteaga, described on Facebook how she was publicly humiliated when attempting to fill the prescription to end her pregnancy -- a pregnancy she wanted, but needed to terminate because she would ultimately miscarry. She says the pharmacist refused to fill the prescription with other customers within earshot and she left the location in tears with her 7-year-old child by her side.

Arteaga was able to fill her prescription at a different location later, and filed a complaint with the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy.

Fires threaten California homes - Thousands were forced to flee their homes Monday as major wildfires encroached on a charred area of northern California still recovering from severe blazes in recent years, sparking concern the state may be in for another destructive series of wildfires this summer.

Severe drought has already forced officials in several western states to close national parks as precautions against wildfires and issue warnings throughout the region to prepare for the worst.

In California, officials said unusually hot weather, high wind and vegetation turned brittle by drought helped fuel the fires that began over the weekend, the same conditions that led to the state's deadliest and most destructive fire year in 2017.

Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Lake County, where the biggest fire was raging about 120 miles north of San Francisco. …

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