Nation briefly, Sept. 11
Tribes: Trump illegally approved oil pipeline
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Native American tribes in Montana and South Dakota sued the Trump administration Monday, claiming that approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline did not adequately analyze potential damage to cultural sites from spills and during construction.
Attorneys for the Fort Belknap and Rosebud Sioux tribes asked a federal court in Great Falls, Montana, to rescind the line’s permit issued by the U.S. State Department.
The tribes argue President Donald Trump ignored the rights of tribes when he reversed a prior decision by President Barack Obama and approved the project last year.
The $8 billion TransCanada Corp. pipeline would carry up to 35 million gallons of crude daily along a 1,184-mile route from Canada to Nebraska.
It would pass through the ancestral homelands of the Rosebud Sioux in central South Dakota and the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in northcentral Montana. Fort Belknap is home to the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Tribes.
Alabama college student dies while skydiving
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) — Officials say an Auburn University student was killed while skydiving in east Alabama.
Tuskegee Police Chief Marquez James said 21-year-old Sawyer Stephen Campbell died Sunday afternoon during a jump at the Tuskegee Municipal Airport.
James said Campbell had problems opening his parachute on his second jump of the day.
The Federal Aviation Administration was notified, and the accident is being treated as a death investigation.
WSFA-TV quotes relatives as saying Campbell was a junior at Auburn University. He graduated from Huntsville High school and was an avid scuba diver and skydiver.
Iowa boy who wanted racing
OSKALOOSA, Iowa (AP) — An 11-year-old Iowa boy who wanted racing stickers to cover his casket has died.
Michael Sytsma, of Bates Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa, said Caleb Hammond died Monday. He declined to say where.
Caleb’s stepmother, Kaylee Hammond, posted a photo of the boy on her Facebook page and said in a post Saturday he had taken a turn for the worse Friday.
His family brought him home to Oskaloosa, about 55 miles southeast of Des Moines, after determining the painful leukemia treatments he’d been undergoing at a Des Moines hospital weren’t working and other options offered little hope.
Race drivers and others answered his call for the stickers, and he was even given a chance to drive a race car at a local track, under the guidance of a 12-year-old racer.
Records: Behavioral health centers deal with staff shortages
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Complaints filed with a West Virginia state agency say ResCare Agency facilities are struggling with staffing shortages, causing problems such as missed doctors’ appointments and incorrectly administered medication.
The company provides care for people with extreme physical and mental disabilities, among other services.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported most of the nine substantiated complaints filed with the state Office of Health Facility Licensure and Certification since last year lay out the problems due to staff shortages. One says a lack of supervision allowed a patient to run away. Another says patients are commonly told their doctors’ appointments have been “cancelled.”
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The state agency confirmed 32 ResCare facility complaints from 2012 to 2016. Some also included allegations of neglect and sexual abuse.
A ResCare spokesperson says the company is working to identify recruitment and retention solutions to ensure staffing needs are met.