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St. Joseph County’s high infant death rate linked to mother health | Local


SOUTH BEND — Health officials have hatched a plan to reduce St. Joseph County’s high infant mortality rate by focusing on efforts to improve the health of low-income women who face the greatest risk.

Those efforts, such as home-visit programs and educational campaigns for pregnant mothers, come as a study of 64 infant deaths in the county from 2015 through 2017 found that the poor health of mothers before pregnancy was the leading cause.

Women were interviewed and medical records were reviewed as part of the study by the St. Joseph County Health Department’s Fetal Infant Mortality Review Program. The program is led by health officials, nurses, doctors, social workers and leaders of community…

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Police officer gets death threats


Police are currently investigating a report in which threats were made against the life of a 32-year-old police officer.

According to police reports, at about midnight on Sunday, the victim, who is said to be attached to the Crime Scene Investigations Department at the Sangre Grande Police Station, was standing outside of his home in Canque Village, Biche, when he was approached by a man known to him.

The man allegedly threatened the life of the officer, telling the 32-year-old that he would be shot and chopped in the near future.

When the officer attempted to confront the assailant, the man fled the scene.

A report was made to the Biche Police, however, when checks were made to the man’s home, he was not there.

Police are currently searching for this individual.

Cpl Douglas is…

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Amber Rudd under pressure to resign as mother of Windrush citizen blames passport battle for son’s death


Amber Rudd is facing new pressure to resign over the Windrush scandal, after it emerged that one of the citizens who arrived from the Caribbean in the 1960s died suddenly while embroiled in turmoil over his immigration status.

Labour MPs said the home secretary should do the “honourable thing” after the news of Dexter Bristol’s death, as his mother blamed the passport battle for her son’s demise.

Mr Bristol emigrated to the UK from Grenada in 1968 when he was eight-years-old, but he was sacked from his cleaning job last year and later denied benefits because he was unable to provide documents proving his right to live in the UK.

It comes after Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn clashed in the Commons over the treatment of the Windrush generation, after it emerged many had…

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Barbara Bush Death Update: COPD Kills Black People At At High Rate


Barbara Bush‘s death Tuesday has put the national spotlight on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, a group of lung conditions including asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis commonly caused by tobacco smoking.

The former first lady, who smoked cigarettes for decades before quitting in 1968, was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and COPD, which has been a persistent killer of African-Americans for several years. Many non-smokers are also affected by the disease. Air pollutants, including secondhand smoke and some heating fuels, as well as dust, gases and fumes are also cited as causes. Genetic predisposition can cause the disease, too.

COPD is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. and affects millions, according to “COPD in a Population-Based Sample of…

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New U.S. lynching memorial remembers a 1921 Stockyards-area death


Fred Rouse has been dead nearly 100 years, and finally somebody outside his family remembered.

But for now, the Fort Worth man lynched by whites in 1921 only has a memorial in Alabama.

Rouse, 53, was the Stockyards packinghouse butcher beaten, stomped and…

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Anniversary of King's death prompts look back at our past



And, I wondered about the necessity of the civil rights movement here in this county and what African Americans' personal memories, feelings and experiences were regarding the long, dark, winding road to freedom, equality and justice that began with Reconstruction in 1865 and resounded with the …
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