THE ISSUE: Senior citizens are often targeted by scammers and sometimes financially exploited by loved ones.THE IMPACT: According to some estimates, older Americans lose $36.5 billion annually to financial abuse and exploitation.
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THE ISSUE: Some patient advocates say current informed written consent regulations for prescribing psychotropic drugs don't go far enough.THE DETAILS: A House bill would require that consent forms also list alternative treatments, a plan for stopping medication and a review to monitor side effects.
THE ISSUE: The state Department of Agricultural Resources is preparing to award grants to urban farming projects.THE IMPACT: In five years, the DAR has awarded nearly $1.5 million in grants for 51 projects and nearly 20 organizations.
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