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Tornado Sweeps Through Severy, Kansas


A local resident in Severy, Kansas, filmed this video of a possible tornado forming and touching down on Saturday, May 10. Storms, tornadoes and high winds buffeted the US midwest on Saturday with the Missouri towns of Orrick and Marshall taking heavy damage.

Two Killed In SE Kansas Wreck Identified


SEVERY, Kan. (AP) — Investigators have identified two people who were killed in a crash in southeast Kansas yesterday. The accident happened around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning on US-400 at the K99 junction in Greenwood County. That's near the town of Severy.

Crash kills two, injures two


SEVERY, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas Highway Patrol says two people have died and two others have been hospitalized after a car crash. Troopers say an SUV and a truck collided Wednesday on a highway in Greenwood County near Severy. The 31-year-old SUV driver ...

Trooper: 2 dead, 2 injured in Kansas crash


SEVERY, Kan. — The Kansas Highway Patrol says two people have died and two others have been hospitalized after a car crash. Troopers say an SUV and a truck collided Wednesday on a highway in Greenwood County near Severy. The 31-year-old SUV driver and a ...

Trooper: 2 dead, 2 hospitalized after SUV and truck collide on Greenwood County highway


SEVERY, Kansas — The Kansas Highway Patrol says two people have died and two others have been hospitalized after a car crash. Troopers say an SUV and a truck collided Wednesday on a highway in Greenwood County near Severy. The 31-year-old SUV driver and ...



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I knew that as an ex-smoker, had increased risk of developing certain diseases and cancer

The story of Alex

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I knew that as an ex-smoker, had increased risk of developing certain diseases and cancer. But when a friend asked me if I had done the test for abdominal aortic aneurysm , I said "what´s that?".

My friend was 67 when his doctor recommended a test to see if he had an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The test showed a small aneurysm and had surgery a few days later. Now, my friend is recovering and takes very seriously its role to warn their friends about the danger of this disease.

As I used to smoke, and as I exercise regularly and I have high cholesterol and blood pressure, have higher risk of developing this disease. So my friend was worried about me and asked me to take the test. I was lucky, because the evidence indicated that he had an aneurysm. However, my doctor recommended several things you can do to reduce my risk of developing this disease. The eating healthy foods and being more active help me to reduce my risk of developing heart disease. Exercise also helps to strengthen my muscles and my heart.

Now, if someone asks what is an abdominal aortic aneurysm, you can not say: "What is that?".

MEN´S HEALTH

Most men should pay more attention to their health. Compared with women, men are more likely to:
  • Smoke
  • Drink
  • Make unhealthy or risky decisions
  • Defer regular checkups or medical care
The good news is that you can start today to take better care of your health. You know what you do to stay healthy? Answer these questions on the health of men to find out (in English).

It´s not too late to acquire healthy habits 

. patents that healthy eating and physical activity part of your daily habits. Eating a healthy diet and regular physical activity can help reduce:
  • Blood pressure
  • The blood sugar
  • Cholesterol
  • The weight
  • If you keep these values ??low, you can reduce the risk of serious health problems such as diabetes and heart disease.
You can also do the following to prevent health problems:
  • Drink alcohol only in moderation .
  • Stop smoking .


Seek medical attention to stay healthy. Become a regular medical checkups even if you feel well. This is important because some diseases have no symptoms at first. Also, go to the doctor will give you the opportunity to learn more about your health. Also, you can do the following to take care of your health:
  • Become testing you need.
  • Find out if you´re up to date on important vaccinations .
  • See if you have signs of health problems such as diabetes or depression.

Take Action

Follow these tips to take charge of your health.

Make small changes every day. Small changes can yield big results, such as reducing your risk of diabetes or heart disease.
  • Go for a walk instead of smoke a cigarette.
  • Pour yourself a vegetable salad instead of fries.
  • Drink water instead of soda or juice.
  • Follow these tips to consume less salt.
More quick tips to stay healthy [PDF, 1.7 MB].

Talk to your health. Do not be ashamed to talk about your health. Start by talking with your family to know what the disease is in your family are. Use this website to keep track of what you´re finding out. Share this information with your doctor.

Become testing to find the disease early. Screening tests are medical tests that detect disease before symptoms appear. These tests can help doctors find diseases early, when they can be more easily treated.
  • Become measuring blood pressure  at least once every 2 years.
  • Talk to the doctor to see if you should get tested for cholesterol . Doctors recommend that most men cholesterol test is done at least once every 5 years.
  • Get tested for colon and rectal cancer if you´re 50 or older. Ask your doctor which test is best for you.
  • If you are between 65 and 75 years, have you ever smoked, ask your doctor about abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA).
  • If you feel stressed, anxious or depressed for more than two weeks,  ask your doctor to do tests to see if you´re depressed . Most men who have depression feel better when they receive treatment.


Tell your doctor if you have questions about the prostate. All men have prostate. The prostate is a small gland that produces the sexual fluid that carries sperm. Is located below the front of the rectum and bladder.
  • See a picture of the location of the prostate.
  • Learn more about prostate cancer.
  • Look at this list of questions to ask your doctor about testing for prostate cancer .


Ask your doctor whether you should take aspirin every day. If you are 45 or older, take aspirin every day could reduce your risk of having a heart attack. Talk to the doctor and ask if you should take aspirin every day.

What can I do about costs? Many insurance plans,  including Medicaid and Medicare, pay for recommended preventive services such as screenings and immunizations. In addition, the  Care Act Affordable Health ( Affordable Care Act , in English), the law of health reform that was passed in 2010, covers many preventive services . According to the health insurance plan you have, maybe you can make testing and get vaccines without paying anything. Talk to your health insurance to find out what your plan covers.
  • Find out which services are covered by the Act Care Affordable .
  • Find out what services are covered by Medicare  (in English).
Even if you have health insurance, you can receive care. looking for a health center near you (in English) and make an appointment.

Content last reviewed: July 31, 2014

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To protect students at career colleges from becoming burdened by student loan debt they cannot repay !

 These regulations will hold career training programs accountable for putting their students on the path to success, and they complement action across the Administration to protect consumers and prevent and investigate fraud, waste and abuse, particularly at for-profit colleges.

"Career colleges must be a stepping stone to the middle class. But too many hard-working students find themselves buried in debt with little to show for it. That is simply unacceptable," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. "These regulations are a necessary step to ensure that colleges accepting federal funds protect students, cut costs and improve outcomes. We will continue to take action as needed."

To qualify for federal student aid, the law requires that most for-profit programs and certificate programs at private non-profit and public institutions prepare students for "gainful employment in a recognized occupation." Under the regulations finalized today, a program would be considered to lead to gainful employment if the estimated annual loan payment of a typical graduate does not exceed 20 percent of his or her discretionary income or 8 percent of his or her total earnings. Programs that exceed these levels would be at risk of losing their ability to participate in taxpayer-funded federal student aid programs.

The final gainful employment regulations follow an extensive rulemaking process involving public hearings, negotiations and about 95,000 public comments. The regulations, which will go into effect on July 1, 2015, reflect the feedback the Department received, and aim to protect Americans from poor career training programs by targeting those programs that leave students buried in debt with few opportunities to repay it. Highlights of the rule include:

  • Preventing students from being buried in debt: Based on available data, the Department estimates that about 1,400 programs serving 840,000 students—of whom 99 percent are at for-profit institutions—would not pass the accountability standards. All programs will have the opportunity to make immediate changes that could help them avoid sanctions, but if these programs do not improve, they will ultimately become ineligible for federal student aid—which often makes up nearly 90 percent of the revenue at for-profit institutions.
  • More rigorous accountability than previous regulations: The new regulations are tougher than the Department's 2011 rules because they set a higher passing requirement and lay out a shorter path to ineligibility for the poorest-performing programs. In 2012, the Department estimated that 193 programs would not have passed the previous regulations; with respect to these new regulations, based on available data, the Department estimates that about 1,400 programs would not pass the accountability metric.
  • Providing transparency about student success: The rule also provides useful information for all students and consumers by requiring institutions to provide important information about their programs, like what their former students are earning, their success at graduating, and the amount of debt they accumulated.
  • Improving student outcomes: The regulations build on momentum toward increased accountability in higher education by setting standards for career training programs, including programs offered by for-profit institutions, to ensure they are serving students well. While the Department has seen encouraging changes in the past five years, it believes all career training programs can and should meet higher expectations.

Today, the Department is also taking new steps to formalize partnerships with several federal agencies to enhance cooperation and ensure proper oversight of for-profit institutions of higher education through an interagency task force.

Background on the Administration's efforts to protect students from poor-performing career colleges Too often, students at career colleges—including thousands of veterans—are charged excessive costs, but don't get the education they paid for. Instead, students in such programs are provided with poor quality training, often for low-wage jobs or in occupations where there are simply no job opportunities. They find themselves with large amounts of debt and, too often, end up in default. In many cases, students are drawn into these programs with confusing or misleading information.

The situation for students at for-profit institutions is particularly troubling. On average, attending a two-year for-profit institution costs a student four times as much as attending a community college. More than 80 percent of students at for-profits borrow, while less than half of students at public institutions do. Ultimately, students at for-profit colleges represent only about 11 percent of the total higher education population but 44 percent of all federal student loan defaults.

In response to these concerns, in 2009, the Department began extensive conversations with the higher education community about the role of career colleges, particularly on how they could be held accountable for the outcomes of their students. Following a 2012 court decision, which affirmed the U.S. Department of Education's authority to regulate in this area in order to protect students and taxpayers, the Department undertook new efforts to make sure career training programs provide affordable pathways to good jobs.

The Department believes many institutions have already started to take steps to improve. Some of the largest institutions have instituted trial periods for programs before students have to commit, so students can decide if that program is right for them. There are reports that institutions have decreased program lengths. Some are reducing costs. And a few institutions have closed some locations and programs they judge to be performing poorly.

But the Department also believes there is still potential for improvement in many of these programs—public, private non-profit and for-profit—so it is taking action to spur more change.

The gainful employment regulations are a central part of the Administration's work to ensure that student debt is affordable and that for-profit colleges serve students well. These regulations complement other efforts taken by the Administration to protect students by addressing problems at poor performing institutions, particularly in the for-profit sector. These efforts include:

  • Formalizing an interagency oversight task force The Department will lead an effort to formalize an interagency task force to help ensure proper oversight of for-profit institutions of higher education. In particular, the Department and other federal and state agencies will coordinate their activities and promote information sharing to protect students from unfair, deceptive, and abusive policies and practices. The task force will build on efforts already underway among various federal agencies, and include the Departments of Justice, Treasury and Veterans Affairs, as well as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal Trade Commission, and the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, state attorneys general will also be invited to continue their participation in this collaboration. Given the important responsibilities each of these federal agencies has, and the vital role that states play, the agencies will leverage their resources and expertise to assist one another, thereby making the best use of scarce resources and better protecting the interests of students and taxpayers. This task force will formalize and strengthen a working group that has been working together over the past year and that has coordinated efforts in several reviews and investigatory work. The task force will meet as needed, but at least once each quarter.

  • Keeping student debt affordable The Department is helping more students manage their student debt through flexible repayment options like the Pay As You Earn plan, which caps student loan payments at 10 percent of a borrower's discretionary income. In addition, the Administration continues targeted outreach to help borrowers who may be struggling to repay their loans, ensuring that they have the information they need to select the best repayment option for them and avoid future default.

  • Developing a college ratings system The Department is also working on a new college ratings system, which will showcase colleges and universities that are effective in improving student success; incentivize institutions to work toward the most important goals, like graduating low-income students and holding down costs; and help students and families choose their school based on the value it provides for their investment.

  • Strengthening oversight of the programs on which our nation's service members and veterans rely Through Executive Order 13607, the Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and Other Family Members, the Administration has worked to protect our nation's military families by ensuring that federal military and veterans educational benefits programs are providing service members, veterans, spouses, and other family members with the information, support, and protections they deserve. This includes: establishing a centralized complaint system; new, risk-based program reviews informed by students complaints to focus enforcement efforts at the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Defense, Education and Justice, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Federal Trade Commission; and key tools and resources like the online GI Bill ® Comparison Tool, which has made it easier for over 450,000 veterans, service members and their dependents to select education and training programs that provide a good value and meet their needs.




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