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Polls Find Close Races For 4 Crucial Senate Seats

Four southern Senate races with vulnerable incumbents -- Arkansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and Louisiana -- all remain closely contested, according to polls conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation for The New York Times' The Upshot.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) are deadlocked at 44 and 43 percent, respectively, with Grimes leading by 6 points against Matt Bevin, McConnell's tea party challenger. In North Carolina, incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) is also roughly tied with two candidates, taking 42 percent to state Rep. Thom Tillis' 40 percent, and 41 percent to physician and conservative activist Greg Brannon's 39 percent.

The poll also found surprisingly strong showings by Democrats in two states. In Arkansas, the poll finds Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) 10 points ahead of Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.). The NYT/Kaiser poll is one of two recently finding a substantial edge for Pryor -- a poll for a pro-minimum wage group also gave him a 10-point lead. While Pryor's numbers seem to have seen a recent uptick, however, other polls conducted this year have ranged between a 6-point Cotton lead and a 3-point Pryor lead.


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Washington Cockfighting Farm Raided; 300 Birds Euthanized


By Jonathan Kaminsky
OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - Washington state authorities have euthanized scores of steroid-filled roosters after raiding a farm and arresting a man on suspicion of raising the birds for cockfighting, prosecutors said on Tuesday.
Victor Hugo Gallegos Chavez, 35, the lone defendant in the case, was arrested at his home in Rochester, about 70 miles southwest of Seattle by authorities acting on a search warrant on Monday.
Court documents filed by prosecutors cite Chavez and others as saying he sold the roosters to fight in Mexico, Portland, Oregon, and elsewhere.
Cockfighting is outlawed in all 50 U.S. states but remains legal in Mexico, among other countries.
Some 240 roosters and 60 hens seized in the raid were euthanized after Chavez's arrest, said Thurston County Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Joseph Wheeler, adding that the steroids rendered the birds unsuitable for rehabilitation or human consumption.
"I love chickens. I have chickens of my own," Wheeler said. "To treat a bird as a toy is something that is not right in the universe."
At Chavez's initial court appearance on Tuesday, a judge found evidence of probable cause for 100 counts of animal cruelty, one count of illegal gambling and one count of animal fighting, Wheeler said. All are felonies punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Chavez, who is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail, will be formally charged later this week, Wheeler said.
The case against Chavez was built during a two-year investigation by the Washington State Gambling Commission, Wheeler said. The probe included the use of hidden cameras that recorded events at the farm.
Gambling Commission agents observed Chavez keeping the birds tethered to barrels, taunting them and prodding them to fight for up to a minute at a time.
Federal immigration officials have a placed a hold on the case, meaning there is evidence that Chavez is in the United States illegally, Wheeler said. But Chavez will face the charges to be filed against him before any possibility of his being deported, the prosecutor added.
(Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky; Editing by Steve Gorman and Eric Walsh)


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New Jenny Craig Program Effective Against Type 2 Diabetes, Study Shows

A new kind of Jenny Craig diet formulated specifically to help people manage their Type 2 diabetes has demonstrated its effectiveness in a new clinical trial -- so much so, that the commercial weight-loss company launched a new program based on the study's findings.

In general, participants who joined a Jenny Craig program lost more than three times as much weight as the control group, and 72 percent of the participants who were taking insulin to manage their condition were able to either stop taking it or reduce the dose, compared with just 8 percent of the control group.

But participants on the specially formulated Jenny Craig program for Type 2 diabetes were more successful at bringing down their blood sugar levels than those on the already-available Jenny Craig program.


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MTV VMAs Moving To The Forum In Los Angeles

Live from Inglewood!

After visiting New York last year, the MTV Video Music Awards announced Wednesday that the show is returning to the West Coast this summer to become the first major awards ceremony broadcast from the storied Forum in Inglewood, Calif.


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Parkinson's Drug Could Help Prevent Breast Cancer In High-Risk Women

By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer
Published: 04/23/2014 09:19 AM EDT on LiveScience

Women with mutations in the BRCA1 gene are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer, and there are currently no drugs proven to reduce their cancer risk.

Now, early research suggests that existing drugs, already approved to treat other conditions, may help prevent breast cancer in these women, although more research is needed to prove this.

One drug, called benserazide, is currently used for Parkinson's disease, and in studies it reduced the formation of breast tumors in mice that had been implanted with cancer cells containing the BRCA1 gene mutation. All of the mice that did not receive the drug developed breast tumors, but 40 percent of mice given the drug were tumor-free, said study researcher Elizabeth Alli, of Stanford University School of Medicine. [7 Diseases You Can Learn About From a Genetic Test]

Some studies show that women with mutations in the BRCA1 gene have a 50 to 70 percent chance of getting breast cancer by age 70, compared with a 12 percent lifetime risk for the average American woman. Last year, actress Angelina Jolie announced she had undergone a double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer because she has a BRCA1 gene mutation.

Two drugs, tamoxifen and raloxifene, are already approved to prevent breast cancer, but there's little information about how well they work for women with BRCA1 gene mutations. Both drugs work by blocking the action of estrogen on breast cells; the hormone can fuel the growth of certain types of breast cancer.

"The data out there for the efficacy of these drugs [among carries of BRCA1 mutations] is controversial, and inconsistent," Alli said. "So really it'd be ideal to identify new drugs that are more effective for this population."

The BRCA1 gene is involved in repairing damaged DNA — a critical function, because damage to DNA can lead to cancer. Mutations in the BRCA1 gene increase the risk of cancer because they impair this repair process.

Benserazide, and possibly other drugs, may work to prevent breast cancer from BRCA1 mutations by restoring cells' ability to perform one type of DNA repair, the researchers said.

Alli noted that tamoxifen also increases the risk of endometrial cancer (cancer of the uterus lining), and for some women, this risk may outweigh the drug's benefits.

The next step in the research is to see whether benserazide, or other drugs that work similarly, prevents breast cancer in mice that have been genetically engineered to have BRCA1 gene mutations.

The drug will also need to be tested in a clinical trial before researchers know whether it works in people. It's not clear how soon a trial could start after the work in mice, but it could be relatively quick because the drug is already being used in people, Alli said.

However, even after a trial begins, it can take many years to enroll enough people to complete a study, she said.

The study was presented this month at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting in San Diego.

Follow Rachael Rettner @RachaelRettner. Follow Live Science @livescience, Facebook & Google+. Original article on Live Science.


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Roy Herron for Congress - CD8!

A group for Tennessee Democrats who are excited about Senator Roy Herron's campaign to represent Tennessee's 8th District in the U.S. Congress and want to show their support.
Aug 26, 2011
Dustin Coleman commented on Kathy Chambers's group Bradley County Dems
"Be sure to attend next months meeting. We will have special guest Paul Hickman speaking to us about Investment Diversification. There will be handouts available as well for attendees. Also don't forget to stay up to date with us at…"
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"Yes everyone is welcome, we would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!"
Apr 19, 2011
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"Bradley County Democratic meets the 3rd Monday of the month at the County Court House (Broad Street ) side at 7:00 PM in the  county commission room. We welcome everyone."
Apr 19, 2011
Marvin Lee Cranfield II commented on Kathy Chambers's group Bradley County Dems
"Where do you hold the meetings, I am a member of Hamilton County but hope to work on a project soon allowing us to work together from county to county to take back the 3rd district congressional seat.  "
Apr 19, 2011
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"Everyone please be sure to keep up-to-date with us at bradleydemocrats.com. Monthly meetings are the 3rd Monday of every month. We had a good turn out tonight, and thanks to everyone for coming out. We need your help moving towards 2012,"
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"2012 is not as far s it may seem"
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Marvin Lee Cranfield II commented on Kathy Chambers's group Bradley County Dems
"The sun is setting on Republican hold in our area. We should look for and encourage candidates to get prepared to run in the 3rd district.  "
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Which Tennessee county do you live in?
Davidson
Organizations that I belong to:
Nashville Community Organizers
Davidson County Democratic Party
Tennessee Democratic Party
Organizing for America
Hobbies and interests of mine:
Wii Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and pretty much any other game; changing the world. Quite the disparate interests, huh? :)

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At 4:55pm on July 19, 2010, Douglas E. Veum said…
Kathy, it was nice to see you again (at Jackson Day) and am sorry that we didn't get a chance to chat more. I saw that you were able to get into front row seats for the Vide Presidential adderss and that must have been very thrilling. I liked what he said and thought he sent all of us home with a higher expectation and higher morale than we came with that night.

Is your task as West Tennessee Field Coordinator a full-time positon this year which then means that you aren't teaching at all? TNDP gain, Belmont Loss!

Doug Veum
At 2:11pm on February 23, 2010, Barbara Williams said…
Dwayne has a great question about regional meetings. I am in Shelby County and it is difficult to make meetings in Nashville. Maybe you could send out a summary to keep us in the loop.
At 1:39pm on February 23, 2010, Dwayne Thompson said…
OF course! anytime. I think I have my email address on here.
At 11:13am on February 14, 2010, Sharon Kaye Gonzles said…
Why is everything on Wednesday night? I have Business Ethics on Wednesday night but that ends on March 3rd and my Wednesdays will be free again. Until then, I am held hostage at the Cool Springs campus until 9:30 PM!
At 10:55am on February 14, 2010, Sharon Kaye Gonzles gave Kathy Chambers a gift
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Just joined! Plan to be more active, trying to be more like you!
At 3:30pm on December 14, 2009, Elizabeth H Holmes (Bette) said…
I am planning on attending, but I have a bad cold just now.
At 9:57pm on October 6, 2009, Franklin Montenegro said…
Kathy, you may have seen this posting by Nicolle Crist in the Healthcare goup.
"The North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party met in Fargo, N.D., on September 19, 2009, and passed a unanimous resolution directing the party's Executive Director to send a letter to North Dakota's Congressional Delegation, letting them know where the North Dakota Dem-NPL Party stands."
I don't know if that would be a possibility in TN, but I think you have much better understanding of the way the system works in the state. I would appreciate you looking into it.
At 7:54am on September 14, 2009, Terry Heady said…
Cathy, I need to get my e-mail address change on the county party list.It will be headyt59@att.net fixing to leave Charter.Thanks
Terry.
At 10:59pm on September 12, 2009, Joshua Little said…
Thanks for bein' my friend : ) It was nice meeting you, let me know if you ever need anything.
At 9:55pm on June 7, 2009, Albert Brown said…
Glad to be your friend.
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