The steps are being taken in response to economic changes in health care, according to a Mercy statement released to The Tribune Thursday. Health care is expensive. There is absolutely no denying that, Mercy Hospital Fort Scott President Reta Baker said Friday. She said obtaining the equipment to provide health care costs the hospital a significant amount of money. We see increasing costs in drugs, we see increasing costs in equipment replacement, increasing costs in supplies, Baker said. Weve worked very hard in the last 10 years not to pass costs on to the public, because costs are already

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The high school was built in 1954, while the elementary school was built in 1977. Sen. Rebecca Millett, D-South Portland, has proposed a bill that would require school districts to conduct water-safety testing. Millett said lawmakers are still looking at how to pay for fixing any problems that might be found, especially at schools that need extensive repairs. The cost of not addressing this will be much larger than the cost of addressing it now, Millett said. I do think theres a significant amount of concern, and people want to see the problem addressed, because we are talking about the safety

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