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WVU Hospitals considers dropping docs' white coats

Jun. 25, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- WVU Hospitals is considering replacing doctors' white coats and ties with scrubs.

The proposed change in attire is an effort to control the spread of infections, said Matt Loos, vice president of medical staff affairs.

Loos said the neonatal intensive care unit has seen a dramatic decline in patient infection rates since a similar policy was implemented.

He discussed the proposed change during a WVU Hospitals Board of Directors meeting last week, The Dominion Post reported.

Frank Briggs, vice president of quality and patient safety, said there is an international push to replace doctors' white coats and ties with scrubs and that the change is underway in the United Kingdom.

Ohio gas prices still coming down

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Gas prices in Ohio keep moving in the right direction.

After hovering around $4 a gallon for a couple weeks because of refinery problems in the Great Lakes region, prices at the pump here have fallen 42 cents in the past two weeks.

The state average for a gallon of regular gas was $3.50 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express. That's down 24 cents less than at the same time last week.

The Ohio price is now below the national average of $3.57 -- 4 cents lower than last week and 7 cents lower than this time last month.

Refinery problems were blamed for pushing gas prices way up earlier in June.

Buffalo Trace distillery gets landmark spot

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The National Park Service has designated Buffalo Trace's George T. Stagg Distillery a National Historic Landmark.

The designation highlights it as a "highly intact" example of pre-Prohibition industrial architecture that also shows how distilling expanded once the federal ban was repealed in the early 1930s. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported buildings are in active use and feature quarry-faced stonework and decorative brickwork in a 1930s-era factory.

Other barrel warehouses and buildings are much older, dating to the 1790s.

The National Park Service says the distillery was established in 1857-58 and acquired in 1870 by E.H. Taylor Jr., whose portrait hangs in the yeast room.

Newspaper execs embrace online news delivery to readers

WASHINGTON -- Executives at some of the nation's largest newspaper companies say they are more hopeful about their future after seeing readership grow for digital subscriptions.

Speaking at the American Society of News Editors' annual convention, the newspaper executives said increased usage of their digital products is resulting in higher revenue.

Patrick J. Talamantes, president and CEO at The McClatchy Co., says that his company is getting an additional $25 million in revenue this year from its new subscription models that charge for online content.

Mark Thompson, president and CEO of The New York Times Co., also reports success from its digital subscriptions. Readers typically must pay to read stories on The New York Times' website after viewing 10 stories for free each month.

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