Wheels on Meals group meeting

CUMBERLAND — The volunteers of the former Wheels on Meals program of Western Maryland Health System will meet today at 1 p.m. in the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center cafeteria on Willowbrook Road.

Republican committee to meet

CUMBERLAND — The Allegany County Republican Central Committee will meet at the Cumberland Country Club on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Fourth person charged in MS-13-related death of girl

RIVERDALE (AP) — Authorities in Maryland say 18-year-old Edwin Rios, of Washington, D.C., has been charged in the death of 14-year-old Ariana Funes-Diaz who authorities say was beaten and stabbed by teens involved with MS-13.

Police say Funes-Diaz was lured to the woods on April 18 by fellow gang members and killed for fear that she would alert authorities to a kidnapping and robbery crime they committed together in April. Charging documents say her slaying was filmed. Her body was found a month later near a Riverdale creek.

$11M grant seeks to prevent cervical cancer in Appalachia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The National Cancer Institute has gifted 10 Appalachian health systems a total of $11 million for cervical cancer prevention programs.

News outlets report the grant was announced last week in collaboration with the West Virginia University Cancer Institute, Ohio State University, the University of Kentucky and the University of Virginia.

The Intelligencer reports the grant will help families at-risk of cervical cancer in these states. The effort will focus on the prevention of the causes of cervical cancer, including smoking, human papillomavirus (HPV) and a lack of cervical cancer screening. The funds will go toward initiatives such as smoking cessation classes and HPV screenings.

A Cancer Institute official says that West Virginia has one of the highest rates of cervical cancer and the highest adult smoking rate in the country.

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