MORNING HEADLINES: Still talkin' 'bout Phillip Paul

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UnGrounded After the whole "schizophrenic killer escapes on field trip to fair and is found with a scythe in his backpack" incident, Washington state suspended field trips for mental patients. Now, those patients are allowed to go on field trips again, though only four patients at a time. (AP)

"Whoops" didn't cut it Speaking of that little incident, its fallout is still falling. Seven employees have been punished — including a temporary suspension without pay — but none were fired. (S-R)

Hospital battle The fight between Deaconess and Sacred Heart continues. Deaconess had previously helped defeat Sacred Heart's request to be able to build more beds. Now, because Rockwood Clinic is forwarding more patients to Deaconess, Deaconess is arguing against an even more modest Sacred Heart expansion. (S-R)

A dreadful row The final British election debate is today. Tune into BBC America to see if Prime Minister Gordon Brown can recover from calling a traditional voter from his own party "bigoted." (NYT)