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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Tentative opioid settlement
A tentative agreement with Purdue Pharma that would resolve a massive opioid lawsuit is supported by Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery III. But state prosecutors in some other states say the proposal is too generous to the drug company. The deal involves about half of the states and local governments who sued the drug maker over it's role in the nation's deadly opioid epidemic. Purdue would pay up to $12 billion in the deal. The Sacklers, a billionaire family that owns Purdue, would surrender the company. The maker of OxyContin, is facing hundreds of lawsuits for its role in the opioid epidemic that has killed more than 200,000 Americans over the past 20 years. Slatery says the plan calls for a structured bankruptcy proceeding for Purdue Pharma, which would secure billions of dollars nationwide to go toward addressing the effects of the opioid epidemic and would require the Sackler family to divest themselves of their business interests in the pharmaceutical industry forever". The plaintiffs say Purdue has siphoned off billions from their firm, into personal bank accounts. And the Sacklers had threatened to simply declare bankruptcy and walk away from the lawsuits. In March, Purdue and the Sackler family reached a $270 million settlement with Oklahoma to avoid a trial on the opioid damage in that state. New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut were among the states saying they were not part of the agreement.

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Friday, September 20, 2019

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  • Fire caution

    Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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    Tuesday, September 17, 2019

  • UT/Florida blood donation competition
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    Monday, September 16, 2019

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  • McMahan arrest on chop-shop charges
  • Walters State enrollment is up
  • NU Customer Appreciation Day
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