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Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Dec. 01, 2021 13:31 PM EST

The (Martinsburg) Journal. Nov. 29, 2021. Editorial: Jury decision rebukes pharmacies’ role in opioid crisis As it became increasingly evident that the opioid epidemic was sparked and fanned by “legal” drug dealers such as doctors, pain clinics...

Pharmacy marketer gets 30 months in health care fraud scam

Dec. 01, 2021 12:40 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A pharmacy marketer has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for his role in a scheme to defraud a military health care program and private insurance companies, federal prosecutors said. Thomas Wilburn Shoemaker, 57, of Rayville, Louisiana, was...

Omicron unravels travel industry's plans for a comeback

Dec. 01, 2021 11:31 AM EST

Tourism businesses that were just finding their footing after nearly two years of devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic are being rattled again as countries throw up new barriers to travel in an effort to contain the omicron variant. From shopping districts in...

'Buy now, pay later' catches on just in time for holidays

Dec. 01, 2021 03:09 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As Americans shop for the holidays, they will likely see a swarm of offers to get their gifts now but pay for them later in fixed monthly installments. Fueled by several hot Silicon Valley startups as well as a push by the big credit card...

Nevada casinos match 8-month mark for $1B in house winnings

Nov. 30, 2021 18:49 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada casinos matched a record streak of eight straight months of $1 billion or more in house winnings in October, with travel, tourism and events returning to pre-pandemic levels in a state dependent on gambling revenues, according to several economic reports. ...

US-Apple-Books-Top-10

Nov. 30, 2021 13:13 PM EST

Book Title by Author Name - ISBN - (Publisher) 1. Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon - 9781101885697 - (Random House Publishing Group) 2. The Becoming by Nora Roberts - 9781250272713 - (St. Martin’s Publishing Group) ...

Private house OK'd on remote SC island where resort denied

Nov. 30, 2021 13:02 PM EST

PORT ROYAL, S.C. (AP) — A part owner of a private island in South Carolina accessible only by plane or boat has been given permission to build his own home on the island after Beaufort County last year denied a request to build an ecotourism resort. Bay Point, near...

Louisiana Supreme Court OKs St. Tammany casino referendum

Nov. 30, 2021 12:43 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that a referendum on a proposed casino can be put to a vote in St. Tammany Parish as planned, overturning an appeals court ruling that could have jeopardized the election. Monday’s decision means parish voters...

Driver who crashed into West Des Moines officer sentenced

Nov. 30, 2021 11:21 AM EST

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A driver accused of being drunk when he crashed into and seriously injured a West Des Moines police officer last year has been sentenced to five years in prison. Jon Schwartz, 62, of Kellogg, was sentenced last week after being found guilty...

Oneida Nation set to offer sports betting at main casino

Nov. 30, 2021 10:44 AM EST

ONEIDA, Wis. (AP) — The Oneida Nation will legally offer sports betting beginning this week, the first time such wagering has been allowed in Wisconsin. Sports betting is the result of a new gaming compact amendment with the state that allows “event wagering.” That...