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Editorials from around Oregon

Nov. 21, 2019 5:47 PM EST

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ The Oregonian/OregonLive, Nov. 17, on a proposal to redraw legislative and congressional district boundaries A proposed ballot initiative seeking to change how Oregon draws boundaries for legislative and congressional districts doesn’t sound like much of a...

Oklahoma attorney general to appeal judge’s opioid ruling

Nov. 21, 2019 1:22 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter says he plans to appeal a judge’s order directing consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson to pay the state $465 million to help address the state’s opioid crisis. Hunter said Thursday the judge’s final order only covers...

Woman who provided fatal drugs gets 8 years in prison

Nov. 21, 2019 12:30 PM EST

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — A Wausau woman has been sentenced to eight years in prison for providing the fentanyl-laced heroin that resulted in a fatal overdose. WSAW-TV reports 32-year-old Ashley Szarkowitz was also given eight years on extended supervision Thursday in the death of a 24-year-old man. Autopsy...

Ex-'American Idol' contestant gets nearly 4 years in prison

Nov. 21, 2019 12:30 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Former ‘American Idol’ contestant Antonella Barba has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for carrying nearly 2 pounds (0.9 kilograms) of fentanyl. Federal authorities in Virginia said Thursday that the 32-year-old New Jersey woman got three years and nine months...

Delaware teams with Google to help fight the opioid crisis

Nov. 21, 2019 10:59 AM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The state of Delaware has teamed up with Google to help people seeking treatment for opioid addiction. The News Journal reported Thursday that words related to the opioid crisis are searched for in Delaware more than in any other state. But the top set of results won’t lead...

Ex-police chief who stole heroin sentenced to probation

Nov. 21, 2019 6:35 AM EST

ELIZABETH, Pa. (AP) — A former police chief in western Pennsylvania who admitted stealing thousands of small bags of heroin and fentanyl from his department's evidence room is not going to prison. A judge on Wednesday sentenced former 43-year-old Timothy Butler to about four years of probation and 325...

Egypt detains man going to Saudi Arabia with banned pills

Nov. 21, 2019 5:05 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Authorities say a man from a Gulf Arab country who was travelling from Egypt to Saudi Arabia has been detained at the Cairo airport, allegedly attempting to take banned pills into the kingdom. A statement from the airport authorities on Thursday says security officials found dozens of illegal...

Results elusive as New Mexico combats alcohol, drug deaths

Nov. 20, 2019 3:37 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state with the nation's highest alcohol-related death rate and a longstanding opiate problem is looking for answers in three afflicted communities that have deployed extensive resources to address an epidemic of destructive substance use. An expert study released Wednesday by the...

WV sues opioid companies Endo, Mallinckrodt

Nov. 20, 2019 2:21 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is suing two more opioid makers claiming the companies mispresented the risks of their drugs. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the suits against Endo Health Solutions and Mallinckrodt on Wednesday. The cases were filed in Boone County court and seek...

Doctor charged with illegal distribution of opioids

Nov. 20, 2019 10:57 AM EST

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut doctor is facing charges of writing dozens of fraudulent prescriptions for opioid medications. Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that Dr. Jennifer Farrell was indicted by a grand jury on charges of conspiracy to distribute narcotics and possession of controlled...