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Montana attorney general sues Oxycontin maker

HELENA- Montana Attorney General Tim Fox announced Dec. 4 a consumer protection lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, which manufactures opioid medication Oxycontin. Fox’s office claims that Purdue should be held partly responsible for the prescription opioid epidemic. In a press release, Fox said: “As our investigation revealed and our complaint alleges, for years, Purdue knew the Read More…

Wyo tech sector is stronger than you might think

A recent report by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) highlights the critical role that high-tech innovation plays in Wyoming’s economy.   ITIF, the leading U.S. think tank for science and technology policy, examined 20 indicators of the innovation-driven high-tech economy—both traditional economic data such as technology exports and newer metrics such as broadband Read More…

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Sen. Schumer: Bomb-detection units needed at transit hubs

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer wants the Transportation Security Administration to speed up plans to equip transit hubs with screening devices that can detect suicide vests like the one that exploded in a New York City subway tunnel. Schumer says Sunday that the devices known as stand-off explosive detection units are urgently Read More…

A CDC ban on 'fetus' and 'transgender?' Experts alarmed

NEW YORK (AP) – Health leaders say they are alarmed about a report that officials at the nation’s top public health agency are being told not to use certain words or phrases in official budget documents, including “fetus,” ”transgender” and “science-based.” The health community was reacting to a story in The Washington Post, which, published Read More…

New Mexico Senate Dems oust colleague from leadership post

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Majority Democrats in the New Mexico Senate on Saturday ousted one of their members from a leadership post amid controversy over past sexual harassment allegations. The Senate Democratic caucus held a closed-door meeting Saturday and later released a statement saying a majority of Democratic senators voted “to vacate the position” Read More…

Planning board OKs Marriott's $600M Maryland headquarters

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) – Marriott International’s plans to open a new $600 million headquarters in suburban Maryland has been approved by a local planning board. WTOP-FM reports that the Montgomery County Planning Board had approved the world’s largest hotel company’s plans to build near the Bethesda Metro station. Marriott announced last year it would be Read More…

A look at some winners and losers under the GOP tax plan

WASHINGTON (AP) – Count President Donald Trump among the personal winners in the $1.5 trillion tax package that congressional Republicans are on the verge of passing. It’s not only a political score for Trump but likely a windfall for his real estate empire, too. Oil drillers would also benefit. So would multimillionaire and billionaire owners Read More…

Hunter Harrison, CEO of railroad company CSX, dead at 73

NEW YORK (AP) – Hunter Harrison, the president CEO of railroad giant CSX, has died, the company announced Saturday. He was 73. CSX confirmed Harrison’s death in a statement, saying it was caused by “unexpectedly severe complications” from a recent illness. His death in Wellington, Florida, comes only a couple days after the company announced Read More…

High school coach 'critical' after being shot by attorney

VINITA, Okla. (AP) – Oklahoma’s top law enforcement agency is investigating the shooting of a high school coach who’s in critical condition. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says the shooting happened Friday night at a Vinita home, where attorney Karl Jones and high school coach Jason Sauer began arguing. The bureau says Jones eventually Read More…

Postal Service: Some Phoenix, Mesa post offices open Sunday

PHOENIX (AP) – The U.S. Postal Service says some post offices in Phoenix and Mesa will be open Sunday to offer special holiday service. The Postal Services locations open Sunday will include the main post offices in Phoenix and Mesa and the Ahwatukee, Daisy Mountain, Northeast, Sierra Adobe and Washington post offices in Phoenix. The Read More…

Clean coal plant in Wyoming slated for operation by summer

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) – A company working on a process intended to produce cleaner-burning coal plans to begin operating its new test plant in northeast Wyoming by next summer. Robin Eves, CEO of Clean Coal Technologies, said the company’s test facility should arrive from Tulsa, Oklahoma, around the end of January. “The plant has been Read More…

Clemson sailing club treasurer spent on rent, spring break

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) – A Clemson University student who managed money for the school’s sailing club is accused of using the group’s funds to pay for his tuition, rent, a spring break trip and the deposit on a class ring. The Independent Mail of Anderson reported 22-year-old Mateo Gomez was arrested Friday and charged with Read More…

Rutland to include competition with annual blood drive

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) – A Vermont city is scheduled to host one of the largest blood drives for the American Red Cross in the United States. The Rutland Herald reports teams will compete to donate the most blood at the annual Gift-of-Life Marathon in Rutland. The city is known for its large blood donations. It Read More…

Maine bottling plant plans to expand

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) – The Louisiana-based producer of the Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey says a $1 million expansion of its Maine bottling plant will bring at least 30 new jobs. Boston Brands of Maine, a division of Sazerac Company, says it’s moving forward with an expansion at its Lewiston bottling plant. The plant currently employs 130 Read More…

Board picks help Missouri governors push policy change

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – History is repeating itself in the Missouri governor’s office as Gov. Eric Greitens employs a tactic also adopted by predecessors: using his power of appointment to stack boards and commissions to push policy changes. Greitens has drawn sharp criticism for replacing State Board of Education members with his own appointees Read More…

Pressure on Hughes as West Ham beats Stoke 3-0

STOKE, England (AP) – Stoke slumped to a fifth Premier League defeat in six games with West Ham’s Marko Arnautovic scoring against his old club in a 3-0 win on Saturday. Kickoff had been delayed by an hour due to a power cut. Once the match started, David Moyes’ West Ham was sent on its Read More…

Iowa income tax refunds to be delayed in 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – State officials warn Iowa income tax refunds will be delayed in 2018. Iowa Department of Revenue Director Courtney Kay-Decker says the refund delays are a result of her agency doubling down on fraud prevention efforts, the Des Moines Register reported . The news comes after Iowa residents were told this Read More…

Drug companies spend $57M to defeat Ohio ballot issue

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Campaign finance records show that pharmaceutical companies spent nearly $57 million in their successful effort to defeat a ballot issue on drug pricing in Ohio. The Columbus Dispatch reports that campaign finance records filed Friday show that supporters of the issue seeking to cap the price of drugs bought by the Read More…

Uber rival Go-Jek drives payments push with acquisition of three fintech start-ups

Ride-hailing start-up Go-Jek has acquired three financial technology (fintech) start-ups as it looks to dominate Indonesia’s digital payments space. Go-Jek said Friday it had bought offline payments service Kartuku, payment gateway Midtrans and saving and lending firm Mapan for undisclosed amounts. The firm, which began life as a motorbike and taxi business, has expanded its Read More…

Airbus says CEO Enders to step down in April 2019

European airplane maker Airbus says chief executive Tom Enders will step down in April 2019. The company said Enders, who will have been at the helm of Airbus and defense firm EADS for 14 years, won’t seek another term. The 59-year-old was quoted Friday as saying Airbus needs “fresh minds for the 2020s” and he Read More…

Alibaba's latest bet shows transportation is the next battleground for China's tech giants

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has invested in an electric car start-up as the transportation sector emerges as the latest battleground for China’s technology giants. The Hangzhou-based technology company confirmed on Friday that it had invested in Chinese electric car start-up Guangzhou Xiaopeng Motors Technology, although it did not disclose the amount of that investment. “As Read More…

Business inventories slip in October, following a month of no gain

U.S. business inventories wilted slightly in October, meeting economists’ expectations after flattening out in the prior month. The Commerce Department’s measure of business production dipped 0.1 percent in October, down to $1,885.7 billion. Inventories were up 3.5 percent from the prior year. The key technical indicator, based on data from three trade and manufacturing surveys, Read More…

Nearly one-quarter of teens are using pot

Nearly one quarter of teens are using marijuana, according to a new survey. Of eighth, 10th and 12th graders surveyed, 24 percent said they’ve used the drug in the past year, according to research from the University of Michigan. The 1.3 percent increase is the first significant rise in seven years. The increase in teens Read More…