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White House offers more funding to fight opioids

by Kent Covington
Posted 9/05/19, 12:24 pm

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday his administration will allot $1.8 billion to help fight the nation’s opioid crisis. About 130 Americans die every day from opioid-related overdoses.

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Judge: Drugmaker responsible in opioid epidemic

by Kent Covington
Posted 8/27/19, 11:52 am

Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries must pay $572 million to help fight the nation’s opioid crisis. Oklahoma Judge Thad Balkman on Monday found the consumer products giant liable in the drug epidemic that claimed nearly 5,000 lives in the state between 2007 and 2017. Balkman said the litigation isn’t closed, and he will likely rule on other issues in the case in the future.

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New rule targets legal immigrants on welfare

by Kent Covington
Posted 8/13/19, 10:26 am

The Trump administration on Monday finalized new “public charge” rules that will reduce legal immigration to the United States. Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services, said the policy encourages self-reliance and self-sufficiency. “Our rule generally prevents aliens who are likely to become a public charge from coming to the United States or remaining here and getting a green card,” he said.

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