Commissioners say counties should control opioid lawsuits
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio county commissioners say counties should have control of any settlement money derived from lawsuits against opioid manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies.
Iowa insurance pool leader defends Michigan resort meetings
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The chairman of an Iowa government insurance program is defending its long practice of holding public meetings at resorts in Michigan and Florida and private clubs in...
Maryland workgroup meets privately on school funding formula
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland panel weighing recommendations about spending billions of dollars more on education voted Thursday to move their discussion from a public meeting to behind closed...
Gov: 27 counties eligible for federal help after flooding
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal officials have approved Illinois' request for local governments recovering from historic flooding to receive federal assistance.
Pastafarian pastor leads prayer at Alaska government meeting
HOMER, Alaska (AP) — A pastor wearing a colander on his head offered the opening prayer on behalf of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to open a local government meeting in Alaska, the...
Purdue Pharma begins Chapter 11 bankruptcy journey
NEW YORK (AP) — Purdue Pharma gets its day in court Tuesday after the OxyContin maker filed for bankruptcy and negotiated a potential multi-billion dollar settlement to resolve thousands of...
The Latest: First hearing set on Purdue bankruptcy
The Latest on Purdue Pharmas bankruptcy filing (all times local):
A judge will need to decide whether lawsuits against members of the Sackler family that owns Purdue Pharma can...
Can Purdue Pharma’s opioid settlement win judge’s approval?
BOSTON (AP) — OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma has embarked on a multibillion-dollar plan to settle thousands of lawsuits over the nation's deadly opioid crisis by transforming itself in bankruptcy...
Dairy industry pushes back against new manure storage rules
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin dairy industry raised a stink Monday over potential new restrictions on manure storage, insisting the regulations would make life harder on struggling farmers...
Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy as part of settlement
Purdue Pharma, the company that made billions selling the prescription painkiller OxyContin, filed for bankruptcy in White Plains, New York, days after reaching a tentative settlement with many of...
University post draws interest from top political aides
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Top political aides and a couple local government officials are among those interested in a new high-paying job at the University of New Mexico.
Plane crash in Colombia kills 7 people
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Officials in Colombia say a small plane carrying local government officials has crashed in the southern part of the country, killing seven of the nine people...
NY lawmakers to look at expanding access to rural broadband
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A group of New York state lawmakers are gathering in Albany to look at ways to expand access to broadband internet access in rural and remote parts of the state.
Chaotic talks show challenge of reaching opioid settlement
For months, the judge overseeing national litigation over the opioids crisis urged all sides to reach a settlement that could end thousands of lawsuits filed by state and local...
Maine repays $400,000 to feds over non-bid contract
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine has returned nearly $400,000 to the federal government over a no-bid contract granted under the former Republican governor's administration.
Settlement money won’t restore Ohio city upended by opioids
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The tentative settlement involving the opioid crisis and the maker of OxyContin could mean that thousands of local governments will one day be paid back for some of the costs of...
Montana AG backs opioid deal that’s opposed by some states
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Attorney General Tim Fox says Montana is among the states and local governments that have reached a tentative deal with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma in the opioid...
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Vermont’s attorney general rejects Purdue Pharma settlement
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's attorney general has rejected the tentative settlement with the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma over the toll of the nation's opioid...
Maine opposed to tentative opioid-crisis Purdue Pharma deal
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is not joining a tentative opioid-crisis settlement between the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and a number of state and local governments.
Minnesota not among states settling with Purdue Pharma
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison says the state is not among those that have reached a tentative settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma over the opioids...
New Mexico stays out of opioids settlement with Purdue
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is declining to join a tentative settlement agreement over the role OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma played in the nation's opioid...
Tentative opioids settlement falls short of nationwide deal
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A tentative settlement announced Wednesday over the role Purdue Pharma played in the nation's opioid addiction crisis falls short of the far-reaching national settlement the...
Kaul declines to join Purdue Pharma lawsuit settlement
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said Wednesday he won't join a multistate settlement with Oxycontin maker Purdue Pharma and its owners.
Colorado hasn’t agreed to settlement over opioid crisis
DENVER (AP) — Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser says his state hasn't agreed to a settlement with Purdue Pharma or its owners over the national opioid epidemic.
Arizona town cancels public fee vote after perceived threat
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona town has abandoned a proposed public safety fee intended to prevent impending deficits after perceived pressure from a state lawmaker.
Florida governor wants stiffer fines for cities that pollute
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will ask the Legislature to increase fines for local governments that pollute state waters and give the Department of Environmental Protection...
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Nevada AG won’t accept Purdue Pharma lawsuit settlement
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's Attorney General says he won't accept a tentative deal that OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma has reached with about half the states and thousands of local governments over...
Arizona attorney general: Nearly half the states, 2,000 local governments reach deal with Purdue Pharma on opioid crisis
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona attorney general: Nearly half the states, 2,000 local governments reach deal with Purdue Pharma on opioid crisis.
Attorneys for some 2,000 local governments say they have tentative agreement to settle opioid cases with Purdue Pharma
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — Attorneys for some 2,000 local governments say they have tentative agreement to settle opioid cases with Purdue Pharma.
Springfield to consider cannabis zoning, taxes
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Officials in Illinois' capitol city will begin debating regulations on growing and selling recreational marijuana before it becomes legal Jan. 1.
EPA, local governments clean up 600 tons of dumped tires
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State regulators and local governments in northern Illinois have removed more than 600 tons of dumped tires.
John Kim is director of the Illinois Environmental...
Purdue Pharma says settlement talks in opioid cases not over
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and lawyers representing local governments both said Sunday that they're interested in continuing negotiations to settle lawsuits over the toll of the opioid crisis a...
NC sets up forum to report storm damage to historic property
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Historic Preservation Office has set up an online forum so local governments and residents can report damage to historic properties caused by Hurricane...
Email: Opioid talks fail, Purdue bankruptcy filing expected
CLEVELAND (AP) — OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma is expected to file for bankruptcy after settlement talks over the nation's deadly overdose crisis hit an impasse, attorneys general involved in the...
Reaching a deal in national opioids case proving difficult
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma made headlines earlier this year when it reached a landmark deal with Oklahoma over the toll the opioids crisis has taken on that state. Attempts to get a national...
Texas says half of agencies hit by ransomware have recovered
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas authorities say they aren't aware of any money paid to hackers who used ransomware to target more than 20 communities last month.
Where did the Sacklers move cash from their opioid maker?
Ninety minutes outside London, a turn down a narrow lane leads past fields of grazing cattle to a sign warning "Private Keep Off." Around an elbow bend, a great stone manor, its formal gardens and...
Colorado asks court to reconsider ruling on state tax limits
DENVER (AP) — Colorado wants a federal court to reconsider a ruling that revived a legal challenge to the state's tax-and-spending limits.
Attorney General Phil Weiser asked the 10th U.S....
Wyoming high court overturns judge in university gun case
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a district judge wrongly issued an order that upheld the University of Wyoming's restriction on people's ability to carry...
Colorado, oil-rich Weld County reach agreement on rules
DENVER (AP) — Colorado regulators have signed an agreement with the state's most productive oil and gas county to coordinate their drilling rules.
Trump administration announcing nearly $2B in opioid grants
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is awarding nearly $2 billion in grants to states and local governments to help fight the opioid crisis.
Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in Illinois
September 3, 2019
Schools and bloat: To help Illinois students and taxpayers, merge more districts
Adams County OKs tougher oil and gas rules; industry objects
DENVER (AP) — A county in the Denver suburbs enacted its own rules for oil and gas drilling Tuesday, taking advantage of a new law that lets local governments impose tougher regulations than the...
Judge: Drugmakers, others can face trial over opioids crisis
A federal judge overseeing litigation related to the nation's opioid epidemic ruled Tuesday that lawsuits targeting Purdue Pharma and other drug companies can move to trial even as the OxyContin...
Nashville mayor calls for scrapping anti-sanctuary state law
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Mayor David Briley has directed city attorneys to investigate grounds for challenging Tennessee's anti-sanctuary-city law.
Virginia deaths rising despite opioid overdose drug spending
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's death toll from opioid overdoses keeps rising despite state and local governments spending millions on making an antidote available.
Opioid settlement would divide money based on local impact
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The multibillion-dollar settlement that the maker of OxyContin is negotiating to resolve a crush of lawsuits over the nation's opioid crisis contains formulas for dividing up...