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March 26, 2020 GMT

REPORT: NAVY SHIPS NEED $400K ‘FLUSHES’ TO UNCLOG TOILETS

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A U.S. Government Accountability Office report has found that repeatedly clogged toilets on two Virginia-based Navy aircraft carriers could require treatments that cost $400,000 each to clear the pipes. An accountability office employee told The Virginian-Pilot the pipes on the USS Gerald R. Ford and the USS George H.W. Bush turned out to be too narrow to handle the volume of sailors flushing toilets at the same time. A report by the accountability office says the sewage systems could now require acid flushes that cost $400,000 each to fix the blockages. Navy officials said they didn’t know how many times the treatments would be needed.

THIEVES STEAL TOILET PAPER AT SLEEPING BEAR DUNES’ RESTROOMS

EMPIRE, MICH. (AP) — Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in northern Michigan has closed all of its restrooms after vandals ransacked them and made off with toilet paper and hand sanitizer, two items made scarce by the coronavirus pandemic. Park Superintendent Scott Tucker says vandals unrolled entire rolls of toilet paper and broke plastic dispensers to steal bags full of hand sanitizer over the weekend. MLive.com reports that in response, the park locked all of its restrooms Monday because they lack items needed for visitors to safely use them. The park’s outdoor spaces remain open to the public under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order.

VETERINARIANS DONATE VITAL SUPPLIES TO CORONAVIRUS FIGHT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - What works for Fido also works for Jane and John Doe: Veterinary hospitals from North Carolina to New York to Colorado are giving vital equipment and supplies to their human-focused counterparts to fight the spread of COVID-19. Breathing machines, masks, gowns, protective suits — the donations come in response to a call last week from the U.S. agriculture secretary for materials to combat the pandemic. One veterinary official says the schools have lined up more than six dozen ventilators that could be commandeered for human treatment. Private institutions are also heeding the call, identifying about 100 full-service ventilators nationwide that can be pressed into service. 

ANONYMOUS MARYLAND MOM GIVES FREE FOOD DURING PANDEMIC

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — An anonymous Maryland mom has been leaving free bagged lunches outside a traffic stop north of Annapolis everyday during the coronavirus pandemic. The Capital-Gazette reports a sign by the lunches in Severna Park says the food is made in a sanitized kitchen for anyone who needs it. A resident who has been taking food for her children from the traffic stop says it’s good to see people stepping up and helping others.

CANNABIS STOCKS RISE DURING SELF-QUARANTINES

Cannabis stocks are flying high as investors see green following a recent surge in marijuana sales as people forced to stay home because of the coronavirus pandemic stock up. Shares in most of the big cannabis companies are up sharply this week following reports of a spike in demand as consumers attempt to stock up in fear of a dragged-out shutdown of stores throughout the U.S. A snapshot of adult-use marijuana sales over several days last week showed increases of more than twofold in California and a 50% spike in Washington state, according to data from industry tracker Headset.

WOMAN WHO PREVIOUSLY WON $50,000 WINS $3M LOTTERY PRIZE

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis woman who won $50,000 in a Lottery game 18 years ago has won again, and this time the prize is much bigger. The Missouri Lottery said Wednesday that Anne Kasal matched all six numbers in the March 11 drawing to win a $3 million jackpot. The winning numbers were 11, 16, 23, 26, 31 and 38. Kasal won the $50,000 prize in 2002.