Texas Tribune Daily Brief
The Brief for June 18
In today's Brief: Texas voters on how the president has handled the economy, trade and more.
Cassi Pollock, Texas Tribune 06/18/2019
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Kansas Doctor Wrongly Prescribed Highly Addictive Pain Meds to Patient, Alleges Lawsuit
A doctor at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Johnson County, Kansas is accused of allowing a patient to become addicted to opioids. The lawsuit was filed by the man who says the doctor prescribed him a highly addictive fentanyl spray because its manufacturer, Insys Therapeutics, was paying him hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees. Insys filed for bankruptcy after agreeing to pay $225 million to settle a spate of whistleblower lawsuits. The doctor is also facing similar lawsuits by five other patients.
Andy Marso, Kansas City Star 06/18/2019
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Lawsuit Filed Against Austin ISD
Parents of a Bowie High School student filed a lawsuit against Austin ISD after they claim their daughter has been a victim of bullying, harassment, discrimination and retaliation based on her race. The parents claim their daughter, who is African American, was called and referred to by racial slurs. In the lawsuit, they claim the language was permitted in the classrooms and school clubs in the presence of teachers.
Abigail Arredondo, KVUE-TV 06/18/2019
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Sandy Hook Parents Score a Win in Fight Against Hoaxers
The father of a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has won a defamation lawsuit against the authors of a book that claimed the shooting never happened — the latest victory for victims' relatives who have been taking a more aggressive stance against conspiracy theorists. The book, "Nobody Died at Sandy Hook," has also been pulled from shelves to settle claims against its publisher filed by Lenny Pozner, whose 6-year-old son Noah was killed in the shooting.
PAT EATON-ROBB, Associated Press , Houston Chronicle 06/18/2019
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Millions of Americans Are Driving Around in the Dark
Only about half of 2018 model-year vehicles in the U.S. offered “adequate” headlights, and frequently only on expensive, option-laden models. That put good visibility out of sight for many American drivers, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an industry group that tests and advocates for safety features. Additionally, experts say improper installation reduces the effectiveness of many advanced headlights, turning what should be safety aids into glaring annoyances for other drivers.
Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, USA Today 06/18/2019
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Family of Penn State Student Who Died After Hazing Seeks End to Lawsuit Delays
The family of a Penn State student who died after being hazed is asking for an end to delays in the lawsuit over his death. The mother and father of the student asked U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew W. Brann to deny motions to dismiss or further delay the lawsuit. The 19-year-old died two days after he fell down the basement stairs inside the Beta Theta Pi house after being forced to consume alcohol. The defendants, 28 fraternity members, have moved to dismiss the suit or to stay proceedings until criminal charges related to the death are resolved.
John Beague, PennLive.com 06/17/2019
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