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September 16, 2019

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Texas Tribune Daily Brief

The Brief for Sept 16
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In today's Brief: Texas State University is changing the way it reports crimes. Also, border wall funding is once again taking center-stage as Congress prepares for budget.
Elvia Limón, Texas Tribune 09/16/2019 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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New Frontier: Ransomware Hackers Target Managed Service Providers
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The frontier in ransomware - targeting managed service providers, or MSPs, to which local governments, medical clinics, and other small- and medium-sized businesses outsource their IT needs. While many MSPs offer reliable support and data storage, others have proven inexperienced or understaffed, unable to defend their own computer systems or help clients salvage files. As a result, cybercriminals profit by infiltrating dozens of businesses or public agencies with a single attack, while the beleaguered MSPs and their incapacitated clients squabble over who should pay the ransom or recovery costs.
Renee Dudley, ProPublica , Houston Chronicle 09/16/2019 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Juul Facing Lawsuits in Illinois Over Vaping-Related Illnesses
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E-cigarette company Juul is facing a lawsuit after an Illinois teen was hospitalized for a vaping-related illness. The lawsuit was filed by the teen and his mother against Juul Labs Inc. and a Waukegan gas station where the boy bought vaping products. The lawsuit was filed after another lawsuit alleging Juul has used false marketing claims to create a public health crisis. The teen's lawsuit alleges he fell victim to false marketing efforts that were specifically engineered to target teens.
Cindy Dampier, Chicago Tribune 09/13/2019 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Purdue Pharma Files for Bankruptcy to Wipe Out 2,000 Lawsuits
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Purdue Pharma LP filed for bankruptcy with a more than $10 billion plan to settle claims that it fueled the U.S. opioid epidemic by illegally pushing sales of its addictive OxyContin. The Chapter 11 filing on Sunday in White Plains, New York, is designed to short-circuit more than 2,000 lawsuits against Purdue and its owners, the billionaire Sackler family. The settlement calls for the Sacklers to hand over Purdue to a trust controlled by the states, cities and counties that have sued to recoup billions of dollars they spent battling opioid addictions and overdoses.
Jef Feeley & Steven Church, Bloomberg 09/16/2019 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Carcinogens Have Infiltrated the Generic Drug Supply in the U.S
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Quality-control problems in the generic drug industry go beyond the visible lapses. The valsartan recall has revealed the once-invisible failures in the chemistry itself, sometimes undetected for months, maybe years. â??Valsartan is just the one we caught,â?? says David Gortler, a former FDA medical officer and now a consultant focusing on drug safety. â??Who knows how many more are out there?â??
Anna Edney , Susan Berfield and Evelyn Yu , Bloomberg Business Week 09/16/2019 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Reuters Asks Judge to Release Propecia Docs
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Reuters asked a U.S. judge on Thursday to unseal documents filed in court regarding potential risks associated with Propecia, Merck & Coâ??s baldness drug. The motion was filed in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, after a Reuters article on Wednesday revealed accusations that Merck did not fully disclose on Propeciaâ??s label the incidence and duration of sexual dysfunction in men who took Propecia in clinical trials. Those allegations are contained in court filings that had been intended to be filed under seal.
Dan Levine, Reuters 09/16/2019 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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NHTSA Probes 553K Nissan Rogue SUVs
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NHTSA has opened a preliminary investigation into 553,000 Nissan Rogue sport utility vehicles after reports of their automatic emergency braking systems engaging without warning or an obstruction. The probe into 2017-2018 model year Nissan Rogue and Rogue Sport vehicles follows a petition from the Center for Auto Safety seeking a formal government investigation.
David Shepardson, Reuters 09/16/2019 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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GM Recalls Nearly 3.5M Pickups/SUVs
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GM is recalling nearly 3.5 million pickups and SUVs because of brake problem. The company says there has been more than 100 crashes and 13 injuries related to the issue. The recall covers the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups from the 2014 through 2018 model years. Also included are the Cadillac Escalade from 2015 to 2017, and the GMC Yukon and Chevy Suburban and Tahoe from 2015 through 2018.
CBS News NY, CBS - New York Local 09/16/2019 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Wrongful Death

Veteran Dies at South Carolina VA Hospital, Family Sues Medical Staff
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The family of a veteran who died at a veteran hospital has filed a wrongful death suit against the U.S. government. The 37-year-old man died at the Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, South Carolina, and his family alleges it was due to the medical staff's negligence. According to the lawsuit, the man was tackled to the ground by staff at the hospital after an altercation, causing his death. A coroner listed the manner of death as a homicide, but no one has been charged in the man's death.
Staff Report, Atlanta Journal-Constitution 09/11/2019 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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City of Austin Sued Over Contractor's Death in Airport Grease Trap
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The City of Austin, Texas, will face a lawsuit filed by the family of a contractor who died after suffocating in a grease trap at the Austin airport. The man was in an underground vault at the airport's loading dock when he suffocated on toxic gases. He died the next day. Investigators say the man should not have been in the underground space, and that his company had not been confined space trained. Last week, the city claimed it was not subject to Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations and enforcement.
Kevin Clark, KXAN Austin News 09/10/2019 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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