WNIN Quick News: More Opioid Funds for Kentucky, Indiana Tech Ed Access, Dubois County Christmas Lights
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has announced the finalization of a $102 million dollar settlement with Wallgreens as part of the campaign against the opioid epidemic.
The suit “Commonwealth of Kentucky versus Wallgreens Boots Alliance Inc.,” and its subsidiaries were finalized Wednesday, Nov. 15.
A news release is calling this the “latest win in the fight to end the opioid epidemic,” and the $102 million will be disbursed to the state over 15 years.
According to the AG’s office, “the agreement resolves allegations that Walgreens engaged in unlawful business practices that exacerbated the opioid epidemic.”
As part of the consent decree, Walgreens also agrees to monitor, report and share data about quote “suspicious activity related to opioid prescriptions.”
According to the lawsuit, the AGs office can also recoup 15-percent of the settlement for legal fees during the case.
This is part of several settlement victories for the state of Kentucky during the opioid epidemic.
The 2023 State of Computer Science report has highlighted Indiana as one of the top states in the nation for access to computer science education. Indiana ranks sixth in the nation.
This report was created by organizations Code.Org, the Computer Science Teachers Association and the Expanding Computing Education Pathways Alliance.
According to the Indiana Department of Education (DOE), this report is the most comprehensive analysis of national progress in computer science education.
91-percent of public high schools in Indiana offer a foundational computer science course while the national average is 57.5-percent.
According to the DOE, this report comes at a time when STEM education is prioritized across the state in a variety of ways.
These include streamlining and prioritizing K through 12 STEM standards and adding STEM-certified schools.
The DOE is reporting $18 million dollars in computer science investment in schools since 2018 and has adopted nearly all the policies recommended by the Code.Org Advocacy Coalition.
This includes requiring all high schools to offer computer science courses.
The report says female students and minorities are solidly represented as well.
The Dubois County Solid Waste District is again welcoming residents to recycle strings of old Christmas lights through January 12.
According to the Dubois County Solid Waste District, last year residents recycled three quarters of a ton of old Christmas lights instead of throwing them away.
This service is available again at the Solid Waste District Process Center at 1103 S 350 W, Jasper, and the Jasper Rural King store each during regular business hours.
Rural King’s hours are 7 am to 9 pm. The Processing center is 8 am through 1 pm.
Strands of lights can be placed, sans packaging into the cardboard bins just inside the doors.
Only strands can be recycled, not yard shapes. It’s the copper with the strings that is recyclable.
Over the prior four seasons more than 6,000 pounds have been recycled according to the Dubois County Solid Waste District.
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