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*Clouds and sun today the high is 40
*St. Louis police are asking for your help to track down 4 suspects involved in an early morning shooting that killed one and seriously injured another. It happened outside a lounge in the Grove called Shisha. Police have released surveillance video and say around 1 am Monday morning the suspect’s car, a Maroon possibly Chrysler 300, pulls up the four suspects get out.
*Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie started his new job this morning. Christie is now working for ABC News as an occasional political contributor and made his first appearance today on Good Morning America where he discussed President Trump's upcoming State of the Union address as well as the Robert Mueller Russia investigation. Christie recently left office after serving two terms as New Jersey's governor. Christie also serves as chair of President Trump's Opioid and Drug Abuse Commission.
Trump Tasks New Health Chief With Getting Drug Prices “Way Down” -
It’s up to a former pharmaceutical company chief to slash prescription prices.
President Trump has a big job for new Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar [[ AAY-zar ]]. At the White House yesterday, Trump pushed Azar to help get prescription drug prices "way down." “We have to get the prices of prescription drugs way down and unravel the tangled web of special interest that are driving prices up for medicine and for really hurting patients,” Trump stressed.
Azar faced scrutiny over his nearly 10 years chief at Eli Lilly. Democrats said the costs of several drugs more than doubled during his tenure at the company. He has previous experience in Washington, DC, having been a member of George W. Bush’s administration.
Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office to Azar, who was confirmed by the Senate last week. Azar replaces Tom Price, who was forced to resign in a scandal over chartering private jets for government business. Azar also vowed to aggressively tackle the growing opioid crisis.
Source: The Hill
Schools Around The Country Are Battling The Flu By Closing -
As the flu gets deadlier and more widespread, schools are taking the added step of closing to keep kids healthy.
With the virus widespread across the country, the CDC says 39 states have especially high activity. Schools in 12 of those states are now taking action. The centers for learning are closing and disinfecting the buildings.
In one Dallas school, over 10-percent of the 815 students had the flu. So the school shut down. "It has been a tough influenza season so far this year," said Dr. Daniel Jernigan of the CDC. While the H3N2 strain is targeting the elderly, others are making kids the number one victim of flu season.
It’s not too late to get that flu shot, especially for your child. Masks are also recommended. Hospitals are taking the extra step of restricting visitors and telling parents not to bring children to the facilities.
Source: CBS News
Biden Is Still Weighing A 2020 Presidential Run -
Former Vice President Joe Biden says he doesn't know right now whether he'll make a run at the White House in 2020.
During an appearance in Orlando last night, he said "Maybe a year from now I'll decide I'm the best single person to do it, and I'll go do it." The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts was the latest stop on Biden's "American Promise Tour," a follow up to his book about the loss of his son, Beau, to brain cancer and how he and his family dealt with it.
It was an emotional talk with Biden explaining why he wrote the book. “I wrote it for two reasons,” Biden said. “One is a very simple reason: I want my grandchildren and great-grandchildren to know what an incredible man Beau was. … He was the finest man I ever met in my life.” He continued about the second reason, “You all get it. So many people have gone through what I’ve gone through without the incredible support I’ve had. I want you to know that there’s hope. There’s a way through this valley.”
As for President Trump, Biden said he's concerned that "the invisible moral fabric of decency, honesty and not having any tolerance for hate...has been ripped."
Source: Orlando Sentinel
Uber Trains Staff On Sex Trafficking Signs -
Uber is asking its drivers to keep an eye out for sex trafficking.
While the ride-hailing service has been working with local efforts in some places to look for signs of human trafficking, the new campaign getting underway this week will enlist all U.S. drivers and eventually spread to other countries. The service has teamed up with Polaris, who’s aim is to end sex trafficking. They’ve also partnered with Thorn to build technology to prevent children from being victims of abuse.
It works through providing drivers with signs to look for and how to report possible trafficking to the authorities through the National Human Trafficking Hotline. Similar programs have been put in place throughout the hospitality industry and some airlines.
Source: Tech Crunch
*The Blues play tonight