*Excessive Heat warning until Saturday night, today's high 98
*A strong storm system triggered tornado warnings on both sides of the river Thursday. At times St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County and St. Clair County were under a tornado warning, and heavy winds and strong rains caused more than 115,000 people to lose power.
Friday morning, over 75,000 remained without power, according to Ameren. Ameren officials said since temperatures will be so high throughout the day, those without power should find a cool place to go until the power is restored.
NEWSROOM SHOOTING: Capital Gazette Gets Back to Work
The Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland published its Friday edition as usual just hours after five of its staffers were killed in a targeted shooting.
Shortly after the shooting, reporter Chase Cook defiantly announced, "We are putting out a damn paper tomorrow." The front page remembers all five victims of the shooting and identified them as reporters Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Wendi Winters and sales assistant Rebecca Smith. The Gazette left its opinion page blank to commemorate the victims.
The gunman, who is identified as 38-year-old Jarrod Ramos, has been charged with murder and will appear in court later today (Friday). The Gazette told police that the paper had a history with Ramos who had made several threats against the paper.
Jahi McMath Has Died Five Years After Her “Brain Death” -
A California teenager who has been at the center of an historic debate over brain death has died in New Jersey.
Jahi [[ jah-HYE ]] McMath of Oakland was declared brain dead following a routine tonsillectomy in 2013, but remained alive via life support. The state of California declared her dead five years ago The family then began a court battle to keep Jahi on machines.
After no other facility would take her across the country, her family brought her to an undisclosed hospital in New Jersey. According to "The Mercury News" McMath died June 22nd from internal bleeding and kidney issues following a surgical procedure.
The case brought about serious ethical discussions. Arthur Caplan of NYU notes “The McMath case was a unique outlier with unusual facts in many ways but its impact will reverberate through mainstream medicine for years to come.”
Source: Mercury News
Virginia Sues Purdue Pharma -
The Attorney General of Virginia is suing a big pharmaceutical company for its role in the opioid epidemic.
Attorney General Mark Herring says Purdue Pharma helped create the opioid crisis by making false claims about the benefits and safety of its opioid drugs. Herring's office says some eight-thousand Virginians have died from opioid overdose, including five-thousand from prescription overdose, since 2007.
Herring wrote in the suit "For decades, Purdue Pharma has amassed a fortune and built an empire on suffering and lies about the dangers of its drugs and its central role in creating and profiting from the deadliest drug epidemic in American history,"
Purdue “vigorously” denies the claims. They also say they’ve been in good faith negotiations with some states.
The Department of Justice on Thursday said it filed charges against 601 individuals, including doctors, for participating in health-care frauds that caused loses of more than $2 billion and in some cases, added to the country's opioid epidemic.
According to the DOJ, the arrests are part of the biggest health-care fraud sweep in the history of the U.S. Those arrested included 162 doctors and others who were charged for their part in writing prescriptions and distributing opiods.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said, "Some of our most trusted medical professionals look at their patients – vulnerable people suffering from addiction – and they see dollar signs." (NBC News)
*The Cards were off yesterday they take on the Braves at Busch Stadium at 7:15pm