In national news:

The federal judge overseeing the consolidated trial of opioid manufacturers set to begin October 21st has confirmed that the trial will move forward, after the wide range of defendants (which includes several major pharmaceutical companies and distributors) had sought a dismissal. The judge had reportedly encouraged a settlement to avoid the trial, which involves 2,000+ lawsuits from around the country, primarily stemming from state and local governments. The plaintiffs plan to argue that deceptive and illegal marketing of opioids led directly to the national opioid crisis, which has claimed 400,000 lives between 1999-2017.

Read more from Reuters here.

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