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Oklahoma Reaches $8.75 Million Settlement With Opiate Maker

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state of Oklahoma will receive $8.75 million from two pharmaceutical companies in a deal announced Friday that will end legal action the state was considering against the opioid manufacturers.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter announced the agreement with Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Par Pharmaceutical, Inc., both subsidiaries of Dublin-based Endo International. Without the agreement, Hunter said he planned to file suit against the company alleging it violated state law by deceptively marketing opioid pain medications in a way that understated the risk of addiction.

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Missouri senator places odds on legal sports betting

Missouri could be one step closer to allowing legal sports gambling.

Under legislation proposed by Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer, R-Parkville, betting on sports would be permitted in-state at casinos and over the internet.

“Currently, any sports book betting that’s done in Missouri right now is technically done illegally,” said Luetkemeyer. “We know that people are placing bets illegally on sports book betting.”

Outside of black-market bookies, sports betting became more widespread following a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that opened up a variety of new and legal digital avenues to place bets.

Luetkemeyer said the high court gave state legislatures the power to implement sports wagering.

“My legislation makes sure people are not placing illegal bets in Missouri, we know that’s happening,” he said. “It also allows the state to generate more revenue by making it legal.”

Currently, there are 14 states that allow for live, legal, single-game sports wagering, according to the American Gaming Association. Of those, two border Missouri, Arkansas and Iowa. In addition, six states have enacted sports gaming but have yet to implement it into law.

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FBI Issues Cyber Alert As Organized Criminals Drive Dating Site Fraud Up 70%

The FBI has issued a warning for Americans to be wary of “confidence/romance scams,” after the Bureau saw a 70% annual rise in reported fraud, where dating sites were used to trick victims into sending money, purchasing items or even laundering or muling money for people met online. The shift from basic fraud to money laundering is a significant worry for U.S. law enforcement and represents a nasty twist in the age-old problem of romance scams.

In 2018, more than 18,000 complaints were received with losses totalling more than $362 million. And, to state the obvious, this is likely the tip of the iceberg. For every reported incident there will be others where victims don’t come forward.

In particular the FBI warns, threat actors “often use online dating sites to pose as U.S. citizens located in a foreign country, U.S. military members deployed overseas, or U.S. business owners seeking assistance with lucrative investments.”

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Tallahassee Police legal adviser seeks assurances that Hustler will comply with Florida law

A Tallahassee Police Department legal adviser contacted attorneys for adult lifestyle brand Hustler Hollywood hours after the Tallahassee Democrat reported the opening of the company’s new local store.

Theresa Flury, representing the Police Department, sent an Aug. 7 letter to the company’s attorney and stated the Florida statue that prevents adult entertainment establishments from operating within 2,500 feet of a public or private school.

“Please confirm the establishment intends to comply with the statute and does not intend to engage in any prohibited conduct as specified therein,” Flury said.

The new store, which boasts an eclectic collection of top-selling pleasure products, is near Sealey Elementary and the School of Arts and Science at the Centre of Tallahassee. But neither school appears to fall within the 2,500 feet buffer.

“While there are no local zoning restrictions in commercially zoned areas for these types of businesses, state law may apply if the property is within 2,500 feet of a school,” said Karen Jumonville, who heads the city’s Growth Management Department, in an email to the Democrat.

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The Revelations of Meek Mill’s Legal Limbo

Free Meek, the Amazon docuseries about the rapper’s 12-year criminal-justice saga, is an impressive but revealing production that joins other high-profile efforts to address institutional reform.

Midway through Episode 3 of Amazon’s new documentary Free Meek, the rapper and entertainment-industry mogul Jay-Z appears on-screen to offer a de facto thesis statement for the five-installment series. He ties the experience of the Philadelphia musician to those of the 4.5 million people whose stories of protracted injustice are less readily heard by wide audiences. “I really believe a lot of people don’t really understand what’s going on, or don’t believe it until they really see it,” Jay-Z, who is also one of the show’s executive producers, says. “Meek is not the only one. You tell people these stories—you can’t believe it, until you hear it from a source and [then] it’s like, this is not fantasy. This is fact. These are just things that are so far that I have to say something.”

Free Meek, which premieres today, follows the ongoing criminal-justice saga of Meek Mill, the rapper born Robert Rihmeek Williams. As its title suggests, the series doesn’t purport to take an ostensibly impartial view of Meek’s original case. It’s more interested in tying the story of the artist’s 12-year legal limbo to that experienced by black people around the country, especially in low-income neighborhoods. Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label, to which Meek is signed, co-produced the series with The Intellectual Property Corporation, and the show’s existence sheds light on the sometimes complicated high-profile efforts to address criminal-justice reform.

The documentary begins by establishing vignettes of Meek’s early life in Philadelphia, where his mother raised him after his “drug-dealer robber” father, as Meek calls him, was killed when Meek was 5—and where he got his start as a young battle rapper. These are some of the show’s most wrenching scenes. Meek speaks matter-of-factly about his life; of his chosen name, for example, he says, “Robert sound like a white guy’s name; Rihmeek sounded more ghetto to me.” But even the lighter moments of this introduction, such as when his aunt recalls the first time she encountered the 11-year-old Meek rapping, carry an ominous tone. The music is sinister, the lighting sometimes quite dark.

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