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Kroger, Walgreens recall medications over poison concerns

Labs that supply Walgreens and Kroger recall more than 400,000 medication bottles that violate child safety regulations.

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, there’s nothing wrong with the medication, but the bottles don’t meet standards for child resistance. This means a child could open them and accidentally ingest the medications inside.

The bottles contain the pain relievers acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin.

Walgreens Recall Details

This recall involves the Walgreens brand acetaminophen product.

The red and white label states Walgreens, Easy Open for Adults, Pain Reliever, Acetaminophen, 500 mg, Fever Reducer, Extra Strength, 150 caplets. The bottle has a red continuous thread gear closure.

UPC number 311917218090 and Lot numbers P2100627, P2100671, P2100672, P2100689 P2100747, P2100859 (each with expiration date Nov-2022) and P2200050 (with expiration date Jan-2023) are included in this recall.

The UPC number, lot numbers and expiration date are printed near the drug facts panel on the label on the back of the bottle.

Remedy

Consumers should immediately store the recalled products in a safe location out of reach and sight of children. Contact Aurohealth for information on how to return the product at your nearest Walgreens store to receive a full refund.

Kroger Recall Details

Arthritis Pain Acetaminophen

This recall involves the Kroger brand acetaminophen.

The red, white, and yellow label states, Kroger, Acetaminophen, Arthritis Pain, Extended-Release, Tablets USP, 650 mg, 225 extended-release tablets. The bottle has a red continuous thread gear closure.

UPC number 0004126001284 and lot numbers P2100890, P2100891, P2100992 (each with expiration date Aug-2023) and P2101010 (with expiration date Apr-2023) are included in this recall.

The UPC number, lot number and expiration date are printed near the drug facts panel on the label on the back of the bottle.

Aspirin and Ibuprofen

This recall involves the Kroger brand aspirin and ibuprofen over-the-counter drugs.

For the aspirin product, the green and yellow label states Kroger, Low Dose, Aspirin, 81 mg Delayed-Release Tablets / Pain Reliever, 300 enteric coated tablets. The bottle has a green continuous thread gear closure.

  • Aspirin UPC: 0004126001295
    •  Lot numbers:
      • A077J
      • F032H
      • F035H
      • J011H
      • K031H

For the ibuprofen product, the blue and white label states Kroger, Ibuprofen, Capsules, 200 mg Pain Reliever / Fever Reducer, 160 softgels. The bottle has a blue continuous thread gear closure. The following UPC and Lot numbers listed in the table are included in this recall and can be found on the label on the back of the bottle.

  • Ibuprofen UPC: 0004126001298
    • Lot numbers:
      • FH1163
      • C11044
      • C11047
      • C11064
      • C11065
      • C11079
      • C11084

Acetaminophen

This recall involves the Kroger brand acetaminophen over-the-counter drug.

The red, white and gray label states Kroger, Acetaminophen, Extended-Release Tablets USP, 650mg, Pain Reliever/Fever Reducer, 100 caplets. The bottle has a white continuous thread closure.

The UPC number is 0004126001287 with the batch codes AC45463, AC38213 or AC30682. The location of the UPC number is under the bar code on the packaging and the batch code is at the bottom of the label on the bottle.

Remedy

Consumers should immediately store the recalled product in a safe location out of reach and sight of children. Contact Kroger for information on how to properly dispose of the product and receive a full refund.

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U.S Marshals say last Barry County fugitive captured planned to flee the U.S

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – U.S. Marshals say the last of the Barry County Jail escapees had plans to flee to the country.

Just last night, the Barry County Sheriff’s office announced that U.S. Marshals had taken Lance Stephens, the third and final jail escapee into custody.

Upon arrest, officers discovered methamphetamine, marijuana, and over $5,000 in Stephens’ possession.

Police say their investigation led them to believe the fugitive was planning to flee to Mexico.

Fugitives escape

On Friday, June 3, authorities say Lance Justin Stephens, Matthew Allen Crawford and Christopher Allen Blevins escaped the Barry County Jail in Cassville, Missouri.

Authorities last Monday stated they believed the suspects were no longer in the Barry County, Missouri area. Authorities also believe the inmates are no longer together. “One was seen in Arkansas, one in Springfield,” Henry said.

Fugitives captured

The Barry County Sheriff’s Office announced on June 13th, that Mattew Crawford was taken into custody In Springfield, Missouri.

Just five days earlier, Barry County Deputies announced the capture of Christopher Blevins near Casper, Wyoming.

 

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Bus driver says he didn’t know his gummy snacks included THC

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A commercial bus driver has been charged with 38 counts of reckless endangerment after blacking out behind the steering wheel while snacking on gummies he says he didn’t know were infused with THC.

Jinhuan Chen appeared Tuesday in Bridgeport Superior Court after being arrested at his home in Boston.

Chen was driving 38 passengers from the Mohegan Sun Casino on March 13 when he stopped the bus on the side of Interstate 95 in Stratford. Police said they found Chen slumped unconscious in the driver’s seat, next to an open package of Smokies Edibles Cannabis-Infused Fruit Chews.

Toxicology tests showed Chen had a high level of THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, in his bloodstream, prosecutors said.

Chen told Judge Ndidi Moses on Tuesday that he had no idea he had been snacking on anything but regular candy.

“I didn’t know it was marijuana,” Chen said through a Chinese interpreter, according to Hearst Connecticut Media. “I didn’t know.”

Moses ordered Chen held in lieu of $25,000 bond and set his next court date for Aug. 25.

Victor Chen, the manager of Go Go Sun Tour, the bus company, told Hearst that Jinhuan Chen had been driving for the Boston-based company for 10 years and has an exemplary record.

“He doesn’t drink, he doesn’t smoke, but he has a sweet tooth and likes candy,” Victor Chen said.

“This would never have happened a couple of years ago. but now there’s marijuana everywhere here,” he added.

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Keeping kids cool in cars prevents heatstroke-related death in children

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Texas Family Initiative and TFI Family Connections in Kansas remind residents how dangerous it is to leave children unattended in hot cars.

The TFI says heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children in the U.S.

“A car can heat up 19 degrees in 10 minutes. And cracking a window doesn’t help,” TFI Senior Vice President Rachelle Roosevelt said. “Heatstroke can happen anytime, anywhere. We don’t want to see this happen to any family. That’s why TFI is asking everyone to help protect kids from this very preventable tragedy by never leaving a child alone in a car, not even for a minute.”

According to TFI analytics, the following amount of deaths could have been prevented in previous years:

  • 2018: 54
  • 2019: 53
  • 2020: 25
  • 2021: 21

TFI believes an informed public has helped decrease the number of heatstroke deaths in children drastically since they began their campaign.

Bystander

According to TFI Family Connections, bystanders play a huge role in preventing deaths. Residents are encouraged to ACT responsibly to keep children safe.

A: Avoid heat stroke-related injury and death by never leaving a child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not inside so kids don’t get in on their own.

C: Create reminders. Keep a stuffed animal or another memento in your child’s car seat when it’s empty and move it to the front seat as a visual reminder when your child is in the back seat. Or place and secure your phone, briefcase, or purse in the back seat when traveling with your child.

T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel wants you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.

For more information on the dangers of heatstroke in children and how you can help prevent these unnecessary and untimely deaths, check out the following resources:

  • https://www.nhtsa.gov/campaign/heatstroke
  • https://www.kidsandcars.org/how-kids-get-hurt/heat-stroke/
  • https://www.safekids.org/
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U.S. to spend $33 million for idle oil and gas well clean up

(CNN) — Officials from the Interior Department and the White House announced Wednesday they will spend $33 million to clean up 277 idle oil and gas wells on federal lands in nine states.

Wednesday’s funding allocation will go to clean up so-called orphaned wells in national forests and national parks in California, Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.

The funding comes from the bipartisan infrastructure law, which included $4.7 billion to clean up orphaned wells across the country. Over $1 billion of that funding has already been released to states to help them tackle orphan well clean-up. States have identified over 130,000 orphan wells around the country and estimated it will take around $8 billion to clean those wells up, said Laura Daniel-Davis, Interior’s principal deputy assistant secretary for land and mineral management.

“These are environmental hazards that jeopardize public health and safety by contaminating groundwater and emitting noxious gases like methane,” Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said Wednesday.

Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, and scientists have said it should be prioritized in efforts to address the climate crisis. It is also highly flammable (it’s the main component of the gas that’s used to power stoves, ovens and furnaces), and high concentrations of it can displace the oxygen in the air and lead to blurred vision, nausea, vomiting and headache, among other health issues.

The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates there are around 3 million idle or unproductive oil and gas wells around the nation, and orphaned wells are a subset of that number. Oil and gas companies are responsible for cleaning up wells that reach the end of their productive life, but when companies go bankrupt and “orphan” their wells, the cleanup is left to federal and state governments.

Daniel-Davis estimated there are about 15,000 orphaned wells on federal land; Wednesday’s funding allocation is meant to be the first round of $250 million to help clean up those wells.

Now that funding is being released, she said officials expect agencies will immediately begin the process of cleaning up and capping the wells. Four federal bureaus receiving this funding will measure emissions of methane coming from the wells — a super pollutant that is 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

The program will require federal contractors to measure methane emissions both when they start and end the remediation process, to measure how effective well capping is.

 

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Some Jif peanut butter products recalled due to salmonella

ORVILLE, Oh. – J.M. Smucker is recalling certain types of Jif peanut butter in the US because of a potential salmonella contamination.

The company said that the peanut butter was sold nationwide and the recall includes more than 45 kinds of products. They have lot codes between 1274425 to 2140425, the company said in a statement. The lot code is next to the “best if used by” date on the product’s packaging.

The affected products include both creamy and crunchy peanut butters, peanut butter to-go packs, and the natural squeeze pouch.

Customers should discard the product immediately if it is included in the recall, which is being conducted with the US Food and Drug Administration.

J.M. Smucker said it’s not able to estimate the recall’s financial impact for the fiscal year that ended on April 30 or the current fiscal year 2023, but will provide that information once it’s available.

Customers who have had a reaction and symptoms, or have any questions, should visit the company’s website Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time.

 

 

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Crime victims’ rights awareness week gets national attention

The spotlight of national recognition shines on crime victims this week. Amanda Douglas, the coordinator for the Office of Victim Services for the Missouri Department of Corrections, sat down with KOAM’s Tawnya Bach to talk about the annual observation of crime victims’ rights awareness week and this year’s theme: Rights, Access, Equity. Amanda explained its function and what rights victims of crime have. In addition, she also wanted to get the word out about a candlelight vigil being held in Jefferson City. If you’d like to attend, here are the details:

  • April 26th
  • 6:30 pm
  • Cole County Sheriff’s Department
  • 350 E. High Street
  • Jefferson City, Missouri

Contact Amanda Douglas at the Office of  Victim Services for more information about crime victims’ rights awareness week or crime victim services in the state of Missouri by clicking on the link provided: Office of Victim Services

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Gilbert Gottfried, standup comic and actor, dies at 67

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Gilbert Gottfried, the actor and legendary standup comic known for his raw, scorched voice and crude jokes, has died. He was 67.

Gottfried died from recurrent ventricular tachycardia due to myotonic dystrophy type II, a disorder that affects the heart, his publicist and longtime friend Glenn Schwartz said in a statement.

Gottfried was a fiercely independent and intentionally bizarre comedian’s comedian, as likely to clear a room with anti-comedy as he was to kill with his jokes.

He first came to national attention with frequent appearances on MTV in its early days and with a brief stint in the cast of “Saturday Night Live” in the 1980s.

Gottfried also did frequent voice work for children’s television and movies, most famously playing the parrot Iago in Disney’s “Aladdin.”

“Gilbert’s brand of humor was brash, shocking and frequently offensive, but the man behind the jokes was anything but,” Gottfried’s friend and podcast co-host Frank Santopadre said in a statement. “Those who loved and him were fortunate enough to share his orbit knew a person who was sweet, sensitive, surprisingly shy and filled with a childlike sense of playfulness and wonder.”

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“Operation Spoonbill” gives veterans a chance to relax and fish

OTTAWA CO., Okla. — A local non-profit is giving veterans a chance to do some fishing.

Charlie 22 Outdoors is hosting “Operation Spoonbill.”

It’s an all-expenses-paid event for veterans to fish for spoonbills at Twin Bridges State Park in Ottawa County, Oklahoma.

Charlie 22 will provide guides and boats to make sure the veterans have a good time out on the water.

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Strawberry milk campaign lands local student in Scholastic News

MCDONALD COUNTY, Mo. – A local 4th grader makes it in Scholastic News after his campaign last year to bring back strawberry milk to Anderson Elementary.

Last fall (2021), the McDonald County R1 School District stopped offering strawberry milk at lunchtime. Some 4th graders were not happy about that.

(Previous article: McDonald County students petition for the return of strawberry milk)

So, they let the district know by writing a petition to bring it back – and it worked. The school district made strawberry milk available throughout the district.

Student Esteban Perez led the campaign and his work is making an impact across the nation.

Editors of the nationwide school-based publication “Scholastic News” learned of his story. They featured him in the January edition of Scholastic News. They deliver it to thousands of students and school districts across the country.

A student in Vacaville, CA read Esteban’s story in Scholastic and was inspired to launch his own protest to bring chocolate milk back to his school. His protest was picked up by media in California and eventually was covered by the Washington Post. The Post even mentioned Esteban in the article as the inspiration for the protest.

Today, March 31, 2022, was the first time Esteban saw a copy of the Scholastic News article featuring him. His teacher, Mrs. Ernst, passed them out during class today. They also reviewed the story from the Washington Post about the California protest.

Students learned how one act can make a huge difference.