KWSO News for 11/19/19

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The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is sending out kits to 8000 businesses across the state with the hope of reducing opioid overdoses at work. According to the Bend Bulletin, the goal is to get employers to train staff to administer the opioid inhibitor, naloxone, just like they’re trained to perform CPR or attach a defibrillator. State health officials said people are legally protected when administering naloxone, but the kits OHA is sending out don’t actually contain the drug, businesses have to buy it themselves. The pilot project includes an intentional effort to partner with Native American Communities. Caroline Cruz, with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, stated that tribal communities appreciate the money OHA is providing as a way to expand efforts and that the tribes are focused on the full continuum of care from prevention to treatment and aftercare.

The Redmond Couple convicted of Murder in the starvation death of their 5 year old daughter in 2016 have been sentenced. The Bend Bulletin reports On Monday, in Deschutes County Circuit Court, Judge Beth Bagley sentenced the couple to Life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years. After the December 2016 death of Maliyha Hope Garcia a criminal investigation started moments after she was pronounced dead. The couple has been in custody since April of 2017. The Trial began this year on September 17th, took 5 weeks to conclude and 5 hours for the jury to return unanimous guilty verdicts on all accounts.

The attorney for the food and chemical conglomerate FMC Corporation told the 9th US Circuit Court of appeals that it should no longer have to pay the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes an annual fee for storing hazardous waste on the reservation. FMC had paid the $1.5 million fee from 1998 to 2001 but quit doing so in December 2001 when the phosphate processing plant had stopped it operations. The Tribes sued in tribal court and according to Indian Country Today, the 9th US Court of Appeals sides with tribal court and the Tribal Government. The tribes said the FMC must now pay the interest for past storage fees and an annual fee every year thereafter as long as the hazardous waste is stored within the reservation. The money under tribal law will be used for environmental monitoring, compliance and cleanup.

Local Sports today: the Warm Springs K-8 Boys Basketball is in action this afternoon hosting Jefferson County Middle School. Game starts at 3:30pm