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YOUR HEALTH: A nose implant that dissolves and makes breathing easier

HOUSTON, Texas – "When I would try to jog or run, I would not turn red, I would actually turn purple. It was just exhausting."

Courtney Bade had no stamina and wasn't sleeping well so she sought help.

"(My doctor) noticed that when I did breathe, the side of my nose would cave in."

Structures inside in her nose blocked nasal passages, limiting her oxygen supply.   The doctor recommended a new device.

"LATERA is an implant made out of polylactic acid: it's dissolvable, and it's a bioactive stimulator of collagen," explained Dr. Jose Barrera from the Texas Center for Facial Plastic Surgery.

Which helps keep the airways open.

"And then, once it dissolves," the doctor added, "which it will dissolve over two years, it leaves behind a little collagen track which supports the sidewall."

NEW TECHNOLOGY:   LATERA is an implant that is a bio-active stimulator collagen.  While the patient is awake, doctors numb the internal lining of the nose with nasal spray or gel.   Then they deploy the implant, the size of an ear bud, through a small cannula.

The implant surgery takes only 20 minutes, under local anesthesia, with a minimal recovery time of one week.

"They can actually resume normal activities the next day, no splints, no packing, they can breathe better right away," said Dr. Barrera.

After about a month, Courtney saw a marked improvement in her breathing.

"I was actually able to jog," she said.  "I didn't turn different colors."

"If you feel during the daytime that you have nasal obstruction, you feel congested, you feel blocked, you feel like you cant breathe out of one side compared to the other," said Dr. Barrera.  "Then it's time for an evaluation."

"I did not know that I had a problem, but having it fixed is amazing," added Courtney.

The FDA approved the medical implant for use at the end of 2016.  It is covered on a case by case basis by most health insurance companies.

If this story has impacted your life or prompted you or someone you know to seek or change treatments, please let us know by contacting Jim Mertens at jim.mertens@wqad.com or Marjorie Bekaert Thomas at mthomas@ivanhoe.com.

Iowa State Patrol on high alert for drugged drivers on 4/20

DAVENPORT, Iowa-- On 4/20 marijuana users claimed the day as a National Holiday to toke up.

Throughout the weekend Iowa State patrol troopers are joining six other states as part of a Drug Impaired Enforcement Campaign, " Get High? Kiss Your License Goodbye!"

"It's just keeping everybody safe and keeping those kind of people that are impaired off the road," said Lieutenant Brian Votroubek.

The initiative aims to keep roads safe from impaired drivers who are under the influence of drugs.

Votroubek said they're adding more troopers and drug recognition experts out on the Iowa Roads.

"It's becoming a bigger deal every year and this is one of those days we want to increase that awareness." said Lt. Votroubek.

He says the signs to drug impaired drivers are similar to drunk drivers.

"It can be bad driving, not staying within your lane, varying speeds, just unusual behavior, staying at a stop sign too long, pulled off on the side of the road to a weird location." said Votroubek.

The campaign initiative will last through the weekend.

QC students join national school walkout on anniversary of Columbine shooting

Pleasant Valley High School students joined together to remember the Columbine massacre, Friday April 20.

The 19th anniversary of the deadly school shooting also marks the second day in two months students across the country participated in a national school walkout.

The movement is an effort to ask lawmakers for stricter gun control laws.

“As students we have a voice because this is directly affecting us so advocating from a student’s perspective is something that needs to happen,” says senior and student organizer, Keshav Wagle.

Students from Glenview Middle School also marched around campus for 17 minutes, one minute for each of the victims in Parkland, Florida.

“What if it happens again, what if it happens to somebody’s family. Think about the people,” one student tells WQAD News 8.

Students from North Scott, Rock Island, Pleasant Valley, and East Moline schools all participated in the national walkout.

Police advertise 4/20 contest to find person with ‘the most marijuana’

YOUNGSVILLE, La. – Think you’ve got the most impressive marijuana stash? A Louisiana police department is encouraging pot smokers to prove it.

The 20th of April, commonly known as 4/20, has become an annual international holiday for THC fans, despite the fact that the drug is still illegal in most of America and at the federal level.

This year, the Youngsville Police Department wants in on the party, advertising a “contest” on their Facebook page:

“Since today is 4/20, we are giving away prizes to the person that has the most marijuana. If you think you have more marijuana than anyone else, and you want to enter this contest, come by and show us at 304 Fourth Street Youngsville, La. we will extend this contest until the end of the month !!!!”

The post does not list what the “prizes” are for those who bring their weed to the police station, but it’s safe to say 4/20 will be ending early for those individuals.

The department generously extended the contest through the end of April.

Don’t eat any romaine lettuce, CDC warns, as E. coli outbreak grows

YUMA, Ariz. – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding its romaine lettuce recall. It is now advising people throw away whole heads of romaine in addition to chopped romaine. Salad mixes with pieces of romaine should also be discarded.

The agency said 53 people in 16 states have become infected with E. coli from lettuce. No deaths have been reported.

E. coli Outbreak Update: Based on new data, CDC advises throwing away whole heads of romaine and hearts of romaine, plus chopped romaine and salad mixes, from Yuma, Arizona growing region. https://t.co/WTdyf3IWsY pic.twitter.com/F1RHsL3rt4

— CDC (@CDCgov) April 20, 2018

The contaminated lettuce is from the Yuma, Arizona region. However, the CDC said unless you can confirm where the lettuce is from, it should be thrown away.

The information below is from the CDC:

What’s New?
  • Based on new information, CDC is expanding its warning to consumers to cover all types of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. This warning now includes whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, in addition to chopped romaine and salads and salad mixes containing romaine.
  • Do not buy or eat romaine lettuce at a grocery store or restaurant unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region.
  • Unless the source of the product is known, consumers anywhere in the United States who have any store-bought romaine lettuce at home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick. Product labels often do not identify growing regions; so, throw out any romaine lettuce if you’re uncertain about where it was grown. This includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce. If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.
  • Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell any romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.
  • The expanded warning is based on information from newly reported illnesses in Alaska. Ill people in Alaska reported eating lettuce from whole heads of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.
Highlights
  • Information collected to date indicates that romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region could be contaminated with  coli O157:H7 and could make people sick.
    • At this time, no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand has been identified.
  • Advice to Consumers:
    • Do not buy or eat romaine lettuce at a grocery store or restaurant unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region.
    • Unless the source of the product is known, consumers anywhere in the United States who have any store-bought romaine lettuce at home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick. Product labels often do not identify growing regions; so, throw out any romaine lettuce if you’re uncertain about where it was grown. This includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce. If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.
  • Advice to Restaurants and Retailers:
    • Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell any romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. This includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce.
    • Restaurants and retailers should ask their suppliers about the source of their romaine lettuce.
  • CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 ( coli O157:H7) infections.
  • 53 people infected with the outbreak strain of  coli O157:H7 have been reported from 16 states.
    • 31 people have been hospitalized, including five people who have developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome.
    • No deaths have been reported.
  • This investigation is ongoing, and CDC will provide updates when more information is available.

Volunteers help create ‘beautiful’ memories for special education students on Prom night

STERLING-- Members of the community rallied together to make sure special education students in Sterling had a special night to remember.

As students in the special education program get ready for prom, hairspray filled the air of a classroom inside the Whiteside Area Career Center,

One by one, girls sat down in front of volunteer beauticians to get their hair curled and makeup perfectly applied for their special day.

A special moment because looking back at life four years ago they would have never known what it would be like.

"Some of the kids were curious watching other high school students go and so we thought well hey why can't we do it," said Kim Martin.

Martin has worked in the school district for 11 years.

Four years ago, she began working with the community to try and make sure that her students had an equal opportunity to have prom be a night to remember.

From the amount of stylists to gowns donated, the amount of support the Bi-County Prom receives grows each year. It is as if everyone wants to give these special students a special day that they'll never forget.  "The more the merrier I mean as you can see we have a lot of girls that want to get their hair done and their makeup done and look pretty," said volunteer Nichole Dugger. This year is Dugger's first year volunteering and she said she heard about the dance through one of the students when they asked Dugger to do her hair for the special occasion.  All of the volunteers donate their time and products and the experience is enough to put a smile on everyone's face. "Just seeing the smile and the glow on their faces it's indescribable. I mean they are so happy. It just means the world to them, it's something that a lot of them have never done before and  getting their hair done their makeup done the boys getting dressed up in a tuxedos; it's just special," said Martin. For the students the experience is more than just hair and makeup.  "I have all my friends here with me, I have all my supporters, so it really means a lot to me," said senior Markeesha Glover. Glover has been to three proms now and each year her favorite part has been getting ready with her classmates. Once everyone is finished getting ready the students get to show off their looks as they walk through the hallway towards the bus. As fellow peers line the hallway to cheer them on.

SUV rams through the front of Davenport KFC

BETTENDORF, Iowa – A S.U.V. crashed into the front of the Kentucky Fried Chicken located at 3843 Elmore Avenue in Davenport, just after 4:00 P.M. on April 20th.

It is unknown what caused the accident, or if anybody was hurt in the crash.

This is a developing story. WQAD will share updates as they become available.

Iowa health system patient info may have been compromised

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — UnityPoint Health says a phishing attack on its email system could have compromised the health and personal information of 16,000 patients.

The Des Moines Register reports that the system discovered on Feb. 15 that a phishing attack had affected some employee email accounts. A letter sent to patients on Monday says accounts may have been accessed between Nov. 1 and Feb. 7.

Patients’ information that may have been exposed included medical record numbers, diagnosis and treatment information, lab results, insurance information, names and dates of birth and some Social Security numbers and other financial information.

Patients have been advised to contact health insurance companies for a current report of all services paid. Patients may call 855-331-3612 to see if their information was compromised.

Money expert: The closing of Bon-Ton Stores and the state of the retail industry

 

Every Monday on Good Morning Quad Cities, Investment Advisor Mark Grywacheski joins us live on the air to talk about a range of financial issues and topics.

On Monday, April 23rd, Mark will discuss the retail industry in the following ways:

  • What drove Bon-Ton Stores (including Younker’s & Bergner’s) to close their doors?
  • The current state of the retail industry.
  • Why some big name stores are expanding while others are closing.

Your Money With Mark airs live on Good Morning Quad Cities every Monday between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. To live stream our newscast from our website, click here.

New Bettendorf apartments add second building to downtown plans

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Downtown living here is getting a sleek, modern look. That's where The Bridges development is ready to start its second phase before the first building even opens.

"The momentum's really building," said Frank Levy, president of Newbury Living, on Friday, April 20.

There's plenty of energy surrounding this $22-million project at the site of the former Twin Bridges Motel.  The first building will open around Thanksgiving 2018, and backers are now green-lighting a second building for Spring 2019.

"The neighborhood's starting to pop," Levy, a West Des Moines-based developer, continued.

There will be 132 units divided between both buildings. About half the 76 apartments in the first building already are booked.  Monthly rent runs from $750 to $1,750.  It's a Bettendorf blend of river views to accompany a downtown renaissance.

"It's a great addition to downtown," said Steve Pennock, who is guiding construction with Build to Suit, Incorporated. "Everybody from out of town, when they come in to visit for an event, will see this and want to move here."

As work continues high above, there's a method to this modular design.  Some construction happens off-site.

"It's basically a big puzzle," Pennock continued.  "Every wall has a number to it.  It helps us out on the speed and efficiency of the building."

Most of all, it's transforming the site near the current and developing Interstate 74 Bridge from an eyesore into something elegant.

"For a pet owner, a person that likes to jog or a person commuting to Moline, it's just a great location," Levy concluded.

It's something to see, from The Bridges, across the Mississippi River.

For rental information: http://www.BridgesLofts.com, or phone (563) 349-1619.

 

There are nearly 160,000 pilots in America. Fewer than 7,000 are women

(CNN) — Tammie Jo Shults, who guided Southwest Flight 1380 into Philadelphia after losing an engine over southeast Pennsylvania this week, is a rare breed.

Not only is she one of the nation’s first female Navy fighter pilots, but as a pilot for a US airline, she is one of fewer than 7,000 women in her profession.

Here’s a look at the state of female pilots at US airlines:

It’s a man’s world

Of the 159,825 pilots flying for airlines last year, only 6,994 were women, about 4.37%. Both the number and percentage have been on a slow ascent since 2008.

United is a leader in putting women in the cockpit

At three of the top four airlines in the US, fewer than one in 20 pilots is a woman. United, on the other hand, has 934 women flying. That’s more than 7% of its pilot staff. Of those, 285 are captains.

Commercial flight in general is a boy’s club

The number of women flying in other commercial capacities is also low — 6,267 of 98,161 last year — and that number is down since 2008, perhaps as part of a general decline in commercial pilots during that time frame. Still, the percentage has basically been static for the past decade.

More women are learning to fly

More than 19,000 women are learning to fly. While only a small fraction of these women will go on to fly for airlines, the number of female students has more than doubled in the past decade.

Huge strides since the early days

According to “The American Aviation Experience: A History,” Central Airlines became the first American airline to hire a female pilot — Helen Richey, who specialized in racing and aerobatics — in 1934. She quit because she couldn’t break through in the male-dominated profession.

It would be almost four decades before Frontier Airlines became the second carrier to hire a woman, Emily Howell Warner, who would go on to be the first captain for an American airline.

Between 1960 and 2010, the number of airline transport certifications granted to women have increased more than 220-fold.

Woman lost two sons in one night to opioids; fighting the crisis is now her life’s work

(CNN) — “Everything just kind of seemed like a blur that day,” Becky Savage said. “Your mind is not really meant to process something that extreme.”

The day Savage is describing is June 14, 2015.

Her two oldest sons, Nick and Jack, were celebrating at high school graduation parties the night before. The boys came home about 12:30 a.m. and checked in with their mom, who had been waiting up.

The next morning, as Savage was picking up laundry in Jack’s room, she noticed that he wasn’t stirring as she tried to wake him.

“He was unresponsive. I called 911, and I remember hollering for Nick, for him to come up, and how he never came.”

Nick, her eldest son, was downstairs sleeping in the basement with friends.

The first responders arrived and tried to resuscitate Jack, and then Savage noticed one of them going downstairs to the basement.

“I had no idea at that point what they were doing in our basement. And then I remember one of them coming up and asking for a coroner. That’s the last thing that I remember that day.”

A tragic consequence

The boys were pronounced dead. Both had accidentally overdosed on hydrocodone and alcohol. Someone at one of the graduation parties had passed around the prescription pills.

Savage says the boys had never been in trouble with drinking or drugs. They just happened to make “a bad choice that unfortunately cost them their lives.”

For the next year, the Savage family — Becky, husband Mike and two younger sons, Justin and Matthew — worked on healing and picking up the pieces. They did not discuss their loss publicly until Becky was asked to speak at a local town hall about underage drinking.

“I had never spoken publicly before, and I was assured there would be maybe between 15 and 20 people there. So, I agreed to do it, and over 200 people showed up. It was just overwhelming.”

That’s when the family realized the impact their story could have on others.

Keeping their memory alive

After their first speaking engagement, more speaking requests came in. The Savage family decided to turn their tragedy into a positive force.

They started the 525 Foundation, named after the boys’ hockey numbers (Jack’s 5 and Nick’s 25) in order to share their story and prevent “another family from having to endure the pain” they experienced.

Savage now estimates that she has spoken in front of 2,300 students. She was also invited to testify before a US Senate committee dealing with the opioid crisis. The determined mother hopes to influence lawmakers to create stricter laws around prescription drugs. She also wants to spread awareness about the abuse of medication.

“We’ve talked to our kids about drinking, but we had never talked to them about prescription drugs, because it wasn’t even on our radar.”

As the Savage family continues to spread their message, they are finding that they are not alone.

“In different communities, there are still people who are unaware of the dangers. After I get done talking to them, the first thing they say is they’re going to go home and clean out their medicine cabinets.”

Taking it to the streets

One of the biggest ways the Savage family and the 525 Foundation are making a difference is by trying to help clean up their own community. They’ve teamed up with local law enforcement to hold pill drop-offs, where people can safely dispose of unused prescription drugs to prevent them from getting into the wrong hands.

After only three of these events, they’ve collected over 1,500 pounds of pills.

“If you think about how much one pill weighs, that’s a lot of pills collected. And when you think that one of those pills could take a life, that could potentially be a lot of lives saved.”

Savage hopes to install permanent pill drop-off boxes across her community soon. In the meantime, she continues to spread her message to protect other families and keep her sons’ memories alive.

“By me telling their story, they’re still able to make a difference in the lives of others. There can’t be a better goal than that.”

NAILED IT OR FAILED IT: Taking on the Unicorn Trend

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You've heard of the Unicorn Frappuccino at Starbucks or maybe you've seen those Unicorn Cakes. The Unicorn Trend is all around us and today on our weekly Nailed It Or Failed It segment on WQAD News 8 at 11am, we tried to make another creation - Unicorn Poop Bath Bombs.

Yes, you heard that right. Unicorn. Poop. Molly McGuire from Sentio Soaps was our Special Guest on Friday, April 20th. She gave us a sneak peek of her next class, which takes place on Saturday, April 21st from 1-3pm at Crafted QC, 217 E. 2nd Street, Davenport. To register, click here. Check out how they made these special bath bombs by clicking the video above.

You can learn more about Sentio Soaps by checking out Molly's Facebook Page here or her website here.

We also had a Special Guest in studio to make our Cocktail of the Week this week. Jon was in charge Friday morning, and he brought in his wife's friend, Moria Stephens, a former bartender at Kelly's Irish Pub. Stephens made a Peach Moscow Mule. Here are the instructions for it:

Fill cup with ice (copper cups preferably)

1.5 ounces of peach vodka 1.5 ounces of peach juice/nectar Top with ginger beer (the amount depends on the number of drinks you're making) Squeeze lime in, garnish with peach, and Enjoy!

 

It’s time you learned how 4/20 became ‘Weed Day’

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April 20 is a day of celebration for marijuana enthusiasts. The origin of 420 dates back to the early 1970s, when 4:20 p.m. marked the time that high school students in Marin County, just north of San Francisco, would regularly meet to consume marijuana.

As people across the United States light up to mark the occasion, it is important to reflect on the ongoing legacy of marijuana criminalization and its widespread impact on black and brown communities.

Marijuana prohibition started in the 1920s at the state and local level in the southwestern United States. Despite widespread use by white people, both then and now, prohibition was driven by xenophobia and racism toward Mexican immigrants working as farmworkers.

The term “marijuana” came into use as anti-cannabis factions sought to associate the substance with Mexicans, who by the early 1920s were caricatured as using marijuana to gain superhuman strength to commit acts of violence.

By the 1930s, Harry Anslinger, the godfather of modern drug prohibition, connected marijuana use to black jazz musicians and campaigned to prohibit marijuana nationally. He succeeded in 1937 with the passage of the Marijuana Tax Act.

This racist attitude carried over to the modern-day war on drugs, first declared by Richard Nixon in 1971. John Ehrlichman, one of Nixon’s former chief aids, confirmed that the drug war was intended to marginalize anti-war protesters and black people. Nixon achieved his goal using drug war tactics to target black communities.

According to a 2013 study from the ACLU, a black person in the United States is nearly four times more likely than a white person to be arrested for marijuana possession, despite similar rates of use.

Today, support for marijuana legalization is at an all-time high, with nearly two-thirds of the public now in favor. Nine states and Washington, D.C., have legalized marijuana for adult use, and many more states like New Jersey, New York and New Mexico could join them in the coming years. And a new report suggests the cognitive impairments associated with marijuana use in young people have been overstated and any potential impacts are not detectible after 72 hours of abstinence.

Just last Friday, Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado announced that he has persuaded President Donald Trump, a fellow Republican, to protect states with legal marijuana from federal interference.

The evidence is clear that marijuana legalization is working. States that have legalized are experiencing dramatic declines in marijuana arrests, preventing thousands of people each year from entering the criminal justice system for conduct that a majority of Americans think should be legal. At the same time, these states are filling their coffers with millions of dollars in new tax revenues.

The question is increasingly no longer whether to legalize marijuana, but rather how. Going forward, legalization advocates are demanding that lawmakers write or amend laws to repair harms against people of color. This includes provisions that remove past marijuana convictions from criminal records, invest marijuana tax revenues in the communities most harmed by the war on drugs, and ensure an equitable marijuana market.

Some states are doing just this. In California and Oregon, thousands of people can now reduce or clear past marijuana convictions. This protects people from the devastating consequences of a criminal conviction, including barriers to employment, education, housing, and public benefits. California and Massachusetts are also reinvesting marijuana tax revenues in the communities most harmed by the drug war.

So, this 420, look beyond just legalizing it. Marijuana legalization isn’t simply about greater access to marijuana. We must center the people who have been most harmed by decades of racialized drug policies. If we don’t, marijuana legalization won’t fulfill its potential to repair the devastation that mass criminalization has wrought on black and brown communities.

How Earth Day evolved from an idea to a global holiday

Earth Day started in the United States in 1970 and has been embraced by nearly every country in the world over the past 50 years.

Earth Day events happen all over the globe and this year's theme is to end plastic pollution. It’s hard to imagine now, but fifty years ago, environmental issues weren’t really considered "issues," smokestacks were a sign of economic prosperity.

In 1969, a massive oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara, California started to make the public aware of the impacts humans had on the environment.

Gaylord Nelson, a United States Senator from Wisconsin initially came up with the idea of designating an annual day to focus on the environment. He was inspired by witnessing the damage caused by that oil spill and the anti-Vietnam War student movement that had been thrust into the national spotlight.

The climate was right for Sen. Nelson's initiative. He had bi-partisan support and interest from urban and rural communities. There was a big effort to publicize the first Earth Day and 20 million Americans came out to peacefully demonstrate healthy and sustainable practices.

The first Earth Day brought awareness to things like oil spills, factory emissions that were polluting our air, toxic waste, and extinction. Earth Day ultimately led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, and environmental legislation like the Clean Air, Clean Water, and the Endangered Species Acts.

In 1990, Earth Day went global when 200 million people from over 140 different countries put environmental issues on the world stage and gave a huge boost to worldwide recycling efforts.

There are many different ways to get involved, especially at the local community level. See how to celebrate Earth Day in your community.

Schumer plans to introduce bill to decriminalize weed

(CNN) — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer plans to propose legislation decriminalizing marijuana on a federal level.

While Schumer, who was elected to the Senate two decades ago, has been supportive of medicinal marijuana, he has now “evolved” his thinking on recreational marijuana.

“The time has come to decriminalize marijuana,” the New York Democrat said in a statement Friday announcing his plans to introduce a new bill in the Senate.

“My thinking — as well as the general population’s views — on the issue has evolved, and so I believe there’s no better time than the present to get this done. It’s simply the right thing to do,” he said.

Schumer announced the proposed legislation Thursday in an interview with “Vice News Tonight.”

The senator told Vice News he had “seen too many people’s lives ruined because they had small amounts of marijuana and served time in jail much too long.”

Schumer further explained his decision in a Medium post Friday.

“A staggering number of American citizens, a disproportionate number of whom are African American and Latino, continue to be arrested every day for something that most Americans agree should not be a crime,” Schumer wrote. “Meanwhile, those who are entering into the marijuana market in states that have legalized are set to make a fortune. This is not only misguided, but it undermines the basic principles of fairness and equal opportunity that are foundational to the American way of life.”

According to Schumer’s office, under the new bill, marijuana would be removed from the list of substances classified under the Controlled Substances Act.

Schumer’s legislation would leave in place decisions by states on how to regulate marijuana, the authority of federal law enforcement to penalize trafficking from states that have legalized the drug to those that have not, and federal regulation of marijuana advertising so children aren’t targeted.

The bill also seeks to allocate funds for women and minority-owned marijuana businesses and public health research regarding the effects of THC, the main active chemical in marijuana.

Father, 4-year-old son run over by teens stealing Bud Light from grocery store

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A father is still recovering in the hospital days after he and his young son were run over by a teenager in the parking lot of a popular south Charlotte shopping center, WSOC reports.

According to a police report, the teen stole a 24-pack of Bud Light from the Harris Teeter in the Blakeney Village shopping center on Rea Road Tuesday evening and ran out of the store.

The thief jumped into a waiting car, which sped away and collided with 41-year-old Nathan Green and his 4-year-old son, knocking them both to the ground.

Green suffered multiple skull fractures, and the boy had a deep gash on his head. Both were hospitalized at Carolinas Medical Center, where Green continues to recover.

No arrests have been made.

Student wounded in shooting at Florida high school, authorities say

(CNN) — A student was wounded in a shooting Friday morning at a high school in Ocala, Florida, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said, shortly before students were to walk out as part of a national protest against gun violence.

The student was shot in the ankle at Forest High School and transported to a hospital with a wound not considered life threatening, said Kevin Christian, Marion Public Schools spokesman. The victim is 17.

A school resource officer heard a loud bang at 8:39 a.m., Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods told reporters.

Three minutes later, the officer took a 19-year-old suspect — who’s not a student — into custody without incident, Woods said.

The motive is unclear for what’s the 20th US school shooting this year.

“It’s a shame what society has come to in that we even have to be here on a school campus,” Woods said. “Society has changed since I was in school. … We as a whole need to do something. My emotions are running rampant.”

Woods and school officials said the resource officer’s quick response and active shooter protocols at the school helped save lives.

Jake Mailhiot, 16, a junior, posted a photo to social media of desks, chairs and other furniture piled high over the door to the classroom where he was studying psychology. The barricade was meant to keep out an active shooter.

“I didn’t hear anything other than people from other classrooms crying,” he said.

Mailhiot and other students helped a teacher block the door, he said. They were on lockdown for about an hour.

Authorities asked residents to avoid the area of Forest High, which was surrounded by emergency vehicles and buses transporting students away from the scene.

As Forest High students were being bused to First Baptist Church of Ocala to be reunited with their parents, students at some 2,500 schools around the country were walking out of their classrooms as part of the National School Walkout against gun violence.

“The fact that it happened on this day, in a way, reinforces what we are trying to get across,” said Ryan Servaites, a high school freshman in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and teachers were gunned down in February. “This happens. It is an issue. We see more people dying. Children are being hurt.”

In a walkout in New York City, Stuyvesant High School sophomore Grace Goldstein, 16, lamented that her generation has become desensitized to gun violence.

“We’re very glad that no lives were lost,” she said of the Ocala shooting. “We’re incredibly grateful for that. Our reaction was, of course, this is how our country works. The person who was shot today is on the list of the people who we’re fighting for.”

Forest High was to participate in the walkout, according to a Thursday post on the Ocala school’s Twitter account.

Instead, aerial news footage from the scene showed a sea of students gathered outside a steepled church to meet their parents and officers, guns at their side, clearing buildings on the sprawling Ocala campus.

School walkouts were canceled districtwide in Marion County after the shooting, according to school board member Nancy Stacy.

The Ocala shooting comes more than two months since the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland near Fort Lauderdale. Parkland students are participating in the national walkout — which is also the 19th anniversary of the shooting deaths of 13 people at Columbine High School in Colorado.

“We won’t stop,” Servaites told CNN. “This is why. It is, in a way, the world slapping us in the face, but we just have to look at it as a wake-up call.”

Forest High, which was ranked as one of the best high schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, has about 2,100 students. Ocala is about 65 miles northwest of Orlando.

CORRECTION: This story has been updated to correct Jake Mailhiot’s grade in school.

Walmart employees may soon get a more lax dress code

(CNN Money) — Walmart employees could soon be getting a little more wiggle room in their work attire.

The discount giant is testing a new dress code that would allow workers to wear any solid colored shirt and adds blue to the mix of approved pants colors, making blue jeans work-appropriate attire, a spokesperson said.

“We are always testing new ideas and concepts in a small number of our stores,” spokesperson Justin Rushing said in an emailed statement “Some of these tests are expanded while others are retired. We won’t know next steps on this test until we’ve had a chance to learn what works and what could work better.”

The new policy would also stipulate that, beginning April 14, new hires cannot have visible face tattoos.

Rushing added that the new policy will begin with a “small test” in fewer than 100 locations.

The news was reported earlier by Bloomberg.

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Walmart employees at stores not included in the pilot will have to continue to abide by the old dress code, which bans blue jeans and stipulates khaki or black pants with a solid white or blue top.

With 4,900 US stores, Walmart is the country’s largest employer. About 1.5 million people are employed by the grocery and home goods giant.

Staying dry for a while… Next shower chance not until next week

What a great way to end the work week as we’ve been seeing plenty of sunshine and temperatures approaching 60 degrees.  As we make our way into the evening and overnight hours a system will be tracking just to our south adding more cloudiness to our skies.  That will allow temperatures to not be as cold with lows only dropping in the upper 30s.

That cloud cover will stick around through most of Saturday which will keep temperatures from not getting out of the 50s that afternoon.  These same clouds will thin out a bit on Sunday allowing highs that day to peak just over 60 degrees.

Warmer 60s will be felt for early next week before a new system tracks across the area Tuesday night into Wednesday.  This will bring our next round of showers to the area and likely our only chance for the rest of the week.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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