July 9, 2021

N.C. Foster Child Chained to Porch with Dead Chicken

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N.C. Foster Child Chained to Porch with Dead Chicken

North Carolina will pay $1 million to three former foster children, one of whom was chained to a porch at the age of 11 with a dead chicken tied around his neck. According to The Charlotte Observer, the foster parents at the time of the abuse included a woman who headed the child-abuse investigations team with the local department of social services. Her partner was an emergency room nurse, who subsequently served five years in prison. The victims now range in age from 19 to 22.

New Ind. Law Bogs Down Firearms Licensing Website

A new Indiana law that removes fees for handgun licenses has bogged down the state’s licensing website. According to WTHR.com, the law making lifetime handgun licenses free went into effect on July 1. This led to a high volume of applications on the state’s firearms licensing website, causing a delay in fingerprint appointments. Before the law went into effect, lifetime licenses cost $75.

‘High Risk’ Iowa ER Doctor Continues to Practice

An unidentified emergency room doctor who poses a “high risk” to the public continues to practice with no restrictions on his license, according to the Iowa Board of Medicine. The physician, who refers to himself as “Dr. John Doe,” sued the board in April in an attempt to prevent charges of professional incompetence, the Iowa Capital Dispatch reports. The doctor reportedly caused a patient’s death in 2017.

Online Pharmacy Sues Iowa Board Over Suspension

A Texas mail-order pharmacy has sued the Iowa Board of Pharmacy over a $25,000 fine imposed for the distribution of a fertility hormone. According to the Iowa Capital Dispatch, Empower Pharmacy dispenses a specially compounded version of human chorionic gonadotropin that requires patients to dilute it in order to achieve the proper dosage. This amounts to the provision of “unregulated, compounded formulations,” the pharmacy board alleged in placing the pharmacy’s license on probation for three years.

State Board Suspends Oklahoma School Superintendent

The Oklahoma State Board of Education voted unanimously July 1 to suspend the license of an Oklahoma City school district superintendent over allegations of fiscal mismanagement and retaliatory behavior, according to The Oklahoman. As a result of the suspension, Mannix Barnes cannot continue as superintendent of Western Heights Public Schools. The district has lost hundreds of students and nearly 40% of its employees during Barnes’ tenure. The state board put him on probation in April after hearing reports of misused bond funds, incorrect financial reports and other problems.

Calif. Lawmakers OK Cannabis Licensing Changes

Lawmakers in California have sent the governor a budget bill that contains several substantive changes to the state’s cannabis regulatory system, according to MJBizDaily.com. The bill creates a single cannabis control agency, extends the life of the state’s provisional licensing program and allows trade samples of marijuana products to be shared among businesses for free. Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to sign the bill.


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