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McKinsey & Company has reached a $573 million settlement with nearly 50 state governments as well as the District of Columbia and territories, over its role helping to market and boost sales of high-risk opioids including OxyContin.

Most of the funds will be devoted to paying for treatment and rehabilitation programs in communities devastated by the addiction crisis. As part of the settlement, McKinsey admits to no wrongdoing.

This deal heads off civil lawsuits threatened by state attorneys general.

When Ashwani Sheoran showed up for early morning shifts at pharmacies in rural Michigan wearing his white Walmart smock, he often found customers waiting, desperate for bottles of pain pills.

"I see my patients, 15 to 20, already lined up to get prescriptions filled for morphine sulfate, oxycodone and other straight narcotics," he said.

This was in 2012 when the prescription opioid epidemic was exploding, killing tens of thousands of Americans every year.

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The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Walmart on Tuesday, alleging that the retail giant unlawfully dispensed controlled substances from pharmacies it operated nationwide.

Walmart pulled guns and ammunition from its store shelves as a precautionary measure, following the unrest in Philadelphia this week after police fatally shot a Black man more than a dozen times on Monday.

Both weapons and bullets are still available for purchase in the stores that carry them, but customers will have to specifically request the items as opposed to grabbing them from display shelves.

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A federal judge overseeing opioid litigation in Cleveland has ruled against a request by five pharmacy chains to dismiss lawsuits filed by Lake and Trumbull Counties. 

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Cincinnati-based Kroger is joining Walmart in requiring customers to wear face masks or coverings in all of it's stores. 

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Retail giant Walmart is recalling over six-thousand pounds of Great Value brand ready-to-eat sausage products over concerns of possible salmonella contamination.

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Cincinnati-based Kroger says it will no longer allow customers to openly carry guns in its stores. 

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The Ohio Department of Health says a 73-year-old Hancock County woman is the first state resident to contract salmonella from pre-cut melons. 

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Federal health officials say a salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon has sickened 60 people in Ohio and four other Midwestern states. 

A new study by the progressive-leaning think tank Policy Matters Ohio shows one in ten Amazon employees or family members in the state received food stamp benefits in August of last year.