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After a seven-week trial, a judge in Oklahoma is now considering whether Johnson & Johnson should be held responsible for the state's opioid epidemic.

The lawsuit, which is the first of its kind to play out in court, alleges Johnson & Johnson helped ignite the opioid crisis with aggressive marketing, leading to thousands of overdose deaths. The state is asking for more than $17 billion.

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Attorneys for local governments across the country unveiled a plan Friday that they say would move the nation closer to a global settlement of lawsuits stemming from the deadly opioid crisis.

Final payouts could rival the massive tobacco settlements of the 1990s. Such a deal, if reached, could funnel tens of billions of dollars to communities struggling with the opioid addiction crisis, while restoring stability to one of the country's biggest industries.

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In Oklahoma, Tulsa and other nearby communities are in a tense standoff with the raging Arkansas River. The river has already flooded hundreds of homes and businesses.

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Missouri's last health clinic that provides abortions is within days of losing its license. If it does, Missouri would become the only state in this country without an abortion provider.

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For the picturesque college town of Durham in southeastern New Hampshire, a reckoning came in 2017.

That was the year a complaint about the cultural appropriation of Cinco de Mayo spiraled into weeks of racial unrest, a boiling over of tensions that had simmered for years at the University of New Hampshire. Students who called out racist incidents faced a backlash of online bullying, swastikas and slurs, and the vandalism of sculptures that symbolized their cause.

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Levees in Tulsa, Okla., are being tested as the Arkansas River swells to a level not seen in decades. Mayor G.T. Bynum tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that the city is preparing for more bad weather.

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On Tuesday, the first trial of an opioid manufacturer is scheduled to begin in Norman, Okla. Johnson & Johnson is accused of selling highly addictive drugs using deceptive marketing practices.

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Brightening Your Day with New Morning Edition Music

May 3, 2019

Do not adjust your radio - it's the same NPR you know and love, just with a fresh beat. Starting May 6, 2019, millions of NPR listeners will have a new morning soundtrack. The familiar theme music Morning Edition listeners have been waking up to for 40 years is getting a tune-up.

Check out this short behind-the-scenes video on the making of the music:

Composing the New Sound of Morning Edition

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