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No new offshore drilling work during shutdown

January 20, 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A federal judge in South Carolina has turned back the Trump administration’s attempt to continue preparatory work for offshore drilling during the federal government’s partial shutdown, issuing a ruling in a federal lawsuit challenging the overall expansion plans.

In his order, U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel halted federal agencies “from taking action to promulgate permits, otherwise approve, or take any other official action” for permits to conduct testing that’s needed before drilling work can begin.

The ruling comes a few days after President Donald Trump’s decision this week to recall workers at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management so they could continue to process testing permits for possible drilling off the Atlantic coastline. The recall drew an objection from the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee chairman, Democratic Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona. He called on Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to reverse course or provide a briefing on the legal justification for the move.

Earlier this month, South Carolina joined a federal lawsuit opposing the administration’s plans to conduct offshore drilling tests using seismic air guns.

Walmart, CVS Health reach new network deal

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart will continue to participate in CVS Health’s prescription drug network for customers with private health insurance and Medicaid coverage

Shares of CVS rose nearly 3 percent before the opening bell Friday. The stock had been under pressure since Tuesday, when it said it could not come to an agreement with Walmart on pricing.

CVS executive Derica Rice said in a statement Friday that the companies had reached a “mutually agreeable solution” that would allow customers with pharmacy benefits managed by CVS Health’s Caremark business to still have their prescriptions filled at Walmart locations. CVS and Walmart didn’t disclose the terms of their new deal.

They also didn’t say what changed since Tuesday, when CVS said Walmart’s requested rates would lead to higher costs for its customers. Walmart, in turn, said it was committed to providing value to its customers, “but we don’t want to give that value to CVS.” The retail giant also said then that it was still talking with CVS and trying to find a solution.

Perdue recalls chicken nuggets

WASHINGTON — Perdue is recalling more than 68,000 pounds of chicken nuggets because they may be contaminated with wood.

The gluten free Organics Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets were produced on Oct. 25 and were sold at stores nationwide. They have a UPC bar code of 72745-80656 and the establishment number of P-33944 in the U.S. Agriculture Department inspection mark.

The USDA says Perdue received three complaints that wood was found in the nuggets.

The USDA says there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions. However, the product should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

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