New York AG Says Sacklers Transferred $1B From Pharma Accounts To Themselves

Updated at 9:35 p.m. ET New York state Attorney General Letitia James says the family that owns Purdue Pharma, maker of the opioid OxyContin, used Swiss bank accounts to transfer $1 billion from the company to itself. The allegation, which came in court documents filed late Friday, indicates that the Sackler family is trying to keep its wealth free from potential liability in other court cases involving Purdue Pharma's role in the opioid crisis. "While the Sacklers continue to lowball victims...

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Analysis and fact checks of the candidates' remarks from night two of the first primary debate of the 2020 election cycle. 

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How do young musicians hone their craft?  By working with the pros, and the Heifetz International Music Institute, based in Staunton, has spent decades doing just that.  The Institute's annual summer music festival featuring their work kicks off this weekend.  WMRA's Kimberlea Daggy has this preview of the festival, and the story of how it all got started.

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NPR reporters' analysis and fact checks of the candidates' remarks from round one of the first primary debate of the 2020 election cycle.

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Freshman Republican Congressman Ben Cline is continuing to make his way around the sixth district holding town hall meetings.

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The Gemeinschaft Home is a nonprofit in Harrisonburg that helps ex-convicts re-enter society.  Their Community Residential Program is open to men coming out of prison with nonviolent criminal records.

Virginia held primary elections on Tuesday, June 11th.  Find links to results here....

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After a federal court invalidated a key permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, lead partner Dominion Energy has said it intends to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court. As WMRA’s Andrew Jenner reports, the deadline to file that appeal was recently extended to the end of June.

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Later this year, the card game Magic: The Gathering will hold a major qualifier tournament in Richmond. The grand prize is a half a million dollars and a seat at the national championship, where prizes can reach even higher.  To get a sense of the magic, WMRA’s Jason Barr talked with a few members of the M-T-G gaming community in Harrisonburg.

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This year, NPR held its Student Podcast Challenge and received more than 6000 entries.  Great Oak Academy, a small 6-8th grade school in Harrisonburg recently sent WMRA about a dozen podcasts their students produced and asked us to pick our favorite. 

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Iran says it is not behind Saturday's drone attacks on oil refineries in Saudi Arabia, denying accusations from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that Tehran was responsible for "an unprecedented attack on the world's energy supply."

Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, said in a tweet on Sunday that Pompeo was turning from "max pressure" to "max deceit."

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Farmers in the rural Midwest say they are struggling because of President Trump's ongoing trade war and a recent decision the president made on renewable fuels made from corn and soybeans that benefits the oil industry.

"We're tightening our belt," farmer Aaron Lehman says while driving his tractor down a rural road near his farm north of Des Moines, Iowa. "We're talking to our lenders, our landlords [and] our input suppliers."

The United Auto Workers announced that a nationwide strike will begin just before midnight on Sunday. The move comes after failing to agree to a new contract with General Motors over wages, health care and profit-sharing.

Production across the U.S. is expected to be halted, affecting nearly 50,000 workers, which is anticipated to idle U.S. production until both sides agree to a new contract.

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