CVS and Rite Aid Issue Purchase Limits On Plan B Pills After Demand Spikes

Plan B Pills are being limited to consumers around the world due to spike in demand

Retailers are beginning to place purchase limits on Plan B Pills and similar emergency contraceptives as demand surges.

Plan B Emergency Contraceptives Are Being Sold In Limits at CVS, Rite Aid and Walmart following the overturn of Roe v. Wade
Plan B, the brand name morning-after pill have new purchase limits as demand spikes following the overturn of Roe v. Wade

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and end the constructional right to abortion has led consumers to flee to retailers to purchase emergency contraceptive in large quantities.

On Tuesday morning, CVS and Rite Aid have confirmed to NBC News that purchases have been limited to three-per- person due to the extreme spike in demand.

Limits include Plan B One-Step and Aftera, which are both brand name products of the morning-after pill that include the hormone levonorgestrel. The products are intended to prevent ovulation, block fertilization or keep a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus within 72 hours of unprotected sex.

CVS told NBC it has “ample supply” of the medications but that the company wants to ensure “equitable access” and a consistent supply.

According to Wall Street Journal, Walmart has also weighed in on the subject allowing purchases of 4-6 per customer, but only on products that will not ship until next month.

Walgreens is reportedly not limiting purchases, though home delivery is not available at this time due to the demand.

Doctors and pharmacies urge consumers to note that the morning-after pill isn’t intended for regular use, and Plan B and similar brands are not abortion-inducing drugs.

Roe v. Wade overturned by Supreme Court; States can ban abortion

Nearly 50 years of federal abortion rights were overturned today by the Supreme Court, removing women’s right to abortion.

The Roberts Court, April 23, 2021 Seated from left to right: Justices Samuel A. Alito, Jr. and Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor Standing from left to right: Justices Brett M. Kavanaugh, Elena Kagan, Neil M. Gorsuch, and Amy Coney Barrett. Photograph by Fred Schilling, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

The Supreme Court on Friday declared in a 5-4 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade,  the landmark ruling that established the constitutional right to abortion in the U.S. in 1973.

The court’s controversial ruling gives power back to individual states, giving them the final say on whether or not abortion will be permitted during the first two trimesters of pregnancy.

The ruling came more than a month after the leaked draft opinion by Justice Samuel Alito. It indicated the court was prepared to take this momentous step in throwing out Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. These cases made in a 1992 Supreme Court decision were in favor of abortion rights.

According to CBNC, almost half the states are expected to implement strict abortion laws or rule it out completely.

The laws are expected to affect millions of people across the country who may need to cross their own state lines to seek reproductive health care.

Alito, in the final opinion issued on Friday, wrote that Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey were wrong the day they were decided and must be overturned.

“The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one on which the defenders of Roe and Casey now chiefly rely — the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment,” Alito wrote.

“That provision has been held to guarantee some rights that are not mentioned in the Constitution, but any such right must be ‘deeply rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition’ and ’implicit in the concept of ordered liberty,” he added. “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”

According to data compiled by the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights, they say more than 90% of abortions take place in the first 13 weeks of pregnancy, and more than half are now done with pills, not surgery.

The Biden Administration and other defenders of abortion rights warned that this decision to overturn Roe would also threaten other court decisions in favor of gay rights and even potentially, contraception.

The decision now, to uphold or restrict abortion rights, is at the state level.

Students Served Floor Sealant Instead Of Milk At Alaska School

A dozen students and two adults at Glacier Valley Elementary School in Juneau, Alaska, were served floor sealant instead of milk at the school after containers were apparently mixed up, the superintendent said Wednesday.

Children at an Alaskan school were mistakenly served floor sealant instead of milk, school officials said.

Students at a summer care program at Sitʼ Eeti Shaanáx̱-Glacier Valley Elementary School were mistakenly served floor sealant instead of milk. [Ben Hohenstatt / The Juneau Empire via AP]

An investigation is underway at Glacier Valley Elementary School in Alaska, after a dozen students and two teachers were served floor sealant instead of milk, school officials said.

According to USA Today, The children at Sitʼ Eeti Shaanáx̱ Glacier Valley Elementary School in Juneau complained of burning sensations in their mouths and throats and said the milk tasted bad after being served on Tuesday, the school district said in a statement.

The investigation found that an outside contractor with the NANA management service (NMS) was responsible for making breakfast at the RALLY summer care program. When they ran out of milk, staff was sent to get more from their school warehouse where extra food is stored.

After the children alerted staff of the bad tasting milk, school officials say the staff “immediately smelled and tasted the ‘milk’ and looked at the container labels.”

Once RALLY staff and the outside contractor from NANA management service realized the mistake, they immediately called poison control, the district said. “Staff immediately directed students to stop consuming the substance and removed it.”

Parents were not immediately notified of the mistake and instead found out about the mistake from other people. Despite delayed communication, parents were able to contact medical care providers to get their children evaluated as quickly as possible.

As of Wednesday evening, all students were reported to be recovering from nausea and headache and some had made a full recovery.

“The Juneau School District Board of Education was appalled to learn of the food service error that occurred earlier this week,” the district said in a statement. “Our immediate priority is with the students impacted by the incident and ensuring their recovery and continued safety.”

The investigation as to how the boxes of sealant were mixed up with food storage is still ongoing and the board has stated they will continue to work with the school district, City and Borough of Juneau, NMS, Alaska’s Department of Environmental Conservation and the Juneau Police Department to make sure proper protocols are put in place to ensure the safety of their students.

What the district is doing?

According to reports, all sealant has been accounted for and stored in its proper place away from food service areas.

“On Wednesday, the facility and operations were inspected by the State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Food Safety and Sanitation Office. DEC Food Safety approved the facility for continuing operations,” the district statement said.

DEC is also conducting in internal investigation and is expected to follow up with recommendations and protocols to prevent this from reoccurring.

The district is also taking accountability for the delayed response to parents and working to enhance their alert systems to create quicker communication protocols for parents.

“There was a delay in parent notification which was longer than it should have been. This caused families to learn about the situation from other people, which is not best practice,” the district statement said.

The Juneau School District Board of Education will hold a special public meeting on Friday, June which representatives of NMS will attend, it said.

Biden Administration Lifts Testing Requirement For International Travel

Travel Requirements To The United States Are Changing

The Biden Administration has lifted the requirement for travelers to receive a negative Covid-19 test before boarding international flights to the United States.

Travel Requirements To The United States Are Changing
Biden Administration Has Lifted Negative Covid-19 Test For International Travel Into The United States [shuttershock]

WASHINGTON – The Biden Administration announces the end its requirement for international travelers to have a negative covid-19 test within one day of their flight while traveling into the United States, lifting one of the final mandates in efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday June 10, 2022 that the requirement will end early Sunday morning. The CDC feels the requirement is no longer necessary and the health agency will continue to monitor the state of the pandemic every 90 days to determine if reconsideration will be needed if the situation changes.

“This step is possible because of the progress we’ve made in our fight against COVID-19,” said U.S. Health Secretary Xavier Becerra.

The initial mandate allowed those who were fully vaccinated to show proof of a negative test within three days of travel, while unvaccinated people had to present a test taken within one day of travel.

In mid-April, the Biden administration removed the mask mandate for all travel including in airports, travel by trains, buses and public transportation. The felt America was moving in the right direction with containing the spread of the virus and ruled that it was up to travelers to wear masks or not.

While domestic U.S. travel has returned nearly to pre-pandemic levels, international travel — which is very lucrative for the airlines — has continued to lag. In May, U.S. international air travel remained 24% below 2019 levels, with declines among both U.S. and foreign citizens, according to trade group Airlines for America.

Many other countries already began lifting and removing their international travel testing requirements as a means to increase tourism. “The whole industry has been waiting for this announcement,” said Martin Ferguson, a spokesman for American Express Global Business Travel, which advises companies on travel policy. 

Despite ending the testing requirement, the CDC said it still recommends COVID-19 testing prior to air travel of any kind as a safety precaution.

Hate Crime Charges Filed Against Buffalo Supermarket Shooter

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Federal prosecutors filed hate crimes against Payton Gendron, 18-year-old white gunman who fired five dozen shots killing 10 people in what many believe was a hate crime, according to NBC News.

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Crime Scene at Tops Supermarket in Buffalo, New York, where crowd gathers after mass shooting on Saturday, May 14, 2022. [Derek Gee, The Buffalo News via AP]

Payton Gendron, 18-year-old who opened fire at a Buffalo supermarket on May 14, will face 26 counts of hate crimes and firearms offenses, which carry the potential of the death penalty, the Department of Justice announced. 

“Gendron’s motive for the mass shooting was to prevent Black people from replacing white people and eliminating the white race, and to inspire others to commit similar attacks,” according to the criminal complaint filed in the Western District of New York.

The charges include 10 counts of hate crimes resulting in death, three counts of hate crimes involving bodily injury and attempt to kill, 10 counts of using a firearm to commit murder during and in retaliation to a crime of violence and three counts of using and discharging of a firearm during and in retaliation to a crime of violence.

Attorney General Merrick Garland told reporters in Buffalo, “Hateful acts of violence terrorize not only the individuals who are all attacked but entire communities.” He also stated, “At the Justice Department, we view confronting hate crimes as both as our legal and our moral obligation.”

The prosecutor says, Gendron repeatedly targeted, shot, and killed black people, firing over 60 shots that hit 13 people, killed 10 — 11 of those whom are black at Tops, a predominantly black supermarket in Buffalo, New York.

Missing 4-Year-Old Found Safe in Montana After Two Days Alone Outdoors

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Rescuers found Ryker Webb wandering the streets of Montana alone after he had gone missing from his home.

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Ryker Webb, 4-Year-Old found

According to NBC News, Ryker Webb, 4, was found by rescuers “in good shape, otherwise hungry, thirsty, and cold,” 2 days after he had gone missing near his Montana home.

Webb, 4, was reported missing Friday afternoon near mile marker 18 of state Highway 56, south of Troy and east of Bull Lake, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

In efforts to complete the search for the young boy, the sheriff’s office used helicopters and drones throughout the weekend, despite “very poor weather conditions which consisted of rain, low visibility, and low ceiling.”

The young boy was found Sunday afternoon about 2.4 miles from where he went missing, near Pine Ridge Road and South Fork Bull River Road in Sanders County, a sheriff’s dispatcher said Monday.

During Webb’s 2-day venture on his own, the temperatures in Missoula dropped to 40 degrees on Saturday, with a quarter inch of rain, according to NBC News.

He was taken into the local medical facility, Cabinet Peaks Medical Center, for evaluation.

Baby Girl Found Fatally Shot After Abducted By Father

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations confirmed the death of 1-year-old Jaqauri Bennett, who was abducted Saturday.

1-year-old Jaquari Bennett, who was abducted Saturday.
1-Year-Old Jaquari Bennett, who was abducted Saturday.

Authorities issued an Amber Alert for 1-year-old Jaquari Bennett on Saturday, in fear she was abducted by her father.

An investigation is underway after 1-year-old Bennett was killed by her father, Darian Javaris Bennett, who then died by suicide.

According to NBC News, Bennett is also believed to have killed Jaquari’s mother before abducting her.

The amber alert that was issued for Bennett, says she was believed to be in extreme danger and to contact local authorities if spotted.

This investigation is ongoing. Check back for updates.

Texas Suspends Inmate Transport After Capital Murder Escapes, Stabs Bus Driver, Killed 5

Texas inmate escapee stabs bus driver on May 12 in Centerville, Texas.

Texas prison agency will suspend inmate transports after inmate serving a life sentence stabs bus driver, escapes, and killed a family of 5 while on the run.

Texas inmate escapee stabs bus driver  on May 12 in Centerville, Texas.
Texas capital murderer inmate, Gonzalo Lopez escapes prison during transport, stabbing bus driver and escaping on May 12 near Centerville, Texas.

Texas Inmate, Gonzalo Lopez, escaped during a prison transport on May 12 near Centerville, Texas, resulting in a three week long manhunt.

During the medical appointment transport, Lopez managed to stab the bus driver, attack a corrections officer and made his way into the driver’s seat to drive off. Police officers positioned in the back of the bus shot at the rear tire causing the bus to veer off the road, officials said.

While the manhunt for Lopez was underway, a family contacted city law enforcements saying they had not heard from their elderly family member and urged officials to follow-up.

Law enforcement drove to the relatives home to find family of five dead.

The family has since been identified as 66-year-old Mark Collins, 18-year-old Waylon, 16-year-old Carson, 11-year-old Hudson, and 11-year-old Bryson.

The escaped inmate, Gonzalo Lopez, 46, was killed by police Thursday afternoon after officials found the family of five dead.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice suspends inmate transport after Gonzalo Lopez escaped on May 12 before being killed by police on Thursday.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said Monday it was suspending inmate transports as it “conducts a comprehensive review of its transportation procedures.”

The agency said if there are any emergency medical appointments or other reasons for transport, extra security will be present.

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