Kroger agrees 'in principle' to pay $1.4 billion to settle opioid lawsuits

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(The Center Square) - Ohio-based Kroger agreed in principle to settle lawsuits that by paying $1.37 billion to state and local governments for its role in fueling the opioid epidemic.

Kroger owns Fred Meyer and QFC stores, which have dispensed opioids nationwide.

"Opioid manufacturers, distributors, dispensers, and consultants all had a hand in creating the opioid crisis, and they have a responsibility to pay for the devastating results of their reckless behavior, " Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, who led the negotiations, said in a press release.

Scammers pose as Pacific Northwest credit unions in fraudulent text messages

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(Washington News Service) Washington and Oregon credit unions are working together to tackle text-message scammers. 

Credit unions in the region say they're seeing a sharp increase in complaints about fraudulent texts pretending to be from the regional financial institutions. 

At the peak of the scam, one credit union fielded between 200 and 400 calls per day from people reporting it. Wendy Smith is chief risk officer for Columbia Credit Union, based in Vancouver.