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Midday rundown: Stock market halts, Amazon debuts prescription subscription

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Chaos on Wall Street after a technical issue caused certain stocks to come to a stop; Amazon launches prescription subscriptions; and animals are killing humans. These stories and more highlight the daily rundown for Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 24, 2023. 

Trading issue pauses major stocks

Trading in dozens of stocks on the New York Stock Exchange was briefly halted after the market opened Tuesday morning. Major stocks impacted include Morgan Stanley, Verizon, AT&T, Nike and McDonalds.

Some sources say there were stocks with abnormally large moves when the market first opened which could have triggered volatility halts. The exchange itself is still investigating the issue and hasn’t said what caused the technical pause. Everything has since resumed back to normal.

Amazon launches prescription subscription 

Amazon is expanding its push into health care. The company is now offering unlimited delivery of certain prescriptions for $5.00 a month. That low price includes the cost for delivery and about 50 different generic medications, like some antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs.

The drugs included in the “RXPass”program  are medicines used to treat high blood pressure, hair loss, anxiety, acid reflux and about 80 other health conditions.

People on Medicaid or Medicare are not eligible. The program is available starting Tuesday in 42 states.

South Dakota governor personal cellphone hacked

The governor of South Dakota said her personal cellphone has been hacked after several hoax calls were made using her number. Republican Gov. Kristi Noem said she knows how it happened. She is blaming the hack on the House Jan. 6 Committee after they released documents that included her Social Security number. 

It wasn’t just her personal information in the Jan. 6 leaked documents, there were nearly 2,000 Social Security numbers involved, many belonging to top Republicans.

Gov. Noem demanded an investigation then and is asking for one again since learning her phone number was hacked. “Callous mishandling of personal information has real world consequences. If you get such a phone call from my number, know that I had no involvement,” Noem said. 

Violence among children surges

Incidents of kids killing other kids has increased since 2020. Violence among children has surged across the country after many decades of juvenile crime declining. The number of killings committed by kids under 14 was the highest in two decades. 

In 2020, homicides committed by juveniles in the U.S. rose 30% from the year before, this percentage was only kids acting alone. The number of killings committed by groups of kids increased by 66%.

Animals killing people in freak accidents

A hunter was allegedly shot by his dog in Wichita, Kansas. Authorities say the dog stepped on the trigger of a rifle in the backseat of a pickup truck, killing his owner.

In Hong Kong, a butcher was killed by a pig that he was trying to slaughter. The 61-year-old was knocked to the ground by the pig and was cut by a meat cleaver during the struggle.

KARAH RUCKER: AMAZON IS NOW SHIPPING PRESCRIPTIONS IN A NEW MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION. AND THE SOUTH DAKOTA GOVERNOR’S PERSONAL CELL PHONE NUMBER HAS BEEN HACKED. BUT FIRST WE BEGIN WITH CHAOS ON MARKET STREET AFTER A TECHNICAL ISSUE CAUSED CERTAIN STOCKS TO COME TO A STOP. THIS IS STRAIGHT ARROW NEWS. UNBIASED. STRAIGHT FACTS. STRAIGHT FACTS.

TRADING ISSUE PAUSES MAJOR STOCKS

TRADING IN DOZENS OF STOCKS ON THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE WAS BRIEFLY HALTED AFTER THE MARKET OPENED TUESDAY MORNING. MAJOR STOCKS IMPACTED INCLUDE MORGAN STANLEY, VERIZON, A-T-&-T, NIKE, AND MCDONALDS.

SOME SOURCES SAY THERE WERE STOCKS WITH ABNORMALLY LARGE MOVES WHEN THE MARKET FIRST OPENED WHICH COULD HAVE TRIGGERED VOLATILITY HALTS.

BUT THE EXCHANGE ITSELF IS STILL INVESTIGATING THE ISSUE AND HAVEN’T SAID WHAT CAUSED THE TECHNICAL-PAUSE. EVERYTHING HAS RESUMED BACK TO NORMAL.

AMAZON LAUNCHES SUBSCRIPTION PRESCRIPTION

AMAZON IS EXPANDING ITS PUSH INTO HEALTHCARE…NOW OFFERING UNLIMITED DELIVERY OF CERTAIN PRESCRIPTIONS. ALL FOR FIVE DOLLARS A MONTH.

THAT LOW PRICE INCLUDES THE COST FOR DELIVERY AND ABOUT 50 DIFFERENT GENERIC MEDICATIONS, LIKE SOME ANTIBIOTICS AND ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUGS.

THE DRUGS INCLUDED IN THE “R-X PASS” ARE MEDICINES USED TO TREAT HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, HAIR LOSS, ANXIETY, ACID REFLUX, AND ABOUT 80 OTHER HEALTH CONDITION.

PEOPLE ON MEDICAID OR MEDICARE ARE NOT ELIGIBLE. IT’S AVAILABLE STARTING TODAY IN 42 STATES.

SD GOVERNOR PERSONAL CELL HACKED

THE GOVERNOR OF SOUTH DAKOTA SAYS HER PERSONAL CELL PHONE HAS BEEN HACKED…AFTER SEVERAL HOAX CALLS WERE MADE USING HER NUMBER.

SHE SAYS SHE KNOWS HOW IT HAPPENED. SHE’S BLAMING IT ON THE HOUSE JANUARY SIXTH COMMITTEE AFTER THEY RELEASED DOCUMENTS THAT INCLUDED HER SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER. IT WASN’T JUST HER PERSONAL INFORMATION IN JANUARY SIXTH LEAKED DOCUMENTS.

THERE WERE NEARLY 2 THOUSAND SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS INVOLVED — BLASTED ONLINE — MANY BELONGING TO TOP REPUBLICANS.

GOVERNOR KRISTI NOEM DEMANDED AN INVESTIGATION THEN AND IS ASKING FOR ONE AGAIN SINCE LEARNING HER PHONE NUMBER WAS HACKED.

SHE SAID QUOTE: “CALLOUS MISHANDLING OF PERSONAL INFORMATION HAS REAL WORLD CONSEQUENCES. IF YOU GET SUCH A PHONE CALL FROM MY NUMBER, KNOW THAT I HAD NO INVOLVEMENT.”

MEDIA MISS ON THE LEFT AT STRAIGHT ARROW NEWS – WE AIM DOWN THE MIDDLE.

WHEREAS OTHER MEDIA…MISS THE TARGET. THE STORY YOU JUST HEARD HAS LARGELY BEEN COVERED BY THE RIGHT. BUT WAS UNDER-REPORTED BY THE LEFT.

IF YOU’D LIKE TO LEARN ABOUT OTHER STORIES THAT ARE BEING UNDER-REPORTED BY ONE SIDE OR THE OTHER – CHECK OUT THE “MEDIA MISS” TOOL ON OUR WEBSITE. SO YOU CAN SEE THE NEWS YOU’RE MISSING FROM THE MAINSTREAM.

INCREASE IN JUVENILE CRIME

SINCE THE PANDEMIC…THERE HAS BEEN AN INCREASE IN OVERALL CRIME. BUT A TROUBLING NEW REPORT SAYS THE NUMBER OF JUVENILES PARTICIPATING IN CRIMINAL ACTIVITY HAS ALSO SHARPLY INCREASED.

THE AMOUNT OF KIDS — KILLING KIDS — HAS SURGED ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE PATTERN IS A SETBACK AFTER DECADES OF JUVENILE CRIME BEING ON THE DECLINE. IT’S NOT JUST PETTY CRIME.

HOMICIDES COMMITTED BY CHILDREN UNDER 14 ROSE 30% FROM 2019 TO 2020.
IT WAS THE HIGHEST IN TWO DECADES. AND THAT ONLY ACCOUNTS FOR CHILDREN ACTING ALONE.
THE NUMBER OF KILLINGS COMMITTED BY GROUPS OF CHILDREN INCREASED BY 66%.
THEIR VICTIMS ARE OFTEN TIMES ALSO JUVENILES.

THE NUMBER OF KIDS BEING KILLED BY OTHER KIDS HIT ANOTHER 20 YEAR HIGH.

ANIMALS KILLING PEOPLE IN FREAK ACCIDENTS

WE DISCUSS TRENDS QUITE A BIT IN THE NEWS. BUT IT’S ONE THING TO BE DISCUSSING THE TREND OF BIG TECH LAYOFFS…AND A WHOLE OTHER THING TO BE DISCUSSING A TREND OF ANIMALS KILLING HUMANS.

BUT THAT’S WHAT WE’VE BEEN SEEING IN THE HEADLINES.

ONE INCIDENT HAPPENING IN KANSAS WHEN A HUNTER WAS ALLEGEDLY SHOT BY HIS DOG. THE DOG SOMEHOW STEPPED ON THE TRIGGER OF A RIFLE…KILLING HIS OWNER. THE MAN WAS FOUND DEAD IN HIS PICK UP TRUCK.

THEN IN HONG KONG…A BUTCHER WAS KILLED BY A PIG HE WAS TRYING TO SLAUGHTER. THE 61 YEAR OLD WAS KNOCKED TO THE GROUND BY THE PIG…CUT BY A MEAT CLEAVER DURING THE STRUGGLE.

Chaos on Wall Street after a technical issue caused certain stocks to come to a stop; Amazon launches prescription subscriptions; and animals are killing humans. These stories and more highlight the daily rundown for Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 24, 2023. 

Trading issue pauses major stocks

Trading in dozens of stocks on the New York Stock Exchange was briefly halted after the market opened Tuesday morning. Major stocks impacted include Morgan Stanley, Verizon, AT&T, Nike and McDonalds.

Some sources say there were stocks with abnormally large moves when the market first opened which could have triggered volatility halts. The exchange itself is still investigating the issue and hasn’t said what caused the technical pause. Everything has since resumed back to normal.

Amazon launches prescription subscription 

Amazon is expanding its push into health care. The company is now offering unlimited delivery of certain prescriptions for $5.00 a month. That low price includes the cost for delivery and about 50 different generic medications, like some antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs.

The drugs included in the “RXPass”program  are medicines used to treat high blood pressure, hair loss, anxiety, acid reflux and about 80 other health conditions.

People on Medicaid or Medicare are not eligible. The program is available starting Tuesday in 42 states.

South Dakota governor personal cellphone hacked

The governor of South Dakota said her personal cellphone has been hacked after several hoax calls were made using her number. Republican Gov. Kristi Noem said she knows how it happened. She is blaming the hack on the House Jan. 6 Committee after they released documents that included her Social Security number. 

It wasn’t just her personal information in the Jan. 6 leaked documents, there were nearly 2,000 Social Security numbers involved, many belonging to top Republicans.

Gov. Noem demanded an investigation then and is asking for one again since learning her phone number was hacked. “Callous mishandling of personal information has real world consequences. If you get such a phone call from my number, know that I had no involvement,” Noem said. 

Violence among children surges

Incidents of kids killing other kids has increased since 2020. Violence among children has surged across the country after many decades of juvenile crime declining. The number of killings committed by kids under 14 was the highest in two decades. 

In 2020, homicides committed by juveniles in the U.S. rose 30% from the year before, this percentage was only kids acting alone. The number of killings committed by groups of kids increased by 66%.

Animals killing people in freak accidents

A hunter was allegedly shot by his dog in Wichita, Kansas. Authorities say the dog stepped on the trigger of a rifle in the backseat of a pickup truck, killing his owner.

In Hong Kong, a butcher was killed by a pig that he was trying to slaughter. The 61-year-old was knocked to the ground by the pig and was cut by a meat cleaver during the struggle.

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