WASHINGTON – United States PresidentDonald Trump announced a national state of emergency on Friday, freeing up $50billion in federal funds for the battle against the coronavirus pandemic as hevowed to “vastly” ramp up testing capacity. US President Donald Trump holds a press conference on COVID-19 in the Rose Garden of the White House on March 13, 2020. AFP “To unleash the full power of thefederal government, I’m officially declaring a national emergency,” Trumptold a news conference on the White House lawn. “The next eight weeks arecritical,” he said. “We can learn and we will turn a corner on thisvirus.” Trump called on all US states to set upemergency operation centers and said the government was partnering with theprivate sector to “vastly increase and accelerate our capacity totest” for the virus, amid criticism about a lack of test kits nationwide.(AFP)
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — New data released by the Indiana State Police indicates a decline in methamphetamine lab seizures in Southeast Indiana, according to State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg).Frye says several counties experienced a drop in meth lab seizures between 2015 and 2016, including Decatur County where meth lab busts decreased from 36 to 22.Audio Playerhttp://wrbiradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/FryeMethLabsAudio.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.During the 2016 session, Frye supported a law to combat Indiana’s growing number of meth labs.Frye said the law makes purchasing large amounts of pseudoephedrine, a common decongestant as well as a key ingredient used to manufacture meth, more difficult for meth cooks to obtain.The law also empowers local pharmacists to ensure law-abiding consumers maintain legitimate access to these cold medications.Recently, the Indiana State Police reported that statewide meth lab busts went down 35 percent in 2016.In addition, the number of children removed from meth lab environments went down nearly half from the 291 cases in 2015.