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FDA changes boost alcohol for sanitizer from ethanol makers

FDA changes boost alcohol for sanitizer from ethanol makers DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has relaxed regulations on the types of alcohol that can be used to make hand sanitizers during the shortage caused by the coronavirus pandemic, expanding the market to potentially millions of gallons made by ethanol producers. Hospitals and nursing homes are desperately searching for hand sanitizer, and ethanol plants that can make large batches of its main ingredient, alcohol, have offered to help. The FDA has stringent production standards designed to protect the quality of medicines, food ingredients and dietary supplements, and it prohibited many ethanol plants from using their alcohol which didn't meet high quality specifications for use in drugs or beverages. Under the latest FDA guidelines announced Friday, ethanol made at plants that produce fuel ethanol can be used if it contains no additional additives or chemicals from the plants and they can ensure water purity and proper sanitation of equipment. The FDA said it will consider each plant on an individual basis and grant approval only if a plant meets quality control specifications. “To FDA’s credit they did take to heart some of the concerns that were being raised by the industry and made some slight changes and modest tweaks to their guidance and I think that’s really helped open the door for our producers,” said Geoff Cooper, CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, a national ethanol producer trade group. He said 15 to 20 ethanol plants have already responded to the new FDA rules and are making alcohol for hand sanitizer and more are expected to join. “They just want to do their part to help fight the virus,” Cooper said. Green Plains Inc. which owns 13 ethanol plants nationwide, has provided alcohol ...

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Florida sheriff seeking tips in 'Tiger King' mystery

Florida sheriff seeking tips in A Florida sheriff is asking the public for tips regarding one of the lingering mysteries raised in the recently released show: What happened to Carole Baskin's husband?

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Harris County Judge Hidalgo plans to order releases at jail amid coronavirus crisis

Harris County Judge Hidalgo plans to order releases at jail amid coronavirus crisis

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott orders schools to remain closed until Monday, May 4

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott orders schools to remain closed until Monday, May 4 Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered schools in the state to remain closed until Monday, May 4 unless otherwise extended.

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Nonprofit Thrive Pro Bono feeds healthcare workers in partnership with businesses

Nonprofit Thrive Pro Bono feeds healthcare workers in partnership with businesses One Houston nonprofit is working to help local restaurants during the coronavirus crisis while feeding the unsung heroes of healthcare.

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Children left alone with dead mother inside northeast Harris County home

Children left alone with dead mother inside northeast Harris County home Deputies found three children alone inside a home with their dead 37-year-old mother Tuesday in northeast Harris County.

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Walmart announces new virus safety measures, including temperature checks

Walmart announces new virus safety measures, including temperature checks Walmart stores will soon begin to check employees' temperatures and offer them masks and gloves in an effort to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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Driver finds man shot dead in roadway in north Harris County

Driver finds man shot dead in roadway in north Harris County A person driving home late Monday night found a man’s body in the middle of a north Harris County roadway, apparently dumped there after a deadly altercation moments earlier.

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Harris County Judge Hidalgo plans to release some jail inmates to slow coronavirus - Houston Chronicle

Harris County Judge Hidalgo plans to release some jail inmates to slow coronavirus - Houston Chronicle The key players — Hidalgo, state District Judge Herb Ritchie and Chief U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal, the top federal judge in the region — have been hamstrung by restrictions issued Sunday by Gov. Greg Abbott. A representative from Abbott’s Attorney General’s Office indicated at a federal court hearing on Sunday that AG Ken Paxton would appeal any blanket releases of inmates, including an order calling for the release of just inmates accused of nonviolent offenses.

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Joe Exotic files $94M lawsuit, claims he was singled out for being gay

Joe Exotic files $94M lawsuit, claims he was singled out for being gay OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma zookeeper sentenced to 22 years in prison for his role in a murder-for-hire plot has filed a federal lawsuit seeking nearly $94 million in damages, claiming among other things that he was convicted based on false and perjured testimony. Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as “Joe Exotic," filed the lawsuit March 17 in federal court in Oklahoma City. Among the defendants are the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted him and several witnesses in the case. In the suit, Maldonado-Passage claims he was singled out for prosecution because he “is an openly gay male with the largest collection of generic tigers and cross breeds." A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Oklahoma City declined to comment on the lawsuit. The blond mullet-wearing zookeeper, known for his expletive-laden rants on YouTube and a failed 2018 gubernatorial campaign, is prominently featured in the recently released Netflix documentary “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness." Maldonado-Passage is currently housed at the Federal Medical Center, a 1,500-inmate facility in Forth Worth, Texas, prison records show.

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