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News Briefs: Knoxville schools react to bomb threat

District 202 faces bomb threat

KNOXVILLE — All three schools in District 202 cancelled classes and evacuated on Monday after a teacher at Knoxville Junior High discovered a note indicating that there was a bomb inside the building. Parents were notified via automated text message and most students were successfully evacuated within an hour of the decisions to shut down. All three buildings were searched by authorities but no explosive materials were found. No suspects have been identified and classes are now running normally. (Source: The Galesburg Register-Mail)

CVS stops selling tobacco products

WOONSOCKET, RHODE ISLAND — CVS Pharmacy, one of the largest pharmaceutical chains in the United States, announced that it will no longer sell cigarettes or tobacco products in its stores, citing the negative health effects of smoking on its customers. The surprise move is part of CVS’s effort to rebrand itself as a provider of healthcare rather than a retail chain, a decision that has also included the opening of 700 health clinics nationwide. CEO Larry J. Merlo said, “Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose.” The decision is expected to cost CVS $2 billion in annual sales. (Source: The San Francisco Gate)

Terrorist attacks kill 33 in Iraq

BAGHDAD — 33 people were killed in a wave of car bombings near the nation’s capital as Iraq continues to suffer from a wave of terrorist violence. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which targeted the Foreign Ministry and a nearby restaurant, but Sunni militias with ties to al-Qaeda are widely suspected. The Iraqi government said that over 1,000 civilians died from terrorist attacks last month, making January the most violent month in Iraq in six years. The UN’s envoy to Iraq called upon the country’s leadership to “show national unity in dealing with such threats and unite against terrorism.” (Source: BBC News)

Kate Mishkin
Kate Mishkin is a senior majoring in English literature and minoring in journalism. She started working for TKS as a freshman and subsequently served as managing editor, co-news editor and co-mosaic editor. Kate is the recipient of four awards from the Illinois College Press Association for news and feature stories and one award from the Associated Collegiate Press. She won the Theodore Hazen Kimble Prize in 2015 and 2014 and the Ida M. Tarbell Prize in Investigate Journalism in 2014. She has interned at FILTER Magazine, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and WGIL radio and the Virginian-Pilot.

Twitter: @KateMishkin

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Kate Mishkin
Kate Mishkin is a senior majoring in English literature and minoring in journalism. She started working for TKS as a freshman and subsequently served as managing editor, co-news editor and co-mosaic editor. Kate is the recipient of four awards from the Illinois College Press Association for news and feature stories and one award from the Associated Collegiate Press. She won the Theodore Hazen Kimble Prize in 2015 and 2014 and the Ida M. Tarbell Prize in Investigate Journalism in 2014. She has interned at FILTER Magazine, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and WGIL radio and the Virginian-Pilot. Twitter: @KateMishkin




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