IN THE NATIONWIDE OPIOID CRISIS. THANKS FOR JOINING US. I’M MARIELENA BALOURIS. (DON) AND I’M DON ROBERTS. WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING, OXYCONTIN MAKER PURDUE PHARMA FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION– JUST DAYS AFTER REACHING A TENTATIVE SETTLEMENT WITH A NUMBER OF LOCAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS THAT ARE SUING THE COMPANY. (MARIELENA) 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S KIAHNNA STATES SUING PURDUE OVER ITS ALLEGED ROLE IN THE OPIOID CRISIS. (KIAHNNA) VIRGINIA JOINED SEVERAL OTHER STATES– SUING THE COMPANY FOR ALLEGEDLY PROMOTING DRUGS DESPITE KNOWING THEY WERE “DANGEROUS, DEADLY AND ADDICTIVE.” PURDUE PHARMA– FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY LAST NIGHT. THIS COULD MEAN LESS MONEY FOR THE PLANTIFFS. THE FILING WAS EXPECTED AFTER THE TENTATIVE DEAL WORTH $12 BILLION DOLLARS WAS REACHED WITH SEVERAL STATES. SOME STATE ATTORNEYS GENERAL SAY THEY’RE OPPOSED TO THE SETTLEMENT. NEARLY HALF THE STATES INVOLVED IN SUITS AGAINST PURDUE HAVE NOT SIGNED ON, BECAUSE THEY SAY THE DEAL DOESN’T GO FAR ENOUGH. ATTORNEY MARK HERRING SAYS THE COMPANY AND THE FAMILY THAT OWNS THE COMPANY, THE SACKLERS, MADE HUGE PROFITS FROM THE DRUG. ” THEY HAVE BEEN LIVING A LIFE OF UNIMAGINABLE WEALTH AND COMFORT WHILE SO MANY VIRGINIANS AND OTHER LIVES ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE HAD THEIR LIVES TURNED UPSIDE DOWN BY THE OPIOIDS THEY ARE MANUFACTURING AND LIES AND DECEIT ABOUT THEIR ADDICTIVENESS.” (KIAHNNA) THE AP REPORTS THE LEGAL BATTLE IS NOT OVER– BECAUSE NOT ALL OF THE STATES ARE ON BOARD WITH THE DEAL AND PLAN TO OBJECT THE BANKRUPTCY FILING. IN THE NEWSROOM KP TOYS. (MARIELENA) WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO COVER THIS BREAKING STORY THROUGHOUT THE MORNING. LOOK FOR ANY UPDATES ON