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Tax Season 2019; A Cannabis Course At UConn; Sealed Richard Sackler Testimony Now Public

Feb 25, 2019

The 2019 tax season is here. Have you filed your forms? If so, good on you for not procrastinating. If not, you might want to reconsider waiting until the last minute... because the U.S. tax code has changed.

This hour, we take an in-depth look at the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and find out what it means for those filing taxes this year.

Later, Connecticut Public Radio’s Patrick Skahill takes us inside a UConn lecture hall, where students are learning the science of cultivating... get this... cannabis. 

And finally, ProPublica and STAT have recently made public the 2015 testimony of Richard Sackler, son of Purdue Pharma co-founder Raymond Sackler. What do Sackler’s sworn words reveal about the pharmaceutical giant and its efforts to market OxyContin, an opioid painkiller? We find out. 

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POLITICO: Average tax refund down 17 percent, IRS reports - "The agency released data late Friday showing refunds are down for the third consecutive week, with the typical payment made through Feb. 15 totaling $2,703, compared to $3,256 during the same period last year."

WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio: UConn Students Experiment With Classroom Cannabis - "Berkowitz and his students have been running controlled experiments on hemp at UConn for around three years.  And as more academics get into the field, he’s hopeful courses like this will make cannabis research blossom."

ProPublica: Sackler Embraced Plan to Conceal OxyContin's Strength From Doctors, Sealed Testimony Shows - "Taken as part of a lawsuit by the state of Kentucky against Purdue, the deposition is believed to be the only time a member of the Sackler family has been questioned under oath about the illegal marketing of OxyContin and what family members knew about it. Purdue has fought a three-year legal battle to keep the deposition and hundreds of other documents secret, in a case brought by STAT, a Boston-based health and medicine news organization; the matter is currently before the Kentucky Supreme Court."

Chion Wolf contributed to this show.