Alcohol agency's attorney at helm – Arkansas Online

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A state Alcoholic Beverage Control Division attorney whose resignation was announced Thursday, along with that of her boss and a colleague, is now the temporary head of the agency.

Mary Robin Casteel, who helped write the rules for Arkansas’ voter-enacted medical marijuana program, will replace Bud Roberts, who tendered his resignation to the governor Thursday.

Roberts’ departure came after his two staff attorneys, Casteel and Milton Lueken, gave notice in the past week of their intention to leave. All three resignations, scheduled to take effect on different dates in June, were publicly announced Thursday.

The three departures would have left the agency — which regulates the sale and manufacturing of alcohol and oversees the budding medical pot program — without a leader or any attorneys.

About 24 hours after Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s office dispelled claims that Roberts was asked to leave, the office issued a news release naming Casteel as the interim director of the agency.

Although Roberts’ resignation isn’t effective until June 15, he is taking unused leave for the remainder of his time, said Jake Bleed, a spokesman for the Department of Finance and Administration, which oversees the agency.

Casteel will take over Alcoholic Beverage Control’s administrative operations Tuesday, Bleed said. She will receive a yet-to-be-determined raise.

In her letter of resignation, delivered to Roberts on May 19, Casteel said she intended to pursue a “long-held goal,” to enter private practice. Her departure date had been set for June 16.

Reached by phone Friday, Casteel said she was “still very much looking forward to that.”

Casteel declined to say how long she planned to stay with Alcoholic Beverage Control, except that she expected to remain as until people are hired to fill the vacant positions.

“Understanding the situation we’re in now, I’m willing to help with the transition,”

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Alcohol: Friend or foe? – Times of India

Medical knowledge is progressing at the speed of light, with reports of a new finding practically on a daily basis. Sometimes, one study contradicts another on the beneficial/harmful effects of a particular food item. Alcohol consumption, for example, is often in the eye of the storm of controversies. Some scientists believe the moderate quaffing of alcohol, or a glass of wine daily, provides protection from heart attacks, while others scoff at such claims. Unfortunately, the association between alcohol and the heart is complicated, as the heart is susceptible to a large number of diseases which may respond differently to alcohol consumption.

A recent study highlighted this discrepancy by demonstrating that moderate alcohol consumption was associated with risk of atrial fibrillation.

For the study, researchers examined data on echocardiograms, medical records and alcohol intake from 5000 adults. All subjects were between 40 and 60 years of age, and on average consumed one drink per day. An analysis revealed that on average, eight people could develop atrial fibrillation over a 10-year period. For every glass of alcohol in addition to the average one-drink-per-day, the risk of developing atrial fibrillation increased by 5%, as did the size of the walls of the left chamber of the heart. These results indicate an increased risk of stroke (as atrial fibrillation, or irregular pumping of the heart, could generate blood clots which can travel to the brain causing stroke). Increased heart wall size could suggest alcohol-induced heart damage. The mechanism by which alcohol causes damage to the heart is not clear and more research is needed to answer that question. However, the results of this study provide evidence to encourage cautious drinking habits.

So while a glass of wine a day could save you from a heart attack, it may still be wreaking havoc on the walls of

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Police: San Mateo woman stole alcohol, dragged cop with her car – SFGate

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A woman who allegedly dragged a police officer with her car in San Mateo was captured on a store’s security cameras, police said. A woman who allegedly dragged a police officer with her car in San Mateo was captured on a store’s security cameras, police said.

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San Mateo police are searching for a woman who dragged an officer with her car Thursday and then sped away, officials said.

The officer initially approached the woman as she was loading stolen alcohol into her car outside a shopping center, according to the San Mateo Police Department.

The officer was passing by the Woodlake Shopping Center on North Delaware Street and Peninsula Avenue when he noticed a Safeway employee running from the store and gesticulating at the woman, who was transferring the pilfered alcohol from a shopping cart into her car, police said.

The officer spoke with the woman once she was in the driver’s seat of the maroon four-door Honda Accord, and she told him the receipt for the alcohol was in her trunk, according to police.

The woman then started her car, prompting the officer to grab her

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Legislature Approves Alcohol Sales In Movie Theaters, Sunday Liquor Store Option – KGOU

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Republicans and Democrats spent weeks battling over ways to fill Oklahoma’s budget shortfall. The two parties have found little common ground on tax revenue, but they have been able to agree on some items that could make it easier to toast legislative achievements, or drown their sorrows following a bill’s defeat.

 

A few bills that went through the legislature could loosen up state alcohol laws, giving Oklahomans something to look forward to in 2018.  Here’s a closer look at two of them.

 

 

1. Liquor stores could be open on Sundays.

 

Currently, state law only permits retail liquor stores to be open Monday through Saturday. But Senate Bill 211, signed by Gov. Mary Fallin on Thursday, would let voters decide through special election whether liquor stores in their county can sell on Sundays.  

 

A board of county commissioners could decide to call the special election on its own. If not, residents could request an election by bringing in a petition with signatures numbering at least 15 percent of the votes cast in in the county in the last general election for governor.

 

The bill, authored by Sen. Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City, won’t take effect until October 2018. Like other alcohol-related legislation, it’s authorized by State Question 792, which was approved by Oklahoma voters last year. The referendum amends the state constitution to allow the the legislature to pass laws relating to alcohol, among other changes. Since the referendum won’t take effect until Oct. 1, 2018, any new alcohol-related laws, including Senate Bill 211, won’t go into effect until then.

 

 

2. Movie theaters will be able to serve alcohol.

 

With the passage of House Bill 2186, Oklahomans will be able to enjoy a cold brew or a cocktail while watching the latest

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National chain pressing for alcohol law change – telegram.com – Worcester Telegram

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By Colin A. Young, State House News Service

BOSTON – A national package store chain on Friday launched a campaign to rally consumers behind their proposals to update the Massachusetts laws governing the sale of beer, wine and spirits.

Total Wine & More, which operates stores in Natick, Everett, Shrewsbury, and Danvers, is seeking to loosen restrictions on selling alcohol at discounted rates, to allow alcohol retailers to offer coupons or loyalty programs, and other “updates.”

“In broad terms, what we want to be able to do is look for opportunities to offer sensible changes to update and modernize these laws,” Edward Cooper, vice president for public affairs and community relations at Total Wine & More, said. He added, “these are antiquated laws created in prohibition or right after prohibition. It’s a different world now.”

The social media-assisted Consumers First initiative launched Friday aims to get beer, wine and liquor drinkers behind Total Wine & More’s proposed changes, which will be presented to an Alcohol Task Force assembled by Treasurer Deborah Goldberg.

The task force was put together to conduct a comprehensive review of the state’s alcohol laws, and Cooper said Total Wine & More wants the review to include things that would promote savings and a better customer experience.

“Retailers in Massachusetts have the ability to bulk buy and have a bulk buying discount that we and other retailers can avail ourselves of, but we’re not allowed to pass on that discount to consumers,” Cooper said. “We would like to be able to offer as deep a discount as is permitted by using that bulk buying discount that we receive and pass that on to the consumer.”

Cooper said Massachusetts law and regulation prohibit retailers from passing their bulk buy discount to consumers, and that Total Wine & More

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