The Latest: Duo to push opioid settlement toward hospitals

West Virginia University President Gordon Gee (gee) and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) say a nonprofit they're forming will steer money from any national opioid settlement to those on the front lines of the crisis: hospitals.

3 p.m.

Their plan is the latest in a tug-of-war over what to do with the potential billions from a settlement with drugmakers and distributors, if one's reached.

Local governments want the Cleveland-based federal judge overseeing the majority of 2,000-plus lawsuits over the toll of opioids to let them split the money. Most state attorneys general oppose the plan.

5:18 a.m.

West Virginia University President Gordon Gee (gee) and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) are forming a nonprofit that will work to steer money from any national opioid settlement to hospitals and health-based research.

Their plan is the latest in a tug-of-war over what to do with the potential billions from a settlement with drugmakers and distributors, if one's reached.

Local governments want the Cleveland-based federal judge overseeing the majority of 2,000-plus lawsuits over the toll of opioids to let them split the money. Most state attorneys general oppose the plan.