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And here's what's happening. Governor Jay inslee joining his counterparts from Oregon, California and British Columbia to sign a new climate protection pack. They agreement calls for investment in communities hardest hit by the climate change. And computer networks at Virginia mason, Franciscan health center still down today in several states, including Washington following a security breach last weekend. Two and a half million middle and high school students in America reported using E cigarettes within the past 30 days. That's a startling statistic that's leading to renewed calls for action to address the problem. ABC's Mark remould is on the northwest news line and Mark, what more did they discover in this study? Not only were there more than two and a half million high school and middle aged students, so in total, who said that they had used E cigarettes. But despite all the efforts that the FDA and other federal regulators had attempted to crack down specifically on these flavored cartridges that federal regulators say are alluring to younger users and teenage kids, well, 85% of those two and a half million students who reported using E cigarettes said they used flavored cartridges and the most popular flavor was fruit behind that where candy or dessert flavored cartridges and then you get to mint and menthol and down the line. So this study was looking specifically at E cigarettes. Does that mean only tobacco products, how does marijuana vaping factor in at all? If it does. Yeah, good question. This did not look at marijuana related products. This was E cigarettes that contained a nicotine. So they follow under tobacco regulation. And that's part of the issue here is the question when it comes to the enforcement issue is the question of companies that may be selling these products without prior authorization because to sell any tobacco products, you have to have prior approval and the FDA has sent letters to some of these companies as recently as July saying that they found products that are being sold that don't have authorization. And so there's a lot of question about is the enforcement here. Does more need to be done? Is it too slow of a process? How are these things ending up in kids hands is a great question because at the end of the day, as we see here, two and a half million kids using these E cigarettes, not the marijuana ones, but nicotine related E cigarette. And there's long been this narrative that the flavors that are sweet or fruity, they make E cigarettes more attractive to underage users, but we've got fruity wine. We've got sweet mixed drinks that might make alcohol more attractive to kids. Is anybody talking about that? That's a good question, you know? I don't know. Obviously this study didn't particularly look at other products that might be on the market that may have a similar allure, but you're right. These are products that also have popped up seltzers, for example, are something that's extremely popular now. Flavor with these is another thing that I've seen a lot of apple flavored whisky honey flavored whisky. Now, those products, though, wouldn't fall under the perhaps the same kind of regulation. But nonetheless, I think either one of these things is falling into the hands of people who are under the appropriate age is concerning nonetheless. ABC's Mark remillard on the latest study about underage use of E cigarettes. Twitter wants to proceed to trial despite a renewed offer to buy from Elon Musk, ABC's Aaron kotze has more Twitter. Said the Delaware chancery court should move forward with a trial that is set to start later this month because Elon Musk refuses to accept certain obligations of his agreement to buy the social media platform. Mosque had earlier asked the judge to stop the trial because he said he already agreed to the original price of $44 billion. Twitter has said it intends to close the deal, but said Musk is inviting mischief and delay. Musk's attorney said it's Twitter that attempted to put certain self serving conditions on the deal. Aaron Kutcher ski ABC News New York. A top Senate Democrat is outlining priorities for the $80 billion in IRS funding provided through the inflation reduction act. Oregon's Ron wyden emphasizing in a letter to the treasury secretary and the IRS commissioner that the funds would not be used to increase the audit rate relative to historic levels for those making less than $400,000. He detailed expectations for the ten year investment that include boosting customer service, investing in technology and increasing audits for the wealthy. Speaking of dollars and cents, how about the new car and used car prices a closer look at where things stand there coming up in just a moment. First though, let's talk money and how the markets did today with your stock charge

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