Private equity giant KKR today announced that it will acquire health information site WebMD for around $2.8 billion (including debt), or $66.50 per share. That would represent a 20.5% premium to Friday's closing price, although it's nearly flat from where WebMD was trading 15 months ago. Large sellers would include BlackRock and Blue Harbour Capital, an activist investment firm founded by onetime KKR partner Clifton Robbins. KKR plans to merge WebMD with existing portfolio company Internet Brands.

  • Why it matters: This deal reflects how the torturous federal debate over healthcare policy — including drug pricing — has caused pharma companies to pull back on advertising. WebMD formally launched the auction in February, saying that it anticipated a significant revenue slowdown.
  • Bottom line: "WebMD, which was founded in 1996 and primarily offers articles on health and healthcare, generated $705m in revenues last year. Almost 80 per cent of its sales were derived from advertising and sponsorship, with the bulk coming from the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and medical device industries." –Adam Samson, FT

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Tropical Storm Beta slowly approaching the Texas coast on Monday. Photo: National Weather Service/Twitter

Tropical Storm Beta crossed the Texas coast near the southern end of the Matagorda Peninsula late Monday, the National Hurricane Center said, bringing with it the risk of "life-threatening storm surge" and flooding to parts of Texas and Louisiana.

What's happening: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) made a disaster declaration and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) declared a state of emergency, as the states began feeling the impact of the slow-moving storm — which was causing coastal flooding along the bays near Houston and Galveston in Texas, and the Gulf of Mexico Monday, per the National Weather Service.

Louisville police declare state of emergency as Breonna Taylor decision looms

A demonstrator holds up a sign of Breonna Taylor during a protest in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

The Louisville police chief declared in a memo obtained by news outlets a "state of emergency" for the department on Monday to prepare for Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron's expected announcement on the Breonna Taylor case.

Of note: Louisville has witnessed more than 115 days of protests over the police killing of Taylor, an unarmed Black woman, with calls for all the officers involved to be charged.

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