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Apreill Hartsfield

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Apreill Hartsfield recently joined Beasley Allen as a Content Writer. Her professional writing career began more than 15 years ago when she assisted with the research and writing for the Alabama Kids Count Data Book. Throughout her career, she has enjoyed a good mix of writing projects and providing public relations advice. Apreill enjoys helping people tell their stories and has a soft spot for children and marginalized populations. She graduated from the University of North Alabama with a bachelor of science in Political Science and Public Communications and earned a law degree from Faulkner University’s Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. Apreill and her husband and children live in Prattville, Ala.

Utah E. coli Outbreak Source Remains Unknown

Two children who contracted E. coli infection and died as a result of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a complication from the infection that damages the kidneys, was the beginning of an E. coli outbreak. CBS News reported that the children died during the long Fourth of July holiday and, since that time, Nevada Public Radio KNPR says that nine additional cases have been confirmed in the towns along the Utah-Arizona border. Utah Public Health Department confirms the Hildale, Utah, water supply shows no signs of E. coli, but the health officials continue investigating the cases to identify the source of ... Read More

Staying Safe When Summer Temps Climb

Summer has cranked up the heat across the country and the American Red Cross warns that excessive heat in recent years has caused more deaths than all other weather events. There are three weather warnings  for high temps including excessive heat watch, excessive heat warning and heat advisory – all of which include prolonged (two or more days), excessive temperatures (exceed locally defined warning heat index values, usually with daytime highs at 105-110 degrees Fahrenheit). Exposure to direct sunlight can increase the heat index by as much as 15 degrees Fahrenheit, and extreme heat combined with high humidity can significantly affect ... Read More

Deadly C-130 Crash Kills 16 U.S. Troops

Although the military is still investigating what brought down a U.S. Marine KC-130 on July 10, U.S. Marines Brig. Gen. Bradley James told CNN, “Indications are something went wrong at cruise altitude.” The aircraft, known for its reliability, according to the New York Times, went down in a western rural Mississippi soybean field and killed all 16 service members on board including 15 U.S. Marines and a U.S. Navy medical corpsman. The five-mile debris field was spread across both sides of U.S. Highway 82 between the towns of Itta Bena and Moorhead, which is about 100 miles north of Jackson. ... Read More

Recalled light fixtures sold exclusively at Home Depot

Many do-it-yourselfers take time during the summer to complete home improvement projects. If a project includes changing lighting fixtures, be sure to check out these two recalls announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for lighting products that were sold exclusively at Home Depot. Both products were sold within the past three or four years and are being recalled due to laceration and burn hazards. Lumicentro Internacional Crystal Chandeliers Lumicentro Internacional S.A., is recalling two of its chandelier models. The Hampton Bay 3-Light Crystal chandeliers were sold in Home Depot stores in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands from September ... Read More

CDC: placenta pills may endanger newborns

Although TODAY reports that a number of celebrities claim they experienced benefits after consuming their placenta, human placentophagia, following the birth of their children, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns the trendy practice can threaten the lives of newborn babies. The warning comes in a new CDC report released June 30, which documents a case that occurred in Oregon last September. The Oregon Health Authority was notified when an infant was diagnosed with a recurrence of group B Streptococcus agalactiae (GBS) bacteremia five days after successfully completing treatment for the infection. The initial infection left the infant ... Read More

CPSC Launches Kids Safety All-Stars Program

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recruiting young heroes through its Consumer Protection Safety All-Stars educational and outreach program. The free program is designed to teach children in grades 3-7 or who are 8-12 years old how to identify product safety warnings and how to be vigilant about products recalled by the CPSC. Armed with these skills and information, kids can better protect themselves and help protect their families, friends and communities. “This free program trains young people to use their unique and powerful voices to positively affect their communities as Consumer Protection Safety All-Stars,” said acting CPSC chair, ... Read More

Ford Recalls 402,462 Transits

Potentially faulty drive shafts forced automobile manufacturer Ford Motor Company to recall 402,462 Transits in North America this week at a cost of $142 million. It is the second of two massive quality control recalls for the company in less than a year. A defective coupling could allow the drive shaft to separate, “cutting off motive power, causing the vehicle to move while parked or damaging surrounding parts,” USA Today reports. The recalled vans include model-years 2015 through 2017 and were assembled at Ford’s Kansas City, Missouri, plant from Jan. 17, 2014, to June 15, 2017. The company claims that ... Read More

Car Travel safety Tips

This holiday weekend, AAA estimates 44.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home, which will make 2017 “the most traveled Independence Day holiday weekend ever.” For those traveling by car, the insurance group offers tips for safer and more enjoyable travel. Car Maintenance: Consider having your car checked by an automotive technician before a long trip. Check the tires regularly for uneven or excessive tread wear. Make sure all items, including the spare, are inflated properly. Do at least one check BEFORE hitting the road, as tires hot from driving give inaccurate inflation readings. Check the ... Read More

Foodborne Botulism on the Rise, CDC Says

In April, it made its way into the nacho cheese at one Sacramento, California, gas station, killing one and sickening nine other consumers, Righting Injustice reports. North Korean officials, according to USA Today, claim it is what ailed Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student who was serving a 15-year sentence for alleged anti-state acts, before he was transferred back to the U.S. in June, where he became comatose and died days later. It is botulism, or the toxin produced by the bacteria, Clostridium botulinum, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the number of foodborne botulism ... Read More

Food Safety: Before, During and After Bad Weather

Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall early Thursday morning and it will likely not be the last storm of what is expected to be a busy hurricane season. Flooding and power outages frequently accompany these bad weather events, compromising the safety of food for those in a storm’s wake. Residents of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida’s panhandle who are bearing the brunt of Tropical Storm Cindy may consider the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s  (USDA) recommendations for handling food safely following a storm or other bad weather event. Food safety during power outages: Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. ... Read More