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Jennifer Walker-Journey

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Jennifer Walker-Journey is a professional writer whose 20-year career spans from newspapers and magazines to Ezines and business blogs. Her primary focus is corporate and business writing, though she relishes any opportunity to write features. In her limited free time, Jennifer strives to finish the novel she is writing. She lives in Birmingham with her husband, Rick, and their insatiably curious son, Truman.

Specialty candies possibly tainted with hepatitis A

Do not eat chocolate or caramel Modjeskas made by Bauer’s Candies purchased from various retail locations, QVC or BauersCandy.com after Nov. 14, 2018, because they may be contaminated with hepatitis A, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautioned in a Public Health Alert. The alert was issued after a worker at the facility tested positive for the contagious liver disease. Modjeskas are individually wrapped marshmallow candies dipped in chocolate or caramel. They are made by the Kentucky-based specialty candy shop, Bauer’s Candies. At this time, neither the FDA nor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are aware of any ... Read More

Sexual harassment allegations may cost former CBS CEO severance

Former CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves, who left the company under a cloud of sexual misconduct allegations, may not get the $120 million severance package he was expecting. Attorneys hired by the network to investigate the claims say they have enough evidence to show that CBS has grounds to deny payment to the former executive. According to a draft report acquired by The New York Times, Moonves destroyed evidence and lied to investigators, essentially violating the terms of his employment contract. “Based on the facts developed to date, we believe that the board would have multiple bases upon which to ... Read More

Two dead after semi traveling wrong way collides with school bus

Two people died and one is seriously injured after a school bus carrying a girls’ basketball team collided with a semi-truck driving the wrong way down Interstate 74 between Bloomington and Downs in Illinois on Dec. 5. The bus was carrying eight students from the Normal West High School junior varsity girls basketball team, and two adults back to Normal after a game in the Champaign area. The 34-year-old driver of the semi truck, identified as Ryan E. Hute, and Charles Crabtree, 73, a school volunteer traveling with the team, were killed in the crash. All eight of the students ... Read More

CMS to increase weekend inspections of some nursing homes

Under pressure by Congress to increase its oversight of nursing home quality and safety after a growing number of reports of nursing home abuse and neglect, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this week that it would be increasing the number of weekend inspections to long-term care facilities with lower-than-average staffing on weekends. CMS notified state survey agencies charged with conducting inspections at nursing homes that receive federal reimbursements that instead of requiring 10 percent of surveys to be conducted on weekends or non-business hours, at least half of the inspections should take place on weekends. Inspectors ... Read More

Opioid Rx from dentist may increase abuse risk in youth

Young people who are given opioids to treat pain following a dental procedure have a higher risk of risk of refilling the prescription within a year, and those who do are at greater risk of becoming addicted to the drugs, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The study, conducted by researchers with Stanford University, involved a sampling of youth who had not taken opioids prior to visiting the dentist. About 6.9 percent who had received a prescription for opioids filled at least one additional prescription between three months and one year after they were first prescribed the ... Read More

Family hopes others learn from crew member’s on-the-job fatality

On April 28, 2016, at 65 years old, David Younger became the 110th Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) employee killed on the job. Younger was part of a milling crew that had stopped on the shoulder of Interstate 40 in Hickman County, Tennessee to change a flat tire. Suddenly,  a tractor trailer struck one of the parked vehicles, killing Younger and injuring three other TDOT employees. A 22-year-old maintenance worker was taken by life flight to a local hospital and later released. Two other crew members were taken by ambulance to local hospitals for treatment of minor injuries. Younger was ... Read More

China, US reach agreement over fentanyl

In an effort to curb the deadly opioid epidemic that killed more than 49,000 in the United States last year, President Donald Trump struck a deal with China’s President Xi over regulation of the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl during a scheduled dinner between the two leaders at the G-20 summit. “Very importantly, President Xi, in a wonderful humanitarian gesture, has agreed to designate fentanyl as a controlled substance, meaning that people selling fentanyl to the United States will be subject to China’s maximum penalty under the law,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. The statement issued ... Read More

Family sues MGM after daughter was electrocuted by illuminated handrail

The family of a 6-year-old girl who suffered brain damage after being electrocuted by an illuminated handrail bordering a fountain at MGM National Harbor Hotel in Oxon Hill, Maryland, has filed a lawsuit against the resort. On the evening of June 26, Zynae Green touched the lighted handrail, which sent 120 volts of electricity through her body – 10 times what the railing needed to stay lit, according to the complaint. When her mother, Rydicka Rosier, and a security guard tried to pull her away from the railing, they also were electrocuted. The jolt caused Green to go into immediate ... Read More

Construction managers face assault charges after serious worksite accident

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., has filed assault charges against a superintendent and branch manager at a construction site after two ironworkers were “gravely injured” at the jobsite. The incident occurred in June 2018 at a luxury residential construction site in Harlem where a Jekko mini crane fell several stories severely injuring two workers. Terrence Edwards, 39, and Timothy Braico, 41, were charged for their role in allowing an untrained employee to operate the crane, which led to the horrific accident. Vance said in a statement, “158,000 New Yorkers now make up our city’s construction workforce. It’s these ... Read More

Increases in overdoses, suicide drive down life expectancy again

New statistics showing a downtick in U.S. life expectancy for the second time in three years is a “wake up call,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, with many causes of death being preventable, namely drug overdoses and suicide. “Life expectancy gives us a snapshot of the Nation’s overall health,” said CDC Director Robert Redfield, adding the latest numbers are “sobering.” The drop in overall life expectancy averaged 78.6 years in 2017, a 0.1 decrease from the year before. Redfield said the reason was due to the rise in overdoses and suicides. Opioids are especially deadly. More than ... Read More