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Peanut Corporation of America closes for good

Peanut Corporation of America has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Virginia following the recall of peanut products produced in the company’s Blakely, Georgia, and Plainview, Texas, facilities. “It’s regrettable, but it’s inevitable with the events of last month,” Andrew S. Goldstein, the bankruptcy attorney who filed the petition, told the Associated Press. Investigators have traced the national salmonella outbreak to peanuts produced by the Peanut Corp. in its Blakely, Georgia, factory. They estimate that the contaminated peanut butter has sickened 630 people and caused the deaths of 9. According to the AP, the board “had ... Read More

TVA cuts incentive programs for all employees

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) employees from the highest ranking officers to the bottom-level employees will not receive annual incentive awards for the fiscal year in anticipation of increased expenses and plummeting revenues, according to a memo issued by the TVA and reported by Chattanooga, Tennessee’s WRCB-TV. The bleak outlook is in part the result of the utility’s coal ash pond failure in December that dumped 1.1 billion pounds of toxic waste on to 300 acres of east Tennessee. TVA is facing numerous lawsuits from property owners as well as mounting cleanup costs that could reach as high as $825 million. ... Read More

Sexual abuse reported at nursing homes, assisted living facilities

Sexual abuse. It is one of the most unimaginable crimes against those who are dependent on others, but yet the reports keep coming. This week in Framingham, Massachusetts, the Boston Herald reported that a former nursing home aide was charged with sexually molesting a 62-year-old woman at Sudbury Pines Extended Care who had recently suffered a stroke which had greatly limited her ability to speak. Despite her condition, investigators were able to interview the woman. She was able to answer yes and no questions and point to various parts of her body. From that, investigators ascertained that nursing aide Kofi Agana ... Read More

Congressional committee considers regulating coal ash ponds, landfills

December’s devastating coal ash spill that dumped 1.1 billion pounds of toxic material on to an east Tennessee neighborhood and into Emory River has prompted some people to question why coal ash ponds and landfills are not more heavily regulated by the federal government, according to iStockAnalyst. Last week, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a legislative hearing to address a proposed bill that would set uniform design, engineering and inspection standards of impoundment ponds such as the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) failed pond that caused the massive spill. The coal ash spill is being touted as the ... Read More

Nursing home founders’ grandson cleared of larceny

Gregory Logan’s family was well known in Dedham, Massachusetts. Years ago his grandparents Samuel and Florence Logan founded the largest nursing home operation in the area. Logan served as the administrator of Logan Nursing & Rehabilitation in Braintree. But last year Logan and his two uncles, Joel Logan and Todd Logan, were accused of raiding patient accounts for personal use between January 2001 and June 2003. The uncles pleaded guilty in July to misappropriating Medicaid funds, conspiracy, larceny, embezzlement and patient neglect. They both received five years probation and were ordered to pay $150,000 in restitution. Gregory Logan chose instead ... Read More

Illinois woman freezes to death outside nursing home

The family of Sarah Wentworth can’t imagine how the 89-year-old woman could have wandered outside the Itasca, Illinois nursing home where she lived for more than two years. Wentworth was so frail that she needed assistance just to get out of bed or change her clothes. And since she suffered from dementia, which can make those who suffer from the disease prone to wander, she also wore an ankle bracelet that sounded an alarm if she crossed through the nursing home’s doors to the outside. Which makes Wentworth’s death even more mind-boggling. She was found dead Feb. 5 outside in ... Read More

TVA sells coal ash to companies for building supplies, crop soil

Coal ash, like the 1.1 billion gallons of the toxic mess that spilled on to 300 acres of rural east Tennessee property destroying homes and damaging property in its wake, is commonly sold by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to companies at a profit and used in concrete for roads, bridges, concrete blocks for buildings, material for wallboard, granules for roofing shingles, grit for sandblasters and filler material for recreation areas such as ball fields and industrial parks, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution/Associated Press. Coal ash is also used in to supplement crop soil to enhance growth and help ... Read More

Woman crusades against epidemic of wage theft

Kim Bobo believes that employers in the United States are stealing from their workers. Not just nickels and dimes and not just in isolated incidents. She claims that the theft is rampant — that it has become a “national crisis at this moment in our nation” to the tune of $19 billion per year in unpaid overtime alone. Bobo is the founder and executive director of Interfaith Worker Justice, an organization that appeals to the shared convictions of all religions in protecting the rights of the everyday worker, especially low-wage workers. Bobo alleges that in meat processing plants, retail businesses, ... Read More

Grocery chain cited for multiple child labor violations

The U.S. Department of Labor has fined Hy-Vee, Inc., a Des Moines, Iowa-based grocery chain, with multiple violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, including a number of child labor violations in four of the company’s Nebraska stores. Federal investigators found 37 violations of laws restricting working hours for school age children under 18 years old. The Fair Labor Standards Act prohibits workers under age 18 from working more than three hours on school days, including Fridays, and eight hours on days with no school. Children ages 14 and 15 are not permitted to work past 7 p.m. on school ... Read More

Three to stand trail in Kane Glen Hazel abuse case

Three of the five nursing home employees accused of repeatedly abusing a 94-year-old woman will stand trial, another is awaiting a preliminary hearing, and charges were dropped against the fifth employee arrested in the crime, according to MSNBC. Last fall, Thelma Bryant was a resident at Kane Glen Hazel nursing home in Pittsburgh when nursing home employees alerted officials that they had seen fellow employees on several occasions hit Bryant in the head, strike her in the chest with an elbow, throw oranges at her, stomp her feet and cuss at her. An investigation led to the arrests and firing ... Read More