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Idaho County Official Awarded $1.74 Million in Whistleblower Retaliation Suit

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An Idaho jury has awarded a former Ada County, Idaho, official $1.74 million, concluding a four-year legal battle that began with a whistleblower complaint. According to the Idaho Statesman, Rich Wright, formerly a television journalist and Boise Police Department spokesman, became Ada County’s spokesman in 2006. He was promoted to lead the Department of Administration in 2008, but was fired in January 2015, one day after two newly elected county commissioners were sworn in. Mr. Wright filed a lawsuit against the county for $1.5 million, alleging he was fired in retaliation for ordering an investigation of harassment complaints from a ... Read More

Frozen pizza recall linked to potential Listeria monocytogenes; sold only by Walmart stores

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RBR Meat Company Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), is recalling more than 21,000 pounds of frozen pizzas after learning they might be “adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes.” RBR’s Marketside Supreme Frozen Pizzas were sold at select Walmart locations in a 50.6-oz. box comprising of single shrink-wrapped 16-inch pizzas. The recalled pizza’s label should read “Marketside Extra Large Supreme Pizza,” with its lot code being 20547. The pizzas were shipped to Walmart distribution centers in Washington, Utah, Nevada and California. According to the USDA, the frozen pizza recall qualifies as a Class ... Read More

Heart risks added to safety label of Children’s Motrin

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The labeling of over-the-counter Children’s Motrin has been updated to include a new warning regarding an increased risk of deadly heart attacks, heart failure and strokes, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Children’s Motrin, like Motrin for adults, contains ibuprofen, a painkiller from a family of drugs called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. Other drugs in this class include Advil (ibuprofen) and Aleve (naproxen). NSAIDs are sold both over-the-counter and by prescription. The new warning states: “Heart attack and stroke warning: NSAIDs, except aspirin, increase the risk of heart attack, heart failure, and stroke. These can be fatal. ... Read More

Months-old Gas Station Leak Continues To Pollute Western NC Waterways, Officials Say

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Cleanup efforts continue on a major gasoline leak from an underground storage tank behind a North Carolina service station. According to The Graham (North Carolina) Star, a leak was first detected in a fuel tank storing premium fuel at the Crown gas station in the western North Carolina town of Robbinsville in mid-August. Since then, remediation efforts have removed 2,600 gallons of gasoline from the ground, “enough to fill a 15-gallon vehicle gas tank 173 times,” the Graham Star noted. The cleanup and abatement operations remain ongoing. The leak has contaminated the nearby Tallulah Creek and Cheoah River. “The section ... Read More

FDA panel says Opana ER too dangerous to stay on the market

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A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel charged with reviewing safety concerns with the powerful opioid Opana ER, determined that the risks outweighed the benefits, a decision that could lead to a market withdrawal. Opana ER is made by Endo Pharmaceuticals and is an extended release version of the painkiller oxymorphone. The company was granted approval from the FDA in 2006 to market an immediate-release oxymorphone called Opana IR. The patent expired in 2011, and Endo responded with an extended-release (ER) version that had been formulated with an “abuse deterrent” coating. The FDA told opioid manufacturers that it will ... Read More

More than 63K pounds of ground beef contaminated with ‘extraneous material’

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King’s Command Foods LLC is recalling approximately 63,252 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with “extraneous material,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The problem was discovered when the company received several consumer complaints that metal objects were found in the beef products. To date, there are been no confirmed reports of injuries or adverse reactions due to the consumption of these products. Anyone with concerns about an injury or illness should contact their health care provider. This recall, which is an expansion of a previous recall announced March 9, ... Read More

Oil Well worker Crushed To Death in Well Malfunction Near Houston

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A contract oil well worker was crushed to death Tuesday, March 14, by malfunctioning oil rig equipment at a Denbury Resources well in Alvin, Texas. The Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as 43-year-old Antonio Perez of El Campo, Texas. Mr. Perez was a long-time employee of Pryor Packers, a company based in Laurel, Mississippi. Lieutenant Varon Snelgrove told ABC 13 Eyewitness News Houston that Mr. Perez was an experienced well worker who had worked on the type of wells such as the one that killed him many times in the past. The Associated Press described Mr. Perez as ... Read More

National Kidney Month: Some medications linked to acute kidney injury

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March is National Kidney Month is an awareness campaign that should be important to people with type 2 diabetes. That is because diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, the last stage of kidney disease in which the kidneys fail to filter impurities from the blood, requiring kidney transplantation or dialysis. Many conditions, diseases and medicines can create situations that lead to acute and chronic kidney disease that can lead to kidney failure. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is usually caused by a long-term disease like diabetes or high blood pressure that slowly damages the kidneys and reduces function over ... Read More

Mazda, Mitsubishi Join Nissan In Seeking Compensation from Takata Over Airbag Recalls

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Mazda and Mitsubishi have asked a federal judge to order airbag maker Takata to reimburse them for costs they incur from lawsuits over the faulty Takata-made airbag inflators, which have been consolidated in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Miami. Pointing to indemnification clauses in their contracts with Takata, the Japanese automakers claim the auto supplier is required to reimburse them for any financial losses they will suffer as a result of the defective airbags. “As a direct consequence of Takata’s design, development, production and sale to Mitsubishi of the alleged defective inflators at issue in this action, [Mitsubishi] has already ... Read More

Ethanol Spill In Iowa Creek  Underscores Need For Better Railroad Safety, Critics Say

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Iowa environmental groups are calling on lawmakers for better legislation and regulation of the railroad industry after a Union Pacific freight train hauling ethanol derailed near the town of Graettinger, Iowa, March 10. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) continues to investigate the derailment, which caused some of the train’s ethanol-laden cars to topple into the Jack Creek in the northern part of the state. Fifteen of the cars caught fire and some of them continued to burn two days after the 1 a.m. crash. The derailment and fire also destroyed a bridge running over the creek. Authorities say the ... Read More