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North Carolina woman says prescription drug-induced psychosis led husband to kill daughters

The moment Kim Crespi of Charlotte, N.C., heard that her husband David had stabbed their 5-year-old twin daughters to death, she knew that the real culprit behind the horrific act wasn’t her spouse but a cocktail of prescription drugs, including Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, or SSRIs – a form of antidepressants. According to Charlotte’s WBTV, David Crespi, a Charlotte-area banker, called 911 on the morning of Jan. 20, 2006 to report that he had just killed his own daughters. Mr. Crespi was arrested and ultimately took a plea bargain to avoid the death penalty. He is now serving two life ... Read More

Duke Energy says customers will pay its hefty coal ash cleanup costs

Duke Energy’s CEO Lynn Good said that its customers will pay the costs of cleaning up dozens of the company’s toxic waste sites throughout North Carolina, many of which are contaminating the groundwater with arsenic and heavy metals. Last week, a North Carolina Superior Court judge ruled in favor of the Southern Environmental Law Center, ordering Duke to take “immediate action” to stop its 33 coal ash ponds across the state from further contaminating the groundwater with arsenic, mercury, lead, and several other toxic heavy metals and contaminants. The order was issued after one of Duke’s coal ash ponds spilled ... Read More

Toxic coal ash sludge blankets more than 70 miles of riverbed, lake bottoms

While North Carolina environmental regulators have been downplaying the risks posed by Duke Energy’s massive coal ash spill, U.S. officials said Tuesday that the highly toxic coal ash has coated the bottom of the Dan River up to 70 miles downstream of the spill site. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said that near Duke Energy’s Dan River facility, the toxic sludge has formed a giant pile 75 feet long and 5 feet deep. More than 82,000 tons of coal ash containing arsenic, heavy metals, and other toxins flowed into the Dan River Feb. 2 from a 27-acre ash pond ... Read More

N.C. toxic coal ash cleanup mired in political interests

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources asked a judge last week to throw out its own proposed settlement with Duke Energy over pollution leaking from waste dumps at its power plants. The state agency requested the action the day after an Associated Press (AP) story was published, describing the settlement as a “sweetheart deal” between state regulators and Duke Energy, the nation’s largest electrical company. The proposed settlement would have had Duke pay fines of just $99,111 for pollution that spilled from coal ash dumps in Asheville and Charlotte. State regulators and Duke reached the settlement before ... Read More

North Carolina power plant spills tons of toxic coal ash into river

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A Charlotte-based energy supplier blamed a broken storm water pipe at a shuttered power plant for spilling up to 82,000 tons of toxic coal ash into the Dan River near the Virginia border. Duke Energy Corp. said that coal ash, a waste product created  by burning coal to generate electricity, spilled into the river from a 27-acre ash pond at the Dan River Steam Station about 30 miles north of Greensboro. The plant has been inactive since 2012, but the site was never cleaned up. The company said that a 48-inch pipe underneath the ash pond broke ... Read More

Woman injured in Texas bus crash files lawsuit

The first of what may likely be many personal-injury lawsuits has emerged from the crash of a bus in Irving, Texas, April 11 that killed two people on a Texas highway and injured more than 40 others. The Associated Press reports that Charlotte Reed, 74, of Fort Worth, Texas, filed a lawsuit Monday in Dallas against Cardinal Bus Lines Inc. of Mansfield, Texas. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff broke several ribs as the bus suddenly crashed into barriers, crossed lanes of traffic, and flipped on State Highway 161 (President George Bush Highway) in Irving. The plaintiff blames the crash ... Read More

FDA cites Red Cross for compromising nation’s blood supply

The American Red Cross has been cited by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 14 times since 2003 and fined about $46 million for violations of blood safety rules that raise the risk that contaminated blood may be used in transfusions. Many of the violations against the nation’s largest supplier of blood were related to understaffing that created problems during the organization’s consolidation of blood collection activities at 35 different regional offices into two facilities in Philadelphia, Penn., and Charlotte, N.C. The most recent violation, made public on January 13, was based on an inspection 15 months ago at the ... Read More

Sleep apnea likely to impact federal regulations, commercial truck drivers

“If you could have seen the scene that killed my husband … or any of the other scenes that have been tied to sleep apnea and truck wrecks, it does look like a war zone,” said Wanda Lindsay of New Braunfels, Texas in a public meeting about the dangers of sleep apnea to commercial truck drivers. “It looks like a truck suicide bomber had gone through the area when John was killed.” Wanda and her husband were stopped in construction-zone traffic on a Texas highway last year when a Celadon tractor trailer traveling 65 mph on cruise control smashed into ... Read More

New study can leave women even more confused about HRT

New research on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and birth control pills could leave women even more confused about the risks and benefits of the drugs, doctors warn. The research, published in the Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery, suggests that pills containing estrogen may help lower the risk for brain aneurysms. The news follows a tidal wave of studies that linked HRT to breast cancer and other deadly conditions including ovarian cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, heart attack, stroke and blood clots. “I think women are confused,” Dr. Joanna Longstaffe, clinical director of Independent General Practice told Wales Online. “I have far fewer people ... Read More

New Jersey school bus hauling kindergartners loses brakes and crashes

A school bus carrying two kindergarten classes and six chaperones rolled backward down a steep hill and crashed in Montclair, New Jersey, Tuesday after losing its brakes. The incident sent three of the adults and two children to the hospital with injuries to the neck, knee, and contusions to the head. The bus was taking 50 kindergartners to nearby Morristown, New Jersey, to see a performance of Charlotte’s Web at the Mayo Center. According to local authorities, the bus, driven by a 36-year-old Newark resident, was ascending the hill when the driver felt the brakes failing. Witnesses said the bus ... Read More