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Los Angeles Bus Crash Injures 40, Road Rage Suspected

Dash cam video of a bus crash on a busy Los Angeles County highway shows the Oct. 14 incident may have been the result of road rage. Forty people were injured when a white charter bus marked “Transit Systems” traveling in the right northbound lane of the 405 freeway in the San Fernando Valley suddenly veered left across multiple lanes of traffic. The bus crashed through a concrete divider and stopped splayed across the southbound lanes. At least two other vehicles were involved in the bus crash, which occurred just after 1 p.m. in the North Hills neighborhood of Los ... Read More

Trucking Firm Involved in Deadly Greyhound Bus Crash Had Other Recent Crashes

The trucking company whose tractor-trailer collided with a Greyhound bus in New Mexico last week has a history of crashes and safety violations, a pair of lawsuits filed by survivors of the deadly crash contend. According to CBS News, a lawyer representing the plaintiffs suing JAG Transportation of Fresno, California, says federal safety data shows the company’s commercial trucks were involved in three crashes in the last two years. The previous two crashes resulted in two injuries but no fatalities, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration data indicates. Investigators say the Aug. 30 crash occurred when the tractor-trailer experienced a tire ... Read More

California Doctors Settle Medicare, Medicaid Fraud Allegations

A group of California heart doctors with offices in the Central Valley has agreed to pay the federal and state governments $1.2 million to resolve allegations that they improperly performed and billed Medicare and Medicaid for medically unnecessary diagnostic procedures. According to U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert of California’s Eastern District, Cardiovascular Consultants Heart Center and its physicians – Drs. Kevin Boran, Michael Gen, Rohit Sundrani, Donald Gregory and William Hanks – performed cardiovascular nuclear imaging (nuclear stress tests) that were not medically necessary for patients nor reasonable. The practice, which has locations in Fresno and Clovis, California, then billed Medicare and ... Read More

Fresno Crash Survivor Says City Neglected Dangerous Intersection

If a city has received complaints about a dangerous intersection for more than three decades but failed to remedy the problem, is it liable when a motorist becomes seriously injured in a collision allegedly caused by the intersection’s poor design? That is the question a Fresno County Superior Court jury will have to consider in a case brought against the city by Steven Kennedy, 51, who was struck by a car while driving through the intersection of Cedar Avenue and Bulldog Lane – an extremely busy intersection near Fresno State University with no dedicated left-turn lights. Mr. Kennedy, a former ... Read More

SoCalGas Repairing Natural Gas Line Break Near Fresno

Utility workers in Fresno County, California, are working to construct a bypass around a natural gas line that ruptured just west of Kingsburg, about 20 miles south of Fresno. ABC 30 Action News Fresno reports that the gas leak was discovered late last Friday but Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) Co. does not know how long the line had been releasing gas before it was discovered. SoCalGas, the state’s largest utility company, has not determined what caused the rupture, but it is looking into the possibility that the underground line may have been damaged by a farm tractor. No fires or ... Read More

California May Soon Put Cancer Warnings On Monsanto’s Roundup

California took a big step toward requiring agribusiness giant Monsanto to label its glyphosate herbicide Roundup as a probable cancer risk when a Fresno County Superior Court judge tentatively ruled Jan. 27 in favor of the warning. A formal decision on the matter, expected to come within days, is now all that separates California regulators from requiring Monsanto to warn the public of Roundup’s potential link to cancer. Once state authorities enforce an order for the warning, Monsanto would have a year to comply. California is one of the biggest markets in the world for Monsanto’s Roundup, which is sold ... Read More

Wrongful Death Suit Filed in Wake of Deadly Air Ambulance Crash

The parents of a California teacher who was killed in a 2015 medical helicopter crash have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Fresno-based helicopter operator. Linda Knuckles and David Barrows filed the lawsuit Dec. 29 in Fresno County Superior Court, claiming Rogers Helicopters Inc. was negligent in operating and maintaining the SkyLife 4, which crashed in December 2015 while transporting their daughter to a Bakersfield hospital. Kathryn Ann Brown, 40, was one of four people killed in the Air Ambulance crash just east of McFarland, Calif. Ms. Brown was originally taken to Sierra View Medical Center in Porterville after ... Read More

Tour Bus That Crashed Near Yosemite, Killing One Passenger, Was Traveling Too Fast

A tour bus carrying tourists to Fresno from Yosemite National Park crashed into a tree Saturday evening near Oakhurst, Calif., killing one passenger and injuring 11 others. The California Highway Patrol said the Line Charter bus was traveling on Highway 41 down the mountain toward Oakhurst when the driver entered a curve at an excessive speed, causing him to lose control of the vehicle. The bus veered off the road and struck a tree with its right side, then came to rest on its wheels. The crash occurred near the little village of Fish Creek inside the National Park around ... Read More

California Pipeline Breach Causes Another Major Shell Oil Spill

A Shell pipeline that ruptured underground near Tracy, Calif., May 20 is the same pipeline that ruptured in the same general area eight months ago, company officials confirmed. Both spills released an estimated 20,000 gallons of crude oil or more. The pipeline breach occurred in a two-foot diameter pipeline that runs about 200 miles from Martinez, Calif., northeast of Berkeley to Coalinga, southwest of Fresno. The spill was first reported about 3 a.m. Friday after Shell detected a loss of pipeline pressure. A preliminary test found a split of approximately 18 to 20 inches in length in the pipeline near Interstate 580 ... Read More

California Fair Pay Act set to eliminate gender wage gap

The gender wage gap has been a growing problem in the U.S.; however, the state of California decided to put an end to the injustice once and for all by introducing the historic “Fair Pay Act.” According to “The Takeaway,” the Fair Pay Act, which was signed by Governor Jerry Brown this week, requires employers paying men more than women for the same job to verify the pay is based on credentials other than gender. Not only can disgruntled employees challenge alleged discrimination more easily, but they can do so without fear of retaliation as well. “The inequities that have plagued ... Read More