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Side Underride Bill Languishes in U.S. Congress

In December 2017, a bipartisan bill that would require side guards on tractor-trailers to prevent deadly underride crashes was introduced to the Senate. One year later, Congress has yet to take any action on the bill. The Stop Underrides Act calls for new regulations that would require tractor-trailer and other heavy vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds to install side underride guards. The bill would also require the U.S. Department of Transportation to review the underride standards every five years for improvement or modification and to strengthen rear-underride guards that are already required on tractor-trailers and other large trucks. The ... Read More

Whistleblower Helps Recover $5.1 Million In Medicaid Funds From Indiana Dental Chain

A whistleblower who sued an Indiana-based dental chain and its Kansas-based management company has helped the U.S. and Indiana recover $5.1 million in Medicaid funds. The whistleblower lawsuit named ImmediaDent of Indianapolis and Samson Dental Partners, LLC, which provided administrative services to the dental chain, as defendants. The complaint alleged that the companies submitted false claims to Medicaid by improperly billing tooth extractions as more costly surgical extractions, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky said in an announcement of the settlement. The whistleblower’s complaint also accused ImmediaDent and Samson of billing Medicaid for “deep cleanings” that ... Read More

Pipeline Break Floods Indiana River with Jet Fuel

A pipeline failure released more than 8,000 gallons of jet fuel into the St. Mary’s River in northeastern Indiana Sept. 7, and officials warned a cleanup could take several weeks to complete. Bernie Beier, Homeland Security Director for Allen County, Indiana, told The Journal Gazette that an employee of Buckeye Pipe Line Company, which owns the busted pipeline, detected a pressure drop and immediately went to check on the line. The company then shut down the affected pipeline, but not before 8,190 gallons of jet fuel escaped into the river. The spill prompted police officials in the city of Decatur ... Read More

CDC: McDonald’s Salads Sickened Hundreds in 15 States

Federal health authorities said an outbreak of Cyclospora parasite linked to McDonald’s restaurants in the Midwest has sickened about 400 people in 15 states. A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) update said that U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials traced the Cyclospora to Fresh Express salad mix with romaine lettuce and carrots. Fresh Express supplied the salad mix to McDonald’s. When people throughout the Midwest started getting sick last month, public health officials discovered that the majority of them had eaten salads from McDonald’s. That finding prompted McDonald’s to stop selling salads at about 4,000 of its ... Read More

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Melons Grows

A melon recall triggered by a multistate outbreak of Salmonella-related illnesses has been expanded to include 10 additional states, bringing the total number of states affected by the outbreak to 23, according to federal health officials. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said the recall encompasses pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fruit salads containing one or more of those melons produced and distributed by Caito Foods of Indianapolis, Indiana. Alabama, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Tennessee have been added to the list of states where the melon may be contaminated with salmonella, the ... Read More

Man Sickened by Salmonella Sues Melon Producer

An Indiana man who was hospitalized after eating melon contaminated with Salmonella is suing Caito Foods LLC, the producer of watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon and other products that federal health officials say started a multistate outbreak of Salmonella illnesses. According to Food Safety News, Jacob Novero was infected with the Salmonella Adelaide strain linked to the contaminated products after buying and eating pre-cut fruit containing honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon and blueberries produced by Caito Foods of Indianapolis. Mr. Novero bought the contaminated melon salad at a Walmart Supercenter in Noblesville, Indiana on May 12. He started feeling ill two days later ... Read More

Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Fresh Melon Products

At least 60 people eight states have been sickened by Salmonella linked to melon products made and distributed by Caito Foods of Indianapolis, Indiana, spurring a recall of fresh cut melon and fruit salads, federal health officials announced. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that the outbreak of Salmonella illnesses stems from fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fruit medley mixtures containing any of these melon products. Caito Foods and others distributed the affected melon products to Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio. People infected by the melon products, which are ... Read More

Car in Deadly Rollaway Under Open Recall For Gear Problem

An auto recall repair would have prevented the accidental death of a 24-year-old father in Indianapolis, Indiana last month, who drowned after pulling his 3-year-old daughter out of a sinking Pontiac G6. Anthony Burgess put the 2008 Pontiac G6 in park and stepped out of the car to talk to a friend at an apartment complex. His young daughter stepped out of the car. He told her to get back in. Moments later, the car was rolling backward into a frigid pond with the girl inside. Mr. Burgess and his friend chased the car into the water. A witness on ... Read More

Measles Exposures Possible at Two Major U.S. airports, Health Officials Warn

Public health officials are warning air passengers and others who passed through two major U.S. airports of a potential exposure to measles due to infected international travelers. Airport authorities at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport have reported passengers that may have spread the measles virus to other people in the airport. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), anyone who visited O’Hare on the morning or afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 10 and who has not had a measles vaccination may need to be tested after a passenger with a confirmed case of the highly ... Read More

Delta Flight Nearly Landed on Taxiway in Atlanta

A Delta Air Lines plane approaching Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport almost landed on a taxiway that was occupied by another airplane, prompting a federal aviation safety investigation. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that Delta Flight 2196 from Indianapolis had been cleared to land on runway 09R about 11:06 on the morning of Nov. 29. Initially, the Delta plane was lined up properly with the runway, but about one mile from the runway the plane started to drift to the left, lining up with taxiway N where another Delta plane was taxiing. Delta Flight 2196, a Boeing B737, descended ... Read More