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Factory Accident Envelopes Atchison, Kansas, In Chemical Cloud

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Health authorities say the air quality in and around Atchison, Kan., has returned to normal after a toxic chemical cloud released from a local food additive and beverage plant enveloped the city Friday morning, sending more than 100 people to the hospital. The accident happened at the MGP Ingredients plant a couple minutes after 8 a.m. when a worker at the facility accidentally combined sulfuric acid and sodium hypochlorite, creating a reaction that sent a massive plume of chlorine gas over the city. The noxious smog was so thick in some areas that it reduced visibility to near zero. “Two ... Read More

Arkansas Landowners Ask Appeals Court To Revive Oil Spill Class Action Against Exxon

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Arkansas landowners living along a 70-year-old pipeline that ruptured in March 2013 and flooded the town of Mayflower with crude oil appeared before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul, Minn., to ask the three-judge panel to revive their complaint against Exxon Mobil Pipeline Co. Lawyers for the landowners argue that the case should be reinstated because they can prove that the pipeline is damaging their property and diminishing their ability to enjoy it. The landowners claim that easements say the company is responsible for repairing, replacing, or removing the pipeline, which stretches 850 miles from Illinois to ... Read More

Distributor gets time in prison for pushing dangerous diet pills

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A man selling dietary supplements and weight loss pills was sentenced to 11 months in federal prison plus two years of supervised release for pushing capsules that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said were misbranded and contained heart-harming and cancer-causing ingredients. U.S. Chief District Judge Laurie Smith Camp issued the order on Paul D. Martin, of Kearney, Neb., owner of Slim Beauty USA. He reportedly sold the offending producs, Dr. Ming’s Chinese Capsule, Magic Slim and Dream Body Slimming Capsules, at his Slim Beauty USA business, online at www.slimbeautyusa.com, and on eBay. In 2014, the FDA sent Camp a ... Read More

Tripod stool recall announced due to fall hazard; sold exclusively by Walmart

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Walmart, the American multinational retail corporation headquartered in Arkansas, has announced a tripod stool recall encompassing more than 46,000 units. The plastic collar responsible for connecting the stool’s three legs may break during use, posing a fall hazard to consumers. The tripod stool recall includes the Mahco Inc. tripod stools with three steel legs, as well as a REALTREE logo pattern camouflage polyester seat. Each of the steel legs feature plastic caps on both ends and a round plastic hub that connects them. Measuring at about 17 inches high by 13 inches wide, the recalled stools also have a black ... Read More

Feds Cite Indiana Landscaping Company After Worker’s Fatal Heat Stroke

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Federal investigators have cited an Indiana landscaping company in the death of a 23-year-old ground crewman who died from heat-related injuries July 22 after working more than nine hours in direct sunlight when the heat index topped 110 degrees. Townsend Tree Service Company of Muncie, Ind., faces penalties of $12,471 for its failure to implement a heat-prevention and acclimatization program for workers exposed to excessive heat, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said. The agency investigated the death of the worker, who fell unconscious at a job site in Poplar Bluff, Mo., and cited the company on Sept. 20. ... Read More

Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked To Strawberry Smoothies Spreads to Eight States

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An outbreak of Hepatitis A linked to frozen strawberries from Egypt used by a smoothie chain has grown to include at least 119 people in eight states, federal health officials reported Friday. The report does not include an additional four cases reported in Virginia around the same time, which brings the national total to 123 infections. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that the illnesses have led to 47 hospitalizations, with the vast majority of cases being reported in Virginia. In August, Virginia Department of Health officials linked the growing outbreak to Tropical Smoothie Café restaurants ... Read More

PA Doc Pays Nearly $1 Million To Resolve FCA Lawsuit Alleging Medicare Fraud

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A Western Pennsylvania doctor and a health care company he operated in five states will pay the U.S. government nearly $1 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging he and the companies defrauded the Medicare program. David J. Hickton, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, said Tuesday that Dr. John Balko and Dr. John Balko & Associates Inc., doing business as Senior Healthcare Associates, have agreed to settle the False Claims Act case for $930,000. The False Claims lawsuit alleged Medicare fraud due to Dr. Balko and his clinics submitting claims to Medicare for a range of ... Read More

Arkansas House Destroyed By Natural Gas Explosion


An explosion that destroyed a North Little Rock home Friday night, injuring 14 people, was caused by an accumulation of natural gas from an open valve leak somewhere in the residence. The gas was ignited when one of the occupants lit a cigarette, according to investigators. The primary resident of the house, identified as Evelyn Brooks, told North Little Rock police that a natural gas odor persisted in the house up to a week before the explosion, including the moments right before it happened around 10:20 p.m. Aug. 19, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The blast was strong enough to ... Read More

OSHA Investigating Two Apparent Heatstroke Deaths  In Florida, Missouri

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Federal authorities are investigating the deaths of two workers in different parts of the country who died on the job as a result of apparent heatstroke. On August 11, a 47-year-old employee of Briggs Traditional Turf Farm in Peculiar, Mo., was found dead after spending hours prepping soil and laying sod in conditions with a heat index of 105 degrees. One coworker told investigators that he picked up the man, a father of five, from his house at 7:30 a.m. At about 2:30 p.m., the co-worker spotted the man taking a break by lying down in a gravel rock rock ... Read More

Marinello Beauty Schools Pay $11 Million To settle Whistleblower Fraud Allegations


A for-profit chain of cosmetology schools has agreed to pay $11 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit brought by six former employees who alleged the schools defrauded the federal government by falsifying student loan applications and exaggerating claims about enrollment and post-graduate employment. Marinello Schools of Beauty started in 1905 and grew to include 56 campuses throughout the U.S., including California, Connecticut, Kansas, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Utah. The chain of schools closed abruptly in February after the U.S. Department of Education investigated the whistleblower claims and decided to bar Marinello schools from receiving any more federal financial aid funds. Lawyers ... Read More