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Lawsuit alleges airplane defects caused crash that killed three Kansas doctors

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The family of two Kansas physicians killed when their airplane crashed in Palos Hills, Ill., last October has filed a lawsuit against the plane’s manufacturer, alleging the crash was a result of airplane defects. The complaint alleges the aircraft was “negligently designed, manufactured, and assembled.” The Beechcraft Baron was headed to Topeka, Kan., when it crashed Oct. 12, 2014 about five minutes after taking off from Chicago Midway International Airport. The airplane’s three occupants, neurosurgeon Tausif Ur Rehman, pulmonologist Ali A. Kanchwala, and Dr. Kanchwala’s wife Maria Javaid, an interventional cardiologist, died on impact. All three doctors were originally from Pakistan. ... Read More

U.S. Judge Finds Idaho’s Anti-Whistleblower Ag Gag Law Unconstitutional

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A federal judge in Idaho has struck down that state’s anti-whistleblower Ag Gag law, ruling the legislation unconstitutional. The law glided through the Idaho legislature last year and became law, effectively making it punishable by fines and imprisonment for whistleblowers to expose animal abuse, deplorable factory conditions, and other wrongdoing rife within the dairy and meat industries. “The effect of the statute will be to suppress speech by undercover investigators and whistleblowers concerning topics of great public importance: the safety of the public food supply, the safety of agricultural workers, the treatment and health of farm animals, and the impact ... Read More

Ice Cream Production Resumes At Blue Bell’s Alabama Plant

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There are some promising signs that Blue Bell ice cream will soon be available in stores again after an outbreak of Listeria poisoning traced to its products earlier this year caused the company to shut down production at all of its facilities. The Brenham, Texas-based ice cream company started making ice cream again in its Sylacauga, Ala., plant July 20 under a “test and hold” policy, meaning that no products are being sold. Instead they are retained to test for bacterial contamination. So far, the new batches of ice cream have passed the tests, officials with the Alabama Department of ... Read More

The Fraud List: CVS Caremark profits from Medicaid fraud

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CVS Caremark is the pharmacy benefit management and drugs-by-mail division of CVS Health, a Woonsocket, R.I., based company currently ranked by Fortune Global 500 as the 35th largest corporation in the world in terms of revenue. As both the owner of nearly 70,000 retail pharmacies and the manager of pharmacy services for thousands of clients, the CVS family of companies is well positioned to make enormous profits in the health care field. The corporation manages pharmacy benefit services for employers, health insurance companies, unions, government employee groups, managed care organizations, and other health care plan providers throughout the U.S. CVS Caremark, ... Read More

Kroger recalls seasonings for possible salmonella contamination

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Popular supermarket chain Kroger has announced a sizable recall of four Kroger-brand seasonings sold in its stores. The Kroger recall was sparked by the FDA’s discovery of Salmonella in a sample of the Kroger-brand Garlic Powder sold by a South Carolina store. According to the supermarket’s press release, the following Kroger-brand seasonings were produced in the same facility with the same equipment as the Salmonella-tainted Garlic Powder and are now under recall: Kroger Bac’n Buds: 12 oz containers (Sell by: May 20 18PS4) Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper: 17.1 oz containers (Sell by: May 18 18PS4, Sell by: May 19 ... Read More

Worst inland oil spill cleanup continues five years later

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While BP engineers and cleanup crews were busy fighting the rising tide of oil blasting from a blown-out well deep in the Gulf of Mexico, another epic oil disaster was occurring in Michigan. Most U.S. adults know at least a little about the largest offshore spill in U.S. history. But ask them about the 2010 Enbridge oil spill in Michigan — the largest inland spill in U.S. history, and chances are very few will be familiar with it. And, like BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill, the environmental devastation and other fallout of the Enbridge oil spill is still unfolding five years ... Read More

Child saved from heat injury in unattended vehicle in Kansas

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Every summer, neglectful parents, guardians, or family members make the mistake of leaving young children in hot vehicles while they run errands. However, it only takes 10 minutes for heat levels in an unattended vehicle to become deadly for small children. It is only thanks to responsible bystanders that take matters into their own hands by breaking a window and rescuing the child that many children are still with us today. Earlier this week in Kansas, a teen employee at Famous Footwear, Porscha Bland, alerted her store manager, Sarah Oropeza, to a distressed 2-year-old girl trapped in a hot car ... Read More

Big private investment will help Blue Bell resume ice cream making

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Blue Bell Creameries said that a “significant investment” from a Texas oil billionaire will help it get back on its feet after being shuttered for months following a Listeria outbreak linked to its ice cream products. Sid Bass, a prominent Texas billionaire, invested an undisclosed amount to the privately owned ice cream manufacturer. The company said the investment would allow it to start making test batches in its factories once again. In May, Blue Bell CEO Paul Kruse told the company’s small group of investors that it required up to $125 million to recover from “a financial crisis that could ... Read More

IKEA announces second minimum wage hike in two years

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IKEA, known as the world’s largest furniture retailer, has announced its second minimum wage hike for employees in U.S. stores. This raise would increase IKEA’s hourly minimum wage from $10.76 to $11.87 – a 10 percent jump and exactly $4.62 over the current federal minimum wage. Considering retail sales workers in the U.S. normally receive an average wage of about $12.38, IKEA’s living wage announcement will push the company’s average U.S. store wage above $15. Beginning the first day of 2016, precisely 30 percent of U.S. IKEA employees will be earning at least $11.87, thanks to the retailer’s latest minimum wage hike. According to ... Read More

Attorneys request consolidation of power morcellator lawsuits

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Attorneys for six women suing Johnson & Johnson over injuries they claim to have suffered after undergoing gynecological procedures with the company’s power morcellator device have filed a request with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate with at least 22 similar lawsuits pending in 16 different federal district courts. The motion seeks to transfer the cases to U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil in Kansas. The request comes just weeks after the Wall Street Journal reported that Johnson & Johnson was being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about how much the company knew about cancer ... Read More