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Bo Jackson Says He Would Never Have Played Football Had He Known of Concussion Risks


Sports legend Bo Jackson told USA Today Sports that if he had known about the head-injury risks football poses to players back in the ’80s and ’90s he would never have played football. “If I knew back then what I know now,” Mr. Jackson told USA Today Sports, “I would have never played football. Never. I wish I had known about all of those head injuries, but no one knew that. And the people that did know that, they wouldn’t tell anybody,” he said, alluding to the NFL’s leadership. In 2011, a group of former NFL players filed a lawsuit ... Read More

Family of Boy Killed on Waterslide Settles Wrongful Death Suit With Waterpark

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The family of a 10-year-old Caleb Schwab, who was killed in a waterslide accident at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kan., in August 2016, has reached a settlement with the park’s owners and the company that manufactured the rafts used on the ride. “The Schwab family remains determined to hold all those responsible for this tragedy accountable, while doing all they can to ensure this never happens again to another family,” the family’s attorney said in a statement e-mailed to the press. Caleb, the son of Kansas state representative and Speaker of the House Scott Schwab, was killed when ... Read More

Hy-Vee Recalls Candy Trays Over Potentially Contaminated Chocolate Products

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The Hy-Vee chain of Midwestern grocery stores is recalling several candy trays it produced under the Hy-Vee brand using chocolate supplied by the Palmer Candy Company, which was recalled earlier in the week due to potential Salmonella contamination. The Hy-Vee recall, announced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the company Jan. 12, stems from the use of milk powder produced by Valley Milk Products LLC. The potentially contaminated powdered milk was used by Palmer as an ingredient in a compound chocolate coating for its candy products, which it supplied to grocery, convenience store, and wholesalers nationwide for ... Read More

Tests Indicate Texas Truck Driver May Have Been Drugged, Fatigued Before Deadly Crash

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Federal authorities have declared a commercial truck driver licensed in Texas to be an “imminent threat to public safety” after a probe of a deadly November crash turned up drug use and other serious safety violations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said it ordered Steven Wayne Johnson to cease operating any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce. On Nov. 15, 2016, Mr. Johnson was driving a commercial truck along Interstate 70 near Junction City, Kan., when his truck veered across the median and crashed head-on into a passenger vehicle, killing Jessica Michelle Thompson, 26, of Junction City, and ... Read More

National Radon Action Month highlights the importance of home testing

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It has no taste, no smell and no discernible way to be detected by the human eye. It is the No. 2 cause of lung cancer in America, and it is a gas we breathe every day. Radon gas is produced from a natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water, and is deadly when a person is exposed to high levels, according to the National Safety Council. The council advises testing for the risk of radon gas exposure during January, National Radon Action Month. Scientists estimate 15,000 to 22,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the U.S. are ... Read More

“World’s Tallest Waterslide” To Be Demolished After Boy’s Death

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The “world’s tallest waterslide” in a Kansas City, Kan. waterpark will be torn down once authorities complete their investigation into the death of a 10-year-old boy who was killed on the ride in August. Owners of the Schlitterbahn waterpark in Kansas City say they plan to demolish the 168-foot-tall waterslide, named “Verruckt” (German for “crazy”) “once the investigation is concluded and we are given permission by the court.” The waterpark, owned by Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts of New Braunfels, Texas is one of several waterparks the company operates, but the only one outside of Texas. The Kansas City waterpark drew ... Read More

Counselor Files Federal Complaint Against Haskell University Alleging Whistleblower Retaliation

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A counselor employed by Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kan., has filed a whistleblower complaint against the university, alleging it retaliated against her after she advocated for a rape victim’s Title IX rights. Counselor Angelina Adams was assigned to help a rape victim with support services and academic accommodations in the wake of her rape report and protracted criminal trials that ensued. Her duties included making sure the student received her rights under Title IX, a federal law that requires universities to investigate reports of sexual harassment and take measures to prevent sexual violence on campus. The law also ... Read More

PPI cases seeking consolidation into MDL in Louisiana

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Plaintiffs are looking to consolidate PPI cases into a multidistrict litigation (MDL). They filed a motion for transfer with the U.S. Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) on Oct. 17. The lawsuits have in common that they allege “negligence, design defect, failure to warn, fraudulent concealment, warranty claims and loss of consortium” as the cause of action against defendants, manufacturers of acid-reducing drugs PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) such as Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid. PPI users are alleging serious kidney injuries, such as chronic kidney disease, acute interstitial nephritis and kidney failure. “There are 15 actions currently filed in 12 different ... Read More

Regional OSHA Campaign Targets Amputation Hazards In Factories


In 2015, U.S. labor officials received reports of more than 2,600 amputations sustained by workers across the country. The alarming number of U.S. workers receiving painful and debilitating injuries every year prompted the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to launch a targeted enforcement campaign in four states where accidental workplace amputations run high: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. OSHA’s targeted enforcement efforts take aim at the manufacturing industry, where 57 percent of the nation’s on-the-job amputations occurred last year. The agency’s goal is to inspect manufacturing facilities, enforce safety regulations, and hold employers responsible for protecting workers and reducing ... Read More