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Ford Recalls F-Series Pickups For Engine Heater Fire Hazard

Ford Motor Co. is recalling nearly 900,000 F-Series pickup trucks in the U.S. and Canada to repair engine block heaters that can catch fire. The trucks affected by this recall include 2015-2019 models of the F-150 with engine block heaters built in Dearborn, Michigan from March 18, 2014, to Nov. 17, 2018 and in Kansas City, Missouri from Aug. 21, 2014, to Nov. 17, 2018. The recall also covers 2017-2019 Super Duty F-250, Super Duty F-350, Super Duty F-450, and Super Duty F-550 pickup trucks with engine block heaters built at Ford’s Ohio and Kentucky plants. According to recall documents ... Read More

Student dead after truck collides with school bus

A school field trip to see “Elf The Musical” in Marshall County, Indiana, turned tragic when a truck towing a flatbed trailer rammed into the back of a school bus, killing 13-year-old Owen Abbott, and injuring another child. The school bus from Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation was traveling northbound on US 31 on the morning of Dec. 5 when the bus stopped at a railroad crossing. The bus started to move and then stopped again. That’s when the truck collided with the back of the bus. There were 38 eighth-graders and three chaperones on the school bus along with ... Read More

Benzene Emissions From Arkansas Dump Fire Prompt Lawsuit

Concerns about benzene and other health threats emanating from an extensive and long-burning underground fire have prompted at least one family in Bella Vista, Arkansas to file a lawsuit. Bella Vista resident Curtis Macomber and his family are suing Brown’s Tree Care, alleging the company created a public health hazard by burning brush on the property, triggering an underground fire that has been burning since July. The fire is smoldering at the site of a “stump dump,” where the Bella Vista Property Owners Association once operated a collection area for residents’ leaves, tree stumps, branches, and brush. Bella Vista Property ... Read More

Smoldering E-Cigarette Triggers Boston Logan Airport Evacuation

A lithium-ion battery for an e-cigarette overheated inside a checked bag at Boston Logan International Airport, prompting an evacuation of a section of the busy airport and reminders from federal security agents that the batteries are prohibited in checked luggage. The smoldering e-cigarette battery was discovered on a busy Saturday morning after Thanksgiving when smoke began pouring from a suitcase inside the baggage screening room. According to NBC 10 Boston, the smoldering bag was discovered moments before it was loaded onto an airplane. Transportation Security Agents evacuated the baggage screening area and called in Massport Fire & Rescue and a ... Read More

Bus carrying youth football team crashes, killing one child

One child is dead and 45 other people are injured after a charter bus carrying a Memphis, Tennessee youth football team from a championship game in Dallas crashed in Central Arkansas early Monday morning. The bus was carrying a football team of 8- to 10-year-olds as well as a group of chaperones. The driver of the bus told Arkansas state police that she lost control of the vehicle, causing  it to roll off Interstate 30, killing Kameron Johnson, 9. The dozens who were injured were mostly children and were taken to hospitals in Little Rock and Benton, Arkansas. The bus ... 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

Some Arkansas Farmers Using Monsanto Dicamba Despite Ban

Monsanto’s Dicamba herbicide is turning the fields of Eastern Arkansas into a battleground, pitting farmer against farmer and creating a giant toxic problem for anyone downwind of the weed-killer spray. These Arkansas agri-battles are the newest farming fiasco stirred up by Monsanto, the Bayer-owner manufacturer of other notorious herbicides such as Roundup, Ranger Pro, and Agent Orange. Last year, Monsanto introduced new varieties of soybean and cotton that it had genetically modified to resist dicamba and pedaled these latest GMO crops to Arkansas farmers as a cheap and easy way to grow soybeans. Monsanto created this new line of herbicide-resistant ... Read More

Crash-Avoidance Mandate for Tractor-Trailers Nowhere In Sight

Crash-avoidance systems on tractor-trailers and other heavy vehicles could potentially save thousands of lives per year, mitigate crash severity and injuries, and reduce property damages, yet Congress has failed to mandate the technology despite an alarming increase in tractor-trailer crash deaths. The Kansas City Star examined the issue of crash-avoidance technology in tractor-trailers in a recent report, noting that for 20 years the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has repeatedly urged federal regulators to mandate crash-avoidance systems in trucks, yet no action has been taken, let alone proposed. In 2016, more than 4,300 people were killed in accidents involving tractor-trailers ... Read More

Mercedes-Benz Sued Over Allegedly Dangerously Defective Transmissions

Certain Mercedes-Benz vehicles with 722.9 7G-Tronic transmissions are the basis of a class-action lawsuit alleging the transmissions have a dangerous defect that allows them to suddenly slip into low gear and fail prematurely. The class-action covers owners and lessees of Mercedes vehicles with the allegedly defective transmissions in California and Kansas. According to CarComplaints.com, the lawsuit alleges that technical service bulletins Mercedes sent to dealerships show that the automaker knew of the safety defect yet took no measures to warn its customers or recall the vehicles. The safety defect is so common that at one point Mercedes was unable to ... Read More

Sepsis sends 25,000 nursing home patients to hospitals annually

Sepsis, a life-threatening complication of an infection, was the most common reason for transfers of nursing home patients to hospitals, and these patients were much more likely to die from sepsis than any other condition, according to a federal report cited in MedPage Today. Just as devastating is the human and financial toll of these cases. According to an analysis conducted for Kaiser Health News by Definitive Healthcare, a private health care data firm, 25,000 nursing home residents each year developed sepsis and other conditions and were transferred to hospitals, costing Medicare more than $2 billion a year. “This is ... Read More