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Two Workers Die In Gavillon Grain Accident

The owner of a grain storage facility in Wichita, Kansas, where two workers died Tuesday, Jan. 2, after being trapped under tons of grain has a history of federal safety violations. Little is known about the circumstances surrounding last week’s fatal accident, but Gavillon Grain said that both men involved in Tuesday’s accident were employees of the company. Gavillon Grain is a Nebraska-based agricultural company specializing in grains and fertilizers. The company owns 136 grain facilities in more than a dozen states. Sedgwick County Deputy Fire Chief Larry Tangney told reporters that the two workers were killed after being trapped under ... Read More

IberiaBank Whistleblowers Recover $11.7 Million For Taxpayers

A whistleblower lawsuit accusing IberiaBank of wrongfully certifying mortgage loans for federal insurance has led to an $11.7 million settlement, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced. According to the Justice Department, two former IberiaBank employees, Kelley Shackleford and Karen Mills, filed the whistleblower complaint on behalf of the U.S. government under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act (FCA). Both women formerly worked for IberiaBank in Little Rock, Arkansas. The whistleblower complaint alleged that the Lafayette, Louisiana-headquartered bank committed mortgage fraud by knowingly originating and underwriting federally insured mortgage loans that did not meet regulatory requirements. The agreement makes ... Read More

Food banks recall candy possibly laced with chemicals

Harvesters – The Community Food Network is notifying all its partner food pantry agencies to remove from their warehouses all Bibi Frutix candy products received through the Harvesters’ distribution program because the candy is likely contaminated with a chemical substance and can be harmful if eaten. The chemical contaminant was not identified, but according to the Wamego, Kansas Police Department, several people who sampled the contents reported that the sugar powder inside the product had a chemical taste. There have been two reports of illness to date, the first of which was reported by a partner food pantry agency in ... Read More

Kroger recalls infant water due to mold contamination

The Kroger Company is recalling Comforts FOR BABY Purified Water with Fluoride Added after receiving complaints that there was mold in the product. Laboratory testing identified the mold as Talaromyces penicillium, which can cause allergic reactions in some people. Affected products include 1 gallon (3.78 L) clear bottles with the sell by dates from April 26, 2018 to Oct. 10, 2018,  the UPC Code 0 41260 37597 2, and the plant code 51-4140. The labels also state DISTRIBUTED BY THE KROGER CO, CINCINNATI, OHIO 45202. The water was distributed to Kroger stores, including Food 4 Less, Jay C, Jay C ... Read More

FMCSA: Tennessee Truck Driver A Deadly Threat To Other Motorists

Federal authorities have declared a Tennessee commercial truck driver to be an imminent hazard to public safety and ordered him to stop operating any commercial motor vehicle after he caused a deadly accident and left the scene. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said that Earnest Paul Biddwell, who holds a commercial driver’s license from Tennessee, was operating a large commercial truck on Tennessee State Route 305 in McMinn County in August when the gooseneck trailer hitched to his truck came loose and separated. When the gooseneck trailer, a long flatbed trailer that can support other structures, detached from ... Read More

Grain-Entrapment Accident Triggers Fines For Nebraska Co-op

A Nebraska grain-handling cooperative faces massive monetary penalties for its failure to protect workers from potentially deadly grain bin entrapment and engulfment hazards. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it cited Farmers Cooperative of Dorchester, Nebraska, with eight safety violations and nearly $380,000 in penalties following a grain-entrapment accident in one of its grain bins in May. According to Omaha’s KETV Channel 7, Dave Maier, 55, entered a grain elevator at the Farmers Cooperative in Raymond, Nebraska, to check on a clogged auger. Workers at the grain facility were transferring soybeans between bins when the machinery become ... Read More

3 Crew Dead After Medical Helicopter Crash in Arkansas

Three crew members were killed when their medical helicopter crashed Sunday night in DeWitt, Arkansas, approximately 60 miles southeast of Little Rock, the Associated Press reported. A post-crash fire engulfed the helicopter in flames, preventing first responders from approaching the crash site when they arrived. The Bell 407 helicopter, known as Pafford AIR ONE, was owned and operated by Pafford EMS and Air Methods. Pafford EMS confirmed no patients were on board at the time of the crash, but that the aircraft was flying from Pine Bluff to pick up a patient in West Helena. The three crew members who ... Read More

Beautiful bald senior portraits raise awareness about alopecia as they go viral

There are many reasons people experience hair loss. Some men and women experience pattern baldness, which is genetic and often associated with aging. Some lose their hair as a side effect of toxic drugs such as chemotherapy. This type of hair loss is generally expected to be temporary, but for some cancer survivors their hair never grows back. Many are women who used Taxotere to treat breast cancer. Others, like 17-year-old Madisyn Babcock, have autoimmune disease alopecia areata, which causes patchy hair loss and in extreme cases total loss of hair on the scalp, face and even body. No matter ... Read More

FDA raises concerns about herbal supplement kratom

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Public Health Advisory due to its growing concerns about the risks associated with the use of the herbal supplement kratom, and is calling on those who believe in the potential medical benefits of the herb to conduct research on kratom so that its risks and benefits can be better understood. Kratom is a plant indigenous to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. It has grown in popularity in the U.S., and is often marketed as a “safe” treatment for a variety of conditions. The FDA said it knows people are using kratom ... Read More

Study finds many baby foods contain arsenic

Many brands of baby formula and baby food sold in the U.S. are contaminated with arsenic, lead and other dangerous chemicals that can affect fine motor skills and cognition in developing infants according to a study conducted by the nonprofit advocacy group Clear Label Project. The organization tested about 530 different baby foods, infant formulas, toddler drinks and snacks focusing on top-selling and emerging brands using Nielsen data, and found that 65 percent of products tested positive for arsenic, 36 percent for lead, 58 percent for cadmium and 10 percent for acrylamide – chemicals that pose risks to young children, ... Read More