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Chicken Products Recalled in Southern States For Allergy Risks

Federal authorities announced a recall of about 100,000 pounds of prepared chicken products sold in retail stores throughout the Southern states due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service says that three chicken products made by VICS Acquisition of Harlingen, Texas, and sold under the “happi foodi” or “SE Grocers” brand names contain eggs that are not declared on the product labeling. The products included in the recall were made between Aug. 7 and Oct. 15, 2018, and sold in stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South ... Read More

NTSB Investigations Frozen During Government Shutdown

Dozens of major transportation accidents are going uninvestigated and others are being skipped entirely as the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) remains almost completely furloughed during the government shutdown. Approximately 93 percent of the NTSB’s 397 employees are furloughed during the government shutdown, leaving just five investigators and a few support staff to keep key investigations afloat. Government documents obtained by CBS News show how the shutdown has prevented the NTSB from launching 74 accident investigations, including probes of 20 accidents resulting in 34 deaths and 18 injuries. Twelve of the transportation accidents going uninvestigated involve airplane crashes that resulted in ... Read More

Five Children Dead After Disney-Bound Church Van Struck by Tractor-Trailer

A church van taking several Louisiana children and adults to Disney World was struck by a tractor-trailer Thursday, Jan. 3, near Gainesville, Florida, killing five children and two adults and injuring several others. Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Patrick Riordan said the crash occurred in the southbound lanes of I-75 Thursday afternoon when a tractor-trailer traveling on I-75 northbound collided with a car. The collision sent both northbound vehicles across the median into the southbound lanes and into the path of another tractor-trailer and the church van. The crash left a mass of flaming wreckage on I-75. Both tractor-trailer drivers ... Read More

California Romaine Grower Linked to E.Coli Outbreak Recalls Other Produce  

A California farm linked to the E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce that triggered a massive nationwide recall is now recalling other types of produce as a precaution. Adam Bros. Farming, Inc. of Santa Maria, California, said the new recalls include red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce, and cauliflower harvested on Nov. 27 through Nov. 30, 2018. Although none of the produce has tested positive for the E. coli strain associated with the outbreak (E. coli O157:H7) and no illnesses have been reported, the company says it’s voluntarily recalling the extra produce out of an abundance of caution. The recalled cauliflower was ... Read More

Exploding Lithium-Ion Batteries for E-Cig Burn Louisiana Woman

A Louisiana woman is recovering from serious burns after a lithium-ion battery for an e-cigarette exploded in her hand. Kimberly Wright of Downsvile, Louisiana, told NBC 10 News that the lithium-ion battery burn is “the most violent acute pain that I have ever felt” and described the sound of the explosion as “like the combination of a bottle rocket and pipe bomb.” As she was dealing with the burning battery, dragging a burning rug out of her house, a second lithium-ion battery “skyrocketed to the roof and exploded,” NBC 10 reported. “The second battery blew up and it was even ... Read More

NOLA councilman blames his cancer on Roundup exposure

There was rarely a time that Jefferson Parish (Louisiana) Councilman Chris Roberts wasn’t around Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup. His father worked for a Monsanto supplier for more than three decades. Roberts often used the product around the house and always had a jug in his car, his garage and even his office. When he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin follicular lymphoma in April 2006 at the age of 29, his doctors were puzzled. Most people diagnosed with lymphoma are in their 60s or older, according to the American Cancer Society. Causes include exposure to cancer-causing chemicals. Roberts believes his regular exposure ... Read More

Former NOLA councilman sues local government for asbestos exposure

Former Louisiana Jefferson Parish Councilman Jimmy Lawson is suing the local government, the Jefferson School Board and dozens of other entities over claims that he was exposed to toxic asbestos, which contributed to his recent mesothelioma diagnosis. He claims he repeatedly encountered the carcinogenic mineral decades ago while working at New Orleans school properties in the 1960s, in local government offices, and at the Avondale Shipyard, where he was briefly employed in the late 1960s. Other companies named in the lawsuit include insurers, equipment manufacturers, and corporations like Huntington Ingalls and Union Pacific Railroad. Lawson, 71, served on the Jefferson ... Read More

Gulf Rebounds 8 Years After BP Oil Spill, But Threats Persist

BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill was an unprecedented disaster for the Gulf of Mexico, but eight years after the runaway spill was capped, many scientists monitoring the Gulf are cautiously optimistic that the worst of it has passed. Considered by some researchers to be the biggest ecological disaster in history, BP’s oil spill started when the Macondo well a mile beneath the Deepwater Horizon blasted nearly 5 million barrels of oil (about 210 million gallons) into the Gulf. Water currents mainly carried it north and east, depositing millions of gallons on the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. While ... Read More

Whistleblower Key in Mississippi Hospital’s $1.1 Million Medicare Fraud Settlement

A Mississippi public hospital has agreed to pay the U.S. more than $1.1 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit alleging it unlawfully billed Medicare for services patients didn’t need. Grenada Lakes Medical Center, which is operated by the University of Mississippi Medical Center, agreed to settle the government’s False Claims Act allegations accusing the hospital of falsely billing Medicare for medically unnecessary and unreasonable psychotherapy services it provided to beneficiaries of the government health care program. According to the U.S. Justice Department, starting in January 2005 and continuing until April 2013, the Grenada Lakes Medical Center submitted claims for intensive ... Read More

Shell agrees to clean up dangerous chemicals from LA plant

Shell Chemical LP agreed to eliminate more than 150 tons of excess emissions of harmful air pollutants including the carcinogenic chemical benzene from its chemical plant in Norco, Louisiana, in St. Charles Parish, as part of a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ). Shell was accused of violations of the Clean Air Act and state law for failing to properly operate industrial flares at the plant. The company also agreed to pay $350,000 in civil penalties, including $87,500 to LDEQ. The settlement in the form of a consent decree requires Shell ... Read More