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Two Weekend Fuel Train Derailments Spill Oil, Chemicals In Wisconsin

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Cleanup crews in Wisconsin continued to remove crude oil and chemicals Tuesday after two separate fuel train derailments over the weekend dumped thousands of gallons of fuel into the environment. On Sunday afternoon, 13 tanker cars of a Canadian Pacific Railway train laden with crude oil jumped the tracks in Watertown, Wis., a community about 50 miles west of Milwaukee. The wreck ripped open one of the tankers, causing it to spill about 1,000 gallons of crude oil and forcing the evacuation of a neighborhood. The displaced residents, from about 35 homes, have been barred from returning to their homes until the cleanup ... Read More

Miss. Man Arrested For Crash That Killed Tractor Trailer Driver

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A Mississippi man suspecting of causing a fatal accident on I-10 in Louisiana by illegally and recklessly passing on the shoulder will be brought back to Louisiana to face criminal charges. Daniel Alex Coy, 25, of Gulfport, Miss., was arrested by Louisiana State Troopers Monday afternoon and returned to St. Tammany Parish, La., where he is charged with negligent homicide, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and felony hit and run. Tractor trailer driver Steven Shawn Clark, 26, of Theodore, Ala., was killed when his truck was forced off the Middle Pearl River bridge just west of the Mississippi-Louisiana border ... Read More

IHOP Parking Lot Sinkhole Swallows Several Vehicles

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Engineers are being sent to Meridian, Miss., to investigate what onlookers described as a giant sinkhole that opened up in the parking lot of a newly opened IHOP (International House of Pancakes) restaurant, swallowing about 15 vehicles. No injuries have been reported in the wake of the incident, which started around 7:15 p.m. Central Time Saturday night. Meridian Police patrol lieutenant Rita Jack told NBC News that about that time, the department “received a call of vehicles going through the pavement at IHOP in Meridian.” Customers eating at IHOP when the collapse occurred reported hearing  a series of loud booms before the restaurant and surrounding ... Read More

Tire Blowout Blamed For Deadly Birmingham Crash

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Authorities investigating a deadly crash in Birmingham, Ala., that claimed the life of a commercial truck driver Thursday afternoon said that a tire blowout in another vehicle set off the chain of events. The crash occurred around 3 p.m. in the southbound lanes of I-59 / I-20 West near the Arkadelphia Road exit when the driver of a Ford Explorer lost control of the vehicle and struck the tractor trailer. The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office identified the driver of that truck as 56-year-old Charles Ward Miller of Ethelsville, Ala., in Pickens County. Mr. Miller was declared dead at the scene. ... Read More

Alabama joins multi-state investigation into Volkswagen emissions fraud

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Alabama has announced it is joining at least 27 states in an investigation of potential vehicle emissions fraud committed by Volkswagen. The multi-state probe plans to subpoena Volkswagen to learn more about the company’s diesel vehicle emissions. “We take any allegations of consumer fraud very seriously and will review the representations made by Volkswagen to its diesel customers in Alabama,” said Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange. The following states, including Alabama, have announced participation in the Volkswagen fraud probe:  Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, ... Read More

U.S. Backs Whistleblower Medicare Fraud Complaint Against Mississippi Hospital

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The U.S. government has chosen to intervene in a False Claims Act lawsuit filed by a whistleblower who alleges a rural Mississippi hospital, a management company, and their owners engaged in a Medicare fraud scheme that overbilled and double-billed the government and submitted claims for luxury cars and other personal expenses, which they were not entitled to claim. Corporate Management Inc., Stone County Hospital Inc., H. Ted Cain, and Julie Cain “knowingly charged excessive and ineligible expenses from 2002 to the present,” the U.S. Department of Justice alleges. Stone County Hospital is a critical-access hospital located in rural southern Mississippi, ... Read More

China Rejects Drywall Litigation, Says Its Companies are Immune From U.S. Law


Plaintiffs suing Chinese companies that made allegedly defective drywall likely face an uphill battle as the Chinese government, which owns the manufacturing companies, shields them from litigation in the U.S. As many as 4,000 U.S. homeowners claim that sulfuric drywall made by Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd. emitted fumes that corroded metal wiring and appliances, destroyed their belongings, and made them sick. Many of the homeowners, who live in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and Virginia, say the defective drywall has forced them to abandon their homes, leaving them bankrupt. Damages could exceed $1 billion. Lawyers representing the plaintiffs have been ... Read More

Southern Hospice Provider Pays $5.9 Million To Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit


A chain of Southern hospice care providers has agreed to pay the U.S. $5.9 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that it overcharged Medicare for patient services by misclassifying the type of service provided, making it eligible for higher federal reimbursements. Three former employees of the Baton Rouge, La., based St. Joseph Hospice chain filed the lawsuit in Dec. 2012 under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act in a Gulfport, Miss., federal court. The False Claims Act allows private individuals to sue on behalf of the federal government when they have sound evidence of fraud or other illegal ... Read More

Major Oil Spill Closes Miles Of Mississippi River

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Seventeen miles of the Mississippi River in Kentucky was closed after a mid-channel collision of multiple vessels Wednesday evening gashed an oil barge, causing it to spill more than 120,000 gallons of oil. The U.S. Coast Guard said that the river is closed to traffic from mile marker 938 to mile marker 922. The collision occurred near Columbus, Ky., and stretched downriver to the city of Hickman, Ky. As the sun set, authorities weren’t certain how far beyond Hickman the oil spill would flow and indicated closures could expand. The oil barge, owned by Inland Marine Services of Paducah, Ky., was ... Read More

FDA announces frozen corn recall after it tests positive for Listeria monocytogenes

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According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s recent press release, Bonduelle USA Inc. has announced a frozen corn recall, which affects more than 9,300 cases of the frozen corn due to the possibility of Listeria monocytogenes. If Listeria is present in the frozen corn, serious infections may occur in those with weakened immune systems, such as children or elderly people. If a healthy person ingests Listeria, the individual may experience short-term symptoms including high fever, headache, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain and stiffness. Pregnant women with a Listeria infection could have a miscarriage or stillbirth as a result of the ... Read More