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Researchers Study Collision Injury Risks Drones Pose to Humans

More than 100,000 drone operators have obtained a Remote Pilot Certificate to fly a drone for commercial and recreational purposes since the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) small drone rule took effect on Aug. 29, 2016. But while the purpose of that rule was to protect larger aircraft from the hazards of drones flying in their airspace, little was known about might happen when a wayward drone collides with a person or group of people. To understand the personal-injury risks drones pose to people on the ground, the FAA assembled a consortium of university, industry, and government researchers to study the risks. The ... Read More

NTSB: Biloxi Bus Crash Caused By Railroad, City Safety Failures

A deadly tour bus crash in Biloxi, Mississippi, that killed four people last year was likely caused by the failure of CSX Railroad and the City of Biloxi to address a railroad crossing they knew to be dangerous, federal investigators said. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in its Aug. 7 preliminary report of the bus crash that nearly two dozen vehicles have become “grounded” at the crossing where the bus crash occurred last year, yet neither the city nor the railroad took action to correct the hazard. On March 17, 2017, a chartered bus operated by ECHO Transportation ... Read More

CSX, Biloxi both at fault in fatal tour bus crash

CSX Transportation and the City of Biloxi, Mississippi were both found responsible by federal safety regulators for a train crash involving a tour bus that killed four people and injured 38 others. The March 2017 crash occurred when the bus got stuck on a steep rail crossing. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigated the accident and found the probable cause of the crash was “the failure of CSX Transportation and the City of Biloxi to coordinate and take action to improve the safety of the Main Street grade crossing, a high profile vertical crossing on which motor vehicles were ... 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

Crop dusting accident claims life of volunteer fire chief

Wheatley, Arkansas, Volunteer Fire Chief Chad Mclain was killed earlier this month in a crop duster crash in St. Francis County about 70 miles east of Little Rock, the Wheatley Fire Service reported. The plane went down the morning of July 11 in a field off Highway 78 north of Wheatley. The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management is supporting the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in the investigation. Chief Mclain, 42, had been a member of the Wheatley Volunteer Fire Department since 1994, and was a local farmer and agriculture pilot for Chism Flying Service. His plane was spotted going ... Read More

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Salmonella outbreak sickens 100

Boxes of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal tainted with Salmonella are still being sold in some stores despite being recalled last month by the company, increasing the number of people who have fallen ill after eating the sweetened puffed wheat cereal to 100 in 33 states, 30 of whom have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported to date. Kellogg Company agreed to recall affected boxes of Honey Smacks in June after consulting with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state partners. The products had been distributed across the United States including Guam ... Read More

73 people infected with Salmonella after eating Honey Smacks cereal

At least 73 people in 31 states have fallen ill from Salmonella infections and health authorities say the likely culprit is Kellogg’s Honey Smacks sweetened puffed wheat cereal. As a result, the Kellogg Company has recalled the cereal, which was distributed throughout the United States as well as Guam and Saipan, and internationally in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean and Tahiti. Consumers are urged not to eat any of the recalled Honey Smacks cereal. Affected products include Honey Smacks 15.3 oz boxes with the BEST if Used By Date listed as JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019, and ... Read More

Whistleblower Helps U.S. Recover $1.7 Million in Bogus Medicare Claims

A whistleblower has helped the U.S. recover more than $1.7 million from Allegiance Health Management, Inc., a Shreveport, Louisiana-based hospital owner and manager, the U.S. Department of Justice announced last week. Ryan Ladner, a former employee of an Allegiance-owned hospital in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, filed suit on behalf of the U.S. government, alleging the company submitted and caused other hospitals to submit False Claims to Medicare for services that were “not medically reasonable or necessary,” federal officials said. Mr. Ladner filed the complaint under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, a longstanding federal law that allows private parties to ... Read More

T-38 Trainer Jet Involved in Latest Military Air Crash

The U.S. Air Force is investigating another noncombat military air crash. On Wednesday, a T-38C Talon II trainer jet crashed near Columbus Air Force Base (CAFB) in northeast Mississippi. The two pilots ejected safely from the aircraft, and were taken to a nearby hospital, treated and released. The supersonic jet crashed in a wooded area without damaging any houses or other buildings. Witnesses in downtown Columbus, which is nine miles south of CAFB, reported seeing a plume of smoke above the crash site. The Air Force base is home to the 14th Flying Training Wing. There were six Class A ... Read More

NTSB: Deadly 2016 Tuscaloosa Airplane Crash Caused by ‘Fuel Starvation’

An airplane crash that killed six people near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in 2016 was caused by the pilot’s mismanagement of the aircraft’s fuel supply system, federal investigators said. Three couples were returning home to Oxford, Mississippi, from a dental seminar in Florida when the twin-engine Piper crashed just a few hundred feet from the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport runway Aug. 14, 2016. All six people aboard the plane were killed at the scene. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigated the airplane crash and said in its final report that the airplane was serviced to capacity with fuel before its flight, enough ... Read More