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18 States Sue DeVos, DOE Over Student Loan Rule

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia are suing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education over their plans to rescind a rule that would make it easier for students of predatory for-profit colleges to have their loans forgiven. The Borrower Defense Rule was adopted by the DOE in November and was set to take effect this month. Under the rule, students could have their loans erased if their for-profit college misrepresented the quality of its programs or broke a “contractual promise” with its students. The rule also would also allow the DOE to seek recovery of loan ... Read More

Frozen Burritos Recalled Over Listeria Concerns

A New Mexico company that makes frozen burritos announced a recall May 13 of about 253,000 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat meat and chicken burritos out of concerns that the products may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium that can cause serious and sometimes fatal foodborne illness. Green Chile Concepts LLC of Las Cruces, New Mexico, said the burritos included in the recall are sold under the brand name Green Chile Food Company and are available frozen, refrigerated, and hot in certain convenience stores, vending machines, and other retail locations nationwide. All of the burritos are ready-to-eat and packaged ... Read More

New Mexico Woman Files Lawsuit alleging Failed IVC Filter

Christine G., a New Mexico resident, has filed a lawsuit against Rex Medical and Argon Medical Devices over their Option Elite inferior vena cava (IVC) filter last December after the filter tilted and was unable to be retrieved. The Option Elite IVC filter is a retrievable model recommended by the FDA to be removed 29 to 54 days after insertion, due to the high risk of tilting, fracturing, perforating and migrating. Although Christine’s was placed temporarily to protect against blood clots in her lungs, the removal attempt wasn’t until a year after insertion. Christine received her filter in May 2015 at Lovelace Medical ... Read More

Trader Joe apple sauces recalled after glass particles found in jars

Manna Products Co., is recalling three types of Trader Joe’s Unsweetened Apple Sauces because pieces of glass were found mixed into some jars of the product. Consumers with specific containers of Trader Joe’s All Natural Unsweetened Apple Sauce, Trader Joe’s Organic Unsweetened Apple Sauce, and Trader Joe’s First Crush Unsweetened Gravenstein Apple Sauce are advised not to eat the products and to return them to Trader Joe’s for a full refund, or dispose of them. Products affected by the recall include Trader Joe’s All Natural Apple Sauce with the UPC 00014359, and all “Best Before” Date Codes through DEC 16, 2018. This brand ... Read More

FDA approves first newborn screening tool for rare metabolic disorders

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first newborn screening tool for four rare lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs), rare inherited metabolic disorders that if not detected and treated in a timely manner can cause organ damage, neurological disability or death. The test, which will be marketed as the Seeker System, is designed to detect the LSDs Mucopolysaccharidosis Type I (MPS I) Pompe, Gaucher and Fabry. The conditions occur in about 1 in 1,500 to 1 in 185,000 newborns and children, depending on the disorder. Several states currently mandate LSD screening in all newborns, such as Arizona, Illinois, Kentucky, ... Read More

New Mexico Sues Takata Over Defective Airbags

The State of New Mexico has filed a lawsuit against Japanese auto supplier Takata and several automakers in connection to the sale of vehicles with airbags that are prone to rupture with deadly force. New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas filed the lawsuit Jan. 20, claiming that Takata and the automakers it supplied had a duty to ensure their products were safe and that their withholding knowledge of the airbag defects amounted to “unfair, deceptive and unconscionable trade practices under New Mexico law,” the Associated Press reported. The lawsuit asserts that automakers share the blame for equipping their vehicles with ... Read More

Fuel Tanker Crashes And Explodes In Deadly Baltimore Multi-Vehicle Pileup

A massive pile-up involving nearly 70 vehicles, including a fuel tanker truck that plummeted off a bridge and exploded, left two people dead and dozens of others injured on I-95 in Baltimore Saturday morning. Baltimore authorities investigating the deadly pileup haven’t determined what might have set off the chain reaction of crashes, but they took place at a time when ice and arctic temperatures caused havoc on interstates and roads across much of the country. Maryland Department of Transportation officials said that 68 vehicles were involved in the pileup. A man identified as Marvellous Amasiatu was filming traffic on I-95, ... Read More

Taos, NM Choked By Air Pollution From Runway Paving Project

The town of Taos, N.M., has been enshrouded for weeks in a noxious smog emanating from a runway paving project at Taos Regional Airport, raising concerns that benzene and a spectrum of other life-threatening chemical compounds and heavy metals are harming local residents and the environment. “If you’re so inclined to take a drive out to the Gorge, you will be treated not only to the beauty of the mesa, but also a noxious belching smoke stack from about 8 a.m. to the late afternoon,” the Taos News said in a recent report. “One will also be able to see that ... Read More

No Regulatory Changes For Hot Air Balloon Industry In Wake of Deadly Lockhart Crash

Despite pressure from legislators and safety advocates, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it has no intentions of tightening commercial hot air balloon regulations, at least until federal investigators wrap up their probe of the July 30 balloon crash that killed 16 people in Lockhart, Texas. But that investigation, led by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), could take 18 months or longer to complete. Already in the weeks following the horrific July 30 Heart of Texas balloon crash there have been other, non-fatal brushes with disaster involving hot air balloons. On Oct. 2, two hot air balloons drifted into ... Read More

Door latch issue addressed in latest Ford recall; 830K vehicles recalled in North America

Nearly 830,000 Ford vehicles in North America are now subject to recall due to a side-door latch issue that may cause the door to swing open while the vehicle is still in operation. According to ABC News, the latest Ford recall encompasses the following vehicles: 2013-15 Ford Escape 2013-15 Ford C-Max 2012-15 Ford Focus 2014-16 Ford Transit Connect 2014-16 Ford Mustang 2015 Lincoln MKC The automaker reports that the vehicles’ issues stem from a faulty spring part, which may break in states with high temperatures and sunlight exposure. Once the spring breaks, the door will be unable to latch properly. ... Read More