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NTSB: Medical Plane Broke Apart in Mid-Air

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the crash of a medical airplane that broke apart in mid-air last month, killing three emergency responders near Bismarck, North Dakota. On Nov. 18, pilot Todd Lasky, 48, nurse Bonnie Cook, 63, and paramedic Chris Iverson, 47, were aboard a Cessna 441 operated by Bismarck Air Medical. The plane was headed to Williston, North Dakota, from Bismarck to pick up a patient when it crashed around 10:40 p.m. The NTSB and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have not determined why the plane broke apart after it reached an altitude of about 14,000 feet, ... Read More

Asbestos lawsuit blames several manufacturers for lung cancer diagnosis

A Missouri man has filed a lawsuit against several manufacturers alleging that while working with their products from 1961 to the early 1970s, he was exposed to asbestos which he claims contributed to his lung cancer diagnosis. Oscar Oppegard filed his lawsuit Sept. 12, in the St. Louis, Missouri 22nd Judicial Circuit Court, naming Agco Corp., Deere & Co., ITT Corp., and other manufacturers. Oppegard claims that while working in North Dakota and Minnesota he was exposed to asbestos contained in products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by the companies. Oppegard was diagnosed with lung cancer in January and soon ... Read More

Converting Oil Spills to Fertile Land: a Bioremediation Mission

Oil spills on land result in countless tons of contaminated soil being discarded in a landfill, but what if there were a way to treat the spilled oil in a way that benefits the land and eliminates waste? That’s the goal that Targa Resources, a North Dakota-based oil and gas services company, is working toward becoming a reality with a bioremediation system it has developed for oil spills. According to the Bismarck Tribune, Targa has recently completed a bioremediation project on the Fort Berthold Tribal Reservation, which isn’t under the same state and federal regulatory jurisdiction as non-tribal land. The ... Read More

Miss America lashes out at pageant execs for bullying her

Just weeks before the 2019 Miss America pageant, more accusations are flying about disrespect shown to contestants. Last month, Maude Gorman, a contestant vying for Miss Massachusetts gave up her Miss Plymouth County crown after a skit performed during the pageant mocked the #metoo movement. Gorman is a survivor of sexual assault and just couldn’t sit idly by, she said. The latest accusation comes from the 2018 Miss America, Cara Mund, who is accusing the pageant’s chairwoman and CEO of bullying her. The former Miss North Dakota said Miss America board chairwoman Gretchen Carlson and the pageant’s CEO Regina Hopper ... Read More

Del Monte Vegetable Trays Linked to Second Midwest Cyclospora Outbreak

Del Monte vegetable trays have been linked to one of two separate outbreaks of cyclospora parasite in the Midwestern U.S., public health officials warn. Combined, the cyclospora outbreaks have sickened at least 400 people in every Midwest state along with Montana, Kentucky, and West Virginia. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 237 cases of cyclosporiasis in people who ate vegetables from Del Monte Fresh vegetable trays containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, and dill dip. Reports of illnesses linked to cyclospora-contaminated Del Monte vegetable trays came from Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Of the people sickened after ... Read More

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Melons Grows

A melon recall triggered by a multistate outbreak of Salmonella-related illnesses has been expanded to include 10 additional states, bringing the total number of states affected by the outbreak to 23, according to federal health officials. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said the recall encompasses pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fruit salads containing one or more of those melons produced and distributed by Caito Foods of Indianapolis, Indiana. Alabama, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Tennessee have been added to the list of states where the melon may be contaminated with salmonella, the ... Read More

Six states sue OxyContin maker for exacerbating opioid epidemic

Six states have filed new lawsuits against Purdue Pharma, accusing the company of using deceptive marketing to increase sales, causing overdose deaths and economic damages while fanning the flames of the nation’s opioid epidemic. The lawsuits were filed by the attorneys general of Texas, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Tennessee, and accuse Purdue – makers of the powerful opioid OxyContin – of overstating the benefits of the drug while downplaying the risks, including its high addiction potential. The states seek significant penalties and measures to stop future harm to citizens and communities. “My office is holding Purdue Pharma ... Read More

Three tribes join MDL against opioid makers

Three federally recognized tribes have filed complaints in a growing multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Ohio federal court blaming opioid manufacturers and distributors for fueling the opioid epidemic, causing a wave of opioid overdoses and associated economic burdens. The Spirit Lake Tribe of Fort Totten, North Dakota; the Turtle Mountian Band of Chippewa Indians of Belcourt, North Dakota; and the Squaxin Island Indian Tribe of Shelton, Washington, filed separate lawsuits against a group of opioid makers and distributors, joining dozens of local governments and other tribes including the Cherokee Nation, the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin, the Eastern Band of ... Read More

Minnesota Bus Crash Caused By ‘Medical Episode’

A commercial bus crash that injured several members of an Illinois community college basketball team occurred when the bus driver suffered a medical emergency behind the wheel, investigators said. The bus was carrying members of the Highland Community College women’s basketball team home to Freeport, Illinois, from North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton when it crashed Saturday, March 10, at 6:46 p.m. on I-94 near St. Michael, Minnesota. The bus driver, 64-year-old Paul William Cheeseman, and 11 others were taken to area hospitals with various injuries, none of which were reported to be life-threatening. The injured passengers were said ... Read More

Kratom linked to reports of Salmonella infections

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is continuing its crackdown on the herbal supplement kratom announcing this week that it, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other state and local officials are investigating a multi-state breakout of Salmonella infections linked to products reportedly containing kratom. Because of this health risk, the FDA is advising consumers to avoid kratom and kratom-containing products. Salmonella infections cause symptoms such as diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Most people recover without treatment, but the diarrhea may be so severe for some people that they need to be hospitalized. In some ... Read More