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Bus Rollover Crash Injures WV Girls Basketball Team

West Virginia authorities are investigating a charter bus rollover crash that injured several members of the Martinsburg High School girls basketball team Feb. 2. The crash occurred just before 9 p.m. as the charter bus was rounding an entrance ramp to Interstate 64 after leaving the Big Atlantic Classic basketball tournament in Beckley, West Virginia. According to The Journal of Martinsburg, West Virginia, the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department said that the bus was about to merge onto I-64 East when the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle. The bus exited the ramp on the right side and flipped four ... Read More

One dead, two injured after wall collapses at construction site

The general contractor overseeing a construction site in Raleigh, North Carolina, where a man was killed and two others were injured, had a history of safety violations, according to an investigation by WRAL. Harold K. Jordan & Co. (HKJ) was overseeing the construction of a 382-unit apartment complex at Old Wake Forest Road and Triangle Town Boulevard when a portion of an excavated area collapsed, burying three workers. Other workers were able to dig the two injured workers to safety, but were unable to rescue the third. “It was quickly apparent they were not able to do anything to save ... Read More

Jason’s Deli Data Breach Affects 2 Million Credit and Debit Cards

Jason’s Deli is advising its customers to check for suspicious activity in their banking and credit card accounts after it discovered a data breach affecting about two million accounts. The Beaumont, Texas-based company, which operates 275 restaurants in 28 states, says that hackers installed “RAM-scraping” malware at several point-of-sale (POS) terminals in various corporate-owned Jason’s Deli restaurants starting on June 8. Jason’s Deli headquarters said that the data breach came to its attention on Dec. 22 after it was notified by payment processors that credit card security personnel had discovered a large quantity of credit and debit card information appearing ... Read More

Norovirus Outbreak Hits NC State During Finals Week

North Carolina State University instructors may be handing out a lot of make-up exams in the days ahead as an outbreak of norovirus is keeping dozens of students confined to their bathrooms or hooked up to IVs in local emergency rooms. Health officials say the norovirus outbreak started on Dec. 5 and continues to infect students. As of Thursday, Dec. 7, the virus was confirmed in about 60 students, most of whom live in the Alexander Hall dorm complex. However, students in living in other areas both on and off campus also have been sickened. The outbreak hit during final ... Read More

Vehicles With Soy-Based Wiring May Attract Hungry Rodents

As the weather turns cooler, some car owners are finding that their Honda and Toyota vehicles have become a bed and breakfast for mice and other rodents, thanks to the use of soy-based wiring. Rodent damage in the electrical systems of Honda and Toyota vehicles containing soy-based wiring – wires with an environmentally friendly soy-based outer coating, that is – is not a new problem, but it is a persistent one. Some owners of vehicles with the specially coated wiring say it attracts rodents to nest in their vehicles and feed on the soy wiring. Lisa Barrett told Raleigh-Durham’s WRAL ... Read More

Whistleblower Sues Epic Systems, Alleging Fraudulent Double Billing

A whistleblower suing Verona, Wisconsin-based Epic Systems alleges the medical IT company’s software defaults to double-billing Medicare and Medicaid for anesthesia services, costing U.S. taxpayers to overpay by hundreds of millions of dollars. According to Law 360, Geraldine Petrowski, an employee of Raleigh, North Carolina-based WakeMed Health between 2008 and 2014, filed the False Claims complaint against Epic under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act after her experiences with implementing Epic’s billing system raised “major concerns” about overbilling the government. Ms. Petrowski’s whistleblower complaint contends that Epic’s billing software defaults to charging Medicare and Medicaid for actual time ... Read More

Duke Life Flight Helicopter Crash Kills 4

A Duke Life Flight helicopter was traveling from Sentara Albemarle Medical Center in Elizabeth City, North Carolina when it crashed, killing all four people on board just around 11:45 a.m. local time Sept. 8, the News and Observer reported. The helicopter was transporting a patient to Duke Medical Center in Durham when it crashed in Perquimans County near Belvidere, close to the Virginia border and about 160 miles east of Raleigh. Duke Life Flight was founded in 1985 and was the first hospital-based emergency transport service. It includes one other helicopter, both Eurocopter EC 145s, and five ground ambulances based ... Read More

Man says cough med made him kill wife in his sleep

A young man studying to be a pastor called 911 in the early hours of Labor Day weekend claiming he stabbed his wife of five months while asleep, blaming the incident on a higher than indicated dose of over-the-counter Coricidin Cold & Cough medicine. “I know it can make you feel good and sometimes I can’t sleep at night,” Matthew James Phelps told the 911 dispatcher. Phelps, 29, says he woke from a dream and turned on the lights of his bedroom only to find his wife, Lauren Ashley-Nicole Phelps, also 29, stabbed and unresponsive in their Raleigh, North Carolina ... Read More

This Little Piggy Went To … Katy Perry?

Pop singer Katy Perry has been named as a defendant in a personal injury lawsuit filed by a former stagehand who needed a toe amputation after an accident backstage during a show in Raleigh, North Carolina. Christina Fish alleges that she was hired by Katy Perry’s managers as a stagehand for the singer’s Prismatic World Tour in 2014. At one point during the Raleigh gig, Ms. Fish was asked to help move a wall. The sliding wall became jammed in the process of moving it. As Ms. Fish and others worked to free it, the wall jumped and rolled over ... Read More

Lab Animal Company Pays U.S. $1.8 Million To Settle FCA Allegations of Improper Billing

A company that provides laboratory animals to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has agreed to pay the U.S. government $1.8 million to settle a False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit claiming the company fraudulently charged for labor and other costs that were never actually provided. Charles River Laboratories International Inc. holds contracts with the NIH to develop, provide, maintain, and distribute animals to NIH for medical and biotech purposes. According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Wilmington, Massachusetts-based corporation billed the NIH for labor and associated costs of employees at its facilities in Raleigh, North Carolina; and Kingston, ... Read More