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Government shutdown complicates aviation accident investigation

An investigation into a plane crash on the American River near Discovery Park in Sacramento, California, that injured two people, is hitting roadblocks because of the government shutdown. When a plane crash occurs in a river, it would typically be handled by the Coast Guard. But Sacramento County’s Regional Parks Department is handling the investigation and evidence-gathering because, due to the shutdown, both the Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which investigates the cause of accidents, are unavailable. “We do not frequently have plane crashes into the river, so it is outside the norm most definitely, Sacramento ... Read More

PG&E Could Be Tried for Murder for Wildfires, Attorney General Says

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), California’s largest utility, may be charged and tried for murder or manslaughter if investigators find it operated its equipment in a “reckless” manner that sparked the deadly wildfires that swept through the state in 2017 and 2018, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra told a federal judge. The Attorney General’s statement about the besieged utility, which faces monumental lawsuits and fines stretching back to the 2010 San Bruno gas explosions that killed eight people and injured several others, was submitted to a federal judge in a legal brief last month. According to The Sacramento Bee, Attorney General ... Read More

Supplement CEO arrested for violating parole

More bad news for dietary supplement distributor Enhanced Athlete Inc. Scott Cavell, the company’s CEO, was arrested for allegedly violating his parole from a previous fraud conviction, according to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. His parole violation includes possession of marijuana, use of controlled substances, failing to report an expenditure of more than $500, and traveling out of the judicial jurisdiction without permission. The violations were uncovered after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) executed a search warrant at the Enhanced Athlete facility and Cavell’s residence. During that search, agents found receipts from a Lake ... Read More

Phillips 66 Drops Controversial California Oil Train Expansion Plan

Phillips 66 has agreed to drop its lawsuit challenging the California county of San Louis Obispo’s denial of a proposed oil train terminal the energy corporation wanted to build in the coastal town of Nipomo. Phillips 66 started pushing its Rail Spur Project in 2013, hoping to build the terminal in Nipomo that would have required oil trains to haul more than 7 million gallons of crude oil per week through California. Much of the oil train’s haul would have included tar sands crude, a highly viscous form of oil that oil companies treat with a multitude of toxic chemicals ... Read More

Tainted ED supplements recalled

Dietary supplement maker Man of Steel is recalling 175 lots of its Man of Steel 1 and Man of Steel 2 pills because they contain undeclared sildenafil, the active ingredient in the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra. This drug hidden in these Man of Steel supplements has the potential to cause serious and life threatening consequences to some individuals. For example, the drug can interact with nitrates and lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. People with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes often take nitrates. To date, Man of Steel has received no reports of adverse events related to this ... Read More

Rise In Movies Depicting Smoking Alarms Health Advocates

The number of scenes showing tobacco use in top-grossing U.S. movies grew 80 percent from 2015 to 2016, according to a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, prompting medical professionals and health advocates to push for revisions in the film rating system. Based on previous studies, the U.S. Surgeon General has concluded there are real links between depictions of smoking in blockbuster films and the initiation of smoking among children and teens. According to researchers, the more youths see smoking on screen, the more likely they are to start smoking, and youths who are heavily exposed to ... Read More

Walmart settles whistleblower lawsuit alleging Medicaid fraud

Retail giant Walmart has agreed to pay $1.65 million to resolve a whistleblower lawsuit alleging it knowingly submitted claims for reimbursement to California’s Medicaid program that were not supported by applicable diagnosis and documentation requirements. A pharmacist who has worked at Walmart locations in the greater Sacramento area filed the original lawsuit under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. According to the Eastern District of California’s U.S. Attorney, Phillip A. Talbert, the whistleblower alleged that Walmart pharmacies failed to perform critical gatekeeping functions ensuring that certain drugs were dispensed for approved diagnoses. “Walmart failed to confirm and document ... Read More

Foodborne Botulism on the Rise, CDC Says

In April, it made its way into the nacho cheese at one Sacramento, California, gas station, killing one and sickening nine other consumers, Righting Injustice reports. North Korean officials, according to USA Today, claim it is what ailed Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student who was serving a 15-year sentence for alleged anti-state acts, before he was transferred back to the U.S. in June, where he became comatose and died days later. It is botulism, or the toxin produced by the bacteria, Clostridium botulinum, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the number of foodborne botulism ... Read More

Goodwill Driver Fired After Witnessing Coworker’s Horrific Death

A former Goodwill truck driver who witnessed a coworker’s horrific on-the-job death last September says that the charitable organization fired him when he returned from a weeklong break to deal with the psychological trauma of the accident. Dave Goudie, 56, told The Sacramento Bee that instead of providing sympathy and support in the wake of the gruesome accident, Goodwill Industries of Sacramento Valley and Northern Nevada instead fired him after he returned to work from a paid administrative leave. Mr. Goudie told The Bee Goodwill fired him in retaliation for being a safety-minded employee who had warned the organization about multiple ... Read More

Botulism Outbreak Hospitalizes 10 People In Sacramento Area

A rare outbreak of botulism linked to a gas station and convenience store near Sacramento, California, has hospitalized 10 people, including at least one woman who has been fighting for her life in an intensive care unit for more than three weeks. Theresa Kelly told Fox40 Sacramento that her sister Lavinia had drizzled nacho cheese sauce on some Doritos she bought at the Valley Oak Food and Fuel gas station in Walnut Grove on April 21. Hours later, Lavinia called Theresa and tried to articulate with slurred speech that she needed help. Basically she’s saying “Sister, I need you here ... Read More