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Eight Alabama Water Systems Under EPA Advisory For Industrial Contamination

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A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advisory warning of harmful industrial pollutants in 59 water systems nationwide has raised concerns in Alabama, where eight of the named water systems are located. The EPA advisory focuses on the presence of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctyl sulfonate (PFOS), man-made chemical compounds that are used in the manufacture of non-stick, stain-resistant, and water-proofing coatings on fabric, cookware, firefighting foam, and a variety of other consumer products. Exposure to the chemicals over time, even in trace amounts, could promote serious health problems, the EPA warns. Some of the adverse health effects linked to PFOA ... Read More

Driver’s ‘Risky Behavior’ led to deadly Knoxville school bus crash, NTSB concludes

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A Knox County, Tenn., school bus driver was engaging in “risky behavior” when he lost control of his bus and crashed, killing two students and a teacher’s aide, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded in its final report of the incident. The Dec. 2, 2014, Knoxville crash was caused by the “late reaction and subsequent loss of control by the driver of Bus 44 when he swerved to avoid traffic stopped ahead of him due to distraction caused by his reading a text message on his cellphone while driving,” the NTSB report stated. The bus, carrying 22 Chilhowee Intermediate School students, ... Read More

Alcohol, heroin found in Tenn. truck driver’s cab after crash

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Federal safety officials have declared a Tennessee commercial truck driver to be an “imminent hazard to public safety” and banned him from driving in any commercial capacity after a crash he caused led investigators to find drugs and alcohol in his truck cab, among other violations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said that driver Jason L. Flynn was operating a combination tractor-trailer in North Georgia on March 17 when he made an illegal turn across traffic and caused a passenger vehicle to crash. The car became wedged underneath Mr. Flynn’s truck and the passenger was hospitalized for treatment ... Read More

Publix recalls wheat berry salad, almond bars due to possible listeria contamination

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Publix grocery stores is recalling two of its Publix-brand products due to possible Listeria contamination. The recall involves the store’s Wheatberry Salad and Publix Sweet and Salty Almond Bars. The salad was sold in the deli area, and is being recalled from Publix grocery stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The culprit was identified as sunflower kernels, which may be contaminated with the infection-causing bacteria. The product was pulled from store shelves, but the recall was issued to alert customers who may have purchased it and have it in their possession not to consume it and ... Read More

B. Braun recalls defective hemodialysis machines

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B. Braun Medical Inc is recalling Dialog+ Hemodialysis Systems because they may have defective conductivity sensors that could cause improper blood filtration. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall reserved for products in which use may cause serious injuries or death. The recall involves 1,033 units with the model numbers 710200L, 710200K, 710200S, 710200U, 710500L, and 710500K. The devices were manufactured April 1, 2013 to July 3, 2013 and distributed June 25, 2013 to October 7, 2015. Affected hemodialysis systems were distributed to hospitals, health facilities, and ... Read More

Deadly Distracted-Driving School Bus Crash Prompts Tougher Tennessee Law

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed a new bill into law Thursday banning school bus drivers from using any type of electronic device while hauling students and substantially increasing the penalties for violations. Tennessee legislators pushed the new bill through in response to a deadly December 2014 school bus crash in Knoxville that claimed the lives of two young primary schoolgirls and a teacher’s aide. Authorities investigating that crash found that school bus driver James Davenport, 48, had been texting and driving when he lost control of the vehicle, veered across multiple lanes of traffic, and plowed into another school bus. ... Read More

Frozen vegetables recalled due to possible listeria contamination

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CRF Frozen Foods, based in Pasco, Wash., is recalling 15 of its frozen vegetable items due to concerns that the frozen foods may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Listeria was found in one lot of Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) organic petite green peas and organic white sweet cut corn during routine testing at the facility by Ohio health officials. Affected products were distributed to retailers and distribution centers between Sept. 13 and March 16, 2016, to the following states – Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, ... Read More

HSV, Strep test kits recalled due to risk of inaccurate reading

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Focus Diagnostics is recalling laboratory examination kits supplied with Simplexa Herpes Simplex Virus 1 & 2 Direct and Simplexa Group A Strep Direct kits containing the Direct Amplification Discs due to a defect that could yield false positive, false negative, or invalid test results. Inaccurate diagnostic test results may lead to improper patient treatment for Herpes or Strep, which may cause serious adverse health consequences, including death. The issue involves poor lamination between the sample reaction wells, which may lead to leakage into adjacent wells causing cross-contamination between samples. The recall has been identified as a Class 1, the most ... Read More

Medical Testing Company Pays $2.5 Million To Settle Health care Fraud Case

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A Kentucky urine testing company has paid the U.S. government and the states of Kentucky and Tennessee $2.5 to resolve two whistleblower lawsuits that accused it of Medicare and Medicaid fraud with the submission of false claims for drug screening services. John E. Kuhn, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, announced the recovery Tuesday, April 12, saying that PremierTox 2.0 has paid $1,757,300 to the U.S., $2,125,000 to Kentucky, and $325,000 to Tennessee. The agreement settles allegations that from September 2011 through June 2014, PremierTox submitted three types of false claims to Medicare, TennCare, and Kentucky Medicaid ... Read More

U.S. Forms Ten Regional Task Forces To Tackle Elder Abuse

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The U.S. Justice Department announced the launch of 10 regional Elder Justice Task Forces that will combine the resources and efforts of federal, state, and local prosecutors with law enforcement agencies and providers of services to the elderly to better pursue elder abuse in nursing homes that provide “grossly substandard care” to their residents. The newly launched Elder Justice Task Forces will include representatives from the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, state Medicaid Fraud Control Units, state and local prosecutors’ offices, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), state Adult Protective Services agencies, Long-Term Care Ombudsman programs, and law enforcement. The task forces ... Read More