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Texas Wave Pool Closed After Guest Contracted Deadly Brain-Eating Parasite

A Texas wave pool suspended operations after a 29-year-old New Jersey man contracted a deadly brain-eating parasite while swimming there in September. Fabrizio “Fab” Stabile, who worked for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Bass Pro Shops, returned home to the Jersey coast after swimming at BSR Cable Park in Waco, Texas. The resort features a giant wave pool that generates pipeline waves for practicing surfers. On Sept. 16, when Mr. Stabile was back home in New Jersey mowing his lawn, he developed a severe headache and stopped to lie down. He slept through the night but wasn’t ... Read More

14-Year-Old Boy Survives Helicopter Crash in Alaska’s Glacier Bay

Federal investigators, Airbus officials, and others are investigating a helicopter crash in a Southeastern Alaska bay that killed at least one person and critically injured a 14-year-old boy. Two other occupants of the helicopter were still missing as of Tuesday. Alaska’s KTOO Public Media reports that Coast Guard rescuers located 14-year-old Aiden Pepperd near the helicopter crash site in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, about 120 miles northwest of Juneau. The boy had broken ribs and other internal injuries but was pulled from the icy water and flown to a hospital in Sitka for treatment, where he remains in intensive ... Read More

Hot Air Balloon Safety Bill Moves to U.S. Senate for Vote

A bill that would require commercial hot air balloon pilots to undergo medical exams in much the same way other commercial aviators do cleared the House and landed in the U.S. Senate for approval. The proposed bill comes two years after the deadliest hot air balloon crash in U.S. history killed 15 passengers and the pilot in Lockhart, Texas. Federal investigators discovered that the pilot Alfred “Skip” Nichols had a history of medical conditions including depression, chronic pain, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Before the July 30, 2016, hot air balloon crash, Mr. Nichols took a slew of prescription drugs, ... Read More

Monsanto’s Glyphosate Products Killing Honeybees, New Study Indicates

Glyphosate, the active chemical in Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro herbicides, is not only dangerous to human health, it’s also killing off bee populations around the world, scientists warn. A study by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, hypothesized that because glyphosate can kill microorganisms, it is likely to harm some of the microorganisms inside a bee’s gut. And that is pretty much what they found. According to Newsweek, bees that researchers exposed to glyphosate at levels similar to those found on crops have a microbiome depleted ... Read More

Atmos Energy Gas Pipelines Triggered Scores of Texas Explosions, Deaths

Natural gas pipelines owned and operated by Atmos Energy Corp. of Dallas, Texas, have blown up dozens of homes across central and northern Texas since 2006, killing nine people and injuring more than 22. In its Sept. 23 report, “Time Bomb: How Atmos Energy’s natural gas keeps blowing up Texas home,” The Dallas Morning News says Dallas-based Atmos Energy maintains some of the oldest pipes in the country, racks up five times more safety violations than Texas’ other natural gas giant, and is full of excuses when it comes to addressing why its infrastructure causes so much destruction and death. ... Read More

Motion suggests pharmacy benefit managers adopt opioid guidelines

The top pharmacy benefit management (PBM) companies, like CVS Caremark, Express Scripts Inc., and OptumRx Inc., should be required to follow opioid prescribing guidelines consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in light of the opioid epidemic, according to a new motion in the growing opioid multidistrict litigation (MDL). The motion for preliminary injunction came out of two MDL cases – one filed by union benefit plans for Ohio residents, and another filed by Webb County, Texas. PBMs have, for the most part, flown under the radar in the opioid MDL, until now. The opioid MDL consolidated ... Read More

Legionnaires Disease At Waco Hotel Under Investigation

Texas health authorities are investigating an outbreak of Legionnaires Disease at the Fairfield Inn and Suites Waco North in Lacy Lakeview, Texas. Local health reports show the outbreak has sickened at least seven people in the past two years. According to CenTexProud.com, the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District reported that the two most recent cases of Legionnaires Disease at the hotel occurred in July. The first cases of the disease, which can cause a severe and potentially deadly form of pneumonia, occurred in August of 2016 The Health District said it ordered the hotel to notify all guests and staff of the ... Read More

DEA Airplane Crash-Landed on Texas Road at Rush-Hour

A Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) airplane crash-landed Wednesday, surprising drivers on Voss Road, near Sugar Land, Texas. Only one of the three passengers on the plane was injured. The unidentified victim was treated and released from a nearby hospital. The plane, a single-engine Cessna, was on a training mission and was scheduled to land at the Sugar Land Regional Airport around 3 p.m. local time. According to a DEA spokesman, the plane suffered a mechanical problem, forcing the pilot into an emergency landing. He was attempting to land on the road when he snagged power lines and struck several cars. ... Read More

EPA rule will allow more climate-damaging methane into the environment

It is bad enough for the environment – and especially human health – that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Trump administration is allowing new uses of cancer-causing asbestos whereas 60 other countries around the globe have banned the mineral due to its toxicity to humans. Now the agency – under the same Trump regime – is proposing to ease Obama-era requirements for oil and gas companies regarding the monitoring and repairing of methane leaks, the New York Times reports. Methane is among the most powerful greenhouse gases. It damages the climate when it is released during natural gas ... Read More

Man sues employer over sexual harassment claims

Kevin Michael Shaw of Katy, Texas, is suing San Jose technology firm Cisco Systems alleging he was forced to show his genitals after missing a tee shot during a golf game while on a business trip in Australia with his coworker, Cisco Practice Director Randal Kenworthy. His lawsuit was filed in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas. Shaw’s lawsuit claims the sexual harassment and ridicule continued even after they returned to the United States, and that Kenworthy “clearly demonstrated a sustained campaign of disparagement and denigration amongst senior leadership within Shaw’s direct command-chain.” For months, Shaw endured ... Read More