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Farm eggs linked to 38 cases of Salmonella infection

Gravel Ridge Farms, located in Cullman, Alabama, has issued a recall of Large Cage Free Eggs after samples collected during an inspection at the plant identified its shell eggs as linked to 38 cases of Salmonella Enteritidis illnesses. The recall involves both single dozen and 2.5 dozen flats of Gravel Ridge Farms Large Cage Free Eggs with the UPC 7-06970-18444-6 and the Use By Dates ranging from 7/25/18 through 10/3/18. The eggs were distributed between June 25 and Sept. 6, 2018, and were sold primarily in restaurants and retail stores in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. Customers who have purchased these ... Read More

NTSB: Deadly 2016 Tuscaloosa Airplane Crash Caused by ‘Fuel Starvation’

An airplane crash that killed six people near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in 2016 was caused by the pilot’s mismanagement of the aircraft’s fuel supply system, federal investigators said. Three couples were returning home to Oxford, Mississippi, from a dental seminar in Florida when the twin-engine Piper crashed just a few hundred feet from the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport runway Aug. 14, 2016. All six people aboard the plane were killed at the scene. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigated the airplane crash and said in its final report that the airplane was serviced to capacity with fuel before its flight, enough ... 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

Five Alabama cities among most opioid addicted in country

Four Alabama cities rank among the top 15 cities with the highest rate of opioid abuse in the U.S. The list was compiled by health care information company Castlight Health, which used anonymous data on medical and pharmacy claims to determine which parts of the U.S. were hardest hit by the opioid crisis. The results shed a grim light on Alabama, one of the states where physicians aren’t required to check a database before writing a prescription for opioids, and other portions of the South. Nearly a third of all opioid prescriptions are abused, which translates to higher health costs ... Read More

Parents Warn of Electric Shock Drowning After Two More Alabama Lake Deaths

The parents of a teen who died last spring after being electrocuted in the water at her family’s Alabama lake home are warning others about the electric shock drowning after two more Alabama women lost their lives the same way on Friday, April 14. The two women, Shelly Darling, 34, and Elizabeth Whipple, 41, disappeared while sunbathing at Lake Tuscaloosa. Their bodies were found in the lake early the next day. Preliminary autopsies found both women likely died from electric shock, the Tuscaloosa County Homicide Unit told AL.com. Now the parents of 15-year-old Carmen Johnson, who died from an electric shock ... Read More

Airplane Crash Near Tuscaloosa Kills Three Couples Returning From Medical Conference

TUSCALOOSA, ALA – The Oxford, Miss., community is in shock and mourning after an airplane crash near Tuscaloosa, Ala., killed six members of its medical community Sunday morning. Authorities in Tuscaloosa and Northport reported that air traffic controllers received a distress call from a private airplane around 11:10. Rescue crews were prepared to assist at the runway at Tuscaloosa Regional Airport but the airplane never showed. Inside the airplane were Oxford dentist Dr. Jason Farese, presumed to be the pilot, and his wife Dr. Lea Farese, also a dentist. The couple owned Farese Family Dental in Oxford. Also on board the ... Read More

Deadly crashes in Alabama on U.S. 82 underscore importance of wearing seat belts, using child safety seats

Law enforcement authorities in Chilton County, Ala., continue to investigate the deadly crash of an SUV and a log-hauling tractor trailer that killed two women and two children on a U.S. highway June 8. Officials said that a Nissan Pathfinder driven by Destini Monique Davis, 21, of Montgomery, struck a 2004 Mack tractor trailer with such force that it toppled the truck. The impact killed Ms. Davis and her passenger Tarlanda Davenport, 22. Two children, an infant younger than 1 year old and a toddler younger than 2 years old, were also killed. All four were pronounced dead at the scene. ... Read More

Lyme disease: what you need to know to about tick bites

According to the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), seven different counties in the state have recently been named regions of “endemic” Lyme disease, indicating a constant presence of the infection among residents. The counties, which consist of Calhoun, Chambers, Jefferson, Shelby, Mobile, Russell and Tuscaloosa, are known for harboring high populations of ticks – an insect known for passing various illnesses to humans through its bite. Lyme disease, caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, is carried by a select number of ticks with black legs. When a tick bite occurs, symptoms often don’t appear until a few days or ... Read More

“See Tracks? Think Train!” campaign focuses on teaching Americans awareness of railway safety

A debut national public safety campaign has set its aim for decreasing the number of highway-railroad crossing fatalities across the United States. “See Tracks? Think Train!” will be coming to various cities and towns across the nation to highlight the risks taken by drivers and pedestrians near dangerous railroad tracks. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, Alabama is ranked one of the top 15 states for overall railway casualties. In January, Tuscaloosa had three deaths due to car/train collisions. Also, a Montgomery man was killed this month in his car on a highway-railroad crossing when a train came by. In ... Read More

The death of a University of Alabama student at a party spurs $10 million wrongful death lawsuit

Days before the statute of limitations would have barred the complaint from the court system, a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit was filed by the family of a University of Alabama student who drowned in the Black Warrior River in April 2012. Tre Jones, the deceased 20-year-old University of Alabama student, fell into the waterway during a sorority’s party on the Bama Belle riverboat. Charles Jones, Tre’s father, from Demopolis, Ala., believes that several parties should be held responsible for what transpired. According to Charles Jones, many people were responsible for ensuring no underage drinking transpired that evening; however, this ... Read More