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Widow Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Over Husband’s Benzene Exposure

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A West Virginia widow has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against four different companies claiming they are responsible for the benzene exposure that led to her husband’s death, the West Virgina Record reports. According to the lawsuit filed on April 24, E. Jane Price is blaming Sistersville Tank Works Inc., Shell Chemical LP, Tauber Oil Company, and Valero Refining-Texas LP for the death of Robert G. Price, her husband. Mrs. Price alleges the companies did not create safety guidelines regarding adequate containing and handling of poisonous chemicals. Robert Price was exposed to toxic chemicals such as benzene and formaldehyde, the suit claims, which led to his ... Read More

Fed-Ex Tractor-Trailer Runs Out of Control, Motorist killed

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A tractor-trailer driver lost control of his vehicle on Interstate 95 near the Florida-Georgia border May 15, striking an SUV and killing a Florida man. The Georgia State Patrol said a 2016 Freightliner Federal Express tractor pulling tandem trailers was traveling southbound on I-95 when it crossed the divider barrier and entered the northbound lanes. A 2015 Chevrolet Equinox traveling in the northbound lanes collided with one of the trailers on its right side as it crossed the four lanes of traffic. The Chevy Equinox came to rest under an overpass and the tractor-trailer came to a stop with its ... Read More

Herbal tea recalled due to health risk

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Los Angeles, California-based U.S. Deer Antler Ex. & Imp., is recalling several Herbal Teas after an inspection by the California Department of Public Health at the facility where the teas were prepared revealed that the teas were not produced according to approved guidelines, making them susceptible to contamination by Clostridium botulinum. The recall involves Herbal Tea Variety Batches prepared at the facility from April 1 to April 30, 2017. The tea was packaged in 120 mL pouches in cases with 40 pouches per case. Affected teas were distributed to individual customers and acupuncturists in California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, Texas ... Read More

Whistleblower Case Leads To $6 Million Recovery From Quest Diagnostics

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Blood Testing Lab Quest Diagnostics Inc. will pay $6 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit alleging its Alameda, California, lab paid illegal kickbacks to doctors and patients to coax them into using the lab for blood testing services, many of which were medically unnecessary. The U.S. Department of Justice said Quest’s Berkeley HeartLab in Alameda paid referring physicians kickbacks disguised as “processing and handling” fees to get more Medicare patients. Federal prosecutors also alleged that the lab routinely provided patients kickbacks by waiving copayments, which Medicare rules require beneficiaries to pay. The complaint against Quest also alleges that Berkeley HeartLab ... Read More

CSX Train Accident Kills Man, Injures Another in Virginia

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A freight train accident that left one man dead and another in critical condition in Fredericksburg, Virginia, remains under an “active and ongoing” investigation, local authorities said. Fredericksburg police said that Jeremy David Day, 30, of Fredericksburg, was killed after being struck by a CSX freight train near Prince Edward Street in downtown Fredericksburg Saturday, April 21, according to NBC 12 Richmond. The accident occurred sometime shortly before 3:25 a.m. when the first report of the collision was called in. Mr. Day was taken to an area hospital where he died about nine hours later. The other man is in ... Read More

McCain hash browns may contain golf ball parts

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What goes with hash browns? For some,  the answer might just be golf balls. Wait, what? According to an announcement by McCain Foods USA, their hash browns could “be contaminated with extraneous golf ball materials, that despite (their) stringent supply standards may have been inadvertently harvested with potatoes used to make this product.” Though no injuries have been reported, the golf ball pieces pose a choking and injury hazard, and two brands of hash browns are under recall. Products impacted by the recall include Roundy’s Brand, 2 lb. Bag of Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns (UPC 001115055019) and Harris Teeter Brand, ... Read More

1 Person Dead, 2 Injured In Army Black Hawk helicopter Crash on Maryland Golf Course

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The Army is investigating the cause of a Black Hawk helicopter crash that killed one crew member and seriously injured two others on a Maryland golf course Monday afternoon. The UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter was from the 12th Aviation Battalion stationed at Davison Airfield in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The aircraft was performing routine training exercises when, according to witnesses, there appeared to be something wrong with it. One witness, who works in the pro shop of the Breton Bay Golf and Country Club in Leonardtown, Maryland, where the crash occurred, told WJZ Baltimore that the Black Hawk was “flying kind ... Read More

State of Virginia Pays U.S. $7.15 Million To Resolve SNAP fraud allegations

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The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) will pay $7.15 million to resolve a False Claims Act lawsuit that accused it of defrauding the federal government by manipulating data it provided to the U.S. for “food stamp” reimbursements. U.S. authorities, including the USDA Office of Inspector General, the U.S. Justice Department’s Commercial Litigation Branch, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Wisconsin, filed the False Claims Act suit after a nationwide audit of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) uncovered suspicious activity within VDSS’ processing and administration of SNAP benefits. The U.S. government funds SNAP benefits, but ... Read More

Three People Killed In Lindsay X-LITE Guardrail Collisions In Tennessee In Less Than A Year

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A lot of press has been focused on highway guardrails made by Trinity Industries of Texas since the company became the target of a massive whistleblower lawsuit alleging the safety devices malfunctioned after an unapproved redesign. But according to a Knoxville News Sentinel report, Trinity’s ET-Plus guardrails are not the only rail systems malfunctioning, sometimes with deadly consequences. Since June 2016, at least four people in Tennessee were killed when their vehicles struck the end terminals of guardrails that failed to buckle and absorb the impact of the collision. Instead, the rails stayed rigid and impaled the vehicles like a ... Read More

Georgia Commercial Truck Driver Barred From Commercial Driving After Causing Multi-vehicle DUI Crash

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Federal transportation authorities have declared a commercial truck driver licensed in Georgia to be an “imminent threat to public safety” and barred him from operating a commercial vehicle after he was involved in a chain-reaction accident while driving under the influence of alcohol. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) ordered Christopher Spreyer to cease driving on March 10, weeks after he struck the back of a car that had slowed for traffic on Interstate 64 in Henrico County, Virginia, and set off a multiple-vehicle crash. A Virginia Court found Mr. Spreyer guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol ... Read More