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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

Tennessee Bills Deceased Teen For Defective Guardrail That Killed Her

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The State of Tennessee billed a deceased teen for “damage to state property” and the costs involved in replacing a section of guardrail that malfunctioned and killed her in a November crash. Hannah Eimers, 17, was killed instantly Nov. 1 when the 2000 Volvo S80 she was driving on I-75 near Niota, Tennessee, veered onto the median from the northbound lane and struck the end terminal of a guardrail. Instead of collapsing like a telescope as it was designed to do, however, the Lindsay X-LITE guardrail system impaled the vehicle and struck Hannah in the head and neck, pushing her ... Read More

Court Revives Nursing Home Whistleblower Retaliation Claims

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A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a nursing home employee’s False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit under the first-to-file rule but has reinstated his claim that he was terminated in retaliation for speaking out against alleged billing fraud. According to Business Insurance, Patrick Gerard Carson sued Toledo, Ohio-based Manor Care Inc. on behalf of the U.S. government in September 2011, alleging that the company was fraudulently overcharging the federal Medicare program for patient care. Mr. Carson also claims that Manor Care terminated him in November 2009 in retaliation for his repeated complaints about the alleged fraudulent ... Read More

Two WV counties hold drug companies accountable for prescription drug abuse epidemic

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Two West Virginia counties with drug overdose rates well above the national average filed lawsuits against wholesale pharmaceutical distributors and pharmacies in federal court alleging they allowed millions of dangerous prescription drugs into the area, fueling the prescription drug epidemic. Kanawha and Cabell counties allege in separate lawsuits filed this month that companies such as Walgreens, CVS and McKesson sold 106 million doses of the powerful painkillers between 2007 and 2012 in both counties combined. Cabell has a population of 96,000, which translates to 400 pills per resident, the complaint states. Both lawsuits claim the companies’ actions are in violation of the ... Read More

Truck Driver Killed After High Winds Force Tractor Trailer off Chesapeake Bay Bridge

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A tractor-trailer driver died after strong winds blew his truck through the guardrails of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Thursday, March 9. Commercial driver Joseph Chen of Greenville, North Carolina, was pulled from the top of his truck as it floated in the icy Chesapeake Bay waters, but he died shortly afterward on the way to a nearby hospital. Mr. Chen, 47, was one of 16 people who have died after plunging off the bridge since it opened to traffic in April 1964. Since that year, 14 vehicles have gone over or through the guardrails. The most ... Read More

Apple Juice With Toxic Level of Methanol Sends Two Children To ICU

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Two children are recovering in a Pennsylvania hospital after drinking apple juice containing methanol and other caustic substances at a Lancaster restaurant Friday night. Richie Zaragoza, 10, and his sister Ginaya Mendoza, 4, were rushed to Hershey Medical Center with severe burns of the mouth and throat after drinking apple juice at Star Buffet and Grill, LancasterOnline reported. The children were admitted to intensive care at Hershey Medical Center in “critical but stable” condition. By Monday morning, their condition had improved to fair. The children’s mother, Virginia Davis, told LancasterOnline that both her children began vomiting after drinking the apple ... Read More