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Opioids Blamed for 11.5% Spike in Kentucky Overdose Deaths Last Year
Drug overdose deaths in Kentucky are increasing despite a drop in opioid prescriptions and heroin use. A new report from the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy says 1,565 people died from drug overdoses in 2017. That’s an 11.5 percent …

POSTED AUGUST 15, 2018 5:01 AM
Mississippi Woman Sues Pepperidge Farm Over Contaminated Goldfish Crackers
A Mississippi woman is making a federal case out of a life-threatening bout with salmonella that she blames on Goldfish crackers. The Clarion Ledger reported Friday that 26-year-old Bailey Finch is accusing Pepperidge Farm and one of its manufacturers of …

POSTED AUGUST 15, 2018 4:52 AM
Judge Dismisses Certain Claims in West Virginia Industrial Fire Suit
A federal judge has dismissed part of a lawsuit in connection with an industrial fire in West Virginia. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports U.S. District Judge Thomas E. Johnson dismissed most of the claims made in a class action …

POSTED AUGUST 14, 2018 4:48 PM
Nashville Grapples with Hepatitis A Outbreak
Tennessee health officials say at least 74 people have contracted hepatitis A in Nashville since last December. Nashville’s Metro Public Health Department said in a statement on Friday that it continues to work with state and local officials to urge …

POSTED AUGUST 14, 2018 4:44 PM
EPIC Adds Glassford to Energy Construction Practice in Alabama
EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants has added attorney Jeremy Glassford to the firm’s Birmingham-based National Energy Construction practice as a senior client executive, reporting to EPIC Managing Principal Crawford McInnis. Glassford will be involved in all aspects of new business …

POSTED AUGUST 14, 2018 4:43 AM
Poll: Most Floridians Say They’re Prepared for Hurricanes, But Not Covered for Flood
Last year’s intense hurricane season has motivated most Florida residents to prepare for hurricanes that could hit the state this year, according to a recent survey by the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI). The results showed a higher …

POSTED AUGUST 14, 2018 4:34 AM
Construction Company Gets Fine for Fatal North Carolina Accident Slashed in Half
A company is paying less than half the fine workplace safety officials assessed for a North Carolina construction accident that killed three workers and badly injured a fourth. News organizations reported the deadly 2015 scaffolding accident at a downtown Raleigh …

POSTED AUGUST 13, 2018 4:58 PM
Clean Up Still Underway at Kentucky Bourbon Warehouse
The collapse of a Kentucky distillery’s warehouse last month has crews still cleaning up and trying to salvage roughly 18,000 barrels of aging bourbon. News outlets reported Wednesday the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown has been working one barrel at …

POSTED AUGUST 13, 2018 4:29 PM
Toxic Algae Bloom Devastating Florida’s Gulf Coast
Tons of dead fish. A smell so awful you gag with one inhale. Empty beaches, empty roads, empty restaurants. A toxic algae bloom has overrun Florida’s southern Gulf Coast this summer, devastating sea life and driving people from the water. …

POSTED AUGUST 13, 2018 3:50 AM
NTSB: Failure to Fix Unsafe Mississippi Rail Crossing Caused Fatal Bus Crash
A train crash into a tour bus that killed four in Mississippi last year stemmed from the railroad and the city failing to improve an unsafe rail crossing, federal safety regulators concluded Tuesday. The March 2017 crash also injured 38 …

POSTED AUGUST 10, 2018 4:33 AM

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