Second Texas Ice Cream Recall

Testing in Kansas Has Led to the Second Texas Ice Cream Recall This Month Less than two weeks after a March 13 recall that affected 10 of their ice cream products, Brenham, Texas-based ice cream giant Blue Bell has issued another recall for 3-ounce ice cream cups that were distributed throughout nearly half the country. The recall was ordered after a test performed by the Kansas Department of Health & Environment noted…

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Walnut Salmonella Recalls

Contamination Leads to Two Walnut Salmonella Recalls Last week, Aurora Products, Inc. issued a nationwide voluntary recall  of certain lots of their Natural Walnuts and Trail Mixes Containing Walnuts because there is a possibility they have been contaminated with Salmonella, which is a bacteria that can be very dangerous to certain people. Specifically, the product included in the recall include a number of products packaged under the Aurora Products label, including…

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San Antonio DWI Arrests Down

SAPD Shows San Antonio DWI Arrests Down Recent reports have noted that, according to data from the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD), the number of drunk driving arrests is down in the city over the past year, although it’s unclear exactly why that is happening. While some credit the ride-offering apps Uber and Lyft for the reduction of nearly eight percent, the reason for the reduction isn’t actually so clear-cut….

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Texas Wage Theft Suit

Target Anti-theft Employee Files Texas Wage Theft Suit Recently, a former employee of Target Corporation, who once worked in the company’s anti-theft division, filed a collective action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, in which he claimed the company violated the overtime pay provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act when they required him to work more than 40 hours per week, but refused to…

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Pickup Crashes into Texas Home

 Teens Injured When Pickup Crashes into Texas Home Late Wednesday night, March 18, three teenagers were injured when the pickup they were driving slammed into a home in The Colony, a community 30 miles north of Dallas late Wednesday. The accident occurred at a little before midnight near the intersection of Blair Oaks Drive and Merrell Lane, with the pickup stopping less than two yards away from a bedroom where a couple was…

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Kraft Mac and Cheese Recall

Metal Pieces Lead to Kraft Mac and Cheese Recall One of the most popular foods in the world comes in those familiar blue boxes containing Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. However, there may be a problem in some of those little boxes. Yesterday The Kraft Food Group, Inc. issued a voluntary recall of some of these boxed dinners because some of them may contain small metal pieces. In all, the recall affects…

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Kia Gas Pedal Recall

Kia Gas Pedal Recall Affects More Than 208,000 Souls One of the more important parts on any vehicle has to be the accelerator, or gas pedal. And when there’s a problem with one, it’s a big deal. Therefore, when Kia Motors announces that it has issued a voluntary recall of more than 208,000 vehicles because of reports that the pedal could potentially bend or even fracture, people should pay attention….

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Texas Ice Cream Recall

Listeria Found in Blue Bell Leads to Texas Ice Cream Recall According to a news release from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Brenham-based ice cream company Blue Bell has ceased production and distribution of eight popular products after they were linked to strains of Listeria monocytogenes,  a foodborne bacterium with the potential to causes severe illness or death. So far, at least five cases of Listeriosis have been…

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Toyota Vehicle Recalls

Electrical Problems Lead to Two Toyota Vehicle Recalls Toyota Motor Corporation announced yesterday that it will issue a voluntary recall of about 110,000 of its most popular vehicle models because of a defect that could potentially shut down the vehicle’s power steering assist.  At the same time, they announced a second recall of about 2,500 of its electric vehicles because of a software problem that could cause what the company…

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Texas Wrong-Way DWI Crash

Texas Wrong-Way DWI Crash Kills a Mother, 2 Young Sons On Sunday, March 8 at about 1:30 a.m., a 53-year-old Fort Worth man, Ricardo Martinez, began to drive his Toyota pickup truck in the wrong direction on Highway 67 in Alvarado, 20 miles south of Fort Worth, until he slammed head-on into a Ford Mustang. The crash killed a 22-year-old mother, Maranda Abshire and her two young sons,  5-year-old Adrian Dominquez and…

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Worker Reinstated After Retaliation

OSHA Orders Worker Reinstated After Retaliation The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ordered Core-Mark International of Phoenix to reinstate an employee who was terminated after he raised concerns about a truck driver for the company who had been exceeding the maximum number of driving hours allowed by law. Not only must the employee be reinstated immediately, but the company will have to pay more than $230,000 in back…

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False Claims Act Settlement

False Claims Act Settlement Nets Whistleblower More than $550,000 Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that three importing companies, including Texas-based Waterfall Group LLC, as well as California-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. and  Florida-based Southeastern Aluminum Products Inc., have agreed to agreed to pay $3 million to settle allegations of violations of the False Claims Act, under which they were accused of purposely attempting to avoid paying “antidumping”…

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Infant Product Recall

Fall, Suffocation Hazard Prompts Infant Product Recall Earlier this week, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), along with New Jersey-based Dream on Me Inc., issued a voluntary recall for more than 13,000 of their 2-in-1 Bassinet to Cradles because of a potentially deadly defect in which the wire supports on the bassinet’s sides can disconnect. If that happens, the fabric sides can drop, posing a potential risk of the infant…

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Hyundai Recall

Defective Power Steering Triggers Hyundai Recall Earlier this week, Hyundai issued a voluntary recall of more than 263,000 vehicles because of a potential problem with the power steering that could increase the risk of a crash. According to documents posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), this recall covers Elantra sedans from model years 2008, 2009 and 2010, as well as Elantra Touring hatchbacks from model years 2009 and 2010….

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Texas Truck – School Bus Accident

Texas Truck – School Bus Accident May Have Been Caused by Distracted Driver At about 5:15 p.m. Monday evening, an accident between a utility truck and a San Marcos CISD school bus sent more than a dozen people to a San Marcos, Texas hospital. This accident demonstrates just how important it is for a driver to stop when they see a school bus flashing its lights, and to avoid driving distracted. According…

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Chrysler Voluntary Recall

Electrical Issue Prompts Chrysler Voluntary Recall At the end of last week, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced that they had issued a voluntary global recall of more than 467,000 Dodge Durango and Jeep Cherokee full-sized SUVs from model years 2012 and 2013, in order to replace a fuel pump relay circuit, which could potentially fail, leading to the vehicles failing to start or worse, causing the engine to stall while driving down the road….

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Texas DUI, Texting Awareness

Increasing Texas DUI, Texting Awareness One Student at a Time This past week, among the more popular attractions in the Student Activities Center at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa has been an educational setup designed to teach students the dangers of driving drunk and texting while driving. The most popular attractions were two simulators; one designed to simulate a DUI situation and a second one…

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