Holiday Weekend Crackdowns

DPS and TxDOT Announce Holiday Weekend Crackdowns Just in time for the summer season, which begins unofficially with Memorial Day weekend, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) have announced two initiatives designed to tackle two of the biggest problems on Texas roads. One of them is the annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign, which began on May 23 and will continue to…

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Listeria Recalls

Several Listeria Recalls Ordered in the Last Week Over the past week, there has been a spate of recalls of a variety of food products due to potential Listeria contamination, For example, there has been a massive recall of  products containing sunflower seeds produced by a Minnesota-based company, SunOpta. The recall covers more than two dozen states, including Texas. The products include those produced under such brands as Planters and…

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Another Drunk Driving Tragedy

Three Texas Family Members Killed in Another Drunk Driving Tragedy Once again, a Texas family preparing to celebrate a major milestone was left devastated by a drunk driver over this past weekend. According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Department, Emilio Avila, 33, Adla Nolasco, 41 and Mauricio Ramires, 18, were all killed in an accident caused by a suspected drunk driver early Saturday morning. All three victims were members of the same…

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New FLSA Overtime Rules

  New FLSA Overtime Rules to Take Effect in December 2016 Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor announced its final overtime rule, and it’s one that changes the game for a lot of employers and employees all over the country, including Texas. The new rule revises the overtime exemption regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), specifically as they apply to salaried employees, such as executive, administrative, and…

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Subaru Emergency Recall

Important! Subaru Emergency Recall for Steering Defect Over the last several years, the number of vehicle recalls has been staggering. The numbers are so high that some experts are warning that a sort of “recall fatigue” may have set in for some people. However, if you own a 2016 or 2017 Subaru Legacy or Outback, you really need to pay attention to this, because there is a very real possibility that…

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Texas Drunk Driver

Texas Drunk Driver Kills One Teen, Injures Another After Prom Due to events that happened last weekend, two Texas families are having to deal with the unthinkable consequences when a Texas drunk driver chose to get behind the wheel and drive on a Texas highway. As a result of that decision, one teen girl is dead and a teen boy was severely injured as they were coming home from their…

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Frozen Food Recall

Listeria Fears Lead to Massive Frozen Food Recall A massive frozen food recall is underway, and it just widened to include a lot more over the weekend. At the end of last week, Ajinomoto Windsor Inc., which operates facilities in Fort Worth, Texas, announced a recall of more than 47 million pounds of frozen meat and poultry products that may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. It wasn’t the meat that…

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Texas Charter Bus Crash

Texas Charter Bus CrashTexas Charter Bus Crash Kills 8, Injures 44 Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Texas Department of Public Safety are conducting separate investigations into what caused a charter bus to crash in far South Texas. The terrible single-vehicle rollover accident resulted in the deaths of eight people and left 44 others injured. According to police, the bus, which was owned by OGA Charters, which…

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Texas Truck Accident

Bizarre Texas Truck Accident Kills Man in Hotel Room In a bizarre Texas truck accident last Friday, May 6, the driver of an 18-wheeler traveling east on Interstate 10 in El Paso somehow lost control of his truck and veered off the highway and slamming into a hotel, killing a 52-year-old man who was in his room. According to witnesses, the truck, which was hauling steel railroad tracks, suddenly left the…

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Rodent Found in Soda Bottle

Grandfather Worried After Rodent Found in Soda Bottle Many people suggest that giving small children sugary sodas isn’t a good idea anyway because they’re not healthy. However, a grandfather in the Houston suburb of Katy is very upset today and very worried because the 20-oz. bottle of Dr Pepper he gave to his 3-year-old grandson  apparently had something extra in the form of a small rodent. John Graves, of Katy, bought the little boy…

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Pacifier Recall

Defective Clip Leads to Pacifier Recall When parents are dealing with every responsibility that comes with a newborn baby, their primary desire is to keep it safe and secure. They buy products for their new child with precisely that in mind. It is therefore troubling when a product that is manufactured for infants turns out to be defective and may cause their child harm. Yet, that’s what happened over the…

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Weight-Loss Supplements Recall

Potentially Risky Ingredients Lead to Weight-Loss Supplements Recall Some people, in addition to diet and exercise, try to meet their weight loss goals by using weight loss supplements to do so. Those who do should know about a warning from the FDA last week about three specific weight loss supplements that everyone should avoid. According to the FDA, the manufacturer, Making It A Lifestyle, L.L.C. has issued a voluntary weight loss…

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Medical Errors Study

Medical Errors Study Shows Them to Be Third-Largest Cause of Death According to a study by researchers from Johns Hopkins University and just published Tuesday in The BMJ, medical error is now the third-leading cause of death in the United States are medical error, trailing only heart disease and cancer. The study of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) over an eight-year period showed that 251,454 people…

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Pedestrian Accidents

A Spate of Pedestrian Accidents on Texas Roads This Week In recent days, there seem to be a significant number of pedestrian accidents involving cars or large trucks. For example, last Thursday, Ernest Lee Brown, a 55-year-old Vidor resident, was attempting to cross the south service road of Interstate 10 at State Highway 62 at about 4:45 p.m. He crossed in front of a truck tractor that was stopped at…

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Catheter Recall

Cook Medical Issues 4 Million Catheter Recall On Monday, medical device manufacturer Cook Medical issued a voluntary recall of more than 4 million catheters. This is actually a follow-up recall, as the company previously issued four recalls, covering more than 400,000 catheters. It is the largest recall in Cook Medical history. These catheters are typically used for vascular procedures like minimally-invasive urology or reproductive surgery. The recalls were triggered when…

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OSHA Whistleblower Protection

Ex-employee Gets $225,000 in OSHA Whistleblower Protection Case All employers, in Texas and elsewhere are required to keep all workplaces as safe and healthy as possible for the people who work there. When an employee finds a hazard on the job, they should bring it to the attention of the employer or at least an immediate supervisor as soon as possible. If they don’t respond, however, and alleviate the hazard, all…

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Riding Mower Safety

OSHA Looking Into Riding Mower Safety in Spate of Tragic Incidents Just within the last few weeks, at least three workers with landscape companies in Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas have been killed on the job when the riding mowers or tractors overturned into a stream bed or other source of water. This sudden spate of fatalities has caught the attention of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). For perspective,…

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