Texting and Driving

Fatal Accident Underscores Dangers of Texting and Driving According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, this past Sunday, a the driver of a 2004 Dodge Dakota pickup truck was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in the wake of a fatal head-on collision with a motorcycle rider. The accident happened just outside of Granbury. To make matters worse, the pickup’s driver, 36-year-old Ladonna Welch of Granbury, was in the…

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Texas Truck Accidents

Too Many Texas Truck Accidents: Is Help on the Way? The state of Texas sees a lot of truck accidents every year, and that includes roadways in San Antonio and the surrounding area. For example, on Monday morning, in Canyon Lake, first responders from the Canyon Lake Fire/EMS Department had to cut a man from his pickup truck after an accident in which the pickup became wedged under the trailer…

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FLSA Overtime Violations

Texas Companies Accused of FLSA Overtime Violations There seems to be a significant increase in the number of violations of overtime rules, as established by the Fair Labor Standards Act, throughout Texas lately. The problem primarily seems to come due to the slowdown in oil and gas drilling, but employers should know, there are no excuses. For example, recently, a man who had worked as a pressure control operator for…

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Worker Injured in Fall

Texas Tower Worker Injured in Fall Investigators with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) are taking a close look at an accident that happened last Wednesday morning in Hale County, Texas, in which a worker fell from a tower. According to police records, the Hale County Sheriff’s Office was called at around noon and when they arrived at the scene at…

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Gathering Pipelines

The Looming Danger of Gathering Pipelines Houston Public Media has published a report on what are called “gathering pipelines,” and what they found could spell disaster for some areas of Texas. These are pipelines that “gather” oil from drilling sites and wells and take it to processing plants many miles away. In all, there are 6,000 miles of these pipes in the state, which is a 33 percent increase over…

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Cucumber Salmonella Update

CDC Issues Cucumber Salmonella Update Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an update regarding a widespread outbreak of Salmonella that has affected nearly 900 people and which is linked to imported cucumbers. It’s the first update of any kind since November and it shows that, since Nov. 19, there have been at least 50 more reported illnesses across 16 states, including Texas. According to this latest…

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San Antonio Bus Accidents

San Antonio Bus Accidents Lead to Education Campaign Last week, a San Antonio VIA Metropolitan Transit bus driver, Heather Davila, was suspended and placed on probation after she hit and seriously injured a pedestrian, 41-year-old Brian Cochran, with the bus she was driving downtown back on January 11. Officials with VIA confirmed the suspension, but they have not confirmed the reason for the suspension. According to reports, Cochran was jaywalking when…

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West Fertilizer Final Report

Chemical Safety Board Issues West Fertilizer Final Report On Thursday, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released its final report on the devastating fire and explosion that occurred on April 17, 2013, at the West Fertilizer plant in West, Texas. That blast ranks as one of the most devastating in the history of Texas, leaving behind 15 dead, mostly volunteer firefighters, and 260 injured, as well as massive damage to…

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San Antonio Wrong Way Accident

Teen Seriously Injured in San Antonio Wrong Way Accident Late Tuesday night, there was another horrible head-on crash involving a wrong-way driver, this time on Interstate 35 near Kinney Road on San Antonio’s Southwest Side late Tuesday night. As a result of the accident, the 57-year-old wrong way driver, who has not been identified, was killed and the 17-year-old driver of the other vehicle was seriously injured and flown to University…

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Ford Airbag Recall

Driver Fatality Leads to Ford Airbag Recall According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2015 was a record year for vehicle recalls, led by recalls for airbags manufactured by Takata, and 2016 seems to be starting out as a continuation of that trend, with Ford’s announcement yesterday that it has issued a voluntary recall of around 391,000 Ranger pickups from model years 2004 through 2006 because the driver’s side…

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San Antonio Hit-and-Runs

San Antonio Hit-and-Runs Leave One Dead, One Injured Last week was not a good one for San Antonio when it came to hit-and-run drivers. For example, at about 3:45 a.m. Thursday morning, Bexar County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers received a 911 call from a woman who told them that a man had been hit by a black pickup truck that never stopped on Interstate 10 near Fair Oaks Parkway in the…

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Dog Food Salmonella

Dog Food Salmonella  Discovery Leads to Recall Wisconsin-based Carnivore Meat Company has issued a voluntary recall of one lot of its dog food because routine testing by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed that at least one of the samples they collected tested positive for Salmonella. The product subject to the recall is Vital Essentials Frozen Chicken Patties Entree for Dogs, which is sold in six-pound packages. The packages are affixed with…

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California Bus Accident

California Bus Accident May Have Been Caused by Fatigued Driver Two passengers were killed and eight others were injured in the grisly crash of a Greyhound bus in San Jose, California at about 6:40 a.m. Tuesday morning. The bus, which was carrying 20 passengers, was traveling north on Highway 101, which is a major highway near San Jose in the San Francisco Bay Area, when it slammed into safety barrels and…

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Defective Chair Recall

Texas Company Issues Defective Chair Recall Fort Worth, Texas-based Pier 1 Imports has issued a voluntary recall of about 260,000 Swingasan chairs and stands at their stores nationwide because of a large number of reports of injuries due to falls because of hardware failures and defects. As designed, the chair is made with a wrought iron frame that is covered with woven plastic wicker, and it hangs from a hook attached to a steel…

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Texas Chemical Plant Explosion

Pasadena, Texas Chemical Plant Explosion Leaves 1 Dead, 2 Injured At about 12:45 p.m. on January 26, there was a deadly explosion at the PeroxyChem chemical plant in Pasadena, Texas that left one worker dead and three others injured. According to the Pasadena Police Department, the explosion happened when a tank containing nearly 1,000 gallons of a petroleum-based cleaning solution spilled during what was described by the company as a “routine…

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Texas Auto Accident

Texas Auto Accident Fatal to Three Teens Driving within the state of Texas is a potentially deadly activity. It is a rare day when no one dies on a Texas road or highway; everyone is at risk. Some accidents are more heartbreaking than others, however. For example, over the weekend, there was a terrible accident in which three young women from Garland were killed when the SUV they were in…

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Texas Air and Water Pollution Concerns

Environmentalists Petition EPA with Texas Air and Water Pollution Concerns For years, there have been claims that the Texas government has been softening its anti-pollution laws in a bid to maintain what they saw as a “business-friendly” environment, and it looks like that practice could cost the state dearly, as environmentalists begin to push back. Earlier this week, two prominent environmental groups, the Caddo Lake Institute and the Environmental Defense Fund, petitioned the…

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