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Oklahoma County to Hold Wildfire Training Exercise

A town and county in eastern Oklahoma are teaming up to prepare emergency responders for wildfire outbreaks. The McAlester News-Capital reports the McAlester Police Department and the Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Office will participate Saturday in a large scale exercise conducted …

Louisiana Parish Audit Finds Most School Bus Drivers Not Drug-Tested

An internal audit has found that the Caddo Parish school system has been testing far fewer bus drivers than it should for drugs and alcohol. Federal regulations require random testing each year of at least half the employees with a …

Wave-Control Devices Tested at Louisiana’s Shark Island

Shark Island in Iberia Parish is the testing ground for three unusual devices meant to help keep Louisiana shorelines from retreating under the relentless waves eating away at the state’s coast. If the devices being used in the project prove …

Louisiana Ambulance Service Says Calls Increase in Certain Parishes

Emergency services provider Acadian Ambulance says its calls in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes are rising. A company spokeswoman told The Courier average daily patient transports in Terrebonne increased from about 32 in 2009 to about 36 in 2013. In neighboring …

Fertilizer Plant Firms Blame Texas City for Deadly Blast

Two fertilizer companies sued following a deadly Texas explosion are claiming the small town deserves blame for failing to properly train volunteer firefighters and first responders, who made up most of the 15 people killed by the blast. El Dorado …

Texas Homebuilder Workers’ Comp Group Distributing $500K to Members

Texas Homebuilder Workers’ Compensation Group (THB) announced that 2014 dividend payments to policyholders will total more than $500,000. The program is available only to homebuilders in Texas. Founded in 2004 by members of Hotchkiss Insurance Agency LLC, THB is headquartered …

FDA Warns of Compounded Drug Recall by Texas Pharmacy

The Food and Drug Administration warned doctors Wednesday not to use compounded drugs from a Texas specialty pharmacy due to potential risks of contamination. The agency says FDA inspectors recently uncovered unsanitary conditions at Unique Pharmaceuticals’ plant in Temple, Texas. …

Texas Man Who Faked Being a Fire Marshal Gets Probation

A North Texas man has been put on probation for pretending to be a fire marshal to avoid a $10 cover charge at a bar and to get free drinks. Charles Brandon of Savannah pleaded guilty Wednesday to false identification …

Arkansas Counties Get Federal Disaster Declarations

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has made disaster declarations for farmers and ranchers in 10 Arkansas counties who suffered losses due to storms that began in the affected areas June 29. Vilsack issued disaster declarations Wednesday in response to …

Former BP Engineer’s Retrial Postponed Again

The August retrial of a former BP engineer accused of obstructing justice in an investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been postponed while an appeals court decides whether a judge was right to throw out his …

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