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OSHA Investigating Georgia Roofing Contractor’s Death

Federal labor officials say they investigating the death of a roofing contractor in northwest Georgia. Dalton Fire Department Deputy Chief Gary Baggett tells the Dalton Daily Citizen that a 48-year-old McMinnville, Tenn. -based contractor was working on the roof of …

Mississippi Inmate Facing Oil Spill Fraud Charges

Federal authorities say a 40-year-old man has been indicted on fraud charges involving more than $47,000 he received in oil-spill recovery money. A federal indictment alleges Brian Keith Lee received the money after he and a co-conspirator provided false information …

Proximity Detector Rule Ok’d by West Virginia Mine Board

A new state mine safety rule will require coal operators to install detection systems that automatically shut down continuous mining machines when people get too close. The rule gives West Virginia companies until July 1, 2017, to install proximity detection …

Fired West Virginia Nurse Awarded $1M in Whistleblower Suit

A former hospital nurse has been awarded more than $1 million in a lawsuit that claimed she was fired for expressing concerns of possible violations. A Kanawha County Circuit Court jury made the award Thursday after a nine-day trial to …

SeaWorld Trainers Barred From Contact With Killer Whales

SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. lost its bid to overturn U.S. limits on trainers’ contact with killer whales imposed after one of the animals drowned an amusement park employee during a 2010 show. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s requirement that trainers …

Kentucky Volunteer Fire Department Reopens

A volunteer fire department in Pike County that was forced to close has reopened. WYMT-TV reports that an audit of the Hatfield Fire Department by the Kentucky Fire Commission revealed some problems, mainly that only three firefighters were on the …

CSX Seeks West Virginia Train Death Suit Dismissal

Railroad company CSX is asking a federal judge in West Virgina to dismiss a lawsuit stemming from the death of a Putnam County teenager who was hit by a train. The company says in its response to the lawsuit that …

Burned Mississippi Courthouse Spurs Lawsuit Against Insurer

A dispute over how much an insurance company owes Webster County for its burned courthouse has moved into federal court. The Webster County Board of Supervisors and Atlantic Specialty Insurance Co. have sued each other, with two separate cases now …

Mississippi City to Test, Repair Hydrants

The Petal Fire Department will begin testing and refurbishing the Mississippi city’s hydrants on Monday. The Hattiesburg American reports the work is expected to continue through May. Fire Chief Joe Hendry says the hydrants will be tested, cleaned and painted. …

Tennessee Gets Presidential Disaster Declaration

President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster designation for Tennessee and ordered federal aid to assist recovery efforts after a severe winter storm in eight counties in March. The declaration makes federal funding available to state and local governments …

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