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Pot Pipe Maker Sues Over Counterfeit Bongs

In the rarefied world of high-end bong makers, Roor glass water pipes have long been smoked to impress. The status symbols are so sought after that some models command prices of $1,000. There’s even a diamond-studded, gold-gilded Roor that goes …

Tennessee Wildfires Cause $842M in Insurance Claims

State officials say insurance claims have topped $842 million in the deadly eastern Tennessee wildfires that burned thousands of buildings. The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance provided the number to the Knoxville News Sentinel. The department says as of …

West Virginia Trial Against Subaru for Motorist Death Begins Jan. 23

Nearly eight years after a car wreck claimed the lives of a mother and two teens in Cabell County, a trial is set to begin in a lawsuit against Subaru. The trial is slated for Jan. 23 in Kanawha County, …

South Carolina Hasn’t Issued Charges for Price Gouging During Hurricane Matthew

A newspaper analysis shows the South Carolina attorney general has initiated no prosecutions involving about 400 complaints of price gouging by businesses during Hurricane Matthew. Records obtained by The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette show the office of Republican …

Falsified Medical Certificates Threaten 6,600 Trucker Driver Licenses

Medical certificates given to truckers nationwide by a chiropractor operating out of an Atlanta, Ga., truck stop will soon be revoked, federal authorities said. Prosecutors say Anthony Lefteris was authorized to perform the exams, which are meant to ensure that …

West Virginia Governor Elect Lawyers Seek Flood Cleanup Suit Dismissal

Jim Justice’s businesses have responded to a lawsuit claiming the West Virginia governor-elect’s companies have not paid for $771,268 worth of flood cleanup work after the Greenbrier resort was hit by severe flooding last year. Lawyers representing Justice’s companies have …

U.S. to Study Using Sand From Bahamas to Protect Florida Coast

A potential solution to a troublesome sand shortage off Southeast Florida is tucked away in a massive water resources funding bill President Barack Obama signed into law last month. The 2016 Water Resources Development Act authorizes the Army Corps of …

Florida Hospital Sued After Toddler Swallows Battery

A Florida family sued a hospital for malpractice on Wednesday, saying their baby suffered severe burns because it took too long to remove a coin-sized battery that she swallowed. Parents Cole Parsons and Courtney Thorne said in a lawsuit that …

Wildfires, School Bus Crash Top Tennessee News Stories of 2016

The devastation from wildfires that roared out of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, torching hundreds of buildings and leaving 14 people dead, has been voted the top Tennessee news story of 2016, according to an annual Associated Press survey …

Future of Flood Canal Project in Baton Rouge Remains Murky

Despite the flooding that struck south Louisiana in August, prospects for a decades-old project aimed at protecting Baton Rouge area homes remain murky. The 12-mile structure is called the Comite River Diversion Canal. It would siphon high water from the …

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