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NHRA Racer Death Spurred Safety Changes

John Medlen remembers his son’s final seconds like they were his first steps. Eric Medlen inched his dragster to the starting line and waited for the signal. John, also his son’s crew chief, made a couple of routine checks, looked …

Florida Nightclub Shooting Victims Sue Gunman’s Employer, Wife

A personal injury attorney representing dozens of survivors and victims’ relatives from the Orlando, Fla., nightclub massacre filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the gunman’s employer and wife, claiming they could have stopped Omar Mateen before the attack but didn’t. The …

Georgia Experts Concerned About Loopholes in Prescription Drug Bill

Georgia lawmakers have reached a compromise on a bill that would require doctors to log into a pill-tracking database before prescribing painkillers and other high-risk drugs. The goal is to curtail the overprescribing of opioids. But critics say loopholes written …

Mississippi High Court Refuses to Dismiss Katrina Claims Suit Against State Farm

The Mississippi Supreme Court won’t dismiss a state lawsuit against an insurer over Hurricane Katrina claims. The Sun Herald reports that Attorney General Jim Hood’s lawsuit against insurance giant State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. can go forward. The lawsuit …

Mississippi NTSB Fatal Train-Bus Crash Report Expected Within 3 Weeks

Investigators said Friday that a preliminary report on the train-bus crash that killed four Texas tourists should be ready within two to three weeks. Meanwhile, Biloxi, Miss., Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gillich on Friday added a seventh railroad crossing to a …

Florida Agency Reports Fernandez Likely Boat Operator Prior to Deadly Crash

Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was the “probable” operator of a speeding boat that crashed into a Miami Beach jetty on Sept. 25, killing the star baseball star and two other men, according to a report issued Thursday by the …

Gatlinburg, Tenn. Wildfire Hits Home With Adjuster Born and Raised in the Area

Residents and tourists were unprepared for a devastating wildfire that whipped through Gatlinburg, Tenn., last fall. Winds topping 87 miles per hour fanned the flames that began in the Smoky Mountains and quickly spread through the mountain town, destroying homes …

NTSB Says Mississippi Railroad Crossing Not on Tour Bus Route

The Texas tour bus hit by a freight train in a deadly crash wasn’t supposed to have taken the road where it got stuck at a rail crossing earlier this week, a federal official said Thursday. National Transportation Safety Board …

Deadly Mississippi Tour Bus, Train Crash Spurs Call for Safer Railroad Crossings

The mayor of the Mississippi city where a train slammed into a bus, killing four Texas tourists, says he will keep working with the railroad to close some crossings and make others safer. Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said Wednesday …

Unknown Cause for Deadly Mississippi Tour Bus Collision With Train

A freight train crashed into a bus full of Texas tourists visiting Gulf Coast casinos, killing four in Biloxi, Mississippi. Forty people were hurt, seven critically. The cause of the Tuesday afternoon crash remains under investigation. Witnesses told Mississippi news …

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