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Insurer Donates to Tennessee Construction Safety Research Center

A company that provides insurance for contractors has given a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, center dedicated to construction safety research $20,000 to continue its work. Executive Director Ed Taylor says the funds will help the center fund impromptu projects. He …

Doctors’ Lawyers Say Claims of Botched Circumcision Untrue

Two doctors deny claims by an Alabama man who says his penis was amputated during what was supposed to be a routine circumcision, one of their lawyers said Friday. Defense lawyer Will Axon said allegations in a lawsuit filed this …

NSU Researcher Part of Team Studying Hurricane Intensity Predictions

They are something Floridians take very seriously– hurricanes. The names roll off the tongue like a list of villains – Andrew, Charlie, Frances and Wilma. In the past 25 years or so, experts have gradually been improving prediction of the …

Mississippi Woman Gets Six Months Prison Time for Oil Spill Fraud

A Mississippi woman has been sentenced to serve six months in federal prison for submitting false claims to get oil spill recovery money. Federal prosecutors say 32-year-old Katisha Lombardo Deroche of Bay St. Louis was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District …

Georgia Investigated Complaint Against Chemical Plant Prior to Worker Injury

Environmental regulators investigated an anonymous report alleging MFG Chemical Inc. in Dalton, Ga., was illegally discarding waste five months before an accident injured a worker, government records show. The company’s regulatory manager, Joe Stafford, told an investigator sent by the …

Alabama Man Files Suit Alleging Penis Mistakenly Amputated

An Alabama man who went to the hospital for a routine circumcision says doctors mistakenly amputated his penis. Johnny Lee Banks Jr. of Birmingham and his wife, Zelda Banks, filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Jefferson County. They’re suing the hospital, …

Court Dismisses Chiquita Terror Payment Claims Case

A divided federal appeals court on Thursday threw out claims potentially worth billions of dollars against produce giant Chiquita Brands International made by relatives of thousands of Colombians killed during years of bloody civil war. A panel of the 11th …

North Carolina House Rejects Senate-Backed Moped Bill

The North Carolina House has rejected a Senate version of a bill creating new regulations for mopeds. The House voted 51-54 Thursday against concurring on a bill that would have required insurance and registration with the state for mopeds. The …

Miami Seaquarium Receives OSHA Fine

The Miami Seaquarium has been issued a $7,000 fine for allowing trainers to work with a killer whale without sufficient protections. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued the citation to the Florida aquarium earlier this month. The citation is …

West Virginia Worker’s Comp Rate Cuts to Save Employers $32M

The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) has filed a proposed reduction in workers’ compensation loss cost rates with in West Virginia – the tenth consecutive reduction in 10 years. NCCI, West Virginia’s rating agent, has proposed an overall 9.1 …

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