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NTSB: Driver Fatigue Contributed to Deadly 2016 Texas Bus Crash

A bus driver with “acute sleep deficit” failed to stay in his lane and caused his vehicle to careen out of control, resulting in a wreck that killed nine people and injured nearly 40 others in 2016, federal safety investigators …

Estimated Cost to Curb Texas Flooding Over 10 Years is $31.5B

The cost to curtail damaging flooding across Texas over the next 10 years is more than $31.5 billion and state officials are urging lawmakers to adopt legislation meant to end a cycle of “repairing and rebuilding,” according to a series …

Arkansas Woman Gets $3M Jury Award for Escalator-Mangled Toe

Jurors have awarded a New York medical student $3 million after she suffered a gruesome toe injury while riding an escalator at an Arkansas mall. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that a Pulaski County jury ruled this week that 27-year-old Aisha …

WCRI: Texas Workers’ Comp Medical Costs Per Claim Down Since 2014

Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in Texas decreased from 2014 to 2016 for claims with more than seven days of lost time, evaluated as of 2017. This followed several years of increasing medical costs, according to a recent study …

Rare December Tornadoes in the Central U.S. Leave 1 Dead

Residents in central Illinois on Sunday assessed the damage after rare December tornadoes, including one the day before that was a half-mile-wide, ripped roofs off homes, downed power lines and injured at least 20 people. The severe weather in Illinois …

Oklahoma Ruling Could Impact Workers’ Comp Cases Involving Med Pot

A recent Oklahoma court ruling that permits an injured worker to receive compensation benefits with a positive drug test could set a precedent for such cases at a time when medical marijuana may soon be widely available in the state. …

Nightclub Shooting Survivors File Lawsuit Against Arkansas Club Owner

Nineteen people who survived a shooting last year at a Little Rock, Ark., nightclub filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the club’s owners, alleging negligence in security and in staff training. At a press conference, two survivors and their lawyers said …

Harvey-Damaged Houston Mural Repairs on Hold Due to Roof Work

Restoration work on a Houston, Texas, mural that was damaged during Hurricane Harvey have been put on hold because the building’s roof needs repairs. John Biggers’ “Contribution of Negro Women To American Life and Education” mural won’t be able to …

Studies Find Houston Skyscrapers Slowed Hurricane Harvey, Causing More Rain

Humans helped make recent devastating U.S. hurricanes wetter but in different ways, two new studies find. Hurricane Harvey snagged on the skyscrapers of Houston, causing it to slow and dump more rain than it normally would, one study found. The …

Cold Snap Gives Texas Earliest Snowfall Ever Recorded

Houston reported its earliest snowfall ever, beating places like New York City and Boston as a cold snap descended over Texas. George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston set a new record for the first observed snowfall, breaking one set on …

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