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Texas Supreme Court Closes ‘Trapdoor’ of Pretrial Negligence Requests

Insurance companies should take note of a recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Texas that closes a “trapdoor” pretrial discovery gambit by plaintiffs’ lawyers that exposed defendants to sanctions for denying negligence in pretrial requests for admissions and then …

Several Cars Burn at Oregon Tow Lot

Several cars burned about 10 p.m. Sunday at a southeast Portland car lot. The Oregonian reports it’s a tow lot. Portland fire and rescue says an electric fence was an added hazard. Extra firefighters were called because of limited fire …

MSHA: West Virginia Mine’s Ventilation Plans Were a Hazard

Federal regulators issued 196 citations during February impact inspections at 14 U.S. mines, including a southern West Virginia coal mine that was targeted for its ventilation plans. The Mine Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday that it wrote 16 violations …

Looking for Love Hazardous for New Jersey Deer and Drivers

It’s the time of year when New Jersey’s deer population is looking for love, and sometimes in all the wrong places – like on the roads. The state Department of Transportation says more than 4,700 deer have been killed by …

Miss. College Developing Multi-Campus Disaster Mitigation Plan

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is developing a new multi-campus hazard mitigation plan and will be seeking public comment in the upcoming weeks. MGCCC disaster mitigation committee member John Shows tells The Sun Herald the college received a $100,000 grant …

Derelict Boats Will Be Pulled from Louisiana Bayous

Dozens of rotting, abandoned boats will be hauled out of Terrebonne Parish bayous as part of a parish-wide campaign to remove aquatic blight. The Courier reported that 43 boats will be removed from Bayou Grand Caillou, Bayou Dulac, Bayou Terrebonne, …

South Carolina Reports Over 100 Grates Stolen From Roadways

The South Carolina Department of Transportation says thieves have stolen more than 100 storm drain grates along Interstate 85 and U.S. 276 in the Upstate. State maintenance engineer David Cook says the thefts and the holes left behind create serious …

Australia’s Version of White House a Fire Hazard

Australia’s prime minister is looking for a new home after her official residence was declared a potential fire hazard with a leaking roof that needs replacing. Special Minister of State Gary Gray said in a statement Tuesday that Prime Minister …

Pottery Barn Kids Recalling About 82,300 Dolls

Pottery Barn Kids is recalling approximately 82,300 of its Chloe, Sophie and Audrey dolls due to a potential strangulation hazard. The company, a unit of Williams-Sonoma Inc. of San Francisco, said Thursday that the yarn hair of the Chloe and …

Someone Spiking Roads to Louisiana Deer Camps

Bossier Parish Sheriff Larry Deen says vandals are spiking roads to hunting camps in the Plain Dealing area, damaging more than 20 tires and creating a dangerous hazard for people. He says the vandalism started last year. With deer season …