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Safety Lapses Blamed for Death of Kentucky Coal Miner

Federal regulators say an accident that killed a coal miner in Pike County happened because a conveyor belt didn’t have adequate safety guards. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration said in its report that 43-year-old …

6 Injured in Atlanta Restaurant Roof Collapse

An official says the roof of an Atlanta restaurant collapsed Monday night, injuring six people. Atlanta Fire Department spokesman Cortez Stafford said at a media briefing that about 40 percent of the roof collapsed. Stafford says he couldn’t say for …

Report: Head-First Fall Onto Concrete Killed ‘Walking Dead’ Stuntman on Georgia Set

A stuntman fatally injured during production of “The Walking Dead” fell head-first onto concrete about 22 feet (7 meters) below after appearing to try to grab a railing to stop his fall, an assistant director told authorities. Coweta County coroner …

CSX Ordered to Pay $3.9M in Georgia Train Death of Allman Film Crew Member

A railroad owner plans to appeal a jury’s decision that it must pay $3.9 million to the family of a movie worker killed on a Georgia railroad trestle in 2014, a spokesman for the company said. The jury in Savannah …

North Carolina Gov Signs $100M Hurricane Aid, Zip Line Insurance Bills

Gov. Roy Cooper has signed legislation directing how $100 million in additional Hurricane Matthew relief funds must be spent and requiring zip line and aerial ropes course owners to get minimum levels of liability insurance. Cooper enacted Tuesday ten more …

Kentucky Attorney Accused of Stealing $550K in Insurance Settlements from Clients

A Kentucky attorney is facing charges in federal court that he defrauded clients out of their insurance settlements for $550,000. The U.S. Attorney’s office in Louisville says James Grant King allegedly committed aggravated identity theft and wire fraud from 2007 …

Cleanup Begins for Florida Neighborhood Hit by Sinkhole

  Cleanup efforts at the site of a sinkhole that swallowed two Florida homes and jeopardized a third house will begin in earnest on Wednesday, as county officials, geologists and insurance adjusters begin the process of figuring out what to …

Toxins in Groundwater Under Tennessee Valley Authority Plant Under Investigation

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen is pressing the Tennessee Valley Authority and state regulators for more information about the discovery of excessive levels of arsenic and lead in groundwater under a coal-fired power plant. Cohen’s office said in a statement Monday …

Mad Cow Disease Found in Alabama But No Threat to Humans Detected

An 11-year-old cow in Alabama tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday. The cow tested positive for the atypical L-type of BSE after exhibiting clinical signs …

Florida Insurers Place All Options on Table to Address AOB Abuse

Florida’s home insurers hope the public doesn’t blame them as they implement rate increases, initiate coverage changes and nonrenew policies. They say they have no choice after the Florida Legislature for the fifth year in a row failed to address …

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