2013 Archive

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Meat Products Recalled: Listeria Risk

Take a look inside your refrigerator – if you have recently purchased various types of ready-to-eat deli salads, a dangerous foodborne illness could be lurking within.

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Jerky Treats Leave 600 Pets Dead

Pet owners throughout the United States are confused and outraged as reports surface of toxic jerky pet treats causing mass sickness and death.

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Improperly Installed Car Seats

Parents and caregivers often struggle with properly installing car seats.

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Halloween Safety for Grown Ups

We know the drill: wear bright clothing, toss the unwrapped candy, and steer clear of houses with no lights. We’ve become experts at the "rules" of Halloween for our children, but it’s easy to forget that adults have important responsibilities too.

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Toyota Recall Linked to Spiders

Just in time for Halloween, spiders are causing mischief – they are the main suspect in a recall of 870,000 Toyotas.

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PA Has the Most Car-Deer Crashes

Western Pennsylvania's rolling hills, colorful trees, and brisk air set the scene for autumn, one of the most beautiful times of the year in our region. However, it can also be a very dangerous time of year as more deer are on the move.

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Steps Towards Mine Safety

In April 2010, an explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia left 29 people dead and two others injured. This fatal explosion, caused by a combination of preventable factors, has been branded one of the low points in modern-day mining. However some positive progress can come from such a devastating event.

Mass Nissan and Toyota Recall

If you drive a Nissan Infiniti M luxury sedan or a Toyota Sienna minivan, beware! Nissan and Toyota recently announced a recall of more than 700,000 of these vehicles in the U.S. due to glaring defects that may lead to auto accidents and injuries.

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2013 Top Workplace in Pittsburgh

Earlier this year, employees voted and commented anonymously on the level of leadership, communication, opportunity, atmosphere, and pay and benefits they have with their employer. WorkplaceDynamics and the Post-Gazette then compile this information and those businesses with the highest scores make the Top Places to Work list and receive the Top Workplaces Award.

Tracking Codes on Medical Devices

Even the most mundane goods wear a tracking code; although until recently an extremely important group of products, products upon which peoples’ lives depend, were not required to have them. Up until now medical devices were among the only products on the market that could not be uniquely identified, however this is no longer the case.

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Stop Sign Cameras

Do you always come to a full and complete stop each time you approach a stop sign? Or do you only hit the brakes thoroughly when other vehicles, police officers, or pedestrians are near? Soon, some drivers who casually roll through stop signs will pay the price, literally, even if no law enforcement officer physically witnesses the act.

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Pittsburgh’s Bridges Deteriorating

Pittsburgh, known as the "City of Bridges," now faces a growing problem with the very structures that are its claim to fame. Hundreds of bridges within the city and throughout Western Pennsylvania are structurally deficient and crumbling, and PennDOT is desperate to slow the deterioration.

PennDOT is posting new restrictions on the amount of weight allowed on hundreds of bridges throughout the area. This includes 46 bridges in Allegheny, Lawrence, and Beaver counties alone, such as the Liberty Bridge, the Elizabeth Bridge, and many others.

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Child Passenger Safety Week 2013

This week is National Child Passenger Safety Week— a great reminder to make sure your children are secured properly in their car or booster seats. It could mean the difference between life or death in a car accident.

Recently, a 5-year-old girl was ejected from a car and died in a wooded area of Washington County. The vehicle in which she was a passenger went off of the road and fell 50 feet down a steep hillside. According to state troopers, “There was a booster seat in the car, but it did not appear to be properly restrained.” This tragedy highlights the importance of securing your child correctly in a car or booster seat while driving.

Teenagers Drive After Smoking Marijuana

A Lawrence County family of five, including a 6-month-old baby, was recently rushed to the hospital after a local 19-year-old ran a stop sign and struck their minivan, sending it rolling into the front yard of a nearby home. The teenage driver admitted to smoking marijuana earlier that night and now faces criminal charges and jail time.

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2 Million Dehumidifiers Recalled

Over 2 million dehumidifiers have been recalled after reports of dozens of fires and millions of dollars in property damage. The dehumidifiers were sold at popular retailers like Home Depot, Kmart, and Lowe's.

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Chobani Yogurt Recalled

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it has received reports of 89 people becoming ill after eating Chobani Greek Yogurt. The yogurt may have been contaminated by mold.

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Da Vinci Robot Injuries Underreported
The safety of da Vinci® robots, which have been used for surgical procedures in more than ¼ of all US hospitals, is once again under fire. A recent study out of Johns Hopkins University suggests that mistakes during da Vinci procedures are "vastly underreported."
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Infants Motrin Recalled

Johnson & Johnson is recalling 200,000 bottles of Motrin Infants formula because it may be contaminated with tiny plastic particles.

2013 Coloring Contest
2013 Coloring Contest Now Open

Elementary school students across Western Pennsylvania have the chance to earn cash for their school and themselves in the My Holiday Wish Coloring Contest.

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School Bus Safety

It's back-to-school time! I'm a father and a grandfather myself, and if you're anything like me, you still get a little nervous no matter how many years you have been sending your children off to school. Will they make new friends? Will they do their best in class? Most importantly, will they be safe?