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

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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 … Source: Claims Journal

South Carolina Increases Hurricane Florence Relief Request to $435M

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South Carolina’s congressional delegation will be able to ask for more funds to provide relief following Hurricane Florence, thanks to a move by the state’s governor. In a letter obtained Saturday by The Associated Press, Gov. Henry McMaster told U.S. … Source: Claims Journal

Honolulu Condos Must Move to Comply With New Fire Safety Rules

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Honolulu high-rise condominium owners won’t get more time to comply with stricter fire safety rules enacted after an apartment fire in 2017 killed four people. The city council failed this week to get enough votes to override Mayor Kirk Caldewell’s … Source: Claims Journal

Southeast Faces Wintry Mess of Snow, Sleet, Freezing Rrain

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A storm spreading snow, sleet and freezing rain across a wide swath of the South has millions of people in its path, raising the threat of immobilizing snowfalls, icy roads and possible power outages. Governors and local officials in several … Source: Claims Journal

California Chiropractor Takes Plea in $150M Workers’ Comp Fraud Scheme

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A 56-year-old chiropractor has pleaded guilty for his role in a massive workers’ compensation insurance fraud and conspiracy scheme, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today. Paul Turley, of Granada Hills, Calif., made a factual basis plea on … Source: Claims Journal

The Case of the Apple Tree Boy

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M.I. Hummel figurines, or “Hummels,” have been an incredibly popular collectible since their introduction by the porcelain maker Franz Goebel in 1935. It may be surprising to know that the first Hummels were not actually porcelain figures but rather paper … Source: Claims Journal

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

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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 … Source: Claims Journal

Study Finds Driver Cell Phone Bans Are Saving Motorcyclists’ Lives

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Laws to ban or curb drivers’ use of cell phones and other handheld devices have greatly reduced the rate of fatalities for motorcyclists, according to a new study by faculty at Florida Atlantic University and the University of Miami. The … Source: Claims Journal

Ex-Minnesota Grain Elevator Manager Charged With Mail Fraud, Stole $5M

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The former manager of a western Minnesota grain elevator who disappeared after allegedly stealing nearly $5 million is charged in federal court with mail fraud. Jerry Hennessey, 56, of Dalton surrendered and made his initial court appearance Tuesday, according to … Source: Claims Journal

Boy Wins Fight to Legalize Snowball Fights in Colorado Town

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A 9-year-old boy has convinced the leaders of a small northern Colorado town to overturn a nearly century-old ban on snowball fights, and he already knows who his first target will be – his little brother. Dane Best, who lives … Source: Claims Journal