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Frozen chicken recalled in Louisanna and nationwide

Chicken is one of the most common foods at American dinner tables. Whether purchased fresh or frozen, consumers trust that the meat will be safe for their families. Sometimes this is not the case. One popular food company is recalling their chicken from the Louisiana shelves and those around the country.

The company at the center of the recall is Barber Foods. Almost 2 million pounds of raw frozen chicken is being recalled due to the possible presence of salmonella. Louisiana residents should check their freezers for packages processed between February 2015 and May 2015. Thus far there have been six salmonella cases reported. The contaminated chicken in question is sold under the following brand names: Barber Foods, Western Family, Meijer ad Loblaw's. The remedy for consumers with the defective product is to discard the contaminated chicken or return the packages to the retailer for a full refund.

Trucks need additional space and time to stop safely

Semi-trucks play an important role in our society. They carry goods from place to place, helping our economy thrive. Yet, despite their benefits, these massive vehicles can also pose serious safety risks. When improperly driven or maintained, a big rig can become a force of devastation, leaving cars and lives destroyed.

One reason it is so important for semi-trucks to be maintained and driven properly is that their sheer size means that they need additional time and distance to safely come to a stop. While a car may be up to 18 feet long and weigh somewhere between 3,000 and 4,000 pounds, a semi-truck may be up to 65 feet long and weigh up to 80,000 pounds.

Some crayon brands may contain asbestos

Crayons and construction paper are common tools of childhood in New Orleans and throughout the United States. Parents trust that these items will be safe for their children. However, a recent report calls the safety of these common items into question.

Police arrest two teens in connection with fatal hit-and-run

When someone has been injured in a car accident caused by another driver's negligence, Louisiana law provides that the injured party may be compensated for medical expenses and other damages through a personal injury lawsuit. In a typical such lawsuit, the injured party would file suit against the negligent party, or his or her insurance provider. But what if the other driver fled the scene of the accident? A hit-and-run driver may not be easy to find.

Recently, St. Charles Parish sheriff's deputies said they had arrested two teenagers in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident that left another teenager dead. Police said that the Hahnville teenager was declared dead at the scene when they found him in an overturned vehicle in New Orleans late one night in June. It took the authorities a little more than a week to track down the driver who they say was responsible for the fatal crash but who fled the scene. He was charged with negligent homicide and reckless operation of a vehicle. Another teenager who police said was a passenger in the hit-and-run driver's car, was charged as an accessory to negligent homicide.

New law aimed at protecting whistle-blowing oil workers

One of Louisiana's major employers is the oil and gas industry. Though very lucrative, this work also comes with some potential hazards for the workers. Employers can minimize these dangers by taking certain precautions to protect their employees. Employees who choose to speak out against hazardous conditions may soon have more legal protection if a new law is passed.

Two lawmakers from the west coast have introduced a new bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill seeks to extend the whistleblower protections to oil and gas workers on the Outer Continental Shelf. This will include drilling regions off of the coast of Louisiana. If the proposal is enacted, employers would be prohibited from firing or discriminating against workers who report employer violations. Employees that report unsafe work conditions and injuries or refuse to do work because of safety concerns will also be protected from employer retaliation.

Strategies for seeking financial recovery in truck accidents

Much of Louisiana commerce still depends on truck drivers to safely get items to their destination. When truck drivers fall asleep or become distracted by texting and driving, Louisiana residents can get injured. In some cases those injuries lead to death.

When people are injured in a truck accident, their injuries are often so serious that they require long hospital stays, surgery and rehabilitative care. The injured may be unable to work for months, or even be rendered permanently disabled. When the individual is the head of household, the loss of income can be financially devastating for the family. When any one of these situations occur, it may be time to seek legal counsel.

Beats speaker involved in product recall

Apple products are now among the most popular electronic brands in America. From iPhones to iPads, the popular brand can be found everywhere in New Orleans. The partnership with the Beats music products has been particularly lucrative for Apple in the last few years. This week a product from the popular Beats line has called for a product recall.

The recall involves the Beats Pill XL speaker. Several consumers have reported that the speakers have overheated. In one case, the finger of a consumer was burned. In another incident, there was damage to a consumer's desk. The small capsule-shaped speaker comes in four colors and measures four inches tall and 13 inches wide. These speakers are sold in Apple retail stores and online. They retail for about $300. The remedy being offered for the defective product is a refund. Concerned speaker owners should contact Apple for more details.

Car accident injures five, one woman charged

Every driver on the Louisiana roadways is expected to follow the traffic laws of the state. This includes obeying all traffic signals. One driver who allegedly violated these laws is accused of causing a two-vehicle crash that lead to five injured persons and one death.

The car accident occurred on February 15, 2015. The driver of a 2001 GMC Yukon allegedly ran a red light at the intersection of Louisiana Highway 429 and Airline Highway. The Yukon collided with a 2013 Nissan Altima. The driver of the Altima, along with four other people, were injured in the accident. The Altima driver ultimately died from his injuries.

Largest auto recall in history continues to grow

While more airbags have been added to the largest auto recall in history, the maker of the defective airbags recently announced that airbags that have already been replaced will have to be replaced again. According to a company executive, many of the cars that have already been repaired with replacement airbags, received replacement airbags that may have the same inflator blamed for the exploding airbags. The company supplies 20 percent of the world's airbags.

The inflators in question have been found in the cars that had exploding driver's-side airbags linked to most of the dozens of injuries and six deaths that led to the airbag recall. The company executive noted that the company plans to discontinue use of the batwing inflators in question but did not confirm when the change will take place. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it cannot confirm that the replacement airbags are safe but that they are safer. A total of approximately 34 million cars have been recalled so far as part of what has been described as the largest, and complex, auto recall in history.

Major injuries suffered by 18-wheeler accident victim

Drivers have a duty to other drivers to take every reasonable safety precaution while on the roadways of Louisiana. Truck drivers employed by trucking companies are also held to this same standard. When these standards are breached, accidents can occur. Such may be the case for one local driver who is currently in stable condition at a local hospital after an 18-wheeler accident.

The accident occurred early in the morning on Interstate 12. One truck was rear-ended by another 18-wheeler as it approached the 434 exit. Such was the force of the collision that the front cab of the 18-wheeler that caused the accident pinned the driver of the other truck in his vehicle. Firefighters from Fire District 4 were called in to rescue the trapped driver and rush him to the hospital. The unidentified driver appeared to have severe injuries to the lower portion of his body. Transmission parts, engine and fuel oil also littered the street after the accident. Sand was brought in to help contain the mess.