Child custody laws go unenforced in Texas

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"Records obtained by KFOX14 Investigates show there were more than 4,000 reports taken by the El Paso Police Department for child custody interference from 2016 to 2018. Of those cases, 229 were presented to the district attorney's office Only 11 were indicted. That's just 5 percent of cases presented." Read more on this story here. Unfortunately, child custody laws can be a tricky situation for law enforcement. Even when there is evidence that one parent is denying the other custody or visitation rights, there is no guarantee of a quick resolution. In the case of the jurisdiction of El Paso,…

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Washington State and Federal Government Fight Over Worker’s Compensation

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"After working 18 years in the plutonium finishing plant at Hanford, the most radioactive waste site in the western hemisphere, Rouse had to quit due to severe health problems that include toxic encephalopathy, dementia and nerve damage. Certain that the job caused his illnesses, Rouse filed for workers' compensation. For 10 years his claim was denied. But last year the Washington State Legislature changed the rules passing a law that only affects Hanford workers. It creates a presumption that exposure to chemicals at work is to blame for a long list of illnesses, including several cancers. The new law also…

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Heavy Truck and Tractor Trailer Deaths Spike in 2017

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"Driving a heavy-duty truck remains among the nation’s deadliest occupations, with on-the-job deaths of truckers setting a record in 2017. Last year, 840 truckers lost their lives on the job, 6.6 percent more than the 786 reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2016. The number of heavy-duty trucking deaths has risen by 25 percent since 2011. The labor bureau data are in line with other data that show an increase in the number of deaths involving trucking. An October report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that traffic fatalities involving large trucks rose 9 percent…

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Do men get an unfair disadvantage in divorce and custody disputes?

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"In America, more than 80% of custodial parents -- the parent that kids live with most -- are mothers. Is it harder for men to get a fair shake in custody cases involving children? Do laws and courts favor women because of a traditional presumption that women are better care-givers for children? According to laws in most states, they're not supposed to, says family law attorney Randall Kessler, author of 'Divorce: Protect Yourself, Your Kids and Your Future.' 'But some judges may be old-fashioned and they might think the mom should have custody,' he said." Read this story and the…

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Motorcycle accidents decrease but still account for more fatalities than cars

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"Nearly 5,000 people were killed on motorcycles in 2017, almost 300 less than in 2016. While that’s good news – the lives saved represent a projected 5.6% decrease –motorcyclists remain significantly overrepresented in all traffic deaths, with fatalities occurring 28 times more often those of passenger vehicle occupants, based on per mile traveled. Those are the highlights of a new report released on Wednesday by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), a nonprofit organization representing state highway safety offices. 'Motorcyclist fatality numbers have fluctuated from year to year over the past decade, so while we are cautiously optimistic about this…

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Construction accidents occur way too frequently across the U.S.

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"SAN RAFAEL, Calif. -- A male construction worker was killed in San Rafael this morning when plywood fell on top of him at a construction site, a police sergeant said. The death happened around 9 a.m. in the first block of Fair Drive, which was closed between Coleman Drive and Lincoln Avenue for the investigation, police said." Read the article here. If you google construction accident, you'll find that the news section is overwhelmed with many different stories. Many times accidents such as these prove to be fatal. More often than not they can lead to severe disabilities as well…

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‘Ride The Ducks’ wrongful death lawsuit asks for $100 million in damages

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" Attorneys representing Indianapolis families whose relatives drowned at Table Rock Lake while on a "Ride the Ducks" tour filed a lawsuit Sunday against Ripley Entertainment alleging wrongful death, outrageous conduct and negligence, according to WDAF. The lawsuit filed in federal court seeks at least $100 million in damages for the estates of Ervin Coleman and Maxwell Ly, three of the 17 victims who died in the boat sinking on July 19. The duck boat carrying 31 people sank after taking on too much water during a storm, and the lawsuit contends that Ripley Entertainment recklessly put the lives of…

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Tips and advice on how to avoid being bitten by a dog

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"More than 4.5 million people are bitten annually by dogs. Last year, nearly 5,000 letter carriers were bitten by dogs across the country. At the Manitowoc Post Office, more than 10 dog incidents have occurred within the last year. These numbers pale in comparison to the more than 2 million children who received dog bite injuries in a single year. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) report small children, the elderly and letter carriers, in that order, are the most frequent victims of dog bites. Children are the majority of victims and are…

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Divorces can be stressful but they shouldn’t be fatal

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"New York divorce lawyer extraordinaire Raoul Felder, who handled the celebrity splits of everybody from Rudy Giuliani to Christie Brinkley's third husband, kept a pistol in the desk drawer of his Manhattan office for many years. His reasoning was simple: 'Everybody hates divorce lawyers, sometimes even their own clients,' he said. That animosity was on display earlier this week when police said an Arizona man — upset over his divorce nearly a decade earlier — went on a killing spree that left seven people dead, including himself." Get the full story here. It might be the most difficult time in…

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How a work injury can lead to an opioid dependency

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“That might seem strange since Shapiro is a lawyer who handles claims for injured workers in North Carolina. Starting May 1, new rules will go into effect that limit and control the prescription of opioids in North Carolina workers’ compensation claims. “How do people become addicted to opioids? Many are injured at work. Doctors and pain clinics prescribe opioids for their pain,” explains Shapiro. “These drugs can be useful in controlling pain, but over-prescription can be dangerous. Opioids are so addictive that very soon the injured worker may be consumed by the urge to get more and more opioids. The…

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