In February 2008, Naomi Pressey was scheduled for surgery. On the operating table, Naomi went into cardiac arrest. Doctors were unable to resuscitate her for 33 minutes. She suffered a brain injury, which caused cerebral palsy and other medical problems. Now seven, Naomi suffers from intellectual disability, cognitive impairment, and motor skill impairment. She requires around-the-clock medical care.
Texas Road Construction Season Invites Reflection
Driving in Texas after road construction season begins can be frustrating. Drivers can spend lots of time sitting in traffic and moving very slowly. However, for a few Texas drivers, road construction season results in deadly accidents, not just irritation. In 2013, there were 115 fatalities in work zones on Texas roadways. Additionally, there were 3,528 serious injuries as a result of crashes at road construction sites.
Tractor-trailers driving faster than 75 miles per hour have been linked to higher rates of blowouts and wrecks due to increasing speed limits and tire design, the Associated Press reports.
The recent police shooting in South Carolina, coming after last year's case in Missouri, has drawn attention again to the use of deadly force by police officers.
President Obama's immigration plan has been at a standstill since mid-February when a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction. This injunction halted the implantation process of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) Program.
NTSB Says Tanker Car Upgrades Would Limit Consequences of Fires and Explosions
An April 6 article in the Longview News-Journal reported on the deficiencies of the tank cars currently being used in Texas and across the United States to transport oil and ethanol. Safety standards in the industry for petroleum transport are voluntary. However, in the wake of several recent explosions, the federal agency that oversees train safety has issued some recommendations.
Houston is not known as a pedestrian- or biker-friendly city. Houstonians love to drive and traffic on busy streets can be horrific. Public transportation is shunned by many residents and cyclists are often afraid of the many road warriors clogging the streets. In an effort to reopen these busy streets to pedestrians, cyclists, joggers, and families, the city of Houston started a program called Sunday Streets.
Last month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) closed an investigation into 16 tire blowouts on 18-wheelers. Government officials concluded that each blowout was caused by truck drivers exceeding the 75 mile per hour rating on their tires. While big rig tire blowouts have been linked to accidents in the past, recent changes in the maximum allowable speed limits for several states have caused a new inquiry.
After fewer than two hours of deliberation, a jury in Bainbridge, Georgia, found the manufacturer of a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee liable for the death of a four-year-old boy who was killed when his family's SUV went up in flames after being rear-ended, causing its fuel tank to leak. The jury ordered the Fiat Chrysler to pay $150 million in damages to the boy's family.
According to a recent report by the Houston Chronicle, police officers in Houston area school districts have used force on students and trespassers over 1,300 times over the past four years. Certainly, school police officers provide an invaluable service by protecting students and teachers. However, reports of the use of excessive or unnecessary force raise concerns regarding the safety local students.