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July 2014 - Simien & Simien, LLC

Paprika Powder Recalled Over Salmonella Risk

Ecoato-brand Sweet Paprika Powder sold in 17 states, including Louisiana, is being recalled because it could be contaminated with Salmonella. TJX Companies announced the recall of the spice, sold in its T.J. Maxx, Marshalls or HomeGoods stores, yesterday. The powder was sold between June and July 2014 and is marked

DOT Taking Small Steps to Stop Congestion Along La. 1

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DODT) intends to review signal timing throughout the La. 1 corridor amid complaints of daily congestion. Specifically, along with the La. 1 and the Mississippi River Bridge on Interstate 10, drivers often find themselves moving along very slowly. The DODT is working with

Derailments Inspire Federal Regulators to Push for Stronger Oil Tanks for Trains, Faster

On July 23, U.S. regulators said they plan to require railroads and oil shippers to use stronger tank cars to transport crude oil within the next two years. These new regulations were made in response to a sudden wave of derailments involving oil trains in the past year. Between 1975

BMW Recalls More Than Half a Million Vehicles

BMW is recalling 573,935 of their popular 3 series vehicles, model years 2000 to 2006, in order to address a defect in the passenger side frontal air bag that could cause the airbag inflator to rupture upon deployment. The auto manufacturer made the announcement in mid-July, but the exact number

Shreveport Intersection Crash Raises Safety Concerns

A recent fatal motorcycle accident at the intersection of Flournoy Lucas Road and Ashley Ridge Road in South Shreveport has raised questions on the safety of the intersection. Two years ago, another accident occurred when a motorcyclist lost control and crashed into a pickup. According to police reports, the driver

Tangipahoa Parish Launches Service That Gives Deaf Community Better Access to Emergency Services

The Tangipahoa Parish 911 center has announced that they have begun using Smart911, a service that will provide deaf people in Louisiana better access to emergency services. Anyone can sign up for this program which gives first responders all the information they need to know to help you. Users will

Government Office Finds that Cheating on Truck Driving Drug Tests is Easy

A recent investigation by the Government Accountability Office found that it was easy for truck drivers to cheat on random drug tests. Undercover investigators from the independent agency were able to use fake truck driver’s licenses to gain access to 24 drug-testing sites. During this time they found that 75

What to Do when Encountering an Enraged Driver

There are more than 6 million motor vehicle accidents reported in the United States each year. It’s difficult to determine exactly how many of these accidents are caused by road rage or an enraged driver. If you have been injured in a car accident contact an experienced Baton Rouge personal

Louisiana Officer Locks Himself Inside Hot Vehicle to Prove a Point

In May 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was reminding parents to “Look Before You Lock.” A recent series of toddler deaths has brought this topic back into the spotlight. This year alone, fifteen children have died in the United States after being left alone in a hot car.

GM Announces New Recall Affecting 7.6 Million Vehicles

Adding to its woes, General Motors has announced a new recall that now affects 7.6 million vehicles due to a range of problems. According to General Motors, the company is aware of three fatal crashes involving affected models. Vehicles ranging the 1997 to 2014 models years have been affected. GM