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June 2014 Archives

Drugs found in system of pilot in fatal air crash

A National Transportation and Safety Board investigation into a 2013 Louisiana airplane accident revealed that a student pilot on the plane, a 28-year-old-man from Indiana, had marijuana and a pharmaceutical drug in his system at the time of the crash. The man's instructor, 78-year-old instructor, was also on the plane when the incident occurred, and evidence suggests that that man had ingested drugs that are commonly used to treat conditions that were not revealed to the FAA.

Louisiana flood board votes to continue lawsuit

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East flood board met on June 19 and voted to press forward with a lawsuit against 97 different gas, oil and pipeline companies that was originally filed in the summer of 2013. The vote was 4-4, and one member was absent, which means that a motion to kill the lawsuit failed. Groups such as the League of Woman Voters and the Bureau of Governmental Research were in favor of the lawsuit continuing.

GM adds 4 models to recall

Louisiana drivers may want to know about a recent recall involving more than 500,000 vehicles in the U.S. by General Motors. So far in 2014, the automaker has recalled more than 14 million vehicles in 38 separate incidents. According to reports, the recent wave of recalls is the result of GM's new process of fixing car issues after it was revealed that the carmaker waited more than a decade to repair an ignition switch defect in its older vehicles.

How a Louisiana bill may affect lawsuit over 2010 oil spill

In Louisiana, Governor Bobby Jindal is moving forward with legislation that could stop a lawsuit being brought by a New Orleans levee board. There are currently 97 oil and gas companies facing this suit against BP and other companies over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Jindal claims that the goal is to stop frivolous lawsuits while making the legal environment more fair, but critics worry that it will it more difficult for consumers to take companies to task for pain and suffering caused by manufacturing defects or other problems.

Authority files suit against 97 oil-related companies

According to a recent article, the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East filed a lawsuit against 97 pipeline, oil and gas companies. According to the author, the focus of the suit should be to protect the public from the injury and property damage that would be caused by another severe tropical storm.

Head-on crash on Louisiana highway kills 5

Louisiana State Police stated that they are awaiting the results of toxicology tests to determine whether alcohol or drugs were a factor in a May 30 accident that claimed the lives of five people. The car accident reportedly took place near Eunice at about 2:30 p.m.

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