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Missouri Landfill Responsible For Leaking Radioactive Waste, Say Lawsuits
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Individuals from the St. Louis area have filed lawsuits over radioactive waste near the West Lake Landfill. The lawsuits were filed by a business owner and a homeowner in St. Ann who say that they suffered damages by the negligent handling of radioactive waste at West Lake Landfill and at storage sites along Coldwater Creek in north St. Louis County. The two lawsuits were filed Tuesday in St. Louis County Circuit Court and seek class action status. “Defendants treated these hazardous, toxic, carcinogenic, radioactive wastes with about the same level of care that a reasonable person might give to common household garbage, dumping it without authority from the State of Missouri and in violation of law,” say the lawsuits.
Staff Report, St. Louis Post Dispatch 02/21/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Second Person Held Hostage at Illinois Hospital Joins Lawsuit
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A second person is joining a lawsuit over a hostage standoff at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva, Illinois. The plaintiff and several others at the hospital were taken hostage in May 2017 by an inmate who had been taken to the hospital after eating part of his jail sandal. The inmate was able to take people hostage after he grabbed the gun of the Kane County correctional officer who was accompanying him. Named as defendants in the lawsuit are Kane County, corrections officer Shawn Loomis, Apex3 Security and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital.
Hannah Leone, Chicago Tribune 02/21/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Louisiana School District to Change Policies After Suit Alleges Promotion of Christianity
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In response to a lawsuit alleging that it unconstitutionally promotes Christianity to students, the Boosier Parish Schools District in Louisiana has agreed to change its policies and training. The lawsuit was filed by Americans United for Separation of Church and State on behalf of four Bossier parents. The complaint cited the unconstitutional promotion of Christianity at elementary, middle and high schools, in classrooms and at school events such as athletic events. “The Bossier Parish School Board and its administration are committed to maintaining exceptional schools, respecting the rights and beliefs of every student and family in our community, and carefully following all applicable federal and state laws,” reads a statement by school officials.
Nick Wooten, The Shreveport Times 02/21/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Five Players Added to TCU Football Player’s Abuse Lawsuit
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Five former football players from Texas Christian University have been added to a lawsuit by Kolby Listenbee alleging a pattern of abuse in the football program. The lawsuit has accused coach Gary Patterson of a pattern of verbal abuse and pressuring athletes to play despite serious injuries. In a filing on Wednesday, players Lonta Hobbs, Ed Wesley, David Johnson, Stansly Maponga and Cameron White were added to the lawsuit. According to the complaint, TCU football coaches prefer to "keep the diagnosing and treating of their players 'in house' with the TCU team physicians," which leads to players being prematurely cleared to return to the field. Named as defendants in the lawsuit are Patterson, TCU and former athletic director Chris Del Conte.
Stefan Stevenson, Ft. Worth Star Telegram 02/21/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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North Carolina Mid-Decade Redistricting Subject of Lawsuit
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A lawsuit has been filed in North Carolina challenging four state House districts in Wake County. The plaintiffs who previously filed suit over the state’s redistricting plan have now filed suit over the General Assembly’s redrawing last year of election districts. The complaint alleges lawmakers violated the state constitution when they redrew Wake County election districts mid-decade, when they normally redistrict once every ten years. The lawsuit was filed against the state by the Southern Coalition for Social Justice.
Anne Blythe, News & Observer 02/21/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Lawsuit: Illinois Teacher Engages In Relationship With Teen Student
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The family of an Illinois teen has filed a lawsuit alleging that he was sexually abused by his teacher at Montessori School of Lake Forest. According to the lawsuit, a female teacher at the school began “grooming” the boy when he was 13 years old with the intention of starting a sexual relationship with him. The complaint states that the teacher sent explicit text messages to the student and engaged in sexual acts with him on the school campus. Further, the lawsuit contends the teacher knew the boy was suicidal but failed to report it. Named as defendants in the lawsuit are teacher Celina Montoya and the private school.
Staff Report, PR Newswire 02/21/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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