Posts from March 2020.

Federal Hours of Service rules dictate how long commercial truck drivers can be on the road and impose mandatory rest periods. The rules, enacted December 2017, addressed the significant number of fatal truck accidents involving fatigued truck drivers.

The trucking industry generally objected to these rules and the federal government listened.  On March 2, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration submitted changes to the Hours of Service rules – labeled a Final Rule – to the White House Office of Management and Budget.

The FMCSA has not provided details to the proposed ...

Earlier this year a jury awarded a Missouri farmer $265 million in a lawsuit over economic damages his operation suffered when dicamba herbicide drifted onto his peach orchards, destroying much of his livelihood. This was the first lawsuit filed by farmers alleging damages due to off-target movement of dicamba and the first one to go to trial.  But it is far from the only dicamba lawsuit.

Farmers across the country have filed other dicamba lawsuits in state and federal courts.  In February 2018, all federal dicamba lawsuits were consolidated for retrial purposes by the Judicial Panel on ...

St. Louis has a higher rate of people killed in traffic accidents involving speeding drivers than most every other U.S. city. In a recently released survey, only six cities in the country rated higher for speeding deaths as a percentage of all fatal car crashes between 2013 and 2017.  Only two of those cities are bigger, population-wise, than St. Louis: Cleveland and Washington, D.C.

Compare Auto Insurance, an online automobile insurance resource site, examined historical data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and determined that St. Louis has among the worst ...

When it comes to providing quality healthcare and keeping patients safe from serious medical errors, bigger is not necessarily better. As with most businesses, the reason for hospital consolidations is to become more efficient and to improve the bottom line.  Reducing costs, eliminating duplications, streamlining workforces, and increasing areas of coverage are common goals of hospital mergers.

The trend in the U.S. hospital industry for several years is consolidation – hospital systems buying up other medical facilities.  According to the National Institute for Health Care ...


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