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Food safety experts question initial Blue Bell listeria response
The Dallas Morning News
Food safety experts, puzzling over the earliest days of Blue Bell Creameries' response to a finding of listeria in some of its products, were confused. In mid-February, company workers began quietly reclaiming products from retailers and institutional customers, such as hospitals. That was about a month before the iconic Texas-based ice-cream maker announced its first product recall in 108 years.
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After the Supreme Court's decision, how to improve on the Affordable Care Act
Forbes
The Supreme Court's June 25 decision in King v. Burwell preserves federal health care subsidies under the Affordable Care Act for Americans who reside in states that have opted not to create their own health insurance exchanges. In so doing, it removes an immediate uncertainty for those who would have been left without coverage if the federal exchanges had been declared unconstitutional. But it leaves untouched a more basic problem. The ACA's reliance on mandatory participation in exchanges as the only way to obtain a health insurance subsidy is fundamentally flawed.
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Officials moved to heighten safety of sightseeing flights after deadly 2007 crashes in Alaska
The Associated Press via Fox Business
A federal agency installed weather cameras and took other steps in Alaska in recent years to aid the safety of sightseeing planes, like the one that recently crashed and killed all nine people aboard, officials said.
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Construction bears more opioid-related costs than other industries
Business Insurance
The cost of opioid use is greater for injured construction workers than for injured workers in other industries, according to a new analysis by insurer CNA Financial Corp. Spending on opioids in the construction industry is 5 to 10 percent higher than other industries, according to the analysis of claims from 2009 to 2013.
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Researchers develop algorithm to help identify patient zero in an epidemic
Phys.org
A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Croatia has developed an algorithm that is able to help pinpoint the first person who became ill when an epidemic occurred. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the team describes how they built their algorithm, how it was tested and how accurate they believe it is.
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New York officially bans fracking
Bloomberg via Property Casualty 360
New York state has officially banned hydraulic fracturing. The state, following through on a decision Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo made in December, released its formal study of the drilling practice Monday after almost seven years of study. The report, which drew the same conclusions as a shorter version released Dec. 17, said studies on fracking's effects on water, air and soil are inconsistent, incomplete and raise too many red flags.
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4 in 10 midsize businesses have experienced a data breach
Claims Journal
Most midsize business leaders view a data breach among their top risks and a majority consider IT security "very important" when selecting a supplier, according to The Hartford's survey of midsize business owners and C-level executives. They have good reason to be concerned: 43 percent had experienced a data breach in the prior three years, and 13 percent have had a supplier's data breach impact their business information.
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Gay marriage ruling may lead to health insurance risk
CBS MoneyWatch
While the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage was a victory for gay rights, it could lead to some fallout when it comes to benefits for both gay and heterosexual couples.
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Wealth of video intelligence is an exceptional resource for EOCs
Emergency Management
Traffic video cameras were installed to keep the roads moving by letting transportation departments see trouble spots, dispatch assistance and arrange detours as quickly as possible. But this wealth of real-time video intelligence has proven to be an exceptional resource for emergency operations centers across the United States.
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The causes, costs and consequences of bad government data
Governing
Data is the lifeblood of state government. It's the crucial commodity that's necessary to manage projects, avoid fraud, assess program performance, keep the books in balance and deliver services efficiently. But, even as the trend toward greater reliance on data has accelerated over the past decades, the information itself has fallen dangerously short of the mark. Sometimes it doesn't exist at all. But worse than that, all too often it's just wrong.
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