Texas Tribune Daily Brief
The Brief for June 13
In today's Brief: Democrats are only nine seats away from taking the majority in the Texas House away from Republicans. With 2020 on the horizon, both parties are starting to make battle plans.
Cassi Pollock, Texas Tribune 06/13/2019
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Report Finds Sweeping Blame for Fatal OK Rig Explosion
A federal review of an oil rig explosion that killed five workers in Oklahoma last year assigned blame not only to the Houston company that owned and operated the rig (Patterson-UTI), but also to the entire energy sector and government for a woeful lack of regulation and supervision of onshore oil and gas drilling. The report, released Wednesday by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, amounted to an indictment of the oil and gas industry and the shale boom that rapidly turned the United States into the world’s largest oil and gas producer, but has come with little oversight and the cost of human life.
Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle 06/13/2019
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Texas Woman Files Suit Over Injuries in Cruise Ship Fall
A Texas woman has filed suit alleging she was injured in a fall on a cruise ship. The plaintiff alleges she sustained "severe and lasting" injuries by falling on the slippery floor of a cruise ship casino. As alleged in the lawsuit, the floor surface was slippery due to a "build up of moisture" and a "lack of suitable non-slip coating," causing her to fall and suffer injuries. The lawsuit was filed against cruise operator Cruises to Nowhere and seeks between $200,000 and $1 million in damages.
Katherine Hignett, Newsweek 06/12/2019
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Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Facilities Unreported
Nursing facilities have failed to report thousands of serious cases of potential neglect and abuse of seniors on Medicare even though it’s a federal requirement for them to do so, according to a watchdog report released Wednesday that calls for a new focus on protecting frail patients. Auditors with the Health and Human Services inspector general’s office drilled down on episodes serious enough that the patient was taken straight from a nursing facility to a hospital emergency room. Scouring Medicare billing records, they estimated that in 2016 about 6,600 cases reflected potential neglect or abuse that was not reported as required. Nearly 6,200 patients were affected.
RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, AP, Yahoo News 06/13/2019
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Carnival Cruise Crew Forced Dying Man to Stay on Ship, Alleges Lawsuit
A lawsuit filed Tuesday in Miami federal court alleges a Carnival cruise crew prevented a man who had a heart attack onboard from leaving the ship. The lawsuit was filed by the man's wife and children and alleges that the cruise line is responsible for his death. According to the complaint, the ship's crew refused to allow the man to leave the ship to seek medical care, despite the ship's lacking medical facilities.
David J. Neal, Miami Herald 06/12/2019
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Tiger Woods Seeks Dismissal of Lawsuit Over Death of Bartender
Attorneys for golfer Tiger Woods are seeking the dismissal of a wrongful death lawsuit over the death of an employee of his restaurant. The 24-year-old bartender died in a car crash after being allegedly over served after a shift at The Woods in Jupiter, Florida. The motion for dismissal argues that Woods "does not work at or own the restaurant, nor was [he] present at the restaurant" the day the employee died.
A.J. Perez, USA Today 06/11/2019
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