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A Pit Bull Killed Her Son, and Then This Alabama Mother Was Threatened By One, Too

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in National News | 0 comments

Johnna Harvard, a mother in Riverside, Alabama, lost her five-year-old son to a pit bull attack back in April 2014. This month, however, Harvard herself was also attacked by a pit bull — at her son’s grave site! The boy, John Triton Harvard, was playing in the front yard with his 9-year-old brother when a pit bull that had been running through the neighborhood mauled him. John was declared dead when he arrived at the hospital. As the family continues to grieve for their son, Harvard said she has been attacked twice while visiting her son’s grave in nearby Pell City. The dog charged at her and others, and she was able to get the attack on camera. Harvard and other bystanders jumped into their vehicles and called 911. A responding officer from the Pell City Police Department had to discharge...

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GM Recalls Could Lead to Profits at Some Car Dealerships, Unhappy Customers at Others

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in National News | 0 comments

This year may see a record number of safety recalls for vehicles, with General Motors recalling 20 million cars in the first six months of 2014. The reason for the recalls stems from the lowered standards for safety recalls; manufacturers have to recall cars with potential defects for liability purposes. Most recently, GM issued a recall for Chevrolet’s 2013-2014 Cruze sedans with Takata air bags, which could fail to inflate in the event of a crash. However, the news isn’t all bad for car dealers, says one expert. After these recalls are issued, dealerships have the opportunity to make money, says Michelle Krebs, a senior analyst at AutoTrader.com. Although the auto makers cover the cost of repairs resulting from the recall, customers still have to take their cars to a dealer in order to have a car inspected and/or fixed. In addition...

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Buyers are Returning to the U.S. Housing Market in Increasing Numbers

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in National News | 0 comments

The housing market has been gaining stability over the past month. According to the National Association of Realtors, sales of previously owned homes increased 4.9% from April to May, for an annual rate of 4.89 million sales. This has been the largest increase in home sales since August 2011, and it also surprised industry experts who had predicted a more gradual gain of 4.75 million sales. Over the past few months, the housing recovery has been lagging. Home prices and mortgage rates rose at the same time, which led to a slow market as potential buyers decided to wait opting in. The news of the recent growth has spurred hope in an industry that has, so far, had to deal with several major blows in a row thanks to the ongoing impact of the Recession. Industry insiders say that buyers...

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In Alabama, Mobile Residents See Successful Non-Profit Alternative to Government Healthcare

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in National News | 0 comments

While legislators battle over the Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansions, Alabama may already have one system in place that meets and exceeds many of the state’s healthcare needs. In Alabama, Gov. Bentley and other state lawmakers want to reject the ACA’s expansion, creating a hot button topic throughout Alabama. The governor recently referred to the expansion as “a federal government dependency program for the uninsured,” who are stuck in the gap between those currently on Medicaid and those who can afford private insurance. However, a Medicaid expansion could result in “30,700 new jobs, [a] $2.1 billion economic boost, plus 500 lives saved every year,” according to the state’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Parker Griffith. But there is at least one effective healthcare system in Alabama currently serving those in the gap. Last year, Victory Health Partners, based in Mobile, provided...

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Possibility of a Bus Breakdown Should Not Deter Passengers From Travelling Via Charter Bus

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in National News | 0 comments

Recent news regarding a bus breakdown in Thousand Palms, California, has left many travelers re-thinking whether or not to travel via charter bus. This past Sunday June 15th, a bus owned and run by El Paso Bus Ridebroke down unexpectedly, leaving passengers stranded on the side of the road for nine hours in the blazing California heat. It appears that the breakdown was a result of a transmission problem and was not necessarily something that El Paso Bus Ride could have prevented, but the event now has many people wondering if bus lines should be regulated in order to secure passengers’ safety. El Paso neglected to comment when approached by a local news station but Greyhound Lines took advantage of the situation, and Greyhound VP Myron Watkins stated that the company has regulations in place to protect passengers in the event of a bus breakdown. These regulations would include...

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Camping, Nature Used to Help Grieving Children Through the Tough Times

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 in National News | 0 comments

Circle Camps, an American non-profit foundation located in both Maine and West Virginia, is offering a unique take on the traditional summer camping experience for children. The foundation, which offers a cost-free, therapeutic camping experience, specializes in helping girls, ages nine to 18, get through the grieving process that comes along with losing a parent. The group, now in its 12th year of service, offers professional help from psychologists and licensed social workers, as well as a dedicated group of camp counselors. Many of the counselors are young women who, after relying on the unique services offered by Circle Camps in their youth, now offer their experience to young women in need. Camping Has Long Been Used to Promote Health Every year, according to data from the Outdoor Association, 38 million Americans, approximately 12% of the population, head into the woods...

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