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Brianna Smith

Brianna Smith
Brianna Smith is a freelance writer and editor in Southwest Michigan. A graduate of Grand Valley State University, Brianna has a passion for politics, social issues, education, science, and more. When she’s not writing, she enjoys the simple life with her husband, daughter, and son.
Hurricane Florence tore through North Carolina last week and left everything in its wake in shambles. Unfortunately, the devastating flooding that the storm brought has placed a lot of strain on hog lagoons, causing some to “release pig waste into the environment,” while others are “at imminent risk of doing so,” according to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. So far an estimated 110 lagoons have leaked waster or are at risk of doing so soon.
Remember the recall for Cargill ground beef last month? Well, earlier this week, Cargill Meat Solutions announced a new recall of 132,606 pounds of ground meat as a result of a deadly e.coli outbreak. According to the U.S. Department...
A YMCA in Palm Desert, California recently took a stance to defend its lifeguards against a wrongful death lawsuit. The suit was filed after a “La Quinta man drowned under their watch,” and was filed against the YMCA, the National Park Services, and the city of Palm Desert. But what happened?
Earlier this week, Cedar Grove Composting, a composting company, “agreed to pay more than $785,000 to settle a class action lawsuit alleging it was responsible for bad smells.” Additionally, the company agreed to spend $1.45 million to help “reduce the potential for malodorous emissions.” The settlement agreement is currently awaiting final approval from a judge. But what happened? Why was the lawsuit filed in the first place?
Dog owners beware. Bravo Packing, Inc., a New Jersey-based pet food company recently issued a recall for its Performance Dog frozen raw pet food products due to potential salmonella contamination. The company issued the recall shortly after a sample of the Performance Dog food tested positive for salmonella during an FDA inspection.
Do you have one of the new Galaxy Note 9 phones? If so, a new lawsuit filed earlier this week may interest you. According to a lawsuit filed yesterday, the new phone allegedly caught fire. The incident occurred barely a month after Koh Dong-jin, the CEO for Samsung, “promised consumers the batteries on the new Galaxy Note 9 are 'safer than ever.'”
If you enjoy the occasional side of breakfast sausage with your eggs and toast, you may be interested in one of the latest recalls. Earlier this week, Bob Evans Farms issued a recall of 46,734 pounds of sausage links over concerns they may contain “extraneous materials, including hard plastic,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
A lawsuit stemming from a 2012 incident settled earlier this week for $575,000. It was filed on behalf of a woman, Brie Ana Williams, and claimed she was raped at a Los Vaqueros Trail Ride event at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Williams filed her lawsuit against rodeo after she said “someone raped her during an event associated with the trail riders in Dayton in 2012.” Though a settlement was finally agreed to, the complaints against the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo were dismissed.
Earlier this week a judge dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of an Ohio State student who was killed by Brian Golsby in February 2017. The student was Reagan Tokes. She was kidnapped, raped, and then fatally shot by Golsby, a convicted sex offender. Since the incident, Golsby has been convicted and will serve life in prison for the murder. Prior to the incident, he had been released from prison for three months and “was wearing a GPS ankle monitor while under the watch of the state’s Adult Parole Authority.”
Earlier this week, a lawsuit against President Trump was dismissed. The suit was filed by three protesters who accused the president of 'inciting to riot' after “they were roughed up at a March 2016 campaign rally in Louisville, Kentucky during Trump's White House run." The decision to dismiss the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said they “did not state a valid claim under Kentucky law against Trump or his campaign, and Trump’s speech was protected by the First Amendment because he did not specifically advocate violence.” The suit was dismissed on a 3-0 vote.