Jordan told the observer, “Wilmington truly is my home. Kept thinking about all those places I grew up going to,” Jordan said. “And the deaths – it was so sad about the babies (that died, including one in Gaston County). You don’t want to see any of that anywhere, but when it’s home, that’s tough to swallow. People need to understand this will not be a week-long process. This is going to have a huge disruption on people’s lives – not for 10 days, but for years. I hope people understand the importance of this and direct their attention to making things better. It’s going to take a lot of performance all over the Carolinas.”
(Polk County, NC) – Two South Carolina journalists are dead after a tree fell on their SUV. Anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer of WYFF in Spartanburg were covering rainstorms in nearby Polk County, North Carolina today when the tragedy occurred.
Everyone at the station is grieving and says they are thankful for the community’s support. The area is a under flood watch from storms linked to moisture pushed up from Subtropical Storm Alberto.
(SL) – A salmonella outbreak linked to eggs is getting worse. Federal health officials report that 35 people in multiple states are ill. The CDC announced that at least 11 people have been hospitalized due to complications, but so far, nobody has died.
The number of salmonella cases is a dozen more since the first recall notice was issued a month ago. The outbreak is linked to Rose Acre Farms whose infected eggs were sold in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. About 207 million eggs were recalled from the outbreak.
(Henrico, VA) — A man is accused of impregnating his biological daughter, killing her, their son and her adoptive father, before killing himself. Steven Pladl, a 42-year-old, and his 20-year-old daughter, Katie Pladl, were both charged with incest in Henrico County, Virginia after Katie gave birth to their son, Bennett Pladl, last September.
On Thursday, police in Knightdale, North Carolina found the body of the seven-month-old infant in a home where Steven and Katie lived before their January 27th arrests. About 20 minutes after authorities discovered the dead infant, police in New Milford, Connecticut responded to reports of a shooting where they found Katie and her adoptive father dead in a pickup truck. After some investigation, police discovered that the suspect’s vehicle, was several miles away in Dover, New York. Police found Steven Pladl inside the vehicle dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Last year, Steven Pladl told his wife that he impregnated their daughter and planned to marry her. Katie was born to her mother and Steven Pladl in 1998 and was adopted by a family in North Carolina. When she turned 18, Katie decided she wanted to get to know her biological parents and moved to western Henrico.
(Knightdale, NC) — A North Carolina man and his daughter are facing incest charges after having a child together. Steven Pladl, 42, and Katie, Pladl, 20, were arrested late last month in North Carolina on charges out of Virginia, where they allegedly first started the illicit relationship.
The father separated from his wife before moving in with his daughter, who he had given up for adoption as an infant, and reportedly got married. He allegedly told his other children, Katie’s siblings, to refer to her as their step-mother.
(Washington, DC) — Nearly 40-thousand pounds of turkey sold in nine states are being recalled. The USDA says the turkey is produced by Prestage Foods and might be contaminated with metal shavings.
It was sold as a store brand at Publix in one-point-three pound white styrofoam trays labeled “Publix ground turkey with natural flavorings” in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. Anyone who bought the product is urged to throw it away or return it to the store where it was purchased.
(SL) – A new study says breast cancer death rates declined almost 40 percent between 1989 and 2015. According to the American Cancer Society, the decline averted more than 322 thousand deaths, and can be attributed to both advances in treatment and to early detection by mammography.
A breast cancer surgeon at UCLA, who was not involved in the study, said those medical advances include improved chemotherapy regimens and modern medication. Even still, the disease remains dangerous.
One in eight American women have a lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer, and that risk is even greater for American women of color. The study also found that 81 percent of breast cancer cases are diagnosed in women ages 50 years and older. The median age at diagnosis for women overall was 62 years old.
(SL) – The head of a leading medical association says there’s a way to ease the opioid crisis here in the U.S. Doctor David Ring, the chair of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Patient Safety Committee, says one key is to start prescribing opioids only sparingly and using other things like over-the-counter medications and cold compresses.
Doctor Ring says the opioid crisis came out of a push starting about 20 years ago for more and more use of opioids.
(Washington, DC) — The House of Representatives is trying to ban late term abortions. The House passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act yesterday, which criminalizes abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, except when the mother’s life is in danger or in cases of rape and incest.
Offenders could be fined, spend up to five years in prison, or both. The future of the bill now depends on Senate approval, where it’s unlikely to get the 60 votes needed to move on to the White House.