Mariah Timms Nashville Tennessean Published 8:58 AM EDT Sep 29, 2018 Before 1999, West Nile Virus was unheard of in the United States. Then, a case appeared in New York. Then, a few more, in a few other states. Since sometime in the early 2000s, thousands of cases of the mosquito-borne virus have been reported across 49 states — everywhere except Alaska, so far. Tennessee is no exception. West Nile is here to stay. The Volunteer State has seen 151 human cases since 2010, according to data from the Tennessee Department of Health. That number includes the nine seen so far in 2018, although those numbers are not yet final. It's not going away "Tennessee, as far as states go, has not had that many cases," Jason Ragson, professor of disease epidemiology at Pennsylvania State University said. Ragson has been studying West Nile for the past 15 years, and has kept an eye on the way it has spread across the country, to almost everywhere, including Hawaii and Puerto … [Read more...] about West Nile Virus: Mosquitoes biggest threat in Tennessee might not be what you think
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Zlati Meyer USA TODAY Published 11:15 p.m. UTC Jun 12, 2018 For the first time since Iowan Shon Bruellman started The Big Red Food Truck four years ago, he doesn't have a permit to set up shop in Des Moines. The former hog farmer turned entrepreneur said the $2,000 for required city paper work and fees isn't worth it, because he can spend half as much and get multiple permits for numerous suburbs nearby. While the Des Moines truck scene booms, his pub-food cuisine, including tacos, ternderloins and cheeseburgers, is on the sidelines in the city limits. The entrepreneurial spirit of the business, the relative ease of the set-up and the lure of trying unusual foods make it an appealing way to break into the restaurant industry, especially as the economy continues to rebound, Consumers are spending more on dining out and specialty foods that are both convenient and hip, fill that demand perfectly. More: Hometown Trolley business … [Read more...] about Regulations and permit headaches keep food trucks from cruising down Easy Street
Take a look at the stories from around our area and world that are making news today.Guns ‘not going away,’ Ron Johnson tells students in Kiel: McLean Bennett of USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin writes: " A Republican Senator from Wisconsin told an audience of high school students Tuesday that putting more police and finding ways to boost security in schools would be preferable to tightening gun restrictions. Ron Johnson, answering a bevy of policy questions from a group of students and their teachers in Kiel, said he also wished the federal and state governments would stay increasingly out of schools’ business, leaving K-12 systems to operate more competitively in a free market, similar to the businesses he once operated. 'It’s a tragedy that young people have to fear going to school,' Johnson said in response to one student’s question about his views on gun policy and school safety. 'When I was young, I just had to worry about a nuclear blast. ... We … [Read more...] about Morning briefing: Guns ‘not going away,’ Ron Johnson tells students in Kiel
Last Updated Feb 19, 2010 5:42 PM EST Merck (MRK) could give Claritin and its other consumer brands to Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) in exchange for keeping some of its rights to Remicade, the $2.3 billion arthritis and psoriasis blockbuster that the two companies market jointly. That's a speculative solution to the ongoing legal fight between Merck and J&J proposed by Tim Anderson, an analyst at Sanford Bernstein, in a recent note to investors. The two companies are scheduled to enter arbitration in September. Anderson believes they'll settle before then. Merck will certainly be anxious to get a deal done on Remicade, as its merger with Schering-Plough was a bet-the-farm move dependent on not losing Remicade to J&J. Back story: Merck and Schering went through a ridiculously complicated set of legal hoops to make it look like Schering was acquiring Merck and then changing its name to Merck. In fact, Merck acquired Schering, which is why Schering no longer exists. This kabuki … [Read more...] about Maybe a Merck Drug Swap With J&J Could Make Its Remicade Headache Go Away
Last Updated Aug 10, 2011 2:37 PM EDT BMW has a big headache on its hands. On Aug. 5, the federal safety agency NHTSA opened an investigation into whether 120,000 7-Series cars with electronic shifters could fail to shift into park and roll away. Ford's horrendous slipping-out-of-park experience in the 70s and early 80s is a pretty clear indication that BMW won't get away clean here. There haven't been any serious accidents related to this -- it's not in the same league as Toyota's hugely damaging runaway car problem -- but it's definitely got BMW's attention. Publicity surrounding the NHTSA investigation is likely to bring out copycat complaints, and the fact that the problem involves a complicated electronic component that's supposed to make shifting decisions on its own virtually ensures this will drag on for a while. Phalanxes of lawyers are likely to get involved. Even if the preliminary investigation leads nowhere, it's likely that questions will be left in consumers' minds … [Read more...] about Rollaway BMWs: The Issue Won’t Go Away Easily. Just Ask Ford!