The Daily Populous

Friday July 21st, 2023 morning edition

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The mother of a 24-year-old worker who died from heatstroke while working for a construction firm in San Antonio, Texas, has filed a lawsuit against his employer.

The bill nullifies ordinances previously passed in Austin and Dallas that mandated 10-minute breaks for workers every four hours.

According to the lawsuit, Infante began exhibiting heatstroke symptoms including confusion, altered mental state, dizziness and loss of consciousness.

His friend and co-worker Joshua Espinoza began pouring cold water over him, trying to cool him down.

A foreman insisted Espinoza call the police, claiming Infante’s bizarre behavior was due to drugs, and the foreman pushed for a drug test when emergency medical services arrived.

Infante later died in a hospital from severe heatstroke and had a recorded internal temperature of 109.8F (43.2C).

The Center for Disease Control states a body temperature of 103F (39.4C) or higher is a main symptom of heatstroke. »

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signs bill outlawing pelvic exams on unconscious patients without consent

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— A little-known practice that allowed medical students to perform pelvic and other intimate exams on unconscious patients without their consent is now banned in Missouri after action taken Thursday by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson.

Two months after our investigation, Arthur introduced legislation to prohibit unauthorized exams on unconscious patients.

Missouri’s new law includes a provision for “emergency implied consent,” but states health care providers shall inform patients when any such exams are done. »

Florida Insurance Premiums Have Soared 206% Since DeSantis Became Governor

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As Florida grapples with an unfolding property insurance crisis, recent data show that insurance premiums in the state have reportedly surged by over 200 percent since Ron DeSantis won the governor's office in 2018.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks during a campaign rally on June 26, 2023, in Eagle Pass, Texas.

Insurance premiums have increased 206 percent since DeSantis became governor in 2018. »

Greenpoint mystery solved: serial litterer was NYPD sergeant

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In April, the serial litterer was finally identified to residents as NYPD Sergeant John Trzcinski.

An NYPD probe resulted in discipline for Trzcinski: loss of one vacation day, according to public records.

Gothamist reviewed notes and correspondence with the NYPD and sanitation department about the mystery. »