(CNN)Life expectancy at birth — the average length of time that you are expected to live — continues to drop for Americans, a new study finds. Drug overdoses, suicides, alcohol-related illnesses and obesity are largely to blame. These problems have been building since the 1980s, according to the study’s authors.The US had been making steady progress. Life expectancy increased by nearly 10 years over the last half century — from 69.9 years in 1959, to 78.9 years in 2016.But the pace of this increase slowed over time, while other high income countries continued to show a steady rise in life expectancy.After 2010, US life expectancy plateaued and in 2014 it began reversing, dropping for three consecutive years — from 78.9 years in 2014, to 78.6 in 2017. This is despite the US spending the most on health care per capita than any other country in the world.
County Judge Jeff Branick says there are no reports of any fatalities and only three people with injuries He calls that a miracle. One worker suffered burns and was taken by medical helicopter to a Houston hospital. Another sustained a fractured wrist and a third sustained a fractured leg. One of those victims was treated and released. He says all workers are accounted for.
There is damage reported to homes and even a school in the area.
Callers tell us it broke windows and could be felt miles away at about 1 a.m.
The plant produces butadiene and raffinate.
Butadiene is a colorless has used to make synthetic rubber and plastics, and to make other chemicals.
Raffinate is the residual product left after a reforming process. It’s also a colorless gas.
As a precautionary action Orange County Judge John Gothia is calling for a shelter in place south of I-10 until 6 am due to the explosion at the TCP plant in Port Neches and the East Northeast wind direction carrying a chemical plume. Shelter in Place means to stay inside, close windows, turn fans and air conditioning units off.
In a press conference with TDC officials, Troy Monk asked everyone to not-touch any debris you feel is contaminated. Call the hotline to have it evaluated and cleaned up.
TDC has established a hotline to report damage 866-601-5880.
A shelter is open at First Baptist Church in Nederland.
OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM TPC:
At approximately 1:00 a.m. today, Wednesday, November 27 an explosion was reported at the TPC Group Port Neches Operations site located at 2102 TX-136 Spur, Port Neches, TX 77561 involving a processing unit.
TPC Group has activated its Emergency Response Plan and requested assistance from Port Neches Fire Department and Huntsman. The event is ongoing but will be brought under control as quickly and safely as possible.
Winds reaching 55 miles per hour will be in the area.
Danette Levers changed her Facebook profile picture at 7:34 a.m. Friday.
There’s a pretty good chance she won’t ever change it again.
She waited for months to upload that photo of her standing next to Tom Hanks. She idolizes the actor. She can recite most of his movie lines from the likes of “Big” and “Forrest Gump.”
Levers wasn’t allowed to upload it until the movie “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” premiered nationwide last week. Hanks plays Pittsburgh’s favorite neighbor, the late Fred Rogers. The connection between Levers and Hanks began when she was 13 years old. Her father had died. She turned to watching Hanks’ films to help her through her grief.
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FOLLANSBEE, W.Va. — Officials with Mountain State Carbon are still working to determine the cause of a fire at its Follansbee plant over the weekend that damaged equipment and parts of the building.
Follansbee Fire Chief Larry Rea, whose department responded first to the scene, told MetroNews that in over 45 years of working with the department, says the size of the Saturday blaze was rare.
“They will have fires on the belt but they are usually small and the employees will handle it themselves,” he said. “On occasion, it will be big enough to where they will call us in. But this was one of the bigger ones that I have ever seen.”
Rea said on Monday that the plant is in the middle of its own investigation into what happened that left “extensive damage” to around 80 feet of a coal handling belt.
No injuries were reported.
Conveyor Fire at Furnace Coke Plant
A fire damaged conveying equipment and sections of a building last Saturday morning at the Mountain State Carbon furnace coke plant in Follansbee, WV, local news organizations reported.
“We had a fire on one of the belts that were shut down for maintenance,” Mountain State Carbon’s owner, AK Steel, said in a statement to television news station WTOV. “There were no injuries and no interruption to operations is expected.”
The blaze ignited at about 8 a.m., according to the company. Crews from several fire departments responded to the Brooke County facility.
Follansbee Fire Chief Larry Rea told WV Metro News that about 80 ft of conveyor belt used to transport coal received “extensive damage” and the top floor of a coal handling building at the site was left with “moderate damage.” The official said that coal dust, the conveyor belt, and coal burned in the fire.
No injuries occurred during the blaze.
Mountain State Carbon’s plant in Follansbee has a total coke production capacity of more than 1 million tn/yr, information on the company’s website said. The site produces furnace coke, foundry coke, and coke breeze and fractions.
An Ellwood City man is facing charges after a domestic incident.
According to the release from Pennsylvania State Police, the incident happened on November 12th around 8:40 p.m. on Hogue Road in Slippery Rock Township.
State Police listed strangulation as the nature of the incident.
Reports say the male suspect fled on foot when police arrived.
Officers found the suspect on November 13th and charges were filed.
PITTSBURGH – A busy Pittsburgh road is shut down Tuesday after a contractor hit a gas line.
It happened just before noon at the corner of Smallman and 16th streets in the Strip District, according to Allegheny County.
Pittsburgh (Strip District): 16th St at Smallman – contractor struck a gas line; Smallman closed from 15th to 17th Sts until further notice.
— Allegheny County (@Allegheny_Co) November 26, 2019
Smallman Street is shut down between 15th and 17th streets until further notice
The National Weather Service’s U.S. forecast map is draped in alarming shades of pink, purple and red, reflecting winter storm warnings that are in effect from California to Michigan. And the bad weather is expected to last: The winter storm warning posted by the NWS office in Las Vegas will remain in effect from 5 p.m. PT Tuesday through 4 a.m. PT Friday.
The United States Geological Survey said the earthquake hit at an approximate depth of 20 kilometers (12 miles) early Tuesday local time.The epicenter was in the port city of Durres, about 13 miles from the capital Tirana. Social media videos from the area show several buildings have collapsed.Police told CNN-affiliate A2 that at least three people had been killed, adding that strong aftershocks were shaking Tirana.Minister of Health Ogerta Manastirliu confirmed earlier in the morning that at least 140 people had been injured.Schools have been closed in three cities — Durres, Lezhe and Tirana — until further notice.
“It’s not a party anymore….it’s a cult”
Just two days after the end of the Three Rivers Film Festival, its host organization, the Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media (PCAM), fired all film staff, including employees of the Harris and Regent Square theaters, and will end cinema arts programs, as well as any programming in its galleries.
The announcement and firings happened this morning during a mandatory meeting.
An official document, signed by PCAM executive director Kyle Houser and provided to Pittsburgh City Paper, said the group was ending its theater programs, as well as all programs housed in the Marshall Building and reducing personnel accordingly. PCAM is offering former employees severance benefits totaling $300 before taxes.
Flames and dark smoke began coming out of a downtown manhole near the Allegheny County Courthouse during the Monday evening rush hour in Pittsburgh.
Firefighters responded to the corner of Grant Street and Forbes Avenue, along with police officers and Duquesne Light workers.
Chemical foam was being sprayed into the hole to extinguish the fire, which Pittsburgh Public Safety officials said was electrical in nature.
Traffic was continuing to move, but Public Safety was asking people to avoid the area.
One of Mike Bloomberg’s earliest memories took place around his family’s dining room table in the middle-class neighborhood of Medford, Massachusetts.
His father – a bookkeeper at a local dairy who never earned more than $6,000 a year in his life – sat down and wrote out a $25 or $50 check to the NAACP.
When Mike asked him why, his father responded: “Because discrimination against anyone is a threat to everyone.”
With that simple act and that simple explanation, Mike’s father taught him one of his most important lessons:
We’re all in this together – and if you have an opportunity to help, you have an obligation to act.
The sense of duty and common purpose that he first learned from his father has guided Mike Bloomberg throughout his life and career as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and job creator who served as mayor of New York City for 12 years.
Seasonal weather — brisk but not bitter cold — greeted hundreds of parade participants and visitors who lined Main Street in downtown Greensburg for the county seat’s 28th Annual Holiday Parade on Saturday.
The grand marshals in the parade were two of the city’s former mayors — Scott Brown and the man who succeeded him, Daniel Fajt, whose tenures covered the 1980s and the 1990s. Two of the city’s more recent mayors, Karl Eisaman and Ronald Silvis, were unable to attend, but were recognized with a banner honoring them and others who held the office.
Crews are working to repair a water main break in downtown Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority officials said the break happened on private property belonging to PPG Place.
Highwoods Properties is working with PWSA and outside contractors to make repairs.
All PPG Place buildings have water and are open to customers, a spokesperson with Highwoods Properties said.
“She was initially evaluated at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. before being transferred to Johns Hopkins Hospital for further evaluation and treatment of any possible infection,” the court said in a statement. “With intravenous antibiotics and fluids, her symptoms have abated, and she expects to be released from the hospital as early as Sunday morning.”