Disaster Death Toll Undercount Highlighted in Recent NPR Investigation

Washington, D.C. – The accurate count of deaths resulting from climate-driven disasters in the United States has long been a challenge, with discrepancies and undercounting observed across various government agencies. While estimates suggest that thousands of individuals lose their lives annually due to extreme weather events like wildfires and heat waves, the actual number remains … Read more

Grand Jury to Hear Testimony on Portland Murders – Joanna Speaks’ Case Highlighted

Portland, Oregon – A grand jury is set to convene next week to hear testimony regarding the murder of Joanna Speaks, one of five women found dead in the Portland area last year. Detectives have linked Speaks’ death to blunt head and neck injuries, despite her body being discovered in Ridgefield, Washington. No arrests have … Read more

Disparities in Preventable Premature Deaths Highlighted in Rural Communities

In rural areas of Montana, residents are facing high percentages of preventable premature deaths, particularly in noncore counties. Disparities in premature deaths were found to vary by cause and were associated with demographic factors such as race and ethnicity. Data on disparities in cause-specific premature deaths are needed to develop interventions and health care policies … Read more

Explosion Sparks Major Barn Fire in Dundee: Emergency Response Highlighted

Dundee, New York – A devastating fire erupted late Monday evening near State Route 230 in Dundee, resulting in an explosion that engulfed two barns in flames. The Yates County 911 center received the emergency call around 10:23 p.m., prompting deputies to rush to the scene where they found both structures fully ablaze. Multiple fire … Read more