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Two dead, one injured in Mitchell County oilfield electrocution

On August 20, a team of three Texan oilfield workers were removing a pump jack when one of its cables struck a power line overhead. The connection electrocuted Laban Robokoff, 24, and Harvey McKinney, 36, killing them both. CPR was performed, but they were pronounced dead enroute to the hospital. Steven McKinney, 32, Harvey McKinney’s brother, was taken to a Colorado City hospital, then flown... 

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s (White Plains, 2014) – Terry Kean & Curtis Au

Guests Terry Kean, Director, and  Curtis Au, Care Consultant,  Alzheimer’s Association (Hudson Valley Chapter) discuss caregiver services, the 24/7 helpline, support groups and the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s (White Plains) with host Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP. [powerpress]  Read More →

When Contemplating Both Divorce and Bankruptcy, Weigh All Options Together

Financial trouble plays a role in many divorces. Often, one or both parties are considering filing bankruptcy at the same time the couple is contemplating divorce. Each spouse is equally responsible for debts incurred by either party while married. Debts will be divided equally between the two divorcing parties, but if one spouse becomes delinquent on payments, the creditor can legally try to collect... 

India EB-2 Visa Numbers Expected to Retrogress

The October, 2014 Visa Bulletin advises that the current high level of EB-2 demand from India could push back Indian EB-2 priority dates from its current May 1, 2009, to early 2005.  In fact, this retrogression could occur as early as November, 2014, reflecting the large number of filings in behalf of Indian EB-3s who sought a re-filling as an EB-2 to shorten the wait for visa availability.  Eligible... 

Michigan Police crack down on drunk driving over Labor Day weekend

Law enforcement officials in 40 Michigan counties planned a drunk driving crackdown over Labor Day weekend. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” effort ran through September 1 and featured increased patrols aimed at detecting and detaining suspected drunk drivers. According to Michigan State Police, 10 fatalities from 9 collisions occurred over the 2013 Labor Day weekend in Michigan. The... 

Chesapeake Settles Lawsuit With City of Arlington Over Gas Royalties

Chesapeake Energy has agreed to pay $700,000 to the city of Arlington, Texas to settle a lawsuit that accused the energy company of underpaying royalties for gas pumped from under airports, parks and other public property. The Arlington City Council approved the settlement August 19 by a vote of 8-0, with Mayor Robert Cluck absent while recovering from surgery. The deal was reached between the city,... 

Michael Gilfix discusses Medi-Cal asset seizure in Mercury News

A growing number of older Californians are concerned about Medi-Cal asset seizure, according to a new article from the San Jose Mercury News. The California State Assembly recently passed a new bill designed to limit Medi-Cal’s ability to recover assets from the estates of deceased Medi-Cal beneficiaries. As the law stands currently, Medi-Cal can seize a substantial portion of an estate —... 

San Antonio’s Little India Grows and Expands

San Antonio’s “Little India” is booming, thanks in large part to an influx of skilled immigrants from South Asia who work for organizations like Valero Energy Corp, the USAA, the South Texas Medical Center and H-E-B. Many of the immigrants have arrived alone on relatively short work contracts, but others bring their wives and families and pursue residency or citizenship. The area has also... 

Pre-Settlement Funding: A Powerful Tool for Plaintiffs to Plaintiffs to Meet Pressing Financial Demands

A personal injury can leave victims in financial ruin, but pre-settlement funding can help plaintiffs wait for justice. All too often, plaintiffs with a legitimate claim face powerful insurance companies or large corporations with deep pockets to withstand the litigation process. On the other hand, plaintiffs have fewer resources, and if seriously injured may be faced with considerable medical expenses,... 

Visa Bulletin for October, 2014

Number 73 Volume IX Washington, D.C A. STATUTORY NUMBERS 1.  This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during October. Consular officers are required to report to the Department of State documentarily qualified applicants for numerically limited visas; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security reports applicants for adjustment of status. ... 
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