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There may be asbestos in a common household item: baby powder.

A recent trial in New Jersey is making national headlines. The plaintiff, 46-year-old Stephen Lanzo, has accused the Johnson & Johnson Company of selling talcum-based products which they knew contained asbestos. He claims that years of exposure to Johnson & Johnson baby powder has caused his mesothelioma—a fatal form of cancer on the lining of the lungs.

Johnson & Johnson has rejected the allegations, contending that Lanzo’s cancer was the result of childhood exposure to asbestos. The substance was commonly used as a fireproofing material in home and commercial construction prior to 1979, when the toxicity of asbestos was first discovered.

Enjoy the snowmobiling season, but stay safe

Wisconsin has long maintained that it’s the birthplace of snowmobiling. We know how popular this motor sport is as more than 200,000 registered snowmobiles each winter ride the state’s 25,000 miles of trails. Even though another mild winter has led to a number of Wisconsin’s trails being closed this year, it is still snowmobile season.

Safety is key to enjoying a good ride on the trail with friends, and we always recommend taking a snowmobile safety course. Speed and alcohol are two of the biggest contributors to snowmobile accidents with injuries or fatalities.

How to Survive Wisconsin's Winter Roads

Northern Wisconsin’s rural roads can become deadly in the winter. Preparing your car and yourself for driving in harsh weather can prevent accidents. Here are five tips for avoiding accidents on Wisconsin winter roads:

  1. Don’t go out when the weather is bad. It should go without saying, but when winter weather advisories are in effect for your area, stay home if at all possible.
  2. Prepare your vehicle before heading outPack your car with a first-aid kit, flashlight, flares and ice scraper. Also carry water and snacks, warm clothing and blankets, and make sure your cell phone is fully charged before setting out.
  3. Slow down. It’s unwise to drive too fast when the roads are covered in ice and snow. If slipping and sliding does occur, driving slower will prevent serious accidents and pile-ups.
  4. Give a wide berth to other cars. Avoid following closely behind other cars, and stay away from large packs of cars whenever possible. This is when pile-ups occur.
  5. If you begin to slide, don’t overcorrect. It’s not uncommon to hit ice and begin to slide. If you do, stop hitting the gas and do not accelerate. Pump the breaks gently, and softly steer where you want to go. Never steer opposite the way the ice is turning you, or you may end up flipping your car.
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