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"I don't even want to go to school tomorrow, go on the bus," says Dieal. "It's too crowded and too hot. It's just outrageous."
Jimmy Carter has been driving a Cheatham County school bus for 10 years. He says this year they're simply aren't enough drivers to cover all the routes.
"They got 54 drivers now," says Carter. "Before the first day of school, they were 6 drivers short, and I know they're a couple more short now."
Carter says the District cut the number of bus routes from 80 down to 60, which means delays and more time on the bus for drivers and students. Dr. Curtis says the District has 54 drivers to cover 60 routes. He explained it this way: a bus driver picks up students from School B and drops them off at School A. The students from School A are dropped off at home. Then the driver goes back to School A to pick up and drop off children form School B. He insists no students are on the bus for more than an hour and a half, which would be a violation of state law.
"You probably got a single bus making a couple trips transporting 200 kids," says Carter. "It's just bad."
Carter says the driver shortage is keeping some students on the bus more than 2 hours, creating a dangerous situation for everyone aboard the bus. The Director of Schools says Cheatham County has had more than its share of negative publicity over the recent resignation of Schools Director Dr. Tim Webb. He says the District is working to straighten out the bus situation and training. FOX17 NEWS will continue to stay on top of this story for you. We'll be sure to pass along any new developments.
Friday, August 17 2012, 04:43 AM CDT
Pharmacist admits misbranding dialysis drugs
May 21, 2013 21:08 GMT
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A Tennessee pharmacist has admitted distributing a misbranded Chinese-made drug that was given to kidney dialysis patients in Kansas.
The U.S. Attorney's office says 53-year-old Robert Harshbarger Jr., of Kingsport, Tenn., pleaded guilty Tuesday in Topeka to one count each of distributing a misbranded drug and health care fraud.
Harshbarger admitted that from 2004 to 2009, he substituted a cheaper Chinese import for an iron sucrose drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The drugs were given to patients of Kansas Dialysis Services. Prosecutors say there were no reports of harm, but patients were put at risk because the FDA could not assure the drugs' effectiveness and safety.
Harshbarger's plea deal calls for four years in prison, restitution of nearly $849,000 and a forfeiture of $425,000.
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