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Duke Energy Flexes Political Muscle on Fracked Gas, Coal Ash 29.5.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Duke Energy is facing serious regulatory battles in its home state of North Carolina, with climate-action groups doggedly trying to block the company's planned fracked gas plant in Asheville and the state's environmental agency recently  deciding -- at least temporarily -- that all of the company's coal ash impoundments must be excavated and the waste moved to safer dry storage. But the power giant is fighting back with the help of friends in high places. On the gas plant front, Duke Energy earlier this month asked the NC Utilities Commission to order NC WARN and The Climate Times to post a $50 million bond to continue their appeal of the commission's approval of the company's proposed $1 billion gas plant on the site of a shuttered coal plant near Asheville, citing a never-before-used provision of a 1963 state law allowing the utility to seek a bond from critics challenging a power plant approval. Though the bond is supposed to offset costs stemming from a delay in starting construction, Duke Energy has ...
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Begala: Trump's Clinton strategy for losers 27.5.2016 CNN: Top Stories
As Donald Trump launches a series of zombie attacks, digging up long-dead personal accusations and wild conspiracy theories to attack Bill and Hillary Clinton, he might want to take a look at how that strategy has fared in the past.
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Business Of Disaster: Insurance Firms Profited $400 Million After Sandy 25.5.2016 NPR: All Things Considered
More than three years after Superstorm Sandy, NPR and PBS' Frontline investigate the thousands still not home, the government agencies that failed to help and the companies that made millions.
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Judge axes home confinement for ex-cop in Katrina shooting 24.5.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former police officer convicted in deadly shootings at a New Orleans bridge following Hurricane Katrina won’t be allowed to finish his prison sentence at home. A federal judge, in an order made public Monday, turned down the request by Anthony Villavaso, whose release date is less than three months away. […]
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Fairfax calls 911 on its own fire department 22.5.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Outside eyes will evaluate scandal and a suicide within the nationally esteemed agency.
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National chains open in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward 20.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
New Orleans • It’s been a long time coming: National retailers are open again in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward, a neighborhood that was drowned more than 10 years ago when catastrophic floodwaters crashed in and smashed homes after inadequate floodwalls and levees burst during Hurricane Katrina. On Thursday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu joined a ribbon cutting for a new CVS Pharmacy that opened its doors in the Lower 9th Ward earlier this month. A Family Dollar discount store also has opened in the area. ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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At last: National chains open in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward 19.5.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It’s been a long time coming: National retailers are open in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward, a neighborhood that was drowned more than 10 years ago when catastrophic floodwaters crashed in and smashed homes after inadequate floodwalls and levees burst during Hurricane Katrina. On Thursday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu joined a ribbon […]
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The Legislative Backlash Against LGBT Equality Across the South 16.5.2016 Truthout.com
In announcing last week that the U.S. Department of Justice would sue North Carolina over its controversial new law requiring transgender people to use public bathrooms that correspond to the gender on their birth certificate, Attorney General Loretta Lynch placed House Bill 2 in the historical context of backlash against equality gains. "This is not the first time that we have seen discriminatory responses to historic moments of progress for our nation," said Lynch, a North Carolina native whose father and grandfather were Baptist ministers active in the black freedom struggle . "We saw it in the Jim Crow laws that followed the Emancipation Proclamation. We saw it in fierce and widespread resistance to Brown v. Board of Education. And we saw it in the proliferation of state bans on same-sex unions intended to stifle any hope that gay and lesbian Americans might one day be afforded the right to marry. That right, of course, is now recognized as a guarantee embedded in our Constitution, and in the wake of ...
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'The Wire' Det. Wendell Pierce charged with battery, reportedly for attacking Bernie Sanders supporter 16.5.2016 Washington Post
'The Wire' Det. Wendell Pierce charged with battery, reportedly for attacking Bernie Sanders supporter
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Space shuttle external tank, en route to L.A., plays role in sea rescue off Baja coast 14.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

For a space shuttle tank that never flew, the orange giant called ET-94 has some tales to tell.

It was poked and prodded and its foam dissected during the investigation into the space shuttle Columbia disaster. It survived Hurricane Katrina at a NASA facility in New Orleans. It crossed the Panama...

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Return to local control to test charter schools’ gains in New Orleans 10.5.2016 Seattle Times: Local

The move represents a big challenge for the city’s school system, which has driven the fractious national debate over education.
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North Carolina Produces Flawed Study to Dismiss Cancer-Cluster Fears Near Duke Energy Coal Plants 9.5.2016 Truthout - All Articles
The spill of tens of thousands of tons of coal ash into the Dan River from an impoundment at a Duke Energy power plant in North Carolina back in February 2014 triggered a long-overdue public discussion in the state about the dangers of toxic coal plant waste and how it might be better handled. Some of the most alarming stories came from communities near Duke's plants, where residents fear the pollution is affecting their health. For example, people living near the Buck plant in Rowan County  have reported unusual patterns  of cancers and birth defects. Residents near the Belews Creek plant in Stokes County have also  complained about high cancer rates , while those living close to the Asheville plant have  pointed to unusual numbers of cancers  in both people and their pets. In response to those concerns, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services' Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch asked the N.C. Central Cancer Registry to look at cancer rates near coal ash waste sites at power ...
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Fire turns Fort McMurray from an Alberta oil boomtown into a ghost town 7.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Canada's daily production of heavy oil has been cut nearly in half as a result of the raging wildfire that has turned the Alberta city of Fort McMurray, once the boomtown of the northern Athabasca oil sands, into a ghost town.

Daily production is down this week by an estimated 800,000 to 1 million...

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Class action status OK’d in major post-Katrina flood case 5.5.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge who ruled last year that the federal government is responsible for some of the flooding that hit the New Orleans area after Hurricane Katrina has granted class-action status in the case. The order means numerous property owners — not just the handful in the original lawsuit — could […]
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Group: Courthouse flooded by Katrina still houses evidence 3.5.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — More than 10 years after Hurricane Katrina flooded the New Orleans courthouse’s ground floor and destroyed evidence in thousands of criminal cases, evidence is still being stored there — and a watchdog group says a less-vulnerable storage space is needed. Court Watch NOLA says city officials should form a working group […]
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'Fear the Walking Dead' recap: Good deed punished with treachery 2.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Tricked into believing an expectant mother and her unborn child are in distress, the “Abigail” crew responds with empathy and is repaid with treachery on “Blood in the Streets,” Episode 204 of AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead.”

Chris Manawa (Lorenzo James Henrie) and Ofelia Salazar (Mercedes Mason)...

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Teachers Look to Unionize at Another New Orleans Charter School 26.4.2016 American Prospect
(Photo courtesy of Michael Masterson) Ben Franklin High School teachers stand with teachers from Lusher Charter School. Earlier this month, teachers at Lusher Charter School, an arts-based K-12 school in New Orleans, went public with their intent to unionize. Sixty percent of teachers, teacher assistants, and other Lusher staff signed a petition in support, but over the weekend the Lusher board voted 6–5 against recognizing their union. Now the teachers will ask the National Labor Relations Board to hold an election. If the teachers prevail, Lusher would become the third charter school to unionize in New Orleans, the city with the highest density of charter schools in the country. The first two—Benjamin Franklin High School and Morris Jeff Community School—formed their unions last year. Ben Franklin staff signed the first collective-bargaining agreement for New Orleans teachers since Hurricane Katrina.  Lusher teachers began organizing in secret about a year ago. They waited until they had a majority of ...
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The Dithering Dozen: Twelve Prominent Climate Deniers 25.4.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Back in 2007, arguably the most leader-like thing Alaska Governor Sarah Palin could have done was her executive order establishing a state "Climate Change Sub-Cabinet." Her order reads, "Climate change is not just an environmental issue It is also a social, cultural, and economic issue important to all Alaskans." She went there. But nowadays, with the knob on her cray-cray meter cranked up to eleven, she says  climate change is a hoax . This week, she metaphorically donned an Alaskan tinfoil toque to pitch Climate Hustle, a new climate denial documentary. "We're told by fearmongers that global warming is due to man's activities and this presents strong arguments against that in a very relatable way," she said in an interview with the political journal Variety Daily. Then, as I stewed about how shedding one's rationality has become a cherished political talent in America, I ran down the list of politicians and media figures who, in playing to their conservative base, have abruptly decided that everything ...
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Ex-New Orleans officers plead guilty in shootings of 6 people days after Hurricane Katrina 21.4.2016 Washington Post
The five former police officers, who face prison terms of between three and 12 years, were charged in the shootings of six unarmed people, two of whom died, on the Danziger Bridge in 2005.
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5 ex-cops to plead guilty in bridge shootings after Katrina 20.4.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Five former police officers said in court Wednesday they intend to plead guilty to lesser charges in the deadly shootings on the Danziger Bridge in the days following Hurricane Katrina. If the guilty pleas are accepted by a judge, the ex-officers could see drastically reduced prison time. The officers were convicted […]
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