Source: Anchorage Daily News | Alaska |
August 31, 2012
The Obama administration made a surprise announcement that it will allow Shell Oil Co. to begin drilling in the Chukchi Sea before its unique oil spill containment barge is ready -- just not deep enough to reach oil.
Source: Casper Star-Tribune | Nation |
August 28, 2012
The policy calls for state control of the energy industry to be prioritized, an increase in energy production and a reversal of several measures supported by the Obama administration, especially relating to fossil fuels.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Pennsylvania |
August 28, 2012
But it's too early to tell if the more than 100 proposed changes in a 23-page draft "concept paper" from the state Department of Environmental Protection will eventually provide those protections, environmental groups say.
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Philadelphia |
August 24, 2012
Many large cities, including Chicago, Miami, and Denver, have recently overhauled their zoning codes to reflect changes in the way Americans live and work. Philadelphia's code has been similarly crafted to make its neighborhoods more walkable, discourage parking, and allow residents to enlarge their homes and add roof decks more easily.
Nationally, six straight years of revenue declines have put enormous pressure on state and local governments, nevertheless, some are thriving. Standard & Poor's, the credit-rating agency, reports that it issued more bond upgrades than downgrades in 2012.
The Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act are in full swing. With the influx of people who will be applying for benefits and the ACA requirement for online enrollment, it is more important than ever to verify the identities of those accessing benefits up front.