Source: Los Angeles Times | Nation |
August 2, 2012
More than half of the counties in the United States have been designated as disaster areas mainly because of the ongoing drought that has been ravaging the nation, officials announced Wednesday as disaster designations were signed for 218 more counties in 12 states.
Source: The Washington Post | Nation |
August 2, 2012
The United States doesn’t yet face the critical shortage of power that has left more than 600 million people in India without electricity this week but the U.S. grid is aging and stretched to capacity.
Source: The Wall Street Journal | Nation |
August 1, 2012
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., Tuesday threw out tougher water-quality standards issued by the Environmental Protection Agency aimed at curbing environmental damage from surface coal mines in Appalachia.
Facing more frequent storms that cripple electric distribution systems over big areas, utility companies are drafting iPads and military-style aerial surveillance robots to get the lights back on faster.
Saying they feel betrayed by the discovery of $54 million hidden in two state parks accounts, a growing number of groups that donated money to keep California state parks from closing this year now say they want a refund -- or at least a binding promise from lawmakers to spend the extra money on parks.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Pennsylvania |
July 27, 2012
Judges on the Commonwealth Court ruled that Pennsylvania cannot require municipalities to allow drilling in areas where it would conflict with their zoning rules, siding with several towns challenging the five-month-old law.
Gov. John Kitzhaber made a campaign promise that his "Cool Schools" program would put people back to work doing energy upgrades on classroom buildings. Nearly two years later, it turns out that the program is really a modest expansion of what already existed, only with a catchy new name.
Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel | Milwaukee, Wis. |
July 23, 2012
A draft state wastewater discharge permit for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District is the first in the U.S. to add this regulatory wrinkle: requiring rooftop plantings and installation of other "green infrastructure" - not sewer pipes or storage tunnels - to collect and absorb storm water.
Most states aren’t doing enough to ensure the water safety and health of communities near gas wells where hydraulic fracking takes place, according to a new report by a Washington, D.C.-based research and advocacy group.
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.