Categories & Tags: Health and Public Safety

Amid deepening child poverty in the South, glimmers of hope   |   July 24, 2015
This week the Annie E. Casey Foundation released its annual KIDS COUNT report looking at child well-being in the United States. It found that 22 percent of all U.S. children...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Charleston church massacre puts spotlight on South Carolina's gun violence problem   |   June 26, 2015
Number of people killed by gun violence in South Carolina from 2001 to 2010 alone: 5,991 Percent by which that exceeds all U.S. combat deaths in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars...

 

High stakes for the South in Obamacare subsidy case   |   June 10, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule by the end of this month in King v. Burwell, a case challenging the legality of health insurance subsidies for low- and middle-income...

 

Color-coded cancer sticks   |   April 17, 2015
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest At the headquarters of Reynolds American (parent of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco) in North Carolina and the Virginia headquarters of Altria (parent...

 

Insufficient data and loose regulations worsen fracking's impact, studies find   |   April 6, 2015
By Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams A slew of studies released last week, each examining different aspects of the fossil fuel extraction method known as "fracking," provide...

 

What the Atlantic Coast should brace for if offshore drilling gets approved   |   March 27, 2015
On March 26, the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters and the Gulf Future Coalition held a conference call on which people of the Gulf Coast talked about what Atlantic...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Indicting the Medicaid expansion rejectionists   |   March 26, 2015
Date on which a "People's Grand Jury" in North Carolina handed down a symbolic indictment of Gov. Pat McCrory and legislative leaders for rejecting additional...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: High stakes for Southerners in Obamacare subsidy challenge   |   March 4, 2015
Number of Americans who could lose their health insurance if the Supreme Court rules against the Obama administration in King v. Burwell, a case challenging the legality of...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The growing oil train threat   |   February 27, 2015
Train carloads of oil and ethanol expected to be hauled by rail in the U.S. this year: nearly 900,000 Since 2008, percent increase in train carloads of oil being hauled in the U....

 

Oil workers dig in for historic fight against industry giants over crucial safety rules   |   February 26, 2015
By Nadia Prupis, Common Dreams Four weeks into the largest nationwide strike by oil plant workers in 36 years, the fight over critical safety standards in a deadly industry has...

 

War between the states brewing over Atlantic drilling   |   February 20, 2015
Hundreds of people showed up this week at a hotel in Wilmington, North Carolina for a public hearing on offshore drilling in the Atlantic. Despite a winter storm that left much of...

 

Safety is life-or-death, say refinery strikers   |   February 13, 2015
By Samantha Winslow, Labor Notes Thousands of oil refinery workers are on strike over health and safety, demanding stronger measures to protect workers and surrounding communities...

 

Protests around the South target fossil fuels in run-up to Global Divestment Day   |   February 13, 2015
Residents of Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia gathered this week outside a country store, rural county courthouses, a Baptist church and a school library to protest the fossil...

 

A Tennessee law makes motherhood a crime   |   February 12, 2015
By Rosa Goldensohn and Rachael Levy, Special to Equal Voice News At around midnight on Nov. 13, 2014, Tonya Martin slipped out into the yard that separated her trailer from the...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A year after Duke Energy's coal ash disaster, protections still lacking   |   February 6, 2015
Date on which a pipe collapsed beneath a coal ash waste impoundment at Duke Energy's retired Dan River power plant in North Carolina near the Virginia border: 2/2/2014 Tons...

 

Green groups back oil worker strike   |   February 4, 2015
By Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams In what may seem like an unlikely alliance, environmental groups are throwing their full support behind oil industry workers who on Sunday...

 

Amid gas drilling boom, investigators warn of systemic pipeline safety hazards   |   January 30, 2015
By Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams A day after a pipeline exploded in West Virginia sending flames "hundreds of feet into the air," a new report by federal...

 

Could Duke Energy's coal ash be headed to a mine near you?   |   January 14, 2015
A Duke Energy contractor is seeking permission from North Carolina regulators to move millions of tons of coal ash from existing dumpsites at the utility giant's power plants...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Fighting Duke Energy's coal ash dumping plans   |   January 9, 2015
Date on which the commissioners of Lee County, North Carolina passed a resolution opposing Duke Energy's plans to dump toxic coal ash from distant power plants at a former...

 

Nurses across the South join protest actions for Ebola safety   |   November 11, 2014
Registered nurses across the nation and the South will hold strikes, pickets, and other protest actions on Wednesday, Nov. 12 to demand tougher Ebola safety precautions in the...

 

Faulty shale gas wells contaminated drinking water in two states   |   September 15, 2014
Drinking water has been contaminated in Texas and Pennsylvania as a result of shale gas drilling, and the cause was faulty gas wells, a new study has found. Scientists from Duke...

 

For youth, the South is hostile territory   |   August 11, 2014
Tuesday, Aug. 12 marks International Youth Day, created by the United Nations in 2000 to draw attention to issues affecting young people around the world. To mark the occasion,...

 

New coal ash threat identified: toxic dust hurting lungs, hearts   |   August 5, 2014
Before the end of this year, the Environmental Protection Agency is set to finalize the first-ever federal regulations for disposal of coal ash from power plants. And in the wake...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: How the GOP's Medicaid politics are hurting rural Southerners   |   August 1, 2014
Date on which Adam O'Neal, the Republican mayor of Belhaven, North Carolina, arrived in Washington, DC after walking 273 miles from his hometown to draw attention to the...

 

Big Carbon vs. the future at EPA Clean Power Plan hearings   |   July 31, 2014
This week the Environmental Protection Agency held a series of public hearings in Atlanta and three other cities on its proposed rule to cut emissions of carbon and other...