Categories & Tags: Health and Public Safety

Congressional coal ash defenders ignore damages back home   |   January 25, 2010
With the Environmental Protection Agency expected to release its proposed regulations for power plant coal ash any day now, there is an intense behind-the-scenes lobbying effort...

 

75 worst commutes: How does your city rank?   |   January 21, 2010
Every year, the average U.S. resident spends 100 hours commuting to and from work. As the Census Bureau notes, that's more than the typical amount of vacation time we get each...

 

Mountaintop removal mining study will test Obama's commitment to science   |   January 10, 2010
Just days after the Environmental Protection Agency approved the expansion of a massive mountaintop removal mine in West Virginia, a dozen prominent scientists published a...

 

EPA wants stricter smog pollution rules to protect public health   |   January 8, 2010
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a stricter new standard yesterday for smog-causing pollution in an effort to better protect people from health problems including...

 

Senate health reform bill streamlines black lung assistance   |   January 7, 2010
Miners suffering from an occupational illness that's on the rise across Appalachia's coalfields could find some relief if a provision in the Senate's version of the health reform...

 

Top 10 Stories of 2009 #1: The biggest eco-disaster you never heard about (unless you read Facing South)   |   December 23, 2009
We've been counting down our top stories of 2009 -- and now (drum roll please!) here's our number-one pick. When a dam broke at a holding pond at the Tennessee Valley...

 

Top 10 Stories of 2009 #2: The hidden battles over health reform   |   December 23, 2009
We're getting closer! We continue our series of the Top Stories of 2009 here at Facing South. To see the earlier entries go here. And coming in at #2 ...#2 - I CAN HEZ HEALTH...

 

Top Stories of 2009 | #6: Our nation's promise to the Gulf Coast   |   December 18, 2009
As the year draws to a close, Facing South is taking a look back at the big stories that shaped the region and the top 10 stories we did at FS that made a big splash. Here's #6: [...

 

Top Stories of 2009 | #7: No, Obama won't kill grandma   |   December 18, 2009
As the year draws to a close, Facing South is taking a look back at the big stories that shaped the region and the top 10 stories we did at FS that made a big splash. Here's #7: #...

 

Top Stories of 2009 | #9: Piggies, not so cute anymore?   |   December 17, 2009
As the year draws to a close, Facing South is taking a look back at the big stories that shaped the region and the top 10 stories we did at FS that made a big splash. Here's #...

 

New data paints a more toxic picture of TVA coal ash spill   |   December 9, 2009
The disastrous coal ash spill that occurred a year ago at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston power plant in eastern Tennessee dumped a whopping 2.66 million pounds of...

 

Blue Cross Blue Shield pushing state-based bills to pre-empt federal health reform   |   December 7, 2009
As the health reform debate reaches its climax, insurance companies have worked hard to cultivate an image of being reasonable, practical players -- willing to work with the...

 

Secret coal ash ponds spark legal action   |   December 4, 2009
The public does not have access to information about more than 70 coal ash waste storage sites because the Environmental Protection Agency is withholding at the request of the...

 

Gov. Jindal still silent on "prostitute" money Republicans wanted for Louisiana   |   November 25, 2009
You know that $300 million for Louisiana in the Senate health bill that has caused right-wing pundits to call Sen. Mary Landrieu a "prostitute" and worse -- and attempt to...

 

N.C. lawmakers ask for probe of Blue Cross advocacy against public option   |   November 25, 2009
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina recently sent out mailers asking its customers for help lobbying against a public insurance option -- and its controversial actions are...

 

TVA gets OK to dump more toxic coal waste into ash-polluted river   |   November 25, 2009
A dam collapse at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston power plant in eastern Tennessee last December sent a billion gallons of toxic coal sludge oozing over a nearby...

 

HEALTH BILL HYPOCRISY? *Republicans* led push for Louisiana funding that ended up in Senate bill   |   November 24, 2009
You've heard the story: To "buy" Sen. Mary Landrieu's (D-LA) vote to bring the Senate health bill to the floor last Saturday, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) inserted a provision that...

 

Arkansas free clinic draws more than 1,000 uninsured -- and criticism from former President Clinton   |   November 24, 2009
A free health clinic held this past Saturday in Little Rock, Ark. drew more than 1,000 uninsured people seeking care for a variety of health problems. But it also drew criticism...

 

Health Reform: What will Landrieu and Lincoln do next?   |   November 23, 2009
This year, Democrats have defined success largely on their ability to push through some version of health reform. Now, the future of that agenda hinges on two moderate-to-...

 

Toward a medically defensible energy policy   |   November 23, 2009
Pollution from coal is not only unhealthy for the environment -- it also hurts the human body and contributes to four of the five leading causes of death in the U.S.: heart...

 

Virginia Tech massacre survivor captures shady gun dealers on hidden camera   |   November 20, 2009
Colin Goddard suffered four gunshot wounds when a fellow Virginia Tech student who was mentally ill opened fire at the Blacksburg campus in 2007, killing 32 people and wounding...

 

Which way will Landrieu go?   |   November 19, 2009
Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana -- one of three Democratic swing votes in the Senate over health reform -- says today is the day: She will announce whether she supports the bill...

 

Free health clinic in New Orleans highlights need for reforms   |   November 17, 2009
This past Saturday, more than 1,000 uninsured people showed up at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans for a free health clinic organized by the National...

 

Reps. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) and Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) speak from the same page on health reform   |   November 16, 2009
The New York Times reported last week that during the historic House debate on health care reform, statements made by more than a dozen lawmakers were ghostwritten in whole or...

 

South still leads in child deaths from swine flu   |   November 16, 2009
Three weeks ago, Facing South reported that two-thirds of child deaths attributed to the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, had happened in states centered in the South. Here's an update:...