Health and Public Safety

Lawsuit accuses Virginia power company of poisoning Dominican community with toxic coal ash   |   November 10, 2009
A civil lawsuit filed last week in state court in Delaware charges Arlington, Va-based AES Corp. -- one of the world's largest power companies -- with illegally dumping 160...

 

HEALTH CARE CASUALTIES: Study says 2,200 veterans died in 2008 because they lacked insurance   |   November 10, 2009
By Viji Sundaram, New America Media Michael Baranik Jennings called it the worst day of his life. As he sat in his doctor's office that day in January 2007, he was told he had...

 

Louisiana congressman says his lone GOP vote for health reform a "decision of conscience"   |   November 9, 2009
The House of Representatives approved a landmark health care reform bill late Saturday night by a close vote of 220 to 215. Of the 39 Democrats who joined most Republicans in...

 

ANALYSIS: Were Southern Democrats against health care reform?   |   November 9, 2009
Based on Saturday's razor-thin 220-215 House vote, can we say Southern Democrats are friends or foes of health care reform? It depends on how you slice the numbers (we'll be using...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Tallying the uninsured dead   |   November 6, 2009
On Wednesday, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) took to the House floor and read off the estimated number of people who will die next year due to a lack of health insurance in each...

 

Bill would require paid sick leave to help curb swine flu's spread   |   November 5, 2009
Employers' sick-leave policies that may be contributing to the spread of the swine flu are the target of a bill being considered by Congress. U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-...

 

Wal-Mart's stingy sick-leave policy may contribute to swine flu's spread   |   November 3, 2009
Wal-Mart's policy of punishing workers for taking sick leave risks spreading swine flu. So concludes a new report from the National Labor Committee that finds that employees...

 

After months of Republican resistance, Senate confirms Dr. Benjamin as Surgeon General   |   November 2, 2009
President Obama recently declared a national emergency over the H1N1 flu outbreak that has killed more than 100 children in the U.S. since April -- but at the time he made his...

 

Polluted Southern communities ask EPA to address environmental injustice   |   October 30, 2009
Environmental justice leaders representing more than a dozen polluted communities from six Southern states met with Environmental Protection Agency leaders this week and asked...

 

Why are hog farmers not a priority for flu vaccine?   |   October 28, 2009
The H1N1 flu virus that's now infecting people in more than 190 countries around the globe -- and that's responsible for the reported deaths of nearly 5,000 people worldwide,...

 

Two-thirds of child flu deaths in states in or near the South   |   October 27, 2009
Nearly every state in the country is reporting "elevated" cases of flu, including the H1N1 swine flu. But a handful of states in the South and lower Great Plains (including the...

 

N.C. Blue Cross asks customers to lobby against public option   |   October 27, 2009
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina wants its customers to help the company lobby against a public health insurance option to provide the insurance giant with some...

 

EPA, USDA still promoting coal ash for crops   |   October 22, 2009
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has promised to more strictly regulate coal ash -- but it's still promoting use of the toxic waste on food crops as a soil amendment...

 

Free health clinics planned for states with reform-adverse Senators   |   October 15, 2009
An effort is underway to organize a large free health clinic in Arkansas or Louisiana to draw attention to the need for change in states with Democratic senators key to passing...

 

The risky plan to dump TVA's coal ash in an old Tennessee mine   |   October 14, 2009
Since a dam burst at its Kingston coal-fired power plant last December and dumped more than a billion gallons of toxic coal ash sludge into a nearby community and river, the...

 

Video: Brain Tumor Bake Sale highlights the need for health reform   |   October 13, 2009
Earlier this month, Kim Yaman and friends held what they billed as a "Brain Tumor Bake Sale" in front of U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan's office in Raleigh, N.C. in support of health care...

 

Speaking of 'Death Panels': GA hospital closes doors on poor and undocumented   |   October 13, 2009
By Leticia Miranda, RaceWire Since the beginning of the healthcare debate, Sarah Palin has publicly decried the end-of-life option in healthcare reform as a "death panel." She...

 

Matters of life, death and health care in the rural South   |   October 13, 2009
In late July, in the heart of Appalachia, thousands crowded onto a southwest Virginia fairground for the annual Wise County free medical clinic led by Remote Area Medical, a...

 

The South's fruit and vegetable crisis   |   October 9, 2009
You might not think it could happen in the region noted for a cuisine featuring sweet potatoes, greens, okra and watermelon, but a groundbreaking new federal report shows that no...

 

Appalachian coalfields home to most unsafe U.S. mine operations   |   October 9, 2009
The U.S. Department of Labor released a list this week of 10 mine operators around the country that have been warned of a "potential pattern" of violating health or safety...

 

Southern state lawmakers join call for health care reform   |   October 8, 2009
More than 100 Southern state lawmakers are among a group of more than 1,000 state legislators from all 50 states that have signed letters to Congress asking for the passage of...

 

All North Carolina coal ash ponds are leaking toxic pollution to groundwater   |   October 7, 2009
An in-depth review of monitoring data from coal ash ponds located next to 13 coal-burning power plants in North Carolina has revealed that all of them are contaminating...

 

South Carolina coal ash dump leaking arsenic into Wateree River   |   October 6, 2009
The morning after the CBS News program "60 Minutes" aired its investigation into the hazards of coal ash waste from coal-burning power plants, the people of South...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The public support for the public option   |   October 2, 2009
Early this morning, the Senate Finance Committee completed its work on a health insurance reform bill, which now heads to the Senate floor. President Obama called the occasion a "...

 

Study finds without health reform out-of-pocket health care costs would skyrocket   |   October 2, 2009
A new report released this week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and researched by the Urban Institute projects that over the next 10 years health care costs could skyrocket...