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Southern waters imperiled by toxic pollution   |   June 23, 2014
As summer heats up, many people's thoughts turn to jumping in the closest river or stream to cool off -- but industrial pollution in the water could endanger their health....

 

The high cost of government corruption to the South   |   June 13, 2014
How much does government corruption cost state taxpayers? That's the question two professors considered in a recent study that compares rates of corruption -- defined as the...

 

The South's endangered rivers   |   April 9, 2014
A river conservation group this week released its annual list of the 10 most endangered U.S. rivers. Three of them are in the South and are imperiled by pollution, excessive...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A Supreme Court win for the plutocrats sparks protests   |   April 4, 2014
Date on which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down campaign contribution limits capping the amount an individual can give to federal candidates and parties in a two-year election...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Reckoning time for lawbreaking utilities on coal ash?   |   March 21, 2014
Date on which the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources cited Duke Energy for violating the terms of a wastewater discharge permit for coal ash impoundments at its...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The South's unintended pregnancy problem drains public funds   |   November 20, 2013
Portion of U.S. births resulting from unintended pregnancies that were paid for by public insurance programs* in 2008: 2/3 Portion of U.S. births resulting from intended...

 

The Affordable Care Act's most important date: not what you think   |   October 30, 2013
By Charles Ornstein, ProPublica Many people have asked when we’ll know if the Affordable Care Act is a success or failure. Was it Oct. 1, the date of the federal health...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The strange politics of Southern hunger   |   September 26, 2013
Date on which the Republican-controlled U.S. House, led by majority leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), voted to make deep cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more...

 

Homicides soar in states with 'Stand Your Ground' laws   |   September 16, 2013
Many of the 22 states that have enacted "Stand Your Ground" self-defense laws -- like the one at the center of the controversy over last year's shooting death of...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Forced fracking for North Carolina?   |   September 5, 2013
Date on which the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission will review regulatory recommendations from a study group that call for allowing what's known as "forced pooling...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The South's widening war on abortion rights   |   August 2, 2013
Date on which North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed into law a bill that requires the state's abortion clinics to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers,...

 

Why is the White House aiding and abetting lawbreaking by coal plants?   |   July 25, 2013
A new report documents widespread lawbreaking among the nation's coal-power utilities that endangers public health  -- and it reveals an effort by the White House to let...

 

South remains the epicenter of U.S. child poverty crisis   |   June 24, 2013
Child poverty in the United States remains concentrated in the South -- but one notoriously impoverished Southern state no longer occupies the bottom spot for the overall well-...

 

A historic win for voting rights in Virginia   |   May 31, 2013
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) unveiled a plan this week to automatically restore voting rights to people convicted of nonviolent felonies. The move won praise from civil rights...

 

Carrying water for an end to mountaintop removal   |   May 10, 2013
Residents of Appalachia brought over 100 gallons of polluted drinking water to the Washington, D.C. offices of the Environmental Protection Agency this week to call attention to...

 

NC renewable energy repeal advanced by committee despite losing vote   |   May 8, 2013
Last week North Carolina's Senate Finance Committee advanced a bill to repeal the state's renewable energy standard in a controversial voice vote where the outcome was...

 

The strange politics of TVA privatization   |   April 16, 2013
In his latest budget plan released last week, President Obama pitched the idea of selling off the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the federally owned and self-financing...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: How Southern states' weak gun laws jeopardize the nation   |   January 18, 2013
Number of gun-related murders that take place on the average day in the United States: 30 Of the 10 states with the highest gun death rates, number in the South: 41 Of the 10...

 

Four years after Tennessee tragedy, politicians are blocking federal oversight of coal ash   |   December 21, 2012
This Saturday, Dec. 22 marks four years since a massive coal ash impoundment collapsed at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston power plant in eastern Tennessee, sending...

 

The recession takes a heavy toll on children -- and not just in the South   |   December 14, 2012
Before the current recession, Southern states accounted for two-thirds of those with child poverty rates over 20 percent. But today, states in the region account for less than...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The deepening partisan divide in U.S. politics   |   November 30, 2012
In the wake of the latest election, number of state legislatures that have two chambers dominated by two different parties: 3 Number of state legislatures that are either under...

 

Southern lawmakers earn low grades for efforts to address income inequality   |   October 5, 2012
Though the South is the region of the United States with the greatest concentration of income inequality, its representatives in Congress are doing a poor job of addressing the...

 

The trillion-gallon loophole: Lax rules for drillers that inject pollutants into the earth   |   September 24, 2012
By Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica On a cold, overcast afternoon in January 2003, two tanker trucks backed up to an injection well site in a pasture outside Rosharon, Texas. There,...

 

Locking Up the Vote: 4 million Southerners disenfranchised by voting restrictions   |   July 17, 2012
Over the last year, the spread of voter photo ID laws and other new voting restrictions have earned widsepread attention from election watchdogs and the media. But one important...

 

Southern states lack adequate disclosure of fracking's chemical hazards   |   July 9, 2012
Most of the states where fracking is taking place that do not require any public disclosure of the chemicals used in in the controversial drilling process are in the South, and...