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Texas company behind California oil spill a repeat offender   |   May 22, 2015
California declared a state of emergency this week following Tuesday's spill from an onshore pipeline into the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara County. Responding to reports of...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Embracing the benefits of online voter registration   |   May 20, 2015
Date on which Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed a bill creating a statewide online voter registration system: 5/15/2015 Year by which the system is supposed be in place: 2017...

 

DRIVE TO DRILL: Energy lobbyists behind governors' crusade for Atlantic oil   |   April 30, 2015
By Sue Sturgis (The first in a three-part series.) When the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in flames off the Louisiana coast five years ago this month, the disaster killed...

 

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...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Hostile state and federal policies threaten historically black colleges   |   February 18, 2015
Number of South Carolina State University supporters who rallied this week against a Republican legislative proposal to close the financially troubled, historically black school...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: States of inequality   |   January 30, 2015
Percent of U.S. states that have experienced widening income inequality in recent decades: 100 Of the 50 states, number where the wealthiest 1 percent captured at least half of...

 

Governors' Big Oil-assisted lobbying pays off in Obama's Atlantic drilling plan   |   January 28, 2015
The Obama administration released its draft five-year plan for oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf this week -- and for the first time it includes waters off...

 

Offshore wind beats drilling for jobs and energy in the Southeast   |   January 21, 2015
Developing wind power off the Atlantic Coast would create twice as many jobs and produce twice as much energy as opening the area to oil and gas drilling -- and it would avoid...

 

Seven Southern communities that are welcoming immigrant children   |   January 13, 2015
Last summer, a surge of unaccompanied youth from Central America arrived at the U.S. southern border, many fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries. Thousands of these...

 

Duke Energy's donations pay off in Florida governor's race   |   January 7, 2015
Duke Energy, the nation's largest utility company, has been a major funder of a national group that bought thousands of ads to help elect Republican governors in South...

 

Duke Energy invests heavily in GOP governors   |   December 23, 2014
On Oct. 21, two weeks before the general election, Duke Energy of North Carolina, the nation's largest utility, sent the Republican Governors Association (RGA) the largest...

 

EPA gives weak protections to communities threatened by toxic coal ash   |   December 22, 2014
This week marks six years since the dam of a coal ash holding pond collapsed at TVA's Kingston power plant in eastern Tennessee, dumping a billion gallons of toxic waste into...

 

Judge exonerates 14-year-old boy executed in 1944   |   December 19, 2014
By Nadia Prupis, Common Dreams A judge on Wednesday vacated the conviction of George Stinney, Jr., who was executed in 1944 at 14 years old, making him the youngest person put...

 

Corruption, illegal and legal, seen as a big problem in Southern states   |   December 9, 2014
How do we measure corruption in government -- something that by its very nature involves secrecy? The most common approach involves using data from the U.S. Department of Justice...

 

Southern mayors work to implement new immigration policy as states sue to block it   |   December 8, 2014
Following President Obama's announcement of temporary relief from deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants, 25 mayors from across the country -- including two...

 

Republicans tighten grip in Southern state legislatures   |   November 5, 2014
While all eyes were on the shellacking of Democratic U.S. Senate candidates -- including 10 who lost in the South -- Republicans strengthened their hand in another key area on...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Progress and resistance on Southern marriage equality   |   October 10, 2014
Number of states where marriage equality is now the law after the U.S. Supreme Court this week declined to review lower-court decisions invalidating same-sex marriage bans in...

 

Waiting at the polls: Long lines and the right to vote   |   September 17, 2014
Every big election year, horror stories surface around the South and the rest of the country of voters having to wait for hours to cast their ballots. In 2008, reports came out of...

 

Border Crisis: Southern communities welcome immigrant children   |   August 22, 2014
Since last October, nearly 63,000 children from Central America have fled to the U.S. border to escape violence and poverty in their home countries. The recent border crisis has...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The government program that's equipping police like an occupying military force   |   August 15, 2014
Year in which Congress initially authorized the Defense Department to give excess arms and ammunition to law enforcement agencies for counter-drug activities, leading to the...

 

Fast food worker hopeful for labor revival   |   July 15, 2014
By Thelma Frasier As International Longshoremen's Association Local 1422 President Kenny Riley told us, organizing the South is important for the good of all workers. The...

 

NC leads nation in surge of people living in high-poverty areas   |   July 8, 2014
After declining between 1990 and 2000, the portion of the U.S. population living in high-poverty communities grew significantly in the past decade -- and most dramatically in...

 

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....

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Unions as a remedy for growing income inequality   |   June 20, 2014
Average CEO compensation in 2013, according to a study released this month: $15.2 million Percent by which CEO compensation, inflation-adjusted, increased from 1978 to 2013: 937...

 

Opposition mounts to seismic testing for Atlantic oil and gas reserves   |   April 18, 2014
This Sunday, April 20 marks four years since BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster began unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and setting off an 87-day gusher that...