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Texas fertilizer plant failed to heed disclosure rules

The tragic April 17 explosion at the fertilizer plant in West, Texas was, in part, a product of a severe lack of accountability and oversight by its company, West Fertilizer.

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Austerity busting bill introduced

The Progressive Caucus bill, called the Balancing Act, invests in job creation and calls for paying for those investments with defense cuts.

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Mother Nature shakes up presidential elections

Last week Mother Nature fired a warning shot across the bow of American politics.

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In battleground Virginia, stimulus funds built a bridge

Waiting for a traffic light to change on the old Robertson Bridge was a frightening experience for many motorists in Danville. The solution came from President Obama's stimulus package.

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Memphis: Project Homeless event draws 1,200

Organized by the Community Alliance for the Homeless, and part of the city and county plans to end homelessness, the event brought together over 825 volunteers and 1,200 people seeking services.

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OSHA's Barab walks fine line on firms' 'voluntary protection'

House Republicans demand OSHA emphasize its Voluntary Protection Program while unions and the GAO say OSHA doesn't have the staff to monitor VPP firms' performance.

 

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Today in history: Birthday of Julia Lathrop

Today in history: Birthday of Julia Lathrop, social reformer in the area of education, social policy, and children's welfare.

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Animal killing in Ohio highlights need for regulations

In the aftermath of this past week's tragic killing of 49 exotic animals, including 18 rare Bengal Tigers, in Zanesville, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is scrambling to put a positive spin on the calamity.

What's the beef? USDA toughens regulations

The New York Times reports that the beef industry is upset with the Agriculture Department over its new regulations on deadly food toxins found in ground beef.

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Tea party tries to stop hurricane cleanup

Hurricane Irene is history, but the cleanup efforts and a new controversy over allocation of federal money remain.

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