National news from across the United States of America.

The Three Mile Island facility near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Source: Residents Near PA Nuclear Power Plants to Receive Free Potassium Iodide (8/14/2017) - Wolf Administration to Distribute to Pennsylvanians Near the State’s Five Nuclear Power Plants As part of its annual distribution to replace expired potassium iodide, or KI tablets, the Department of Health will offer free tablets [...]
Study: Boosting Soil’s Sponge-Like Qualities Would Help Farmers, Communities Combat Floods and Droughts (8/12/2017) - Adopting No-Till Farming, Cover Crops and Perennials Among Other Practices Could Increase Soil’s Ability to Retain Water, Cut Storm Runoff by 15% By Elliott Negin, Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) Farming practices that keep soil covered [...]
Roanoke, Virginia Area Chemical Spill Causes Mass Fish Kill (8/11/2017) - UPDATE: The Virginia  Department of Environmental Quality has released updated mass mortality event numbers. As of August 7, 2017, the Tinker Creek fish kill — caused by the Termix 5301 chemical spill — exceeded 40,000 fish. [...]
6 year old Imaginormous Winner, Giselle Decker, enjoying her unicorns at Dylan's Candy Bar. Source: PRNewsfoto/Roald Dahl Literary Estate. Roald Dahl’s Imaginormous Challenge Announces Lucky Golden Ticket Winners (8/10/2017) - For the first time since Charlie Bucket won the prize of a lifetime, Penguin Young Readers, along with some of Mr. Wonka’s most trusted advisors, has chosen five children from across the United States to become the [...]
Rehabilitation Home Incarceration home page Lawsuit Seeks to End Freedom-Fee Payments to Private Company After Bail (8/10/2017) - Thousands of Dollars Extorted from Pretrial Detainees After Bail Was Paid People awaiting trial before a Baton Rouge, Louisiana criminal court were coerced into paying hundreds of dollars to a company before they were released [...]
Victory for Clean Water and Communities in Coal Ash Lawsuit Against TVA (8/4/2017) - Judge Orders TVA to Excavate and Move Its Coal Ash from Leaking, Unlined Pit By Beth Alexander and Claudine McElwain, Southern Environmental Law Center On August 4, 2017, a Federal Court in Nashville Tennessee ruled against [...]
US map with state of Missouri highlighted. Source: The Grey Area News NAACP Issues Travel Advisory for the State of Missouri (8/3/2017) - On August 3, 2017, the NAACP issued a Travel Advisory for the state of Missouri, effective through August 28, 2017, which calls for African American travelers, visitors and Missourians to pay special attention and exercise [...]
This hibernating little brown bat shows signs of white-nose syndrome. Credit: Alan Hicks, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Public domain. Deadly Fungus Affecting Hibernating Bats Could Spread During Summer (8/3/2017) - The cold-loving fungus (Pseudogymnoascus destructans, or Pd) that causes white-nose syndrome, a disease that has killed millions of North American bats during hibernation, could also spread in summer months. Bats and humans visiting contaminated caves and [...]
This image of the moon crossing in front of the sun was captured on Jan. 30, 2014, by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observing an eclipse from its vantage point in space. Credits: NASA The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, Eastern NC Events (8/1/2017) - A total solar eclipse is coming and will be visible across the United States; however, for many viewers — including those in most areas of North Carolina — a partial solar eclipse will be seen. [...]
Earth and all her inhabitants. Image: NASA's Earth Observatory, 2002 (western hemisphere). Asteroid’s Earth Flyby will Benefit NASA Detection and Tracking Network (7/29/2017) - By DC Agle (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) and Laurie Cantillo / Dwayne Brown (NASA HQ) NASA scientists are excited about the upcoming close flyby of a small asteroid and plan to use its upcoming October close approach [...]
42 Million Americans Mark Minimum Wage Milestone (7/25/2017) - By Kelsea-Marie Pym, On July 24, 2017, an estimated 42 million American who make under $15 an hour mark the 8th year since the last time the federal minimum wage was raised. These working Americans, [...]
National Night Out 2017 logo Take to the Streets for National Night Out (7/20/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor National Night Out (NNO) is “a community-police awareness-raising event in the United States.” Municipalities or their police departments generally organize NNO events for the first Tuesday in August, though some locations choose [...]
Last Year, Top CEOs Took Home 271 Times More than Typical Workers (7/20/2017) - By Dan Crawford/Kayla Blado, Economic Policy Institute In a recent report, Economic Policy Institute (EPI) President Lawrence Mishel and research assistant Jessica Schieder examine trends in CEO compensation using two comprehensive measures — tracking the value [...]
Photo by celebrity photographer Terry O’Neill available from ArtStar via The Rolling Stones outside St. George's Church in Hanover Square, London, January 17, 1964. Clockwise from bottom left: Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Keith Richards and Brian Jones (1942 - 1969). Source: PRNewsfoto/ Rare Rolling Stones Photos on the Auction Block (7/20/2017) - On July 19, 2017, online search service for arts, antiques and collectibles, is bringing iconic photography of music legends, the Rolling Stones, to art collectors and music lovers alike. Images of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the rest [...]
Source: US Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. Solar in the Spotlight with Dept. of Energy Photography Contest (7/19/2017) - On July 17, 2017, the US Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative kicked off its “Hit Me with Your SunShot” photo contest. The contest will award prizes up to $2,500 to those who submit the best [...]
One of several brands and products recalled. Source: USDA. Recall of Over 7 Million Pounds of Hot Dogs, Sausage for Bone Contamination (7/15/2017) - Marathon Enterprises Inc. Recalls Hot Dog Products Due to Possible Extraneous Material Contamination Class I Recall — This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will [...]
Colorado Baby Box contents. Source: The Baby Box Co. Colorado is 5th US State to Join the Baby Box Movement (7/12/2017) - Baby Box University Program to Kick Off with Focus on Integrating Breastfeeding and Safe Sleep Fundamentals, Arvada Event On July 10, 2017, The Baby Box Co., the company behind the global initiative to equip expecting [...]
Zebulon NC Municipal Complex flags flying at half staff on July 12, 2017. NC Lowering Flags in Tribute to 16 Service Members Killed in Plane Crash (7/11/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor On July 11, 2017, Governor Roy Cooper ordered all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, July 12, [...]
US HUD Awards $50 Milllion in Housing Counseling Grants, $1.3 Million in NC (7/7/2017) - Funding Intended to Help Families Find and Keep Their Homes By Brian Sullivan (US Department of Housing and Urban Development) On July 6, 2017, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded more than [...]
Figure from the USDA Draft Environmental Impact Statement - April, 2017 on GE Eucalyptus. Opposition to USDA Proposal to Legalize Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Trees (7/6/2017) - A Quarter of a Million People Say NO to First-Ever GE Forest Tree Well over a quarter of a million people and 500 organizations submitted comments yesterday rejecting the commercialization of ArborGen Inc.’s genetically engineered [...]
Aerial view of NASA's Plum Brook Station in Ohio. Credit: NASA NASA Glenn Research Center to Hold Lottery for Ohio Deer Hunting (7/5/2017) - NASA Announces Dates for Plum Brook Deer Hunts By Heather O’Dell and Debbie Lockhart, NASA Glenn Research Center NASA’s Glenn Research Center and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife are teaming up again [...]
All Endangered Species condom packages for giveaway were designed by Lori Lieber with artwork by Shawn DiCriscio ©2015. The Strange-ness: Endangered Species Condoms Given Away for World Population Day (7/3/2017) - New Museum Program Highlights Effect of Human Population Growth on Wildlife By Sarah Baillie, Hundreds of free Endangered Species Condoms will be given away at Chicago’s Lincoln Park  Zoo on Thursday, July 6, 2017, as [...]
Grizzly Bear on Swan Lake Flats in June 2005. Photo: Jim Peaco, National Park Service, via Fight Begins to Maintain Protections for Yellowstone Grizzly Bears (7/2/2017) - Conservationists Signal Impending Legal Challenge Over Removal of Federal Safeguards By Matthew Bishop and Kelly Nokes, Western Environmental Law Center On June 30, 2017, WildEarth Guardians notified the US Fish and Wildlife Service it will sue the agency over [...]
Judge Says “Democracy Is Broken” as Court Declines to Oversee Drone Killing (7/2/2017) - By Katherine O’Shea, A senior judge has today described American democracy as “broken” and Congressional oversight a “joke” in failing to check the US drone killing program. In a concurring opinion in the DC [...]
Screenshot of earthquake locations in NASA animation. Oklahoma Earthquakes: Sleuthing for Seismic Answers in the Sooner State (6/30/2017) - NASA-led Study Examines Geology of Oklahoma’s Largest Earthquake By Alan Buis, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Oklahomans are no strangers to Mother Nature’s whims. From tornadoes and floods to wildfires and winter storms, the state sees more than [...]
Source: California EPA Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) California EPA Is First US Agency to Declare That Roundup Causes Cancer (6/28/2017) - By Nathan Donley, Yesterday, the state of California announced that as of July 7, 2017, it will list glyphosate, the main ingredient in the pesticide Roundup and the most common pesticide in the world, as [...]
Raytheon and the US Army Apache Program Management Office, in collaboration with US Special Operations Command, recently completed a successful flight test of a high energy laser system onboard an Apache AH-64 at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. The demonstration marks the first time that a fully integrated laser system successfully engaged and fired on a target from a rotary-wing aircraft over a wide variety of flight regimes, altitudes and air speeds. Photo: US Army, PRNewsfoto/Raytheon Company. First-ever Helicopter-based Firing of High Energy Laser (6/26/2017) - Raytheon and US Army Apache Program Management Office Demonstrate Feasibility of Ground Attack By Sally McDonough, Raytheon Company and the US Army Apache Program Management Office, in collaboration with US Special Operations Command, recently completed [...]
The power plant complex of Crystal River, on the right of the cooling towers is the nuclear reactor (Unit 3) Source: nadbasher; cropped by User:Theanphibian, Wikicommons. Group Calls for “Autopsy” of Permanently Closed US Nuclear Reactor (6/22/2017) - Examination Could Identify Potential Safety Flaws in Operating Reactors with Parts from Same Controversial French Forge By Paul Gunter, Beyond Nuclear A permanently closed nuclear reactor in Florida that, documents show, likely has a manufactured [...]