National news from across the United States of America.

Grant Awarded to Improve Asthma Care with the Navajo Nation (11/14/2017) - By Adam Dormuth (National Jewish Health) and Jean Spinelli (UA Health Sciences) An $8.5 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute will bring to the Navajo Nation two widely successful programs that will aim [...]
Turkey deep frying. Source: US Dept of Agriculture USDA Urges Safety in Turkey Deep Frying (11/12/2017) - Don’t Make Turkey Frying a Disastrous Situation By Archie Magoulas, USDA/FSIS Technical Information Specialist Thanksgiving Day is full of family get-togethers, giving thanks, lots of food and some turkey deep frying horror stories. From homes burning [...]
One of the labels released by USDA FSIS with Empire Kosher Poultry Inc. Recall November 9, 2017. Empire Kosher Poultry Recalls Chicken Products Due To Possible Metal Contamination (11/10/2017) - Empire Kosher Poultry, Inc., a Mifflintown, Pa. establishment, is recalling approximately 10,839 pounds of raw poultry products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection [...]
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Source: US Fish and Wildlife Service Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Danger (11/9/2017) - On Thursday, November 9, 2017, environmental groups responded to new legislation aimed at drilling the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The legislation was proposed by a US Senator Wednesday night. The groups’ statements follow. More information on the [...]
Nestle Prepared Foods Company Recalls Pork and Beef Products (11/8/2017) - 26,400 Pounds of Products, Which Were Donated to Charity, Are Being Recalled Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens Nestle Prepared Foods Company, a Mount Sterling, Kentucky establishment, is recalling approximately 26,400 pounds of pork and [...]
FDA Declines to Stop Soda Companies from Advertising Artificially-sweetened Soda as “Diet” (11/8/2017) - By Gary Ruskin, The US Food and Drug Administration has denied a petition asking it to stop Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc. from using the term “diet” in advertising, branding and labeling of Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi, because [...]
The Back Forty mine project site borders the Menominee River and is located within a Menominee cultural landscape that includes tribal burial grounds, ancient agricultural sites, and ceremonial sites of cultural significance to the Menominee Tribe. Photo: Wisconsin Dept of Natural Resources Wisconsin Tribe Takes Action to Protect River (11/7/2017) - Lawsuit Aims to Ensure Clean Water Act Protections for Regionally and Nationally Important Waters On November 6, 2017, the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin (“Tribe”), represented by Earthjustice, gave legal notice of intent to pursue [...]
Some of the labels USDA released with recall. Pork, Chicken Burrito/Wrap Items Recalled for Possible Listeria (11/2/2017) - Chelsea Food Services, doing business as Journey Cuisine, a Denver, Colorado establishment, is recalling approximately 28,064 pounds of pork and chicken burritos and wrap products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the US Department of [...]
NIFA to Support Food and Nutrition Education for Low-Income Communities (11/1/2017) - On November 1, 2017, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced support to develop local and self-reliant food systems, such as farm to table enterprises that bring [...]
One of the many products affected under the Mann Produce recall for possible Listeria contamination. Source: US FDA “Minimally Processed” Vegetable Products Recalled for Possible Listeria (10/26/2017) - Originally published October 23; updated October 26, 2017 with additional recalls at end. On October 19, 2017, Mann Packing of Salinas, California issued a voluntarily recall of minimally processed vegetable products for possible contaminated with Listeria [...]
Logo Source: Sierra Club Sierra Club Demands Investigation of Puerto Rico Energy Contract (10/25/2017) - The Sierra Club is demanding an immediate demand for Congress to investigate the circumstances surrounding the awarding of a three hundred million dollar ($300,000,000) electric reconstruction contract to a small Montana firm of two employees, [...]
Letters About Literature program, by the US Library of Congress. Library of Congress Kicks Off Writing Competition for Young Readers (10/24/2017) - By Benny Seda-Galarza, Kathleen McGuigan, and Laura Rivas The Letters About Literature program kicks off its 25th annual competition, run by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, with a special webinar for educators interested [...]
USDA Provides Support for Hurricane-Impacted Dairies in Puerto Rico (10/19/2017) -  In the wake of the 2017 hurricanes, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing emergency assistance to dairy operators in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. USDA is preparing for signup to begin October [...]
Cover of the report, “Offshore Shell Games 2017: The Use of Offshore Tax Havens by Fortune 500 Companies,” jointly published by Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy and US PIRG Education Fund. Study Highlights Danger of Near 0% Tax Rate for Profits Booked Offshore (10/19/2017) - ITEP/PIRG Report Reveals at Least 366 Corporations — 73 Percent — in the Fortune 500 Operate One or More Subsidiaries in Tax Haven Countries A new study released October 17, 2017 highlights the widespread use [...]
National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA - logo NASA TV to Broadcast Hispanic Heritage Event  (10/10/2017) - The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the James Webb Auditorium in the agency’s headquarters in Washington DC on Thursday, October 12, 2017, with a discussion of the contributions of Hispanics to [...]
US Consumer Product Safety Commission reminds you to Plan 2 Ways Out Fire Prevention: Plan 2 Ways Out (10/10/2017) - Would you know what to do if there was a fire in your home? It’s something no one really wants to think about, but the reality is having a well thought out plan can save [...]
Navajo Nation Code Talker David Patterson, Sr. Source: The Navajo Nation Office of the President and VP. Navajo Nation Council Honors The Life of David Earl Patterson, Sr., Navajo Code Talker (10/9/2017) - On Monday, members ofthe 23rd Navajo Nation Council offered their condolences to the family of Navajo Code Talker David Earl Patterson, Sr., who passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017, in Rio Rancho, New Mexico at the [...]
The southern edge of San Juan municipality, where there has been no contact with FEMA, Red Cross or any official relief. Source: National Nurses United Nurses on Ground in Puerto Rico Warn of Dire Conditions (10/9/2017) - Slow Relief Effort Posing Urgent Health, Safety Crisis Registered nurses volunteers on the ground in Puerto Rico are warning that dire conditions, and a glacially slow federal relief effort, are threatening a growing health calamity [...]
Source: Strengthening the Great Lakes Commons Summit, Flint, Michigan Flint Water Summit Participants Vow to End Nestlé’s Water Takings (10/6/2017) - Sixteen water protector groups along with local residents, Indigenous representatives and activists attended the Water Is Life: Strengthening the Great Lakes Commons in Flint this past weekend, September 29-30, 2017. Attendees pledged to challenge Nestlé’s [...]
An example sexual assault kit. Many kits go untested for months or years, leaving victims waiting and potentially allowing offenders to escape detection. Source: End The Backlog. Twenty Jurisdictions Receive $34 Million in Federal Funding to Support Comprehensive Rape Kit Reform (10/4/2017) - By Melissa Schwartz, The Joyful Heart Foundation, one of the leading advocacy organizations working toward nationwide rape kit reform, today applauded awards by the federal government of more than $34 million in grants to address the backlog of [...]
Packaging, one of several recalled, by Prestage Foods. Source: USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Ground Turkey Recalled Due to Possible Extraneous Material Contamination (10/3/2017) - Prestage Foods, Inc., a St. Pauls, North Carolina establishment, is recalling approximately 38,475 pounds of ground turkey that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) [...]
NaNoWriMo logo Unleash​ ​Your​ ​Creative​ ​Superpowers​ ​with​ ​National​ ​Novel​ ​Writing​ ​Month (10/1/2017) - By Katharine Gripp, One part writing boot camp, one part rollicking party, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) celebrates its 19th year of encouraging creativity, education, and the power of the imagination through the largest writing event in the [...]
Artsy Alleys under construction. Source: Susan Kellum, Wilson Downtown Development Corporation, Wilson NC. Urban Art Is Changing Downtown Streetscapes (9/29/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Adding art to cityscapes not only allows people to enjoy seeing unique art pieces on their daily travels, it provides an opportunity for artists to share their talents and make an [...]
NASA/JPL-Caltech-produced map of damage in and around San Juan, Puerto Rico (orange inset box) from Hurricane Maria, based on ground and building surface changes detected by ESA satellites. Color variations from yellow to red indicate increasingly more significant ground and building surface change. Credit: NASA-JPL/Caltech/ESA/Copernicus/Google. NASA Damage Map Aids Puerto Rico Hurricane Response (9/28/2017) - By Alan Buis, Jet Propulsion Laboratory A NASA-produced map showing areas of eastern Puerto Rico that were likely damaged by Hurricane Maria has been provided to responding agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The [...]
Elders Demonstrate In Rocking Chairs at Utah Tar Sands Mine (9/27/2017) - By Brooke Larsen and Joan Gregory, Elders Rising On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, organizers from Elders Rising called for land restoration and inter-generational justice at the PR Spring tar sands mine in eastern Utah. While sitting [...]
Source: Center for Constitutional Rights Civil Liberties Groups Release First Report on Ag-Gag Laws (9/7/2017) - By Jen Nessel, On September 6, 2017, the Center for Constitutional Rights and Defending Rights & Dissent released a comprehensive report on state ag-gag laws, which prohibit whistleblowing and undercover investigations in animal agriculture. [...]
National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA - logo. Source: PRNewsFoto/NASA. NASA to Honor Legacy of Famed “Hidden Figures” Mathematician Katherine Johnson (9/7/2017) - US Senator Mark Warner, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, and author Margot Lee-Shetterly are among the dignitaries honoring Katherine Johnson, former NASA employee and central character of the book and movie Hidden Figures, on September 22, 2017, 1pm, at NASA’s Langley Research Center [...]
Source: National Nurses United Nurses Condemn Police Assault on Utah Hospital RN for Advocating for an Unconscious Patient (9/2/2017) - National Nurses United today criticized the actions of Salt Lake City police officers for assaulting and arresting a University of Utah registered nurse for advocating for an unconscious patient in late July. In a press [...]