National news from across the United States of America.

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 [...]
Groups Respond to Revocation of 2015 Executive Order (8/31/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor National and international organizations are responding with statements against the Executive Order released on August 28, 2017, by the current US administration. Revocation of EO 13688 lifted its ban on military [...]
Source: Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge, Windsor NC (US Fish and Wildlife Service) National Hunting and Fishing Day to Be Held in Windsor NC (8/30/2017) - The Roanoke/Cashie River Center (RCRC), US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge, and the Town of Windsor are joining together in presenting a Wildlife Hunting, Fishing, and Recreation Celebration Day on September [...]
Bay City, Texas nuclear power units. Photo: US Nuclear Regulatory Commission/STP Credible Threat of Severe Accident at Texas Nuclear Reactors Still Running (8/29/2017) - Watchdog groups today warned that there is “a credible threat of a severe accident” at the two nuclear reactors still operating at 100% power in Bay City, Texas in the midst of severe flooding caused [...]
Domino's Pizza and Ford Motor Co. are launching an industry-first collaboration to understand the role that self-driving vehicles can play in pizza delivery. Source: Ford Domino’s® and Ford Researching Pizza Delivery with Self-Driving Vehicles (8/29/2017) - Domino’s Pizza and Ford Motor Co. are launching an industry-first collaboration to understand the role that self-driving vehicles can play in pizza delivery. As part of the testing, researchers from both companies will investigate customer reactions to interacting [...]
North Carolina Sends Teams to Texas to Respond to Hurricane Harvey (8/28/2017) - North Carolina is sending help to Texas as the state endures catastrophic flooding flowing Hurricane Harvey. Two Helo-Aquatic Rescue Teams, known as NC HART, are en route to San Antonio, Texas to help with flood [...]
Label for Great Value cherry product released with US FDA recall August 2017. Recall of Great Value Frozen Organic Dark Sweet Pitted Cherries (8/23/2017) - Recall Due to Possible Listeria Contamination On August 23, 2017, SunOpta Inc’s subsidiary, Sunrise Growers Inc., issued a voluntary recall of certain frozen organic dark sweet pitted cherry products due to the potential to be [...]
NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge logo NASA 3D-Printed Habitat Competition Coming to Illinois (8/23/2017) - NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge is advancing the additive construction technology needed to create sustainable housing for deep space exploration. The competition is currently in Phase 2: Level 3, with teams competing for $500,000 in prize [...]
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, [...]