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Archive: July 13, 2015

Senator Chris Murphy is scheduled to talk with federal officials today (Monday) about the breakdown in the background check system that allowed mass murder suspect Dylan Roof to purchase a handgun. Courtesy: Senator Murphy

HARTFORD, Conn. – It's an admitted breakdown in the federal background check system that may have cost nine lives, and today U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy will meet with the FBI and the Department of Justice to discuss that failure. Dylan Roof, the 21-year-old suspect in the South Carolina church s ...Read More

Action by Maine lawmakers, overriding a Gov. Paul LePage veto, means the Public Utilities Commission is about to start getting input on ways to compensate Granite Staters for solar installations. Credit: Pujanak/Wikimedia Commons

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Public Utilities Commission will soon hold meetings to figure out how to help Maine residents afford solar installations. The commission is responding to the resolve that became law last month after an override of Governor LePage's veto. Resolve 1235 calls for the state to fin ...Read More

Initiatives at farmers markets across Michigan hope to encourage healthy eating and purchasing habits at an early age. Courtesy of USDA.

DETROIT, Mich. - Summertime in Michigan means produce is peaking, and initiatives at many farmers markets aim to capture the attention and shape the eating habits of the state's youth. Summer camp, cooking classes, and gardening lessons for kids are among the offerings at some Michigan farmers ma ...Read More

Seniors in Pennsylvania are being hit by a scam that begs grandparents to send money right away to help a grandchild. Photo courtesy of the FBI.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Consumer advocates are warning scammers who cynically target a grandparent's love are phoning older Pennsylvania folks in the middle of the night. Mary Bach, a noted consumer advocate with the state AARP, says the caller claims to be a police officer, a hospital official or even th ...Read More

PHOTO: According to the FracTracker Alliance, hydraulic fracturing in Ohio is using an increasing amount of water, which could compromise watershed integrity. Photo courtesy of FracTracker.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The water footprint of hydraulic fracturing is increasing in Ohio and around the nation, according to new findings from the U.S. Geological Survey. A USGS report found an average horizontal gas well consumed more than 5 million gallons of water in 2014, up from around 177,00 ...Read More

Teachers agree it will take more than money to fix teacher shortage. Credit: Jerry Oster

PIERRE, S.D. - The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Teachers and Students was appointed by Governor Dennis Daugaard to re-evaluate the current funding formula, meet with stakeholders and make recommendations to the 2016 Legislature. The group now has started the second round of meetings. Mary McCorkle, p ...Read More

PHOTO: Disgust and contamination concerns keep people flushing the toilet after each use, according to a new survey from Indiana University-Bloomington. But the researchers say flushing the toilet less often could significantly reduce household water usage. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman.

INDIANAPOLIS - When it comes to water conservation, experts in Indiana say every drop in the bucket counts including those drops in the commode. According to a survey from Indiana University-Bloomington, toilets are a huge water guzzler, accounting for more than a quarter of household water use. ...Read More

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