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Labor

Worker Advocates Burned Up Over Lack of Federal Heat Protections

Over the years, hundreds of workers have died from heat stress in fields and at construction sites. Citing the warming climate, groups have renewed calls for a federal heat standard.

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Amid Minimum Wage Hikes in Many States, Labor Secretary Says Federal Rate ($7.25/hr) Should Stay Where It Is

A decade has passed since the federal minimum wage increased even a cent. Millions of minimum wage workers earn more than the $7.25 per hour set by Congress because 29 states, plus Washington, D.C., have set higher rates. But Labor Secretary Acosta told lawmakers he opposes a federal hike.

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Flickers of Hope, Much Despair as Drums Beat Louder on Climate

The chorus is growing louder, but is it being heard? More smart people, in books and television shows, are arguing for the urgency of dealing with climate change, presenting heaps of despair at the damage being done to our planet along with hints of hope.

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Taking a Long Look at the Risks of Fracking

Review of numerous studies shows there is strong evidence–despite an industry narrative to the contrary–that fracking exposure is associated with an increased risk of certain health problems, including preterm birth and high-risk pregnancy, asthma flare-ups

Labor

Job-Related Falls Should Be Easy to Prevent, But Workers Are Still Dying in Record Numbers

887 workers were killed in falls in 2017, the highest number reported by the government in nearly 30 years. Preventing workers from falling off roofs, scaffolds, ladders and other elevated surfaces should be simple. Public information about fall hazards is widely available, and so is equipment and training. Safety regulations are effective when followed. Yet the deaths continue to mount.

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Dangerous Drug-Resistant Infections on the March

Drug-resistant infections are spreading across the globe and perhaps in a hospital near you. But it may be a secret.

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Potential Conflicts Aplenty at Interior Department, But a Refusal of Recusal

David Bernhardt, acting secretary of the Interior Department, seems headed for confirmation by the Senate. He told the Energy and Natural Resources Committee that, if confirmed, he will stop recusing himself from issues that involve his former clients as soon as this summer

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Crisis for Boeing, Airlines Flying 737 Max 8 After Second Deadly Crash

With Ethiopian crash, toll at 346 in five months:  At least 27 airlines have grounded their Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft after 157 people were killed when one crashed in Ethiopia Sunday. A growing list of countries--including China, the U.K., Australia, Indonesia and Singapore--have banned the planes from their airspace, [...]

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With Long Delays in Safety Overhaul, Utility Giant PG&E Was Playing With Fire

Faulty lines, fires sparked: Pacific Gas & Electric Co. acknowledged that its equipment likely started what became the most destructive fire in California's history, burning nearly 14,000 homes last November and killing 85 people, the Los Angeles Times reports. The company has filed for bankruptcy protection and faces dozens of lawsuits [...]

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Coca-Cola Sweet-Talks the CDC

Emails obtained by public health researchers reveal how world’s top maker of sugar-sweetened beverages seeks to bend government policymaking.

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Government Watchdogs Muzzled by Shutdown, Along With Everyone Else

Environmental and financial investigations, along with probes of deadly crashes, stall while federal agencies remain on hiatus

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A Bumpy Road for Driverless Cars

Automakers and tech companies, which have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in driverless autos, face opposition from safety advocates and likely resistance in Congress to legislation to speed introduction of the vehicles.