By Halle Stockton | PublicSource | March 29, 2015
As suddenly as he lost his ability to speak last fall, Stuart Sanderson’s connection to the world outside his Philadelphia nursing-home room was severed because of anxiety over a simple webcam.
A compact video camera on his computer monitor allowed him to speak to family even without a voice. Stu, as he prefers to be called, has cerebral palsy, but video calls put him in touch with his ailing father and his brother, who would take the time to read his lips.
2014 was the year heroin became an epidemic. In Pennsylvania, emergency rooms, courtrooms and jails were filled with heroin addicts. Hundreds of community members showed up at town hall meetings and parents who lost children to overdoses started support groups. Pennsylvania joined dozens of states in approving the use of an antidote - naloxone - for overdoses.
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The Obama administration has laid out its regulations for hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal lands. The regs have been in the works for four years.
Derailment after derailment. They just keep happening.
Since early February, there have been at least four train derailments in North America carrying crude from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale. These accidents have sparked increased calls from citizens, the rail industry and lawmakers for the federal government to increase safety regulations.
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About one-sixth of the food that Americans eat comes from abroad, and the proportion of foreign food is steadily growing. That’s increasing the burden on federal regulators who are tasked with inspecting food coming into America’s ports, according to a recent story by The Center for Investigative Reporting.
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