Recent criminal charges against Citgoâ€™s refinery in Corpus Christi represent a rare crack-down on an industry that operates with little state or federal oversight in Texas and pollutes low income communities of color with near impunity.
The California Senate approved a bill last week that seeks to make the popular vote, not the Electoral College, determine presidential elections.
Members of Congress and their aides may be accepting free travel from pharmaceutical companies in exchange for political favors, according to a new study by the Center for Public Integrity, a government watchdog group.
Frustrated by inaction at the federal level, two labor unions last week asked California to issue emergency rules protecting workers from exposure to diacetyl, a chemical flavoring tied to a rare lung disease.
Advocates for people living with HIV say new draft guidelines issued by the CDC could lead to testing without consent and will do little to address the needs of HIV-positive people.
South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds delayed the execution of a 24-year-old man scheduled to die by lethal injection Tuesday night until after July 1, 2007. It would have been the first execution in the state since 1947.
NewStandard revisited some of the people and organizations whose challenges â€“ and victories â€“ weâ€™ve documented over the past year. Here we present their voices.
With the United States Postal Service on a financial upswing, its workers are looking to leave an era of concessions behind.
As a fight over ballot access in Pennsylvania rages between the stateâ€™s Democratic, Republican and Green parties, a new ruling against the former independent ticket of Ralph Nader stemming from a 2004 election fight threatens to compound the conflict.
With the Bush administration pushing nuclear power as an â€œalternative energy,â€ big utilities are looking to revitalize what was recently a dormant industry, and some local governments are keen on the potential industrial influx.
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By reclassifying workers with any significant authority in the workplace as "supervisors," the National Labor Relations Board may effectively gut millions' right to unionize.
Despite having a heavy hand in negotiations, the United States says it will not sign a global treaty codifying the rights of people with disabilities.
The Food and Drug Administration yesterday announced it had approved an emergency contraceptive for over-the-counter sale to men and women age 18 and older. The decision was years in the making and fraught with accusations of political interference.
A proposed bill to combat secrecy in government contracting procedures is now the subject of its own secrecy controversy.
Animal-welfare advocates have documented numerous cases of big cats held in filthy conditions, fed rotten food and not given veterinary treatment for parasites and open sores, even at facilities licensed by the federal government.
In the wake of an activistâ€™s death at the hands of FBI operatives, the agencyâ€™s revelation that it may have destroyed records on the independence movement in Puerto Rico has aggravated tensions over the governmentâ€™s presence on the island.
The recently revealed spread of genetically modified rice has critics alarmed on two levels: the problem itself and the fact that authorities suppressed the news.
In a state notorious for its pollution, activists say the promise of â€œclean coalâ€ is anything but, especially in the amounts one of the countryâ€™s biggest polluters wants to burn it.
A new revelation of a judgeâ€™s philanthropic background may undermine the legitimacy of the already-controversial ruling by a federal judge that found the Bush administrationâ€™s warrantless wiretapping program unconstitutional.
A recent study finds that the college textbook industry is driving up costs and restricting cheaper options and suggests alternatives students can use to save money.
In the face of public outcry, legal challenges and direct-action protests, the US Forest Service is plowing ahead with a controversial logging project in Oregon.
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As water-driven municipalities in Arizona prepare to siphon off groundwater that feeds the Verde River, activists say the well will imperil the already endangered river.
A scathing report by a progressive watchdog organization details the myriad ways big contractors have hogged government funds for profit and defrauded taxpayers in post-Katrina reconstruction.
Health care providers in New York have filed complaints against two pharmacies for refusing to fill prescriptions for Plan B emergency contraception, commonly know as â€œECâ€� or â€œthe morning after pill.â€�
Prisoner-rights activists say locking mentally ill inmates in "special housing units" is the last step in a long road of neglect and abuse that starts in the community and often results in extraordinary suffering and even suicide.
Phil Gover, a member of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, sees caricatures and misrepresentations of American Indians all around him: â€œCrazy Horseâ€� malt liquor , â€œAmerican Spiritâ€� cigarettes and â€œPemmicanâ€� beef jerky, for example.
While the number of employees without health insurance has been rising, the number of insured employees forced to pay of out-of-pocket healthcare expenses has also increased, according to a progressive think tank.
With student debt on the rise, activists recently employed public pressure to convince a federal panel laden with corporate representatives to drop a recommendation that more families take on private loans for education, a move they argued would exacerbate student debt.