The first emotion many of us experience when we encounter a work zone on the road is annoyance. Preoccupied with our children, our commute, or other life concerns, we may not stop to think about the human beings who are building or repairing the roadways that we all use daily. Such a reaction can be understandable, especially if we are running late for an important appointment or to pick up a family member. Still, it’...
In what amounts to permanent health care for first responders and others who worked for months, even years, at the site of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack in New York City, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act extension was passed at the end of 2015 and signed into law by the President. The $8.1 billion reauthorization of the Zadroga Act, as it is commonly known, increases the benefits time period to ...
South Carolina has no oil or gas reserves, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. So we don't have to worry about the hazards to health and the environment caused by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Right? Actually, while the direct consequences of fracking -- such as leaching of toxic chemicals into groundwater -- are not going to be a problem for residents of the Palmetto State, indirect consequences o...

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