September 24, 2012 -
As the boom in oil and gas drilling sends a surge of waste into underground injection wells, safeguards for disposing of these materials are sometimes being ignored or circumvented.
September 21, 2012 -
From the health costs of air pollution, to the expense of preparing first responders for dealing with disasters, fracking for natural gas comes at a heavy price to local communities.
September 20, 2012 -
Under the Affordable Care Act, racial and ethnic differentials in health insurance coverage are poised to shrink due to the extension of coverage to hundreds of thousands of individuals and families, particularly through the Medicaid expansion.
September 14, 2012 -
The U.S. solar market is growing by leaps and bounds, thanks in part to policies pursued by the Obama administration. But fossil fuel interests are spending heavily in this election to ensure it's a one-term administration.
September 12, 2012 -
Florida, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia are among the states that could do a better job of protecting voters from "bullies at the ballot box," according to a new report from voting rights watchdogs.
September 10, 2012 -
Sanderson Farms of Mississippi just posted a 22 percent jump in revenue and announced plans to build a new plant in North Carolina. Meanwhile, workers at its Hazelhurt, Miss. plant are protesting poor working conditions.
September 4, 2012 -
With conventions in Florida and North Carolina, all eyes are on the South. Here's your crash course in the key issues and trends to watch in the region's fast-changing political landscape.
August 30, 2012 -
The chemical industry is promoting a type of petrochemical plant known as an "ethane cracker" as a job creator for North Carolina once it begins fracking for natural gas in a couple of years. But such plants produce high levels of toxic pollution that take their toll on the health of nearby residents.
August 27, 2012 -
The North Carolina General Assembly's Republican leaders are raising more money from special-interest political action committees than their predecessors, despite promises to end the state's "pay to play" political culture.