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More regulatory failure: FDA didn't inspect syringe plant despite complaints

February 27, 2009 - It hasn't been a good year so far in terms of preventing regulatory failures at Southern manufacturing plants. The nation is still reeling from a massive salmonella outbreak linked to peanut products from the Peanut Corporation of America's plant in Blakely, Ga., that has sickened sickened some 666 people and may have contributed to nine deaths.

Poisoned patriots: North Carolina's toxic marine base

June 13, 2007 - In a recent debate on North Carolina Public Radio, N.C. Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue (D) insisted that there are "no downsides" to her plan of expanding military bases and defense industries in the state. I disagreed, citing the Institute's recent report North Carolina at War, which documents the social, economic and other costs of being "the most military-friendly state in the nation."

Will NC legislature take a stand against torture?

May 14, 2007 - Last week on "The State of Things," North Carolina Public Radio's popular call-in show, N.C. Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue stated that she saw "no downsides" to dramatically expanding the role of military bases and contractors in the state, a new campaign she has launched (you can listen to the show here).

Don't miss the Institute on "The State of Things"

May 10, 2007 - We had a spirited discussion today on "The State of Things," North Carolina Public Radio's popular public affairs show, about military business in North Carolina. Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue -- who recently launched the North Carolina Military Foundation -- started off with an interview where she extolled the benefits of luring more defense dollars to North Carolina (even saying she didn't see "any" downsides or social costs to it).