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Environmental justice activist and 2020 MacArthur Fellow Catherine Coleman Flowers speaks at a "Fire Drill Fridays" event, part of a movement that seeks to draw attention to the global "climate emergency." Courtesy of Catherine Coleman Flowers

Wastewater Is The Infrastructure Crisis ‘People Don’t Want To Talk About’

Some infrastructure concerns go far less discussed than others including, notably, the issue of wastewater and sanitation. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, the country’s wastewater treatment plants are functioning at an average of “81 percent of their design capacities,” and 15 percent have “reached or exceeded” that capacity. Drinking water service disruptions and flooding from sewer backups and other infrastructure failures cost U.S. households $2 billion in 2019. Continue Reading Wastewater Is The Infrastructure Crisis ‘People Don’t Want To Talk About’

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Supreme Court Rules For Worshippers And Against California COVID Restrictions

For the fifth time, the U.S. Supreme Court has sided with religious adherents and against California’s COVID-19 restrictions. This time, the court barred the state from enforcing a rule that for now limits both religious and non-religious gatherings in homes to no more than three households. Continue Reading Supreme Court Rules For Worshippers And Against California COVID Restrictions

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Boeing Warns Of Possible Electrical Issue, And Airlines Ground Some 737 Max Planes

A new possible problem with Boeing’s 737 Max airplanes has several airlines once again pulling dozens of the troubled jets out of service. Boeing said in a statement that it has “recommended to 16 customers that they address a potential electrical issue in a specific group of 737 MAX airplanes prior to further operations.” Continue Reading Boeing Warns Of Possible Electrical Issue, And Airlines Ground Some 737 Max Planes

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Workers at Amazon's facility in Bessemer, Ala., held a historic vote on whether to form the company's first warehouse union. CREDIT: Bill Barrow/AP

It’s A No: Hopes For Amazon’s First Unionized Warehouse Go Unfulfilled In Historic Election

The vast majority of votes cast by Amazon’s workers in Bessemer, Ala., were against joining the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union in a stinging defeat of the union drive. The final tally showed 1,798 votes against unionizing and 738 votes in favor of the union. Continue Reading It’s A No: Hopes For Amazon’s First Unionized Warehouse Go Unfulfilled In Historic Election

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Biden greets former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords after speaking Thursday about gun violence prevention in the White House Rose Garden. Giffords and other advocates in favor of stricter gun laws attended the announcement. CREDIT: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

‘It Has To Stop’: President Biden Takes Initial Action On Guns, Calls On Congress To Do More

Declaring U.S gun violence an “epidemic” and “an international embarrassment,” President Biden outlined actions to regulate certain firearms and to try to prevent gun violence after a spate of mass shootings in recent weeks and pressure from advocates. Continue Reading ‘It Has To Stop’: President Biden Takes Initial Action On Guns, Calls On Congress To Do More

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Vaccine Refusal May Put Herd Immunity At Risk, Researchers Warn

A recent NPR/Marist poll found that one in four Americans said they would refuse a coronavirus vaccine outright if offered. Another 5% are “undecided” about whether they would get the shot. Although the numbers were highest for Republican men and residents of rural areas, there were still a significant number of people across all ages and demographic groups who claim they will say “no.” Continue Reading Vaccine Refusal May Put Herd Immunity At Risk, Researchers Warn

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