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Republican Lawmakers Target 'Micro-Unions'

March 26, 2015 9:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

“When the National Labor Relations Board decided to allow micro-unions, they tipped the scales dramatically in favor of unions and neglected 77 years’ worth of precedent in collective bargaining.”

Proposed Bill Would Create Organic-Type Labels For Non-Modified Foods

March 25, 2015 10:21 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Under the legislation, the Agriculture Department would oversee the certification, as it does with organics.

Meat Industry Exec: Federal Panel Inconsistent In Developing Dietary Guidelines

March 24, 2015 3:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

“It is not appropriate for the person designing a better light bulb to be telling Americans how to make a better sandwich," Booren said. "Sustainability is a complex issue best left to those with the necessary expertise.”

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FDA Warns Cosmetics Companies Against Promises That 'Go Too Far'

March 24, 2015 1:47 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The agency issued warning letters to companies regarding skin and hair products indicating they should either remove those claims or seek FDA approval.

GOP Lawmaker Targets Obama Climate Plan

March 24, 2015 1:39 pm | by Matthew Daly, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky unveiled a draft bill that would allow governors to veto compliance with the federal rule if the governor determines it would cause significant rate hikes for electricity or harm reliability in the state.

Obama To Announce $240M In New Pledges For STEM

March 23, 2015 10:16 am | by Darlene Superville, The Associated Press | News | Comments

At the White House Science Fair on Monday, Obama will announce more than $240 million in pledges to boost the study of those fields, known as STEM. This year's fair is focused on diversity.                                            

Obama Administration Proposes Fracking Rules

March 20, 2015 2:34 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

"Current federal well-drilling regulations are more than 30 years old and they simply have not kept pace with the technical complexities of today’s hydraulic fracturing operations."                                                     

FDA Approves Genetically Engineered Potatoes, Apples As Safe

March 20, 2015 2:10 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Keith Ridler, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the genetically engineered foods, saying they are "as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts."                                                                        

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Largest U.S. Cache Of Chemical Weapons About To Be Destroyed

March 18, 2015 2:50 pm | by Dan Elliot, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. acquired 30,600 tons of mustard and nerve agents, but it never used them in war. Nearly 90 percent of its original stockpile has already been destroyed.             

U.S. Sets New Record For Denying, Censoring Government Files

March 18, 2015 10:17 am | by Ted Bridis, The Associated Press | News | Comments

In nearly 1 in 3 cases, when someone challenged under appeal the administration's initial decision to censor or withhold files, the government reconsidered and acknowledged it was at least partly wrong.       

Lawmakers Weigh In On 'Net Neutrality'

March 17, 2015 1:49 pm | by Anne Flaherty, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers are getting their chance this week to weigh in on the "net neutrality" debate that has pitted Internet activists against big cable companies and prompted a record number of public comments filed to U.S. regulators.   

EPA, FDA Sign Data Sharing Agreement

March 17, 2015 10:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The FDA and EPA said the process would provide more complete information during risk assessments and regulatory decisions.                     

Obama Says He Is Prepared To Fight GOP Over Education

March 16, 2015 2:36 pm | by Nedra Pickler, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama said if the Republican budget doesn't reflect those priorities, they will have "a major debate."                         

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GMO Divide Continues Despite USDA 'Workshop On Coexistence'

March 16, 2015 10:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

"Organic is the future of American agriculture."                                

At Odds With Google, US Seeks New Rule On Computer Access

March 13, 2015 10:26 am | by Eric Tucker, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Justice Department is at odds with Google and privacy groups over the government's push to make it easier to locate and hack into computers in criminal investigations, a simmering conflict with constitutional and policy implications.

Meat Industry Fights New Dietary Proposal

March 11, 2015 8:35 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The meat industry is seeing red. Meat companies have tried to rehabilitate an image tarnished in recent years by health and environmental concerns. Now the industry is swiftly and aggressively working to discredit a proposal...       

Chemical Regulations Act Gets A Major Reboot—But Not Everyone Is Applauding

March 11, 2015 8:28 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

On Tuesday, a pair of Senators introduced a major reform bill that would overhaul the 39-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act. The bill  —called the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act for the 21st Century — was introduced...   

Kochs Say No To Dems' Probe Into Climate Research Funding

March 11, 2015 8:17 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The industrial conglomerate run by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch is refusing to provide Democratic lawmakers with information on whether it has paid for climate change research. Last month, three Democratic senators sent 100 letters to...

Senator Faces Scrutiny Over Sweeping Chemical Bill

March 11, 2015 4:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and a Senate colleague have introduced a bill that would overhaul 40-year-old federal regulations that govern the nation's chemical industry. The bill submitted Tuesday and co-sponsored by Udall, a New Mexico Democrat, and Sen. David Vitter,...

Obama To Announce Effort To Boost High-Tech Training, Hiring

March 9, 2015 9:55 am | by Jim Kuknhenn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is focusing on high-tech jobs in his bid to make progress on stagnant wages in this country. Obama has obtained commitments from more than 300 employers as well as local governments in 20 regions of the country to train and hire high technology workers...

Obama's Pro-Trade Allies Fight Claims About China's Currency

March 9, 2015 4:15 am | by Charles Babington, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Supporters of President Barack Obama's trade agenda are battling opponents' demands to bar China from keeping its currency value artificially low, a way to subsidize exports. The accusations frustrate and challenge Obama's allies on several fronts. First, they say, it's not...

Bipartisan Resolution Promotes The Internet Of Things

March 6, 2015 9:40 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Why the Senate’s support for IoT is great news for manufacturers.                              

Senate Fails To Override Obama's Keystone Veto

March 5, 2015 2:28 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate on Wednesday failed to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill to construct the Keystone XL pipeline, the first of many confrontations between the Republican-controlled Congress and the White House this year over energy policy...

Top Senate Republican Tells States: Ignore EPA Carbon Rules

March 5, 2015 1:40 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate's top Republican is telling states to ignore a central part of President Barack Obama's plans to curb the pollution blamed for global warming. In an op-ed published Tuesday in the Lexington Herald-Leader, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says states should reject...

Unions Lobby Against Giving Obama Trade Authority

March 5, 2015 10:11 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

More than 400 union workers planned to lobby lawmakers Wednesday against giving the Obama administration heightened power to negotiate trade agreements. Amid ongoing talks over trade pacts with Pacific Rim nations and Europe, the White House sought Trade Promotion...

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