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'Right to Work' Stalls in Missouri

March 17, 2011 by legitgov

'Right to Work' Stalls in Missouri By Mike Hall 15 Mar 2011 With some 500 workers in the Missouri state Senate gallery last night, backers of a so-called right to work bill, were unable to muster enough support to bring the legislation to a vote... Senate leaders said they would not bring the bill back up this week and it was uncertain if it would be on the agenda after the legislature's spring break next week. Last week, more than 5,000 workers rallied in St. Louis against the bill.

US energy chief: don't delay new nuclear plants

March 17, 2011 by legitgov

US energy chief: don't delay new nuclear plants [even as the old ones are melting down] 15 Mar 2011 U.S. regulators should press ahead with approving construction licenses for new nuclear power plants despite Japan's nuclear crisis, President Barack Obama's top energy official said on Tuesday. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said lessons could be learned from Japan, where an earthquake-crippled nuclear power plant exploded and blasted radiation into the air, but that was not a reason to delay expansion in the United States.

New home construction drops 22.5 percent

March 17, 2011 by legitgov

New home construction drops 22.5 percent --Commerce Department says housing starts fell to 479,000; lowest level since April 2009 and second-lowest level ever 16 Mar 2011 Builders broke ground last month on the fewest homes in nearly two years, a reflection of declines in home prices and diminished demand that has made it difficult for them to compete. The Commerce Department says home construction plunged to a seasonally adjusted 479,000 homes last month, down 22.5 percent from the previous month.

More Smoke At Melting-Down Reactor

March 17, 2011 by legitgov

More Smoke At Melting-Down Reactor --Radiation Levels 300 Times Normal South of Plant 16 Mar 2011 Smoke or steam was seen again on Thursday morning at three reactors in Japan. A top U.S. nuclear official says there is no water left in one nuclear reactor that is melting down. A Japanese oficial disputes that report. The Japanese public TV network NHK said more smoke was seen at the Fukushima plant at 7:30 a.m. local time (or 6:30 p.m. ET) at units 2, 3 and 4. NHK also said police armed with firehouse may drive up to the injured reactors and try to flood them with water. Gregory Jaczko, head of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, told Congress on Wednesday afternoon that unit 4 at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan had no water left in its containment pool, based on information obtained by the U.S.

Michigan Gov. Signs Emergency Managers Bill, Establishing Virtual Dictatorships

March 17, 2011 by legitgov

Michigan Gov. Signs Emergency Managers Bill, Establishing Virtual Dictatorships 16 Mar 2011 Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a bill giving broad new powers to emergency financial managers appointed by the state of Michigan to run struggling cities and schools, including the ability to terminate union contracts. The Republican governor signed the bill Wednesday, the same day that thousands of union protesters rallied inside and outside the Capitol to protest the bill and others they say are anti-union. Many Democrats and labor unions say it's a state power grab that could set up virtual dictatorships and strip power from local elected officials.

State police arrest protesters after scuffle inside Michigan Capitol

March 17, 2011 by legitgov

State police arrest protesters after scuffle inside Michigan Capitol 16 Mar 2011 At least four protesters were handcuffed and arrested inside the state Capitol this evening as demonstrations continued against Gov. Rick Snyder's (R-Dirt-bag) budget and legislation opponents say is anti-union. Five others have linked arms and are seated on the glass floor of the rotunda, challenging State Police to arrest them, as well. State Police Capt. Gary Nix said those arrested will be charged with trespassing and some could face additional assault charges... The arrests capped a day when at least 3,000 demonstrators flooded the state Capitol for the biggest and rowdiest protest yet against Gov. Rick Snyder's plans to tax pensions and weaken collective bargaining rights.

Japan nuclear plant: Just 48 hours to avoid 'another Chernobyl'

March 17, 2011 by legitgov

Japan nuclear plant: Just 48 hours to avoid 'another Chernobyl' 16 Mar 2011 Japan has 48 hours to bring its rapidly escalating nuclear crisis under control before it faces a catastrophe "worse than Chernobyl", it was claimed last night. Nuclear safety officials in France said they were “pessimistic” about whether engineers could prevent a meltdown at the Fukushima power plant after a pool containing spent fuel rods overheated and boiled dry. Last night radiation levels were "extremely high" in the stricken building, which was breached by an earlier explosion, meaning that radiation could now escape into the atmosphere. Tokyo Electric, the owners of the plant, said five workers had been killed at the site, two were missing and 21 had been injured.

KBR Managers Got Kickbacks From Subcontractor in Iraq, Kuwait, U.S. Says

March 16, 2011 by legitgov

KBR Managers Got Kickbacks From Subcontractor in Iraq, Kuwait, U.S. Says 16 Mar 2011 KBR Inc. managers in Iraq and Kuwait took $45,000 in kickbacks from a dining facility subcontractor from late 2002 through 2003, the U.S. said in a lawsuit. Terry Hall, who was KBR’s regional food services manager for the two countries, and his deputy, Luther Holmes, were accused of violating the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Act yesterday in U.S. claims court in Washington. The allegation came as a counterclaim in a 2009 lawsuit against the government by Houston-based Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc., a KBR unit seeking $41 million for an alleged breach of contract.

GOP Lawmaker Wants 200 New Reactors Built in U.S. by 2040

March 16, 2011 by legitgov

GOP Lawmaker Wants 200 New Reactors Built in U.S. by 2040 --Nuclear power lobbyists try to limit damage from Japan crisis on Capitol Hill 16 Mar 2011 Nuclear power advocates are waging an intense lobbying campaign on Capitol Hill this week in an attempt to limit the political fallout from the reactor nuclear crisis in Japan... Lobbyists with the Nuclear Energy Institute and some of the United States's largest energy firms, including [Obama paymaster] Exelon of Chicago, are holding meetings with key lawmakers and briefings for staff members in an attempt to tamp down talk of restrictions in response to the Japanese [nuclear] disaster. Most Republicans, meanwhile, remain enthusiastic boosters for nuclear power even as they push for spending cuts at the Office of Nuclear Energy and elsewhere. The House budget bill passed earlier this year included more than $330 million in cuts for nuclear waste disposal, safety oversight and other programs, according to advocacy groups. One bill, proposed by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and co-sponsored by more than 50 others, calls for 200 new nuclear power plants by 2040.

U.S. forces kept away from Japan nuclear plant area

March 16, 2011 by legitgov

U.S. forces kept away from Japan nuclear plant area --U.S. Navy advised families on two U.S. bases to limit outdoor activities and shut off external ventilation after detecting higher-than-normal doses of radiation 16 Mar 2011 The U.S. military on Wednesday ordered troops to stay at least 50 miles away from a crippled Japanese nuclear power plant and started prescribed medication ahead of higher-risk relief missions amid growing concerns about radiation. The Pentagon said Japan's escalating nuclear crisis would not stop its massive relief mission, which has seen 14 U.S. warships take position offshore to ferry food and water to survivors of last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Pentagon: Bradley Manning not in solitary confinement, but in 'single-occupancy cell'

March 16, 2011 by legitgov

Pentagon: Bradley Manning is not in solitary confinement, but in 'single-occupancy cell' --Pentagon: Manning not being humiliated By Josh Rogin 14 Mar 2011 Pentagon Deputy Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Media Operations Col. David Lapan wrote into The Cable Monday to take issue with our post on the resignation of P.J. Crowley and tell us that alleged WikiLeaks source Private Bradley Manning is not being held in isolation, is not subject to humiliation, and no longer has to sleep without his underwear... Here's what Lapan had to say about Manning's conditions: "Quantico is a military brig, not a prison, and it is not a maximum security facility. Manning, however, is considered a maximum custody detainee. He is not 'under isolation 23 hours a day.' Here are the facts of his pre-trial confinement: PFC Manning is not in solitary confinement. He has a single-occupancy cell, like all of the other detainees..."

Foreign bankers flee Tokyo as nuclear crisis deepens

March 16, 2011 by legitgov

No worries! The architects (and ultimately, the benefactors) of the nuclear disaster are safe! Foreign bankers flee Tokyo as nuclear crisis deepens --Jet operator: Cost of flying 14 people to Hong Kong from Tokyo was more than $160,000 16 Mar 2011 Foreign bankers are fleeing Tokyo as Japan's nuclear crisis worsens, scrambling for commercial and charter flights out of the country and into other major cities in the region. BNP Paribas, Standard Chartered and Morgan Stanley were among the banks whose staff have left since Friday's earthquake and tsunami, and now a nuclear plant disaster, according to industry sources with direct knowledge of the matter.

Japan's earthquake death toll set to hit 25,000

March 16, 2011 by legitgov

Japan's earthquake death toll set to hit 25,000 as it emerges ANOTHER town has 10,000 people missing --Ishinomaki confirms the huge number of its citizens missing --North Eastern port town was hit by 20ft tsunami 16 Mar 2011 The terrible toll of Japan's double disaster became clearer today as it emerged as many as 25,000 people could be dead. As rescue crews trawled through mile after mile of tsunami-stricken wasteland, officials from the coastal town of Ishinomaki confirmed that 10,000 of their citizens were missing. The unimaginable figure is the same given as in the town of Minamisanriku, also in Miyagi state, which lost around half its population when it was razed to the ground by the 20 foot high wall of water.

Pakistan frees CIA contractor after 'blood money' deal

March 16, 2011 by legitgov

Under cover of nuclear meltdown: Pakistan frees CIA contractor after 'blood money' deal 17 Mar 2011 One of the biggest crises between Pakistan and the United States has been defused after a Lahore court released Raymond Davis, a CIA contractor facing charges of double murder, after a blood-money settlement was paid to families of the victims. While the release of Mr Davis cools tensions, after plunging relations to a low point, it is likely to inflame an already enraged Pakistani public and media. Islamist parties took to the streets in protest last night. Each of the two men's families were paid $700,000 (£437,000) by the CIA, senior Pakistani officials told The Independent.

Fukushima No. 4 reactor's coolant may be boiling, evaporating

March 16, 2011 by legitgov

Fukushima No. 4 reactor's coolant may be boiling, evaporating 16 Mar 2011 Fukushima’s imperiled nuclear plant is now facing another crisis, with authorities there stating a fourth reactor’s nuclear waste is overheating, which could lead to more spent fuel becoming unstable, compounding an already dire situation. After explosions at the No. 1 and No. 3 reactors at Fukushima’s Dai Ichi nuclear facility in Japan destroyed containment buildings, latest reports reveal the growing crisis now includes an unstable situation at its No. 4 reactor.

UN Calls Emergency Meeting as Japan Nuclear Crisis Deepens

March 16, 2011 by legitgov

UN Calls Emergency Meeting as Japan Nuclear Crisis Deepens 17 Mar 2011 The United Nations’ nuclear agency will call an emergency meeting to discuss the crisis in Japan as a breach at the stricken Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant increased the risk of a radioactive leak. IAEA Chief Yukiya Amano is flying to Tokyo to talk with authorities today and will return for the meeting as soon as possible, he told reporters in Vienna yesterday. It will be the first extraordinary meeting of the agency’s 35-member board since his election to succeed Mohamed ElBaradei two years ago.

Obama's final four bracket: All #1 seeds

March 16, 2011 by legitgov

Obama's final four bracket: All #1 seeds 16 Mar 2011 For the third straight year, President Obama has made public his NCAA men's basketball tournament bracket, and this year the Democrat has gone conservative: His final four consists of the four number one seeds, Duke, Kansas, Ohio State and Pittsburgh. Mr. Obama, perhaps sensitive to charges that he isn't taking risks with his picks, noted in unveiling the bracket that he has never picked all #1 seeds before. For the national champion, Mr. Obama selected Kansas - the same team he chose last year, and one that was upset in the second round on that tournament. He acknowledged that he "got hurt" with the Kansas pick last year but said he expected the team to make it up to him this year and beat Ohio State in the final. [so·ci·o·path –noun Psychiatry. A person, as a psychopathic personality, whose behavior is antisocial and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.]

Foreign Office tells all Britons to leave toxic radiation zone as Japanese 'lose control' of stricken reactor

March 16, 2011 by legitgov

Get out of Tokyo: Foreign Office tells all Britons to leave toxic radiation zone as Japanese 'lose control' of stricken reactor --French minister: 'Let's not beat about the bush, they've essentially lost control' --Radioactive steam spews into atmosphere from reactor number three --Experts warn that crisis is 'approaching point of no return' as officials run out of options --Officials commandeer police water cannon to spray complex --Attempts to dump water on reactors by helicopter fail --Two more previously stable reactors begin to heat up --Workers battling nuclear meltdown evacuated for hours today after radiation levels increased 16 Mar 2011 The UK government is urging all British nationals to leave Tokyo as soon as possible amid fresh safety fears. The Foreign Office this evening issued a statement recommending that all Britons leave the area for their own safety. At least 17,000 UK citizens live in Japan, the vast majority of them in Tokyo. The plea came as the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant in northeast Japan worsened amid concerns of a radiation leak. Frantic attempts to cool down the reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant following Friday's earthquake and tsunami had to be suspended after high radiation levels were recorded. Technicians later returned, but it was another setback in Japanese efforts to avoid a nuclear catastrophe.

Military Rescuers Brace for Japan Radiation in U.S. Aid Flights

March 16, 2011 by legitgov

Military Rescuers Brace for Japan Radiation in U.S. Aid Flights 15 Mar 2011 Low levels of radiation exposure probably will become "a fact of life" for U.S. military forces flying relief and rescue missions to aid victims of Japan’s earthquake as they near areas affected by leaks from a damaged nuclear plant, according to a U.S. Navy spokesman. "Having crews return with detectable levels of radiation is going to be a fact of life with this mission for the foreseeable future," said Lieutenant Anthony Falvo, a spokesman for the Seventh Fleet in Japan... The Navy treated two Seventh Fleet air crew members with potassium iodide pills as a precaution this week after they became contaminated with radiation emitted from the damaged nuclear plant at Fukushima.

Japan's neighbors monitor shipments for radiation as nuclear crisis escalates

March 16, 2011 by legitgov

Japan's neighbors monitor shipments for radiation as nuclear crisis escalates 16 Mar 2011 Japan's neighbors have ordered strengthened radiation monitoring of shipments from the earthquake-stricken country amid its frantic attempts to cool overheating reactors at a damaged nuclear power plant... Regulators in China, which is Japan's largest trading partner, issued an order Wednesday calling for radiation monitoring to track any goods possibly contaminated by leaks from nuclear power reactors damaged by Friday's 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan. Several other Asian nations were taking similar precautions.

Bradley Manning's military doctors accused over treatment

March 16, 2011 by legitgov

Bradley Manning's military doctors accused over treatment --WikiLeaks suspect treated cruelly, says rights group, which accuses psychiatrists of 'violating ethical duties' 15 Mar 2011 A leading group of doctors in the US concerned with the ethical treatment of patients has questioned the role of military psychiatrists in Quantico, Virginia, where the suspected WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning is being subjected to harsh treatment that some call torture. The advocacy body Physicians for Human Rights has sounded the alarm over the role of psychiatrists at the brig in the marine base where Manning has been in custody since last July. The group sees the psychiatrists as trapped in a situation of "dual loyalty", where their obligations to the military chain of command may conflict with their medical duty to protect their patient.

6 killed, 1,000 injured in Bahrain

March 16, 2011 by legitgov

6 killed, 1,000 injured in Bahrain 16 Mar 2011 At least six Bahrainis have been killed and more than 1,000 others injured by government security forces and Saudi troops, and thousands of Bahrainis have marched to the Saudi Embassy. At least five villages came under attack by soldiers and helicopters using live ammunition against the protesters. A medical source told AFP on Tuesday that the victims were shot with buckshot.

Israeli planes violate Lebanon airspace

March 16, 2011 by legitgov

Israeli planes violate Lebanon airspace 16 Mar 2011 Four Israeli fighter jets have penetrated Lebanon's airspace and flown over parts of the country in violation of a UN Security Council resolution. The Israeli aircraft crossed into Lebanese airspace over the southern border town of Alma al-Shaab at 9:45 a.m. local time (0645 GMT) on Monday and conducted several unwarranted flights above southern Lebanon, a Press TV correspondent cited a statement released by the Lebanese military. The Israeli warplanes left Lebanese airspace at 11:20 a.m. (0820 GMT) while flying over the country's southern region.

Activist killed in northern Yemen

March 16, 2011 by legitgov

Activist killed in northern Yemen 16 Mar 2011 Supporters of Yemen's ruling General People's Congress (GPC) have killed an opposition activist in a gun battle in northern Yemen. Naji Nasm, who backed the opposition Islah (Reform) party, was shot dead during a demonstration in the northern province of al-Jawf on Tuesday. At least eight protesters and three soldiers have been killed since Saturday, raising the death toll during the unrest to almost 40.

Tokyo Electric Says 2 Nuclear Reactor Cores May Be Damaged

March 16, 2011 by legitgov

Tokyo Electric Says 2 Nuclear Reactor Cores May Be Damaged 16 Mar 2011  fire and aftershocks struck the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi power plant today, as officials battling to prevent a nuclear meltdown said fuel rods at two reactors may have been damaged. Clouds of white smoke or steam started rising from reactor buildings at 10 a.m. and moving westward inland. Japan Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said radiation levels at the plant rose at that time but have since fallen. About 70 percent of the uranium-plutonium fuel rods at the plant’s No. 1 reactor and a third of the No. 2 reactor’s fuel may have been impaired, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.

General Sees Joint Military Bases for Afghans After 2014

March 16, 2011 by legitgov

General Sees Joint Military Bases for Afghans After 2014 16 Mar 2011 The U.S. commander in Afghanistan and the Pentagon’s top policy officer on Tuesday described the value of sustaining a long-term relationship with Kabul, and raised the possibility of operating joint military bases with local forces long after foreign troops are scheduled to withdraw in 2014. Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of American and coalition forces, told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee that "it's very important to stay engaged in a region in which we have such vital interests [aka gas and opium pipelines]."

Libya: world leaders reject military intervention

March 16, 2011 by legitgov

Libya: world leaders reject military intervention 15 Mar 2011 World leaders on Tuesday refused all forms of military intervention in Libya, abandoning Col Muammar Gaddafi's fleeing opposition to its fate. France and Britain failed to persuade other world powers meeting in Paris to impose a no-fly zone over the country, where pro-Gaddafi forces claimed to have taken the last major town before the rebel capital, Benghazi. The no-fly proposal was absent from the G8 foreign ministers' closing statement in Paris, following resistance from Russia, Germany and the US. China, a United Nations security council veto-holder, is also opposed.

Russia says Japan may face meltdown at six reactors

March 16, 2011 by legitgov

Russia says Japan may face meltdown at six reactors 15 Mar 2011 Russia's nuclear chief warned on Tuesday that all six reactors at a stricken Japanese nuclear plant could melt down unless the authorities scrambled to cool down the nuclear fuel rods. Japan is grappling with a nuclear disaster after the quake-crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant exploded in the worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in Soviet Ukraine. Sergei Kiriyenko, who holds sway over most of the former Soviet Union's nuclear facilities, told Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin that under the worst case scenario all six reactors could melt down.

Japan plans to bulldoze access route to damaged nuclear plant

March 16, 2011 by legitgov

Japan plans to bulldoze access route to damaged nuclear plant 16 Mar 2011 Japan's nuclear safety agency said on Wednesday that operators of nuclear power plant that was critically damaged by an earthquake and tsunami last week plan to bulldoze an emergency route to the facility to allow access for fire trucks. The Daiichi plant in Fukushima, northern Japan, was billowing smoke or steam on Wednesday after fire broke out at the crippled facility.

Last Defense at Troubled Reactors: 50 Japanese Workers

March 16, 2011 by legitgov

Last Defense at Troubled Reactors: 50 Japanese Workers [Truth be told, Scott Walker - and the GOP - would have their benefits cut.] 16 Mar 2011 A small crew of technicians, braving radiation and fire, became the only people remaining at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station on Tuesday -- and perhaps Japan’s last chance of preventing a broader nuclear catastrophe... They are the faceless 50, the unnamed operators who stayed behind. They have volunteered, or been assigned, to pump seawater on dangerously exposed nuclear fuel, already thought to be partly melting and spewing radioactive material, to prevent full meltdowns that could throw thousands of tons of radioactive dust high into the air and imperil millions of their compatriots... The workers are being asked to make escalating -- and perhaps existential -- sacrifices that so far are being only implicitly acknowledged: Japan’s Health Ministry said Tuesday it was raising the legal limit on the amount of radiation to which each worker could be exposed, to 250 millisieverts from 100 millisieverts, five times the maximum exposure permitted for American nuclear plant workers.

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