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[UK] Greater Manchester to control £6bn NHS budget

Greater Manchester is to become the first English region to get full control of its health spending, as part of an extension of devolved powers. Chancellor George Osborne said the £6bn health and social care budget would be taken over by the region's cou
BBC Online
added Feb 26, 2015 08:42

Govern Yourselves, State Lawmakers Tell Cities, but Not Too Much

Often these efforts are driven by industry, which finds it easier to wield influence in 50 capitols than in thousands of city hall...The strategy was pioneered by tobacco companies 30 years ago to override local smoking bans. It was perfected by the Natio
New York Times
added Feb 23, 2015 13:27

Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher

Historians and sociologists of science say that since the tobacco wars of the 1960s, corporations trying to block legislation that hurts their interests have employed a strategy of creating the appearance of scientific doubt, usually with the help of ost
New York Times
added Feb 21, 2015 22:27

Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science?

“Everybody should be questioning,” says McNutt. “That’s a hallmark of a scientist. But then they should use the scientific method, or trust people using the scientific method, to decide which way they fall on those questions.” We need to get a lot better
National Geographic
added Feb 18, 2015 22:08

[New York] City Asbestos Judge Slashes $190M Award to $30M

But Madden, although giving "great deference" to the jury's verdicts, "conclude[d] that in each of these five cases, the jury's verdict as to damages deviate from reasonable compensation"
New York Law Journal
added Feb 18, 2015 11:24

Mesothelioma Victims Center Now Discusses Secondhand Asbestos Exposure and Spouses Who Have Been Diagnosed With Mesothelioma Because of What an Industrial Worker Brought Home

The group says, "Secondhand mesothelioma compensation claims can be just as valuable as compensation claims for individuals that developed the rare cancer from daily exposure in the work place, which is why we urge anyone in this situation to contact us
PR Newswire
added Feb 13, 2015 14:50
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Bob Bauer’s Advice on Campaign Finance Reform: Aim Low, or Prepare to Get Sued

Former White House counsel Robert Bauer on Wednesday urged the Federal Election Commission to aim low in crafting new rules for campaign contributions in the wake of a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down certain donation limits.
National Law Journal
added Feb 11, 2015 17:11

[California] Medical marijuana use limited by location

A sign posted at a house on West First Avenue warns marijuana users to not use the property to smoke weed. Despite California having laws that allow medicinal marijuana, restrictions still remain that limit where it can be used.
The Orion (Calif. State U. Chico)
added Feb 11, 2015 22:36

ABOUT THE MACKINAC CENTER Does the Mackinac Center Have a Point of View?

Our focus on economics draws support from market-oriented libertarians, moderates and conservatives. Mackinac Center staff, directors and scholars reflect this diversity. ...We look forward to the day when the myths and fears of free-market capitalism a
Mackinac Center for Public Policy
added Feb 10, 2015 07:47

[Alaska] What if my neighbors' pot smoke violates my airspace?

other codes or laws may apply in situations where the byproducts of marijuana consumption cross property lines in situations like yours, measures like health codes and public and private nuisance laws. A section of Anchorage code (AMC 15.20.020) addressin
Anchorage (AK) Daily News
added Feb 6, 2015 11:54
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