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NC GreenTravel program reaches three-digit milestone
RALEIGH – A state environmental program recently recognized North Carolina’s 100th tourism business for its use of sustainable practices that save energy and protect the environment.
12 states now have plans for a minimum wage of $9 or more
WASHINGTON - Rhode Island last week joined 11 other states that plan to raise their minimum wage to at least $9 over the next several years.
Bombing suspect's classmate hid evidence to shield him, jury told
BOSTON - A college classmate of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev conspired with other young men to protect their friend, "who they knew was being investigated for the Boston Marathon bombings," a prosecutor told federal court jurors.
Backlash has begun against gluten-free dieters
WASHINGTON - The swelling ranks of Americans adopting gluten-free diets have given rise to another hot trend: people calling the whole thing a bunch of baloney.
Can plants hear? Study finds that vibrations prompt some to boost their defenses
WASHINGTON - They have no specialized structure to perceive sound as we do, but a new study has found that plants can discern the sound of predators through tiny vibrations of their leaves - and beef up their defenses in response.
Nation's first soda tax could come to Berkeley
The Berkeley City Council unanimously decided last week to put the 1-cent-per-ounce tax on the ballot this November. Approving the tax would mean a major defeat for the soda industry, which has spent millions to crush the effort nationwide.
NCSU STUDY: Science and Cookies: Researchers Tap Into Citizen Science To Shed Light on Ant Diversity
The following release is from NC State University:
Scientists from North Carolina State University and the University of Florida have combined cookies, citizen science and robust research methods to track the diversity of ant species across the United States, and are now collaborating with international partners to get a global perspective on how ants are moving and surviving in the modern world.
EPA approves state agency approach to development of site specific nutrient criteria for waterways
The following release was issued by NCDENR:
RALEIGH – A N.C. Division of Water Resources plan to develop numeric criteria to address nutrients in the state’s lakes, rivers and estuaries has received approval from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Cattle at record signals higher beef costs for July 4th grillers
CHICAGO - Cattle futures extended a rally to a record as Americans are gearing up to pay the most ever for beef served at barbecues over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Want Fireworks? State Fire Marshal Urges Residents to Attend Community Shows
RALEIGH — Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin warns North Carolinians about the dangers of fireworks as they celebrate the upcoming July 4th weekend.
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