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‘Cash for Clunkers’ and health care

The federal government's "Cash for Clunkers" program ran out of money in a matter of days. The program, which pays people to trade in perfectly serviceable automobiles so the government can turn the cars into scrap, was not expected to reach the costs that it did.

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Rural neighborhoods going commercial

For the past four years, a group of people have been meeting with Maricopa County Planning and Development staff members behind closed doors to amend a zoning ordinance that will affect properties countywide. The issue will go before the County Board of Supervisors for a vote on Aug. 19, yet property owners know little of its existence.

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Lincoln not first to name Ariz. a territory

An article in the July 24 edition of the Capitol Times, “The curious death of the ‘Father of Arizona’”, is correctly – although incompletely – reported. Abraham Lincoln actually was the second president to name Arizona a territory. The first ...

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Nuclear energy production leaves carbon footprint, plus more (access required)

Arizona Capitol Times Reporter Anjanette Riley stumbled into the common fallacy that nuclear energy production involves no carbon emissions (‘Green' energy debate over nuclear vs. solar heats up, June 5). However, the uranium necessary for nuclear plants is mined with carbon-emitting machinery, transported in carbon-emitting vehicles to carbon-emitting milling and processing plants and transported again in carbon-emitting vehicles to generating plant sites.

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Factory farms create ideal breeding grounds for disease (access required)

The World Health Organization has ratcheted up the threat alert for the Swine Flu epidemic. Along with the avian flu of a decade ago, the Hong Kong flu of 1968, and the Asian flu of 1957, Swine Flu has been traced to animal waste in a factory farm. Its H1N1 type virus is nearly identical to that of the Spanish flu, which killed more than 50 million people during a two-year period in 1918-1919.

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