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bloomberg.com

by David Wethe

November 14, 2016

Brian Kalt's got a pretty funky plan to stop the surge in earthquakes in Oklahoma and save the state's reeling oil industry.

Kalt forms part of a crush of entrepreneurs who are cooking up ways to fix Oklahoma's quake problem. There's an MIT grad who concocted a system that turns the salt slurry into a thick, and easier to dispose, brine; and an Oklahoma native who devised a process that allows drillers to put the water to use in other parts of their operations; even General Electric Co. is tinkering with an idea or two (though it wasn't willing to reveal much about what they might look like).

forbes.com

by Debra Borchardt

November 10, 2016

California's Proposition 64 to legalize recreational marijuana is going to have a big influence on the rest of the United States.

It is highly likely the measure will pass Tuesday. On Oct, 16, a SurveyUSA poll showed 51% in favor and 40% against. More recently, a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll showed 58% for and 34% against the ballot measure.

reuters.com

by Jilian Mincer

November 9, 2016

California voters on Tuesday approved significant tax increases on cigarettes and vaping devices, but similar measures fell short in Colorado, North Dakota and Missouri.

California's Proposition 56 will increase taxes on a pack of cigarettes from 87 cents to $2.87, bringing it more in line with other states. The measure also sets a tax on electronic cigarettes. "This is a huge victory for tobacco prevention efforts," said John Schachter, director of state communications for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. He said that California, which recently raised the smoking age to 21, could inspire other states to pass similar laws.

insideclimatenews.org

by Marianne Lavelle

November 9, 2016

Washington State voters rejected a proposal for the nation's first carbon tax Tuesday, defeating a landmark attempt to address climate change that had divided environmental activists.

The carbon tax was expected to raise $2 billion annually through higher prices for gasoline and fossil fuel-fired electricity. It would have given all the money back, and then some, to the state's residents and businesses through a sales tax cut, rebates for working families and a tax break for manufacturers.

heraldnet.com

November 9, 2016

SEATTLE - A Thurston County judge has penalized a food industry group $18 million for concealing the true source of contributions to oppose a 2013 food labeling initiative.

Judge Anne Hirsch on Wednesday found the Grocery Manufacturers Association "intentionally violated" state campaign finance disclosure laws as it raised and spent money to defeat Initiative 522. That failed ballot measure would have required labeling of genetically modified foods.

statnews.com

by Andrew Joseph

November 9, 2016

A proposal to release genetically altered mosquitoes into the Florida Keys hit a stumbling block, with voters expressing ambivalence about the plan.

Residents split on the possibility of a trial, with one ballot initiative open only to residents of Key Haven, where the trial would take place, failing, and another initiative open to all residents of surrounding Monroe County being approved.

sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

November 9, 2016

SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) - Voters in Sonoma County passed 18 of 23 measures in Tuesday's election. Four measures failed and one measure is still too close to call.

Measure M, a ban on genetically engineered organisms in the unincorporated area of the county, passed with 56 percent. It needed majority approval.

kut.org

by Rhonda Fanning

November 6, 2016

Two Texas child welfare masters appointed by a federal judge will soon file a proposal that will cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars to help overhaul the child protection system.

Mike Ward has been covering the story for the Houston Chronicle. He says Jack gave the appointees a list of issues to look at in the system, most of which involve keeping kids safe while in state custody. State lawmakers are close to approving emergency funds nearing $88 million to hire additional caseworkers, investigators, and other front-line personnel so that the state can keep up with its intake of children.

texastribune.org

by Marissa Evans

November 6, 2016

Special masters hired by the state to scrutinize the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services say the embattled agency should increase its focus on improving the timeliness in seeing children under its care.

In their 13-page report, special masters Kevin Ryan and Francis McGovern also discussed the need for improvements in updating children's health records and limiting caseloads for Child Protective Services caseworkers. The long-awaited report comes almost a year after U.S. District Judge Janis Jack ruled that Texas' long-term foster care system violated children's civil rights. She ordered the state to hire special masters to come up with solutions.

allgov.com

by June Williams

November 6, 2016

The grocery trade group hid donor contributions to oppose a voter measure that required labeling of genetically modified organisms. It spent $11 million to defeat the initiative, but refused to reveal actual donors such as Coke, Pepsi and Nestle.

The Washington D.C.-based trade group hid donor contributions to oppose voter Initiative 522, which required labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), according to Judge Anne Hirsch's November 2 ruling.

      
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