The good news continues for people living near industrial sand facilities, with the release of the second in a pair of studies examining the impact of industrial sand mining on air quality. The researchers found concentrations of the small particles of silica dust that can lead to health problems if present in high concentrations are far below the levels considered harmful.
In today’s edition of the Heartland Daily Podcast, Rep. Tara Mack, a Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 57A (Apple Valley and Burnsville), joins managing editor Kenneth Artz to discuss the future of MNsure, the state’s troubled online health insurance exchange created under Obamacare.
There is a bill under consideration in the Minnesota Legislature that, unfortunately, is not likely to become law. The bill would change teacher tenure in the state and replace “last in, first out” practices regarding teacher layoffs. If passed, the legislation would effectively force school boards to judge teachers based on performance when layoffs occur, rather than seniority alone.
Publishing a study of tobacco-specific nitrosamines in American smokeless tobacco products (abstracthere), Dorothy Hatsukami and colleagues at the University of Minnesota called for the FDA to issue “regulations…to reduce levels of…NNK and NNN in smokeless tobacco products to the lowest levels possible.” The authors make illogical and unscientific claims in their article and media interviews (here).
Watch this excellent KSTP-TV story, which also mentions how The Heartland Institute (through the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change) serves as a scientific counter to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Imagine police seize your money, your car, even your house. Imagine this happens without you being convicted of a crime or even charged with one. Imagine being told you must sue the government to get back your property and prove you did nothing wrong, and the government can do nothing – nothing – and still keep the property.
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