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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Meeting Projected Coal Production Demands in the USA: Upstream Issues, Challenges and Strategies

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Virginia Issues

Summarizes the results of a study designed to identify critical coal production and technology issues such as controlling carbon dioxide emissions and developing carbon capture and sequestration methods to reconcile increased coal use with concerns about climate change. Study performed by the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research at Virginia Tech and sponsored by the National Commission on Energy Policy

FBI Releases Preliminary Statistics for Law Enforcement Officers Killed in 2008

Categories: Births/Deaths,Crime/Justice,Guns,Statistics

Reports that 41 police officers were killed in the line of duty during 2008, 17 fewer than in 2007. Preliminary figures were also released for causes of death, whether firearms were involved and type of protective equipment worn. Also reports that 67 officers died in accidents while performing their duties. From the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

2009 Annual Report of the Boards of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance … Trust Funds

Categories: Elderly,Govt Finance,Health Insurance,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

Reports that Medicare, weakened by the current economic recession, will run out of funds for paying the hospital coverage or Part A portion of the insurance program by 2017. Also reports that Parts B and D for physician services and prescription drugs are adequately financed over the next 10 years and beyond because premiums are reset each year to meet expected costs. From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

National Minimum Wage: Low Pay Commission Report 2009

Categories: Disability,Great Britain,Income/Poverty,Labor/Employment,Women,Youth

Reviews the past ten years since minimum wage legislation was first passed in Great Britain in 1999, evaluates the impact of the minimum wage on different groups of workers, (especially women, youth, migrant workers, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities) and also examines the current apprentice exemptions. Command Paper Cm7511.

Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill

Categories: Energy,Environment,Great Britain,Taxes

Describes legislation that seeks to promote renewable energy projects by encouraging microgeneration strategies, making changes to development rights, and ensuring that green energy installations do not result in higher tax rates. House of Commons Library Research Paper 09/41.

Average Number of Total and Unique Prescriptions by Select Person Characteristics, 2006

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Income/Poverty,Statistics

Reports that in 2006 the average number of unique prescriptions for persons in the U.S. civilian population was 4 and the total number (including refills) was 16.5. Also provides characteristics on age, poverty status, and type of health insurance. From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

The 2009 Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance

Categories: Elderly,Govt Finance,Headlines,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics

Reports that the Social Security Trust Fund will begin to expend more funds than it takes in by 2016 and that the fund will be exhausted by 2037, four years sooner than predicted one year ago, unless program changes are made. From the Board of Trustees and the Social Security Administration.

One-Third of U.S. Adults Embraced Most Heart Healthy Behaviors in 1999-2002

Categories: Health/Medical,Smoking/Tobacco,Statistics

Reports that one-third of adults complied with 6 or more out of 9 recommendations for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. These behaviors include physical exercise, smoking abstention, moderate alcohol consumption, screening for high blood pressure and cholesterol and dietary recommendations. From the National Center for Health Statistics.

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